Vicks VapoSteam is a camphor product that temporarily relieves coughing associated with a bronchial inflammation, common cold or flu. Vicks VapoSteam also includes alcohol, eucalyptus oil, cedarleaf oil, laureth-7, menthol, nutmeg oil, poloxamer 124 and silicone. This particular Vicks product is indicated for a cough only. Other Vicks products are more suitable for chest congestion, sore throats and other symptoms. You can use VapoSteam with a Vicks hot steam vaporizer or other vaporizers suitable for hot steam.
Add Vicks VapoSteam solution to cold water in a ratio of 1 tbsp. VapoSteam to 1 quart water. Never add VapoSteam solution to hot water.
Add VapoSteam and water mixture to Vicks Steam Guard Vaporizer or other vaporizer suitable for hot steam.
Secure the steam unit and place vaporizer in a flat, stable location that is water- and heat-proof, four or more feet away from the bedside.
Plug in the vaporizer. As the water heats, the vaporizer should begin to release steam.
Steam output from the vaporizer is dependent on the mineral content of the water used in the vaporizer. If steam is not flowing from the machine, add a pinch or two of salt and mix thoroughly. Salt will not affect the camphor VapoSteam; it will simply cause better steam flow. Add salt in moderation: too much can cause over-boiling, which can lead to a blown fuse or other electrical problems.
You can use Vicks VapoSteam with any hot steam vaporizer. Follow manufacturers instructions for individual vaporizer units.
Robyn Ellis has been writing since 1999. Her work appears in "Poet Lore," "Lumina," and "Rattle" literary magazines, among other publications. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from Emerson College and a Masters in Museum Studies from Tufts University. She currently works as a writer, editor, and museum professional.