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Lola Remedios vs. Tolak Angin – Battle of the Herbal Supplements

“I believe that for every illness or ailment known to man, that God has a plant out here that will heal it. We just need to keep discovering the properties for natural healing.” ― Vannoy Gentles Fite, Essential Oils for Healing: Over 400 All-Natural Recipes for Everyday Ailments

I cannot believe I am writing about herbal supplements. I am officially a tita!

Tita in Filipino means auntie. Your auntie can be your mom’s sister or female cousin. We also call female friends or colleagues of our parents as tita. Sometimes, we use tita as an endearment to a much older female (around our parent’s age) when referring to them and we do not know their name.

These days though, young female adults already consider themselves a tita when they start behaving less of a young adult and more of a middle-aged adult. That includes carrying bags that contain essentials that your younger self normally didn’t bother like tissue, wet wipes, umbrella and, sometimes, a first-aid kit containing medicines and multi-purpose minty liniments. Grocery and household items shopping has also become more exciting than shopping for clothes and shoes at this point.

Another sign that one is turning into a tita is when one starts turning to herbal food supplements for remedy. This is where Lola Remedios and Tolak Angin come in.

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Despite being manufactured in Indonesia, Lola Remedios seems to have been made for Filipino consumers. Lola is the Filipino word for grandmother and Remedios used to be a common Spanish name for females. My own maternal grandmother was named Remedios. This Spanish name means “remedies.” Smart branding!

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Going back, Lola Remedios was an item I used to see a lot on the pharmacy counters of Watsons and Mercury Drug, but I never paid much attention to it. Sold in sachets in 7-eleven stores as well, I thought it was just one of those alternative medicines that older people would be interested in buying. I saw it a lot two years ago but never thought of buying one because I just never saw the need for it and, frankly speaking, I also thought it was going to taste nasty.

A few months ago though, I suddenly had a high fever after going to the church and the mall. How I suddenly fell ill when I was very healthy that morning was something I could not explain. My mom said it was probably what Filipinos call lamig (literally translates to “coldness”). It’s that sudden feeling of being under the weather or just feeling generally unwell with no telling signs and symptoms to help gauge what has gone wrong with you. For that reason, she gave me a sachet of Lola Remedios to try. I did not expect to love it so much.

Don’t get me wrong. I did not suddenly feel well and it did not get rid of whatever I caught that was making me feel ill. What it did give me were a warming and soothing sensation. The liquid inside the sachet tasted of mint and honey with hints of ginger and other spices. The mint lover in me loved it so much! I knew that it was going to be an awesome herbal supplement to take when one has sore throat and coughing problems because of the minty sensation it leaves the throat.

 

 

 

Around that time as well, I learned that what I used to ignore in the convenience stores and pharmacies is now highly in demand that they always get sold out. It has now become very difficult to get your hands on this supplement and I have come across several people who looked for it as well (and failed to find it). Even a close friend of mine drinks it when she is unwell!

img_0922So, when I fell ill two weeks ago (I had a terrible sore throat), I felt sad that there was no Lola Remedios available in all pharmacies near me. I was longing for the minty sensation for my terribly sore throat. Unexpectedly, it led to the discovery of Tolak Angin.

Tolak Angin is another Indonesian product that is very similar to Lola Remedios. The first time I heard its name, I found it very familiar and a tad bit funny. You see, tolak in Indonesian translates to “push.” In Filipino, we say tulak. On the other hand, angin of Indonesia and hangin of the Philippines are the English equivalents of  “air.” Thus, Tolak Angin is the literal translation of “to push air.” By air, I think this also refers to lamig. 

I decided to give Tolak Angin a try. The first thing I noticed was that it’s mintier and spicier than Lola Remedios. It was so potent that even my clogged nostrils felt like it was getting decongested from within. I had to pour the remaining half of the contents into a glass of warm water because I could not handle how strong it was. It also made me feel warm and it did an awesome job soothing my aching throat.

Luckily for my sister who is based in Hong Kong, we were recently able to buy one box of Lola Remedios from the pharmacy. It was the last box so we didn’t let it go. Mom promised to send my sister some so she can try it out as well. Fortunately for me, I get to compare the two products.

Ingredients

Lola Remedios: Zingiberis officinale rhizome (ginger), Foeniculi fructus (fennel bulbs), Mentha arvensis (wild mint), Mentha piperita (peppermint), Helicteres isorae fructus (Indian screw tree), Syzygium aromaticum folium (clove), Sucrose (table sugar), Mel Depuratum (honey), Palm sugar, and Purified Water

Tolak Angin: Honey, Asian rice, Fennel, Indian screw tree, Clove, Mint, Ginger, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Indonesian Cinnamon, Gotu Kola, Tree Bean, Usnea, Emulsifier (E 435 and E 471), Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate

No wonder Tolak Angin was more potent! Look at all the other spices in it!

Lola Remedios seems more natural though because it does not contain emulsifiers and food additives.

Looking at nutrition information though, Lola Remedios has more sugars, explaining why it was very sweet despite the spices in it.

 

 

 

Contents

Both products come in 15ml sachets and 12 sachets per box. For some reason though, Tolak Angin feels a tiny bit heavier.

