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As seen in Sarasota Herald Tribune's Style Magazine: HEALTH & WELLNESS: Nicole Leffler, owner of Wild Ginger Apothecary

Wild Ginger Apothecary offers a vast array of alternative and natural beauty and health products. After almost 15 years in the industry, owner Nicole Leffler makes sure to offer cannabidiol (CBD) in many of them. Though it is a derivative of cannabis plants, CBD is not psychoactive, and, in fact, is legal in all 50 states and does not require a prescription. 6557 Superior Ave., Sarasota; 941-312-5630; wildgingerapothecary.com.

What are cannabinoids and what are the benefits to humans?
Cannabis plants contain over 100 naturally active compounds called cannabinoids. The human body has a central regulatory system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that contributes to a variety of biological processes, establishing the body’s natural state of balance for the central regulatory system.

Why would one supplement with them?
Endocannabinoids interact with the body’s central regulatory system. They’re the cannabinoids our bodies can produce as needed. If we have a deficiency or imbalance, our system recognizes and responds to cannabinoids from external sources (phytocannabinoids) that can promote healing.

How do endocannabinoids accomplish this?
Basically, they bind to cannabinoid receptors in both the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. This is also true for “phytocannabinoids,” the naturally occurring compounds that include CBD.

What’s the difference between THC and CBD?
Both are cannabinoids; THC, however, is psychoactive and requires a medical marijuana license for use in Florida. CBD is the most abundant naturally occurring non-psychoactive cannabinoid, totally legal in all 50 states.

What are some of the health benefits of CBD?
Research shows CBD has helped people with a host of conditions, including multiple sclerosis, arthritis, chronic pain, inflammation, high blood pressure, anxiety and depression. This compound supports feelings of relaxation, and can reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood and sleep and increase mental clarity.

Do you also recommend CBD for pets?
Yes, and for the same reasons. It’s effective for pain relief in animals and reduces anxiety, which is especially helpful during thunderstorms! Older dogs can really benefit from a daily CBD dosage.

What’s a short list of your CBD products?
CBD offerings include everything from tinctures, capsules, edibles (chocolates, gummies, honey, tea, etc.), vape options, topicals (balms, oils, face care, lotions, etc.), and more. We offer more than 100 options of CBD products.

How can our readers learn more?
CBD educators are always available in the store. They offer free, one-on-one CBD consultations, with a focus on individual health needs.

Review: CBD + Mood

I began my CBD journey with a bottle of CBD Oil. I used the 1000mg at first, experimenting with different dosages throughout the initial trial, and am happy to report my experience was a very positive one.

The first time using CBD Oil was in the evening right before bed, and when I woke up the next morning I could tell something was different. The last few years I have struggled with depression that seemed to be most intense in the mornings. It was like a huge dark cloud was waiting for me as I woke up.

After using CBD Oil, I woke up and the cloud was gone. I was in a bit of disbelief at first - but as the day continued I really felt different.  I felt lighter, my thoughts were clearer and it was much easier to focus. As I have continued to use CBD Oil, the biggest thing that I am observing is that not only is the dark cloud gone, but emotionally I feel much stronger on a day to day basis. Where I used to feel stressed, weak or overwhelmed, I now have a renewed sense of peace and resilience.

After having such a remarkable experience with CBD Oil, I wanted to get a better idea of why I was feeling this shift, so I jumped in to the research. What I started to understand was that CBD supports the body by regulating the nervous system, and helps balance the different neurotransmitters that play a role in almost every system in the body. What I was experiencing started to make more sense. CBD is referred to a “smart” supplement because it seems to know how to bring balance where things are out of balance. 

Because I was having such positive results I asked my 15 year old son to try it and after a couple of days he reported that the anxiety that he was living with (and just thought was normal) had disappeared.

After these experiences I am wishing that I would have opened my mind to CBD much earlier. In the short time that I have been working with CBD Oil, my quality of life has definitely improved.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone whose looking for “smart” way to support their nervous system and bring more balance to their life.

Guest post by Wild Ginger Apothecary customer.

