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I've been suffering with a terrible cold this past week, which I have found even more annoying than usual given the beautiful hot summer weather we're having. I stocked up on a range of treatments from Poundland where I found plenty of healthcare bargains. This Covonia Vapour Drops medicine was one of them, and a 15ml bottle cost me (obviously) just £1.00.
Product description: "Covonia Vapour Drops is an inhalant used to relieve the symptoms of nasal congestion, catarrh and hay fever."
The drops come packaged in a small glass bottle with a bright yellow outer box. Underneath the plastic screw-top lid there is a cap placed over the neck of the bottle to allow you to dispense the liquid one drop at a time. There is a small integrated lip to catch any excess and help stop spillages.
Recommended directions for use: Sprinkle a few drops onto a handkerchief and inhale the vapour as required.
For adults, the elderly and children over 3 months. Do not use for children under 3 months unless your doctor tells you to.
I have used several other products to try and clear my congestion, but it was obvious that they had no real effect and I decided to seek out these Vapour Drops as they contained a combination of essential oils. Where my Beechams Cold & Flu powders and Vicks Vapour Rub failed, these Covonia Vapour Drops have delivered. I use 3-4 drops applied to a tissue and then depending on how badly blocked my nose is, I will either hold the tissue up to my nose and breathe in directly, or leave the tissue placed on my desk in front of my keyboard, so that I can breathe in the vapour gently as I sit and work. This works quickly to ease congestion and clears my airway so I can breathe freely again. It does have a very sharp scent that is penetrating even when my nose is blocked and my sense of smell has been dulled due to the cold, I could still smell it very strongly and it would sometimes make my eyes water as I was breathing it in. I keep hold of the tissue and breathe in as needed, topping up with an extra drop or two throughout the day as required. I find that my nose often gets blocked again at night when I am laying down to sleep, and in this case I will use another dose of 3-4 drops applied to a tissue, and place this on my pillow to help ease my breathing and give me a more comfortable and restful night.
Olbas Oil is a very similar product that I have been using for most of my life, and is my first choice. I decided to try the Covonia Vapour Drops as I'd ran out of Olbas Oil and the £1.00 price tag was very appealing. I must say that I still prefer Olbas Oil as it is completely natural, and can be used in a variety of different ways. The Vapour Drops contain "industrial methylated spirit" as one of the listed ingredients, and I am not sure I feel 100% comfortable about inhaling this, it sounds a bit dodgy to me! As a temporary treatment used for a few days in treating a cold it's not a problem, but I would rather stick with a more natural treatment where possible and next time I'll make sure I have some Olbas Oil in stock.
The Covonia Vapour Drops have proved to be effective in treating my blocked nose and have provided some much-needed relief when other products have failed. I was happy to get them in Poundland as they were very cheap and as only a few drops are needed per use, this gives great value for money. I can recommend them, but in all honesty I would go back to purchasing Olbas Oil next time I need this sort of treatment again.
Active ingredients: 15.5% w/v, peppermint oil 0.2% v/v.
Also contains: eucalyptus oil, spike lavender fragrance oil, industrial methylated spirit.
Covonia Vapour Drops
I have recently had a bit of a cold, and having so many university assignments due in I haven't had enough time to truly feel sorry for myself...
On a trip into Poundland where I was stocking up on supplies I came across these Covonia Vapour Drops - with peppermint oil, and menthol. They are in a small bottle 15ml, and they cost my the princely sum of £1.
The drops came in a box with a care leaflet, which should be read before use. However the drops can be used by anyone over the age of three months. They can be used to help the symptoms of nasal congestion, catarrh and hay fever... (I'm keeping these for the summer when I will add to assess their benefits with hay fever)...
When used for the symptoms of a cold I found these drops to be effective. I was using them on a handkerchief as recommended on the packaging, and just leaving them on my desk to help ease my breathing while hard at work on my essays. I also popped a few drops of this into a dish of hot water to get the vapour into the air at points.
I have to admit that although I can smell the strong menthol scent to the product I can't smell the peppermint oil (however I'm still very stuffed up and the menthol is strong)... For me this isn't an issue, as I find the smell to be pleaseing and effective.
I would highly recommend these to anyone who has a cold as they do help to ease the 'blocked up' feeling that you can get, and a real steal at £1!!!
Being asthmatic any help I can get with my breathing is welcomed with open arms.
During a winter cold, chest and nasal connecting in conjunction with each other can result in a terrible feeling of suffocation. Yes I can use my asthma inhaler but that's only recommended to be used every two hours. And the horrible heavy feeling on my chest returns much quicker then that during a heavy cold. Being able to breath clearly through my nose is at least some relief until I can take my inhaler again.
