Keeping Sore Throats at Bay with Jakemans

I was kind enough to be sent a selection of Jakemans marvellous menthol confectionery to help me take care of my voce this winter and soothe sore throats which I am really prone to. They don’t just soothe, they taste delicious and are so easy to pop in your handbag and take them with you. With three kids, I’m forever on the go so it’s handy to have them and with seven scrummy flavours to choose from, there’s plenty of choice too (my favourit4e is the peppermint; I’m almost wishing a sore throat just so I can have one!)

Established in 1907, Jakemans have been creating marvellous menthol confectionery for over 100 years. Jakemans is proud to be British and uses only the finest ingredients, with no artificial colours or flavours, and they are also suitable for vegetarians. Aside from keeping Jakemans marvellous menthol confectionery on hand, Marvin Munzu  leading pharmacist and Jakemans expert has kindly shared his ten top tips to keep sore throats at bay this January:

  • Breathe Easy – Breathing through the nose, rather than the mouth, is an easy way to filter the air we breathe of bacteria and other harmful irritants before they enter the body.

  • Swallow – Swallowing regularly helps to cleanse the throat. Saliva keeps our mouths healthy and prevents infections by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth. The natural saliva our bodies produce helps to rinse the throat of any unwanted bacteria that could contribute to a sore throat. 

  • Shower Power – The humid environment of a steamy bathroom when relaxing in a hot bath or shower can help prevent the lining of the throat from becoming too dry and irritated – a common cause of a sore throat.

  • Brush It Off – If you’re plagued with a sore throat that seems to keeping coming back then why buy a new toothbrush. Bacteria can collect on the bristles, and if you injure your gums as you brush, they can enter your system and re-infect you.

  • Stop chit chatting – Resting your voice and keeping conversation to a minimum will help to aid your recovery from a sore throat. Swap up a straining conversation for text, email or note communication. Likewise, sleep is essential for the recovery process. Getting a good night’s sleep helps the body’s immune system fight off viruses and bacteria that can be causing a sore throat.

  • Suck To Soothe – Sucking on menthol cough confectionery, such as Jakemans, can help soothe discomfort caused by a sore throat. Each Jakemans sweet is bursting with menthol – an ingredient that releases natural vapours to also help keep airways clear.

  • Water is your friend – Staying hydrated is vital to avoiding sore throats. When we’re dehydrated, the body can’t produce enough saliva and mucus to keep the throat naturally lubricated. This will make the swelling and inflammation of a sore throat worse. Water is ideal or warm herbal teas are also super soothing.

  • Alcohol is a foe – Before you turn to a tipple, think again as alcohol can do more harm than good when suffering with a sore throat. The old wives’ tale that alcohol ‘disinfects’ the throat is unfortunately a myth. In fact, drinking alcohol is much more likely to irritate than soothe a sore throat.

B xx

Disclosure: This post is written in collaboration with Jakemans who also sent me a selection of their products (photographed) for the purpose of this review

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