Carrying on with the purpose of getting to know the people in our community I found out about Soothcare through Facebook. I got to know Samantha and we had a really pleasant morning sipping a cup of coffee and just chatting about life and about the product she created.
Samantha is a certified Holistic Health Coach, having received her training from the Institute for Integrated Nutrition in New York City. She is married and a mother of 3 children. We discussed the importance of healthy eating and healthy habits in children being that the both of us are so interested in food and health.
Soothease is a brand of natural candies created with a specific purpose: having been through a very hard time in her life, Samantha battled against cancer and today she is, proudly, a cancer survivor! We all know of someone who's been through this disease and hear about all the side effects of treatments. While going through chemotherapy for cancer she experienced several side effects, as it is typical with this kind of therapies. One of the main issues was the mouth discomfort - the permanent feeling of dry mouth and the recurring mouth sores became a struggle.
Dysgeusia (changes in taste) is pretty much common during chemotherapy and radiation therapy and it can occur in up to 50% of patients. The changes can be caused by damage of the taste buds, dry mouth, infections or dental problems. In consequence, foods may seem to be tasteless or may not taste the way they did before the treatment.
Being a holistic chef, Samantha believes in the power of natural and earth-based foods and has been practicing a vegan diet in her household for a long time. Getting the correct, safe and beneficial foods can get us to a more healthy place, both spiritually and physically.
After several experiences with many organic ingredients, Samantha came up with a great tasting candy that promotes comfort and supports the human body's ability to maintain normal taste sensation.
Every ingredient of these candies is organic, natural, non-GMO and was carefully chosen for it's natural supportive properties. If you would like to know something more about these products and where to buy them, look up here the store locator.
You can also order Soothease candies online, on Amazon (affiliate link):
At the moment, there are 4 flavors available. The present challenge is to take out the sugar from the recipe and replace it with something healthier. I'm sure Samantha will be able to get a perfect substitute and offer a no-sugar variety in the near future. When you're a chef you are constantly trying to find different combinations of ingredients to improve your ideas!
Samantha was kind enough to offer me a package of the Chocolate Flavored Brown Rice heart candies and I tough it tasted great. A very smooth flavor that even my kids loved! I think it's great for anyone that is looking for some kind of comforting solution for the mouth. I tried it after burning my tongue when tasting food (I'm always in a hurry!) and it helped me to get a feeling of relief.
Chocolate Flavored Brown Rice -
Made with ingredients that help sooth the mouth: organic sugar, Aloe Vera water, organic brown rice, organic cocoa powder, organic dried dandelion root, organic dried chamomile and organic dried calendula.
Orange Flavored Barley -
Made with ingredients that help support the body's ability to regain the sense of taste: organic sugar, Aloe Vera water, organic light corn syrup, organic barley malt syrup, organic orange extract, organic dried dandelion root, organic dried chamomile and organic dried calendula.
Honey Lavender Flavored -
Made with ingredients that help sooth the mouth: organic sugar, organic honey, Aloe Vera water, organic lavender extract, organic dried dandelion root, organic dried chamomile and organic dried calendula.
Peppermint Flavored Barley (New!) -
Made with ingredients that help sooth the mouth: organic sugar, Aloe Vera water, organic light corn syrup, organic barley malt syrup, organic peppermint extract, organic dried dandelion root, organic dried chamomile and organic dried calendula.
All of the varieties are available in heart shape and lollipop shape
I hope this post will help everyone to get to know this candies because I'm positive that most of us know someone that will benefit from them. Even for ourselves, not having a medical condition, taking these candies may be a way to help our mouth to be comfortable and to have a soothing experience on these cold months ahead.
I had a great time getting to know Samantha and learning about her life story and I hope we can all keep sharing about all our great entrepreneurs that we have in the Scotch Plains and Fanwood area.