Pros: Works great for aches and pains. Especially headaches.
Cons: Smell is overwhelming if you use too much.
Like some people, I try my best not to use any type of medication that I need to digest to make me feel better. So using Vicks VapoRub is an angel sent from heaven to me when I get my headaches. I just rub a tiny bit on my temples and lay down, and my headache seems like it burns away in less than 10 minutes.
Since I am pregnant I had to get permission from my doctor to even use this product, and luckily he said that as long as I dont use it on a daily basis it was fine. Fortunately I do not get daily headaches. But I do get daily backaches, so I try and use it 3 times a week for those. And just like the headaches, it takes my backache away in a flash. And oh how I like that burning feeling on my back. : }
Now I can honestly say that Vicks VapoRub is NOT for everyone. It is not for children under 2, unless otherwise told by a doctor. But honestly I would not put it on them, it is too strong and it will burn. It is not for people who have asthma or emphysema, the smell is just too strong and could trigger an attack. So even though it says you can if your doctor allows it, I would rather you not.
The main purpose of Vicks VapoRub is for relief of congestion when you have a cold. For relief of sore muscles from whatever you may have done. It is not the cure for aches and pains, if your pain is constant, I would say that you need to go to the doctor and find out exactly what the problem is.
As with any medication or product that is for helping with something on your body, be sure you check out the expiration date on it before you buy it.
Here is the active ingredients in Vicks VapoRub:
1. Camphor 4.8%
2. Eucalyptus Oil 1.2%
3. Menthol 2.6%
Also a couple of things before I finish here. Vicks VapoRub is for external use only. By no means should you ever use it internally, even if someone says to. And last but not least, if you have young children, please be sure and put this as out of reach as possible, this could be very painful and dangerous if a child decides to find out what it is.
Take Care & Peace.