Top tips for a sore throat | Jakemans review


At this time of year, coughs, colds and sore throats seem to be common place, especially with all 4 children at school and nursery. There isn’t always a lot you can do to soothe and help, but we have been trying some of the Jakemans range this month. Although the hard menthol sweets aren’t suitable for the youngest members of the family, the blackcurrant and blueberry options were very popular with Gemma and Jacob, and they told us that they definitely helped their throats to feel less sore. Kevin has been taking the throat and chest soothing menthol sweets, and has found them to be very effective at clearing congestion and allowing deeper breathing, although the taste is a little strong. I love the Honey and Lemon flavour – they take me back to childhood remedies, and make you feel soothed and relaxed.

Over-using our voices is unavoidable when living in a busy family home, so instead you could consider trying these top tips on how to steer clear of a sore throat:

  • Breathe Easy – Breathing through the nose, rather than the mouth, is a wonderful way to filter the air we breathe of bacteria and other harmful irritants before they enter the body. The nose is a miraculous filter lined with tiny hairs called ‘cilia’, which help to filter, humidify and warm or cool the air we breathe, therefore protecting our bodies against particles of foreign matters.
  • Swallow It – Swallowing regularly helps to cleanse the throat. Saliva keeps our mouths healthy and prevents infections by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth. The natural saliva our bodies produce helps to rinse the throat of any unwanted bacteria that could contribute to a sore throat.
  • Shower Power – The humid environment of a steamy bathroom when relaxing in a hot bath or shower can help prevent the lining of the throat from becoming too dry and irritated – a common cause of a sore throat.
  • Brush It Off – If you’re plagued with a sore throat that seems to come back time and time again, buy a new toothbrush. Bacteria collects on the bristles, and if you injure your gums as you brush, they can enter your system and re-infect you.

A sore throat can strike at any time. Aside from keeping Jakemans marvellous menthol confectionery on hand to soothe a sore throat, health care professional Marvin shares expert advice on how best to care for yourself if you are feeling hoarse:

  • Cut Conversation – Resting your voice and keeping conversation to a minimum will help to aid your recovery from a sore throat. Swap up a straining conversation for text, email or note communication. If you have small children who may have yet to learn to read, use pictures instead of words – they will love the challenge of guessing what you want – and if you cannot talk, give them lots of cuddles. Likewise, sleep is essential for the recovery process. Getting a good night’s sleep helps the body’s immune system fight off viruses and bacteria that can be causing a sore throat.
  • Suck To Soothe – Sucking on menthol cough confectionery, such as Jakemans, can help soothe discomfort caused by a sore throat. Each Jakemans sweet is bursting with menthol – an ingredient that releases natural vapours to also help keep airways clear.
  • Say Hello to H2O – Staying hydrated is vital to avoiding sore throats. When we’re dehydrated, the body can’t produce enough saliva and mucus to keep the throat naturally lubricated. This will make the swelling and inflammation of a sore throat worse. Water is ideal or warm herbal teas are also super soothing.
  • Avoid Alcohol – Before you turn to a tipple, think again as alcohol can do more harm than good when suffering with a sore throat. The old wives’ tale that alcohol ‘disinfects’ the throat is unfortunately a myth. In fact, drinking alcohol is much more likely to irritate than soothe a sore throat.

With a busy home life and talkative little ones, Jakemans helps to soothe a sore throat, making the delicious menthol confectionery a secret weapon for parents. Offering a soothing solution in a variety of delicious flavours available in 100g bags including handy stick packs in its two most popular flavours, Throat & Chest and Honey & Lemon. Each sweet is bursting with menthol – a natural ingredient that releases natural vapours to soothe symptoms and contains only the finest ingredients with no artificial colours or flavours. Perfect for carrying in your handbag or keeping in the car, offering relief whenever and wherever you are.

Jakemans is available from convenience stores, grocers and pharmacies nationwide, 100g bags retailing at 96p and stick packs retailing at 69p. For more information, visit




  1. November 28, 2017 / 10:21 am

    This is perfectly timed considering I woke up this morning with the sorest throat that I can ever remember xx Thanks so much, will give this a try!

  2. November 28, 2017 / 10:33 am

    Ooh I have 2 packets of these in the cupboard from when I had a really bad throat not long ago and I remember them being really good! I hate colds and especially now being 7 months pregnant and not able to take much for them, I would rely on things like this to keep me going!

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  3. November 28, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    I love that they come in so many flavours! I remember my Mum always swore by a ‘tipple’ to ease a sore throat or cold and I took her advice when I was about 20 and off on a night out. I started the night with a brandy to make me feel better and an hour later I was back home in bed feeling ten times worse, lol. I think I’ll stick to lozenges in the future 🙂
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  4. November 28, 2017 / 11:14 pm

    Some fab tips here Kate – I never would have thought to replace my toothbrush but it makes perfect sense! #TriedTested

  5. November 29, 2017 / 11:15 am

    Some great advice on curing sore throats, and I agree that a hot shower is great for getting rid of those bugs! #triedandtested

  6. November 29, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    My son is suffering at the moment so may well give these a whirl #TriedandTested

  7. December 4, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    It’s been coughs and colds all over the place this week, and these sound great. I am going to give them a try.
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  8. December 4, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    I have managed to escape the last couple of years with just a couple of 1 day colds but surely my time is due for a horrific winter bug! I’ll think of Jakeman’s when I need their help! #triedtested

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