Lola Remedios Food Supplement Product Review

As I was waiting for my favorite teleserye to go on, I saw an ad about a new supplement called Lola Remedios. According to the advert, Lola Remedios helps those suffering from "lamig" and/or flu-like symptoms such cough, cold, itchy/ sore throat, and mucle/joint pain. Since it is flu season here in the Philippines and it has been very cold (compared to the usual dry and humid climate), I have felt like I was going to fall ill. So, I decided to get me some and if I had read the advert right, I can find it at my friendly neighborhood drugstore. Unfortunately, I wasn't the only one who was feeling the same way. Lola Remedios was out of stock.

After 2 weeks of asking every pharmacy and drugstore in my area, I finally got my hands on some Lola Remedios sachets.

Lola in english is grandmother and Remedios is a popular Spanish female name. Thus, Lola Remedios food supplement is made using an age-old recipe of our dear grandmothers who used this for what ailed them back in the day. It is conveniently packaged in sachets and it is in  a ready to drink formula. According to the packaging, it is made of all natural ingredients mint, honey, ginger, clove, and fennel. All of these have well known health benefits to the body.

Screenshot of main ingredients from the website. Ingredients: Zingiberis officinale rhizome, Foeniculi fructus, Mentha arvensis, Mentha piperita, Helicteres isorae fructus, Syzygium aromaticum folium, Sucrose, Mel depuratum, Palm sugar, Purified water.
One sachet of Lola Remedios costs 10 Pesos (less than 25 cents USD) but, I got mine for 15 Pesos (high demand, low supply). Since I was eager to try it out, I bought several sachets. Directions for use: Shake well, tear open sachet and drink directly from sachet. Recommended usage: 1-3 sachets a day. Not intended for children, pregnant, and lactating women as well as those with hypersensitivity to menthol and menthol flavors. The syrup has an amber or kind of an orangey-brown color and it has a minty scent.

In the rural areas in the Philippines, herbal medicines and alternative medicine is widely used. When a child falls ill like a tummy ache for example, the parents usually bring their child to the "hilot" (usually an elderly woman who possesses the skill to heal using massage) to take care of the child's colic or gas pain. The hilot (pronounced hee-lot) often says the child suffers from "lamig" and with her trusty coconut oil gently massages the child's tummy to help move the gas out. When I was a child, my mother often called on the hilot when I had gas. When she massaged me, I felt the bubbles of gas. She would massage in a downward movement...helping move the gas down.

So, what is LAMIG (la-mig)?

Lamig is a broad term used by the Filipinos. It could mean anything from body malaise, having a headache, tummy ache, or scratchy throat, to not just feeling your usual 100%, or that point when you know you are about to get sick (onset of sickness), or mucle, chest pain, and back pain due to what they call "bad air" (masamang hangin), and of course, muscle knots. If you visit the albularyo (herbal doctor) and hilot, they loosely use this term all the time. Made me think (back in the day), how can I have lamig (cold) when it's so freaking hot in this country? I was a teenager and was just getting used to living in the Philippines. My mom laughed so much when I voiced that out. To be honest, I just didn't like the smell of the "lana" (coconut oil infused with some other herbal medicines) that they used.

When you head to the spa to get a massage, you'll definitely hear this term from your masseuse and when she/he does find a kink in your back, the masseuse will put as much force to knead that thing out. With this in mind, lamig can be directly translated as a mucle knot. But, it's not as simple as that.

If you ask a doctor, often than not, they will explain it as 'myofascial trigger points'. This refers to hyperirritable spots in the musculoskeletal system and presents as palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. Practitioners claim that these trigger points are the identifiable sources of pain which elicit a referred pain pattern elsewhere in the body.  This concept is widely being used in reflexology and alternative medicine but, the science regarding this is still a hot topic of debate.

To add to this, I once remember asking a friend about "lamig". He described it as "crystallized blood".  He explained that due to stress and exertion, deposits of crystallized blood ( in Filipino, namuong dugo) form in certain areas of the body such as the back. A good long massage is suppose to break all those "knots of blood" up and restore normal flow to the body. Crystallized blood...Filipinos can be so creative with their terms.😉

My thoughts on Lola Remedios Food Supplement

Before I found out about Lola Remedios, I drank Ginger Tea or Turmeric Tea when I felt something was a little 'off' or when I had an itchy throat. Yuri's dad when he has muscular pain, would heat up raw ginger and place it on the area that hurts, wrap it up in a bandage, and let it stay that way for a couple of hours. Lola Remedios by its ingredients alone, isn't that much different from what I usually take when I am slighly under the weather. Or so I thought.

Lola Remedios tastes like Vicks candy  or for Yuri's father, Eskimo candy, but, it has an extra kick to its step.  Think of minty candy, multiply that by 10, then imagine that minty cooling effect flowing down through your esophagus and down to your stomach then radiating throughout your body. You can feel the effects of the menthol going down your throat and in your stomach. When you exhale and inhale, you can feel its mentholated effects through your nostrils. I even felt it in my eyeballs. After about a minute, I felt warm all over. The mentholated effects lasted a good 15 minutes. Since I wasn't sick when I tried it, the menthol came on too strong. I couldn't finish the whole sachet and had to have Yuri's dad finish all of it (good thing he liked the strong effects of Lola Remedios). 

I have a feeling if I had tried it during the time I felt ill, the menthol would have provided me relief. No doubt this "drink" is recommended for people who are either about to get sick or are sick. The menthol can be felt in your chest and back, warming you up all over. Great to combat lamig.

Actually, Yuri's dad was feeling a bit under the weather today. He drank a sachet of Lola Remedios and took a nap. When he woke, he felt perkier and didn't feel as bad as before and his upper back pain didn't ache as much. He says he's going to make sure we always have stock of Lola Remedios inside the house. He definitely likes it.

I highly recommend Lola Remedios for people who are under the weather, who have body malaise, a scratchy throat, cough, flu-like symptoms and certain muscle pains due to overexertion. It can certainly help you feel better. 

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Disclaimer: Lola Remedios has no approved therapeutic claims. Please consult your physician.

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