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Featured Review: PINE BROS. Softish Throat Drops

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Tissues, tea and lip balm. With the cold and flu season in full effect, our house is being sustained by tissues, tea and lip balm, preferably scented or flavored when it comes to all three . As a mother, I am very careful to do all that is possible to safely alleviate my family's symptoms without , over medicating in the process.  With a proactive approach, we can give the patient of the day relief with products that are more natural and less medicinal in nature.  Our home helping is by no means a substitution for seeking appropriate medical treatment from a trained physician when the situation calls for intervention.  Strongly advocating for adhering to any preventative well-care visits, my goal is to reduce sick-care visits.   We have recently discovered PINE BROS. Softish Throat Drops as a remedy for the dry, scratchy sore throat feeling that can become a real nuisance to a productive day.

American made, PINE BROS. Softish Throat Drops are by no means a new company to the market.  The pleasantly flavored drops come in Natural Honey, Wild Cherry and Black Licorice varieties.  The soft drops are subtly flavored and is naturally made from Glycerin and Gum Acacia with other ingredients.  The PINE BROS.  Softish Throat Drops are not only made from natural ingredients, there is a soothing quality which does not leave an overwhelming medicinal aftertaste.  When our incredibly selective three year old toddler willingly agreed to try a throat drop during a recent round of sneezies and sniffles, we were skeptical as his reaction.  Much to our surprise, he sat in my lap to play and actually gave the throat drops a try.  We were careful to closely monitor him as there is always the potential hazard of choking with any small lozenge.  The gentle effectiveness of the throat drops were just the comfort needed to provide relief and enable a hectic day of play to continue as scheduled.  

Our seasonal survival kit now includes PINE BROS. Softish Throat Drops along with our tissues, tea and lip balm.  These are our family's tricks of the trade.  What do you do to keep your home healthy and happy?

The PINE BROS. Story
Ulysses S. Grant was President, the population of America hovered at 39 million, and the telephone was still a pipe dream, when in 1870 J. Herman Pine hung out a confectionery shingle on 8th Street above Walnut in Philadelphia and, along with his brother, sold their first batch of what they called 'Pine Brothers Glycerine Tablets.' In an attempt to relieve his own sore throat and those of his family members, Mr. Pine, a former German confectionery maker, determined that by combining the soothing natural qualities of glycerin with the healing properties of gum acacia, he could sooth and mitigate the mild discomfort of a sore throat. Add in some natural flavoring and a sweetener and voila, Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops were born. "I have discovered something," Pine wrote, "which will give quick throat relief to thousands afflicted as I was." He added,"Perhaps I won't make much money out of this. But I can make people happy, and that's more important than money." Mr. Pine was being unduly modest, as his "discovery" would become one of the most successful, most delicious and most unique throat lozenges in the world. Nor has the recipe changed appreciably since it was first introduced to the public over 140 years ago.

In 1930 Pine Brothers was sold to the Life Savers Company and continued to flourish. Known for its 'soft drop consistency,' Pine Brothers lozenges became a favorite of adults and children alike. The product, which attracted healthiest sales in the eastern and northern states, due to its icy winters, reached its peak popularity in the 1970's. The company was sold by Life Savers, and then, having been re-sold and acquired a number of times, found itself essentially rudderless and under appreciated; this despite a legion of loyal consumers. Cost cutting changes were made to the original recipes, packaging became stale and marketing non-existent; Pine Brothers began to be made overseas. Sales declined.

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. The natural product is once again being made in America, and is launching nationally in fall 2011. At which time old Mr. Pine, will succeed once again in "making people happy." God bless him!

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