VicksIn this season of stuffy noses I was interested to see so many uses for Vicks VapoRub from the Divine Caroline site. I’ve also added a few cautionary advice about use with young children from webMD.

from Divine Caroline– Vicks is an age-old mentholated topical cream intended to relieve head, throat, and chest stuffiness. It uses menthol to elicit a response from receptors in the nose and chest and can work wonders on children with colds or chronic bronchitis. Vicks has been around for over one hundred years and is one of the most widely used over-the-counter decongestants. Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about unique and unconventional ways to use this odiferous ointment. You’ll be surprised to learn that Vicks VapoRub is a supposed treatment for so much more than just a congested chest.

1. Decongest Your Chest

2. On Your Tootsies

3. Achy Breaky Muscles

4. Get Rid of Nasty Nail Fungus

5. Stop Your Cat from Scratching

6. Pet Pee-Pee Deterrent

7. Headaches Be Gone

8. Humidify Your Sleep

9. Paper Cuts and Splinters

10 Ticks and Bugs

11. Reek-free Racehorses

12. Go Away Mosquitoes

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Words of caution from

Meanwhile, everyone who spoke with WebMD urges parents to use Vicks VapoRub only as directed: on children older than 2 years, and applied only to the chest, back, or throat and NOT to the nostrils or on wounds or open skin.

According to WebMD, there have been a few complications in children when Vicks is used inappropriately. A few children reacted negatively and ended up hospitalized when Vicks was applied directly under the nose. Though this is extremely rare and only happens to those who are sensitive to Vicks, consumers should use caution when applying it to the face or on young children.