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I'm sure everyone remembers the Vicks VapoRub or similar products from their childhood, my mum used this on me every time I had a cold. It is such an easy product to use. You can buy this in different size tubs, I generally get the 100g tub and this will set you back around £4-5. It is readily available from Boots, Superdrug and various other high street stores as well as online.
The product itself is a gooey, slimey paste that has a very strong menthol smell. It instantly goes up your nose when you open the tub. Just rub a small amount on your chest and back when your nose is blocked and as it warms on your body you will inhale it and unblock your nose. This is especially useful if you can't sleep due to a blocked nose. It will help you to sleep easy.
As it has a very strong smell your clothes will smell of it and it might rub off onto your bedsheets so once you are feeling better and don't need to use it anymore just swap over all bedclothes and sheets. This smell does linger.
Another great use for this is to ward off mosquitos, just rub a small amount on you and they will stay away. It is also great for mending achy muscles. I'm sure it has many other uses too so it's worth doing a little research.
Overall I would recommend this product, it does the trick every time and it is a must have for every medicine cupboard!
When my two year old son suffered from what seemed like cold after cold just before Christmas I tried everything and anything to help ease his discomfort and rid him of the symptoms and germs. I was intrigued by the remedy suggested by so many of my mummy friends for helping prevent the coughing fits he was having at night which were disrupting his sleep - Vicks Vaporub on the soles of his feet. I was familiar with Vicks from my own youth when it would be rubbed on my chest and bridge of my nose to help clear my breathing when I was bunged up with a cold, so I knew the brand well. I was worried about the strength of this for my son as he is still young, but decided to pop to the supermarket to buy a pot anyway. A 100g pot of this cost me £4 in Tesco.
Vicks is a decongestant which works to make breathing easier when you have a cold and a blocked nose. The vapo rub is suitable for children from aged 2 years plus. It can be used to temporarily relieve coughs from colds and on muscles and joints to temporarily relieves minor aches and pains. The label lists the active ingredient as : camphor, menthol, spirits of turpentine, eucalyptus oil, cedar leaf oil, myristica oil, thymol. Of these ingredients, camphor (4.8%), eucalyptus oil (1.2%) and menthol (2.6%) are cough suppressants.
The rub comes in a small blue plastic pot with a green lid that screws on and off. Inside the pot, there is an oily, greasy substance that is quite waxy in texture. On removing the lid, you are instantly greeted with the smell of the rub - which is very strong. To me, it smells a lot of the menthol and eucalyptus oil and just removing the lid is enough for me to have noticeably clearer breathing (even if not suffering from a blocked nose).
As I say, the rub cannot be used by children under two years of age. This is because it can create labored breathing in infants as it stimulates mucus production and airway inflammation which affects breathing due to the small size of airways at a young age. It is also an oil based medication so should not be used inside or directly under the nose as it can get into the lungs this way.
To apply, I simply rubbed a finger along the top of the rub to remove a fairly generous amount. I had chosen to apply to the soles of my son's feet to see if this had an effect as I was concerned about applying it to his chest at his age. It was greasy to apply and took a while to be absorbed in any amount and didn't fully absorb so the skin was left feeling greasy to the touch. The smell from the rub filled his room almost instantly (and his room is fairly large) so this give an indication of how strong the scent is. My son said it made his feet feel warm after applying and seemed happy to have this rubbed on his feet.
The rub is really very greasy and smelly. This means that after using it on my son, I had to really scrub my hands to remove all traces before picking up my younger son - particularly when bearing the health implications this rub could have on a baby. It did not remove from my hands easily and this did take quite a while.
This almost instantly allowed my son to breathe more easily and certainly his breathing sounded much clearer as I checked on him throughout the night. I would say that the effects lasted several hours - certainly much longer than I had anticipated or expected. It really did seem to reduce his coughing fits throughout the night and allow him to get a better night's sleep. It didn't completely eradicate them but I would say there was probably a reduction of around 80% which, to me, was a fantastic response.
One side effect that this had, largely due to the smell, is that my son was incredibly thirsty through the night - and I was concerned that he may get a dry throat. This isn't the best idea when we were working on being dry at night, but not too much of a problem. Another issue was that this got into all his clothes and bed sheets so this meant an increase in washloads for me!
There is no doubt that this rub helped reduce my son's discomfort from colds and their symptoms. It was easy to apply and fairly good value for money too - a little really does go a long way as the smell is so strong. I do find it very greasy, which is not surprising given it is an oil based product, and you need to be careful not to get it on clothes etc so it is not the most mess free of remedies. I do recommend it though for effectiveness, so give it four stars.
I recently had a cold which lasted for over a week and my nose was getting very red and sore due to constantly blowing it. My nose was also very blocked up which made me feel quite uncomfortable. I knew I had a jar of Vicks vapour rub in the medicine box as it is one of the few things that I have always use and make sure that I always have one in.
I can't remember how much I paid for this particular jar as I bought it last year but it is currently on sale for £4.00 in Boots, Tesco and Asda. You can get it slightly cheaper at £3.20 at Ocado but you may have to add postage onto this.
