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When I am suffering from a blocked nose I often use vapour rub to help me breathe better and another item that I use, particularly when trying to sleep at night is these Karvol decongestant capsules. I try to always keep a box of these in my medicine cupboard as when I am suffering from a blocked nose, which seems to be more frequently since an operation on my face and jaw last year, there is nothing worse for me than trying to sleep and failing.
When I am going to bed at night and suffering I just get the blister pack out of the medicine cabinet, pop out one capsule, snip the top off and then I pour some of this either directly to my top pillow case in my bed or on to a tissue which stays next to my face at night. It just depends how lazy I feel really but I generally try and use the tissue rather than a pillow case.
These capsules are not for swallowing, I must stress that now, and the liquid within the capsules contains a mixture of pine, cinnamon and menthol although the menthol is the predominant scent that stands out for me. I cannot really detect cinnamon at all and the pine is faint because the menthol is so overpowering, which is just what I need from these capsules. These capsules can be used for anyone from the ages of 3 months upwards but if you are using them near your child just ensure that they cannot ingest any or eat the tissue that you place it on.
Recently I have been struggling more to source these and have now been buying them from my local LLoyds Pharmacy with 12 capsules costing just under £3. As I only need one capsule per night, and don't use them every night, these aren't too expensive for me and really are worth it for a valuable and rested nights sleep.
When I apply this to a tissue, or a pillow case, I do find that the vapours are noticeable in the room. Sometimes I will apply this to a tissue, get it in place, then get myself ready for bed by brushing my teeth and what not, then I come back in to my bedroom and find that I can really notice this, but not in a nasty way. They are not overpowering and instead are just quite nice and relaxing.
When I lie down next to this decongestant liquid at night I find that it works really well for me. My nose stops feeling stuffy within a few minutes and it helps to relieve my symptoms whether they are caused by a cold or flu or just repercussions of my operation. This means that my husband doesn't have to listen to horrible stuffy sounding breathing from me during the night and it means that I am not woken up by feeling like I can't breathe properly. I am also able to sleep easily as I can once again breath through my nose, preventing me from snoring and disturbing my husband by breathing through my mouth, and also preventing me from waking up with a sore throat.
Overall I must say that I am really pleased with these capsules. They are simple to use and they are effective also. My symptoms are relieved and I am able to get a comfortable nights sleep. These are not the strongest menthol products ever but they work for me and that is all I need. For that reason I am rating these 5/5 stars.
i live in The south East and after trying 6 chemist gave up as all stated no longer available
Before christmas both my daughters got a cold and it didn't move for weeks this of course caused many broken nights sleep, I use Olbas Oil for my eldest daughter but found the smell a little too strong for my younger daughter as she is in a box bedroom and the door is shut on a night.
Karvol costs about £2.50 for a box containing 12 capsules and can be bought from supermarkets and chemists aswell as online from sites such as Amazon.
The capsules come in the typical Karvol box, dark blue in colour with Karvol in white writing and outlines in green and a green banner across with the word decongestant on it. There is a picture of a child sleeping soundly as if to say this is what the capsules do. It states on the box natural vapours to clear blocked noses and that these can be used from 3 months old. There are some warnings on the box such as, for inhalation only, avoid direct contact with eyes and skin, do not put drops directly in mouth or nose, if swallowed accidentally seek medical advice, consult your doctor if symptoms persist.
A combination of vapour products are in the capsules to help clear the nose such as menthol, cinnamon, and pine oil.
The capsules inside the box are packaged in plastic strips which are backed with foil, to get out a capsules you simply push on the plastic front so the capsule pops through the foil at the back. To use the capsules you simply snip off the end and then dab onto a hankerchief which you can place close to your child or on a night you can dab the contents directly onto the bed sheets.
This products smells like menthol but is not too strong so I was happy to use it in a small bedroom, the capsules did seem to help my little lady and ourselves get some sleep and there was certainly less night disturbance whilst she had the cold. The one bad point about these is that they leave marks on the bed sheets where the solution has been and I found that it didn't come out until I used a stain remover. I would recommend these to anyone with young children as they work really well and help with the sleep deprivation.
