Friday, 13 September 2013

Great Decongestant for Blocked Nose - And Its a Non-Drug!

2 weeks back, my little bub complained of blocked nose and after monitoring him for a week, there was no improvement. However there were no other symptoms as well. Just blocked nose. He was still eating and playing well. The Xylitol Nasal Spray that I had bought for him online from the States had ran out and shipping would have taken too long to reach for him to use in time. I had some brand new decongestant spray from the doctor who prescribed them to him previously when he was down with flu, but I was reluctant to use them. I prefer to use something natural, if I can help it. Plus, his condition was not serious to warrant the use of the medicated decongestant spray.
 
I went to our local pharmacy nearby to look for saline nasal spray but they were out of stock! I've always seen them around and just when you needed it , they were out of stock?? Anyway, the positive thing that came out of it was I started searching the shelf for other alternatives and saw the Olbas Oil For Children. It is an inhalant decongestant oil. How interesting! Always careful about the ingredients, I turned to the side for more information. It is a special mixture of pure plant oils, with ingredients including clove oil, eucalyptus, juniper berry and cajuput. It is suitable for babies from 3 months old onwards, which I interpret it to be quite gentle, else how can a 3 month old baby use it? Feeling quite satisfied, I bought it for my boy to try.

Before bed time, I added 8-12 drops (for children aged 2 onwards, a smaller dose for younger ones) to a tissue and held it close to his nose for him to breathe in the vapour for a few minutes. The smell is strong but soothing. I did that for 2 to 3 days nightly and noticed his blocked nose was alot better. Wonderful!
 
From what I gathered, Olbas oil originated in Basel, Switzerland over 100 years ago. Wow! I have never heard of this product before, I must be a dinosaur, lol! And the reviews in amazon were mostly positive. They have the adult version as well and you can also drip it into hot water to inhale the vapours.
 
So glad I get to know this natural product by chance. I think it will be something handy for the whole family whenever they are down with blocked nose either due to flu or allergies.