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I have one of these in my hands as I have typed my last two reviews so I thought I might as well add it to the list of reviewed products.
Olbas is a very big brand name, I always have some of the oil on the go but recently when I started having worse problems than ever with my sinuses I thought I would grab one of these from the chemist to use during the day. The inhaler contains essential oils with decongestant properties that help relieve blocked sinuses from colds and hayfever.
Olbas inhaler's are a funny object, they are shaped a bit like a finger with a rounded top. To use you basically unscrew the lid to reveal a similar white stick under, this stick has a gap in the top with 3 small holes and at the base there is also 2 small holes. You simply place the inhaler into one nasal passage, use your spare hand to press the other passage closed, then simply breath in! The air is down through the two holes at the bottom and up through the holes in the top bringing the scent of the product inside up into the nasal passage. Warning if you breath too deeply it can be very over powering!
Olbas contains Cajupt oil, Eucalyptus oil, Levomenthol and Pepermint oil.
The inhaler is not suggested for children under the age of 6 and should not be used more than 4 times in an hour.
A single stick is fairly cheap costing around £1.50.
While I do not find these the most effective products in the world, I do find them a helpful top up to use alongside other decongestants. The oils certainly do help dry out the sinuses and as such help relieve symptoms.
I would not suggest using these alone as I do not find them effective enough to deal with anything stronger than a mild blockage.
I really like this product! I makes me fell better instantly whenever I have a blocked nose and leaves a fresh smell behind. It clears up my nasal pathways and allows me to breath through my nose again! you do have to stick it up your nose, and you have a slight burning sensation, but other then that I really like this product!
Over the Christmas/New year period I came down with a bad case of tonsillitis, to join this was a lovely cold! I went in search for any medicines and such that would give me some relief.
Normally I would buy Vicks products; I feel they are the brand most known for their cold fighting aids. All the Vicks inhalers were sold out, so rather than go without I decided to try out this one. It was exactly a pound cheaper than Vicks costing me just £1.50, so if for some reason or another It didn't work then I wouldn't have wasted a considerable amount of money.
The inhaler is exactly as shown above. It has almost no weight at all; it's very portable and takes up little room in my bag. It is a sort of large bullet shape as you will notice above and it unscrews easily due to the indents all around the lid.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
This inhaler is designed for adults and children over the age of 6. It is not advised to use this more than 4 times an hour. In order to use first you have to unscrew the lid that surrounds the inhaler itself. Once removed you simply close one nostril, place the inhaler in the other and take a big sniff. Not rocket science but for the purpose of the review I thought I'd explain.
CLEARING THE BLOCKAGE
My nose was quite blocked so I wasn't sure how this would fair. Upon inhaling the nasal stick at first I couldn't smell anything because my nose was so blocked nothing was coming through. I didn't have this problem with my previous Vicks inhaler. So if your nose is completely blocked up then this is not the product for you.
After a day or so the stuffiness in my nose had started to subside. I had started to get my sense of smell back and I could breathe through my nose better than when first using this inhaler. The inhaler did work a lot better this time, I did have to inhale quite deeply but I could definitely smell the stick, and the menthol products in this were clearing my nose to some extent. It's not a miracle cure but it did give me some relief.
Another day or so passed and my nose was definitely improved. After inhaling this was now travelling right down my throat, making it much easier for me to breathe, and making it a lot more comfortable for me.
It's hard to say whether or not I would recommend this product. Purely for the fact that it didn't help when I needed it most. My nose was completely blocked up and this nasal stick was not passing through at all. Going forward a few days this was a help and relieved my nose considerably. My airways were clear and all congestion was reduced. So due to these points I would recommend this on the basis of your cold. If your nose is like mine was and completely blocked I would say no, go with a Vicks inhaler. But if you can breathe somewhat through your nose then it's worth a shot.
Firstly, apologies for the lack of reviews and rates recently. Whenever I seem to get a cold, I seem to get it 10x worse than anyone else and have been in a terrible state recently. Well, I still am and know a few friends who have used these Olbas inhalers and have had nothing but positive things to say about them. I have the old conventional Olbas where you dab a little bit on a tissue for it to linger and for you breathe in and hopefully unblock your nose so this sounded even more convenient.