Before my daughter was born, I stocked up on lots of different childrens medicines so I always knew I was prepared for the day she got poorly and I could do all I can to make her feel better quickly. I spotted these Karvol decongestant capsules and decided to pick some up.
--- Packaging ---
The capsules are contained in a blue cardboard box with the product name and a picture of a baby and a young child sound asleep. The capsules come in the same silver foil backed trays you would find tablets held in. These are very easy to squeeze out of the foil. The capsules themselves are around 1cm long and made from a flexible plastic.
--- Useful information ---
These capsules are suitable for people above the age of 3 months. For young children above 3 months of age just snip the top off and dab the contents on something out of reach but near by. For older children and adults dab the contents of the capsules on the pillow.
These capsules can be purchased in different pack sizes, a 12 pack or 24 size pack. The price varies for these, but can usually be found for any price between the region of £2 and £6. They are widely available from supermarkets and chemists, anywhere that sell medicines really.
--- Our experience ---
Chopping the end off of the capsules proved difficult for me, and despite my best efforts, I usually ended up losing some of the contents. The capsules have a sort of wine bottle shape (just miniscule!), but snipping the end with scissors still caused a little leakage as they are full to the brim.
When my daughter was a baby, I used to dab the contents onto a spare bib and securely tie it to the bars of her cot so she wasn't able to get hold of it and attempt to untie it. It just didn't feel right placing the capsule onto her bedding as, in my opinion, the aroma might have been too overpowering for her. With the capsule being on her bib, it was still definitely noticeable and even later on in the night when I retired to bed, I could still smell the Karvol as I was coming upstairs.
I personally love Olbas oil, so I don't use the Karvol capsules for myself, but for adults the capsules can be used in a variety of ways. During the day it can be dabbed onto a tissue to be sniffed at your pleasure or you can add the contents to a bowl of hot water and inhale the vapours.
I've found that using Karvol capsules definitely eases my daughters cold symptoms during the night, her breathing isnt as heavy and she isnt so restless as she would be if I didn't use these. After running out of our first packet I went and purchased another one straight away and now after using these I don't think we will be without these in the house for a very long time!
Any mum has just gotta love Karvol. I've been using these clever little capsules since my eldest was a baby; they're a godsend when any of my children are ill and are definitely a product I'm loyal to, as soon as one box is almost finished I buy another so there is a constant supply of Karvol in the medicine cabinet.
Specially designed to be used to treat children, the capsules contain a heady mix of pine, menthol and eucalyptus oils. These are blended to provide relief from a blocked or generally stuffy nose, the smell given off is not offensive in the slightest although there is enough of a whiff to ensure the capsules are doing their job. And their job is to keep a crabby, ill child happy. Good, eh?
Each capsule contains one dose of decongestant, you snip the top off and squeeze the capsule until all the oil has dribbled out. One capsule really is enough (even though it looks like it isn't) so don't be tempted to use a second as the only extra effect you'll get is to overwhelm your child and leave them with streaming eyes! The Karvol feels a little oily to the touch, I have also had issues with it staining certain fabrics so if you're planning to use it directly on your child's clothing then make sure you do a spot test on an inconspicuous area first.
There are two ways of using Karvol. I favour squirting it straight on my kids' pyjama tops when they need it as this brings the decongestant closer to the nose (where it's needed) and I think it works much more effectively when used like that. An alternative is to squeeze the oil onto a tissue or piece of cotton wool, then place that near to the sick child's pillow. I am currently using this method as three month old David has a blocked up nose and I think his skin is still too delicate to be coming into direct contact with a fairly strong decongestant such as this. I am also applying SnuffleBabe on his chest and throat, and I find using these two products together are really helping the problem as he has the combined benefit of SuffleBabe on his skin and a tissue with Karvol at the head of his cot will have him breathing fairly normally again.
The older girls' have the Karvol on their clothing and this does work quicker and for longer. A single capsule when used like this will last for the entire night, then if they are still blocked up the following day you can use another one. I've used it myself when I have a cold as I have an allergy to Vicks and you'd be surprised at just how well this small capsule of oil works. Being an adult I have other options, but I do find the smell of Karvol to be very comforting and even if it doesn't completely do the trick then at least it smells nice!
£2.50 (or thereabouts) from any chemist or supermarket.