Full-Spectrum CBD Oil and other hemp-derived CBD products are in-stock now at Wild Ginger Apothecary. Visit us at 6557 Superior Avenue in the Gulf Gate Shopping Village. Feel free to email or call anytime at 941.312.5630.  

What does Pisces season have in store for YOU?

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From Suzanne Gerber, WGA's on-site Astrologer:

Dear Friends and Fellow Seekers,

Pisces season is upon us, helping us "close the books" on another zodiac year and start planting the seeds we want to sprout in the next one, which begins on March 20, aka the first day of Aries. Regardless of your sun sign, these next three-plus weeks are prime time for clearing house, letting go and moving on.

The symbol for Pisces is two fish swimming in opposite directions yet bound together by an unbreakable cord. The Pisces among you innately understand that inner tug of war. But on a deeper level, as the last of the 12 signs, it also symbolizes the cycles of life and death—or really, birth and rebirth. (For what is "death" but transformation?)

Pisces rules the twelfth house of the zodiac wheel, where things dissolve and regenerate. Qualities we ascribe to this house and sign (and its ruler, nebulous Neptune) are endings, transitions, dreams, imagination, creativity, intuition, spontaneous healing, the divine, the mystical, the magical, the impossible. It's also associated with escape, addiction, fantasy, madness and secret enemies. See why so many find Pisces inscrutable!

I was taught and completely believe that all the signs have something to teach the rest of us. And I have learned at the feet of true Pisces masters! (There's a little astro-humor there, as Pisces rules the feet.) A short list of those teachers of mine includes my mother (double Pisces), my son (incalculably Pisces), four exes, and many super-close friends. These wise old souls have taught me to loosen up on my reins and let things flow; that manifesting doesn't happen by willful pushing; that we need to get out of our own way and align with greater forces; and when all those cosmic cherries line up, we hit the jackpot. For the record, not all of my Pisces teachers are aware of this curriculum. Sometimes we learn by watching others flounder—sorry, bad fish pun!

During these four weeks of introspection, rumination and catch and release, we are all invited to take spiritual inventory. What are you still trying to "reel in" to your life, what are you struggling to let go of? And—the real question—what's getting in your way? The other embossed invitation of Pisces season is to shift out of our manic, driven, goal- and self-oriented Western mindset and discover how it feels to feel our way through, as if we're wandering in pitch darkness. True, we might stumble. Yes, we might fall. But in the process, we may also stumble upon a way to fall into rhythm with our wiser selves. And by becoming entrained to a higher wisdom, we might finally figure out how the law of attraction really works.

Questions? Comments? Insights? I'd love to hear from you. And if you'd like your very own personal astrological consultation, just drop a line. (Drop a line: Get it??)

Nebulously yours,
Suzanne


Suzanne will be available for Astrology Readings Fridays and by appointment at Wild Ginger Apothecary: Studio + Lounge. To reserve a spot, call/text her at 917.748.4644 or email suzannegerber0@gmail.com.

Intuitive astrologer and energy healer Suzanne Gerber has been called “eerily accurate,” “insightful and transformational” and a “soul tuner.” By working with your birth chart and tuning into your energy field, she channels remarkably specific information about work, love, relationships, money, home, travel, health, life purpose and whatever else you’re curious about. As a “spiritual life coach,” Suzanne has helped thousands of people gain greater understanding of their talents, challenges and destiny over the past 33 years. A reading can provide insight, guidance and confirmation or help you navigate current roadblocks. But sometimes talking isn’t enough, and that’s where her training as a shamanic practitioner and Reiki/energy healer comes in. After she’s read your chart, Suzanne can cleanse and rebalance your chakras, locate and remove energetic blocks and cords, and perform traditional shamanic healings, like Illumination and Soul Retrieval. You can read more at her website, www.starsandstoneshealing.com.

Review: Curve CBD's Full Spectrum Oil

 
 
 


I was excited to try my sample of Curve CBD Full-Spectrum oil, and after using the product regularly for three weeks, I came to some very interesting conclusions!

I began my regular dosing of the oil on January 13th, and with only a couple of exceptions, used it each day in the morning as instructed. I didn’t change my exercise regimen during this time period, as I regularly practiced yoga and jogged in the mornings on a set schedule.  The oil is taken orally each morning, by holding it under your tongue for 15 to 20 seconds, and then swallowed for full effect.

