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Being sick is a drag in any language. Your throat gets scratchy, it hurts, you get all phlegmy...you feel awful, you're tired, and what's worse, sometimes you make other people sick, too! What a drag.
I feel for you. Really, I do, because I've caught a chest cold. What a drag!
Luckily I'm stocked up on two fantastic German products that will soothe that sore throat and help kick the infection more quickly. Thanks to two friends who were recently in Germany, I've got plenty of these lozenges...
Ipalat Halspastillen are lozenges with plant extracts (primrose root, anis, fennel, and menthol) which soothe your "strained throat, hoarse voice and dry mouth." They are a favorite amongst singers, speakers and teachers. Place one in your mouth and let it slowly dissolve.
GeloRevoice lozenges are a bit different. These are for more serious sore throats and dry mucous membranes, as the lozenges fizzle up a little and create a protective layer in your mouth and throat. These are a go-to for tired voices of singers and for people who really can't stand the prickly feeling of a sore throat.
GeloRevoice also comes in these fancy flavors,Grapefruit-Methol and...what is Kirsch again?
Kirsch is cherry. A very good flavor for soothing your prickly throat.
These two lozenges are available in every Apotheke in Germany, and cost around €5-6 per item. And the BEST part about the Apotheke, besides the professional (and I mean *professional*) advice and the high-quality products that ease your pains & prickly throats...is the free stuff!!
When my friends went to the Apotheke for me, they purchased two containers of Ipalat and two of the GeloRevoice. But what I saw when they gave me the bag, was also Taschentücher!
Hurra for the German tissues! In a handy pocket-size package.
But that wasn't all, they also brought back eine Pflastermappe!
It's a small, paper folder that holds bandages! How handy for traveling, which is when your Reiseapotheke comes in handy!
I have not been able to find Ipalat in the US, however you can purchase it from Germany here on Amazon (A).
You can also buy GeloRevoice via Amazon (A). Be prepared for sticker shock--they are approximately three times the cost here, however as you'll read in the reviews, it's worth every penny.
The Apothekerin or the Apotheker will also say to you "Trinken Sie viel Tee und Wasser!" So here is my favorite tea that I drink all day long to help heal a cold:
Ginger + Lemon + Honey Tea
In a large thermal mug, put in 2 thick slices of ginger and 1-2 thick slices of fresh lemon and 1 Tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add 1 Tablespoon of honey (local if you have it). Add hot water and let it steep for 5-8 minutes. When it's cool enough, drink it. Repeat throughout the day. I reuse the lemon and ginger, adding more honey and lemon juice as I refill my mug.
This post does not constitute medical advice, I'm simply telling you about two products that have worked well for me. Because as they say in Germany at the end of every ad for over-the-counter meds:
Zu Risiken und Nebenwirkungen lesen Sie die Packungsbeilage und fragen Sie Ihren Arzt oder Apotheker.
Read the package insert for risks and side-effects and ask your doctor or pharmacist.
I have no association with the Guten Tag Apotheke (R).
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