“ Brand: Lockets / Type: Coughs, Colds & Flu „
Right now it's winter where I live. That means cold, for both the weather and for many of the people who live with it. And when you feel cold, you catch cold. That's what my mother used do say, at least.
The Wrigley chewing gum company (a subsidiary of Mars) make a range of boiled sweeties called Lockets that are supposed to relieve some of the more annoying symptoms of colds. Lockets are designed to soothe sore throats and the irritation of a tickly cough, and when you suck them they release a vapour which is meant to help clear blocked nose and sinus problems. They come in packs of ten individually wrapped lozenges and are available at something like 65 pence per pack. The original (and biggest selling) variety is honey and lemon flavour and they come in a very familiar golden yellow packet.
Do they work? Well I guess so, yes, but only on mild cases of cold or man-flu. Honestly, anything worse than "a bit of a snuffle" and they probably won't help all that much but they won't make your symptoms any worse either. When you first suck them you get a nice menthol and eucalyptus taste and smell that starts to clear your head. It's a reassuring smell, the kind that makes you think that it's already doing some good.
Then, after you've sucked it for a while you break through the boiled sweet outer and release the golden honey and glycerine centre. This trickles down your throat and soothes the soreness there. Hopefully it will take the edge off your cough too.
I'm a fan of Lockets, they're my first choice for this kind of light cold relief sweetie, but there are a couple of things that I don't like about them. The first is that they stick to your teeth both when you're eating them and for a long time afterwards. I know that they're supposed to coat your throat with a balmy lubricant to calm the soreness and wanting to cough but it's not good feeling as though you need to clean your teeth after each time you have one.
The other thing that I don't like about them is that after say three or four in a day I find that they give me a bit of a tummy ache. Apparently you're not supposed to eat more than about two full packets in any given day. I think that if you did that then your tummy troubles would be more concerning than your original cold.
Some people find that the honey and lemon taste isn't to their liking either. There are a couple of other flavours available - extra strong and cranberry & blueberry - which may be more to your taste.
Maybe it's all in my head but I do find that I feel a little better after eating a few of these.
But only just a little.
At the moment I am in bed. Once again I have yet another cold which isn't unusual for me at this time of year! I have a bad immune system due to lots of different health problems (including an eating disorder) so this is something that I am rather used to.
I have a few tablets, medicines and powders sat here on my bed side cabinet as I type to try to help alleviate the symptoms, at the moment though my cold is in full throttle mode and nothing is touching it. My Mother went out the other day and bought me some Lockets, a couple of packs in different flavours because she knows like I do that they do at least sooth a cough and help you to breathe more easily although they are not medication as such for cold and flu's they do give a bit of temporary relief at least!
Here, I am reviewing the Honey & Lemon Lozenges which happen to be my favourite flavour and I think I'm right in saying that they are an original flavour. Course Lockets are now available in a few different flavours but me, I like these the best!
The lozenges come in a paper tube that is yellow and white in colour and on the front of the pack we are told that they are Lockets Lozenges 'Help clear you nose & soothe your throat' and they contain Menthol, Eucalyptol and no artificial colours or flavours and that each lozenge contains 12.8mg of Vitamin C and then on the back of the packet other information listed includes dosage advice, warnings, the ingredients are listed and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly stated. Each lozenge comes in white paper with grey writing all over it and we are told that they are lockets on each one. Easy to open packaging this is and its all informative enough too.
In my packet I got 10 lozenges all of course individually wrapped. These are suitable apparently to give to a anyone over the age of 3 years of age and are meant to be sucked and the directions for how many packets you can consume in a day is clearly listed. Me, I am an adult and I can have up to three packets of these a day if I want to.