You can smell the menthol as soon as you open the jar which I love. The gel is almost clear with a white tinge and feels soft to the touch. My favourite way to use it is to use my ring finger to scrap a small amount and then dab it underneath my nose. I find that this gives me the best results and although it doesn't completely clear my nose it certainly helps to decongest it and I find that I can breathe through it a bit easier. I do also sometimes use it in the recommended way which is to rub it into my throat area and chest. It does look greasy but it isn't when you put it onto your skin and rubs in quickly and without too much effort.
Occasionally I will dissolve a few teaspoons into a bowl and then cover my head and the bowl with a towel if I am very bunged up or find my cold has turned to catarrh and find that this really does clear my sinuses completely. However it is not always long lasting and I find that it does build up again so I will repeat the process as necessary.
Each jar lasts twelve months from opening but I am sure that I have kept them for longer than this. I have used other cheaper vapour rubs in the past but none of them quite have the 'kick' that I get from Vicks. It is more expensive than some other brands but for the time it lasts it really isn't too bad and if it relieves some of the symptoms of a cold or sinus trouble effectively it is definitely worth it. The smell is quite unique and strong and you either love it or hate it, as it does linger on your skin. If I put it on my chest before going to bed I can still smell it in the morning.
I have been using it this time for about five days once or twice a day and it has definitely helped to clear my nose and sinuses and has also reduced the reddening to my nose. I will continue to keep a jar of this in as it really does work.
I would add that you do have to be careful if you have long nails and make sure that all traces of Vick are cleaned out, as I have eaten a few Vick flavour sandwiches in the past!
I'm reviewing VICKS VapoRub.
It costs between £3 and £4+ for the 50g jar , depending on where you buy it.
Mine cost £3.29p in our local chemist.
This is one of those things you can buy cheaper versions of , but I'm happy enough to stick to the original trail blazing version manufactured by Procter and Gamble .
This is a thick ointment that comes in a tiny jar with a screw top lid.
Once the lid is opened the fumes hit your nose immediately and you get the idea of precisely why this is so effective in helping to clear blocked sinuses, loosen congestion and ease the symptoms of colds.
Vicks four active ingredients are ....... levomenthol, eucalyptus oil, turpentine oil and camphor. These are traditional medicinal ingredients used for their decongestant and soothing effects on those suffering heavy congestion from colds.
Some of those ingredients will clear the nasal blockages and others sooth and calm the nasal lining helping to make breathing easier.
There are various ways of using this and I've tried them all except one or two (more on that later).
The most basic way is as a chest rub and you simply need to apply it to the chest area and allow it to sink in and work it's magic by loosening congestion .This then enables you to get rid of the kind of nastiness that gathers during a heavy cold. We call it 'gunk' in our house , but the technical term is 'phlegm' or 'mucus' .
If used on the back as well as the chest that helps speed the clearing process along.
When you use Vicks in this way it is best to wear loose fitting clothing rather than anything snug fitting. That way the fumes from the ointment tend to get wafted up around your face as you move about, so that you are continually inhaling it unawares and getting the benefits two ways.
It can be rubbed on the throat area too and I just tend to extend the chest application upward to include the throat area in one sweep.
Another way to use it is to put a blob (about the size of a walnut) into a basin of hot...NOT boiling....water . Then position your face over the basin and cover your head with a towel . Inhaling the fumes this way is very effective,but you need to keep your eyes shut because it can make them sting. This method suits me well during a heavy cold and a bonus is that my skin feels fresh and clear after doing it. But this is not for everyone and if you have sensitive skin or problems in that area then best not do it.
Obviously it is also effective if applied just under the nostrils, but this can sting if your nasal area is already raw from constant use of tissues.
Personally I apply it to the bridge of my nose because that is something my mother did. She applied it in a cross-like manner....first a stroke across the bridge of the nose and then a stroke up along the ridge onto the forehead.
As a child this ritual always smacked of a religious rite to me, similar to when we Roman Catholics get "ashes" applied to our foreheads in a tiny cross shape on Ash Wednesday. But of course it was simply deemed by my mother to be a good way to apply the ointment. I think.
Many people apply Vicks to the soles of their feet and swear that applied thus it relieves their severe coughing. You do this before bed time and then wear white socks to contain the ointment and heat, and to protect bedding.
The next method was one posted on a chat forum I used to use.
Apparently a (very tiny) few swear by putting a teaspoon of Vicks into a cup of hot green tea and drinking it at bedtime, and this combined with using it externally is believed by them to be very effective.
Personally I would NEVER use it that way nor would I advise it and Vicks most CERTAINLY do NOT advise it ......and I suspect a bit of fibbing/trolling was going on there.
Not to be used on babies under two years of age but for use on children over two you can dilute Vicks by using some Vaseline mixed with the ointment if you worry that it might be too strong for your child. The vaseline and Vicks ointment are of similar consistency and blend together easily.
Finally a very odd use. Some people have claimed that Vicks has cured their nail fungus.
It seems that a number of people have reported that after reading the tip online they tried it and it worked .
They simply applied the ointment a few times a day . They report it cleared the white fungus spots that had been blighting their finger nails .
