You don’t have to be a singer, a screamer or a pop star diva to know that Slippery Elm is the best thing in the world for a sore throat or strained vocal cords. A longtime remedy for centuries, Early American settlers discovered the mucilaginous inner bark of the Slippery Elm tree (ulmus fulva) was useful as a demulcent to soothe mucous membranes in the throat and relieve minor pain and inflammation.
In 1847, Henry Thayer recognized the many medicinal benefits of Slippery Elm and formulated throat lozenges as one of Thayer and Company’s legacy remedies. For nearly 170 years, it’s been a favorite of vocal artists, school teachers, actors, ministers, radio personalities, customer service reps, and anyone who depends heavily on their voice, not to mention millions who suffer from hacking coughs and sore throats during cold and flu season. Relief is also available in Slippery Elm Dry Mouth Sprays, and both products are vegan and free of preservatives, gluten, lactose and sodium and deliver soothing, instant moisture to alleviate dry mouth (Xerostomia), a condition often caused by medications, stress, chemotherapy, radiation, smoking, aging, diabetes, asthma, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Lupus, hypertension, allergies and other factors.
But let’s get back to singers, screamers and divas for a moment. With daily practice sessions, long hours at recording studios, and sometimes months of touring on the road, keeping vocal cords soothed and hydrated is priority number one! For years, Thayers Slippery Elm Lozenges and Dry Mouth Sprays have been one of the best-kept secrets in the entertainment industry, although occasionally the secret has turned up everywhere from backstage dressing rooms to the big screen. In fact, in the recent blockbuster remake of A Star is Born, there is a poignant, memorable scene of hunky Bradley Cooper and gorgeous Lady Gaga seated on a grand piano and writing a song together. If you can manage to take your eyes off the mesmerizing duo, you may see what many Thayers fans spotted immediately – a bottle of Dry Mouth Spray on a nearby shelf!
Some actors consider Slippery Elm Lozenges and Dry Mouth Spray as “must-have” items when they are touring, filming or performing onstage. After recently filming three Avatar sequels with grueling schedules, award-winning screen star and playwright Stephen Lang knew he’d have to keep his vocal cords primed for nightly performances of Beyond Glory, a theatrical tribute honoring veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. As the solo star of the show, it’s dear to his heart because the Gold Star fundraiser supports Hope for Warriors, which provides comprehensive support for service members and veterans. After a celebrated run on Broadway, Lang is taking the show coast-to-coast – and Thayers Slippery Elm products are traveling with him!
“With travel and performances every night, it’s very tough on my throat and vocal cords,” Stephen explained. “I know the Slippery Elm lozenges are the best around, so I’m loaded up with them and Dry Mouth Spray!”
In addition to Stephen, we talked to a voiceover artist and one of the top heavy metal screamers in the world to learn how they rely on Slippery Elm products all year long!
Hollywood actress and voiceover artist
1847 Magazine: What’s your profession?
Lisa Arch: I’m an actress. And for the past couple of years, I’ve also been a stay-at-home Mom, so the auditioning and work I do now is mainly voiceover.
1847: What are some of the most challenging aspects of your work?
LA: Being an actress is always a gamble. You never know when you’re going to have a job or an audition. You have to be ready for anything at a moment’s notice. And you have to be at the top of your game.
1847: Can you describe some of the projects you’ve worked on?
LA: I did a campaign for a hospital that went on for years. Every time they added something or wanted to highlight something new in the hospital, they’d bring me in for radio and TV spots. I’ve also done a lot of comedy for radio, several cartoons, a prank-call puppet show, and a lot of commercials.
1847: Why is it important to pamper your vocal cords?
LA: My voice gets so raspy when I’m tired or when I’ve used it too much. I also get hoarse if I’ve screamed a lot or have done a lot of crazy sounds for a character. If I don’t take care of my vocal cords, they get very strained and I can’t do my best work.
1847: What do you do to take care of your vocal cords on an ongoing basis?
LA: When I really need my voice to be in top shape, I rest as much as possible and avoid cold liquids or anything too acidic. I also drink tea and use Thayers Dry Mouth Spray.
1847: What do you like about the Dry Mouth Sprays?
LA: I’ve had auditions or VO sessions where I had to keep drinking water to get rid of the feeling of dryness (and sometimes pain) in my throat. Thayers eliminates the need for that, and actually does what water can’t do. It lubricates my mouth and throat, and I can’t even explain how helpful that is!
Lead singer of global award-winning heavy metal band Trivium
1847 Magazine: We’ve seen that heavy metal artists stick out their tongue a lot for a living, and you’re no exception! With this and daily screaming, how do Thayers Slippery Elm Dry Mouth Spray and Lozenges help you?
Matthew Heafy: I’ve been a world-touring singer for a Metal band since I was 13, so I have heard of and tried everything that’s out there for throat relief and strained vocal cords. Thayer’s lozenges and dry mouth sprays are truly two of the best remedies I keep coming back to after all these years. These products were first recommended to me by vocal coaches and vocal specialists alike, and in turn I have passed around recommendations about how well they work to other singers I’ve met over the years.
1847: When and where do you use the products?
MH: When on tour, I have anywhere from 3-5 shows in a row, the one day off, and it repeats and repeats for months until a tour is over. Our setlist is typically anywhere from 45-100 minutes on tour. When I’m not on tour, I live stream 5 days a week, with 2-4 hours a day of singing and screaming. With this schedule, I use both the lozenges and sprays whether I’m on a tour or in the studio!