Each lozenge is oblong with rounded edges and quite thick and yellow in colour and look basically like a hard boiled sweet. The flavour of these is mainly of the lemon which is zesty but at the same time very sweet with a menthol kick to each one and a really light, soothing flavour of honey to them. Anyone who has crunched one up knows they have soft, gooey lemon and honey flavoured centres however they are meant to be sucked to help to release the goodness and menthol of course! It is difficult not to crunch them mind you and in my opinion they do taste nice though when consumed I always get an odd sort of tinny flavour left in my mouth that makes me drink loads till it goes!
At 50p (ish) a packet you wouldn't think they would do much really would you? They are not a medicine as such but me....I love these and really appreciate them! These really unblock my nose so I feel I can breath properly and that's for the duration of sucking on the lozenge which is about 7-10 minutes! They coat and sooth my sore throat and I stop coughing (even though at the moment I have a dry cough with a slight tickle to it at times!). I'm sucking on one of these as I write this review actually and I haven't coughed once!
I really do like these and feel that if you have a cold or flu they are a must buy. You can basically have loads of these in a day if you like, they taste nice, are not expensive and are effective, in fact more so than a lot of medicine and tablets I have been taking and you can still take medication if you want to along with these. I suck one before bed with this cold to soothe my airways and sore bits and they allow me to at least get to sleep so thumbs up for these....I think they are superb and so cheap for what they do for me!
Available in good shops and chemists etc!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
=Lockets Cough Sweets=
Over the winter I always end up with a sore throat, sniffles and generally a cough from the mild cough through to needing antibiotics to shift a chest infection, so I always try to have a selection of cough sweets in hand, so that if I can catch it early enough and hopefully prevent or at least ease any symptoms.
=Mild - Starters=
I personally class Locket cough sweets as a starter sweet, as I find they are not strong in strength but they have a soothing effect on my throat.
The last packet I brought cost me 55p from Wilkinson, but in you buy in local corner shops you can pay up to 80p a packet.
=What do they do=
Lockets are medicated lozenges, and they contain Vitamin C, menthol and eucalyptus. They have a hard shell and a liquid centre to provide dual relief to the throat. The sweets are oval in shape, and yellow in colour.
There are 10 individually wrapped lockets in one packet.
The packet is a gold/yellow colour, and has the "Lockets" logo on the front, a d on the back it gives directions of use, the ingredients, possible side effects, expiry date and company contact details.
FLAVOURINGS (LEMON, GRAPEFRUIT AND LIME OILS, LEMON FLAVOUR)
=Nutritional Information = Per lozenge=
Energy 16.47 kcal per Lozenge
Carbohydrate 4.08g per Lozenge
Suitable for a Halal and Vegetarian diet
=The Proof is in the eating=
They first thing you immediately notice is the hardness of the shell of the sweet, but this soon gives way to the honey and the menthol smell. Once you have been sucking the sweet the hard coating of the smell starts to get thinner and weaker and then breaks and the liquid from the centre releases into the mouth, and you get a hit of honey and lemon, this eases the soreness of the throat, and the menthol goes up to the nostril.
There is no after taste to the lockets.
The relief is not really long lasting, in terms of that within an hour any of the benefits from the locket has gone and I need another one.
The Lockets also come in Extra Strong and also Cranberry with Blueberry flavours.
=Would I buy again=
I would buy again, as these are a mild cough sweet and suitable for all the family, as a first defence to a cough/cold they do help.
Since the Bank Holiday at the beginning of this month, Ive been trying to shake off the last little bit of a cold that Im convinced my children have ' blessed ' me with. The wet and mild weather hasn't helped me in regards to my recover, but Im getting there. When I was in my local ASDA I thought I would pick up something that would make things a touch easier for me, but not costing the earth. So I picked up these, Honey and Lemon flavoured Lockets, which cost 55p.
Why did I buy them?
As much of a wimp I am, I hate being ill and it makes me feel grumpy, I know Im not at deaths door so don't need to go hard core with the old medicines. Just needed something to keep the mouth, throat and nasal area feeling alittle more invigorated, cheaply and pleasant to take. This potentially fitted the bill.
