Q. You have often mentioned unusual uses for Vicks VapoRub. I decided to try it on my cracked heels. For the past three years I have applied every possible cream, but nothing worked till I decided to use Vicks. Amazingly, in a couple of applications deep and painful cracks healed. The only drawback: the cracks return if I stop.
A. Vicks VapoRub contains many essential oils in a base of petroleum jelly. If plain petrolatum (such as Vaseline) doesn’t help your cracked heels, the essential oils may be playing a role.
Another reader wrote: “I cured the fungus on my nails with Vicks VapoRub. Two nails had been affected since I was a teenager.
“I also put it on my calluses and easily removed them. After a shower I apply the Vicks to the spots that need it and put on thick white socks.”
Others have reported using Vicks to remove ticks, heal saddle sores on horses and discourage kittens from scratching.
We offer Guides to Unique Uses for Vicks and Home Remedies with uses for common household products like vinegar or baking soda as remedies. Anyone who would like copies, please send $3 in check or money order with a long (no. 10) stamped (60 cents), self-addressed envelope: Graedons’ People’s Pharmacy, No. RVi-77, P. O. Box 52027, Durham, NC 27717-2027.