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?

Cayenne Pepper Remedies

Cayenne Remedies_Yippee CayenneIt’s no secret that we’re big fans of cayenne pepper and its healing properties. Yippee Cayenne is centered on this little pepper’s soothing effects on sore throats and we’ve experienced its power firsthand.

We have focused our product on soothing sore throats, but that’s not the only natural remedy that uses cayenne pepper. To show you just how useful cayenne pepper can be for your aches and discomforts, we’ve put together this list of cayenne pepper remedies for your use. Enjoy!

Apple Cider Vinegar Brew

Whether you’re sick or dealing with allergies, sinus pressure can make you miserable. This apple cider vinegar brew will help you get rid of the fog in your head and replenish any fluids you’ve lost. The cayenne pepper will help soothe your discomfort and clear your sinuses and the vinegar will give your immune system a boost to keep fighting! Follow this recipe to make the brew:

Ingredients

¼ cup water

¼ cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 wedge lemon

Directions

  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Combine hot water and apple cider vinegar in a small glass or mug.
  3. Add honey and cayenne pepper. Stir well. Top off with a squeeze of lemon.
  4. Take a deep breath of the mixture, and start drinking.

Cayenne Pepper Liniment and Oil

Cayenne pepper can soothe pains externally as well. If you have a sprain, sore muscles, or arthritic or rheumatic pain, make this liniment and apply it to the pained area. This oil can also be applied to a pained area or used as a massage oil to soothe tense muscles.

Homemade Cayenne Pepper Liniment

Ingredients

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 pint apple cider vinegar

Directions

1. Add cayenne to apple cider vinegar.

2. Boil gently for 10 minutes.

3. Pour unstrained contents into a bottle and use externally as needed.

Homemade Cayenne Pepper Oil

Ingredients

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 cup warm natural plant oil, such as grapeseed or olive oil

Directions

  1. Add cayenne pepper to oil.
  2. Mix well and apply to painful areas.

Toothaches

If you’ve got a tooth that’s causing problems and you can’t immediately get to a dentist, use cayenne pepper as a mouthwash or apply cayenne directly to the painful tooth to ease the pain.

Headaches

Whether you’re dealing with a migraine or a hangover, cayenne pepper can help with your head pain. Simply mix ⅛ – 1 full teaspoon (depending on how much you can handle) of cayenne pepper into hot water or tea and drink it down.

Do you use any cayenne pepper remedies? Tell us in the comments!

Yippee Cayenne vs Cough Drops

Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat LozengesYippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenges are not a cough drop. We firmly believe that our lozenges are the best sore throat treatment on the market, but they cannot be used to soothe a cough.

That does not mean, however, they can’t be compared to many of the leading cough drops — such as Halls, Vicks, Ricola, etc. — which can also be used to soothe sore throats.

We always want our consumers to be able to make informed decisions, so we’ve created a comparison for you to see the difference between Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenges and other throat lozenges.

Active Ingredients

Yippee Cayenne: The key to our pride and joy is the healing properties of cayenne pepper. This pepper’s high levels of capsaicin produces an endorphin rush that helps soothe pain. We use this pain reliever to treat sore throat, but cayenne pepper has many more uses. For more information on what cayenne can do, read our blog post.

Common Cough Drops: Many popular cough drops use benzocaine, menthol, peppermint oil, spearmint, or eucalyptus oil as their active ingredient, some of which can be extracted from plants or created synthetically. Non-menthol throat lozenges typically use zinc gluconate glycine, pectin, and dextromethorphan. Cough drops also typically include expectorants to help expel mucus.

Dyes

Yippee Cayenne: Our throat lozenges are a pretty orange that comes naturally from the ingredients we use. We add no dyes to our products.

Common Cough Drops: Many common cough drops use dyes to increase the visual appeal of their products. The dyes allowed for use in cough drops are red dye #40, yellow dye #5, yellow dye #6, blue dye #1, and caramel coloring.

Flavors

Yippee Cayenne: Our lozenges are naturally flavored with lemon oil, honey, cayenne pepper, and natural flavors. We spent hours creating the perfect balance of flavor, sweetness, and spiciness to give our customers a lozenge that tastes as good as the relief it brings. Our customers have told us that our lozenges taste like candy — and many say they eat them like candy, too!

Common Cough Drops: Many people are familiar with the common flavors of cough drops — cherry, watermelon, peppermint, orange, raspberry, etc. These flavors can be both natural and artificial. Artificial flavors are often derived from methyl anthranilate, ethyl caporate, and citric, lactic, tartaric, and malic acids.

How Many Can You Eat?

Yippee Cayenne: As many as you can handle. Eating too many may give you a stomach ache, but you won’t have to worry about any side effects from our ingredients.

Common Cough Drops: Though you would probably get a stomach ache before you experienced the bad effects of too much menthol, there is a potential for negative effects on your heart if you consume too much.

Does this change your views on cough drops?

