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
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
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.
What is Witch Hazel?
Witch Hazel (hamamelis virginiana) is found in damp, open woods and
along stream banks from Nova Scotia east to Minnesota and south to
Georgia. It is a deciduous spreading shrub or small tree with a smooth
gray/brown bark. Its astringent properties are extracted from its bark,
leaves and twigs. The natural astringent tannins reduce inflammation and
stem bleeding. Native Peoples applied witch hazel poultices to ease
swelling and ulcers. Herbalists consider witch hazel an excellent remedy
for hemorrhoids and varicose veins, as well as cuts and bruises.
Thayers® has been producing Witch Hazel since the middle of the
1800's. In 1855, the American Institute of New York Awarded Thayers a
silver medal for excellence in preparation of fluid extracts, and a
year later, the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association awarded
the company for the apparatus to produce these extracts.
The Pharmaceutical Era, a periodical, published an article November 15,
1890: "...Fluid extracts were first brought to the attention of medical
and pharmaceutical professionals by Dr. Henry Thayer, who was the first
to tell physicians what fluid extracts were"...
Thayers® added Aloe Vera to the soothing properties of Witch Hazel,
nature's skin care. Thayers® Original Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera
Formula Astringent has been offered in bottles and in jars of moistened
pads for decades. Over the past 15 years, Thayers® has focused on
bringing its Witch Hazel up to date to meet the current needs and
preferences of the consumer.
After adding Lemon Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Astringent and
Cleanser, Medicated Superhazel with Aloe Vera Formula Astringent (for
itches, rashes and burns), Peach Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula
Gentle Astringent with Vitamin C, Thayers® revolutionized the world
of Witch Hazel skin care in 1998 by creating the first Alcohol-Free
Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Toners: Rose Petal with Vitamin E,
Original for sensitive skin and the newest member of our family of
products, Lavender with Vitamin E.
We continue to seek ways to improve and add to our Witch Hazel based
Thayers® products have been traditionally sold in better health food
stores and independent pharmacies. It is the oldest company in the
United States natural products and health food store industry, having
begun its journey in 1847.
You can always trust Thayers®.
Why Dry Mouth?
Over 40,000,000 people suffer from Dry Mouth. This ranges from minor
problems (hypo salivation) caused by overusing the voice or nervous
tension, to severe salivary gland dysfunction (xerostomia), caused
by medications taken for: Asthma and Diabetes, psychiatric problems,
chemotherapy and the side effects of certain diseases and physical
disabilities: Sjogren's Syndrome, Lupus, Dialysis, radiation treatment, and aging.
Thayers® Sugar-Free Dry Mouth Lozenges and Sprays were introduced in
1995 to fill a need that had been grievously overlooked. Dentists were
noticing aggressive tooth decay in patients suffering from continuous
dry mouth. The choices of products to relieve dry mouth by replacing
saliva, or stimulating saliva production were hard to find and, in some
cases, had a horrible taste. The need was to create products that would
do all of the above: balance the pH in the mouth to normal levels
of saliva to allow the patient to fight tooth decay and; to provide
relief with instant moisture. All this had to be done without any drug
Thayers® created two sprays that provided dry mouth relief with instant
moisture (all natural, sugar-free, no known drug interaction, balanced
the pH to normal levels, ease in swallowing food and speaking): with
Thayers® Dry Mouth Citrus Spray and Thayers® Dry Mouth Peppermint Spray.
Its Dry Mouth Lozenges stimulate saliva production with a strong natural
lemonade flavor and Slippery Elm bark to soothe the raspiness and sore
throat caused by this problem.
All Thayers® products are vegetarian and never tested on animals.