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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.

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 products.

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 interaction.

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.

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