Why Use Corn Syrup?

Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenges“I’d use your Sore Throat Lozenges if they didn’t contain corn syrup, but because they do…”

We’ve heard it before and we’re sure to hear it again. With all the bad press about corn syrup, many people wonder why we use this ingredient when we have such a strong commitment to using natural ingredients.

Isn’t there a better substitute?

The quick answer is no, and this is why.

Texture, shelf life, and effectiveness

Most hard lozenges and candies are made from a mixture of corn syrup and sucrose (sugar), which allows them to hold their hard, long-lasting shape. The mixture is very important for lozenges, because the wrong mixture can lead to grainy lozenges — which affects the taste — or crystallized sugar — which can lessen shelf life. When a lozenge has the wrong mixture, it can become grainy, melt, and deform — even at room temperature! Corn syrup substitutes don’t have the same molecular structures as corn syrup and can’t be used to get the same results.

The use of corn syrup in Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenges allows these hard lozenges to remain smooth and long-lasting, but it also helps extend the relief provided by the cayenne pepper. The corn syrup adds a sweet balance to cayenne’s spice and helps the lozenge last long enough to give your sore throat the relief it needs before it dissolves.

We use corn syrup, not high-fructose corn syrup

While it may seem a small point, it matters. As with all of our ingredients, corn syrup is a sweetener found in nature and made entirely of glucose. High-fructose corn syrup is a man-made sweetener that has had some of its glucose converted to fructose. Both are sugars and should be consumed in limited quantities, but corn syrup is a natural ingredient. As long as you aren’t eating our lozenges by the handful, you should be just fine.

We have seen our Sore Throat Lozenges help many people and we are committed to continuing to provide this relief for our customers. We know there are some who disagree with the use of corn syrup, but we believe it is the best choice for our product.

When you use Yippee Cayenne for your sore throat, we think you’ll agree.

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Voice Saving Tips

Voice Saving Tips_Yippee Cayenne

We mentioned in a previous blog that many of our customers use Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenges for relief during speaking engagements and after over-using their voices. We love that our products help people in their jobs and passions! Sometimes, though, it can help to prepare your voice for overuse, along with using our lozenges.

We pulled together some vocal exercises, courtesy of Six Minutes Speaking and Presentation Skills, that you can use to prepare your voice and stretch your vocal chords, so you avoid discomfort and injury.

1. Breathe deeply and exhale on a hisssssssing sound. Repeat 10 times. Proper breathing is the foundation for a healthy voice AND control over nervous energy that can make the voice quiver.

2. Say “Mm-mmm (as in yummy) Mmm-hmm (like yes) ” Repeat 5 times. This develops mask resonance, which creates a clean and vibrant sound by creating a clean approximation of the cords and a resonance that will sound great and project easily.

3. Say “Mm-mmm.  Mmm-hmm.” up and down your vocal range, from low to middle to high and back again, 10 times.

4. Raise your volume a bit and say “Mmmmmmmmy name is…” Repeat this ten times up and down your vocal range. This enhances vocal flexibility and coordination.

5. Say “Ney, ney, ney, ney, ney” loudly but without yelling 10 times up and down your vocal range. This is more mask resonance training.

6. Starting at mid range, make a siren sound with Oooo and Eeeee by sliding down your vocal range several times, starting higher each time. Again, the focus here is on more flexibility and coordination.

7. Say “Mmmmmmm” until you feel a buzzy sensation in the front of your face. Repeat 5 times. Mask resonance again.

8. Now, for isolation of muscles for articulation, try some tongue twisters like those below.  To get the full workout, say them each several times but only as fast as you can go and keep them clear.  You can increase your speed over time:

  • The blue bluebird blinks.
  • Three free throws.
  • What time does the wristwatch strap shop shut?
  • Strange strategic statistics.
  • Freshly fried flying fish, freshly fried flesh.

9. To bring it all together, speak a few sentences out loud.  Use an opening or closing of a talk, a favorite poem or long quote, or song lyrics.

10. Every good work out needs a cool down. End with 5 more big, deep breaths.

Are there other vocal exercises you use to warm up your voice? Share in the comments!

