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Now that we are in the midst of cold and flu season, and since I currently have a nasty head cold, I thought that I would share two products from which I have sought relief. While these Olbas products have not cured my cold, they have offered me considerable relief from my stuffy nose and my overall sense of malaise. Olbas, a Swiss company that is over 100 years old, offers an assortment of essential oils, remedies and even cough lozenges and salves that are sure to relieve symptoms and discomfort associated with colds, allergies and even achy muscles.
Olbas Herbal Bath ($9.49 for 4 oz. and $16.99 for 8 oz. from Olbas, CVS and Swanson Health): At the beginning of my cold I opted to take hot baths rather than showers to try to soak away some of my discomfort, to try to open up my sinus passages, and to give me an overall sense of wellbeing. This lovely Herbal Bath has a wonderful foam, and its invigorating peppermint-eucalyptus aroma awakens the senses and helps to open up sinus passages. Furthermore, it soothes achy muscles and refreshes the senses. You definitely want to make sure to avoid contact with your eyes!
According to Olbas,
Olbas Herbal Bath is a delightful, therapeutic and fragrant bath liquid from Switzerland. It soothes and relaxes aching bodies as it tingles and invigorates all the body’s senses. Marvelous after a hard day of work, sports or everyday tension.
You can use it in your favorite bathtub. Or, for lots of bubbles – try it in a whirlpool bath! A little bit goes a long way. Use it in the shower as a liquid soap – makes an excellent body wash that will stimulate all your senses and leave you feeling clean and refreshed. Excellent as a foot bath for tired, aching feet.
Olbas Herbal Bath Soothes, Relaxes, Tingles & InvigoratesYou’ll really enjoy the delightful aroma of Olbas Herbal Bath. Natural Olbas vapors provide a pleasant, refreshing, and cooling sensation to your nasal passages. This unique experience is especially pleasant during times of seasonal discomfort, which can often bring unwelcome nasal encounters.
Provides wonderful relief for children, too! A warm, bubbly Olbas Herbal Bath helps enhance their breathing and helps them get a good nights sleep.
Blended with chlorophyll, Olbas Bath also acts as a natural deodorant, so it keeps you clean and fresh. Provides a truly exceptional experience that can be enjoyed by the entire family!
Directions and Suggested Uses:
Tub: Add 2-4 tablespoonfuls to tub of hot water. If foam is desired, add to running water.
Shampoo or Shower: Use as a shampoo or as a liquid soap on a wash cloth, sponge or brush (avoid contact with eyes).
Foot or Sponge Bath: Add 1-2 tablespoonfuls to each gallon of hot water.
Whirlpool: To begin, add 1 teaspoonful. Then add sparingly to adjust for size of tub, foam and degree of stimulation desired.
Household Use: Try it for a variety of cleaning needs – pleasant aroma, safe, effective and deodorizing.
Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Coconut Based Foaming Agent), Sodium Coceth Sulfate and PEG-40 Glycerol Cocoate (Coconut Fatty Esters & Hydrogenated Castor Oil), PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides (Coconut and Palm Oil Based), Peppermint Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Decyl Polyglucoside (from Glucose), Cajuput Oil, Wintergreen Oil, Juniper Oil, Chlorophyll, Clove Oil. (Contains NO SLS or SLES)
Olbas Oil Aromatherapy Inhalant and Massage Oil ($9.50 for 0,32 oz. and $19.99 for .95 oz. from Penn Herb, CVS and Swanson Health): There are numerous ways to use this therapeutic oil, but two of my favorite ways are very simple for treating my cold. First, one can simply sniff it directly from the bottle (which I will do for allergies, but not for my cold because of the germs). Rather than contaminating the bottle directly you can decant a small amount into a little container that you can dispose of after use. Second, one can add about 20 drops of the oil to a bowl of hot water and place a towel over the head and inhale the vapors for about 5-10 minutes. I also have experimented with soaking a wash cloth in water infused with a few drops and simply sniff it when I start to feel congested, and it definitely offers some relief.
According to Olbas.
Olbas Oil originated in Basel, Switzerland over 100 years ago, and continues to be a European and worldwide favorite. The natural essentiOlbas Oil for Colds & Flu, Aches & Painsal oils in Olbas are extracted from six medicinal herbs, which have been the basis of healing in cultures around the world for centuries. These oils are carefully blended by Swiss herbalists, making the Olbas formula truly unique. The synergistic combination of these six essential oils provides amazing sensations to your body at multiple levels.
Also well known for its use in massage, Olbas Oil tendsOlbas Oil - Power to Breathe, Naturally. to stimulate circulation at the surface of the skin. It opens up the pores and provides a comfortable warm and cool feeling in the muscles and joints.
Runners, cyclists and other sports enthusiasts praise the value of Olbas Oil. Massaging with Olbas Oil helps loosen muscles and make them supple, while inhaling Olbas vapors may help support endurance and performance.
Directions: Daytime- Inhaling vapors from a tissue sprinkled with Olbas Oil quickly stimulates and enhances the breathing passages. Try adding 20 drops of Olbas Oil to a bowl of hot water, place a towel over the head and breathe vapors in deeply for 5 to 10 minutes. Nighttime- Simply sprinkle 5-10 drops on a tissue and tuck inside a pillowcase. For aching bodies: cold compresses feel refreshing on the forehead.
Ingredients: Essential Oils of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Cajeput, Wintergreen, Juniper and Clove.
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