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I remember having a really heavy cold when I was a child and my mum purchasing Olbas oil for the first time to help relieve my blocked up nose, I have been purchasing it ever since.
Olbas oil is a natural decongestant made from pure plant oils and can be used in a variety of different ways to help unblock your nose and sinuses when suffering from a cold or flu. It can be purchased from chemists or large supermarkets, my last purchase was from Boots where it was priced at £3.25 for a 15ml bottle.
Although the bottle does seem very small you only need to use a tiny bit at a time as it is very strong. You can add a few drops to a tissue or handkerchief allowing you to inhale the vapours when required. At night I like to put a couple of drops onto my pillow to give me relief throughout the night when I usually feel the most congested when suffering from a cold. Alternatively you can place a couple of drops into a bowl of hot water and inhale the steam for more powerful relief.
Olbas oil and also be used to help relief muscular aches and pains by rubbing a few drops into the skin of the affected area.
Olbas oil is suitable for children as young as 3 months old but they do make a special children’s version which is not as strong as the smell can be quite overpowering.
In my personal experience of using Olbas oil I have been very impressed with it. When I am suffering from a heavy cold I hate the feeling of having a blocked nose and not being able to breathe freely. The Olbas oil smells fantastic and almost instantly clears my nose allowing me to breathe and feel much better. The results are only temporary and you do need to repeat the usage but if you add a few drops to a tissue the smell remains for several hours before fading. I have also on occasions when I have had a very heavy cold filled my bathroom sink with hot water and placed a few drops in while I have had a hot shower this has meant the Olbas oil infuses in the steam in the room providing welcome relief. I also like that this is a natural product as when I have a cold I can feel that I am taking all sorts of medication which I do not really like doing so it is nice to use something more natural.
Overall I would highly recommend Olbas oil for everyone to have in there medical supplies as for me it gives the best type of help when suffering from a cold as I hate the feeling of being bunged up especially when trying to sleep at night.
This is one product that I always like to keep in the house as when it comes to treating cold and coughs as I find it is one the best treatments.
===Price & availability===
A bottle costs around 4 pounds for a 28ml bottle which although does sound a little expensive, a bottle does last me for ages (I am talking a couple of years). It is widely available in supermarkets, online and chemist, I have even spotted this in discount stores where the price tends to be a little cheaper.
The oil comes in a small, dark brown glass battle which is topped with a white screw top lid. Underneath this is a little spout which only dispenses the oil when I shake the bottle (which is always handy incase the bottle gets knocked over accidently).
I think this has been around for years, I always remember using it when I was younger. It contains as mixture of different oils such as clove, juniper and eucalyptus which I think gives it its distinct fragrance.
The product is suitable for use for the whole family and at the first sign of any cold; I get this out so that it can work its magic. There are several ways of using, the first one is what I mainly use when my daughter is congested, I will put a few drops on a damp towel and then place this on the radiators (when they are on) so that the room fills with the vapour.
At night time, I normally add a few droplets to a tissue and place this near my pillow too, I find this is great at helping to ease that congested feeling you get which seems to get worse as soon as I get into bed. When I am at work, I will add a few drops onto my tissues so that whenever I feel the need, I can have a good old sniff and it instantly clears my blocked nose.
Although I have never tried this, the oil can apparently be used as a massage oil to help with aches and you can also add it to your bath water too.
===Who can use===
As with most medical products, there are some does and don’ts detailed on the packaging, most of which are pretty self-explanatory, some keys ones though are that the product is only suitable from the age of 3months and this shouldn’t be used if you are pregnant of breastfeeding.
Overall, I would definitely recommend it and give this product 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
Olbas Oil, inhalant decongestant:
I don't tend to suffer much with colds myself, but I have two small children who regularly come home from school or nursery with a bit of a cold. For them, we use a drop or two of Olbas Oil on their pillows at night (now that they are a bit older) and they sleep through without being uncomfortably blocked up. When they were younger we put the drops on a muslin cloth and put that beside their bed. The directions on the bottle are clear that it should not be used for children under 3 months, and you can use progressively more as the children get older. It can also be used in other ways, either in hot water or as a muscle rub to relieve muscular pain. Using it directly on the skin should only be done on children 12 or over.
