Thayers Slippery Elm Lozenges Sugar-Free Original - 100 Lozenges
Thayers Slippery Elm Lozenges Sugar-Free Original are a naturally sweet, diabetic-safe alternative that provides the same healing effects for the throat and mouth. Soothes and heals. Ulmus Fulva? That’s A Mouthful. Thayers Slippery Elm Lozenges have been providing relief to singers, speakers, salespeople and other vocalizers since 1847. Made from the inner bark of the Slippery Elm tree (ulmus fulva), these dependable demulcents soothe the tissues of the mouth and throat and restore the voice without the dulling effects of menthol. Try them – you’ll soon be singing our praises. Trusted by tenors, teachers, tour guides and other types who trill, talk and testify, Thayers Slippery Elm Lozenges speed relief to the throat and mouth. They're also free of preservatives, gluten, lactose and sodium, making them the all-vegetable remedy of choice for vegan vocalists. Dissolve one in your mouth before you sing, talk or use your voice; take another one afterward to soothe the membranes and heal any oral abrasions.
What is Slippery Elm?
In the middle of the 1800's, choir singers in Cambridge, Massachusetts learned an important fact from the Native Peoples in their area. The tribes had been grinding up the inner bark of the Slippery Elm tree and mixing it with buffalo meat to calm the stomach and the bowel. They would suck on strips of the inner bark to heal sore throats and any sores in the mouth. The choir singers started the regimen of sucking on the bark before and after singing and found that their throats did not become sore, irritated and they did not lose their voices or become hoarse.
To this day, the strips of bark and Thayers Slippery Elm Lozenges are used at Pow Wows throughout the United States by Native Peoples' singers. 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 vocal coaches, judges, lawyers, teachers, sales people and others that use their voices every day. The Slippery Elm Tree (ulmus fulva) grows plentifully in the eastern regions of the United States and Canada. The inner bark of the tree is used for medicinal purposes.
On May 15th, 2005 the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) approved Thayers Slippery Elm Lozenges, an all natural product, as an over-the-counter drug, thereby sanctioning Thayers Slippery Elm Lozenges as a product that heals, soothes and protects the membranes of the mouth and throat. Thayers Slippery Elm Lozenges are gluten free, wheat free, preservative free, lactose free, sodium free and are vegetarian. Thayers products are never tested on animals.
In 1847, Henry Thayer M.D., opened a laboratory on Main Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts to produce his newly developed line of herbal extracts for sale to the medical profession. Born in 1828, into one of Massachusetts' founding families, he was trained in the medical arts of his day by his physician father. His method produced, for the first time, standardized strengths, enabling physicians to regulate dosages accurately. The company, named Henry Thayer & Company, prospered and broadened its line of products and has been described as the largest manufacturer of pharmaceuticals in America at the time of the Civil War.
In 1875, the company published "Descriptive Catalogue of Fluid and Solid Extracts in Vacuo" listing over 800 of its products: herbal based, presented in the forms of tinctures, infusions, syrups, poultices and wines. Prominent among these products was a Fluid Extract of Witch Hazel, listed as a "Tonic, astringent, and sedative; useful in checking hemorrhages and excessive discharges." The final pages show sugar-coated pills, a physician's dose list, apothecary's tables, a diet for invalids, and some diagnosis-related formulas including numerous combinations for cough remedies, a "Lotion for Humors and Eruptions", "Hair Restorative", and "Effervescent Lemonade Without a Machine."
After Dr. Thayer died in 1902, ownership of the business passed to his great niece, Mrs. Joseph Sturdevant. The nature of the business changed from emphasis on extracts of herbs to the preparation and sale of compound formulas marketed to the public through drug stores as "patent" medicines. Included were a line of 9 children's remedies, marketed under the brand name "Tots", a pile ointment, and a line of lozenges, including Slippery Elm Lozenges.
In 1947, Chase, Storrow Co. of Boston, a partnership of former Harvard roommates and recent Navy veterans, bought the company from Mrs. Joseph Sturdevant. A vigorous program of sales and advertising was begun based on a strategy of first increasing sales in New England, to be followed by expansion west of the Hudson River. The next decade saw distribution of the lozenges in the U.S. and Canada in independent drug stores and natural product stores, and the addition of related items, Cough Syrup, Nose Drops, Cold Sore Balm, and Coughmasters™. In 1989, the decision was made to add a line of Witch Hazel products for sale in the health food trade, with the addition of Aloe Vera to not only soothe and clean skin but soften as well.
In 1999 the company was sold to Karen Clarke, who for five years had served as General Manager. The Thayers family-business tradition was carried forward yet again in 2003, when Karen's son, John Gehr, came aboard as Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Business Development.
A longstanding commitment to making effective, natural remedies with high-quality ingredients has ensured Thayers' longevity. Its owners are confident that with this unwavering dedication, the company will flourish throughout the 21st Century.