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Olbas to the Rescue!
Member Name: Flowerpotted
Advantages: It's fast working and very effective.
Disadvantages: It stings if you get it near your eyes! (Don't mix it up with your eye drops bottle!)
I have only ever owned one bottle of Olbas oil which has been going for about two years now! I actually purchased it when I lived in Dubai and my son was just a baby with a bad cold. As I recall, for one reason or another I could only get to a local pharmacy that day, and this was the only inhalant decongestant that they had, otherwise I'd have bought one specifically for babies. But I knew the name and what it's purpose was so I took it home to try.
~~~Little Bunged up Nose~~~
Poor lamb. My son was only around five months old when he had a cold and was finding breathing difficult through his little snotty, blocked nose. I had tried sucking the mucus out with one of those little pumps and it was ineffective as his nostrils were to small for me to fit the tube in (he was ten weeks premature so still very tiny!), so I decided to try Olbas to see if I could help the little man feel better and get some bye byes. I put a drop on his tissue and popped it under the sheets of his moses basket. It has a very potent but pleasant aroma, which is made up from a mixture of essential oils. Within a few minutes his snuffled breaths had loosened and he can gone to sleep. That's all I remember from that particular bought of illness- but enough to tell you that this was impressive stuff- fit for purpose and did the trick.
~~~Bigger Little Bunged up Nose~~~
When my son was about 14 months old, he got another bunged up nose, and the scenario was the same- he needed sleep and so did we. I had a slight cold too, so planned to take the bottle to bed with me later after little one was asleep. I remember finding the bottle, briefly reading the instructions again (one drop on a tissue), and setting about arranging bedtime for him. However, after popping a drop on a tissue, I could not smell the oil at all, so shook the bottle to sprinkle four or five more drops on. I put him to bed with the tissue under his sheets, kissed him and exited stage left whilst husband entered stage right for story time. Within a minute they had both evacuated the room, after being gassed out of it! I had clearly been a bit over generous with the dosage due to my own stuffiness and inability to smell! Head held low, feeling like a bad mummy- I removed the tissue, leaving the Olbas' potent power behind having transferred itself to the sheets! Needless to say, my son's nasal passages were cleared quickly and his whole experience was a bit more comfortable having removed his mum's frivolous inhalant attempt, leaving enough scent behind to cure his snuffles!
~~~Big Bunged up Noses~~~
I have used this oil myself a couple of times, whether I have had a cold or a random allergy. I tend to use it on a tissue in conjuction with grabbing the bottle, which I leave by my bed, and taking big sniffs! It always does the trick and either clears your nose straight away, or leaves you able to have a good old blow after loosening the mucus (nice!) and following up with another sniff session!
Obviously, as discussed- follow the instructions! One drop for 3 months- 2 years, two or three drops for over 2- adult. An 'overdose' is overwhelming.
Be careful to avoid eye contact- as daft as this may sound, I have woken up with a stinging eye after lying on the tissue-duh!
I would avoid putting it straight onto light sheets- it stains!
I have not used it for muscular pain, so can't comment on this side of things- but it's something I would consider if a fitting situation should arise.
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