Vicks VapoRub has built quite a reputation for treating colds. Turns out that common cold is not the only health defect this ointment can help cure.It can help in weight loss too.
The Vicks VapoRub wrap method
How Vicks VapoRub works to facilitate weight loss is similar to wrap therapy. Initially, herbal wraps were used to relax and soften skin tissue. It was later realized that the herbal wraps caused sweating in the areas treated, resulting to temporary weight loss.
However, wrap therapy’s popularity increased exponentially in the ‘90s and as a result, it has become pricey over the years.Fortunately, a cheaper alternative has availed itself. You can easily create a homemade slimming ointment with the Vicks VapoRub. Some people go for the cheap plastic wraps at the grocery store instead of the expensive therapeutic wraps.
They claim that plastic wraps are as effective as medically tested wraps. However, this claim has not yet been substantiated by reputable scientific sources.
How does the ointment work?
Scientists have proven that there is a direct link between cold temperatures and weight loss.
During cold, the body burns excess calories stored in the body as fats to release heat. This heat helps keep the body at right temperatures to function. As a slimming cream, Vicks VapoRub uses the same logic.
Menthol is one of the main components in the ointment. When menthol comes into contact with the skin, sensors that are receptive to outside cold are activated.
This creates a cold feeling on the skin. The nerve endings respond by sending a message to the brain that outside temperatures are dropping.
The body then turns to internal sources of energy.
By burning fats to release energy, heat is produced to maintain body temperature. Another byproduct is water, which is released as sweat and urine.Haven’t you noticed that during cold times we tend to release a lot of urine? Well, what happens is that blood vessels constrict reducing waterlevel of the blood. This is to reduce heat loss through skin.
This excess water is expelled as urine. The extra water that comes as a byproduct of fat metabolism, creates a surplus which is also expelled by the body. This is what causes weight loss. Water accounts for more than 70% of our body mass. So, by expelling some of it, our bodies automatically shed some weight. Vicks VapoRub therefore creates a false sensation that facilitates all the processes discussed above.
You should be cautious when using Vicks, because too much of menthol can lead to skin irritation or burns.
To reduce the risks of menthol, you may create a hybrid ointment made up of Vicks, camphor, a little rubbing alcohol and baking soda. Camphor creates warmth in the skin and will therefore act as a balance for the excess menthol. The rubbing alcohol and baking soda will help dilute the ointment further to make it easier to apply.
Although there have been concerns that the slimming effects of Vicks VapoRub are only temporal, the main issue is that the ointment actually works. Vicks can be used as a foundation for a ground breaking weight loss ointment.
Vicks VapoRub weight loss wrap cream recipe:
- Vicks VapoRub
- Sodium bicarbonate
How to prepare it:
- Crush the average tablet camphor well and mix it with other ingredients until you get a paste.
- Place it in a plastic or glass container. Apply the resulted cream in the evening and make circular movements.
- Then, wrap the area with plastic wrap and let it sit for 30 minutes or overnight.
- You can use this cream while staying at home or before doing your exercises.