We are now officially into cold and flu season. I am so thankful that my family made it through the holidays with no major colds, flu, or other nasty viruses. It is really a miracle. It seems with just one child in school full time and another in preschool part time, there is no shortage of germs and viruses going around our house. I like to be ready for it when it hits so it was perfect that I received some Ricola Cough Drops to try out. Now my family is ready to find Chruterchraft.
Chruterchraft is Swiss for Ricola’s secret magical blend of 10 herbs that is in every cough drop. It stands for efficacy and enjoyment, incorporating all of the Ricola values into one word. All Ricola products are created using naturally cultivated farming methods and contain no pesticides, herbicides, artificial colorings or flavorings.
I have been a longtime fan of the Original Ricola Natural Herb Cough Drops. Made with 10 herbs they are a very natural product. The active ingredient in each drop is menthol. I did not realize until now that Ricola has been making cough drops for over 80 years. I think that speaks a lot for a company and a product to be able to stay active in the market for that long. It is definitely because they have a completely awesome cough drop that is both soothing and good for you with ingredients such as elder, lemon balm, linden flowers and peppermint just to name a few.
Ricola recently added a new cough drop to their line. The Extra Strenth Glacier Mint Cough Drops with a soothing syrup center. These cough drops are made with nearly twice as much menthol as the original drops. My husband Kyle and I both tried them and they definitely clean out the sinuses. They are quite strong, but not in a bad way. I don’t currently have a cough or cold, but my husband does have a slightly stuffy nose and he said it definitely cleaned him out. I could feel it tingling in my nose. I really enjoyed the soothing syrup center. It was like taking cough syrup that tasted good! The extra strength drops also contain the 10 herb mixture that is in the original drops.
One thing I definitely preferred about the Extra Strength drops over the original was the shape of the drops themselves. I do not like the rectangular cube shape of the original drops and I found the rounded oval shape of the Extra Strength much easier to suck on.
There are 11 different varieties of Ricola currently available: Extra Strength, Original, Swiss Cherry, Sugar Free Green Tea, Honey Herb, Honey Lemon, Cherry Honey, Lemon Mint, Sugar Free Menthol Fresh, Mixed Berry, and Dual Action Cherry. After looking at all of them, I really want to try the Honey Lemon with Echinacea. When I was growing up my mom would always make me tea (or sometimes just hot water) with honey and Lemon because they were supposed to be effective at fighting colds. I have also often heard that Echinacea is supposed to be good for combating colds and flu. I don’t know how true any of it is, but its worth a try when you feel terrible isn’t it?
I encourage you to visit the Ricola site and see the World of Herbs page. “All Ricola products contain herbs. Fine quality herbs are cultivated in the Swiss mountains according to organic farming guidelines.” The page shows you all kinds of interesting things such as how the herbs are cultivated and harvested and even how to grow your own herbs. Very interesting!
Ricola cough drops are available at retailers nationwide in store and online including Amazon.
I have a Ricola Swiss Herbs prize pack for giveaway that includes a Ricola Soothing Relief Kit and a $30 Visa Gift Card.
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Disclosure: I received a prize pack like the one mentioned for purpose of this review however all thoughts remain my own.