My grandmother was known for her home remedies and for using Vapor Rub on everyone! Any health related issue we had my grandmother would come to the rescue with a concoction or remedy that included vapor rub.
I grew up running from the smell of vapor rub. To this day when I think of my grandmother I remember her smelling like vapor rub. She use to apply it to below our nose, on our chest, back, feet, and even whole body at times.
Recently, as I was being attacked by mosquitoes during my vacation, my dad came into my room and claimed to have something that would help. I looked over at him to see a familiar blue container—it was vapor rub. This brough back so many memories. I laughed and said no thank you. I refused to put any on myself. He said ok don’t complain later that it hurts. My poor legs and arms are paying for it. It’s nice to see my parents encourage the usage of vapor rub because after all it is the ultimate home remedy.
As a mom and wife I now find myself using vapor rub much more than I’d like. I still cringe at the smell but I know that it works for some of the things my family uses it for. I give in now because even with the lingering smell of vapor rub on my hands I know my family suffering can be much more to handel. I’m willing to give in much more when it comes to my kids too. I like to think my grandmother is putting her good witch habits to work by having me use vapor rub time after time since I ran from her all the time.
Here are some great vapor rub home remedies:
Please note that these are remedies that have worked for me and my family. Always consult a doctor for medical issues.
What are some of your common uses for vapor rub?
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