There are no clinical studies on this at all ,but frankly it could be worth a try since my neighbour paid £19 a few months ago for a small bottle of nail fungus treatment .
This product is deemed safe for use by pregnant women , but for breast feeding mothers it is advised NOT to use it in the chest area . Baby can inhale it and it could affect their breathing.
I really think this is a great little over the counter remedy that actually delivers as promised.
It clears the nasal passages while also soothing the nasal linings giving really good relief in that area.
With colds I find that the blocked nose issue means I get headaches and when I use VICKS VapoRub the simple act of being able to breath freely for a time tends to ease the headache without my needing to resort to actual headache medication.
It is also quite pleasant to apply as a chest or back rub in my opinion. It feels cool and soothing for the first few minutes and then subtly changes to warming and comforting and is a rather nice experience.
I've never yet tried using it on the soles of my feet , but I might do because my elderly neighbour swears by applying it that way.
Using it in hot water so that you inhale the fumes AND steam is my favourite way of using it. There is something very relaxing about just being in that little steam filled tented area. Rather like a mini sauna. You can really feel it starting to work on the sinuses and it is an excellent way to use the product.
This must never be applied where there are open wounds or rashes because it will sting badly and possibly negatively affect those issues.
As for drinking it in green tea ? NEVER . Just never.
In my opinion this should be a staple in any medicine cabinet and I'll continue to use it when I need relief from heavy colds.
Would I recommend it ? Yes. It has proved itself over the years as a dependable product .
I feel obliged to say that the price is indeed a bit steep for such a small item, but personally I really think it pays for itself by working well.
Thank you for reading ~~~myloh.
Vicks VapoRub Decongestant for Colds
Vicks is part of the Proctor and Gamble Company and the VapoRub is probably their most famous product, the range also includes Vicks Synax and Cough Syrup.
It presents as smelly vaseline! Although, it is actually a white soft paraffin based ointment.
Why I Buy Vicks VapoRub:
As a child I suffered terribly with chesty colds and bronchitis and my mum got through rather a lot of Vicks VapoRub rubbing it onto my chest and back. Naturally, when the time came to set up my own medical cupboard a tub of Vicks was one of the first things I bought. Today I use it as a precursor to chest problems, as soon as I get any inkling that a cold is heading that way, I rub it onto my chest. The results from using it in this way seem to be conclusive. I suffer far less with chest phlegm and breathing difficulties when I have pre-empted with the rub. I also suffer (fortunately not too badly these days) with asthma and one Christmas was ruined when I contracted pneumonia from influenza. So I am always keen to prevent any chest problems or stress on my bronchioles or lungs, or indeed, the whole respiratory system. Therefore, Vicks VapoRub is important to me.
I have also used it as a steam inhalant and it has soothed the pain of sinusitis. These day's I use Olbas Oil for steaming, but still swear by Vicks for my chest.
How to Use:
I notice these days, the packet does advise use as soon as you have a cold. I believe it is especially beneficial to children and certainly it was used on mine along with Olbas oil. Easy to use, I have found for best results just scoop a little out with your finger tips and rub liberally onto the chest and back.
Alternatively, melt about a dessertspoon of VapoRub into very hot water in a bowl or use a facial steamer, inhale the vapours by leaning over cover your head with a towel and inhale fully for as long as you can bare, Ideally about 10 minutes and this is especially useful to help with blocked nose of sinus pain .
"Vicks VapoRub is an ointment which is used to relieve nasal catarrh (inflammation of mucous membranes in the nose and throat), congestion (a blocked nose), sore throat and coughs due to colds.
Vicks VapoRub contains four active ingredients: Camphor, Turpentine oil, Levomenthol and Eucalyptus oil.
* Levomenthol and camphor calm a cough
* Eucalyptus oil and Levomenthol relieve nasal congestion (blocked nose)
* Eucalyptus oil relieves catarrh"
Vicks VapoRub Ingredients List:
"Active Ingredients: Levomenthol 2.75 %w/w, Camphor 5 %w/w, Eucalyptus oil 1.5 %w/w, Turpentine oil 5 %w/w. Excipients: Thymol, Cedarwood oil, White soft paraffin."
Vicks advise: "not for children under 6 months."
Vicks advise that the product is for external use only and should be stored below 25C.
The Packaging/how to recognise it:
Vicks VapoRub is supplied in a cardboard outer box which has excellent directions and information on. The jar is strong blue glass look plastic, with a green plastic screw top lid. It is a small jar and has the VapoRub label most of the way round. The box is white over green with the Vicks VapoRub name at the top and an opened jar signifying decongestant by green arrows wafting out of the jar.
If anyone in your family has a cold or cough, simply rub this on as described above before going to bed at night. For head colds, especially where the nose is blocked, or sinus pain, use as a steam inhaler.
As already mentioned, this is a permanent item in my medical kit. I believe since using it more promptly Vicks VapoRub has stopped me having so many chest problems. The Eucalyptus soothes the area and you can feel the ointment doing some good. I love the smell ad inhaling the lovely blended vapours.
Would I Recommend Vicks VapoRub?