We have found it just as effective and probably more so than the expensive plug in type decongestants on the market. We tried those for a while but found buying replacement cartridges to be very difficult and expensive. The simplicity of Olbas Oil is a real winner. The bottle is very small, 28ml, but as you only use a few drops it lasts for absolutely ages.
The active ingredients include Cajuput oil, Clove oil and Eucalyptus oil and so it has a strong smell. In our house, we love it, but I could see it might not be for everyone.
Overall a really good decongestant, definitely worth a try.
As soon as the nights start drawing in, my mother, without fail, brings out the olbas oil + tissue + radiator treatment... I've always hated the smell, as I associated it with sickness. But after a few wretched months of sinusitis, I had to admit... Olbas oil kind of does works. I am begrudgingly converted.
A bit more about the smell: my niece described it succinctly. "Poo." Now it may not remind anyone else of, erm, manure, but the smell of olbas oil really is cloying and overpowering. But therein lies the mechanism of action. It is so strong your sinuses have no choice but to smell it. I have a theory that the scent itself makes snot run for the hills, but maybe that's just me.
So what's in olbas oil to make it smell?
"Olbas Oil is a special mixture of pure plant oils, with ingredients including clove oil, eucalyptus, juniper berry and cajuput."
But how does it work?
The idea is the vapors released in the extremely concentrated bottle of oil open up the sinuses and help you to breathe. I don't know the science behind it, but hey, it works.
It is expensive for what it is, but cheaper than many similarly small bottles of essential oil. Olbas oil is £3.25 for 125ml. If you want to smell like your nan (or more importantly, breathe like a normal person when you have a blocked nose), you could spend a lot more on products that may not work as well.
Olbas Oil is one of those products which has become a classic just because it works so well. It's a staple in my house, and is the first thing I reach for at the sign of any congestive cold symptoms or sinus pain.
Olbas Oil contains a mix of essential plant oils, including eucalyptus oil, juniper berry oil and mint oil. I find eucalyptus and mint especially helpful in cutting through the unpleasant congested stage of colds, and because of the natural oil scents this is really pleasant to use.
A 28ml bottle of Olbas Oil costs just over 4GBP and it lasts for ages - a bottle tends to stay in my cupboard for a good couple of years, which makes it much better value than other cold remedies.
The oil is versatile in the ways it can be used. My favourite is probably just to put a few drops on to a tissue and hold it close to my nostrils to inhale the oil. As well as being great for congestion, it is the only product I've found that gets to the heart of sinus pain - it is unique in the relief it provides when you inhale it and I can feel it easing my sinus pain almost immediately - once my eyes start to water, I know it's doing its job!
When I have a head cold, I also like to put some of the oil on a tissue and slip this inside my pillow case. It works unobtrusively through the night to relieve that horrible feeling of congestion that makes you feel as if you can't breathe. It also helps give me a break from my cats during the night, as they don't like the smell on the pillow!
Olbas Oil can also be used in a bowl of hot water as a facial steamer and can be rubbed into the skin, although I tend not to use it in these ways. I imagine it might work in the bath as well, as I used to add eucalyptus oil to a bath when I had the beginnings of a cold.
As with all medicinal products, there is information enclosed - for example, a smaller dosage is recommended for young children, and the product shouldn't be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women. On the whole though, this is a natural product which in my experience beats all the expensive decongestants hands-down.
Product: Olbas Oil
I suffer with allergies and sinusitis and as soon as I have a cold I make sure that I also have my little bottle of Olbas Oil on me as I go about my daily life. Olbas Oil is a fairly thick liquid rather than oil specifically, probably due to the dilution process. Packaged in a small dark brown coloured bottle with a plastic dropper as you only need to use a tiny drop at a time.
