hydraSense® cough & cold products are made with naturally sourced active ingredients that help relieve your cough and sinus cold symptoms.
Unleash the science of nature to help soothe your cold
All hydraSense® Cough & Cold products are made with effective naturally sourced active ingredients, like eucalyptol, thyme, primrose, and marshmallow root. These ingredients are clinically proven to help relieve your cough and cold symptoms. Learn more about each ingredient below.
Eucalyptol is found in many plant species, but is primarily known to come from the Eucalyptus group of trees and shrubs, native to Australia. The Eucalyptus Globulus or Tasmanian blue gum is the key source of the pharmaceutical grade eucalyptol oil, but eucalyptol oil can also be found in the leaves of the lemon tree, some types of mint and rosemary.
As an oil, eucalyptus is colourless or pale yellow with a fresh, invigorating scent.
Eucalyptus is a mucolytic, a medicine that thins mucus, making it less thick and sticky and easier to cough up. It also has bronchodialating properties, meaning it can open up the breathing passages, making it easier to breath when you have a cold.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a species of aromatic, flowering plant native to the Mediterranean, Northern Africa, and parts of Asia. This tiny, perennial shrub grows up to 15 to 30 cm high and produces tiny, light violet flowers. With age, the stems of thyme can become quite woody. The thyme plant loves hot, sunny environments with well-drained soil.
For centuries, people around the world have used thyme as a culinary herb and herbal medicine. It’s also been used to preserve food because it has antimicrobial (i.e., kills bacteria) and antioxidant properties.
Thyme is used in traditional herbal medicine to help relieve cough due to a cold. It has antispasmodic activity, meaning it helps to relax the muscles lining the trachea (windpipe) to relieve coughing.
Primrose (primulaceae) is a family of flowering plant. The ingredients in hydraSense® Mucus & Phlegm Cough Syrup are cowslip (Primula veris L.) and oxlip (Primula elatior L. Hill), both of which belong to the primrose family.
Both cowslip and oxlip are herbaceous, perennial flowering plants native to temperate Europe and Asia. Cowslip tends to grow in nutrient-poor grasslands, herb-rich meadows, and at the edges of warm and sunny woodlands. Oxlip on the other hand prefers humid, shaded forests, but it also grows in mountain meadow.
Both cowslip and oxlip grow leafless flower stalks up to 30 cm high. The flowers on cowslip are are bright yellow and fragrant, whereas those of oxlip are pale yellow and almost fragrance free.
Cowslip and oxlip are used in traditional herbal medicine as an expectorant to treat cough and chest congestion due to colds. They work by thinning and breaking up mucus in the airways so it can be coughed up.
Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) is a perennial, herbaceous plant that belongs to the hibiscus (Malvaceae) family. It is native to eastern Europe and northern Africa, found mostly in marshy areas, usually near the sea. “Althaea” may be related to the Greek word “althos” which means “healing.”
Marshmallow produces light pink flowers roughly 5 cm in diameter that grow on stalks about 2 metres tall. The leaves are heart-shaped or oval.
Marshmallow’s soothing properties make it useful for treating irritations of the mucous membranes. In traditional herbal medicine, marshmallow is used to treat scratchy throats due to a cold and to ease dry, hacking coughs.