These inhalers are pretty cheap - £1.50 for a 695mg tube. The packaging is different to the one in this picture, it's the conventional green and orange Olbas colours and it's incased in plastic with a cardboard backing.
Olbas claim that their "pure plant remedy is for symptomatic relief of blocked sinuses, catarrh, hay fever, colds and flu." My nose is constantly blocked no matter how much I blow my nose, but this provides relief and really clears the nose nicely. The packaging says to place under one nostril and inhale and my goodness, even 5 seconds under my nostril does a fantastic job and it's literally like a breath of fresh air... then repeat on the other side of your nose, it really does wonders. Admittedly, it doesn't last particularly long and the packaging states to do this no more than 4 times an hour but when you're really suffering from a blocked nose it's literally like a breath of fresh air.
For anyone who's interested, it contains - Cajuput oil (20%), Eucalyptus oil (20%), Levomenthol (40%) and Peppermint oil (20%). On the tube it also states not to be used for those under the age of 6 and not to store at temperatures above 25 degrees.
To sum up, sure - it's not going to unblock your nose permenantly but what it does do is provide you with some cheap, convenient and easy to use relief (up to 4 times an hour, of course) that is literally like a breath of fresh air.
I carry this small discreet stick with me whenever I have that bunged up feeling.
The picture above is not up to date - the stick comes in the distinct orange and green Olbas colours. The stick itself is perfectly shaped and does not cause discomfort when being placed in the nose.
It comes in 695mg stick and has the active ingredients: Cajuput Oil 20% Eucalyptus Oil 20% Levomenthol 40% Peppermint Oil 20%
To use simply place in the nostil and take a long sniff. The inhaler instantly gives decongestant relief from a stuffy nose. I always carry this with me and find it especially helps with painful sinuses.
The recommended dose is 4 times an hour - I have to admit that I have gone over this many times (it has done me no harm) but I guess the recommendation is there for a reason.
One warning! - Tissues need to be close at hand at all times when using this!
Not a cure but at around £2 this needs to be in your pocket when suffering with a cold.
WHAT IS IT?
A small plastic stick with a hole in the top that you place into your nostril and sniff when you have got a blocked up nose.
The tube is different to the one in Dooyoos photograph. It looks a lot nicer and is orange and green. You have to unscrew the top and the stick is the right size that it is comfortable to put into your nostril, it is very easy to use because the design of the packaging is so good.
WHAT I THINK
I think this is a very good product and I have used it for a long time even though they are a lot more expensive to buy in Italy. I was surprised by how cheap they are in England because it is so effective when I have got a blocked up nose and because you sniff it straight up your nose it works immediate instead of having to wait while Vicks travels from your chest to your nose.
There is menthol, eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil in the Olbas stick and those are quite strong smelling and they clear a blocked up nose very quickly. I only have a problem if my nose is so blocked up that I can not sniff properly and then I have to blow my nose first to open it up enough for the vapours to go as far as they should up my nose. The smell does not make me feel sick even though it is strong and I think it is a comfort when I am sick to use something like this because it makes me feel like I am doing something for myself.
I get relief straight away and that is good, I like that I can use the stick 4 times in an hour because that keeps my nose clear and I feel better then. My husband uses one as well but I buy us separate ones because I do not want to share something that goes up my nose with anyone else even though I love my husband very much. It is effective for about 20 minutes before my nose starts to get blocked up again and that is good because I can use it again when I need to. My nose gets a bit sore sometimes if I have used it a lot but I do not mind because when I have got a blocked up nose it gives me a headache and I would rather have a sore nose than that.
An Olbas Oil stick costs about £1.79 and they last for a long time so that is a bargain I think.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
Recently the weather hasn't been too fab and so as a result is has meant I am enjoying staying wrapped up at home for as much as possible and only venturing out where really necessary. I've not been too unwell but have a bit of a blocked nose which makes breathing at night a right pain. One thing that has always helped and is always readily available is an olbas oil inhaler.