I always give the bottle a good shake prior to use and simply unscrew the lid and drop a little onto a handkerchief or tissue. As only a small amount is required it does last a long time and the strength weakens over time, so as it gets a bit older with use a few drops may be required, just play it by ear really, if it does not make your eyes smart a little a couple more drops are required.
This natural oil is excellent at unblocking nasal passages and airways simply inhale and enjoy the experience as your sense of smell returns and you enjoy the experience. Don't try this if you don't have a blocked nose, it will have you spluttering and your eyes watering!
When I am suffering I put a few drops onto a tissue that I then place under my pillow, if I am only mildly blocked perhaps due to an allergy rather than a cold or sinusitis, I leave the tissue on the bedside cupboard, so it is close enough to help me breathe or so that I can reach it, but not overpowering.
I use it a lot as a steam inhalation too, I have a facial steamer and I put a couple of drops in with the water and remember to keep my eyes tight shut, otherwise it does make them smart. However, the results can be astounding, certainly the first time I used it this way I was amazed at the level of relief it gave me. So I would strongly recommend this method if you are suffering. You don't need a facial steamer, a bowl of water from a boiled and slightly cooled kettle and 1 or 2 drops of the Olbas Oil and a towel over your head will do the job quite adequately.
The aroma is strong, but Olbas Oil is designed to unblock the airways and sinuses so the carefully blended ingredients are a powerful aromatic concoction. The plant oils are: Juniper Berry, Clove Oil, Eucalyptus and Cajuput Oils.
Olbas Oil is presented in a is predominantly green cardboard box with a simple lift up lid and features the orange Olbas Oil logo near the top. Inside, the Olbas Oil in a small brown bottle which protects the delicate oil from damaging light. Just the same as essential and aromatherapy oils. Therefore, in just the same way, I would advise keeping the oil in the box in a dark place.
Price and Availability:
Widely available from chemists, pharmacies and some supermarkets. At around £4.00 for a small bottle that will last a very long time so don't let the size to price ratio put you off.
Thank you for reeading and I hope you find it a relief
Whenever I've got a blocked nose, and my head feels stuffed full of cotton wool, Olbas Oil is the first thing I turn to, and it rarely fails. Obviously it can't cure a cold, but it does relieve the symptoms very effectively, and in particular makes it possible to get a good night's sleep - which probably makes your recovery quicker anyway.
Olbas Oil isn't terribly oily, despite the name, it's a fairly thick liquid. It comes in a small bottle (various sizes are available), with a dropper. A sharp shake will get you a few drops, which is all you'll need. The dropper is well designed in that respect, it's easy enough to get the right amount and there is little danger of overdoing it.
The first thing you notice about it, in spite of a blocked nose, is the strong, pungent smell. It's not unpleasant - though it would scarcely be most people's choice of perfume - but quite pervasive. People around you will have no doubt that you are using it!
You can sprinkle a few drops on a hanky, to breathe in occasionally in the daytime, or on your pillow case or pygies to keep you unblocked while you sleep. It is very effective at both. However, it does leave an oily residue which can be quite hard to shift as it does leave a little stain. I therefore tend to put it on a disposable tissue, which at least means that nothing is permanently harmed. I have put it just under my nose (is there a name for that part of your anatomy?!) a few times and whilst this works because you can't fail to breathe it in all the time, it isn't great for your skin, and might well cause irritation.
Because it is quite strong it is effective for children too. Although they probably won't like the smell, and might resist having it put on their nightclothes, you can sprinkle it on something out of their reach and it will still have an effect. Putting it into an oil burner (the sort with a nightlight underneath), diluted with water, also works quite well, and you might find it more acceptable as the smell isn't quite so overpowering.
In short: an effective way of relieving the symptoms of the common cold.
