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Questions about the Banjo lozenge.

Why is Banjo in the form of a lozenge?

As the Banjo lozenge slowly dissolves, the herbal extracts have time to be absorbed through the membranes lining your mouth. That’s one of the keys to the effectiveness of Banjo – because active ingredients go directly into the bloodstream as it dissolves. Most natural products are poorly absorbed – not Banjo.  

I don’t like the lozenge. Is there another way to use Banjo?

For those individuals who have difficulty using the lozenge because of its size or taste, the best option is to dissolve the Banjo lozenge in water (hot or cold) – or another liquid – add sweetener or other flavor to taste – then sip slowly. Banjo is as effective, or nearly as effective, when used…

How big is the lozenge?

Stack three quarters on a table. That’s approximately the size of the Banjo lozenge. Each lozenge weighs 4 grams.

Why is the lozenge so big?

So that it dissolves more slowly. The lozenge is intentionally designed to dissolve over the course of about 8 minutes. While it might be possible to achieve that dissolve time with a smaller lozenge by making the lozenge extremely hard, such a hard lozenge would have a less consistent dissolve time and would be more…

How long does it take for the lozenge to dissolve?

Most people will find that it takes about 8 minutes for the lozenge to dissolve in their mouth. Those who dissolve the lozenge to make a pain relieving beverage will find that it takes substantially longer to dissolve in water (or any other liquid.) Naturally, the lozenge will dissolve faster in hot water.

Why does the lozenge take so long to dissolve?

Banjo dissolves slowly, so the active ingredients have time to be absorbed through the lining of your mouth. They go directly into your bloodstream, without having to first pass through the harsh environs of the stomach.

Can I chew the lozenge?

You should not chew the lozenge. At least not until it gets really small. You are instructed not to chew the lozenge because doing so will shorten the time it remains in your mouth, and thereby reduce the time available for absorption through the mucous membranes of your mouth. One of the keys to Banjo’s…

Can I break the lozenge into smaller pieces?

Of course. Breaking, crushing or dissolving the lozenge has no negative effect on the efficacy of the ingredients. You are instructed not to chew the lozenge only because doing so will shorten the time it remains in your mouth, and thereby reduce the time available for absorption through the mucous membranes of your mouth. One…

What does Banjo taste like?

The taste of Banjo is difficult to describe. However, the primary flavors (the things you’re most likely tasting) are lemon, peppermint and ginger. Dandelion is somewhat bitter, as is feverfew, but there’s not a lot of feverfew or dandelion is a Banjo lozenge. Turmeric, milk thistle and Chinese skullcap are all essentially flavorless. The sweetener…

What if I don’t like the taste of Banjo?

Try to use Banjo as a lozenge for at least a few days. You should first try using Banjo as a lozenge. Most people don’t mind the taste, and even those that find it a little ‘odd’ at first usually start liking it after a few days. The alternative is Banjo ‘tea’. However, if you…

What if the lozenge irritates my mouth?

A small percentage of people may find that the Banjo lozenge irritates their mouth. This is most likely doe to mechanical irritation (the large lozenge is rubbing against the inside of your mouth and your mouth isn’t used to it.) Such irritation will probably go away over time (your mouth gets used to the big…

What is rebiana, and all that other stuff in Banjo?


Stevia is an all-natural sweetener. Rebiana is the ‘generic name’ for a derivative of that natural sweetener.

Just as many drugs have both a ‘generic name’ and a ‘trade’ or brand name (e.g. the generic name is pregabalin, the trade name or brand name is Lyrica) – so rebiana is the generic name for Truvia©.
All that other stuff

Other ingredients in Banjo are those used in (and required by) the manufacturing process. All are commonly used and known to be safe. Banjo isn’t approved by the FDA – but many of those ‘other ingredients’ are commonly used in prescription products that are approved by the FDA.