Vicks VapoRub to Cure Toenail Fungus
For a long time my second toe on each foot has had a thicker nail and the skin (or whatever it was) underneath was getting thicker. Because my toe is the longest it got banged around on my shoes more when walking so I thought that was the cause. Then I read the following articles on how putting Vicks VapoRub on your toes could kill fungus and I thought- why not?? I wasn’t certain if it was fungus or not, but I do have issues with candida yeast in my system so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try it. I cut those two toenails very short so that the Vicks could get to the tissue under the nails as much as possible. The first night after washing my feet I put on the Vicks and then a sock. But it was summer and I get super warm so that was too uncomfortable. So after that I just put a bandaid over the Vicks on my toe. I did this faithfully for 8 weeks. While my toe nail is now totally grown out from the nail bed after about 4 months the nails seems much more normal. I would say this is a success. Of course I will have to continue to watch and see if there are negative changes, but for now I am really happy I tried it.
While this could be achieved with essential oils and a thicker carrier oil I did have some Vicks and figured it was a good way to use it up.
Active Ingredients in Vicks VapoRub: Camphor (4%), Eucalyptus Oil(1.2%), Menthol (2.6%).
Inactive Ingredients: Cedarleaf Oil, Nutmeg Oil, Special Petrolatum,Thymol, Turpentine Oil.
A friend of mine pointed out that Vicks has petroleum jelly in it and that in itself could be harmful. In the future I will try this homemade version: Make a Natural Vicks VapoRub
Links about effectiveness of Vicks on toenail fungus: