Olbas Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some questions that we are often asked about Olbas. Browse the list for information on many subjects of interest. If your question is not answered, please feel free to contact us by email.
- What are the ingredients in Olbas, and how do they work?
The natural essential 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:
Peppermint Oil - The penetrating vapors of Peppermint Oil work quickly to enhance the breathing passages and maximize respiratory function. Peppermint’s primary compound, Menthol, produces a cooling sensation that relaxes tense muscles and alleviates minor strains and muscular discomforts. Aromatherapists also recommend Peppermint oil’s invigorating scent to enhance mental focus and concentration, increase alertness, as well as to ease tension and stress.
Eucalyptus Oil - Eucalyptus is an aromatic evergreen tea native to Australia and Tasmania. The powerful essential oil is synonymous with respiratory health, and it is found in many popular remedies, including chest rubs, liniments and balms. The essential oil of Eucalyptus is well known for providing immediate respiratory support and promoting healthy lung function. The herb tea made from Eucalyptus Leaves is also a traditional remedy for soothing scratchy throat. The brisk, energizing scent of Eucalyptus clears the mind, enhances focus, and increases mental alertness.
Cajeput Oil - The essential oil of Cajeput is distilled from the fresh leaves and twigs of the Cajeput tree. It has a slightly medicinal aroma that is reminiscent of camphor and eucalyptus oils. In Southeast Asia, the Cajeput tree grows abundantly. The people of Vietnam and surrounding countries highly regard Cajeput as a traditional remedy. It is known in their healing culture primarily for its use for muscular and joint discomforts. It is also used for promoting healthy skin, as well as for its benefits to the throat, sinus and respiratory tract. As an aromatherapy agent, Cajeput oil stimulates the mind and promotes clear thinking.
Wintergreen Oil - Wintergreen is a North American evergreen shrub bearing bright red berry-like fruits. Historically, Wintergreen was highly regarded as a remedy by Native Americans. Native Americans considered Wintergreen to be a popular beverage tea, and also employed its use for minor aches, and to promote breathing. The essential oil distilled from the crushed leaves has a characteristic refreshing, sweet, mint-like aroma. It is readily absorbed by the skin, and is very warm and soothing. The primarily constituent of Wintergreen is Methyl Salicylate, the active ingredient in numerous over-the-counter liniments and ointments targeting relief of pain due to arthritis, backache, overworked muscles and sore joints. Wintergreen essential oil imparts a refreshing, uplifting scent that revitalizes the senses.
Juniper Berry Oil - Juniper Berry oil has a long history of use in massage therapy to soothe back, joint and muscle discomforts. The penetrating essence enhances the breathing passages and supports healthy respiratory function. Aromatherapists suggest using Juniper’s uplifting scent to ease tension and stress, as well as to clear the thoughts.
Clove Oil - Clove bud oil is steam distilled from the bud of the plant. The highly prized essential oil from the spicy Clove buds has the well-earned reputation for soothing minor joint discomforts and promoting respiratory, digestive and dental health. The familiar warm, sweet spicy aroma is a comforting aromatherapy fragrance. It supports memory function and alleviates mental fatigue.
- What are the best Olbas Remedies to relieve cold symptoms?
Since the common cold has been determined by the FDA to be a "disease", a common cold can only be legally treated by an "approved drug". There are three Olbas remedies that are classified as OTC drugs because they contain an active ingredient that the FDA approves for the relief of cold symptoms. These remedies are:
Olbas Pastilles - Temporarily relieves cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation occuring with the common cold or inhaled irritants. Excellent when you have a sore, scratchy throat. Powerful vapors help your nasal passages feel clearer, too. An effective formula made from soothing herbs and chlorophyll, which gives the Pastilles their luscious green color - and helps freshen your breath!
The following Olbas products are not approved by the FDA to treat a cold. However, some enjoy the soothing feeling they get from these products during times of seasonal distress:
Olbas Sugar-Free Black Currant Lozenges - Temporarily relieves cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation occuring with the common cold or inhaled irritants. Excellent when you have a sore, scratchy throat. Powerful vapors help your nasal passages feel clearer, too. Pleasant tasting Black Currant flavor combined with soothing Menthol, Eucalyptus and Vitamin C. Suitable for use by those on sugar-controlled diets and vegetarians.