As a general rule, I am a anxious person. Like many of us, I tend to worry about things that are beyond my control, and have trouble shutting down my mind at the end of the day, which leads to insomnia or poor quality of sleep.

Although I generally stay away from caffeine in large amounts, the anxiety makes me feel uneasy and jittery most working days, and I only feel relief on the weekends when I don’t have the usual triggers weighing on me.  After taking the CBD oil regularly for the last 3 weeks, I’ve discovered that there is a absolutely a pronounced difference in the way I feel.  The jitteriness has melted away, and I’ve felt at ease for the entire day.  My sleep is no longer disrupted, and I have been sleeping for a full 6 to 7 hours each night (which is about normal for me).

I have felt even bigger advantages when working out in the mornings. I’ve felt stronger, and have far fewer joint and muscle aches and pains since taking the oil. My running sessions have felt much more productive because my head feels clear, and I’ve been able to stay focused during my workout routines.  I seem to feel much less muscle soreness in my shoulders and wrists in the hours and days after each workout as well. The CBD oil has added a solid feeling of well-being on top of my daily routine, and made me feel positive about the experience. Additionally, my asthma, which usually plagues me during changes in the air or during exercise,
has felt much more in check since starting ingesting the product.

Not only did my workouts benefit, but my days at work have become much more productive and manageable since starting the oil. Situations that normally would challenge me and cause feelings of panic and anxiety seemed to come and go with ease, with much less mental strain. I have felt calm, and had the ability to slow down and think these situations through without letting them become toxic to my well-being. Even interactions with a certain coworker that normally ended in extreme anxiety didn’t bother me, and I was able to get out the words I needed to say to diffuse the situation and just let it go afterwards.

Lastly, the CBD oil had a significant positive impact on my anxiety induced by traveling, specifically flying on a plane. I suffer from fairly serious anxiety when on an airplane, especially during stressful moments such as takeoff and landings. While this is an issue that won’t dissipate completely, the oil definitely had a positive and welcome impact and lessened the amount of anxiety I was feeling when flying recently.

Overall, I’m pleasantly surprised at the difference Curve CBD oil has made in my daily life overthe last few weeks, and look forward to continuing use. I hope more people can have the opportunity to try the product like I did, and enjoy the benefits it can bring.

Guest post by Dana Gilbreath, Wild Ginger Apothecary customer & neighbor!

Curve CBD Full-Spectrum CBD Oil and other hemp-derived CBD products are in-stock now at Wild Ginger Apothecary. Visit us at 6557 Superior Avenue in the Gulf Gate Shopping Village. Feel free to email or call anytime at 941.312.5630.  

CBD Coffee: The Perfect Pair

3 Reasons Why CBD-Infused Coffee Is Amazing

Coffee and cannabis go together better than peanut butter and jelly. Recent research has found that caffeine and cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychotropic compound in the cannabis plant, may have some synergistic effects.

The study was conducted in zebrafish and found that long-term caffeine consumption protects against memory loss associated with extremely high doses of CBD (the benefits of isolated CBD seem to diminish the further you exceed your therapeutic dose range). 

While humans and zebrafish are two entirely different creatures, this perhaps suggests that caffeine might be a useful additive to consider in CBD therapies due their synergistic effect. And vice versa, you may benefit by splashing a little CBD into your daily caffeine dose.

Although research in humans is needed, the authors do mention that zebrafish have responses to CBD that are similar to other animal models.

So, what else can we say about this relationship between CBD and coffee?

1. CBD eases anxiety

Tired of having the jitters? CBD may be helpful for balancing out the sometimes overly stimulating effects of caffeine.

It is fairly well documented in preclinical literature that CBD is a potent anxiolytic.

Caffeine, on the other hand, can trigger anxiety attacks. Caffeine is a stressor that can trigger the release of the hormone adrenaline in the body.  Adrenaline is what triggers the fight or flight response, promoting stress and anxiety.  

CBD, however, may counteract some of these effects. CBD-infused coffee is stimulating without the edge.