After just reading a review on the product I will now review, I remember how many I had to use of them when my children were little, and how I still find myself throwing a box into my shopping trolley now, even though my two have moved onto the delights of vapour rubs!
The product in question is - "Karvol capsules".
When my son was first born he was diagnosed with severe broncillitus, and due to his tender young age (three weeks old at that point) I was reasonable restricted as to what I could use to give him relief.
Not only did he have a bad chest but also a snuffly nose, that meant he struggled to drink his bottles, finding he had to keep stopping to breath through his mouth, so after a quick (and slightly panicky!) conversation with my health visitor she recommended saline nasal drops for the feeding times and Karvol capsules for night times.
Karvol capsules are small wax teardrop shaped capsules, that to use you simply snip the narrower end off and squeeze the menthol scented contents onto either the child's pillow or even their pyjama tops, though in my sons case I had to get a handkerchief and tie it around the handle of his Moses basket before administering the dose.
Each capsule holds a mere few drops of liquid, with the sent being that of menthol and pine, but is nowhere near as strong as the adult versions, this is however still quite effective.
I found that one capsule lasted for a good hour or so before fading. By which time the child (or adult!) has had time to fall asleep without the blocked nose hampering sleep.
Any downsides, only if you have any loose ones! Each capsule comes in it's own foil pocket, very much like pain killers do, but if popped out and then not used these can look awfully interesting to a small child, very much like a sweet, so if any that would be the only downside for me.
Price wise these range from £3.00 up to £5.00, depending on size of the pack purchased, but is well worth the money due to effectiveness, and is also available in a bottle form too.
These were a life saver to me when my two (especially my son) were little, and I have no problem recommending them.
Thanks for reading x
I remember that when I was a child and I was feeling poorly with a cold my mum would always do the usual rubbing vicks vapour rub on to my chest and things but she would also always dot some karvol liquid from the capsules on to my pillow and things and I absolutely loved the smell of it! When my son was a baby and developed his first cold one of the first products I bought was the karvol capsules which I had remembered from my childhood.
Karvol capsules are basically a decongestant which helps to ease the symptoms associated with a head cold such as a blocked up nose. The vapours in the product are made from a combination of products including menthol, pine oil and cinnamon although other ingredients are included.
The karvol capsules can be bought in packs of twelve or twenty four and will cost anything from £2.90-£5.00 depending on the pack size. I always bought the larger pack size as I just felt this offered better value really. The capsules come in a blue thin cardboard box which features the karvol brand name in very large lettering on the front. There is a picture of a sleeping baby on the front and we are told that the product is suitable for use from three months of age and onwards.
Inside the box are the karvol capsules which are packaged much like a pain killer in many respects with a foil backed piece of plastic. You need to push the capsule through the foil in order to access it. Each capsule is made out of a squishy plastic and around a centimetre in length. You need to cut off the top of the capsule and then you can squeeze the contents out wherever it is required.
Now when my son was a baby I felt it was important not to apply the product to his cot mattress or something like that and so I used to drop the liquid on to a muslin cloth and then tie that to the bars of his cot out of his reach. The vapours are apparent in the room but they are not overly strong in my opinion. As my son got older though I would drop a few of the drops on to his pillow at the top so that it was not likely to come into contact with his face but that the vapours being released would be close to his head. This is how I use the product should I use it myself as well and I find that the vapours, whilst not overly strong, are quite soothing and relaxing somehow and also aid sleep as well as helping to make me feel more comfortable during a cold at night.
It is important to note that this product should not be swallowed or anything like that. It is purely a product which should be inhaled from a distance and should not be put directly in to the nose either.
I have to say I do think this is a quality product and it is good to know there is a product out there you can use should your young baby get a cold and you want to help alleviate their symptoms some what. The vapours released from this product are not particularly strong in my opinion but they do seem to be effective and so it is something I would continue to buy when the need arises.
Thank you for reading my review!
Over the last few weeks these have been an absolute godsend. We have all been struck down by the dreaded flu and added on top of that, when recovering from the one we have then come down with colds also! So much fun we have had lately!
I even started calling us..... The house of death warmed up!