What is it?
Lockets are medicated lozenges that contain eucalyptus, Vitamin C and menthol which is designed to help clear your nose and soothe sore throats. It has a hard shell and a liquid centre that provides double action relief.
How are they packaged?
Similar look to how a packet of sweets are packaged. 10 lozenges are wrapped in a paper wrapping. Each lozenges are individually wrapped in paper with the 'Lockets 'logo imprinted on it. Lozenges are slightly oval in shape.
The packet itself is mainly yellow in colour, but white around the 'Lockets' logo on the front of the packaging. On the front it tells you what product is, what its supposed to do, brief idea what they contain and the flavour.
On the back it gives direction of use, ingredients, possible side effects, expiry date and company contact details.
SUGAR, GLUCOSE SYRUP, HONEY, GLYCEROL, FLAVOURINGS (LEMON, GRAPEFRUIT AND LIME OILS, LEMON FLAVOUR), VITAMIN C, CITRIC ACID, COLOUR (E160A).
Energy 16.47 kcal per Lozenge
Carbohydrate 4.08g per Lozenge
Suitable for a Halal and Vegetarian diet
How do they taste/perform
Firstly, they do have a normal boiled sweet appearance to them. They are golden yellow in colour. But popping them into the mouth gives a different sensation. ..
The first thing I can taste is the honey. Its sweet but not sickly. Then I get a hint of the honey with a mint sensation to it. The shell is crisp and smooth in texture, and very easy to suck and keep in the mouth. The mint/menthol element is apparent, and keeps the mouth feeling cool. I can feel it settling in the mouth, the back of the throat and slightly at the back of my nose when I breathe in. When the lozenge is in the mouth for awhile, the hard shell starts feeling alittle weak and thinner, and I cant help but want to take a bite. Once that happens, the liquid centre oozes out, with a slightly stronger and more invigorating taste of lemon and honey. Menthol is still there and alittle more so, but is now being balanced out .
After the last little bits have been sucked and gobbled up, the mouth still feels fresh and invigorated. No odd aftertaste, but the sweetness from the honey is still on the tongue along with a slight sharpness from the lemon and the whole mouth, back of throat and nose passage is still very cool, fresh and minty. Pleasant and quite long lasting.
Throat feels soothed, nose slightly relieved in regards to being stuffy and mouth feels fresh and uplifted.
Would I buy again? Yes I would. Considering they are so cheap, tasty and easy to eat are all a bonuses. But they actually do something, even if it is on a short term basis. For me, a lot better and cost effective to use rather than grab something more medicinal as I simply don't need it, but this helps me for now!
Readily available and comes in afew different flavours: Extra Strong and Cranberry & Blueberry.
I have always bought Lockets for myself whenever I have had a sore throat or a blocked nose. They aren't the strongest throat lozenge on the market but they are one of the better tasting ones and probably one of the few I'm forced to have to spit out half way through. These cost in the region of about 60p per packet and they are for sale just about everywhere. I mainly buy mine whenever I am doing a shop in Tesco's or some other supermarket I happen to be in and they come in a variety of different flavours. I always go for the Honey and Lemon variety as I find these are the better tasting ones.
They are basically just little hard boiled sweets which are all wrapped individually in a single pack. The individual wrapping means that they are not going to stick together in the pack. The active ingredients in these throat lozenges are menthol and eucalyptus.
The best thing about Lockets, I think, is the fact that they are not hard all the way through to the centre of the sweet. I suck them until I reach the middle part where the runny and gooey centre releases all of the lemon and honey nectar which runs down the back of the throat and soothes it if it's feeling sore. I am not sure if thee are supposed to help with breathing due to blocked noses, but personally speaking, I do find that they are very effective at helping to unblock my own nose.
They are a very palatable lozenge and they are not so hot that I am forced to abandon one half of the way though. I have even eaten these from time to time when there has been nothing wrong with my throat and I have just eaten them as an every day sort of sweetie. There are no restrictions on how many you can take within any given period so I just take them as and when required, really.