CBD and caffeine both interact with adenosine in the body. Adenosine is a calming neurotransmitter that helps the body determine when it's time to stay awake and when you need more sleep. 

However, CBD and caffeine have opposite effects on this time clock chemical. Caffeine blocks the body from being able to feel the sedative effects of adenosine. With CBD, however, early research suggests that CBD may improve the body's response to adenosine. It seemingly does this by increasing the amount of calming adenosine available for the body to use.

This is why a little CBD can ease caffeine-induced nervousness. 

The anti-anxiety effects of CBD are quite powerful. In humans, British researchers have found that CBD is antipsychotic. In a phase 2 study of 88 patients with schizophrenia found that CBD successfully improved cognition and symptoms of the condition. In this case, CBD was used as an adjunctive therapy in treatment-resistant patients.

2. CBD is energizing and boosts mood

Early research has shown that low-dose CBD seems to have an energizing effect. This means that you can feel stimulated and awake with less overall caffeine. No need to order a second espresso or upsize your latte.

CBD also inspires an overall sense of positive well-being. Animal research suggests that the cannabinoid can boost mood, which can make waking up a little easier. 2016 rodent study found that CBD treatment caused a rapid increase in serotonin, a feel-good neurotransmitter that is often regulated with antidepressants.

Cranky in the morning? A cup of joe can help. Coffee also has some mood-lifting properties. A  2011 studypublished in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that women who drank 3 cups of caffeinated coffee each day were 15 percent less likely to develop depression.

Combining the two? Seems like a great way to start the day. Not to mention, CBD is an analgesic and anti-inflammatory, which can be helpful for those with morning time tension in the muscles and joints.

3. CBD and caffeine are both potent antioxidants

Both coffee and CBD are superfoods. Several compounds in coffee, including caffeine, are powerful antioxidants. Coffee is considered the biggest source of antioxidants in the Western Diet. Antioxidants protect cells and DNA from damage, which supports healing and offers protection against aging.

CBD is also a powerful antioxidant. In fact, the U.S. Government owns a patent (US6630507 B1) on “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants.” Cannabinoids like CBD are expected to be particularly helpful for recovery from major brain events like trauma or stroke.


We're thrilled to announce that our neighbors at The Clever Cup Coffee Shop now offer our Siesta Key Sea Bee Dee CBD tincture as an add-on option to their delicious coffee beverages!  Ask for it next time you place an order!  Or pick up your own bottle at Wild Ginger Apothecary next time you're in, to make your own CBD Coffee right at home!

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Anatomical Empowerment

 Yoga for Anatomical Empowerment Workshop

On January 27th, 2018 from 2-4 PM I’ll be offering a workshop entitled Yoga for Anatomical Empowerment at Wild Ginger Apothecary's Studio.  When I first chose the title for this workshop, I liked it because it had some oomph, it’s a series of strong words that (hopefully) invoke curiosity -- it has for me, at least!

In considering more deeply what I meant by this phrase, I’ve delved into a deeper analysis of what EMPOWERMENT really means. This is one of those buzzwords, especially in feminist and other alternative circles, that gets thrown around without a lot of definition.

So the analysis begins with what is POWER? According to Starhawk, a leader in contemporary discussions about power, there are three types of power : power-over -- linked to domination and control, power-from-within -- empowerment, and power-with -- the influence we wield among equals (from The Empowerment Manual). Power has been coveted, shared, stolen, abused and upheld in countless ways throughout history, taking each of these different forms across contexts, and having become a bit of dirty word. But power is just a kind of energy, able to be wielded for good, evil and everything in between.

The power I’m interested in talking about here is power-from-within, which yields a sense of being EMPOWERED. To me, this means having the confidence and agency to act based on your own needs, desires, ambitions and preferences. Power is taken away from us when we are unable to act in our own best interest - empowerment is having the courage to act.

Power comes from many different sources, but the sources I hope to share in this workshop are information and awareness. I believe that much of the power of yoga comes from this source - the more deeply present and aware we are, the more consciously we can move through our lives, the more we can connect to a sense of confidence and agency.

There are many layers of awareness, perhaps best seen through the koshas, or the framework for layers of self laid out by ancient yogis. We can be aware of our physical body, breath body, mental/emotional body, wisdom body and bliss body -- the more tuned in we are to each of these layers, the more presence we cultivate.