Yes, of course I would! I honestly believe it has kept me out of hospital on a few occasions and kept me well on many.
Price and Availability:
Available from Boots and pharmacies as well as Supermarkets. Priced at around £4.00 per tub.
Thank you for reading my review.
I've been suffering with a terrible cold this past week, which I have found even more annoying than usual given the beautiful hot summer weather we're having. I already had a pack of Vicks Vaporub in my medicine cabinet and so I decided to use this alongside some of the other treatments to try and get an all-round fix. It's available to buy from many supermarkets and high street retailers, and is available in two different sizes, costing ~£3.00 for 50g and ~£4.00 for 100g.
Product description: "Effective cold relief is in your hands. This product can be used with other medicines.
+ Menthol and camphor to calm a cough
+ Eucalyptus and menthol to relieve nose congestion
+ Eucalyptus to relieve catarrh."
The VapoRub comes in a cardboard outer box which details the various methods of use. It is recommended to treat nasal catarrh, sore throat, congestion, and coughs due to colds. The rub itself is packed in a plastic tub with a screw-top lid. It is a thick greasy substance which is just like Vaseline in terms of consistency. It gives off a strong scent straight away as soon as the tub is opened. The rub appears to have a slight white colouring to it, but does go clear once dissolved in hot water or applied to skin.
Recommended directions for use - Rub on method:
Always use at first sign of a cold to get maximum benefit.
Adults: Rub liberally onto chest, throat and back. Cover whole area for maximum effect. Leave nightclothes loose to allow vapours to be inhaled easily.
Children over 2 years: Apply lightly to chest and back. Leave clothes loose for easy inhalation.
I have used several other products to try and treat my cold, but nothing had helped to clear my congestion. I remembered about this Vicks VapoRub sitting unused in my medicine cupboard, and decided it was worth a try. I find that my nose often gets blocked at night when I am laying down to sleep, so I was in need of something to help ease my breathing and give me a more comfortable and restful night. I went about applying the VapoRub to my skin as directed, and it was a pretty awful experience. I had to scoop the rub out with my fingertips, and of course it got straight underneath my fingernails. The rub is greasy and leaves a slimy layer over the skin, which does not soak in or absorb properly. Instead it coats the skin, and it is recommended to wear loose night clothes over the rub to allow the vapours to spread and be inhaled properly. I found the whole experience very unpleasant and uncomfortable, as my skin felt sticky and unclean, and my nightshirt was rubbing against it and sticking in places. You are supposed to rub it on over the whole chest, neck and back area, but I only applied over my chest and neck as I couldn't reach my own upper back, and didn't really want to be lying down with my back covered in a layer of goop. I did feel a bit of a tingling sensation over my skin and it made me feel like I was heating up, which was another annoying factor when using the rub. Imagine being coated in a layer of foul-smelling Vaseline, and that is what it feels like. Frustratingly, the VapoRub had absolutely no effect for me when used in this way, and my nose was just as blocked as before. It did not help to ease my breathing and I had a very uncomfortable night all round. I repeated this again the following night, just in case it worked better for me the next time, but once again it failed to have any effect. The morning after my nose was completely blocked and painful, and I had to wash off the residue from the rub as it was still coating my skin with a layer of grease.
Recommended directions for use - Inhalation method:
Adults only: If head cold or nasal catarrh persists, for deep action relief melt two teaspoons of Vicks VapoRub in a bowl of very hot (not boiling) water. Inhale the soothing medicated vapours for 10-15 minutes.
I was still suffering with my blocked nose and was hoping that my persistence might pay off. I decided to quit using the rub directly on my skin, and instead tried the inhalation method. I dissolved the recommended amount of VapoRub into a bowl of hot water, and waited a few moments for it to melt down. The rub has a very sharp scent that is penetrating even when my nose was blocked and my sense of smell had been dulled due to the cold. I could smell it very strongly as I breathed it in and it was very overwhelming. I felt my eyes stinging and it made the back of my nose burn. I tried waiting for the water to cool down some more and then breathe in again, but it still had the same intense effect. The best way I could figure out for using it was to hold the bowl of water down on my lap and remain sat up straight with my head at some distance with my eyes closed, and just continue trying to breathe normally through my nose so that the effect is more subtle and easier to manage. This did help to ease my congestion and after some time I felt like my airway was clearer and I was able to breathe in properly through my nose again. The result lasted for most of the evening, but when my nose blocked again I decided to use a different product to treat it rather than going through all the hassle of using the VapoRub again.
I absolutely hated using this product and there is no way I would want to use it again. Not only was it extremely unpleasant and difficult to use, but it also gave very poor results. Granted, it did eventually work for me when it was melted and inhaled, but both methods were uncomfortable which is not what I want to experience when I am already feeling unwell. It must work better for others than it did for me, because I seem to be the only person on here with a negative review, but I'd certainly avoid buying this in the future and prefer to seek other alternatives to help ease nasal congestion. There are much simpler and easier ways to treat this problem and I can't recommend using Vicks VapoRub.
Active ingredients: Levomenthol 2.75% wl w, camphor 5.00% wl w, eucalyptus oil 1.0% wl w, turpentine oil, white soft paraffin.