They are one of my favourite throat lozenges and though I have eaten most of the favours in the range, I do think that I prefer the lemon and honey variety.
I always remember when I was younger Lockets were the only throat sweet that my mum would buy as she said that they were the only ones that actually worked for her. I have taken this thought with me into adulthood and although I am still not overly keen on the taste of them I do find that they are good sweet for soothing sore throats brought on by the cold.
As well as soothing sore throats they also have the added benefit of helping to unblock noses as well.
They are little individually wrapped hard boiled sweets which contain a soft liquid centre. They are honey and lemon flavoured and the ingredients contained in them include menthol and eucalyptus.
You just suck one whenever you feel that you need some relief from blocked noses or sore throats. The menthol and eucalyptus in them tastes quite strong but they are so full of sugar that this takes away a lot of the bitterness from them. When I have a cold my taste buds aren't at their strongest but I can still taste these even when I am completely bunged up as they are quite strong. They aren't the most vile tasting cold sweet but personally I still don't feel that they are all that nice tasting.
I will give them their due however as I do think that they give some relief to my blocked nose and sore throat.
You just suck one whenever you feel like you need to and the vapours from the sweet do help to unblock my nose and although they don't completely clear it they do make it slightly more bearable. One of the best things about these is that you can take almost as many as you like and you don't need to ration them so if you feel like you need to have another one within half an hour of the last you can and don't need to wait in between having them unlike some properly medicated sweets.
I'm not sure how much relief these give to sore throats as although they do soothe them a little they don't have anything in them that will numb the pain or help to heal it either. The centre of them feels nice when you finally get to it and it does feel soothing but if you actually have a painful sore throat then you would be better buying something else which is designed to numb the pain as these won't do that.
I do buy these often but I think a lot has to do with the fact that I grew up with them and because they are always so easily available. I have tried a lot of cough and cold sweets over the years and these stack up well against them but there are other more powerful medicated products you could be taking but of course they are usually more expensive and also they might contradict other medications you might be on. For some light relief then these are pretty good to have in your car or by your bed just to give you a little extra relief and help you feel just a little less retched when you have a cold.
They are easily picked up and can be bought in most shops and supermarkets as well as chemists and cost around about 60p a packet.
Meet the little beauties which are soothing my sore throat right now and aiding me to breathe as a side-benefit.
These are cough sweets with the menthol and eucalyptus which help a person manage the symptoms of colds and chest infections by helping to open up the breathing passages and sinuses which get bunged up when colds and their fellow travellers strike. They contain enough of both ingredients to do the job and to mean that you do need to limit your intake to under three packs a day if you, or your child, is over twelve.
Children aged between seven and twelve should still to two packs a day and those between three and six should only have one pack per day. The reason for this is is that though menthol helps breathing when struck down with a pig of a cold it can upset the stomach and cause nausea and dizziness if taken to excess.
As I tend to mix and match my cold treatments as well as my asthma meds I don't take more than one pack a day when striken down with a cold, which means I do not get close to the overdose level but I do still get the benefit of breathing better but also a soothed throat.
The soothing effect of this product is more effective than most mass market cough sweets because the hard sweet you suck dissolves to release the honey which helps make a throat raw from coughing feel a lot better.
Because of this honey and the sugar in the hard shell of the sweet itself, this is a great product which diabetics may have to avoid or use with caution. It also does not help a diet, though this should be offset by the lack of appetite that can go with feeling ill.
The honey blends well with the taste of lemon and the kick from the menthol and eucalyptus to make a very pleasantly tasting cough sweet.
The 12.8mg of Vitamin C in each lozenge also helps with the healing process.
Each sweet is individually wrapped and firmly contained in a coated paper tube with the instructions for taking them on it and which allows an opened tube to be folded down so it can go travelling with you without spilling lozenges all over your hangbag, man-bag or child's school-bag.