The inhaler is essentially a little white plastic stick, with small holes either side. Inside there seems a solid composition which has blended oils: Cajuput Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Levomenthol and Peppermint Oil. This inhaler is really easy to use - simply insert into a nostril and inhale deeply and it works excellently to unblock and provide relief immediately!
It smells very minty-menthol-ish and provides powerful decongestant relief. It instantly allows my nasal passages to feel clearer and and unblocked and I absolutely love using it! Granted the results are not long term, I do find that perhaps every 20 minutes or so I have to use it again to allow my nostrils to be clear again (as well as blowing my nose lol) but the effects of it are totally worthwhile and for a blocked noses this really is the product to buy! If I inhale really deeply sometimes the combined oils can feel quite harsh, so to use this, just a reasonable sniff is enough to allow the product to wok effectively.
The inhaler is relatively small and discreet, about the size of a stick of chapstick so it it's easy to carry around and use on the go. I like to keep one in my handbag (always best to be prepared for the worst!) and one in my bathroom cupboard. I am not so sure if they have an expiry date but I am pretty sure I have had the one in my handbag since this time last year and it still works just as fab and still maintains it's strong remedy, but just be sure to always replace the lid on the inhaler once finished.
These Olbas Inhalers can be bought at a wide variety of chemist and most supermarkets so they are easily available. Prices vary but I purchased mine for about £1.50 in my local chemist which for what it does is a total bargain! I have absolutely no problems with using an inhaler - although be cautious that it says on the tube not to use it for more than 4 times an hour which I think is reasonable. Nevertheless it is a fab decongestant, is easy to use on the go and it's cheap so definitely gets 5 stars from me!
The olbas inhaler is a must for someone who suffers from a blocked nose and the flu regularly like myself. I find that it instantly gives me relief for a short while until I have to inhale again. It unblocks my nose and feels like taking a deep breath of fresh air.
The olbas inhaler is infused with peppermint oil, Levomenthol, Eucalyptus oil and Cajuput oil, all which is proven to provide relief from a stuffy nose. Even though I prefer rubbing Vicks over my nose and chest and inhaling it naturally, it not very pleasant if you have to leave the house. It is quite strong smelling and sticky looking to walk out with therefore carrying the Olbas inhaler is very practical. It takes a couple of seconds for me to just bend down under my desk and inhale the Olbas inhaler when I am at work and I feel a lot better. Also a big plus point is that I don't end up smelling like Vicks when I am out and about. I don't care so much when I am in my bedroom, but it is unpleasant when you are in public.
An Olbas inhaler instantly works like magic. I have sometimes sniffed too hard and it feels like a short brain freeze but it has never resulted in a headache nor have I had any side effects. Its small and it is handy and is available at all big supermarkets and pharmacy's for only one pound and forty nine pence. It's quite cheap considering it makes all the difference to a blocked nose. I really wouldn't be surprised if it retailed for 3-5 pounds.
Also, it is worth mentioning that I have one in my handbag all the time for general use, (if I ever get a blocked nose out of the blue while I'm out) and it lasts me for up to 6-9 months. The smell doesn't fade away over time and obviously I only use it when I need it. On the other hand during a severe flu I use it and then throw it away once I have recovered. I don't think it is a good idea to keep and reuse a inhaler that is full of flu germs. Over all, I have been using inhalers for a long time to relieve me from a stuffy nose and I do see myself using them in the future too. I prefer inhaling rather than a nasal spray and I don't know what I would do without the Olbas inhaler.
This morning I had a terrible sinus headache and was very congested. I went to the store to get something to help relieve the pain. I saw this on the shelf and thought I would give it a try. I used it a couple of times throughout the day. I now feel 90% better.I love this product! Try it!
I have been suffering a little bit for the past few days with a cold (suffering quietly as us women usually do) and it seems that we have run out of nearly all the cold related items that we usually have stock piled in our medicine cupboard. I am sure we had a ton of the Vicks inhalers kicking about the house but can I find one when I need one? No. So I had to pop out to Boots yesterday to stock up on a few essentials of which included buying an inhaler of some sort.
