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This Fall Throat Lozenges May Save You From Weeks of Discomfort

Posted By on September 17th, 2012 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 11

Throat LozengesThroat Lozenges are a good remedy for your common cold.

When you think about it, the throat is a fairly complex part of your anatomy. It forms part of the upper respiratory tract, aids with the initial stages of digestion, and is central to our ability to form speech. The throat’s intricacy and crucial role in our day-to-day lives becomes even more salient when we are suffering with a cold, influenza, strep throat, or other ailments. The scratchy burn, the scalding feeling with every breath, having an unhealthy throat is an unpleasant experience to say the least. One of the most common treatments for sore throats are throat lozenges. How did throat lozenges become a standard treatment for sore throat sufferers?

There is no one person credited with inventing the “throat lozenge.” The throat lozenge as we know it today, a small medicated tablet intended to be dissolved slowly in the mouth to temporarily stop coughs, lubricate the throat, and/or soothe irritated tissue, didn’t come about commercially till the middle of the 19th century. William and Andrew Smith had a learned of a throat lozenge formula from their father and produced homemade lozenges to sell locally in New York’s Hudson Valley. The soothing qualities of the lozenges were recognized and appreciated by the public. They quickly developed a base of consumers and by 1852 the Smiths began advertising their throat lozenges in the newspaper. For the next 20 years the Smith brothers manufactured lozenges by hand for their growing fan base of hoarse customers. By 1872 they were so successful they established the world’s first factory to produce commercial grade throat lozenges.

Menthol Throat Lozenges
Menthol can be derived from the synthetically or through the peppermint plant. For centuries menthol has been used to treat sore throats because it has local anesthetic and counter irritant qualities. The problem with drinking small amounts of menthol is the strong and unpleasant taste. This problem was solved by confectioner William Luden when he developed the first menthol-containing throat lozenge. By combining a candy confection with menthol he gave cold sufferers the soothing and natural power of menthol with a sweet taste.

Herbal Throat Lozenges
Using a throat lozenge to deliver an herbal remedy seems like a no-brainer, but it wasn’t until the late 1920’s that Swiss Baker Emil Richterich started to develop the first herb-based throat lozenge. After two decades tweaking and revising his formula, Richterrich began the “Swiss Herb Candy” throat lozenge in 1940. His proprietary formula. included peppermint, thyme, sage, horehound, burnet and yarrow. Years later, clinical trials proved the effectiveness of this formula and Richterich launched the first factory to meet production demand. By 1960, Swiss Herb Candy became Ricola, one of the most successful herbal throat lozenge companies in the world.
For soothing a sore throat one of the first things people reach for is a throat lozenge. Using menthol and herbal remedies to treat ailments is nothing new, but it wasn’t until the 19th century that throat lozenges we mass-produced. A good thing too, a sore throat makes it painful to swallow, breath, and even voice your discomfort.

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Issue 11
September 17th, 2012
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