That's where these Cavonia Vapour Drops come in to play. The recognisable name of CA-VONIA! (proof that the advertising campaign has successfully implanted the product name in my head) isn't that well know in Ireland as the products are not easy available. However they are widely available in Scotland so that tends to be where I use them most. I have bought it from Poundland before obviously for £1.The packaging differs from the picture above however, the one I use comes in an orange themed box.
I was surprised by how small this actually is, you only get 15ml of the product, a bit on the stingy side I thought when I fist got it. But you soon learn that a little goes a very long way so there is more than enough to see me through at least two colds.
I love all things Vicks and would use them before most products, but I had heard good things about this so I thought I was worth a try. These are different to Vicks as the not only contain Menthol 17.5% but also unusually Peppermint 0.2% this results in a different scent than that of Vicks, it's lovely but I do prefer the smell of my trusted original.
The vapour drops are very simple and easy to use. Just like Vicks Vapour rub these can be placed in a basin of hot water or even a large bowl. I then cover my head with towline lean over the basin and inhale vapours deep in to my lungs through both my nose and mouth, alternating as I go. The sound of cats mating emanating for my chest is defining as the vapours begin to do their work breaking up and dislodging those dreadful glue like webs that have been slowing strangling me from within. I normally end up having to come out from under may makeshift tent as I burst into a fit of uncontrollable coughing as a result of the mucus existing my body into a nearby tissue (sorry for the mental image).
Returning to my tent I can then concentrate more on clearing my nasal congestion. This takes some work, as getting any air through a stuffed up nose is hard work. But with the hot steam and the Cavonia working together I eventually begin to feel more and more air getting through. Just like with my chest, it is best to blow your nose once you feel it working then return to finish the job. The only thing I found annoying was the fact the when I first go under to begin treatment the water is nice and hot. Then of course it begins to become less and less so and as a result there will be less vapour. I understand this has nothing to do with the product itself but is an annoying issue all the same. I have been considering buying one of those electric face steamer things so the temperature will stay nice and hot. As with all things menthol it is best to keep your eyes shut while using it as it can really sting your eyes if the vapours get in.
I will use this again as it worked very well, but I feel it will take some time to get me off my Vicks habit.
I think I need help.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night.
It has been that time of year recently where every time someone with a sniffle or cough has come near me I have almost felt myself becoming bunged up. I have been fortunate and have only been very ill on one occasion over the whole of the Winter season, well so far anyway!
The thing that I hate the most about having a cold is that stuffy feeling which always makes me feel like I can't breathe properly. This just stresses me out and makes me feel even worse than I am really feeling. I tend to use sinus tablets, throat sprays, menthol sticks for my nose and anything else that I can find to make myself feel less stuffy and horrible.
I first started using these Covonia Vapour Drops after picking them up for just £1.00 in my local Poundland. This £1.00 paid for a 15ml bottle which has lasted me for several months with occasional use when needed.
These drops come provided in a bottle and this is within a cardboard box. The colours are an orange and yellow colour which is quite bright and uplifting. It states on the box that this is for 'nasal congestion & catarrh' and that this contains peppermint oil & menthol.
These drops are incredibly simple to use, I tend to use mine in a facial sauna when I have the time and I have even used these in a bowl of water at work with a tea towel over my head. I find that within just a few minutes that my sinuses feel incredibly clear and I can really smell the menthol and peppermint.
Overall I have been really pleased with the quality of these drops. I find that just a few drops in my facial sauna is fantastic and I usually drop them in to 50ml of water to give me lots of steaming time without using too many drops. My stuffiness always decreases fully when using this for more than 5 or 10 minutes and this lasts for a good hour or two before it gradually increases again. On occasion I have used this on tissue and slept with it next to my nose, this had a mild effect and while it does not work as well as the steaming it does work better than some other drops I have tried in the past.
These drops have worked well for me and while I use them in conjunction with a host of other products they definitely contribute towards making me feel better quicker. The price of this cannot be beaten really and £1.00 is absolutely fantastic for a medicine cupboard item that helps me feel better, smells nice, clears my airways and lasts for months and months!
It wasn't until I met my husband that I started trying out different medicines and the like. Before I met him I was more of a person who would leave a cold to go on its own. Now I look back and think I was a bit mental.
When I am unwell I try and keep it to myself and not make a fuss. I don't like people fussing over me and I don't like to admit when I am feeling under the weather but after having tonsilitus and then coming down with a cold exactly 3 days after recovering I was feeling miserable and very sorry for my newly bunged up self.
After trudging off to the doctor to make sure my tonsilitus had not returned for a Rocky V style finale I traipsed back through Boots and found myself looking at the medicine aisle (coughing and spluttering and generally clearing the area for a good 20ft radius of people) I came across the Covonia Vapour Drops as they didn't have the Vicks Vapour Stick. I decided that the Covonia was worth a try seeing as though I felt like death warmed up with a bunged up nose and I felt like I couldn't breath without breathing through my mouth like I was auditioning for the part of Darth Vadar's wife.