Over the past two weeks, I have suffered terribly with a blocked nose which gets progressively worse at night. Other than the blocked nose I have had no other symptoms of a cold, but as I always find a blocked nose is quite infuriating and therefore I went for a rummage through our medicine bag to find something that would ease my symptoms. Olbas Oil is a medicinal treatment that I have always favored from a young age and therefore when I saw a box of it languishing at the bottom of our medicine bag it was the first thing that I reached for.
My Olbas Oil is presented in a small box with a lift open lid which is predominantly green in colour and has the orange 'Olbas Oil' logo at the top. The presentation of this particular product is good in my opinion because the green and orange colours stand out from the rest of my medicinal products which seem to some in mainly cool colours such as blue and white. Opening the box, the Olbas Oil is neatly parceled inside in a small brown bottle which is rather reminiscent in my opinion of the homeopathic treatments that you can buy. The bottle has a white screw top lid and a very small hole with which to dispense the oil which ensures that it does not leak everywhere when poured.
In terms of ingredients, Olbas Oil contains a mixture of plant oils which is great in my opinion as I do not feel that I am using anything artificial. These plants include juniper berry, clove oil, eucalyptus and cajuput which are all said to be good extracts at releasing relieving vapours which unblock the nasal passage. When I first open the bottle the immediate smell which I can detect is that of the eucalyptus oil and this has a clean and medicinal scent which is quite strong and yet relieves my nose almost instantly from its bunged up feeling. Getting the oil out of the bottle is a little tricky as it requires a good shake to get a few drops to come out and once out the oil has a light consistency which spreads easily.
There are a number of ways that you can use this oil, my particular favourite being to put a few drops onto a tissue and then place the tissue inside my pillowcase for the vapours to be released over the course of the night. For very heavy colds I have found it good to put a few drops of oil into a bowl of hot water and then hold my head over the water using a towel to trap the vapour for a matter of minutes. Whilst this does result in a very hot and red face, it does effectively unblock my sinuses and leave my head feeling lighter. You could also place a few drops onto a handkerchief for relief over the day although, as I don't carry a handkerchief I have yet to try this method.
The results are excellent time and time again with this product. The plant extracts really help to soothe my sore and achy nose and almost immediately being to open the nasal passages. When on a tissue inside my pillow case I find that these vapours last a good few hours however, as I often wake up in the early hours I generally top up the tissue with a couple more drops to ensure that my nose remains snot free. This product lasts and lasts and despite having had mine for a couple of years it is still just as effective as the day I bought it.
In terms of price, I believe that I purchased my Olbas Oil from Wilkinson and paid around a couple of pounds for it. It is currently available from such retailers as Boots for £4.35 for 28ml which is excellent value considering how long this product lasts and how effectively it works.
As a result of my review, and happier nose, this product does come recommended and scores an excellent five stars from me.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
Just before the Christmas holidays I had a bit of an irritating cough and one which was quite annoying and it did wake me up a couple of times during the night. One night after I had been coughing and kept my hubby awake I remembered what a nurse had told me a while ago to do to relieve a cough like mine happened to be, being a dry, tickly cough. She told me to inhale using a steamer and to place a few drops of this oil into the water and breathe in gently. So the next day I went out and bought some of this oil because I hadn't any in my medicine cabinet.
I happen to have one of those facial steamers which I use to steam my face sometimes. So I use it to inhale too.
This product comes inside a cardboard box and it is a small glass bottle. The name is very clearly on the front of the box and so can easily be spotted on a shelf. The bottle has a screw off top. It has a strong smell to it and the smell is really apparent as soon as the top is removed. In my opinion it has a smell of mainly eucalyptus and is a mixture or pure plant oils such as Clove oil, Mint oil, Juniperberry oil.and Eucalyptus oil. These oils together make for a strong smell but one which is a pleasant one.
The oil is an inhalant and to help clear painful sinuses and to relieve nasal congestion. I have used it as an inhalant lots of times by just dropping 1 or 2 drops in my facial steamer base which has the water on the bottom plate. This amount of drops is well enough to inhale comfortably and not be too strong a smell which is then uncomfortable. If you don't have a steamer a bowl of hot water and I would say add maybe 3 or 4 drops to a larger amount of water to give for a strong enough smell.