In this workshop, we will focus primarily on the physical body, anna maya kosha, a layer of self many of us in our culture have lost connection to. As our jobs keep us sitting down for hours at a time, the pressures of our work keep us in our head, we often overlook the POWER that can come from awareness and information offered by our bodies.

Not only will we examine our physical movement patterns, and what a personalized yoga practice might look like for each student, we will delve in to how to feels to listen so deeply to our bodies, we gain a deep sense of empowerment. Our bodies are a treasure trove of information and guidance, available at any and every moment. Come connect to your anatomy through this practice, and cultivate your internal sources of power.

Leah Van Winkle is a Sarasota native, back for the winter from her home in Kentucky to share all that she has learned with the local yoga community! She has trained extensively in various styles of yoga at Kripalu Center in MA, The Om Place in Winchester, KY, and with teachers such as Doug Keller and Tom Myers, most of this training with a heavy focus on anatomy and the subtle details of alignment. Leah is also a professional Thai Bodyworker, trained with renowned teachers like Michael Sitzer, Noam Tyroler, and soon to train in the Soma Veda Lineage. Besides yoga, Leah loves outdoor adventure, delicious, nourishing food (especially ferments!), and learning as much as she can about whatever she can. Feel free to reach out with questions and clarifications about any of these offerings!

Stress and Relaxation

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We’ve all heard it a million times, chronic stress is unhealthy -- weight gain, inflammation, low energy, illness, and countless more symptoms are attributed to staying in a constantly hyper aroused, high cortisol state. The ill effects of our overbooked lives are no secret -- the phrase chronic stress is thrown around so often, the meaning is almost gone!

What do you think, feel or notice when the concept comes up - do you KNOW if you are chronically stressed? Do you feel able to do something about it? Do you know what stress feels like in your body? In your heart and mind? Does thinking about stress give you more stress?

What about relaxation? Do you have a clear idea of what relaxation FEELS like in your body, heart and mind? Can you imagine or feel that sense of release that comes when you let go of tension? What is the quality of thought or emotion when you’re in a relaxed state? How do you interact with the people around you? What is your relationship to creativity and expression?

Take a few moments to pause where you are, sit up tall and take a few deep breaths.What’s present for you here? Explore more deeply, and begin to notice the difference between stress and ease :

-Draw your shoulders up by your ears on an inhale, release all tension on the exhale
-Make fists with the hands on an inhale, release all tension on the exhale
-Draw navel toward spine, creating tension in the belly on an inhale, release all tension on the exhale
-Move through any other parts of your body you suspect may hold stress, inhaling to exacerbate and deeply experience that stress, exhaling to completely release

Pause for a few moments to feel the difference in your body, heart and mind -- are you surprised to notice that some part of your body was holding or gripping under your conscious awareness? What do you notice about your ability to be present after finding some release? What do you notice about the quality of thought and emotion now?

Decreasing stress levels doesn’t have to mean changing everything about your lifestyle -- it can be as simple as starting to notice the difference between stress and ease. Take a few seconds throughout the day to pause and notice where you’re holding tension in your body, to take a few deep breaths, and to let it all go. In those seconds, choose how you want to show up to your day - with presence, ease, kindness or whatever else.

The more often you experience a state of relaxation, the more deeply it gets patterned into your neurology, the more easily you will be able to tap into that feeling, no matter what you’re doing or where you are.

Of course, there are practices that can help cultivate that state -- regularly attending yoga classes, especially restorative and frequent massage can help make ease your default state.

Join Leah Van Winkle RYT-500 on January 20th from 2-4 PM at Wild Ginger Studio + Lounge for a Restorative Thai Mini Yoga Retreat, where you’ll learn to the difference between stress and ease, and drop deeply into states of surrender.

