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Diane Bjorling

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Life Hacks| Vicks VapoRub
5/11/2013 3:22:56 AM

How many ways can Vicks VapoRub be used?

We know it by its smell and we know it for its power of healing and we even recognize it by its squat blue jar but do you know who invented "Vicks VapoRub"?


While this man made Vicks a household name, Pharmacist Lunsford Richardson is still a mystery to many people.

Even in his native North Carolina, where his most celebrated of chemical concoctions has been right under our stuffy noses and on our congested chests for generations, the mention of Richardson’s name elicits blank stares from all but those who study and cherish history. Richardson’s salve, Vicks VapoRub, helped the world breathe easier during the devastating influenza pandemic of 1918 and during the countless colds and flus of our childhoods, yet most of us couldn’t pick Lunsford Richardson out of a one-man police lineup, much less a who’s who of medical pioneers.

Why didn’t Richardson — by all accounts a creative inventor and smart businessman — ever become as famous as those vapors packed into the familiar squat blue jar?

Because his name wouldn't fit on the jar.


That’s one version of the story. According to company and family lore, Richardson initially dubbed his promising new product Richardson’s Croup and Pneumonia Cure Salve. Realizing that this name didn't exactly roll off the tongue nor fit when printed on a small medicine jar, Richardson changed the name to honor his brother-in-law, Dr. Joshua Vick. Another account suggests the inventive druggist plucked the name from a seed catalog he’d been perusing that listed the Vick Seed Co.

The truth may never be known. What is known, though, is that Lunsford Richardson created a medicinal marvel for the ages, the likes of which may never be equaled.

Twelve Surprising Uses for Vicks VapoRub

1. Decongest Your Chest
The most common use of Vicks is to decongest your chest and throat area. When applied to the upper chest, it provides excellent relief of cough and congestion symptoms.

2. On Your Tootsies
Applying Vicks to your feet provides nighttime cough relief. Generously rub VapoRub all over your feet and cover them with socks. Your cough will subside.

3. Achy Breaky Muscles
Vicks relieves sore, overworked muscles. It increases circulation and provides almost instant aid. Use a generous portion and apply it over the aching area.

4. Get Rid of Nasty Nail Fungus
Rub VapoRub on your toenails if you suspect you have a fungus. Within days, the nail will turn dark—this means the Vicks is killing the fungus. As your toenail grows out, the dark part will grow off and you will have fungus-free feet. Keep applying the ointment over a period of two weeks to fully cleanse nail beds of any remaining bacteria.

5. Stop Your Cat from Scratching
To prevent Miss Kitty from ruining your doors, walls, and windows, apply a small amount of VapoRub to these areas. Cats detest the smell and will steer clear. Vicks can also be applied to your arms and legs if your kitty is prone to scratching you.

6. Pet Pee-Pee Deterrent
If your dog or cat is not yet potty trained, put an open bottle of Vicks on the area he or she likes to mark as their territory. The smell will discourage them from lifting their legs and wetting your rug.

7. Headaches Be Gone
Rub a small amount of Vicks VapoRub on your temples and forehead to help relieve headaches. The mentholated scent will release pressure in your head and instantly relieve pain.

8. Humidify Your Sleep
Vicks VapoRub can be used in special types of humidifiers and vaporizers. Ensure your humidifier has an aromatherapy compartment before using. The humidifier will circulate Vicks throughout the air and keep you breathing easy all night long.

9. Paper Cuts and Splinters
To prevent infection and speed up healing time, dab a small amount of Vicks on any small cut or splinter.

10. Ticks and Bugs
If you get bitten by a tick, apply Vicks immediately. The strong odor might help get the critter to release itself and stop bugging you.

11. Reek-free Racehorses
Professional racers smother VapoRub under the nostrils of racehorses on race day. The strong stench deters the stallions from the alluring odor of the female pony and keeps them focused on the race.

12. Go Away Mosquitoes
Apply small dabs of Vicks VapoRub to your skin and clothes and mosquitoes will steer clear. If you do get bitten, apply Vicks to the area and cover it with a Band-Aid to relieve itching.

13 Dry and Cracked Heels
Apply Vicks twice a day morning and night to help with dry and cracked heels

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Branka Babic

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RE: Life Hacks| Vicks VapoRub
5/11/2013 12:05:34 PM
Thanks Diane!
I didn't know who has invented "Vicks VapoRub". Also didn't know that it could help with dry and cracked heels, which I sometimes get walking barefoot in wilderness.
Great share, thanks!
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Diane Bjorling

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RE: Life Hacks| Vicks VapoRub
5/11/2013 1:46:57 PM
Glad you enjoyed it Branka. Let me know how this works for the dry and cracked heels..or maybe I will let you know lol

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Thanks Diane!
I didn't know who has invented "Vicks VapoRub". Also didn't know that it could help with dry and cracked heels, which I sometimes get walking barefoot in wilderness.
Great share, thanks!
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Branka Babic

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RE: Life Hacks| Vicks VapoRub
5/11/2013 3:44:00 PM
Then you should wait until August/September, the time when I go wild [read Jane in search for Tarzan, usually gets back home with deep sighs and cracked heels :)) ]

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RE: Life Hacks| Vicks VapoRub
5/11/2013 4:36:12 PM

Great information.

What a product.

Roger

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