Like I said earlier I bought the last bottle because I had a nasty cough and a dry one. Inhaling the steam into my airways and inhaling it through my mouth too did help give moisture to my tubes which are dry from the central heating and when they contract when dry they cause me to cough continually. Inhaling with this oil just gives enough moisture for them to become more moist and so not contract etc. I did have to do this around 3 or 4 times during the day before I became a lot more comfortable and my cough eased. I did the same the next day and by the end of the second day my cough was almost gone completely.
It is good to use if you have a blocked nose and a bad cold. A few drops on a tissue works well to sniff to help you breathe a little easier. Sometimes I have poured a couple of drops onto an old pillowcase to help me sleep a little easier when I have had a bad cold. I wouldn't use the drops on a nice pillowcase because it may mark it and stain it. Just use an old one so that it won't matter if it stains it. It is an oil and it can be hard to remove from some fabrics so use it with care if you want to use some on a pillowcase.
It tells me on the box that it can be used for babies from the age of 3 months old to 2 years old by dropping one drop onto a tissue and holding it close to their nose so that it helps them breathe much better. For children over the age of 2 years old and for adults 2 to 3 drops can be used. I haven't used any of the drops for a child so I cannot comment how it performs for a young child. But for adults it works a treat.
For a 15ml bottle it cost around £3.20 and I think this is a good price for the work it does for relieving symptoms of a nasty cold and it works a treat for my tickly cough.
I highly do recommend this product to anyone who has a cold or a dry cough which is becoming a little troublesome and keeping you awake at night.
I give this oil 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
I am a huge fan of Olbas oil. As a child I was always secretly jealous of those children who when had a cold that had handkerchiefs smelling of eucalyptus whereas my handkerchief never did. I always wondered how their mums got vicks vapour rub on their handkerchiefs and didn't realise it was Olbas oil till I was an adult.
Olbas Oil has a very distinctive smell, it is a special mixture of pure plant oils, with ingredients including clove oil, eucalyptus, juniper berry and cajuput.
I use Olbas oil whenever a family member of myself have a cold or blocked nose. I'm not sure if its psychological but I have always felt that it clears my blocked nose far quicker than if I don't. I generally place a few drops on handkerchiefs and some on the bed sheets. I generally avoid putting it on my pillow as in the paste the "fumes" have got near my eyes and caused them to water badly but my eyes are generally very sensitive. I tend to drop just a few drops however my husband states that when I'm unwell I'm quite heavy handed and the room is unbearable (I at this point can not smell anything).
Looking at the Olbas Website, they suggest other ways it can be used as
- Add Olbas Oil to hot water, it will release the decongestant vapours into room.
- It can be massaged in, using a few drops of Olbas Oil for soothing relief.
- It can be bought as an Inhaler
- Available in Lozenges and pastilles
- Also can be bought in a bath liquid
Its not recommended for pregnant ladies without seeking medical advice first.
Available from a variety of places, at various prices but a 10ml bottle of Olbas oil from Asda will cost around £1.65 and does last ages (depending on the number of colds!)
It comes in a small brown bottle with an Olbas distinctive label, when unscrewed it has a bung type stopper which allows you to do drops easily. The bottle comes in a small cardboard box, with its distinctive green leaves and then Olbas written at the top in white on an orange banner.
I'm scoring Olbas oil a 5, as its a cheap but effective way of clearing those blocked noses.
This is a review of 10ml bottle of olbas oil. I purchased this recently although have used it on and off for a number of years and is a favourite staple product of mine.
*What is it?*
The manufacturers describe olbas oil as a 'mixture of essential plant oils'. Some of these plant oils include caiput oil, clove oil, eucalyptus oil and juniper berry oil. The olbas oil is to be used as an inhalant to 'clear painful sinuses and relieve nasal tension'. It originated in Basel, Switzerland over 100 years ago and has been used ever since as a method of nasal decongestion (although from reading the label it seems that this stuff is actually made in Gloucester)!
