Your Self-Care Staples
Here are a few common ointments that you may or may not (but shold have) in your stash.
Everybody is familiar with the blue jar lying around the bedside table. Vicks Vaporub is a minty salve people rub on different parts of their bodies. It provides relief from the following:
- Blocked nose
- Breathing difficulty
- Muscle stiffness
- Body aches
It contains active ingredients, such as camphor (4.8%), menthol (2.6%), and eucalyptus oil (1.2%). According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), these three powerful ingredients can work as cough suppressants. On the other hand, both camphor and menthol act as topical analgesics (pain relievers).
However, contrary to popular belief, this topical ointment does not act as a decongestant. Rather, the strong menthol and camphor vapors, create a cooling effect to relieve your nasal passages. This then triggers receptors in the brain to make you feel like you are breathing more freely.