Vaseline, or petroleum jelly, has long been a staple in most households for chapped lips and dry skin, but it’s recently exploded in popularity as people realize exactly what that little blue jar can do for health and wellness.
The History of Vaseline
Back in 1859, a man named Robert Chesebrough was visiting a small Pennsylvanian town where he discovered that oil workers were using rod wax, the by-product of drilling, to heal their burnt and wounded skin. Chesebrough was curious about the rod wax substance and began to explore its possibilities. After a serious of refinements and purifications, he was able to distil a lighter version of rod wax that he dubbed “Wonder Jelly.”
What is Vaseline?
Vaseline Petroleum Jelly is no longer called Wonder Jelly, though the name is certainly still applicable. Vaseline is a mixture of natural waxes and mineral oils that provide deep hydration to the skin to lock in moisture and heal wounds.
Incredible Unknown Uses of Vaseline
Vaseline is best known for its role as a skin protectant, but it can do so much more for your health and wellness!
It’s believed that Vaseline can actually eliminate lice when applied to the scalp in a thick layer because it smothers the lice. It also protects wounds in a similar fashion by sealing in moisture while keeping out bacteria and infection. If your baby is prone to diaper rashes, Vaseline can prevent the rash to begin with by locking in hydration.
Petroleum Jelly even has some fun cosmetic uses as well! Dab a bit of Vaseline onto your neck and wrists before spraying perfume, and the scent will last all day! Alternatively, apply it to fingernails and eyelashes to see longer, stronger results. Beauty stars know that Vaseline can also make teeth shine and prevent embarrassing lipstick smears.
Regardless of the use, it can’t be argued that Vaseline is worth far more than the few dollars it costs to purchase!