One of the main reasons I like keeping this product is because when I am ill with a cold I am not the easiest person by far, so I like to use as many products as I can to ease some of the misery of a cold. As olbas oil is natural I use it in conjunction with other products such as lemsip type drinks, lozenges and vapour rub (yes I really do go overboard!) without worrying too much about 'overdosing' myself on cold and flu products!
I bought this 10ml of olbas oil for £1.49 from my local chemists although I have seen it widely available in many big and small stores online and out there in the 'real world'. There is a range of products now also available in the olbas range including -
pastilles for coughs and colds
nasal sticks that you actually insert into your nose
olbas oil specially for children aged 3 months plus (neither olbas oil version is suitable for babies under 3 months old)
The oil comes in a very small glass bottle which is darkly tinted (so you can't see what is inside). There is a green label on this and a white plastic lid. The bottle comes in a small cardboard box which gives you lots of information about the product.
*How to use*
Recommended ways of use are as follows -
1. Put a few droplets on a tissue and inhale. This is the most common method I associate the oil with and the one I usually use. I do sometimes get a bit lazy and sniff straight from the bottle although wouldn't necessarily recommend you do that. As the oil is very pungent only a few drops are needed (which is easy to do given the droplet nozzle) and the smell on the tissue itself seems to last a good few hours. I know some people who put a few droplets on their pillow at night but I have never done this and would be a bit worried it may stain my pillowcases as they are white.
2. Put a few droplets in hot water and inhale. Although this is a less convenient method (you cannot do it when on the move) it is equally as good and when I have a cold I will try and do this once a day to clear my senses. Again only a few droplets are needed. If you drop a few too much in the water it can irritate your skin however, especially if you steam your face close to the water.
3. As a muscle rub. I must say I have never used this method but apparently the oil is quite good for reliving aches and pains in the muscle. My only concern here would be the fact that you don't get much in the bottle so I would need clarification on how much oil you would need before embarking on this.
4. A fourth peculiar use I have also heard of is in the cases of snoring boyfriends! My friend who suffers from snoring boyfriend syndrome swears by this as it apparently helps clear his nasal passages making it easier for him to breath at night.
5. Some people have claimed this helps ease headaches although I have not found this to be the case - actually when I have overused this it has brought headaches on for me.
*Is it recommended*
I definitely will continue to buy this on a regular basis for my medicine cabinet. Not only is is natural, it is cheap and has a long expiry date so you can leave it there for months and pick it up as and when needed. As only a little bit is needed on each application it also lasts a long time!
I would remove one star however for the problem of overuse as the product is so strong. Sometime last year I had a very bad cold snotty cold and this resulted in broken skin around the nose area from using tissues too much. Eager to get a snot free nose I picked this up a lot and after holding the tissue to close to my nose got a very nasty (eye watering) smell up there. I suppose that is why they warn you not to use on broken skin. Perhaps a more diluted version for people like me would be good! The other downside to this is that it is only temporary relief and doesn't cure the stuffed nose syndrome.
I am one of those people who doesn't suffer a cold gladly. As soon as I feel a cold starting, out comes all the tried and tested remedies. I was in B + M recently and found this for around £1, and though I haven't tried this before, I decided to give it a try.
Olbas oil is a mixture of pure plant oils including clove oil, eucalyptus, juniper berry and cajuput. It works to reduce nasal congestion and leave you feeling less stuffy when you have a cold. It is a dual purpose oil, you can also use it as a muscular rub if you apply it to the area where the pain is and massage in well.
I actually thought that I had bought the inhaler, but it was only when I got home that I realised that I bought the oil that you put on a tissue and inhale. The oil comes in a 10ml bottle with an unusual lid. This is because the oil has a dropper like funnel and the screw lid is shaped to accommodate this. The orange and green writing is eye catching and the green in particular reminds me of eucalyptus, one of the main ingredients of this product.