FDA Approval

Both packagings show their FDA registration. Still, both explicitly state that there are no approved therapeutic claims for these products.

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Important Dates

Lola Remedios shows manufacturing and expiry dates. Seems like it’s good for two years from manufacturing date. On the other hand, Tolak Angin only shows the expiry date. I wonder when the batch of my box was made.

 

 

 

Manufacturers

Lola Remedios: PT.Kino Indonesia, Tbk

I strongly feel that there’s no Indonesian version of this drink and that it was made especially for Filipinos. I cannot find any version of it from the manufacturer’s website.

Tolak Angin: Sido Muncul (Company Name: Industri Jamu dan Farmasi)

I cannot find an English website but I did come across some information about the business. It appears this is a family-owned business that goes back decades. I also came across its history on YouTube.

Whether Tolak Angin is the first of its kind, I am not sure. What I found out though was that our famous boxer, Manny Pacquiao, endorsed this product way back 2016.

[Update: 01-May-19 – I just discovered that Tolak Angin has a Philippine website already. Perhaps it was created by the Philippine distributor of the product.]

Anyway, regardless of which came to the Philippines first, I liked both products. While I feel I’d reach for Lola Remedios more because it is not as spicy, I would not mind taking Tolak Angin as an alternative or when I am more ill than usual.

Will I take these herbal supplements as a replacement for doctor-prescribed medicines? No, I don’t think so. Still, they are nice to have around for when I want some quick relief from lamig.

Damn, I really have turned into a tita… Hahaha…

If you want to read about my experience mixing Lola Remedios in white tea, click here.

19 thoughts on “Lola Remedios vs. Tolak Angin – Battle of the Herbal Supplements

  1. Same here, I went around looking for lola remedios and it is out of stock. Thankful that one drug store recommended tolak angin, so I tried and it soothes the sore throat and clog nose I have had since yesterday. I tried to research and ended up to your review. Thanks for the info.

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    1. Hi Josephus! The box does not appear to say it contains sugar, but it does contain honey and I think it may affect your blood sugar. It is best to consult your doctor before taking supplement.

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  2. Hi Tita, would like to ask if this lola remedios or tolak angin is possible to drink on an empty stomach in case your in a hurry on something and timingly feeling that lamig on your way. Is it advisable. Thanks tita 🙂

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    1. I drank these on an empty stomach and turned out fine. However, it’s best to read the label or ask your doctor because I am not sure if you have any health conditions that might be aggravated by taking these on empty stomach.

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  3. Very detailed and informative content with quality links of information as well. One that is worth time reading. I’m gonna leave my Email, kindly notify me if you have some more interesting post like this. Thanks Monique.

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  4. Most medical professionals will definitely reject the idea that remedies like this will cure illnesses. They will point out that the ingredients doesn’t have any medical properties like what doctors would prescribe. But what they failed to understand is that, lola remedios’ and tolak angin’s effects are not direct cures, but as have been said here (and as I have experienced personally), it has that soothing and calming effect due to the mints and spices. That calming effect contrasts with stress and tension or negative state, that caused the body to become ill or contract illness, and we already know this. And there is this already established fact that the body when relaxed, free of tension, or in a positive state, particularly in a good sleep state grows and heals. Therefore, these remedies, Tolak Angin and Lola Remedios, are not cures but are simply tools to allow the body to heal by itself.

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  5. Nice review.
    I came across Tolak Angin two – three months ago. I did not understand a single word which was printed on the package. But because of the ginger and mint-leave graphics on the little bottle I thought to give it a try. And also because it was placed next to some Tiger Balm. 😉

    I found the roller-ball bottle ointment (minyak angin aromatherapy). This helps me when I have headaches, also helped out after I fainted a couple of weeks ago. ….And just recently, it started helping me out whenever I feel nauseous. Just the smell helps to keep down the queasy feeling in the morning or anytime of the day when I suffer from motion sickness. 

    So happy to come across this article.
    Will try the Lola stuff if I can find it. But: I am already happy with Tolak Angin. 

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  6. My goodness. I love it that you’re out perfect target market for clueless consumers.

    Both are 100% Indonesian companies with Kino rebranding it to make it look like it’s made for you.

    It’s as Indonesian as Kopiko and Lucky Me!

    Yes, you heard it, right. That noodle product can’t even compete here in Indonesia because they’re not the market leader. They’re a biscuit company.

    As for Lola Remedios, Kino is not even in the top 3 in Indonesia. It’s dominated and owned by Tolak Angin.

    Duh.

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    1. Hi Mark, if you read my post completely, I acknowledged that Kino is an Indonesian company and may have made the Lola Remedios product to suit the Filipino market. All brands have a way of making the same product and marketing it differently depending on their target markets. There’s nothing wrong with that. And there’s nothing wrong with reaching out to a different market if you can’t dominate your original market. I am comforted that at least these companies try their best to stay in the game and provide employment to hundreds or thousands of employees.

      The point of my post is to compare the two products and evaluate which I prefer based on my own preferences, regardless of which is more dominant in the market. I leave it to my readers to pick what they want to try.

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