“ Brand: Value Health / Type: Sinus relief inhaler „
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Introduction ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
I specifically asked my fiancé to get the Olbas nasil inhaler, ive always used it and have come to trust it whenever I have a cold or blocked up nose, typically my Sainsbury's had none so my fiancé got this Value Health nasal inhaler, ive now been using this on and off for since November as ive had a constant blocked up nose, my doctor wont give me anything so this product has been heaven for me.
I had been using the little tub of vapour rub but it made my skin quite shiny under my nose, it was also starting to sting a little bit as ive had the blocked nose on and off since November.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ What Is It? ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
This nasal inhaler is a designed for quick relief with blocked up noses thanks to its powerful scent of peppermint and eucalyptus oil by inhaling it through your nose to help with breathing, its small shape and size also makes it easy to keep in your bag or pocket.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Value Health Nasal Inhaler ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
The nasal inhaler can be brought for 99p from most stores. It comes attached to a piece of mainly blue cardboard with white detailing, on the very bottom right hand side is a diagram showing you how the product works in the nasal area. The inhaler itself is only 2.5 inches in height, and is just a little thicker than my pinky. Like the packaging the inhaler is white with a blue sticker around the middle, it has a twisty bottom that releases the inner tube that you need to insert into your nose. The inner tube is pure white and has 4 small holes at the bottom of the base, at the very top is a slightly larger hole, looking into the hole you can see what looks like a white bar, this white bar is all of the ingredients that you will breath into your nose.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Ingredients ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
Normally I don't go into ingredients, but with this product its ingredients are what helps with having a congested nose, the ingredients are Eucalyptus Oil and Peppermint Oil, other than this it also has Cajuput Oil and Menthol, Juniper Oil and Berry Oil.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ How To Use ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
The inhaler is made very simple to use, twist the lid at the bottom to lease the inner tube, then insert it into 1 nostril while holding the other nosril closed with your finger, while its inserted into your nose you need to inhale deeply, then do the exact same with the other nostril, you can do this as often as required.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ In Use ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
Holding the inhaler 2 inches away from my nose I could smell the peppermint and Eucalyptus Oil straight away, so I had high hopes, bringing the inhaler closer to my nose the smell gets even stronger and it smells very refreshing, I started by inserting the inhaler into my right nostril, I placed my left hand over my left nostril and inhaled deeply, the instructions give no indication on how long to breath in for so I inhaled for 5 seconds with each nostril.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ My Opinion ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
As soon as the inhaler was placed near my nose the smell was pretty strong and powerful so I thought actually inserting it into my nose would work and give me instant relief.....i was right. Immediately I could breathe through my nose, as soon as the inhaler is inserted into my nostril. I was hit with the powerful smells of peppermint and eucalyptus oil, finally I could breathe.
Due to the inhalers shape and soft plastic body it slides easily into your nostril and isn't uncomfortable at all, be careful not to push it to far in as that can hurt a little if pushing on the bone at the very top, but otherwise it sat in my Nostril with no problems at all.
While the tube said 'use as required' I wasn't sure if you could possibly use it too much, the tube also didn't explain how long to inhale for, so I assumed 5 seconds was a suitable time length to get a good inhale, however I found any more than say 3 seconds gave me shooting pains through my head.
While the inhaler is great for instant relief that really is all it provides, within 5 seconds of breathing it in I was back to being not able to breathe again, which makes the inhaler quite addictive, I found myself constantly inhaling it which was causing pretty severe shooting pains within my head.
While the product is small and compact, I can even fit it inside my purse, I found using the vapor rub worked a little more, while that glistened on my skin which I hated if I was going out I had relief for a longer period of time, this does work, but it only provides seconds of relief, as said above, ive had a congested nose on and off since November so have used this since then and my nose is still congested.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Final Thoughts ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
While it's a handy little product I would advise to stick with the vapour rub, this just doesn't provide relief long enough, and constant use was causing shooting pains in my head.
My last review I wrote on here was about Olbas Oil as I have been using it since I have been suffering with hayfever and had a bottle in 'just in case' in my bathroom cabinet as I suffer with a lot of colds and the likes.
However this I bought for on the go relief as it goes straight up the nostril and I bought it to pop in my bag when my nose gets bunged whether that it is with a cold or simply to help with the hayfever I am suffering at the moment.
I bought this in Boots and in cost me only a pound. They do quite a wide range now of 'Value Health' products including cold relief powders and hayfever tablets all rather cheap and for a pound I definetely thought that was a good buy!
Well all I got was a green and white plastic tube and mine has no size on it listed anywhere. On the main of the tube we are simply told that it is Value Health Nasal Inhaler, the ingredients are listed, directions for use are given and contact details for the manufacturer are given as well. Like I say I have no idea of the size of this product but its about two inches long at a guess so not huge and can simply be popped in a pocket if need be and to use it you simply twist the product and the main body comes off easily and your left with a white plastic cylinder shaped and not too thick rounded stick part with holes to the bottom of it to release the vapours and it has a rounded tip.
This is really easy to use1 To open it is really easy though it is really secure when its not in use. Also you can use this as many timeS as you want to for relief as the only thing this contains is oilS, so its not medication as such and more natural.