I usually buy the Vicks version of these mainly because this is always what I get and have done for many years. However when I saw that the Vicks version of this inhaler was nearly twice the price of this Olbus I wasn't surprised that there was only one of these left on the shelf as opposed to a dozen or more of the more expensive Vicks version.
At £1.59 pence it wasn't a bad price and it was made even better when my 10% professional discount was deducted making it a total of £1.43 that I had to pay. What you get for this price is a little nasal stick housed within a nice plastic tube. There is 695 mg of the product and usually these things last me through a good few colds.
The Olbas inhaler is a pure plant remedy which is used got symptomatic relief of blocked sinuses, catarrh, hay fever, colds and flu. The Oblas inhaler contqains essential oils that have decongestant properties.
There are warnings on the back of the cardboard packaging that state that oyu should not use the inhaler if you are allergic to any of the listed ingredients. Being pregnant I did check to make sure it was okay to use this product and it just states that it is best not to take any non-essential medicines when pregnant but I felt I needed it so much that it was essential and being in the very late stages I am sure the occasional sniff won't do the baby any harm as long as I don't go crazy with it.
The nasal inhaler has a good life expectancy and needs to be used up before June 2014 which I am sure it will. It contains the active ingredient cajuput oil 20%, Eucalyptus oil 20%, Levomenthol 40% and peppermint oil 20%. These ingredients work towards unblocking and clearing a stuffy nose.
The stick is easy to use and the long plastic tube covering is screwed off from the stick without any hassle. Then the stick is placed slightly up one nostril and covering the other nostril the product then needs to be inhaled. The smell is very strong although not enough to make your eyes water or anything. You can smell the minitiness of the stick straight away and the Levomenthol I am sure does the hardest work at unblocking the nostril. You can do both nostrils one at a time and the inhaler will work more or less instantly.
The outer area of my nostril does feel a little "cold" with the mint and eucalyptus ingredients but this lasts only a few minutes whereas the relief of having an unblocked nose will last a good hour or so. I do think that this Olbus inhaler is actually far better than the Vicks ones I usually buy. The inhaler seems a little more slimline and much better for poking up my small nostrils as it feel a lot more comfortable.
I really would rate this product highly and when you have a blocked up nose there really is nothing worse. However the product actually works to rid that symptoms of a horrible cold and combined with the vapour rub I bought and a couple of paracetamol I don't feel as rough as I did prior to dosing up on everything. For the price saving of buying this Olbus inhaler over the Vicks version I would be more than happy to use this one from now on.
I feel that a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation is well deserved! This is a perfect item for the coming winter months and the germs that the cold usually brings with it!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I am trying to wean myself off nasal inhalers as I rely on them far too often and I know that they can cause Rebound Congestion which means that in the long run they can actually make your nasal congestion worse. I have instead been trying to use an Olbas inhaler instead because unlike with nasal inhalers I can use Olbas for as long as I like without any long term side effects.
The reason that I am using an Olbas inhaler is because I suffer from congested sinuses which is a horrible thing to have and it means that quite often my nose is so blocked that I literally cannot breathe through it which is horrible especially at night when I want to go to sleep as it actually stops me and interrupts my sleep right through the night.
Olbas oil comes in many different formulations but for pure convenience I bought myself the inhaler stick as I thought this would be the best one for me as it is small and discreet enough that I can put it in my pocket and take it out with me and as it only takes a couple of seconds to use I can use it anytime my nose is blocked with minimal faffing about.
The inhaler is a plastic stick a couple of inches long with a hole on the top. You just stick it in one nostril while holding the other and inhale deeply to release the vapours to clear your blocked sinuses. It comes with an outer shell that you need to make sure that your tightly replace back on to ensure that all the vapours don't escape.
The ingredients used in the Olbas inhaler are Cajuput Oil 20%, Eucalyptus Oil 20%, Levomenthol 40% and Peppermint Oil 20%. I like the idea of using a mix of natural oils in the ingredients instead of manmade chemical ones and I am well aware that natural ingredients can be just as powerful as manmade ones. Unfortunately in this case I do feel as though the mix of oils isn't nearly as strong as a decongestant nasal spray at least for me anyway.
