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Published December 19, 2012, 11:30 PM

Thursday Review: Throat drops that soothe naturally

FARGO – It’s the most miserable time of the year. No, it’s not the Christmas season that has me down. This week brought tidings of cold and flu season.

By: Heidi Shaffer, INFORUM

FARGO – It’s the most miserable time of the year.

No, it’s not the Christmas season that has me down. This week brought tidings of cold and flu season.

Instead of shopping for my loved ones, I found myself on one of those foggy, fever-induced trips to Target looking for anything that would bring me relief.

In keeping with my ongoing effort to cut sugar and artificial ingredients out of my diet, I opted for a new, all-natural throat drop.

Burt’s Bees, one of my favorite all-natural health and beauty companies, now makes Honey and Pomegranate Natural Throat Drops with menthol and eucalyptus oil.

As the name suggests, honey is the main ingredient and sweetener, though I was a bit surprised to find sucrose (sugar) is also added.

The drops have a pleasant taste, though I couldn’t detect the pomegranate flavor if I didn’t know it was there.

Compared to other throat drops on the market, Burt’s Bees’ variety soothes throats but doesn’t do much for a nagging cough. I also didn’t feel the sinus-clearing menthol effect as I do with other similar drops.

You can find the lozenges at most major retailers and drugs stores. They are comparable to other brands, selling for about $2 for 20 drops.

Bottom line: Burt’s Bees drops are good for a throat tickle if you don’t want artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. But for a cough-busting, nose-clearing lozenge, I’ll stick with my trusty natural Ricola or medicinal Vick’s varieties.

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