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Throat Shield Lozenges from Gaia Herbs
Supports Throat Health*
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Description of Formula
Throat Shield Lozenges are great tasting with a hint of mint and naturally sweetened with cane sugar and honey. This unique proprietary blend contains botanicals with a long history of therapeutic benefit for conditions of the mucous membranes. Many of these herbs have been used throughout history to help the body maintain normal levels of inflammation and immune response.
Sage leaves are naturally rich in polysaccharides, phenolic compounds, flavonoids, and essential oils. As reported by the Commission E monographs, it has long been known that Sage helps the body create a healthy inflammatory response in the mucous membranes, particularly in the nose and throat.
In 2006, a randomized, double-blind, parallel group phase II/III study was conducted to compare the efficacy and tolerability of a throat spray containing a Sage extract versus placebo in the treatment of patients with acute viral pharyngitis. Results from this study demonstrated that a Sage extract throat spray provided a convenient and safe treatment for patients with acute pharyngitis. Symptomatic relief occurred within the first two hours after initial administration and was statistically significantly superior to placebo.
Aloe has a long history of traditional use for medicinal purposes and is particularly well known for its mucilaginous soothing properties. Many of the health benefits associated with Aloe Vera have been attributed to the polysaccharides contained in the gel of the leaves. These biological activities include providing relief to burned or irritated tissue. Studies also demonstrate that many Aloe species have topical wound healing properties because of its naturally soothing properties.
In a double blind placebo controlled study of individuals with Lichen Planus, a painful chronic inflammatory condition of the mouth, application of aloe demonstrated significant results. 81% of the aloe treated group reported improvement in symptoms, primarily pain, compared to placebo with some having complete remission. This further demonstrates the soothing properties of Aloe in the oral mucous membranes.
As far back as 3000 BC, Myrrh has been used as an antiseptic botanical agent, a spiritual element, and even embalmed the dead. The genus Commiphora is composed of more than 200 species, and has been utilized throughout history as a natural agent to help with pain, skin irritation, inflammatory conditions, diarrhea, and periodontal diseases. It has often been identified as a “blood mover” in Chinese medicine.
Traditional practice and evidence-based research support that the therapeutic properties of Myrrh are directly attributable to terpenoids (especially furanosesquiterpenes), the active compounds present in myrrh essential oil. More recently, current studies have focused on applying clinical trial methodologies to validate its use as an antineoplastic, an antiparasitic agent, and as an adjunct in healing wounds. Myrrh has been used throughout time, and continues to be used today, in underdeveloped countries, where it readily grows, to assist the body in dealing with a variety of microorganisms.
Chicory root is naturally high in inulin, and belongs to a class of fibers known as fructans. Fructans have reported prebiotic-bifidogenic properties based on the fact that inulin passes through the stomach and duodenum undigested and is highly available to the gut bacterial flora. In vitro studies have also explored the use of chicory in maintaining a healthy inflammatory response, particularly with prostaglandin E(2) and cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) protein expression. When throat irritation is present, a healthy inflammatory response is timely and necessary.
Cinnamon, much like Myrrh, has been utilized as a medicine, spice, and traditional folk element throughout history and dates back to biblical times. Its essential oils have historically been used as an antimicrobial agent, including in the preservation of food. It also has potent antioxidant activity.
In addition to its pleasant flavor, peppermint essential oil, known for its cooling botanical properties, helps to provide immediate relief for irritated mucous membranes.
Benefits of Throat Shield Lozenges
- Delicious lozenges melt in your mouth to cool your throat for immediate relief with peppermint and cinnamon essential oils.*
- Myrrh resins and a patented, freeze dried extract of Sage for a lasting emollient effect.*
- Freeze-dried Aloe vera gel, known for its natural mucilaginous properties, offers soothing throat support.*
Serving Size: 1 lozenge
Servings Per Container: 20
Proprietary Synergistic Blend 355 mg
Chicory root (Chichorium intybus);
Honey freeze dried extract;
Sage Leaf - freeze dried extract (Salvia officinalis);
Aloe Vera leaves - concentrated gel, freeze dried extract (Aloe Vera);
Myrrh Gum resin, freeze-dried extract (Commiphora myrrha);
Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha piperita);
Cinammon Essential Oil (Cinnamomum spp.)
Other ingredients: Cane sugar, Mint natural flavor
Allow one tablet to dissolve in mouth, up to 2 times per day as needed or as directed by a qualified health care professional.
This product is not to be used during pregnancy or lactation. This product is suitable for children. If your child is younger than age six, please consult a healthcare practitioner before administering. If you have a medical condition or are taking pharmaceutical drugs, please consult with your healthcare practitioner first.*
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.