Use Vicks VapoRub To Cure Toenail Fungus

Use Vicks VapoRub To Cure Toenail Fungus

We’ve heard that Vicks VapoRub can cure toenail fungus before (it’s also helpful when you’ve got a cold!), but the New York Times recently put it to the test. The results: The thyme in VapoRub can in fact do the job.

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Researchers have been studying the effects of the herb, thyme, on curing toenail fungus — a condition that, while not normally harmful, affects about 15 per cent of Americans (insert your own joke here). The over-the-counter medications for eliminating nail fungus are plagued with drawbacks. They’re expensive, don’t have great results, and have a whole slew of side effects. Here’s what The New York Times had to say about the research surrounding the use of herbal remedies such as thyme instead:

In one study, scientists tested the antifungal effects of the ingredients in a generic medicated chest rub. Of the seven ingredients, thymol was among the most effective at inhibiting the growth of dermatophytes that cause nail fungus. Other studies in animals have also shown thymol oil to be effective against dermatophytes. And studies have also shown that thymol oil destroys another cause of nail fungus, Candida, by disrupting its cell membranes and metabolism.

You can purchase thyme oil at health/natural food stores, or if you want to take the VapoRub route (the cream contains Thymol, a thyme derivative), you can check out eHow for directions on the VapoRub regimen instead.

Like we said, we’ve seen this mentioned before, so if you’ve tried this home remedy yourself, let’s hear how it worked out for you in the comments.

Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Thyme for Toenails [The New York Times]


  • Next time you have a persistent tickle in your throat and need to cough, try rubbing Vicks Vaporub on the soles of your feet.

    Works every time.

    Anyone know why?

    [Comments from medical people especially valued]

    • Vicks Vaporub works on the soles of the feet because it is where the part of the foot corresponds to the Reflexology points ie: the organs of the body, lungs and chest area associated with the Reflexology points works a treat and doesn’t need to be rubbed on the chest to be effective. Hope this helps you to understand why the Soles of the feet, like your hands and ears all have the same Reflexology points so you can work on it yourself, without having to see someone who does Reflexology. Rubbing and massage of the area near the Sole of the foot with Vicks is going to get you better long before any cough medicine or any other treatment.

  • That’s good to hear. Another common product I have used with success is Listerine. I have had a “toe-nail fungus” for something like twenty odd years. Tried all the (expensive) remedies to no avail. Then somewhere on the ‘net about three months ago, I read that Listerine could be effective. With me it has been. The soreness has now gone from my big toe and hopefully, the nail will now grow into one that is almost normal. Don’t know what ingredient is in Listerine – certainly not thyme as far as I know but something works.

    • Both of my big toe nails have been affected. I apply tea tree oil, with a dropper, to each affected nail and it doesn’t matter if it gets onto soxes or shoes because its a disinfectant. Recovery is a slow process depending on how fast nail regrowth takes, an, how well (regularly after every shower) the fungus has been treated.

  • good old White King bleach cured mine,soak foot in a solution every evening,paring the nail back when possible allows the bleach to enter more readily… Voila! All over Rover! this was after an expensive but useless commercial so called cure failed miserably.

  • Vicks Vapour Rub is the answer for getting rid of warts.. my son nearly lost his toe nail when he was 7, every night I rubbed Vicks Vapour Rub on it and ‘bingo’ a few weeks later the big wart with 7 satallites had gone.

  • I have to agree with Susie. That funginix is a very good product. Had a nasty toenail fungus for 5yrs has pretty much cleared up my condition. Who said Loceryl works? That product is being pushed hard on TV in Australia and that thing doesn’t work.

  • Never heard about this before. I think trying products specially made to target nail fungus like Lamisil is a better approach. Visit the doctor, if all else fails- they will probably be able to give you something that will get rid it faster. N yeah over the counter products might or might not work, it all depends on the strength of ingredients and severity of the condition. You can try if the ingredients have any benefit before making a purchase.

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