When I had a cold as a child, my mother put a little Vicks VapoRub under my nose to help me breathe more easily. Vicks VapoRub doesn't relieve nasal congestion. But the strong menthol odor of VapoRub tricks your brain, so you feel like you're breathing through an unclogged nose.
Also asked, why should you not put Vicks in your nose?
Why You Should Keep Vicks Out Of Your Nose. As a pulmonary physician, I can explain the real reason there is a warning against putting Vicks VapoRub in the nostrils. It is not the camphor, but the petrolatum. Petroleum jelly or mineral oil can cause a chronic form of pneumonia when aspirated into the lungs.
Where do you put Vicks when you have a stuffy nose?
As Lasha Shaerma has said, inhaling steam with Vicks in the water is a great way to help nasal congestion. When that isn't possible, you can put a small amount of Vicks in your nostrils or directly below them. If your chest in also congested, the steam is a good idea, and rubbing Vicks on your Chest can help, too.
Can Vicks help a runny nose?
The good news is a runny nose will usually clear up on its own. Although Vicks products won't cure a runny nose, they can help you feel better. NyQuil SEVERE helps dry up your nasal passages to relieve your runny nose.