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I simply love winter and those beatiful crisp mornings where the trees have that slight glisten from the frost on them but what I do hate about the season is getting colds and flu's. One of the worst parts of having colds for me is feeling like I can't breathe and the pressure in the head that comes from having blocked up sinuses but thankfully you can now get Olbas pastilles to help with those blocked sinuses but do they really help?
These simple pastilles offer a great decongestant power to quickly battle to clear up those blocked noses, sinuses that cause those dull, pressure headaches and they even help with sore throats thanks to their use of natural ingredients that will calm and sooth in no time.
Olbas pastilles offer a product that you can take with you wherever you go so that no matter how low and run down you feel you have these available to help you to get on with your day the best you can.
The pastilles offer a powerful remedy to help against the effects of colds but without the use of powerful chemicals or medicines. They are also suitable for vegetarians and vegans thanks to the use of natural ingredients and essential oils.
These pastilles are very good value for money at around £2.50 to £4 for 40g and this is more than enough to see you through an average length cold. The pastilles have superb results and so are well worth the money.
Overall these pastilles are exceptional in their ability to clear blocked sinuses and airways so are an excellent product to have ready and waiting for those colds and flu's that hit us all during the winter period in the UK. Natural ingredients and essential oils mean that these are a much better option than stuffing your body with chemicals and medicines that you really don't need. Great value for money from each pack and with a pack managing to cover you for an average length cold I always have these in my bathroom medicine box ready and waiting for the winter season.
I've long been a fan of Olbas oil sprinkled on a tissue in a pillot to keep the sinuses clear at night (even if it does get a little eyewatering if too strongly applied!). So I decided to try the pastilles and see if they were more suitable. They come in a handy cardboard box a bit bigger than a matchbox, which is probably great for storing in a cupboard or a handbag but I would suggest that they consider other more portable formats, to a fit a pocket for instance (this is where airwaves gum has an advantage).
Inside the pack is a plastic/foil packet, which is a little bit tough to get open by hand but otherwise not an issue. The pastilles themselves are a sort of oval shape with a dimple, about as wide as a smartie but a bit longer and much thicker. They are covered in a sprinkling of sugar which I found to be a bit annoying - it probably helps the initial taste and stops them stocking together in the pack, but it gets messy if you spill it and I'd rather not have my teeth rot any more than necessary. You can't have one of these and go to bed with it.
The taste of the pastilles themselves is similar to the oil, but without the sharpness. Menthol and Eucaplyptus come through as the main flavours unsurprisingly. I was somewhat disappointed with the taste because I was expecting something with more of a medicinal punch, so whilst they did help clear the sinuses it wasn't especially effective when compared to their other products. It's also a very long process - the pastille takes a long time to dissolve, so that by about half way through you are kind of fed up but unless you visit the bin there isn't much you can do except wait.
I would prefer it if the product was a bit stronger and a bit quicker to dissolve, but I can understand why they had toned it down - it wouldn't do to have too much of a burning sensation in the mouth. I just think they have been too cautions.
So the product worked, but I don't think it was the best one I have seen for the purpose of clearing the sinuses - only a bit more effective than Tunes.
My mum tried these around 4 years ago when she had the flu and she always told me how amazing they were.
So when I had a really bad cough, these came to mind straight away.
I bought them at a local chemist for £2.05, so they're not cheap but not expensive. They come in a foil bag, with a fairly decent portion of them. I was quite shocked at how many I was given.
They actually remind me fruit pastilles to look at, but they're alot harder. The taste isn't the nicest of tastes. Some may say they're disgusting, but you do get used to them the more you eat them.
I was having a really hard time with my cough. I'd have so many coughing fits throughout the day. I purchased these at around 2pm, opening them as soon as they were bought. I didn't cough until the night time. They're really amazing.
I felt like nothing could stop me from coughing but these really are little miracle workers. I actually felt like they helped to cure my cough, as i haven't been as bad since taking these.
If you're cough is really annoying you, they're worth the bad taste for a few minutes. They're wonderful.
Every year I seem to get hit by a cold which then leads to severe catarrh and a tight chest for weeks on end; and every year I end up dosing my self up with medication to get through the day and also the night when I always seem to feel 100 times worse. My current choice of over the counter medication to try and ease the runny nose and constant hacking is Olbas Pastilles.
>>>> The Look and the Packaging
As seems to be the case with a lot of these types of pastilles they come in a silver foil bag which is then placed within a cardboard box and contains 45g of pastilles. Thankfully unlike other similar medicine the foil bag isn't glued to the inside of the box so you can easily remove it for opening and dispensing.
The Olbas pastille itself is the typical oval shape and is a very dark green colour, to be honest the colour is quite off putting. Each pastille is generously coated in rather coarse sugar which amazingly stays stuck to the pastille rather than dropping off everywhere. The pastille itself is probably the hardest I have come across and definitely not at all chewable even after a lot of sucking.
>>>> Smell and Taste
When you open the foil bag you are literally blasted with the smell of Olbas and to be honest this is quite off putting, as if like me the smell is quite over powering and not nice at all. But this soon goes and when you return to the packet for a second pastille the smell no longer seems as powerful, either that or I have become immune to it. Although the smell from the packaging seems to disappear, I am dutifully informed that whilst sucking one of these pastilles the whole room smells of Olbas.
On popping one in your mouth you again get a blast of taste, a mixture of Eucalyptus and Peppermint which the first time you try one of these you may well be tempted to spit it straight out. This soon mellows as the sugar coating kicks in and from then on in it is a reasonably enjoyable experience. What you have to be prepared for is the length of time the taste lasts and quite often a pastille will still be going strong in your mouth a good half hour after you have popped it in, and even then once the pastille has finished you are left with the taste for a good 10 minutes afterwards.
>>>> Do They Work
As I have found with the majority of these types of over the counter medication, they only really work when you are actually sucking them. They definitely help to soothe your throat, open nasal passages and generally improve a tight chest, but then in my case these symptoms seem to return about half an hour after finishing one of these pastilles. Compared to similar pastilles these definitely last longer, and despite the off putting colour and initial taste they are again rather addictive, although not as nice as fruit flavoured pastilles. One thing to note is that having too many in one go can lead to them working like a laxative and the daily recommended dosage is 8 pastilles.
Olbas Pastilles can be purchased from a variety of outlets, including supermarkets, chemists and basically anywhere which sells over the counter drugs. They come in a 45g box, which is about 40 pastilles and cost the very reasonable sum of £1.49 in Wilkinsons, or £1.89 in Superdrugs.
Each pastille contains: Eucalyptus Oil BP 1.16%, Peppermint Oil BP 1.12%, Menthol BP 0.10%, Juniper Berry Oil BPC. 1949 0.067%,Wintergreen Oil BPC. 1949 0.047%, Clove Oil BP. 0.0025%, Sucrose, Glucose, Modified Starch, Chlorophyll.
© Christianfilm January 2008
Olbas Pastilles are maximum strength cough suppressant lozenges that make nasal passages feel clearer. They provide instant, cool soothing relief for sore throats and help you fight coughs. Powerful, cooling vapors help to restore free breathing and make your nasal passages feel clearer, too!