SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – After winning a battle with breast cancer, a local mother of three is leaving her mark on the world with a unique product to help others experiencing the unsavory side effects of chemotherapy.
Samantha Kowalczyk, a holistic health coach and cook from Scotch Plains, developed Soothease to help eliminate the everlasting metallic taste that resulted from cancer treatments.
“When I went through chemo, everything tasted awful,” Kowalczyk recounted. “I thought there has to be something to make this better. I started messing around in the kitchen and found out that barley helped people with taste sensations, lavender, they all aid in soothing things. That’s how I got started.”
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, Kowalczyk is looking to incorporate Soothease into pediatric oncology in New Jersey’s hospitals and donate the therapeutic treats to American Cancer Society, Hugs for Brady, and other foundations.
“It was personal problem and I came up with a solution. It’s just one small way to make a large problem 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 also children and pregnant women.
For more information about Soothease and where to purchase them, visit www.soothease.com.