Olbas Analgesic Salve - Applied to the chest, Olbas Analgesic Salve imparts a warm feeling of relief as the penetrating vapors are activated by the body's warmth. As the vapors migrate towards the nose and mouth, coughing is relieved and stuffiness is alleviated. Relieves cough as may occur with the common cold. Relieves the intensity of coughing, and helps you cough less. Suppresses the impulse to cough to help you get to sleep.
Olbas Cough Syrup - Five herbal extracts, six essential oils and wildflower honey are masterfully blended into this highly effective yet pleasant tasting herbal formula that helps support healthy bronchial activity. Provides natural antioxidants that support the immune system, easing the stresses of winter's insults and environmental pollutants.*
Olbas Instant Herbal Tea - Provides a delightfully warm, soothing feeling you will enjoy at any time of the day or evening. Especially beneficial for relief from chills, and during times of seasonal discomforts.
Olbas Oil - Olbas Oil has long been a household name that families reach for when suffering from seasonal distress and related discomforts. As an aromatic inhalant, this completely natural essential oil formula delivers invigorating and soothing sensations to the nasal and bronchial areas. Olbas Oil can be dropped onto a handkerchief or into warm water for inhalation during the day. At night, a drop on a tissue tucked inside a pillowcase can help stimulate and enhance your breathing passages so that you get a good night's sleep
Olbas Inhaler - Natural Olbas vapors provide a pleasant, refreshing, and cooling sensation to your nasal passages. Especially beneficial during times of seasonal discomfort, low humidity and other unwelcome nasal encounters. Fast-acting, penetrating vapors provide an immediate, fresh, clean feeling in the nose, sinuses and lungs.
- What are the best Olbas Remedies for Pain?
Since "pain" has been determined by the FDA to be a "disease", pain can only be legally treated by an "approved drug". There is one Olbas remedy that is classified as an OTC drug for pain, because it contains an active ingredient that the FDA approves for the relief of minor pain symptoms. This remedy is:
Olbas Analgesic Salve - Rub on this soothing cream and feel deep, penetrating relief for aches and pains. You'll get fast, temporary, soothing relief of sore, aching muscles and joints, backache, muscle strains and sprains, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, bruises, cramps and minor sunburn pain. The greaseless formula quickly absorbs into the skin, providing warm, long-lasting, pain relief.
The following Olbas products are not approved by the FDA to treat pain. However, some enjoy the soothing feeling they get from these products after a strenuous day of work or play:
Olbas Oil - Welll known for its use in massage, Olbas Oil tends 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. Apply Olbas Oil generously and gently massage the body. Can be used for a full massage or spot massage at pressure points for quick effect.
Olbas Bath - Olbas Herbal Bath is a delightful, therapeutic and fragrant bath liquid from Switzerland. It soothes and relaxes aching muscles as it tingles and invigorates all the body’s senses. Marvelous after a hard day of work, sports or everyday tension.
- Can Olbas be used along with prescription medicine?
Olbas is a natural remedy, so there are usually no problems with drug interactions. If you are unsure about the particular medication you are taking, it would be best to check with your healthcare professional before using Olbas.
- Why do Olbas Pastilles contain sugar?
Olbas Pastilles contain modified starch, sucrose, and glucose, and chlorophyll, along with some of the oils found in Olbas Oil: eucalyptus oil, juniper berry oil, wintergreen oil, clove oil.
The purpose of the sugars and starch is to enable the "gumdrop" shaped pastille to hold its shape, and make it palatable in the mouth for a longer period of time, which increases the effectiveness of Olbas Pastilles.
It is no secret that Olbas Pastilles have an EXTREMELY strong flavor. By including a small amount of sugar in them, more people are able to tolerate the taste, so they get the most benefit.
The formula does NOT contain ANY artificial or chemical sweeteners.
Remember: Olbas Pastilles are not candy. They are serious medicine formulated to give you effective relief when you need it. The amount of sugar ingested with each Olbas Pastille should be minimal in comparison to your entire diet.
If you desire a cough supressant lozenge WITHOUT sugar, why not try NEW Sugar-Free Olbas Black Currant Lozenges?
- Where can I buy Olbas Remedies?
Olbas Remedies are available in many fine health stores nationwide. If your favorite store does not carry Olbas Remdeies - ask them why not!
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.