Also includes thymol, cedarwood oil, white soft paraffin.
Recently I have had a run of bad luck with illnesses and injuries. Broken bones, cuts, bruises and illnesses seem to have constantly afflicted me since embarking on a new project with my husband and changing my career. This really is typical of life and recently I have been unlucky enough to have shingles/chickenpox for the first time in my life also. Days before my spots and marks first started to appear I started to get extreme tiredness, headaches and a sore throat. My sore throat soon developed to earache and a chesty cough to boot. Because of this I was using several different products, lozenges, this Vicks Vaporub, cough syrup and paracetamol as required.
Vicks Vaporub is a product that I have used for several years now, maybe 10 or more in fact now I think of it, and it has been a great help for me. Now I have had my current pot for at least a year so I am not sure of the price that I paid but a 100g tub if available from Sainsburys, which was where I purchased mine, for £4.50. This is a fairly high price but then I find that Vicks Vaporub is really the strongest levomenthol based product and as such I feel that the premium price is one definitely worth paying.
Vicks Vaporub is simple to use I just unscrew the lid and then I can start to apply this. I typically apply a small layer of this to my chest, sometimes around my nose (but only a very small amount as this can hurt the eyes quite a lot) and around my throat area. I am not sure how much it really helps applying it to the outside of my throat and gland areas in addition to on my chest but I feel better for doing it anyway. As Vaporub has soft paraffin within it, so it is similar in texture to Vaseline, it applies as a film that is quite greasy and it doesn't usually absorb into the skin fully instead leaving my skin greasy and a little nasty feeling. This is rectified with a quick shower in the morning and evening if I have been using this for a number of days and as it works so well it isn't really a problem at all.
Vaporub contains soft paraffin, as I've mentioned, in addition to Levomenthol, Camphor, Eucalyptus oil and other oils also. This gives a wonderful strong aroma of menthol that has an essential oil base. The scent is one that you will probably either really appreciate or completely hate. Now I personally really appreciate Vaporub as it has helped me for so many years. I like to slather a decent amount on using my fingers and I like to rub it all over until it warms up a little and becomes a little easier to apply to my skin and various areas. Sometimes I spoon a lump of this into hot water, place a towel over my head and set about breathing in the steam - being sure not to get too close or burn myself. This brings wonderful relief from head colds in particular and helps prevent blocked and stuffy noses ruining my sleep at night. In addition to this I have been known to sleep with some of this on my wrist and sleep with my wrist near my face. This allows me to inhale some fumes throughout the night whilst preventing myself from smearing it all over any delicate bed linen coverings that I might be using at the time.
I find that Vaporub works incredibly well for me. It is strong, thick and applies well to my skin. I usually find that Vicks Vaporub helps relieve a stuffy nose, help ease the symptoms of a chesty cough where I have lots of catarrh and best of all it usually helps soothe my cough and prevent me from needing to cough so frequently. If I am suffering from a bad cold, or even the flu, I usually find that the cough and sore throats are the worst parts for me so anything that can provide relief without being swallowed is a great help for me. Usually I will use Vaporub for a few days, on and off, depending on my systems, and despite using it several times over each day, thanks to showering and just wanting to get another blast of the deep menthol smell, it takes a very long time for a pot of this to deplete.
Overall it is fair to say that I am really pleased with Vicks Vaporub. It is always there for me in my time of need and it helps me to breath easily which is particularly important at the moment as I have a lump close to my windpipe that can leave me feeling a little out of breath anyway. Because of this when I have a stuffy nose or I am suffering I can feel quite panicked at the thought of not being able to breath fully so I like to get that addressed as quickly as I can. I am rating this 5/5 and feel that it is worth every star!
I've been using Vicks Vaporub for a long time. I also use the shop's own brand versions of this, which is very similar, and works in much the same way, but I personally prefer the original, even though it costs more money. The packaging hasn't changed a lot over the time this has been on the market, but I am sure the bottles used to be made of glass. They are now made of plastic and contain 50g of thick gel.
I use this whenever I have a stuffy or blocked nose, it's great for congestion too and it works best when it's rubbed on the chest and the vapours are allowed to evaporate and you breathe them in. The smell is very distinctive and hard to ignore, if someone has been using it. The main thing about the smell is the strong aroma of camphor and eucalyptus. The menthol is also quite strong and it is all these ingredients together which help to relieve the symptoms of a blocked nose, a sore throat and its also great for if you have catarrh. It feels a little greasy to use and the skin doesn't absorb it, but this is how this product works.
I have also added it to a bowl of hot water and if you inhale the steam, this is a good way of relieving the symptoms of a nasty head cold. It also gives you a facial sauna at the same time! There have also been occasions when I have simply added some to a clean handkerchief and taken it out with me. The smell is very pungent and as it lasts so long, it means that whenever I use the hankie throughout the day, the smell remains on the cloth and this helps to relieve my stuffy nose.
It's a comforting smell which reminds me of childhood and my own mum used to rub this onto my chest (and back) when I was little, if I ever had a cold or runny nose and couldn't sleep properly at night.