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Save Your Voice

Saving Your Voice_Yippee CayenneHow often do you use your voice? For most, our voices are only used to talk with friends, family, coworkers, and the clerk at the grocery or to yell at the TV during Monday night football. For others, talking, yelling, and singing are a job requirement. Teachers, pastors, singers, sales people, and performers all use their vocal chords constantly and often have painful consequences as a result.

Strained vocal chords, hoarse voices, and sore throats are all painful and annoying, especially when they inhibit you from using your voice as you need.

Yippee Cayenne has talked to many people who have used Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenges to soothe their voices after long days of talking. The soothing cayenne and honey combination is perfect for restoring hoarse voices and relieving achy throats.

But, for when your Yippee Cayenne supply runs low or you leave your lozenges at home, here are some simple tips for keeping your voice healthy and strong.

Avoid Smoking

The inhaled heat nicotine, tobacco, and chemicals in cigarettes can cause inflammation, swelling, and cancer in your mouth, throat, nose, and lungs. You will not only see short-term effects on your voice, but face long-term effects on your overall health. This applies to chewing tobacco, as well. Just avoid it all.

Warm Up

Although vocal exercises are often restricted to singers and performers, it never hurts to prepare your voice for use. Do shoulder and neck stretches and spend a few moments humming to warm up your voice for use.

No Yelling or Screaming

Increasing the volume of your voice may garner attention or show your team spirit, but it also damages your vocal chords. Avoid unnecessary strain by keeping your volume low and controlled.

Take Breaks

When your students are at lunch or it’s time for different act, use the free time to sit quietly. You might be tempted to talk to coworkers or chat with students, but your voice needs a break. Take whatever breaks you can get and let your voice rest.

Hydrate

Our vocal chords are wet and spongy, much like the insides of our cheeks and water lubricates them when they need to vibrate quickly. Avoid water that is too hot or cold because it can tighten your vocal chords instead of loosening them. Don’t drink caffeinated or alcoholic drinks that will dry you out and strain your vocal chords.

Avoid Clearing Your Throat

Clearing your throat is like slamming your vocal chords together. Avoid damage by sipping water or using a Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenge to clear any phlegm or irritation.

Don’t Eat or Drink Before Bed

When you eat or drink before bed, you often get acid reflux while you sleep. You might not feel it, but your vocal chords do. Stay hydrated, but keep your eating and drinking for the daytime.

Listening to your voice is the best thing you can do for it. When you notice hoarseness or strain, give your voice what it needs.

And if more Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenges are what it needs, order them here: http://yippeecayenne.myshopify.com/

Holiday Favorites

thanksgiving-dinner_Yippee CayenneOf all holiday traditions, your family’s holiday meals are probably the most important. What’s Thanksgiving without your grandmother’s stuffing? Or Christmas without your famous cranberry salad? If your meal isn’t perfect, you might have a great-grandma-led mutiny on your hands.

As you purchase your ingredients and cook your dishes, you might not consider the health benefits of the foods you’re handling. Are there any natural remedies you can make from your pumpkins or sweet potatoes?

Yippee Cayenne discovered our main ingredient in your everyday cayenne pepper, so we decided to see what holiday foods can do for our aches and ailments. Here’s what we found:

1. Pumpkins

Pumpkins are packed with vitamins A, C and E, iron, magnesium and carotenoids, all of which are great for our bodies. Vitamin A helps improve our ey
esight and also keeps our skin, mucus membranes, and tissues healthy. Carotenoids reduce inflammation, which helps with several chronic illnesses. Pumpkins also boost your immune system, lower blood pressure, and aid in digestion.

2. Cranberries

After the delicious dishes you can make with them, cranberries are best known for their use in treating urinary tract infections. But that’s not all they can do. These berries contain vitamins C and E, as well as high fiber. These nutrients allow cranberries to help boost your immune system and lower your risk for chronic diseases. Use caution when eating cranberries in large amounts, however, as they could promote kidney stone formation.

3. Corn

Corn, the first food of Thanksgiving, is high in fiber, folate, thiamin, phosphorus, vitamin C, and magnesium. Along with improving eye health, corn is great for gut health. The nutrients in corn aid in digestion and keep your gut healthy by feeding the good bacteria within. Though corn is high in starch, it is also nutritionally beneficial, so make room for it on your plate!

4. Turkey

Sleep-inducing levels of tryptophan? Not so much. There is tryptophan in turkey, but not enough to actually put you to sleep. There is, however, plenty of protein. Protein is good for muscles and stabilizes insulin levels. Turkey also contains the mineral selenium, which may decrease the risk of some cancers.

5. Sweet Potato

Like, pumpkins, sweet potatoes have high levels (over 400% of your daily needs!) of vitamin A. Low in sodium and sugar, sweet potatoes help prevent diabetes and high blood pressure. Their high vitamin, fiber, and beta-carotene levels boost immunity, aid in digestion, and help prevent cancer. They’re also good for your complexion.

Do you know of any holiday foods that are both yummy and good for you? Share below!

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