A person should absolutely not eat Vicks VapoRub. In addition, Vicks VapoRub should not be placed under tight bandages, in the nostrils or on wounds or broken skin. It should not be heated, microwaved or placed in hot water.
Vicks VapoRub is made for use in children and adults 2 years of age and older. A thick layer should be rubbed on the chest or throat to relieve cough. It may also be rubbed on sore muscles to ease minor aches and pains. Vicks VapoRub may be applied up to three times per day or as directed by a doctor.