Outdoor Living

Eucalyptus is a natural-source cough and cold remedy

64522H(NC)—Every year, Canadians spend more than $300 million on over-the-counter cold remedies. Many adults will have at least one or two colds a year, and most children will have five to eight. While there is no cure for the common cold or the flu, certain natural-source ingredients, such as seawater and eucalyptus, can relieve the symptoms and reduce the discomfort related to these ailments.

Recent studies show that 100% natural-source seawater can help relieve such common cold symptoms as stuffy and runny nose and upper respiratory infections such as sinusitis. A study showed that children using HydraSense, a nasal wash that contains 100% natural-source seawater, had faster resolution of nasal secretion, blockage and sore throat during the acute illness phase. These children also reduced their use of medications, such as nasal decongestants and mucolytics, and had significantly higher improvement in health status as assessed by physicians. HydraSense reduced the incidence of illnesses, reduced school absences and reduced use of medications.

The eucalyptus plant, native to Australia and Tasmania, has long been used for its medicinal properties. Discovered in 1792 in Tasmania, eucalyptus is a beautiful tree that can grow up to 100 metres tall in its natural environment. Of the 600 different species of eucalyptus, only 16 are used for medicinal applications. The essential oils extracted from leaves which are both persistent and tough, are often used in these Australian western medicines to treat respiratory tract infections and disorders; one of the uses is to treat nasal congestion and sinus pain.

HydraSense has added eucalyptus and wild mint extracts to its clinically proven seawater nasal spray to add a long-lasting cooling sensation.  HydraSense Eucalyptus provides relief of both nasal and sinus congestion due to colds or sinusitis, cleanses nasal cavities, helping to flush away infectious agents trapped in the mucus and protect against upper respiratory infections. Thanks to eucalyptus, it provides a pleasant sensation of freshness. More information can be found online at www.hydrasense.ca.


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