These are fortunately widely available even at the small Sainsbury's Local over the road as well as all the other supermarket chains and Boots. The supermarket packets will usually give you relief for 55p, though Boots will cost 59p. Accordingly, I am about to pop over the road to replenish my stocks as I am down to my last packet.
This will be 55p well spent, as it really does help ease the soreness and help me to breathe without too much coughing. As this is such a popular brand - hence its easy availability - I know I am not the only one who finds that Lockets help ease the symptoms of a cold. It might well help you and yours too.
I have had a horrible cold and sore throat this week, I have managed to stay at work for one reason, lockets.
They are smallish throat sweets that you suck, and in the centre there is a kind of gooey textured liquid that goes down your throat. The sweets melt in your mouth and are medicated. They contain menthol and eucalyptus. Its really handy for the times inbetween taking cough medicine or paracetamol, and really helps your throat.
It also helps you if you have a blocked nose and makes it feel a bit less stuffy up there.
In any 24 hour period you can eat up to 3 packets but I tend to get through one packet in a day, and then at night take something like night nurse. In my job it involves a lot of raising my voice (education) and I think that the sweets mean that I didnt loose my voice this week.
They do make you need to drink more water and although they contain vitamin c you should try and eat loads of fruit and vege when your ill especially.
They come in different flavours, my favourite is the honey and lemon one, they dont contain any artificial colours or flavours which is good but they do have a lot of sugar which is not great for your teeth. They do taste nice.
If you have a bad cold and want some relief from the grating sore throat feeling or blocked nose then try these. They are currently on offer in Boots 2 packets for 89p. I paid with my boots points but its cheaper than a lot of other cold and flu relief medicines.
In the winter months especially I'm prone to throat infections and at the very least a very sore throat. It happens pretty much every year to the point where even thinking about swallowing has my throat aching. So to combat this if I'm out and about and don't have any stronger pain relief with me I always buy myself a packet of Lockets sweets.
The flavours they come in include honey and lemon, black current, cranberry and blueberry. My favourite flavour has to be the honey and lemon one which I feel has a more instant soothing feeling compared with the other favourities, especially as the consistency of the liquid is a little thicker. The taste is quite sweet and sometimes I do find myself getting a little ahead of myself and popping back two lozenges because the taste is really actually nice. I have to remind myself though that while they are sweets in the literally sense, they are not in the practical one and its probably in my best interest I don't try too many.
The effect of Lockets is quite fast and it is effective in lessening any pain I have from a sore throat. However, this does only last for about 10 minutes before I feel that creeping pain coming back, but to be honest that's to be expected from pain relief that costs you 60p.
They are like hard boiled sweets with a gooey centre and I always have to try my hardest not to bite into them as I feel when sucking on them the pain is alleviated more effectively and it lasts a little longer. The colours of the lozenges depends on the flavours, as does their packaging, but they are all of natural looking colours and flavours.
Overall I would recommend lockets as a brief, and I mean brief, relief for any sore throat you might have. For long term aching you might need something a little stronger that lasts longer but like I say when out and about it makes for a nice tasting quick-fix.
Lockets cough sweets.
Just recently I had a bit of a cold and irritating sore throat which I found to be quite irksome as I kept having to cough to ease the tickling in my throat. I went to the pharmacy and bought a packet of lockets which I knew would help ease the irritating cough. They are sold in tubes of 10 lozenges which are readily available in supermarkets, pharmacies and newsagents. I paid 58p for my packet which I thought was quite reasonable.
What are lockets?
Lockets are a honey and lemon menthol and eucalyptus sweet with an outer boiled sweet covering which you suck until you reach the inner syrupy contents of the honey and lemon. There is an outer packet containing ten individually wrapped sweets. It is a good idea not to get the sweets too hot as they tend to become a bit sticky and it's quite a fiddly pain to get the wrapping off the individual sweets. I remember them when I was quite young and at the time they were quite novel idea what with the hard outer shell and the soft gooey liquid centre. They have stood the test of time and are s readily available all over the place. They may not be the most effective cough sweet around but they are soothing and comforting.
