The founder of Vicks: Lunsford Richardson (1854-1919)

Skinmed. 2010 Mar-Apr;8(2):100-1.


Vicks VapoRub (Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH) is one of the most popular over-the-counter therapies in the world, used to provide relief from the symptoms of the common cold and non-life-threatening respiratory infections. Even as more advanced products have come and gone, VapoRub continues to dominate the market almost 9 decades after the death of its formulator, Lunsford Richardson (Figure).

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Portrait

MeSH terms

  • Drug Combinations
  • Drug Industry / history
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • North Carolina
  • Plant Extracts / history*
  • Terpenes / history*


  • Drug Combinations
  • Plant Extracts
  • Terpenes
  • camphor, cedar leaf oil, eucalyptus oil, menthol, myristica oil, terebinth oil, thymol drug combination

Personal name as subject

  • Lunsford Richardson