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I've been really unwell the past few days - runny nose, sore throat, nausea, headaches, the lot. Apparently everyone at work has had it, so I guess it was only a matter of time before it was my turn, but since I can't really take any more time off, I've been looking for ways to sort myself out.
I remembered buying a sachet of Montagne Jeunesse anti-cold bath ages ago as a 'just in case' type product (or perhaps I was tempting fate?) and dug it out to use.
Montagne Jeunesse, which translates as Mountain Youth, is a company that is probably best known for its face masks. They produce a huge range of face masks in sachets, but they also do a few other products such as these bath sachets, hair masks and pore strips. I actually bought this one directly from the Montagne Jeunesse website, and you can also get it from Amazon. I haven't actually seen this particular product in the shops, but to be fair I haven't been looking. Saying that I know Boots, Superdrug and Wilkinson's all stock the Montagne Jeunesse range, so they might be worth a try.
The product is a 20ml sachet of herbal treatment which should be added to the bath to ease cold symptoms. It contains a mix of eucalyptus and camphor and the idea is that inhaling the vapours of the product from the bath will act as a decongestant. They also recommend using it before going to bed which is what I did.
Eucalyptus oil is a known decongestant and both eucalyptus and camphor are ingredients that you will find in many other cold relief products, such as Vicks vapour rub. I guess in a way this is similar to inhaling Vicks in a bowl, just lots more diluted.
Like most Montane Jeunesse products this comes packaged in a sachet. This particular one is predominantly blue in colour and features a blonde laying back in the bath. There is a little perforated notch on the packet which tears easily in order to add the product to the bath water.
The effectiveness of the product will vary depending on the volume of water in the bath. In other words the more water in the bath the more diluted the product, and the less effective it will be. I'd suggest if you have a particularly large bath it might be worth buying more than one sachet.
I filled my bath with a moderate amount of water and poured in the product. It's a very dark green coloured liquid and I thought it looked a little bit like a witches potion! It was a very unusual colour I thought and it does turn the bath water an unusual medium green colour too.
The smell is really strong, and despite the fact that due to my blocked nose I hadn't been able to smell anything for days, I could smell this very clearly as soon as I poured it out. The main scent in my opinion was the Eucalyptus, but then in total honest I don't actually know what camphor actually smells like! It's quite a medicinal scent similar to tea tree, but I suppose that's to be expected and I didn't mind it really - anything to help me breathe better!
When I poured this into the water I remember thinking that it looked quite oily, but when I actually got into the bath the water wasn't oily or greasy at all. Apart from the fact it was green and there was a strong scent of Eucalyptus you wouldn't know I'd added anything. It certainly didn't seem to do anything for my skin, although it didn't ever claim that it would in fairness. It is worth noting that this is not to be used on broken skin, so that's something to bear in mind.
After getting out of the bath I did feel that I was breathing more easily, although a part of me wonders if the steam from the bath could have done that on it's own. I certainly wasn't cured in any way, but I did feel that this product helped ease my symptoms for a while and I felt less blocked up.
I think the greatest benefit I got from this was that I used it before bed as instructed and I found I got my first night of uninterrupted sleep since getting the cold, as before I had been waking up coughing or snivelling!
These sachets are a bargain at just 99p each. Buy from www.montagnejeunesse.com They are also suitable for vegans and are gluten and dairy free if those are concerns for you.
Overall, whilst this was in no way a miracle cure, it was a help and I will definitely stock up on these for the winter months...just in case!!