How to take them!
You should unwrap the sweet from the paper and place one on your tongue then gently suck the boiled sweet until it has softened which gradually breaks and causes the liquid honey and lemon mixture to ooze out. The boiled sweet part of the lozenge tastes very strongly of menthol and is warming and helps to clear a blocked nose but this is only short lived. When you swallow this liquid it does seem to help ease the tickly cough but generally it is quite short lived and does not last that long. The honey and lemon help to soothe the throat by coating it with the nice soothing mixture. If you do not like the taste of honey then I would steer clear of these. Personally I find them quite soothing and not unpleasant tasting at all but I particularly like the taste of the lemon.
Recommended amount to take.
You are advised not to eat more than three packets a day and for children aged 7 up to 12 no more than two packets. I would be rather hesitant to give these to younger children although they state that they are ok for children from the age of 3 to 6 years old. They do have a rather high sugar content of 4.1mg per sweet so any diabetics should be aware of this. They are medicinal and should be stored safely bearing this in mind and out of reach of small children. Side effects can range from headache to stomach upsets. This is not to say that it will cause this but rather that someone reported that they had these symptoms at the same time of taking them so it may well not have been related or not. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients then these should be avoided.
Did they work?
Well in a word yes but only for a short period. They are not long acting but rather a short term measure to ease the symptoms of annoying tickly throats. They should not be used for long periods of time 3-4 days at the most.
I would recommend these to help ease the symptoms of a cold or sore throat especially when you cannot access copious amounts to drink. They are a more of a comforting sweet/lozenge rather than have any curative effects and I would certainly buy them again.
Price and Availability
If I'm suffering from a sore throat and looking for quick pain relief I usually opt for Soothers as I love the flavours. Over Christmas though I was really feeling ill and my throat felt so dry and sore that rather than waiting for someone else to get me some lozenges I ventured to the corner shop. Unfortunately they only had Lockets, which I had tried many times before and not been that keen on, but in my desperation I bought them anyway. I think as it was a small shop I paid about 70p for them but they're also available in Boots for 55p and they're available widely in chemists and supermarkets.
Packaging and Product Information
Lockets come in packs of ten and are individually wrapped as well as being wrapped outside as well to keep them all together. The packaging is minimal and suits the product well; the colours on the packaging are yellow and orange which reflect the honey and lemon flavour of the lozenges.
Lockets Honey and Lemon Lozenges are suitable for children over the age of 3 although as it's seen as a medicine and you need to be over 16 to buy them. They contain menthol and eucalyptus with a soothing liquid centre which help to relieve the symptoms of a blocked nose and sore throat. Lockets are suitable during pregnancy but do have high sugar levels. Adults shouldn't eat more than three packets of Lockets in a day which seems like a lot to me anyway and children shouldn't have more than one packet a day. If these limits are exceeded it can result in headaches, upset stomach and sickness, I've never experienced any of these symptoms but I've never eaten more than a pack in a day anyway.
As I start sucking on the sweet the honey and lemon flavour is really apparent and it's not one that I'm too keen on in all honesty. I don't like honey for a start and they are quite sweet. I can feel it working though, as I suck away my stuffy head started to feel a little relieved and as I suck through to the liquid centre it really does relieve my sore throat. The liquid centre gives a lovely warming, soothing feeling which helps so much.
Lockets aren't a long term solution but for quick relief of symptoms I find them really helpful, especially if I've got stuff to get on with. Although the high sugar content is a little worrying I've found that Lockets perk me up a bit and do give me a bit more energy.
Although Lockets aren't usually my first choice as I am not very keen on the flavour I can't really complain as they do work. The lozenges are so soothing and do make me feel a little better in the short term and can relieve symptoms whilst your waiting for a sore throat and cold to work its way out of your system.
