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St. Pete Chicklets Are Majorly Into Essential Oils

St. Pete Chicklets Are Majorly Into Essential Oils

A while back, my tiny tater tot zipped through the front door the morning after spending the night at the home of one of her besties, who - oh so conveniently - happens to live at the end of our block. 

"Did you guys actually sleep?" I asked. 

"Yup," replied the tiny tater tot, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. "Mrs. Denson gave us foot massages with lavender oil before bed." 

"Mrs. Denson" is my beautiful pal Lynn, who is very, very health-conscious and very, very on top of her game. Immediately, I texted Lynn about Project Lavender. I sleep terribly when I'm on deadline, so I figure anyone who's smart enough to calm two yappy, gadget-loving gals down with a few drops of essential oil is someone I need in my corner.

As it turns out, Lynn has become a huge fan of doTERRA essential oils, which she was introduced to by Beth, yet another beautiful, health-conscious and super-together St. Pete gal in our extended friend-group. Beth has been working with Jennifer Gilman, a Master Herbalist and doTERRA Wellness Advocate based here, and after seeing a turnaround in her own wellness over the past year, she paid it forward and connected Lynn to Jennifer.

I met Jennifer recently, when she popped by our weekly Bible Study meeting. After Beth welcomed her to the group, I piped right up. "I'm obsessed with essential oils," I said. "In fact, I just dabbed frankincense on the soles of my feet last night to raise my vibration!" should have seen some of the mental wheels turning at that Bible Study table:

Wait. Did Dana just put her feet, and one of the precious gifts given to Jesus by the magi, in the same sentence?

I know, I know: I need a censor. Or a muzzle...

Although I consider myself only lightly educated about the benefits of essential oils, I one thousand percent believe they can work wonders on not only our moods and mental state, but our health as well.

And I looooooove skincare and bath brews laced with tons of essential oils. Like all those local, Tampa Bay-based goodies I recently blogged about, as well as pretty much anything whipped-up by the UK spa brand Elemis. I'm telling you, Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is one of the most delicious products on. the. planet. Swoon. 

Below is a list of some of my fave aromatherapeutic bath prods. FYI, there's a real mix of price points here, ranging from the dirt-cheap Dr. Teal's to the super-spendy ThisWorks:

Dr Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution Soothe & Sleep With Lavender

Dr Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution Relax & Relief Eucalyptus & Spearmint

Kneipp Valerian & Hops Sweet Dreams Herbal Bath

Kneipp Spruce & Pine Warmth & Energy Herbal Bath

ThisWorks Deep Sleep Bath Oil

I'm hoping to host Jennifer Gilman on FloridaBeautyProblems soon, and pester her with lots of specific questions about how we can all use essential oils to boost our health and wellness. 

Until then, I'd like to leave you with this handy list of common health conditions you can treat - and possibly alleviate - by incorporating high-quality, super-pure (hopefully organic) essential oils into your routine:

  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Mild Pain
  • Distraction / Lack of Focus  
  • Nausea / Stomach Upset

For decades, I've rubbed patchouli oil on my wrists before bed. Hippie-dippie as it is, I just love the scent and it puts me right in my Happy Place. (I don't always stay in my Happy Place, and often pop-up, wide-awake at 3 am when I'm under stress. But at least I fall asleep easily - and that alone is a stress-reliever.)

So I was glad to find this scientific factoid about patchouli in an ultra-comprehensive piece on essential oils on the website. As I suspected, it's pretty brills at short-circuiting anxiety. In a Japanese study from 2002 on the effects of essential oils on the nervous system, patchouli (along with rose) generated a 40% decrease in "sympathetic nervous system activity."

This is good. Why? Because the sympathetic nervous system regulates heart rate, blood vessel constriction and blood pressure. When we're all wired and hopped-up from stress, our sympathetic nervous system goes into overdrive. You want a poky, chill sympathetic nervous system. 



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