My youngest son who is 3 (4 in April) has always been the one to pick up any cold/flu/chicken pox/anything germ related! He came down with a temperature and at first I assumed he had picked up another cold, he always seems a bit lethargic at first but when he was still poorly after taking medicine I realised my poor little boy had flu.
He was achy and looked like crap, he was very sleepy but waking up often with a blocked nose.
I took him to the GP who gave him antibiotics for his chest and more calpol but I picked up a box of 24 Karvol capsules in Asda for £4. They also had a box of 12 available for £2.55 and other Karvol products including a vapour rub, drops and other items.
The capsules are little golden pods. You simply snip off the end and empty the contents either onto a hankerchief or onto the corner of a pillowcase/duvet cover.
I put it on his pillow case and he did sleep longer due to the fact it was helping him breathe easier.
During the periods he was awake I would give him a tissue and he would give it a quick smell if he was feeling bunged up.
I also remember using them when he was younger and I would add a few drops of the liquid to a corner on his bib. It seemed to work fine.
After he got better, my eldest son and hubby both came down with the same illness and again I was rubbing Karvol everywhere! Men and flu just don't go! They drove me mad. For a week I didn't sit down, between running around for my eldest, getting a drink for hubby and sorting out my other 2 children I was like a mad woman!
I have just started to feel better myself after coming down with it also. I have used Karvol on a tissue and it does help a lot. It unblocks your nose and makes you feel that bit better.
The only one to escape it is my 7 year old, but I have the Karvol to hand should he get it soon!
Karvol can be used by babies from 3 months onwards.
For babies it should be used on a hankercheif and placed where the scent is still strong enough but away from babies face.
It can also be added to hot water and inhaled that way.
It contains Menthol, Cinnamon and Pine oil and has a very fresh mentholy scent.
As it's suitable for children and adults it's something to have in the medicine cabinet that is handy to have there..... Just in case!
Karvol capsules are wonderful little things for young babies and children. Vick is far too strong for children so i was told by my health visitor and she recommended using karvol capsules when my girls had a real bad cold they must have been around five months old when i started using karvol.
Karvol capsules are quiet cheap they cost around £2.50 for a pack of twelve capsules. These are available from most good pharmacies and supermarkets.
Karvol capsules are a decongestant for children. When my girls are bunged up with the cold and its affecting their nose or chest i use karvel.
The capsules are tiny oval shaped with a small nuzzle on the end, the nuzzle twists off and you can then use the oil inside the capsule. I use it in my children's bed clothes and pillows beside there head. Although the oil looks greasy it does not mark or stain the fabric. Karvel capsules can also be sprayed onto a hanky and placed in the cot on between the pillow and pillowcase so the hanky is hidden.
Karvel capsules contain herbal oils such as , cinnamon , pine and menthol being the main ones. These don't smell as strong as vick very mild and nice warm smell from it.
Karvel capsules can be used on babies from three months of age, adults can use it too.
I find karvel capsules very effective and tend to clear the airways quickly. I like the smell and the fact they don't stain my children's bedding. Especially effective for nasal congestion. If my children have a cold and its gone into their chest i used Karvel and snuggle babies chest rub at the same time. I also feel the karvel capsules help them to sleep better when they are choked up.
My girls are three years old now although i could use vick i still stick with Karvel capsules. If you don't fancy the capsules karvel also do a plug in vaporiser.
I highly recommend Karvel capsules.
When my son has a cold the worst time is at night when he is lying down and there is little that can be done to help him. I purchased a pack of Karvol Decongestion capsules to try and help him. The packs are available in either packs of either 12 or 24 capsules .They have a mix of essential oils pine, menthol and cinnamon.
How to use.
The capsules can be used for anyone over three months of age from babies through to adults. The top does need to be cut off it doesn't seem to twist off which makes the capsule more secure but also less practical. I always keep them in my medicine box which is out of reach of my son anyway. It is also essential to dispose of carefully as the left over capsule could be a choking hazard. The Oil can be either squeezed into a tissue or put on bedding a little way away from the child.