When Life Gives You Lemons…

Lemon Slice_Yippee CayenneWhen life gives you lemons, make lemonade because this sour fruit has several health benefits for you.

From preventing scurvy for sailors over a hundred years ago, to helping soothe sore throats and boost immune systems in Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenges, this powerful little fruit has been improving health for a long time.

To help our fans understand why we think lemons are powerful enough to include in our throat lozenges, we have put together some of the benefits they offer, courtesy of Organic Facts.

Indigestion and Constipation: Lemon juice helps to cure problems related to indigestion and constipation. Add a few drops of lemon on your dish (take care, it does not go well with milk), and it will aid in digestion. It acts as a blood purifier and a cleansing agent, so a good drink after lunch or dinner is fresh lemon soda, which is also called fresh lime soda in many places. The recipe is lemon juice, cold water, soda, salts (common salt or rock salt) and sugar/honey for sweetness. You can also add some mint leaves or crushed fennel seeds for added flavor. Drink this whenever you have a heavy lunch or dinner.

Fever: Lemon juice can treat a person who is suffering from a cold, flu or fever. It helps to break fevers by increasing perspiration.

Dental Care: It is also frequently used in dental care. If fresh lemon juice is applied on the area of a toothache, it can assist in getting rid of the pain. Massaging the juice on the gums can stop gum bleeding, while eliminating the bad odors that can come from various gum diseases and conditions.

Additionally, it can be used in the regular cleansing of your teeth. Keep your eye out for a toothpaste containing lemon as one of the ingredients, or add a drop of its juice onto your normal toothpaste. Some people also rub their teeth with the outer shell (the inner side touching your teeth) of a lemon after removing the juice. But be careful, lemons are highly acidic, so if your mouth starts burning, rinse your gums and mouth quickly with water.

Hair Care: Lemon juice has proven itself in the treatment of hair care on a wide scale. The juice applied to the scalp can treat problems like dandruff, hair loss and other problems related to the hair and scalp. If  you apply lemon juice directly on the hair, it can give your hair a natural shine.

Skin Care: Lemon juice, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can also cure problems related to the skin. The juice can be applied to reduce the pain of sunburn, and it helps to ease the pain from bee stings as well. It is also good for acne and eczema. It acts as an anti-aging remedy and can remove wrinkles and blackheads. Drinking lemon juice mixed with water and honey brings a healthy glow to the skin, and if you thoroughly search the cosmetic market, you will find some soaps containing lemon juice, but they aren’t too easy to find!

Burns: Use lemon juice on the site of old burns can help fade the scars, and since lemon is a cooling agent, it reduces the burning sensation on the skin when you currently have an irritating burn.

Internal Bleeding: It has antiseptic and coagulant properties, so it can stop internal bleeding. You can apply lemon juice to a small cotton ball and place it inside your nose to stop nose bleeds.

Respiratory Disorders: Lemon juice assists in relieving respiratory problems and breathing problems, such as its ability to soothe a person suffering from an asthma attack. Being a rich source of vitamin C, it helps in dealing with more long-term respiratory disorders.

Cholera: Diseases like cholera and malaria can be treated with lemon juice, because it acts as a blood purifier.

Foot Relaxation: Lemon is an aromatic and antiseptic agent and is useful in foot relaxation. Add some lemon juice to warm water and dip your feet in the mixture for instant relief and muscle relaxation.

Rheumatism: It is also a diuretic and can treat rheumatism and arthritis. It helps to flush out bacteria and toxins from the body.

Corns: Lemon juice can dissolve lumps on the skin, so it can be applied at the places where the skin has hardened up, like the soles of feet and the palms of your hands. Drinking lemon juice with water can help patients reduce gall stones for the same reasons.

Throat Infections: Lemon is an excellent fruit that fights against problems related to throat infections, due to its well-known antibacterial properties.

High Blood Pressure: Drinking lemon juice is helpful for people suffering from heart problems, because it contains potassium. It controls high blood pressure, dizziness, and nausea, because it provides a calming sensation to both the mind and body. It is commonly employed to reduce mental stress and depression.

Do you use lemons to treat any health issues?