An Ode to Vick’s VapoRub: 8 Surprising Uses For The Ointment

Ah, the magic medicine. 

It’s a proven fact that Vicks VapoRub can cure everything...well, at least if you ask our abuela. It’s a secret weapon, a magical potion, the fountain of youth, and the cure-all that Latina mothers everywhere love slathering all over their niños - regardless of what’s actually afflicting them. 

It looks like your mamá may actually be on to something, because Vicks VapoRub can be used in a variety of ways to make your life better -- even when you’re not moquienta. We've got 10 reasons why vaporú is the only thing you need in your medicine cabinet: 

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New YorkNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. . You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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