I love this product. Every since I was young I always have one with me especially at my bedside. It has helped during the +Cold season when I have a +Stuffy +nose, cough or aches. I have even used it for my daughter when she had her asthma. So I researched more about this product so I will know the advantages and disadvantages and the ingredients. So here is what I found to share with you. I am rarely with out it :)
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+Vicks +VapoRub ointment is a +Mentholated +Topical +Cream manufactured by +Vicks. VapoRub should only be used on the chest & throat for cough suppression due to the common cold or on muscles & joints for minor aches and pains. It is applied often immediately before sleeping.
History
Lunsford Richardson developed the formula in 1905[3] when he created a salve for his children, after traveling to France. He named the product for his brother-in-law Dr. Joshua Vick.
A Penn State study showed Vicks VapoRub to be effective for helping cough and congestion, and helping children and even adults sleep Vicks VapoRub is an effective cough medicine for guinea pigs. Vicks VapoRub has been used as an effective onychomycosis treatment.
Ingredients
Active Ingredients: Label reads: Special Vick medications (camphor, menthol, spirits of turpentine, eucalyptus oil, cedar leaf oil, myristica oil, thymol)...compounded by the original Vick process. VICK CHEMICAL COMPANY Div of Richardson-Merrell Inc, New York, NY 10017[non-primary source needed]
• Camphor 4.8% (Cough suppressant and topical analgesic)
• Eucalyptol 1.2% (Cough suppressant)
• Menthol 2.6% (Cough suppressant and topical analgesic)
Inactive Ingredients
• Cedarleaf oil
• Nutmeg oil
• special Petrolatum
• Thymol
• Turpentine oil

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What Vicks VapoRub is and what it is used for
Vicks VapoRub is an ointment which is used to relieve nasal catarrh (inflammation of mucous membranes in the nose and throat), congestion (a blocked nose), sore throat and coughs due to colds. Vicks VapoRub contains four active ingredients: Camphor, Turpentine oil, Levomenthol and Eucalyptus oil.
• Levomenthol and camphor calm a cough
• Eucalyptus oil and Levomenthol relieve nasal congestion (blocked nose)
• Eucalyptus oil relieves catarrh
Before you use Vicks VapoRub
Do not use Vicks VapoRub:
• if you are allergic to any of the actives or other ingredients (see section 6)
• in your nostrils or swallow Vicks VapoRub
• on babies under 6 months
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using Vicks VapoRub.
How to use Vicks VapoRub
Adults:
• Rub Vicks VapoRub liberally on the chest, throat and back
• Cover whole area for maximum effect
• Leave nightclothes loose to allow vapours to be inhaled easily.
Or
• Place hot (not boiling) water in a suitable bowl for inhalation
• Melt two teaspoons of VapoRub into the bowl of hot water
• Keep sufficient distance from mixture in bowl to avoid burning of the face due to hot vapours
• Inhale the medicated vapours for 10-15 minutes.
Caution: never re-heat the mixture or heat VapoRub in a microwave
Children: (infants and babies over 6 months)
• Apply Vicks VapoRub lightly to the chest and back
• Rub in gently
• Leave clothes loose to allow vapours to be inhaled easily.
Vicks VapoRub is for external use only
If symptoms persist or in case of fever, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Vicks Vaporub Side Effects
Like all medicines, Vicks VapoRub can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them.
Occasionally Vicks VapoRub can cause a temporary reddening of the skin in the region where the product has been rubbed in. This 'skin reddening' fades and should disappear within hours without any further action from yourself. If the reddening does not disappear please talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If any side effects you experience become serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store Vicks VapoRub
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Store below 25°C.
Do not use Vicks VapoRub after the expiry date which is printed on the jar or carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of the month stated.
Further information
What Vicks VapoRub contains:
Active ingredients: levomenthol, camphor, eucalyptus oil and turpentine oil.
Other ingredients: thymol, nutmeg oil, cedarwood oil and white soft paraffin.
This pack may contain 25, 50, or 100 grams of ointment.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
+Procter & +Gamble (Health & Beauty Care) Limited Weybridge Surrey KT13 0XP UK
Manufacturer:
Procter & Gamble Manufacturing GmbH Procter & Gamble Strasse 1 64521 Gross-Gerau Germany
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