Almost a century ago, in a small church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, it was discovered that an organic substance by the name of Slippery Elm was being used by members of the church choir to soothe their tired, red, sore throats after long Sunday morning church services. The people who were using Slippery Elm had much better and stronger vocal cords by Tuesday night practice than the other choir members. Word of this natural remedy spread throughout the church choirs in New England. Over time, the word got out to opera, rock, country and contemporary singers, as well as the number one user group, professional voice teachers. Voice teachers prefer Slippery Elm because it treats the vocal cords’ abraded membranes without menthol. Most cough drops use menthol to dull throat pain. Singers do not like menthol since it causes the temporary loss of control of their vocal cords.The Slippery Elm tree (ulmus fulva) grows in the eastern part of the United States and Canada. The part of the tree that is used for medicinal purposes is the inner bark. The inner bark is ground into a powder and then combined with a crystalline substance to form a throat lozenge.It is recognized by the U.S. Pharmacopeia and the F.D.A. as an effective treatment to soothe inflamed mucous membranes in the mouth and throat.Once again proving that nothing is better than nature for treating physical problems.
I highly recommend the lozenges for a sore or dry throat. They do work, but please note no lozenge actually coats the vocal cords. These lozenges help to moisten the esophagus (food tube) and since the esophagus and trachea (air tube) are close together, the slippery elm acts as a demulcent to coat and soothe the entire area. Thayer’s lozenges com in four different flavors. To learn more or purchase, go to thayers.com.