34-year-old ‘vintage Vicks’ makes a strong comeback for mom
Vicks is one of those classic remedies that can help a stubborn flu and a blocked nose. The VapoRub is a staple in many South African homes. A bit on the chest can do just the trick! An American mom used a jar of Vicks that expired in the 80s and although it worked for her son, experts say this is a big no-no.
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‘VINTAGE VICKS FOR THE WIN’
Heather Chacon took to Twitter to share that her son had been ill and she needed something effective that would work for him. Heather’s mom loaned her a jar of Vicks that she used to use years ago.
“Shout out to my mom, who loaned us the SAME pot of Vicks she used to use on me growing up.”
The jar of the vintage VapoRub expired 34 years ago and Heather shared that it actually worked!
“Rest assured I did use this and it did indeed help. Vintage Vicks for the win.”
TWITTER WAVE OF VINTAGE VICKS JARS
Several other Twitter users shared their own vintage Vicks jars, saying the jars have worked for them. Amber Oldenburg said she and her family have been using a jar of the VapoRub from the 70s.
Anthony Stokes’s jar of Vicks from 2010 is newer than the others, but it’s still as effective.
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WHAT DO THE EXPERTS SAY?
Although a tub of vintage Vicks might do the trick for some, it might not always be the wisest choice.
Chief pharmacy officer at Northwell Health in New York, Onisis Stefas strongly suggests that people don’t use Vicks VapoRub past their expiry dates.
“It’s not good to use medications past their expiration date, particularly 30-plus years after the fact.”
A spokesperson for Procter & Gambal (the company that produces the VapoRub) seconded Stefas’s statement.
“The expiration dates reflect the time period during which the product is known to remain stable, which means it retains its strength, quality, and purity when stored according to its labeled storage conditions.”
Based in Johannesburg, Brian Derenberger is a Senior Editor at Healthy Organic Lifestyle.