I have been using these for over a year each time my son has a cold. I have always put it on his bedding at the corner so he isn't liable to lie on it. I find that it is a very strong aroma that does seem to smell of a combination of pine and menthol and I personally don't notice the cinnamon at all. When I go in to check on him the aroma does hit you as soon as you walk in the room. As for my son I do believe that it does help him sleep better when he does have the capsules. One capsule will last through the night and so a pack of twelve has lasted me nearly a year. While it can be used on tissues during the day my son will simply wipe and throw and I have not found this works well for a small child. I have also used it once when I had a cold a few months ago when I couldn't breathe. I found it did help but only a small amount and not sufficient enough to completely clear my head so I did go and get some flu medicine. As the amount of medication is severely restricted this is a useful addition.
The Karvol capsules can also be used for inhalation but this is not something I have any experience of using with this method. It advises to use one capsule in one pint of hot water.
There is a warning that is printed on the side of the box which reads: Precautions: For inhalation only. Avoid direct contact with eyes and skin. Do not put drops directly in mouth or nose. If swallowed accidentally seek medical advice. Consult your doctor if symptoms persist. It also does state that side effects are not expected but if you notice anything unusual you should consult your doctor
The Packs are available from most chemists and supermarket. A pack of 12 is currently £2.14 at Tesco's.
I do think this is a product that does work in a subtle way and has no side effects so it is something I would recommend when your little ones are poorly.
It's coming round to that time of year when colds seem to multiply and it always seems to be my boys that get the colds. When I was little I was a Vicks vapor child and can remember quite clearly my mum rubbing it on my chest and saying that will unblock your nose, never mind that it used to make my eyes water but it worked just as mum said it would.
When my son was three months old he had a cold and was very unsettled during the night so I thought I would get some Vicks but after reading the box I realized it wasn't suitable for children under six months so I looked for something else and came across Karvol. My children are Karvol children I haven't looked back since buying it.
Karvol decongestant capsules are little orange capsules that are filled with liquid filled vapor. The capsules say they contain aromatic oils pine, cinnamon and menthol. The scent it gives off is strong and refreshing. My children don't seem to mind it. It is to be used for block noses and head colds.
It is very simple to use. You pop a capsule out and snip the thin end of it and then use as directed on the packet. The usage directions are very clear on the box and easy understand. These capsules are great as you can use it from three months upwards. For a baby and young children you can squeeze the capsule onto a handkerchief and put it nearby them but for older children and adults you can put directly onto bedding on a nighttime.
Every time I have used it, it has worked and given my little one a peaceful night's sleep which is not only great for them but for you as a parent too! It has soothed them when they are at the worst which is always night time. I do use it myself too and swear by it now. During the day I place a couple of drops onto a handkerchief and carry it around with me.
The capsules are not to be used on the skin but Karvol do, do a range of other vapor products. There is a rub you can get and a rather expense vaporizer you can plug in. I have always used the capsules as they are really handy to carry a few around in your bag for those just in case moments. I found them very clean as you dispose of the little capsule as you have used it so no stuck up jars left in your cupboard.
For 12 capsules you will pay just around the three pound mark and for a larger box of 24 you will pay four to five pounds. A capsule will last a few nights on your child's bedding or a handkerchief so a box will last a while. I think they are worth every penny and would highly recommend you give them a go.
Karvol has been a welcome presence in my life since childhood - whenever I get a cold, it is my first port of call.
Simply put, Karvol is amazing for getting rid of colds, phlegm, etc. The way it works is it comes in little capsules, you cut the end off these capsules and squeeze the liquid enclosed out onto a tissue. When I have a cold, I take Karvol going to bed, and sometimes keep a tissue with it beside me while reading or watching tv.
The capsules are slightly messy - even from touching them you get a bit of residue on your hands, and when you cut the capsule open, be sure to wash the scissors after. However, the liquid itself is amazing - if your nose is blocked, it will clear it out. It is no good for long-term things like rhinitis or hayfever, but great for colds and chesty coughs. It loosens all the icky things that are blocking your nose or chest, and lets you breathe more freely. It gets rid of colds quicker than anything else I have tried.
It is suitable for all ages, just make sure you throw the tissue out in the morning after going to bed with it and replace it with fresh Karvol as it can cause an irritating smell!
I bought this for my daughter when she was a baby. She had a really bad
cold and was struggling to sleep - this was recommended by the pharmacist in Boots, we used it, and haven't looked back since. It really does work wonders.
