Local Mom Invents Candies to Help Chemo Patients
By: Soothease, LLC.
"When I went through chemo, everything tasted awful," Kowalczyk recounted. "I thought there has to be something to make this better. I started experimenting in the kitchen and found various ingredients which aided in soothing my mouth and helped my food taste better."
After six months of trial and error, Kowalczyk came up with a completely organic, all natural candy that not only soothed the mouth, but tasted great.
"The honey and barley actually coat the tongue in the mouth and you can taste the food better within a half hour," Kowalczyk said. "I started giving out samples to people going through chemo - friends, friends of friends - just to see if I had something, and I was getting great reactions. I was leaving them in my mailbox for people to take. I added another flavor and decided, 'Let's do this.' It wasn't a money thing at all, I realized I could help people."
Now just over a year into her endeavor, and many customers later, Kowalczyk is looking to incorporate Soothease into pediatric oncology and other therapeutic areas.
"It was personal problem and I came up with a solution. It's just one small way to make a large problem a little better," Kowalczyk said.
Soothease are available as both candy and lollipop form in Honey Lavender, Chocolate Brown Rice, and Orange Barley flavors. They are made with all natural, non-GMO ingredients including brown rice syrup, cocoa, chamomile, orange extract, honey, calendula, barley malt, aloe water, lavender, and dandelion root. According to Kowalczyk, they not only help with the side effects of chemotherapy, but are also great for children and pregnant women.
For more information about Soothease and where to purchase them, visit www.soothease.com.