It lasts for years if it's not used very often and the 50g sized jar costs just under £3 from most chemists and supermarkets. I recommend it to anyone and everyone because it should be a medicine cupboard staple.
For someone who seemingly has a constant blocked nose Vicks VapoRub is an absolute dream. I mainly use the rub during sport and at night when I'm sleeping. During sport the VapoRub gets put rubbed onto my shirt or undershirt around the chest area. This allows the vapours to be near my nose without irritating my skin. This makes it easy access to smell if I feel blocked at any stage whilst also providing a small level of on going relief. Similarly at night, the VapoRub is placed on the pillow towards the top. This way it is near the face and nose but I am not likely to get it on my face or cause me any complications throughout the night. My night is always more blocked at night due to lying down so it is a great time to use it.
The VapoRub comes in a pot and is a petroleum based substance similar to Vaseline. It is easy to transfer from the pot to the fingers and onto any clothing or items. The smell is very strong and is a menthol smell. Vicks recommend applying directly to the chest however I prefer not too as it can cause mild irritation to the skin, however be careful what you apply it too as there is nothing to say that it won't stain!
VapoRub is one of the most effective products I have ever used. As mentioned previously it is for use with a blocked nose, either with a common cold or otherwise. It is only for use for minor medical conditions but does a fabulous job to clear the nose and allow you to breathe! I find it more effective when sleeping than when playing sport, it really helps me relax and breathe at night leading to a much better nights sleep! During sport it is useful in the winter to clear your nose. For those who have tried running with a blocked nose it is definitely not nice, the VapoRub allows you to breathe as you wish and get on with your sport without feeling awful.
The only disadvantage I have found so far is the slightly uncomfortable feeling and irritation when used directly onto my chest. This is easily combated by applying to something else that is not directly going to rub off on skin.
OTHER STRANGE USES!!
A little something not many people know but a brilliant extra use for holidays and summer months. The menthol within the VapoRub is a known substance to help with insect (mosquito) bites. It can be applied to fresh bites to take the redness and swelling out, reducing the pain and inflammation. Not something many people know and not something advertised by Vicks but a brilliant second use none the less and yet another reason to purchase.
A great product for when you are all bunged up. Not sure where I would be without it in those winter months and always a product I chuck in my holiday suitcase! A very addictive smell and a product you can literally feel working from the moment you use it. Simply brilliant, would recommend to anyone and it gets a 5 star rating!
Luckily I haven't had a bad cold in ages and so when I had a sore throat on Monday afternoon I wasn't too worried, but I woke on Tuesday morning with a slightly blocked and running nose. This got worse as the day went on until I couldn't breathe through my nose at all. I struggle to find cold and flu tablets that I can take as most have caffeine in which doesn't agree with me and so turned to my trusted Vicks vaporub. My Mum used this on me when I was a child and it is a product that I have continued to use in adulthood.
I currently have a large 100g jar as the smaller 50g one wasn't available when I last went to buy this from my local supermarket. The jar comes in a box but all the information that you need is on the label. The screw top lid is easily removed to allow you access to the vaporub and closes tightly so that you can't smell it when you don't want to. The expiry date is usually a couple of years ahead but I find that this product works way past this and tend to take more notice of this than the date.
Using the Vaporub
There are 2 methods suggested on the label, rub in or inhalation. Inhalation requires you to melt 2 teaspoons of Vaporub into very hot water and then inhale them for 10-15 minutes. I've always used the rub in method as I use it to help me breathe overnight. When I opened the jar on Tuesday night I could not smell the Vaporub at all, I knew then that my cold was bad! Using a clean tissue I scooped some of the Vaporub out and rubbed it onto my chest and throat. I don't like it when it gets under my nails and it isn't the easiest stuff to wash off hence the tissue. You need to leave your clothes and bedding loose so you can inhale the vapours, this is easy to do at the moment as it is so warm.
I soon started to feel a slight tingling in my nose so could tell that the Vaporub was working it's magic. I applied slightly more during the night and it did ease my blocked nose slightly. Repeating the process on Wednesday night resulted in being able to breathe when I woke up this morning, I just need something for my absent voice now!
Price and availability
The 100g Vicks Vaporub that I have is currently (June 2013) £4.00 at Tesco and Asda, I think this is good value for the time that it lasts although you will go though the product faster using the inhalation method.
Would I recommend?
Yes, I always have this in my medicine cupboard and wouldn't want to be without it. You can use it on children aged 2 upwards and so it is a great family product to have. Having a blocked up nose is miserable and this works really well as an alternative to tablets.
There is nothing worse when you have a cold and when you try and go to sleep and you are all congested and have a terrible night's sleep. I try and avoid taking any medication, I try and use alternatives before having to reach into the medicine cabinet for some tablets.
This is when I discovered some years ago now Vicks Vaporub, it is a product that is used to help relieve the symptoms of a cold and cough, which are congestion through a blocked nose and it will relieve inflammation in your nose and throat. It costs under a fiver, I last purchased a tub online for £4.69 and the tub lasts a long time, especially if you only apply to your skin as you only require a very small amount. If you are adding the rub to hotwater to dissolve this requires a little more.