The Covonia Vapour Drops come packaged in a little yellow box (I am assuming the box DooYoo have as a picture is an old one) with the red Covonia logo on the front and a little whisp of smoke which I assume is the vapour contained inside ready to clear my poorly nose.
The vapour drops are only for inhaling so if you purchase these please do not try and drink them. I don't have a clue what happens if you do drink them but I am assuming a visit to A&E will probably arise at some stage. The vapour drops are best for tackling colds, flu and hayever and inside the box the drops come in a little bottle with a dropper. The bottle is 15ml which may not seem very big but it goes a long way. This is not a cure for a cold but just a bit of relief from the horrible and nastiness of a cold.
Covonia Vapour Drops have a minty fresh smell which comes from the menthol and peppermint oil.
To use the drops all you have to do is put a couple of drops on to a piece of tissue or on your pillow if you are using them before bed. You then just sniff and wait for the effects. I found that I had almost instant relief when I sniffed this. My nose started feeling more normal and clearer and as I continued sniffing I could my head loosening up and not feeling as congested. I started to feel normal again. The effects lasted a good hour which was enough for me. I also put a little bit on my pillow before I went to bed at night just so my nose didn't feel so congested as I slept and it gave me a much more peaceful night's sleep.
Covonia Vapour drops can be used on children from the age of 3 months and over. The back of the box does state that you should ask your doctor or midwife if you can use them whilst pregnant or breastfeeding.
I definately recommend Covonia.
I am a terrible patient! When Im poorly everybody else suffers with my moaning, groaning and complaining. What can say....if I have a case of man-flu everybody knows about it? One day when feeling fairly bunged up and full to the brim of a winter cold I was irritating my girlfriend so badly that she decided to storm out to the chemist to get something to shut me up. She came back with Covonia Vapour Drops and despite my initial flu-induced hesitation, this worked a treat!
The vapour drops are part of the Covonia brand which mainly tackles flus, coughs, bad throats and general colds. For £2.50 you get a 15ml bottle but the uses required each "dose" is so little that this will last a very long time. Chances are it will take effect and ease your symptoms so this will last considerably more than one bout of illness.
Basically to use these drops in the simplest way, drop a few drops onto your handkerchief and/or your pillow when sleeping and inhale the minty, fresh fumes. It dries ever so quickly so don't worry about the effect similar products have or staining pillows and making for a wet nights sleep. The smell remains strong but the wetness goes almost instantly.
The smell is strong with a minty tone to it that gets right up even the most blocked of nostrils and begins to work with the first sniff. Within seconds of sniffing I was astonished at how effective they were. Everything felt more loose, the headache toned down a bit and generally perked me up. After half an hour I was refreshed and even though I was still a bit bunged up they drops had worked a wonder. After a day or twos use in conjunction with the medication I was on I was recovered!
Of course this product cannot heal you alone but it will ease nasal blockings, headaches and general flu symptoms. It wont give you a miraculous recovery but it certainly helps and is well worth investing in for your medicine cupboard!
Also on CIAO
There is nothing worse than that bunged up feeling you get with a nasty cold. Sometimes it can just be due to the type of old you have and other times it can be a touch of catarrh that just won't shift, but at times like these when we are feeling low we do all need a helping hand.
Covonia make a range of products that suit a variety of uses. From cold and flu formulas, cold and cough medicines and throat spray, when it comes to having a nasty cough, cold, or similar illness Covonia have a product that may help. The Covonia Vapour Drops are part of this range and can offer a light reflief to that stuffy blocked up feeling that we all dislike.
The piccy here shows the Covonia Vapour Drops in a blue box, but the last box I bought was an orange colour, so there may have been a product update, so I would advise you to check with your pharmacist if you are unable to locate the product. You get just a small amount of the product for around £2 to £2.50. The 15ml product is more than enough to see you through many uses, so don't be put off by its small stature, as less is more with this product.
Covonia Vapour Drops are a simple to use product that can give a really good short lived clearing effect. I find that this product can give just enough of a respite from the blocked up feelings you get with hayfever and similar allergic reactions as well as for colds, catarrah etc.
I often use the Sudafed Nasal Spray, which you use to clear nasal congestion, but as you can only use that a limited amount of times per day, the Covonia Vapour Drops can be a real bonus. I find that if you alternate the two, the effects are good and do improve your situation more when combined.
The Covonia Vapour Drops are easy to use and can be either used in a plain steam basin or an electric facial steamer product. Both work equally well and in some ways the electric steamer can have a slight upper hand, as it can keep a more constant water temperature and so produce longer lasting steaminess.
All you need to do with the Covonia Vapour Drops is pop a few into your steaming water and then cover your head with a light towel or similar item. Then just inhale the steamy vapour. I find its not long before the inhalation of the Covonia Vapour Drops begins to work its magic.