To use this is simple. You just put 2 - 3 drops on a tissue and inhale. You can also steam your face using a few drops of this into a basin of hot water and inhale, covering your head with a towel to stop the vapours escaping. It also recommends that you can tuck your tissue into your pillow at night to help unblock your nose through the night. To use this as a muscle rub, you just apply to the painful area and massage in. Olbas oil can be used from aged 3 months, although there is a gentler formula on the market for children, as I'd imagine that the smell could be very intense to younger noses. For children aged 3 months - 2 years, only use 1 drop of the oil, but aged 2+ use the 2 - 3 drops. It also recommends that if you are pregnant or breastfeeding to consult your GP/Pharmacist before using this product.
When you inhale this, it is a very strong menthol smell, but I can feel it starting to work almost immediately. It's a very strong smell, and can be a bit intense, but when you're feeling very blocked up, you need something strong to cut through the stuffiness. It seems to help me feel a bit better for a couple of hours after inhaling this, which is very handy when you're full of the cold and your brain just seems to be full of mucus. I take this every 4 hours or so, although the instructions don't have any maximum times that you can use this in one day, but I find that alternating Lemsips and these every 2 hours seems to work for me.
The active ingredients in this product are Cajuput Oil 18.50%, Clove Oil 0.1%, Eucalyptus Oil 35.45%, Juniperberry Oil 2.7%, Levomenthol 4.1%, Methyl Salicylate 3.7%, Mint Oil partly dementholised 35.45%.
You can also get this as an inhaler to use on the go, and you can also get tissues with this impregnated on them to use on the go.
Mine cost me around £1 from B + M for the smaller 10ml bottle, but the larger 28ml bottle is available from Boots for £4.39 and £4.18 from Tesco. I would definitely recommend this for those colds where it's hard to think, as your brain just seems so full of gunk that it's hard to think straight. While it's not nice to go to work with a cold, sometimes it's a necessity and this helps me concentrate when all I want to do is hibernate until I feel better and my head clears. I must admit that I do quite like the smell of this as well, which helps, although if you are sensitive to menthol smells, this may be a bit intense.
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Since being very young I can always remember a bottle of Olbas Oil being part of my mother's bathroom cabinet stock and when I had houses of my own I have maintained the tradition as I find it is an invaluable aid for when someone in the house has a blocked nose and cannot sleep because of it.
The product can be bought in either a 15ml bottle at £2.30 or a 28ml bottle at £4.20 each (Sainsbury's current pricing). The glass bottle has a white cap which when unscrewed reveals a yellow stopper which allows the oil to be dispensed one drop at a time. This means that unless you are particularly prone to colds or sinus trouble then even the smaller bottle should last you a reasonable length of time.
To use the oil I usually sprinkle a few drops onto a handkerchief, take a good sniff of it and let the menthol smelling oil do its work. This will usually be enough to give relief from a bunged up nose and allow the sufferer to get to sleep. Alternatively, a few drops on the pillow can also prove beneficial, particularly for children so they can breathe in the vapour to let it relieve the discomfort of a blocked up nose. I know of others who add a few drops to a bowl full of boiling water and inhale deeply of the fumes using a towel over the head to concentrate them. Either way, this product really works.
As mentioned in previous reviews, this has been a bit of a plague-filled year in which I seem to have succumbed to pretty much every bout of lurgy doing the rounds. From September onwards I managed to get every cold, flu and upper respiratory infection going, making for a pretty miserable winter. Oilbas Oil was something I hadn't used since I was a kid but seeing as I was throwing pretty much every other remedy known to man at my ailments, I thought I might as well add this to the arsenal.
===What is it?===
Non-technical explanation: one of the most pungent and long-lasting smells ever, alongside garlic, petrol and other people's trumps.
Technical explanation: Olbas Oil is a mixture of plant oils, including clove, juniper and eucalyptus although the latter is the one that really lingers and which I most associate with the product. It acts a reliever and decongestant for the stuffy noses and bunged up heads that often accompany colds, flus, hay fever, sinus infections and the like.