It is a little like Vaseline in consistency and can be used as either as a rub, being applied onto your chest, throat and back. he ointment needs to be rubbed in well. Or the ointment can be placed in hot water which is a faster and more effective process, you place two teaspoons into a bowl with hot water and all you do is inhale the vapour that are released.
I use both options at night I apply the rub onto my skin and in the day if I am really congested I will add some to hot water and inhale the vapours so that my nose is cleared as there is nothing worse than a constantly blocked or runny nose, you do this for around 10-15 minutes.
This is taken from the leaflet in the box Vicks Vaporub contains four active ingredients: Camphor, Turpentine oil, Levomenthol and Eucalyptus oil. The Levomenthol and camphor calm a cough, while the Eucalyptus oil and Levomenthol relieve nasal congestion and Eucalyptus oil relieves catarr. This can also be used on children over the age of 2 years old all you need to do is apply lightly to chest and back. Rub gently and leave clothes loose for easy inhalation. Vicks Vaporub should only be used externally, it should not be swallowed or placed into you nostrils or eyes.
There can occasionally be a reaction to the skin when applying the rub, after a few hours that will fade until it has disappeared completely, if it does not disappear stop using the rub immediately.
The great thing about this is that it works really well and as a rub it means that you can use other medications with this product at the same time. The rub is easy to use and it is most effective when used at the start of your cold. I really like the eucalyptus scent that it produces and with every breath that you take you can feel the rub working and clearing your sinuses.
Overall this is a product that can be used at any time, I do not use it in the day as a rub as you find that the smell can be quite over powering especially if you work in a small office for example, fellow employees will also be able to smell your Vicks Vaporub scent, which not everyone would find appealing.
I have always used Vicks vapour rub for as long as I can remember and like to keep a pot in my cupboard, especially during the winter months. When I was little my mum used to use it on me and used to swear by it being one of the best cold and cough remedies. It is an ointment that can be used for both adults and children (over 2 years of age) to relieve symptoms of coughs, sore throats and congestion. Over the last few days my little boy has had a runny nose and a cough during the night so out came the good old Vicks again.
The product comes in a dark blue plastic jar with a green plastic screw lid. It can be purchased in either a 50g or 100g size jar. On the front the Vicks logo is clearly displayed and in red letters it says 'VapoRub.' On the back and side of the jar it gives the usage directions, warnings, lists the ingredients, the jar size, expiry date and some contact information for the brand.
The product and usage directions
The product itself looks white in the jar but rubs onto the skin clear. It has a really thick consistency and a strong menthol smell. There are 2 different methods of how to use this product. The first is the rub on method. Simply unscrew the lid and use the fingers to scoop out the desired amount and rub liberally onto the chest, throat and back. It suggests that nightclothes are left loose to allow the vapours to be inhaled easily. This is intended for adults, for children over 2 years apply lightly to the chest and back and rub in gently, again leaving nightclothes loose. Once applied it gives a warming sensation as it is working. The second method is the Inhalation method which is for adults use only. For this you need to melt 2 teaspoons of the product in a bowl of very hot (not boiling) water and inhale the medicated vapours for 10-15 minutes. (It gives a caution not to heat in the microwave)
- Contains eucalyptus oil that relieves catarrh and nasal congestion.
- Helps calm a cough
- Helps relieve a sore throat
- Can be used for both adults and children (over 2 years of age)
- Different usage methods
- Do not swallow or place in nostrils
- Do not use on children under 2 years of age
- Keep out of reach of children
- Do not store above 25 degrees C
- If symptoms persist or in case of fever consult your doctor
- Avoid contact with eyes
- Wash hands after use
Price and availability.
The product is widely available from chemists, supermarkets, beauty stores and on line. Prices usually start from £2.05 upwards for the 50g size or £4-£4.60 for the 100g size. Asda currently have the 100g size at £4.
This is a great product from a trusted brand. I also apply it to my little boys feet at bedtime which helps as it works it's way up the body. I would definitely recommend this product, 5 big stars.
Vicks is the name I am used to ever since I was a little baby. Ever since I was young, I was very prone to catching colds and coughs, and I still am, and I remember that my mum used to rub vicks on my chest. Cold winters have reintroduced me to Vicks vaporub when I started having a blocked nosed and congested sinus. I am very prone to catching a cold in the UK winter, despite wearing warm layers upon layers. When I notice the beginning of cold, I would first rely on this Vicks Vaporub rather than swallowing cold medicines. However, most of the time, I ended up using a combination of both just to be able to breathe when my cold gets bad.
Vicks VapoRub is a very good invention for colds and aches. For a 100g tub, it is retailed at £4.95 at Boots and the price range starts from £3.00 depending on where you buy it from. I believe I bought mine for about £4.00 from Tesco or one of the supermarkets. I have had this tub of VapoRub for about 2 years now, I don't quite remember where I got it from. Also, the Vaporub tubs are available in 50 gram sizes if you like to keep in a bag for emergency relief of blocked sinuses. The tubs last for a long time because the vaporub is really effective
The VapoRub is recommended for use in relieving sore throats, coughs, nasal congestions amongst other symptoms. The usual application is to rub the product on the chest in circular motions to relief the nasal congestions. After applying the product on the chest, it starts to take effect in about 30 seconds and lasts for at least 2 hours. For my blocked nose and sore throats, I repeat the application every 2-3 hours for maximal comfort. Sometimes, I must admit, I get quite addictive to the soothing heat and warming scent of the VapoRub.
