I had chronic soar throats and coughs I had as a kid. In high school I got on a kick of eating peppermint candy to cool my dragon throat. A decade later it finally dawned on me that the candy’s high sugar content had prolonged the agony. This Science Daily article notes that cough syrup is probably useless for reducing the time a cough lasts. But it says nothing about the probable negative impact to overall health of popular chemical-laden cough syrups and cough drops.
They may not prolong the agony, but they certainly don’t contribute to overall better health. In contrast Young Living makes a variety of health-enhancing products that serve as wonderful substitutes for over-the-counter medi-candy. I challenge the doctors doing these studies to think outside-the-shelf for once and do some research on worthwhile products. Until then, early adopters are providing abundant anecdotal evidence by falling in love with Thieves Lozenges after nothing else worked.