Now I don't have huge nostrils but this fits into my nose easily, its smooth and doesn't hurt at all as it has a rounded tip. You simply pop it up, take a deep inhalation (whilst closing off the other nasal passage of course with your finger pressed against it) and thats it job done.
This contains Eucalyptus, peppermint, cajuput, menthol, juniper and clove oils though you can't feel any oil up your nose at all of course as you are simply getting a huge scent of them. This smells wonderfully of peppermint and eucalyptus in the main with the menthol giving the whole thing a cold feel. I can never take a massive inhalation of this as it simply takes my breath away a bit too much!
Does It Work Though?:
Well I have owned this for a while now and I originally used it for a bad cold I suffered with a short time ago and now I'm using it for this hayfever issue and really its simply a really great quality and effective product to be fair to it. Is it as good as Olbas? Well no not quite I don't think but then the two products are to be used in different ways anyway so comparison isn't really fair.
This is a handy, wipe clean stick and its unfussy to use, providing you don't mind shoving things up your nose of course! lol. For me though this is a simple product for helping me to breath better no matter the cause of the problem and of course I can safely take other medication alongside this too which is a bonus.
It may only give temporary relief but its a cheap to buy, effective and runs out economical in the long run and in my opinion just as good a other products that are out there that are far more expensive!
Available from Boots and all chemists.
~A bargain buy nasal inhaler~
Having bought myself a nice new Olbas Inhaler this week I was really rather cross when I lost it within a day of buying it, so rather than end up paying full price for another one I parted with a shiny new £1 coin instead and bought myself a cheaper Value Health Nasal Inhaler from a well known store where almost everything is priced at just £1. What I ended up with for my money was a small and compact nasal inhaler that works in the same way as all of the other branded nasal inhalers that you can buy, yet at a fraction of the price. I thought that buying the Value Health Inhaler would save me a few pennies and hopefully work as well as the Oilbas one I previously had to help clear my blocked nose and having now used it I am pleased to say I feel it was a fair buy.
The pack that my inhaler came in was a simple cardboard hang pack which had a clear plastic front panel and a card backing that kept the inhaler sealed up safely and securely prior to its use. The front of the pack had clear headings on that told me what the product was and there was a drawing of a person on the front with arrows showing how the vapor clearing action of the inhaler might work on the body when used. In terms of comparing the packing with that of other similar inhalers I have used, I would say it is in keeping with what I expected, with it being simple to open by peeling the plastic part of the pack away from the cardboard side to reveal the inhaler which is then ready for use. The packing is minimal and not over fussy and it should be easy to place into your recycling if wanted.
~Ease of use~
Once out of the pack the size of the inhaler is similar to others I have used in the past, with the lid being a simple twist on and off type that lifts of with ease and closes back down with no fuss or bother. The pack makes clear what you are getting in the inhaler as it states that there is a blend of peppermint and eucalyptus oil in the product which is what helps to clear a blocked nose when you inhale the vapors. The shape of the inhaler tube is lightly rounded into a softened bullet shape, which is what I expected and it has air holes placed in the plastic so that the vapors within the inhaler are able to be breathed in as required. I have found the inhaler easy to use with it having a good amount of strong menthol and eucalyptus vapors that help to briefly clear a blocked nose and ease the pressure on the sinuses at the same same.
The strength of the vapors released from the inhaler is quite good with the effects being strong enough to make a difference to a blocked nose after a few sniffs, although you do need to use the inhaler more than once to get the best from it. I didn't find the vapors burnt my nose when I used this, although they did have a very refreshing feel and there was a good amount of clearing of my airways after a number of uses which was pleasing to see. I have found that the vapors have a relatively pleasant feel and fragrance which is in keeping with this type of product and the balance between the peppermint and the eucalyptus seems to be more even in this inhaler, where as with the Olbas one I had previously the eucalyptus seemed to slightly over power the menthol which is what gives Olbas products their distinctive fragrant blend. I feel that I prefer less eucalyptus and more menthol/ peppermint as the minty/ menthol aspect seems to help my breathing a little more.
~Summary and rating~
I have found this inhaler to be easy to use with it being small enough to slip into a pocket to carry with me when I need to, although this small size can be a problem at times as these compact inhalers are easily mislaid, which is what happened with my last one. The lid is easy to take off or put on after use once the inhaler has been wiped with a clean tissue and the vapors that come from the inhaler when in use are helpful in being able to clear a blocked nose to a fair degree for a short length of time. I have found that I do need to use the inhaler frequently to ensure that my airways are kept as clear as they can be at the moment and I have been happy to use this inhaler to help with that with their being no unwanted side effects that I have noticed.
As mentioned I bought this inhaler from a well known store for £1 and I feel it offers good value, as a comparable Olbas Inhaler like the one I lost can cost up to £2 and a comparable Vicks Inhaler can be as much as £3.60. Of the 3 types I feel the Vicks Inhaler is still my favorite product as I like the blend of ingredients and the vapors they give off a little more than the mix in the Olbas and Value Health versions. The downside with the Vicks product is of course the price, which is where the Value Health version wins hands down as it really does offer good value for money when you consider the prices of the other 2 products. Over all I have been pleased with the performance of the Value Health Inhaler so I feel it ought to get a 4 star product rating.