Most people are aware that “Vapour rub”or “gelled menthol” is a very popular topical over the counter medicine that is used to treat mild breathing ailments. However, most people do not know that this product has several more practical every day uses as well.
In fact, menthol can be used for a variety of different things including; healing insect bites and helping horses to focus. Yes it is true, before a race, riders often help the horse to focus by placing a tiny amount of it under the horse’s nostril. Menthol has a strong scent that hides the odour of other horses and keeps the horse’s mind on the race and not on the foxy beauty next to it. That is quite an interesting fact, don’t you agree? Menthol has also been known to open sinus cavities and help people to breathe more easily. This is what it is most commonly used for.
Growing up, I was a sickly child. Mum always had menthol lying around the house, because it was literally the only way I could breathe. She would place a spoonful of it near a steam humidifier and this helped considerably. If it were not for the many nights I spent with an open bottle of menthol in my room, I probably would not have survived my childhood. I can still remember her saying its perfectly fine to drink it, so long as you only use a little bit and you dilute it in water. This always made me feel uneasy since I knew that I had also taken a hot bath with the very same stuff, the night before. Mum was always coming up with new uses for it, however, mum’s remedies were always the best.
What I know now, that I did not know then, was that mum did not invent these remedies, she just knew what ever other mum did, that there was a whole lot more to menthol than meets the eye.
Here are some examples of what you can do with Menthol.
- Applying it to your feet provides night-time cough relief. Generously rub menthol all over your feet and cover your feet with socks, your cough will eventually subside because the heat from your socks will create vapours.
- Rubbing it on your chest allows you to breath more easily if you have sinus problems.
- Menthol not only opens your chest, it also helps to relieve sore aching muscles.
- If you suspect that you have nail fungus, rub it on your toenails, it will turn the nail black and eventually kill the fungus. As your toenail begins to grow, it will grow off and you will have fungus-free feet, if you continue this regiment.
- Cats and dogs do not like the smell of menthol, if you put it on places that you want to deter your pets from scratching or peeing on, this will help.
- Other known medical uses for menthol include, helping to remove splinters, easing headaches, healing minor cuts, burns and infections and it aids in preventing insect bites.
- Insects also dislike the smell and it is a natural insect repellent.
Epsom Salt Foot Rub:
While menthol is not a wonder drug, it can offer mild relief to someone suffering from colds, flu and other minor aches and pains. Menthol makes the perfect starting gift for a home-made get well gift basket. It is very expensive, therefore, if you want to make more than one basket, you may want to create smaller fancy decorative jars and place some of it into the jar instead.
Make the jars and gift basket complete with personalized printable labels from Boutique Printables. Printable labels like these add the perfect touch to any gift basket. You can simply modify them to say “Get Well.”
If you want to make the basket even better, add jars or bags of Epsom Salts. Epsom salts go a long way to providing some of the same relief as menthol and can be used alongside it. There are a great deal of uses for Epsom Salts as well, but that is a story for another day.
Here are some other things you can add to a get well basket to make it perfect:
- Fruits and juice
- Chicken Soup
- Over the counter pain reliever and cough medicine
- Lemon and Honey
- Special Teas
- Cough Drops
- Mineral Water
- Books and Magazines
- Slippers and blankets
Nothing says love more than a remedy from mum and a personalized “Home Made Get well gift basket.”