Ricola and Celebrities

Backstage or tucked away in handbags: Ricola herb drops are indispensible for many top stars.

The power of herbs for throat and voice

Many artists performing around the world trust the power of Swiss Ricola herbs on stage. Several famous names are among them! Many singers always keep a pack of Ricola herb drops to hand. Why? Because sucking Ricola herb drops ‘oils’ the vocal chords. This is important for musicians and actors whose voices must be at their peak throughout concerts, operas and theater performances. In Switzerland and the USA, Ricola supports all those involved in musicals and classical concerts by providing Swiss herb specialties. These stars especially appreciate Ricola products:

I need to keep my vocal cords right, so I always bring Throat Coat tea bags, Lipton decaf tea bags and Ricolas.

Nicki Minaj, Singer Source: US Weekly, 25 March 2013

...he came to set knowing the care of his voice was priority No. 1. He avoided coffee, warmed up at least 15 minutes each day, kept Ricola lozenges at the ready

Hugh Jackman, Actor Source: http://latimes.com, 27 December 2012

I'm a huge fan of Ricola, I even know the Ricola-song (sings out loud).

Bruno Mars, Singer Source: 20 Minuten Zürich, 7 December 2012

Your voice is ruined after 5 minutes, how do you want to make 35 concerts in 35 of the biggest halls in Europe? Well it's a good advert for Ricola, cause I'm always eating those.

Joe Cocker († 22.12.14), Singer Source: Benissimo (TV Show), 1 December 2012

It seems that you can't do without your Ricola herb drops? Quite true! I was desperate in Australia because I couldn't find any and had finished my own. As soon as my voice gets tired, I take some Ricolas. The classic flavor. I can't get enough of them. Every singer has his own unchangeable ritual.

Urs Bühler, singer with Il Divo Source: Le Matin, 19 April 2012

...In her trailer: tea, honey and Ricola (throat lozenges). Those are pretty much staples in the house, trailer and dressing room. They're the Holy Grail for any singer.

Christina Aguilera, pop star Source: People Magazine, 14 June 2010

At Idalp in Ischgl you’re singing at a heady 2240m. Does performing at altitudes pose any particular problems? You’ll see me popping some special throat lozenges to help my voice. [Robbie’s said to favour Ricola, Swiss herbal lozenges.]

Robbie Williams, singer and entertainer Source: The Telegraph - Ski and Snowboard, November 2014

Robbie finds Ricola fantastic! The secret of Robbie Williams’s (31) mega voice is out: he enjoys Swiss herb drops! Along with Diet Coke, sushi and protein bars, the singer enjoys sucking Ricola herb drops.

Robbie Williams Source: Sonntagsblick, 27 November 2005

Superstar singer Robbie Williams considers Ricola Cough Lozenges to be an essential home comfort whilst performing on his arduous world tours.

Robbie Williams Source: Robbie Williams Biography: Somebody Someday, London, 13 September 2001

The superstar diva is a fan of Ricola Sugarfree Swiss Herb Lozenges (£ 1.59 for 50g from independent health stores). They soothe her throat and prevent voice strain.

Mariah Carey, pop star Source: REVEAL, USA, 23 July 2005

Ricola – my secret addiction! They taste great and are like gold dust for my voice. I enjoy sucking the herb drops before a performance.

Placido Domingo, opera star Source: Schweizer Illustrierte, 10 October 2007

Armed with a box of swiss herb drops, the expectant mum and hubby Andrew Upton joined ohter celebs including recently-returned Antarctic explorer Peter.

Cate Blanchett, actress Source: http://celebritybabies.typepad.com, 24 February 2008

At the first sign of a tickly throat, Michelle Pfeiffer immediately takes a steam bath and sucks three or four Ricola medicinal herb drops.

Michelle Pfeiffer, actress Source: B.Z. – Berlin’s largest newspaper, Berlin, 16 May 2008

If you go into my dressing room there's a little bowl with Ricola cough drops in it and Vocal Zones (lozenges) and the spray is Singer's Secret.

Meat Loaf, rock star Source: Daily Express, England, 17 May 2008

I had a cold before I left London, he said, rattling a Ricola mint from a cardboard box.

Chris Patten, Lord Patten of Barnes, politician Source: www.bloomberg.com, 11 November 2008

With a crystal clear Ricola voice! Merci & best wishes, Sina.

Sina, folk singer Source: Personal correspondence

Three Ricola cough drops consumed by Madonna prior to start of show.

Madonna, pop star Source: http://www.madonna-store.com/reinvention.htm, 8 December 2008

Madonna, who gave a concert in Zurich this summer, asked for herb drops with Swiss herbs before her performance.

Madonna, pop star Source: Bilan, Lausanne, 5 December 2008

Madonna loves sucking Ricola herb drops to hit the high notes!

Madonna, pop star Source: 24 heures édition complète, 29 August 2008

The star swears by Ricola's sugar-free herbal sweets to keep her voice in check.

Madonna, pop star Source: Daily Star, Sunday, 27 August 2006

Always asks for Ricola candies to be ready in his dressing room.

Justin Timberlake, pop star Source: www.justin-timberlake.org, 8 December 2008

Joaquin just wants some juice, but when he reaches into his pocket at the till, he pulls out a sealed fourpack of Ricola herb candies.

Joaquin Phoenix, actor Source: www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Theater/ 9413/articleFACE95.html, 8 December 2008

Cecilia Bartoli, 43, pops a Ricola herb drop in her mouth, drinks mineral water and is extremely chatty.

Cecilia Bartoli, opera star Source: Migros Magazin, 14 September 2009

Jackson's pre-concert ritual includes drinking Ricola candy dissolved in hot water. He claims the beverage helps to keep his throat and his singing voice clear.

Michael Jackson († 25.06.09), pop star Source: http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news/44518/50-fascinating-michael-jackson-facts, 29 August 2008

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