That isn't to say that the Olbas inhaler isn't a good little inhaler depending on the severity of your congestion. Olbas say that the inhaler is for the relief of catarrh, colds and blocked sinuses and I find that it does give some immediate relief from my blocked sinuses but the relief is short lived and I find myself having to sniff the inhaler a lot more than I would like to continue the relief.
As soon as you sniff the inhaler you can feel the menthol hitting the back of your nose and it does open up a passageway so that you are able to breathe again but unlike a decongestant nasal spray it doesn't feel as though it is actually clearing your nose out. Depending on how hard you actually sniff the inhaler the menthol can actually sting a little at first when it hits the back of your nose. This only lasts a couple of seconds though so isn't really any cause for concern.
As I said the effect of the inhaler is immediate and it does allow me to be able to breathe whereas before using the inhaler my sinuses were completely blocked. The problem that I have with the inhaler is that the relief is short lived probably only 20 minutes or so. Luckily you are allowed to use the inhaler up to 4 times in an hour instead of just once every few hours like a decongestant spray so at least I can use it as often as I need.
Even though it doesn't offer me the level of relief I would ideally like I am going to continue to use this and stick with a decongestant spray only when I am desperately in need of some relief. This allows me to be able to get on with my day with only short breaks to use the inhaler so for this alone it is worthwhile. It doesn't take away all the feeling of blockage but it does make it more bearable.
It is also quite good value as I bought mine in Superdrug for £2.99 which was for a pack of two inhalers so I can keep one on me at all times and put one in the car just in case I accidentally forget one. I also really like the fact that side effects are minimal with the inhaler. It does state that there is a small chance you could develop a rash while using this but that hasn't been a problem for me. It also shouldn't be used by children under 6.
Olbas inhaler isn't a wonder cure for blocked sinuses but it definitely helps make them a little more bearable for the sufferer and it has so many less side effects than a decongestant spray which may be stronger and offer more relief but also might make the problem worse in the long run.
I've had a blocked nose off and on for the past month and a cold that I literally cannot shift. My sister suggested that I try an Olbas inhaler to help clear my blocked nose. I have not tried an Olbas inhaler before, but I was willing to try anything to help me breathe a little easier! The Olbas inhaler cost me just £1.65 from Boots, which I thought was actually a really good price and a price I was willing to pay.
The inhaler comes in a stick form that is the size of a small lipstick. It has a cover on it that is pulled off to reveal a white stick underneath which is made of a smooth plastic with a little hole in the rounded end that goes into the nostril. The inhaler states that it contains cajuput oil, eucalyptus oil, levomenthol and peppermint oil, all of which combine to unblock my nose. I like the fact that all of the products are natural because I usually feel that the right natural products tend to work better than anything else. In order to use it's just a matter of putting the end of the inhaler stick into the end of my nostril and then sniffing really hard in order to inhale the menthol vapours that are emitted. The vapours smell very minty and are quite strong, so much so that initially they make my eyes smart a little but this lasts only a few seconds and then it dissipates.
The inhaler does work and I find that it clears my nose quickly. I would say that if my nose feels 100% blocked before using the Olbas inhaler then after using it the it's only about 20% blocked. However, the effects are short lived and the optimal effects only tend to last for about 30 minutes and then my nose starts to feel all blocked up again. For that reason I do need to use it about twice an hour in order to keep my nose as clear as possible, but I do wish that it lasted a little longer. It's never given me any side-effects either.
Overall, I do think it's worth using this inhaler and it is something I'd use again. However, I wish it worked for longer.
This is a useful way to relieve nasal congestion and a cheap way too! I only paid £1.48 for this nasal stick from my local Tesco.
The stick is great for carrying around with you as it is small and compact. It's also the right size as it's not too big for you nose. The stick is strong and durable and it smells really menthol and uplifting - just like the Olbas Oil. You can use this with the oil too - if you wish. I find this product easy and simple to use - you just stick it up your nose and breathe it in. I close one nostril at a time and use it in the other. The menthol really works to unblock your nasal passages and it helps you to breathe more easily. The nasal stick starts to work almost straight away and you can breathe again (in both nostrils) before you know it. The effect lasts for around half an hour before your nasal passages start to block themselves again. Of course you can use the stick again but it says on my packet that you can't use it more than three (or it may be four) times in one hour. So be careful not to over do it! It can sometimes become a bit of a habit using this. I find myself using it just for the sake of it - which is not good.