Leah Van Winkle is a Sarasota native, back for the winter from her home in Kentucky to share all that she has learned with the local yoga community! She has trained extensively in various styles of yoga at Kripalu Center in MA, The Om Place in Winchester, KY, and with teachers such as Doug Keller and Tom Myers, most of this training with a heavy focus on anatomy and the subtle details of alignment. Leah is also a professional Thai Bodyworker, trained with renowned teachers like Michael Sitzer, Noam Tyroler, and soon to train in the Soma Veda Lineage. Besides yoga, Leah loves outdoor adventure, delicious, nourishing food (especially ferments!), and learning as much as she can about whatever she can. Feel free to reach out with questions and clarifications about any of these offerings!

 Leah Van Winkle Restorative Thai Yoga Sarasota Florida

Nia Classes at Wild Ginger Apothecary

 Nia fitness at Wild Ginger Apothecary in Sarasota

Say yes to living well and join us for a fun Nia class! Nia is a blend of the dance, martial, and healing arts. Its philosophy is, “Through movement, we find health.”

Combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness, Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice addressing each aspect of your life - body, mind and soul.

We believe every person can discover, explore, unleash, and enhance their individual potential to live a healthy and meaningful life by engaging their senses and listening to their bodies.
Nia is based on the intelligent design of the body. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. Nia cardio-dance workouts combine 52 simple moves with dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts to get you fit in 60 minutes - body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Nia is non-impact, practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Nia classes are taught by licensed Nia teachers.

Your first class with each teacher is ONLY $5! Drop-in rates following are $15 per class, or $60 per 6 pack.

Nia classes are offered:

Monday 9am with Robin
Tuesday 5:30pm with Robin
Wednesday 9am with Rebecca
Friday 9am with Rebecca
Sunday 10am with Rebecca
 


About Rebecca Holahan:
Rebecca is a Black Belt Nia Instructor.

Rebecca is a Dance and Drama Teacher at the Venice Theatre, through Venice Boys and Girls Club. She is also the Director of the Loveland Players {put on by the Loveland Center for Developmentally Challenged Adults in Venice, Florida}. For twenty-two years, The Loveland Players perform annually at Venice Theatre. The Loveland Players have performed internationally in the AACT World Festivals.

As an actor, Rebecca has been creative in the Arts for over 30 years. She strives inspire her students and actors to discover their unique gifts and talents. Recent productions include Metamorphosis, Becky’s New Car, Always Patsy Cline, Nickel and Dimed, and Rabbit Hole.

About Robin Phares: 
In 2004 I set out on a mission to find my passion and purpose. I discovered Nia. I knew from my very first class that I found exactly what I had been looking for. All of my life I have loved to dance and to think that I was able to put that to use at the age of 39 thrilled me with a capital T!! I received my whitebelt certification in 2005 and began teaching just 3 months later. I have added several classes to my schedule and am always looking for opportunities to share the JOY of Nia with all.

Sampling Siesta Key Sea Bee Dee: CBD Drops

The Discovery.
I watched as Nicole put 2 droppers full of the Siesta Key Sea Bee Dee Elderberry CBD tincture into a tiny sampling cup with a skeptical eye. Then I picked it up, tossed it in and let the sweet liquid sit under my tongue for a few seconds then swallowed. I shrugged and continued chatting away and perusing the new make up line Wild Ginger had just gotten in. Then I noticed it…I felt relaxed, not stoned, not sleepy; just really chill. I was incredulous. What sorcery was contained in this little bottle? (Pure CBD oil, distilled water, raw honey and ethanol and nothing more.)

I drove home without being the aggressive, speed limit ignoring, Boston raised menace I often am. I simply didn’t feel that overwhelming sense of urgency to be at my next destination, which is what usually instigates my less than admirable driving style. Upon arriving home, I set about to do some weekend chores when my 9 year old daughter started being a bit whiny, I reacted calmly. My 15 year old son stopped in his tracks and asked me why my “energy was different” (I kid you not; his exact words). I asked him what he meant to which he replied that he couldn’t quite explain it but that I seemed calmer than “normal”. I chuckled to myself.

Full disclosure, I always thought I needed the THC component to have any benefit from the CBD part. I have some chronic conditions that psychologically (Meniere’s Disease) and physically (autoimmune Graves Disease) cause anxiety and cannabis has been a life saver for me. For obvious practical reasons, however, it isn’t something I can use during the day. So I decided to see if this hemp derived, NON-THC containing CBD oil isolate would help me feel less anxious on the regular.

