Last year, I and my BFF went to the Dominican Republic to visit my aunt. On that time I was prepared for make fun with my BFF, but I wasn’t ready at all for the hordes of mosquitoes. After just one night (despite sleeping under a netted canopy!), my legs and arms were covered in huge, blotchy marks those were nearly not possible to resist itching.
In the morning after seeing all my bites, my aunt passed me a tub of Vicks VapoRub swearing that it would cure them. I was pretty anxious. I seem to be mostly sensitive to mosquitoes because each of my bites turns into almost a quarter-sized swelling that mars my skin for over one week. But I tried out the remedy on a few spots, mostly out of respect to my aunt. To my huge surprise, not only was the itching swiftly soothed, but each bump fades just in a few short days! It turns out the product used for many ailments in DR, including fevers, headaches, fungus, toenail and more.
According to the NYC dermatologist Dr. Neal Schultz, who is a host of DermTV.com and creator of the BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz, there’s some firm science behind this homeopathic remedy. “Three of the ingredients (camphor, menthol, and thymol) are topical analgesics,” he further explained. “They create a cooling sensation and stop the itching.”
The VapoRub was also conscientious for flatting all bite, thanks to the formula’s nutmeg oil. This vital oil has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as palliative and redness-reducing benefits. At last, the cedar leaf oil that contains in Vicks acts as a natural mosquito repellent. Sometimes old ladies really do know best. In future, I’ll never go on another tropical holiday without stashing a jar in my bag.