Also, the product can be used as an inhalant by dissolving two teaspoons of vaporub in a hot bowl of water; the resulting vapours has the decongestant effects. I usually have an open tub and inhaled straight from it for brief periods. When my cold gets really bad, that's the only way to gain temporary relief and quick ability to breathe.
The main active ingredients in the product are camphor (5.00%), levomenthol (2.75%) and eucalyptus oil (1.50%) and turpentine oil (5.00%). I believe camphor has natural analgesic effects and turpentine oil enhances the ache-soothing properties of camphor. From my experience, the concoction works very well. The other day, I used the vaporub to relieve the aches in my neck and shoulder. I rub a layer of vaporub around the neck and should blades and gently massaged the area. It is very effective and useful when I am doing revisions.
Overall, I am very please with the product. I get through winter months by partially relying on this tub of VapoRub. It is very useful when I don't feel like taking cold/flu medicine just for a mild sore throat etc. I recommend this product surely.
Thank you very much for reading and reviewing. :) x
There are some medications that you instantly connect to a brand. Domestos to Bleach, Dettol to antisceptic and Vicks to vaporub. It's been around since 1912. The ingredients include Camphor, Menthol and Eucalyptus oil. Added togeather, Vicks Vaporub results in an unmistakable smell.
Used most often by doting grandmothers, Vicks Vaporub is the standard response to a grandchild getting a cold. Often put on the nostrils to combat a blocked up nose or on the chest to aid a cough. It can also be used to ward off mosquitos, soothe torn muscles or kill nail fungus (allegedly!)
Another good use if you find it irritating on your skin (as I do) is to add it to some hot water and breathe in generously before heading to bed. The vapors that are produced can be irritating to some. You certainly should not get them in your eyes.
£2 for a small blue pot with a green lid resents a small spend for a good general purpose concoction. It's almost enough to make you forget that its owned by Proctor and Gamble. The pot will last for quite some time and should be kept in a cool, dark place.
The full list of ingredients are
Camphor 4.8% (Cough suppressant and topical analgesic)
Eucalyptol 1.2% (Cough suppressant)
Menthol 2.6% (Cough suppressant and topical analgesic)
Vicks is a name we have all heard of and I'm sure as a child we all had it rubbed on our chest or on a tissue at night to help ease breathing. This along with the nasal inhalers were something I always remember being part of the stocks as a child.
In the 1890s the genious Richardson created this concoction and named the products Vick's after the man who owned the pharmacy he worked out of.
Vick is known as a 'vaporub' because it works best when rubbed onto the chest so the body heat can allow the oils to vapourise and aid breathing.
Vick should not be eaten even though my dad told me that he used to drink the mixture as a child and it clearly did not kill him but I don't actually know how beneficial this was. You should also not apply this to the nostrils, this is possibly because the mucus membranes are quite sensitive and Vick can make them sting ( I have accidently ended up with vapours in my eyes etc.)
The vaporub comes in a blue plastic tub with a green lid and has done for all the years I can remember, however, it does not make it stand out any more as a lot of cheaper brands have done the same thing.
The mixture includes camphor 4.8% which is a natural pain reliever and cough suppresant and often reminds me of elderly people, methol at 2.8% also has the same effect and eucalyptus oil 1.2% which is just a suppressant.
Be careful of applying directly to the skin if you have allergies etc., do expect some reddening though.
The main use for the rub is to put on the skin of the chest and I also use it on my back aswell. When rubbed I can smell the herbals and it is quite soothing especially when trying to sleep and it helps to relax me unless I am worrying about work the next day then the stress keeps me awake and worsens the cough.
The rub is a little greasy and oily but far less than I remember it being as a child. I rub the mix onto myself or get a little help for my back and it seems to sink in, my top does not stick to me and it doesn't leave grease marks.
I also have a little inhaler which is a green and blue lid and base with a pot for filling with water and a spoon of Vick's inside. This is a concentrated way of having Vick in a bowl. I love my little inhaler as it really opens up my airways and gets the rubbish of my chest which eases the coughing for a little while.
Vick can be applied to tissues and held near the nose to breathe in if you don't want to spend extra on a nasal inhaler; there are dangers to this as forgetful folk like me forget and wipe my nose with the tissue or my eyes after sneezing or coughing.
This is a herbal based remedy that is loved by many families, it is distinctive and I love it. I don't know what I would ever do without Vick when I have a chesty cough.
I bought a new tub for £3.60 for 100ml at Sainsburys.
Effective Cold Relief is in your hands. VapoRub contains: Menthol and camphor to calm a cough. Nasal catarrh. Sore throat. Congestion. Coughs due to colds. Eucalyptus and menthol to relieve nose congestion. Eucalyptus to relieve catarrh.