Vicks VapoRub contains cough suppressants. So if you want a good night's sleep for the whole troop (For children 2 years and above), gently apply VapoRub on chest and throat before bedtime to reduce coughs due to cold. A loving massage will also soothe cold induced minor muscular aches and pains such as sore muscles and blocked nose. The active ingredients in Vicks VapoRub work in two ways: By Inhalation: Medicinal vapours help relieve nasal congestion. By Stimulation: Rub in. Acts directly on the skin, warming away muscular aches and pains.