===How do you use it?===
I tend to keep a bottle in my bag and dab a few drops on a tissue to inhale whenever my snot levels reach a mission-critical stage. Alternately, you can pop a few drops in hot water and use it as a steam inhalant, or put some on your pillows/PJs to help you sleep at night. I believe you can also use it as a muscle rub to soothes aches but I've never done this. My parents always put this in my room when I was poorly as a child, but I'm not sure I'd do that personally: this is strong stuff and might be a bit overwhelming for a little'un. I believe Olbas make a version specifically for sprogs which would probably be a better bet.
===Does it work?===
The effects aren't long-lasting, but it does give relief for around half an hour and certainly clears the nasal passages enough to be able to breathe comfortably. On me, the effects of inhaling it from a tissue last around 30 minutes. You only need a couple of drops, though, and a bottle seems to last forever so that's a pretty good level of effectiveness and value for money from a product that can be picked up for less than three quid.
Pregnant women shouldn't take it unless they've consulted a doctor first. Pretty much everyone else should feel free to Olbas Oil themselves up with gay abandon.
What is it?
Olbas Oil is a mixture of essential pure plant oils, it is used for relief of nasal congestion by inhalation, and for symptomatic relief of muscular pain by application to the skin. It comes in a 28ml bottle which should last a fair while when applied drip by drip. This costs around £4.50 from Boots which represents good value.
Using the product?
There are a couple ways to use Olbas oil, the most popular way to use Olbas oil is to inhale it. In the day you can dab some on a tissue which quickly clears the breathing passages or if you have the time add Olbas Oil to a bowl of warm or hot water, you can place a towel over the head for 10 or so minutes.
At night you can put some Olbas Oil on your pillow which helps you breathe easy at night however put it high on the pillow so you don't roll in it and get it in your eye, it stings!!
You can also use Olbas Oil as a massage lotion. The science behind it is that it supposedly stimulates surface circulation and delivers comfort to tired muscles and joints. You don't have to worry about where you get it as is the natural oils won't stain most fabrics.
The drip applicator makes it a lot easier to control how much you are using on either method and where it is going. As you don't need a huge amount applying it drip by drip makes a lot of sense.
Olbas Oil is a great for clearing the nose when bunged up! Its a great alternative to Vicks VapoRub if you don't like the rub on your skin. Used on a tissue throughout the day it is a very effective relief on the go. Similarly used at night it helps get a good nights sleep on those nights you feel a bit rough. The smell is actually really nice and refreshing, especially as its one of the only things you can smell when you have a blocked nose! The water technique is very effective in the morning if you have time, really clears the nose and pores and sets you up for a better day if you're feeling a bit blocked.
The massage is an interesting technique. I've only used it once and it gives a great tingling in the skin when used. After the massage my muscles felt relaxed (due to the massage) but the real different I noticed was the fresh feeling in skin and pores. The skin felt very breathable and the non greasiness of it is a welcoming
feeling, you don't feel like you should go have a shower.
When using for sport the VapoRub is a much better option, its longer lasting than the Olbas Oil and the thinness of the oil makes it a little less effective when on the move running around.
I've had a blocked nose in this glorious sunshine and heat (frustrating to say the least!) and so have combined the Olbas Oil with my fan at night to keep me cool and unblocked. A put a few drip on a tissue and place the tissue on the back of the fan. This then blows out Olbas Oil infused air all night and also keeps me a nice temperature in the heat! My room smells strongly of it in the morning but I feel really fresh early morning which is great.
An effective product with several uses and for both day and night. Unblocks the nose and continues to keep it unblocked when used on the go. Feels great when used in massages, non-greasy and non-staining. Would recommend it to anyone and it gets a big 5 stars from me.
Olbas Oil has long been a household name that families reach for at the first sign of a cold / It can be dropped onto a handkerchief or into water for inhalation during the day, at night a drop on a tissue tucked inside a pillowcase can help you to breathe easily so that you get a good