Finding the Sweet Spot.
I started my journey by finding the right dose for me. I found that starting the day with one dropper carried me through the morning and any errands that had to be done with less of the tension I usually hold in my neck and shoulders. The first few days I played with one dropper three times a day, evenly spaced and I was truly amazed at how relaxed my body felt. When confronted with tasks that would usually require a great deal of full body tension and apprehension; shopping in a large store like Publix or Costco, for example, I would take two full droppers. I discovered that doing so would make it much less of a white knuckle experience.

Bonus Features.
One of the most miraculous things about this tincture was it lessened the degree of obsessing over the “what ifs” that often plague my days. Meniere’s Disease (mentioned above) is a vestibular disease with no cure and very few successful treatments. Its hallmarks are tinnitus, loss of hearing over time and bouts of vertigo that can come on without warning. It is extremely difficult to cope with at times, especially when I don’t have distractions such as when my kids are at school and there are no errands or chores to keep me busy. A strict low sodium diet, good sleep and minimizing stress can go a long way to keeping attacks at bay so aside from the diet aspect, the CBD helped my stress level stay low and I found it helpful for sleep. It didn’t make me sleepy per se, but it slowed my “monkey mind” down a bit so falling to sleep was easier and I felt well rested.

What I Learned After 7 Days.
After a week of using the CBD oil tincture, the only conclusions I can draw are positive ones. I found so many areas of my daily life were improved; stress and anxiety reduced which helped me be more present, have better sleep and there are literally ZERO side effects. Many people reach for Xanax or Valium which are medications that can cause physical dependence and have a long list of side effects. I avoid them like the plague but living with anxiety is not fun and affects how you respond to everyone and everything around you. I am so thrilled that I gave this a try and plan to add it to my daily routine. I also found lots of research online about myriad other whole body benefits that CBD oil brings to the table.

If you haven’t tried it yet, I encourage you to explore how CBD can benefit you. I promise that you wont be disappointed!

Guest post by Joelle Johns, former Wild Ginger Apothecary Yoga Instructor + regular Wild Ginger Apothecary Product Tester.

Siesta Key Sea Bee Dee CBD Tincture and other hemp-derived CBD products are in-stock now at Wild Ginger Apothecary. Visit us at 6557 Superior Avenue in the Gulf Gate Shopping Village. Feel free to email or call anytime at 941.312.5630.  
 

Buti Yoga in Sarasota

Buti Yoga is officially in Sarasota at Wild Ginger Apothecary with instructor Leila Carlson.

Buti Yoga workouts transform your BODY + SOUL with cardio-intensive bursts of tribal dance, primal movement + conditioning woven into a dynamic yoga practice. 

Buti is an Indian Marathi word that means "a cure that has been hidden or kept secret." We believe EVERY woman has the power to transform and heal her body from within. Buti Yoga focuses on activating the Spiral Structure of the core to engage the deep abdominal muscles and stimulate the endocrine system.

We're thrilled to welcome Leila and Buti Yoga to Wild Ginger.  Join her for weekly Buti Yoga classes - including Mommy & Me offerings!  Class schedule available below. 

CBD Arrives at Wild Ginger Apothecary

 CBD Hemp Derived Cannabis CBD Isolate Cannabidiol at Wild Ginger Apothecary in Sarasota Florida by Mindful Medicinals

Wild Ginger Apothecary has recently started carrying Sarasota-based Mindful Medicinals products!  Stop by to try for yourself or join for a CBD information class in the lounge monthly.

The following information is from MM:

Our most frequently asked question is, “What is CBD?” Simply put, CBD is an abbreviation for Cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid naturally found in cannabis. What does that mean? Quite a lot actually.

Recently people have begun to discover the seemingly miraculous benefits of cannabis, specifically CBD. Unfortunately, too many people still believe cannabis, in all its forms, is illegal. Propaganda perpetrated by the US government along with major players in pharmaceuticals and commodities industries in the early twentieth century successfully fooled the status quo into believing cannabis was a dangerous drug. Nearly a century later, peer-reviewed science has proven that notion utterly and patently false.