It's an aromatic decongestant, that can really help to unblock your nose
and help you sleep. It comes in capsule form that is suitable from ages 3
months upwards, and each capsule contains a combination of menthol,
cinnamon and pine (which does stink - but is a mixture that really works!).
Because you inhale this wonder smell - it encourages you to inhale warm and moist air that eases blockages and soothes sinuses. You add the capsules to hot (but not boiling water) and breathe in the aroma. For my baby, we added it to a bowl of water and left it in her bedroom overnight (well away from the cot). The vapours filled the room and really helped her sleep.
This has now become a product that the whole family use - and whilst it is targeted for children, everyone can benefit from it! If anyone in our house has a cold they end up going to bed with a bowlful of Karvol and I can guarantee it will help them sleep.
For older children and adults, you can even add droplets of it to a
handkerchief to smell through out the day to ease your cold (which you
workmates / school friends will love).
This costs about £3.85 - but for a good nights sleep for baby and you,
wouldn't you pay it?
We bought these after going to the pharmacy after our little 6 month old developed a cold, and wa very blocked up. Its terrible when you have a little baby who has a cold, and is all snuffly. Our son got very blocked up, and its frustrating you cant just blow his nose to try and clear it. So instead we got these capsules.
They come in a blister pack of twelve, capsule shaped which goes in at the top. All you simply do is cut the top off one of these, and rub the contents on a hankercheif or sometign similiar, and then place it near the baby in the room, ensuring its not within the childs reach. We would normally place tis on the floor next to the cot, so theres no chance of him grabbing the hankercheif and sufficating.
They smell very vaporising and fesh, but theyt dont smell that strong, and they certainly dont do anything for me, but maybe they are designed to be a little weaker for babies.
So do they work? I would have to say they definately help, as in the morning he he normally less bunged up, and even if is only going to help slightly, Id rather give them a go.
One other thihg which is a slight downside is that there doesnt seem to be much liquid I each capsule, and therefore it makes it very hard to spread on a piece of cloth.
Overall, I would use these as they might possibly help, although im not sure as to how much they do elp, as it doesnt seem that strong.
Why I bought these:
You know what it's like when your children are not well, their noses are blocked and they can't sleep properly which keeps you awake. You're willing to try anything. So recommended to me by my mother I went and bought some.
What are they:
They are for a blocked nose and congestion due to head colds which causes restless nights. The Karvol Decongestant Capsules contain a combination of aromatic oil, which consists of pine, cinnamon and menthol. The natural vapour works gentle and effectively to help your child breathe more easily.
Directions for daytime and night time use: Snip the top off the capsule carefully, pointing the top downwards and away from your fac.
For babies over 3 month's old and young children (NOT TO BE USED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 3 MONTHS OLD): Squeeze the contents of one capsule onto a folded up bit of tissue and put nearby but out of the reach of the child.
For older children and adults: Squeeze the contents of one capsule onto a folded up bit of tissue and put nearby. For relief during the day squeeze the contents of one capsule onto a folded up bit of tissue or into a pint of hot water and inhale the vapour freely. Take care when using hot water.
I thought this product is great, especially as you can't use Vicks on a young child this is the next alternative. I would recommend this product as it unblocks you child's nose while they care asleep to let the breath better and night and have a restful sleep. It does say put it on a tissue and put nearby, if I'm honest I put on a tissue and put underneath my children's pyjama top just make sure they are wearing a vest underneath and don't forget to tuck their pyjamas bottoms over their top so the tissue does not get lost. I would not recommend putting this on your bedding or even your pyjamas as it is oil and will stain you bedding and unfortunately will not be able to get out. I would suggest putting it under your pillow. And would recommend this product to anyone, I think it's great and does do as it says for both children and adults. I would rate this product a 9/10.
You can busy this product most places. You can find them in your local supermarkets or chemists. The price is roughly £2.98 for 10 capsules sounds a bit expensive but it's worth it for a night's sleep, and to get you or your child/baby better.
Each capsule contains a combination of aromatic oils / pine, cinnamon and menthol / The natural vapours work effectively to help you or your child breathe more easily / To help you, each Karvol Decongestant capsule contains an exact measured dose / Karvol De