Bee spit is the special sauce in this Japanese Voice Care Candy
Are you one of those people who use your voice a lot? Work, home, a side hustle like a podcast perhaps? Voice Care Throat Lozenges (by the Japanese company Kanro). The Japanese is fine, but I love the English tagline: “Let’s Sing in Your Best Voice!”. The front boasts that the candies were developed jointly with the Tokyo College of Music (Ongaku Daigaku), and it sounds like they spent a lot of time trying to develop a product that really does do wonders for your throat. The back notes they are for people who “talk a lot, sing a lot, people who want a clean throat or just want to feel refreshed.”
Along with various unidentified herbs (the ingredients only mention “herb extract” along with orange, apple, and olive leaf essence), propolis seems to be the special sauce of Voice Care Candy. Propolis, if you don’t know, is sometimes called bee glue, think bee spit mixed with beeswax. It is used by bees to seal small gaps in the hive. Traditionally, it was also used as a medicine to treat cold sores, genital herpes, and mouth pain after surgery, not that there was much evidence showing that it worked for any of those things. Propolis is also sometimes used as a varnish for makers of stringed instruments or even in car wax. All of these examples makes me think that maybe, yes, Voice Care Candy would be good to coat, soothe, and perhaps freshen my throat.