When I have a blocked nose, Lockets are usually the first sweets that I want to find when I am looking in the shops, they seem to be better than the rest in my opinion and normally give me some relief from a blocked, stuffy nose when I have a cold, even if it only is a temporary relief.
To take a Locket, you simply suck on one until you get to the liquid centre, then you swallow the liquid centre, they are taken much like any other cough sweet on the market. Lockets do not however get rid of throat infections, so if you have an infected throat, you should look out for other antiseptic cough sweets such as Strepsils, and if they do not work, consult a doctor.
These sweets are lemon and honey flavoured and they also have quite a strong menthol taste from them, so they aren't as sweet as other brands such as Halls Soothers, however they still taste quite nice in my opinion and are quite easy to eat.
The first thing that I noticed when I took these cough sweets was feeling of the menthol starting to work in my head, I have found that these cough sweets are brilliant for getting rid of a blocked nose and they are quite good as soothing a mild sore throat too.
Each sweet contains a very high amount of sugar (4.1g) so if you have a sugar intolerance, it is best that you do not take these sweets. Also if you take too many of these sweets, they are likely to cause an upset stomach or dizziness/feeling shaky, adults should not take more than 3 packets within one day. I have never felt dizzy or shaking with these cough sweets, but once I had 5 in about 2 hours and my stomach did feel quite unsettled, so it is best to pace them out and give it at least an hour between sweets.
You can buy lockets in most corner shops and also in chemists and in the supermarkets, they range from about 50-70p, which is a decent price in my opinion as they do seem to work and give some temporary relief when you are feeling stuffed up and miserable with the cold.
Overall I think that these are quite a good cough sweet, they work quite quickly and taste nice as well. However they do not have any antiseptic qualities for when you have a badly infected throat, so they are no use to these kinds of sore throats. If you have a mildly sore throat or a blocked nose or general cold and flu symptoms I think that these would definitely perk you up a little bit, they certainly work for me. Overall I would give these 4 out of 5 stars.
The active ingredient in Lockets is Menthol 9.7 mg, Eucalyptus 9.2 mg
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
I have recently suffered (another) bout of infection. It seems to happen to me once or twice a year and I guess because my body is already dealing with Fibromyalgia, it means I seem to get hit hard when I get hit. This time it was throat, tonsils and sinuses and I found myself on antibiotics to treat it all - My doctors lovely comment was 'well at least it's not pneumonia this time!' as she handed me the prescription.
Now of course antibiotics treat the infection, but they don't really deal with the symptoms, and so I've been using a variety of things to cope with the symptoms themselves. This has included nasal lavage, sucking a variety of different throat sweets including Lockets, Halls Soothers and Strepsils, taking paracetamol and ibuprofen, and drinking hot drinks like apple and ginger, and honey and lemon.
Lockets like most throat sweets come wrapped up like a tube of sweets. Each one is individually wrapped which is quite a good thing as if I keep them near me in my desk drawer or on the coffee table I find they can get a little sticky.
Each sweet is a fairly bright yellow colour - the same colour almost as the packaging they're wrapped in - and has quite a strong lemony menthol flavour. The inside of each sweet is filled with a sort of honey and lemon flavour gooey liquid. When you suck them, they're a little bit warming and quite good at helping you to breathe a little better to begin with, and then when you reach the centre, the liquid goo sort of oozes out and soothes your throat some.
As throat sweets go these have been on the shelves for quite a good number of years, and most people will recognise them easily I think. They're quite a strong flavour compared to some other throat sweets which can be a little more subtle in flavour and strength, but these do work reasonably well, and each sweet (as long as you suck it as you should), lasts a few minutes offering a brief respite to the stuffiness and soreness of a throat/sinus infection I've found.
