Awesome Different Uses For Vick’s Vapor Rub!

Vicks VapoRub has been a staple in many homes for over 100 years. The menthol ointment – originally named Vick’s Magic Croup Salve – was developed by a Greensboro, NC pharmacist named Lunsford Richardson. Richardson created the mixture of camphor, eucalyptus and menthol and introduced it in 1905, when he was just over 50 years old.

Renamed VapoRub in 1912, the thick emollient has been rubbed on the chests of many children and adults to suppress coughs and ease congestion. Over the years, however, many have discovered other uses for the salve – and you won’t believe what some of them are!! Watch to learn some of the things you can do!

Our obsession with this blue jar of minty goodness knows no end! There are numerous recipes for do-it-yourself concoctions and myriad uses touted. The unique combination of ingredients has given it a special place in modern culture.

Even in Jesus’ day, however, people used ointments, oils and salves for a variety of purposes. Three times in the Old Testament there is mention of a specific healing balm from an area by the Jordan River. An African American spiritual song highlighted the connection between this balm and the healing that Jesus provides.

“There is a balm in Gilead
To make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead
To heal the sin sick soul.”

Jeremiah 8:22, says, “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?” As the song indicates, the true healing balm for humanity’s ultimate ailment – sin – is Jesus.

Isn’t that good news??


While Jesus is the ultimate healer of our hearts, God has given us healing ointments to use on our bodies. Ointments are mentioned about 35 times in the Bible, and that doesn’t include mention of other oils, perfumes and spices used for a variety of reasons.

Learn three biblical uses for ointments from Dr. Tabor

Ointments were used as beauty products – In the book of Esther, the women in the king’s court used ointment for cosmetic purposes: Now when the turn came for each young woman to go in to King Ahasuerus, after being twelve months under the regulations for the women, since this was the regular period of their beautifying, six months with oil of myrrh and six months with spices and ointments for women (Esther 2:12).

Ointments were used in ceremonies for consecration (setting apart of people or items for God’s use) – “And you shall make from these a holy anointing oil, an ointment compounded according to the art of the perfumer. It shall be a holy anointing oil. With it you shall anoint the tabernacle of meeting and the ark of the Testimony …” Exodus 30:25-26.

Ointments were used for burials – A woman with an alabaster jar came to Jesus just prior to his crucifixion and put the very expensive ointment on his head. When the disciples criticized her for this wasteful act, Jesus responded by saying, “In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial” (Matthew 26:12).

Like in biblical times, we have many ointments – but one stands out! Vicks VapoRub!!

Can you believe how many uses there are for this one item??

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