My husband and I often find ourselves dealing with sore throats from allergies, coughs, and colds during the cold winter months. Just recently, my husband started complaining about a sore throat. Although we have tried other throat lozenges in the past, none worked and tasted good. Thus, when recently offered a chance to review some Pine Brothers Softist Throat Drops, I jumped at the opportunity.
J. Herman Pine and his brother sold their first batch of “Pine Brothers Glycerine Tablets” from a small shop in Philadelphia in 1870. The former German confectionery maker determined that combining the soothing natural qualities of glycerin with the healing properties of gum acacia could sooth and mitigate the mild discomfort of a sore throat. When he added some natural flavoring and a sweetener, Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops were born. The recipe has not changed appreciably since the first introduction of the Softist Throat Drops to the public over 140 years ago.
Pine Brothers has been sold to a number of companies since 1930 but sales declined when the Softish Throat Drops were made overseas starting in the 1970s. More recently, Pine Brothers was acquired by the creator and former owner of Airborne, Victoria Knight-McDowell, for her new company, 3 Sisters Home Products. Much time and effort has been spent locating the original Pine Brothers recipes, redesigning the packaging, and creating an exciting yet classic new look. Beginning in 2011, Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops were again made in America.
Available in three flavors (Natural Honey, Wild Cherry, Black Licorice), Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops use a proprietary blend of natural ingredients combined with the famed “soft drop” consistency to produce a delicious throat drop. I received eight packages of the natural honey flavor of Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops. I chose the natural honey because I know that honey is good for sore throats. Plus honey is flavor that both my husband and I enjoy.
Looking at the drug facts on the package, the only active ingredient listed is glycerin. Glycerin is a sugar alcohol that is widely used in pharmaceutical formulations and has been used to soothe sore throats for generations. The inactive ingredients on the package include gum acacia, sugar, honey with other natural flavors, corn syrup, water, sunflower oil, and carnauba wax. (Gum acacia is a natural gum made of hardened sap taken from two species of the acacia tree.) All the ingredients are natural and recognizable.
My husband and I have both tried the natural honey Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops. We both agree that the flavor is light and delicious. My husband particularly appreciated that the throat drops do not leave any after taste like some other throat lozenges do. When I suck on a Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drop, I can feel the drop lightly coating my mouth and throat. My husband, who had a sore throat when he first tested the drops, tells me that the Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops really did make his sore throat feel better. He also says that the Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops work better than any other throat lozenges he has tried.
In addition to the light honey taste, I really like the softish texture of the Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops. The throat drops are a mix between a hard drop and a chewy gummy. I like to chew and suck on the drops simultaneously. As the drop melts in my mouth, the natural ingredients coat my throat, soothing any soreness and discomfort.
Final Verdict: Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops are a new favorite throat lozenge in my house. The natural ingredients combined with the light honey taste make the throat drops a delicious remedy for sore throats. The drops have a softish texture that melt in the mouth to coat and soothe throat soreness and discomfort. If you are looking for a natural drop as a remedy for your sore throat, my husband and I both recommend the natural honey Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops.
I received a sample of Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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