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
Rub Vicks VapoRub liberally on the chest, throat and back. Rub in well over the whole area and leave nightclothes loose for easy inhalation.
Place hot (not boiling) water in a suitable bowl for inhalation. Melt two teaspoons of VapoRub into the bowl of hot water and inhale the vapours.
Caution: never re-heat the mixture or heat Vaporub in microwave
Children (over 2 years):
Apply lightly to chest and back. Rub gently and leave clothes loose for easy inhalation.
Do not use Vicks VapoRub:
if you are allergic to any of the actives or other ingredients
on children under 2 years
as an inhalation for children under 12 years
on broken skin, wounds or mucous membranes
swallow or apply directly onto the nostrils, eyes, mouth or face
Do not bandage tightly. Do not use with heat wrap.