You can use this daily during your cold. It's NOT a painkiller and it doesn't contain any form of painkiller. It also lasts ages. I've had mine for a year and there's still loads left as I can hear the stick shaking in the container. It's great value as it's not messy to use. You don't need a bowl of hot water with it either.
A great way to clear stuffy noses and blocked heads.
I've suffered with various colds and congestion since the weather started getting colder, and this has left me feeling quite congested and "nasal". Not only is this annoying but it keeps me (and my partner!) awake each night as my breathing is difficult and I end up snoring and making all sorts of weird and wonderful noises with my nose.
I bought this inhaler because it's something I can use discreetly in the toilet in work, and throughout the night without having to get out of bed. I usually do the head over a bowl of water containing Vicks to try and decongest my nostrils, but this is time consuming and messy, and not convenient in work or at 3am. This little inhaler is useful to carry in your handbag, or leave on your bedside table. Although it's not overly discreet if you use it in front of people, it's small enough to carry to the toilet where you can have a good snort in privacy! It only cost me around £1.80 from my local pharmacy, which is a bargain compared to a lot of cold remedies on the market.
According to the Olbas website, the vapours in this inhaler have the following effects:
"Natural Olbas vapours provide a pleasant, refreshing and cooling sensation to your nasal passages. Especially beneficial during times of seasonal discomfort, low humidity and other unwelcome nasal encounters. Fast-acting, penetrating vapors provide an immediate, fresh, clean feeling in the nose, sinuses and lungs" (www.olbas.com)
The inhaler is a small plastic white tube with a lid which screws on. This lid should be replaced and tightly screwed back on after each use to preserve the freshness of the vapours. The directions for use are simple, you place the tube in your nostril (not pushing it too far in so that it might get stuck, obviously!), and inhale deeply. The effect is that the menthol vapours clear your sinuses and you can breathe properly again for a little while. I have to say the sensation this creates when you first use it isn't overly pleasant, it feels a bit like it's burning the inside of my nose and makes my eyes sting, but I think you get used to this after using it a few times.
My personal experience of this device has been mainly positive, although the effects don't last very long. It does help with my breathing so I've been using it throughout the day in work, and also before I go to bed to help me sleep without making too much noise. I do find that I wake up in the night and have to use it a few times though, because it doesn't last that long. The advice given by the manufacturers is to use one or two inhalations in each nostril, as often as needed. I find the effects wear off after a couple of hours so it's quite useful to be able to use it again if needed. The only downside of this is that my colleagues probably thing I have some kind of drugs problem as I keep trotting to the toilet quite regularly throughout the day.
The inhaler should not be used in children under 2, and should be discarded after three months due to the vapours becoming less effective after this time. Considering the price of these inhalers, and the hygiene implications of using them up your nostrils, especially if you have a cold, I think it's probably worth discarding of this tube after each cold. The packaging recommends you clean the end of the tube with a tissue after each use, and also the inhaler should only be used by one person to avoid the spreading of infection. It's common sense really, would you fancy shoving something up your nose that's been up someone else's nose?!
The inhaler can be used regularly throughout the day because it contains essential oils such as menthol, peppermint, and eucalyptol. This is a natural remedy so it's ok to use this alongside other cold and flu remedies if needed.
A very handy device for short term relief of breathing difficulties caused by colds or sinus problems.
Common colds are prevalent throughout the year, which can leave the sufferer feeling stuffy and congested. The weather and allergies can cause the same unwanted symptoms. Over the last few years I have suffered with sinusitis, blocked sinuses and sinus pressure and pain, which leaves me feeling rotten. Sinus pain can be unbearable and it can induce headaches, and an off balance feeling. There are various causes of sinus pain, most notably, respiratory ailments, allergies, dry air and dust.
