Pine Brothers Cough Drops Review & $50 Target Gift Card Giveaway – Closed
Hello & Happy Thursday!
With allergy season upon us, many are running to our go to remedies to alleviate symptoms. While I haven’t been sick in ages, my throat can get a little irritated from time to time. Having a myriad of options from the standard over the counter meds to cough drops it’s hard to navigate which products to choose.
If I need something to help fight the beginning of a light cold, instead of reaching for medicine, I reach for a cough drop. (true story) I had the opportunity to sample some of the Pine Brothers cough drops recently and wanted to share my thoughts on them with you.
Like many of you I thought by today there has to be a plethora of natural cough drop options. In actuality though, that arena is still quite lacking. Many are packed with tons of sugar, honey making them not vegan, and methanol, which has been indicated as being toxic. So at the end of the day I was quite intrigued to explore Pine Brother’s products in a market that’s saturated with bad options.
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About Cough Drops:
The objective behind cough drops is to inhibit the cough reflex. Typically cough drops are comprised of menthol or lidocaine, a commonly used anti-cough medication. Just like any other medication, when taken in excess it will have negative effects.
The amount of menthol in cough drops is usually not adequate enough to cause harm, which is why they can be sold over the counter. While the short term effects of taking many in one day are probably minimal, the effects of taking them daily for many years is probably unknown. Some varieties also have high levels of zinc. When taken in excess you can develop zinc toxicities and can experience a loss of a sensation in taste, smell and in severe cases you can become copper deficient.
What I like about Pine Brothers products are first and foremost the owner. She actually is the woman who founded the popular classroom medicine Airborn. Although she sold the company ages ago, she bought it back after a lawsuit pertaining to the actual effects of the product and bought Pine Brother’s as well. As you can imagine, that multi million dollar company she sold, then bought, she’s doing quite well. Surprisingly though, she lives a humble life today which I admire. (I saw her on the Where Are They Now episode, must watch!)
Secondly, I love the packaging, and the fact that the product is a gummy. I’ve never experienced gel lozenges, but I can honestly say that they last a lot longer increasing the value of the product. The sugar content of the product is also lower than your average product(see ingredient lists below). Typically lozenges are overly sweet, and probably is a contributing factor as to why kids eat them by the handfuls and we all become consumed with taking them all the time when they are designed for only temporary relief.
My favorite thing about Pine Brothers products is that they use carrot and spirulina to color the product versus your typical “red #5” etc.
My only complaint in regards to the ingredients would be that there is “natural flavors” for each variety. Natural Flavors is a vague term that typically means gluten is in the product and just doesn’t provide a lot of transparency in the product.
Standard Cough Drops:
- 3grams of carbohydrates in the form of starch
- 14 calories
- Active Ingredients: In each drop: Pectin (2.8 mg) (Oral demulcent)
Inactive Ingredients: Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Citric Acid, Corn Syrup, FD&C Blue 2 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Red 40 (CI 16035), Flavor, Maleic Acid, Sodium Acetate, Sodium Chloride, Soybean (Glycine Soja) Oil, Sucrose (Sugar)
Ulysses S. Grant was President and the population of America hovered at 39 million, when in 1870 J. Herman Pine hung out a confectionery shingle on 8th Street above Walnut in Philadelphia, and sold his first batch of what he called ‘Pine Brothers Glycerine Tablets.’ In an attempt to relieve his own sore throat, Mr. Pine, a former German confectionery maker, combined the soothing natural qualities of plant glycerin with the healing properties of gum acacia into one softish drop.
By doing so, he discovered that he had created a product that could sooth and mitigate the mild discomfort of a sore throat. Add in some natural flavoring and sweetener and 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 effective, 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.