It certainly seems to be a product for all seasons and every ailment. I just remember how miserable I was as a child, to have vapor rub applied by my mother. Of course, I was just a child, and perhaps the formulation since then has changed a little, but I don't remember feeling any better after the application. I do, however, remember the distinguishable smell.
However, the next time I have a severe cold, cracked feet, sinus headache, nail fungus, sore joints or am attacked by mosquitoes, I will remember this article. Desperate times call for desperate measures, which there will have to be for me to choose to use the smelly stuff as an adult.