I hate suffering with sinus pain, as there is no quick natural way to gain relief. Sinusitis pain is unbearable, it makes me quite weak and out of sorts. The pain can last for several days, causing misery. I find it quite difficult to be active when this condition strikes. I recently suffered with a cold, which was particularly troublesome in my throat and nose. The sinus pain was horrendous, which was accompanied by an awful headache. I usually sit with my face over a bowl of boiling water for some relief, however, this only offers a limited amount of relief, and it isn't always a practical solution.
Whilst I usually ride it out and look for natural ways to ease any pains and illnesses, sometimes I am left looking for a helping hand in the form of medication. Olbas oil is usually my weapon of choice for respiratory problems, as it is easy to use, and it emanates a soothing scent that can soothe and relieve respiratory illnesses. The liquid formula is easy to use at night, requiring just a couple of drops to be deposited onto a piece of tissue. It is useful for times when you can rest and have it nearby, however, this isn't always possible.
Whilst perusing the shelves in Boots, I happened on the Olbas oil inhaler nasal stick, which I instantly picked up. I didn't even look at the product information on the packaging; I simply purchased it and went on my way. I expected the product to be effective, as I have always trusted Olbas oil over the years to alleviate illness in myself or other members in the family. I was pleasantly surprised that the stick was a meagre £1.49, which seemed like a steal.
The Olbas oil inhaler is packaged in a plastic cover with a card backing, which keeps the product hygienic. Once I returned home I wondered if I would want to use the product, as I felt a little apprehensive about using it. However, I was feeling particularly rough, so I decided to insert the tip of the inhaler into the opening of my nose, and I cautiously inhaled the Olbas oil. The product sends a burst of menthol vapours into the nostril, which actually caused me to cough. After using it on both sides, I could feel a little relief.
The Olbas oil inhaler is a small plastic stick that features a lift off cap that covers the length of the product. Removing the cap reveals a long smooth white stick that features two ventilation holes on each side of the top. The end of the stick is to be gently inserted into the opening of the nostril, whilst holding the other nostril closed. The product is to be deeply inhaled, and repeated on the other side. Looking on the side of the tube, it states that it can be used up to four times in an hour.
I was rather gentle on inhalation the first few times, as I was a little nervous, and each time it caused me to cough. However, I continued to use it up to the maximum four times an hour, and I was feeling a sense of relief. I could smell the Olbas oil scent for a good amount of time after each use which provided gentle relief. I soon got used to using the nasal inhaler, and was pleased to have a product to help ease my blocked painful sinuses. After several uses I noticed a big improvement, and I was able to start breathe through my nose to a certain degree.
I found that I only needed to use the Olbas oil inhaler for a few days for it to be effective and clear my sinuses. I was pleased that I was feeling much better after such a short time of use, and the little nasal inhaler was simple to use, and easy to keep on my person to make it easily accessible. I liked the fact that this can be used up to 4 times in an hour, as I felt this was needed when I was feeling dreadful. The menthol vapours attack the problem more efficiently than inhaling a product from a tissue, as the vapours are inhaled right to the source of the problem.
I wiped the stick clean after each use as recommended to ensure that it was kept hygienic. Once my symptoms were relieved I used a wet wipe to give the nasal inhaler a good clean. I have used the Olbas oil inhaler several times since, when my sinuses are starting to tingle and feel uncomfortable I am able to use the inhaler before the pain becomes unbearable. This helps to relieve the problem before it comes out of hand. I find this to be a handy product to keep in the medicine cabinet to help bring relief when sinus pain gets a hold of me, as well as times where I am suffering with a stuffy cold.
The Olbas oil inhaler is suitable for ages 6 and over. It will provide relief from catarrh, colds, and blocked sinuses. It is advised that the stick is wiped clean with a tissue after each use. For the low price, this product delivers good results, and is easy to use and store. I like to have this product to hand, as I can now feel a sense of relief just knowing that it is nearby should my sinuses become blocked or painful.
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Powerful Olbas aromatic vapors provide a pleasant cooling sensation to dry, inflamed nasal passages.