To be honest although there are warnings on the packet - they're saying no more than three packets per adult per day which would be quite a lot to get through I think. You get around 10 sweets per packet so you could easily have one per hour without a problem, and more if you didn't have them through the night obviously, though to be honest I don't think I could get through that many myself.
Cost wise, they're fairly average I'd say for throat sweets. This last lot cost 68p from the local chemist, but when I've bought them from Tesco they've been a wee bit cheaper. They're not my overall favourite throat sweet, but when you've a stuffy nose too they're a pretty good thing to have around I'd say.
I love throat sweets, not because they occasionally soothe my throat, but for the taste! One of my favourite throat sweets are these Lockets, honey and lemon.
--- Information ---
Each pack of Lockets contain 10 individual wrapped lozenges, the packaging for these honey and lemon flavoured Lockets are of course, yellow. These are widely available to buy from corner shops, supermarkets and chemists. A pack of 10 lozenges will cost around 70 pence.
--- The lozenges ---
The lozenges themselves are basically a hard boiled sweet with a soothing liquid centre. On first entering your mouth you are instantly hit with the lemon flavour, and gradually the honey and menthol flavour makes an appearance after sucking for a while.
When the lozenge is first in my mouth it doesn't feel very soothing, but after sucking for a couple of minutes it does feel like my nose is clearing slightly. It's not until the hard boiled part of the sweet has almost gone before my throat feels any better, and once I hit the liquid centre it trickles down my throat and it does feel soothed.
Once the lozenge has gone my throat feels at ease for around 20 minutes, give or take a few and my nose feels clears for about an hour. This means that using these Lockets isn't going to make me feel better by themselves, but they are useful for a quick fix.
In 24 hours, Lockets suggests that no more than 3 packs should be consumed in 24 hours by adults, less for children. I'm not sure if anyone has tried having lots during a 24 hour period but I can only imagine the effect on their poor stomach and bowels if they do take lots!
--- Overall ---
These Lockets aren't going to be a massive help in the long run, but if you do feel like you need something to help your throat and nose quickly these are for you. The outcome doesn't last long but sometimes it can be long enough just to get over the horrible scratching sensation that comes with a sore throat. I personally love the flavour!
Lockets are a lozenge that you can have when you have a sore throat or a blocked up nose or some other symptom from catching a cold. They come in a long packet with 10 in a pack. The packaging is a nice yellow colour which is easy to spot on the shelf. They usually cost about 50p for a pack.
The lozenges are a bit like a boiled sweet with a hard outer shell. When you first get the packet you find that the lozenges are each wrapped in their own wrapper which is great and means if you do not use a whole packet up the next lozenge in the pack will not get dirty if its in your handbag and helps to keep them fresh too. It is also more hygienic if you are going to share them with someone else.
When you first try the lozenge they taste quite lemony and they have a bit of a menthol taste to them as well which you can feel in the back of your throat and trying to clear your blocked nose from within. The shell is quite a nice thickness and it is best to let these dissolve by sucking on them as if you crunch them you may find that small pieces of the lozenge break off and are sharp and might irritate your sore throat more. After a while, the outer shell will dissolve and then the middle will ooze out into your mouth. This is where you really taste the honey. It is a lovely taste and really does help to sooth your throat.
The recommended guidelines for taking these lozenges is not to take more than three packs in 24 hours which is quite a few really. That is for adults and children over 12. If you are giving these to children 12 and under then you should not give more than 2 pack to between 7 and 12 or more than one pack to children between 3 and 6. They are not suitable for children younger than this at all. To buy these lozenges you have to be at least 16 years old which is a good thing so that kids don't think they are just sweets and go and eat too many of them.
I find they do help if you are suffering from the symptoms of a cold. The honey in the middle does soothe your sore throat and the menthol in the outer lozenge helps to clear your blocked nose and that stuffy feeling you get when you are blocked up.
Copied to Ciao under username Harveydog52
Honey and Lemon. Help Clear Your Nose & Soothe Your Throat.