I am a strong believer that prevention is better than cure, so as soon as the autumn started I did a stocktake of my medicine cabinet and bought a few items to see me through the winter. Here is my honest review of them all, including products that were sent to me by health and wellbeing PRs. New products are launched every season and I am always keen to try new things. It is very convenient to be able to try before you buy.
What I bought
Nature's Answers Bio-Flavonoids & Rose Hip, around £12
I bought this a long while ago so it only has a few spoonfuls left. I originally collected rose hips and wanted to make my own syrup but the process put me off and I used my time to make blackberry jam instead. I don't think I will buy it again as it tastes awful. I try to swallow it quickly but it lingers in my mouth. I am also not sure if it does me any good and it is not cheap for 120ml. Maybe I should give the syrup a go so I can make it as sweet as I like. This is not for children but the homemade syrup would be OK.
Ortis Vitality Ginseng, around £17
I bought this when I was feeling drained and needed a pick-me-me-up. This works very well and is reasonably priced for 250ml. The taste is fine, I would recommend this if you are feeling down and have not much appetite too. This supplement is not suitable for young children.
D Lux Vitamin D 3000, around £8
This was recommended to me by a SAD friend, who called it liquid sunshine. Pleasantly minty, it is a wonder for dark moods on grey days, whatever the season. Don't be greedy, though, stick to the dosage. It can last quite a while. This is too strong for children.
Fisherman's Friend, around 70p per packet
This is not a medical or health product but it is an amazing and long-lasting lozenge. It kills my cough, even helps with throat pain. I bought a big box of these from ebay so got great deal on retail price. I don't care if the brand is not cool, I can't live without them. I have a sensitive throat and cough often, whatever the season, this is the only thing that works.
Forever Aloe Vera Bits & Peaches, around £22
This is a child drink as I didn't fancy the taste of the adult one. I do enjoy aloe vera soft drinks but even this peach version is not to my liking. I took the adult dosage and had some unfortunate tummy effects then read a bit about it online and found out it is used as laxative and as a slimming aid. I cut down the dose to child's dosage and it worked fine. I won't be buying it again as I can't stomach the taste of it, even mixed to orange juice.
What I was sentDettol Anti-bacterial Cleansing Surface Wipes, £2 for 36
Wipes? You might ask. I am a fan of baby wipes for cleaning almost anything, such a pity I discovered their power only after having a child. These Dettol wipes, though, have a stronger germ-killing power. So whether you have a young baby of weaning age or a school-child with mucky lunchbox, these come in handy. The only thing I'd say, make them a bit smaller and a bit cheaper! That said, I managed to use them to clean the burned grease and food spills off my cooker - Mr Muscle, eat your heart out!
Proven Fit for School Probiotics with A-Z multivitamins, around £13 for 30 chewable tablets
There is a tempting claim on the box: shown to reduce absenteeism from school by 30%, which must be very popular with working parents! The tablets are nice and my daughter liked them. They are suitable from 4 years of age. They are not cheap compared to normal multivitamins, but if they work! So far so good.
Proven Probiotics Adult Probiotic Plus Total Immune & Energy Support, around £11
This box contains £14 sachets of "delicious effervescent drink containing real orange". To me it tastes like an adult multi-vitamin drink, a tiny bit bitter, so not as nice as the children's version! I have a sweet tooth, sorry... Apparently you can take it directly into your mouth like a sherbet, must try that sometimes! Still, not bad value for money since it is also an energy drink.
I also got a few other items to try out from a very generous PR person, a real healthy treat! This 'health hamper' included Carnation socks in my child's size in a lovely pink shade; BrightStart Vitamin D3 Drops + DHA for children and SwimSeal drops, which deal with ear pain in little swimmers.
My family is well set for winter indeed!