Once the clearing and decongesting process starts you soon are able to catch a whiff of the peppermint and menthol in the product. The aroma is a welcome relief as you can often not smell a thing without the use of these types of product, due to blocked and bunged up nasal cavities.
In summary I find that this is a really good product that can help to clear blocked sinus and stuffy nose problems for a short period. When used in conjunction with Sudafed Nasal Spray I have found the 2 work very well together.
Similar products such as the menthol crystals you can buy and drop into water are also of help and can give a similar effect. What they cannot do in my experience, is be dropped onto a hanky and used as an occasional thing to inhale when out and about. The Covonia Vapour Drops can be used in this way and so have a slight edge on some other products.
The rating for these is going to be 4 stars, as I do find that best results are when I have combined this with another product such as Sudafed. This is a handy and helpful product and well worth thinking about getting if you are suffering from colds, catarrh or hayfever.
Product info here:
Active ingredients are:
Menthol BP 17.5% w/v
Peppermint Oil BP 0.2% v/v
Spike Lavender Fragrance Oil
Industrial Methylated Spirit
Always follow the instructions for use. Do not swallow the product, as its for inhalation only. Its not suitable for children under 3 months old. Never use the product if you have a known allergy to any of the ingredients. Lastly always seek medical advice if your symptoms are severe or long lasting just incase their is an underlying condition that requires treatment.
There are few things in life which can make me feel as miserable as catarrh. It's not something I get too often but when I do it usually involves crushing pain on my forehead which painkillers alone cannot shift.
Before my daughter came along I would usually just lie down and try to sleep it off, but since her arrival my nasal cavities have given me far more grief, and as any parent will tell you, you no longer have the luxury of retiring to bed in illness when you have little ones to consider.
To add to my woes, pregnancy had a strange side effect in me, which was the onset of hayfever, something which had never bothered me before.
Blocked nasal cavities became par for the course and I would find myself having to use over the counter remedies during spring (which is the worst time for me for hayfever) and constantly blowing my nose.
An outbreak of severe catarrh recently knocked me for six and despite taking 400 mg of ibuprofen, the pain on my head was driving me to distraction. I checked to see what medicine I had in the cupboard and came across Covonia Vapour Drops which I had picked up in Poundland at the start of the cold and flu season.
I am a huge fan of Covonia products - their cough medicine is the most foul tasting preparation available, but also the most effective. I used to be a quite heavy smoker, and in my smoking days if I had a cough it was really painful, not to mention annoying and Covonia, to my mind anyway, loosened up the cough almost immediately - well certainly after the initial splutter upon tasting it had died down.
Covonia Vapour Drops come in a small 15 ml bottle and are very easy to use - you simply sprinkle a few drops on a handkerchief and inhale the vapour. What I like about them is the moisture dries off quite quickly, meaning you get the benefit of the vapour without having to use a soggy tissue.
The smell you get from these drops is quite strong, with the overwhelming scent being that of menthol, although they also contain peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, Cajuput Oil, Spile Lavender Fragrance Oil and, rather less fragrantly, Industrial Strength Methylated Spirit.
What amazed me about them was how quickly they actually worked - within a minute of inhaling the product my sinuses felt clearer and the headache abated slightly. I also found the smell to be immediately comforting too - although I wonder if much of that is due to the menthol smell which reminds me of Vicks and childhood.
However don't be fooled by this statement into thinking that this is a miracle product that will keep you going throughout the day - because as soon as I removed the handkerchief from my nose, the pain around my head returned. As my day involved driving a car and having several chores to do around the house, it wasn't really practical to have the handkerchief close to my nose at all times.
If I had been able to sit down or lie down with the handkerchief close by for any length of time I am sure this would have worked more effectively.
However this was an extreme case of catarrh and I have also used this on my daughter who has had blocked sinuses and a severe sore throat recently overnight and this really helped alleviate the pain she had in her throat in the morning. She even commented that just sitting with a handkerchief which contained some of the vapour drops made her nose feel less blocked very quickly, also giving her some relief from the pain in her throat.
The vapour seems to be quite long lasting too - certainly the aroma lasted for most of the night and still lingered in the morning when we have used it overnight.
Since I started using this periodically I have found my nasal airways to be far clearer, and as someone who tends to put up with things until they become critical, I am wishing I had started using this a whole lot sooner.
I plan on using this overnight when my hayfever starts to kick in as I find it seems to help prevent any congestion in the first place using it this way.
Covonia Vapour Drops are suitable for use by all, except for babies under the age of 3 months. They obviously are for external use only but as the bottle states, they genuinely do offer effective relief from nasal congestion and I would highly recommend you give them a try if your nose is blocked and causing you discomfort and pain.