The human body has an intricate endocannabinoid system (ECS) built with receptors throughout the brain, central nervous and circulatory systems as well as the gut, heart, kidneys, spleen, liver, bones, blood vessels, lymph cells and even the reproductive system. CBD is the most abundant cannabinoid accounting for up to 40% of the typical cannabis sativa plant. The last two decades have delivered countless studies showing the benefits of CBD in the limbic system (affecting memory, cognition and psychomotor performance) and the mesolimbic pathway directly relating to pain perception.

CBD is one of more than 100 active cannabinoid chemicals in the marijuana plant. Unlike the main psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not produce euphoria or intoxication. Cannabinoids have their effect mainly by interacting with specific receptors on cells in the brain and body: the CB1 receptor, found on neurons and glial cells in various parts of the brain, and the CB2 receptor, found mainly in the body’s immune system. The euphoric effects of THC are caused by its activation of CB1 receptors. CBD has a very low affinity for these receptors (100 fold less than THC) and when it binds it produces little to no effect. There is also growing evidence that CBD acts on other brain signaling systems, and that these actions may be important contributors to its therapeutic effects. []

CBD has several benefits including but not limited to

  • Anti-Depressant

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Antipsychotic

  • Anti-Anxiety

  • Anti-Seizure

  • Neuroprotective Properties

  • Analgesic Effects

  • Nausea Relief

  • Anticonvulsant

  • Antitumoral

  • Antioxidant

  • Cardiovascular Health

An Open Letter to Acure Moroccan Argan Stem Cell + Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner…

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Dearest New Love,

I have searched far and wide to find the “right one”; the right product to cleanse and condition my coarse, naturally wavy, color treated (read: dry as dust/damaged) hair. I have been infatuated with others in the past (who shall remain nameless), but they were either chemical laden or simply couldn’t live up to my expectations. Inevitably, each would break my heart and leave my hair unchanged or worse, in shoddier shape.

That all changed when I met you, Acure Moroccan Argan Stem Cell + Argan Oil

Shampoo & Conditioner! Your scent, with a subtle hint of almond, is enthralling without being overpowering. The lather of your shampoo is in that sweet spot between gratifying and “how will I ever rinse all of this foam out of my hair”. Happily, this is not due to sulfates or other chemicals; your heart is pure. The silky caress of your conditioner, infused with CoQ10 and Omega 7, feels velvety and stands up to blow-drying with ease. My hair was so much softer after just two uses that I simply cannot wait to see what our future holds! I find myself making excuses to spend time with you as often as I can.

Most importantly, you are FREE of those dreadful qualities I’ve found in other hair care products such as sulfates, parabens, phthalates or synthetic fragrance. You wont fade or brass my color and, as if you weren’t ideal enough, you are also vegan and cruelty free.

I admit it; I am simply hair over heels in love with you, Acure Moroccan Argan Stem Cell + Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner and am looking forward to a long, devoted relationship. I also look forward to meeting the rest of your Acure Organics family.

Lots of Love,
JJ

Guest post by Joelle Johns, former Wild Ginger Apothecary Yoga Instructor + regular Wild Ginger Apothecary Product Tester.

Go Green: MacroGreens Superfood

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The first big learning experience in my early days of "natural retail" was greens powder.  Oh, it was nasty at first - even when prepared it for customers in the easiest-to-drink way, with organic unfiltered apple juice.  It was still all grassy in taste.  I knew why it was so great for me, but it was a big adjustment in the journey of getting healthier, as I certainly wasn't in "alkaline" balance.  Yet I powered through, and learned to love what greens could do for me within months.

Now "super greens" powders are a mandatory part of my day, sometimes 2 or 3 times.  It's energy and detoxification in the easiest way; the perfect alternative to coffee or those horrific energy shots for those in need of a pick-me-up.  And my days of forcing down grassy unpleasant powders are over.  The Macro Greens powder is the most delicious tasting variety I've encountered for the nutrient powerhouse they contain.  It's equivalent in antioxidants to 5 servings of vegetables, and though certainly not designed to replace eating your produce, is a wonderful way to increase your vitamins.  (For me, it's a miracle worker amidst busy work days and eating erratically while working at Wild Ginger Apothecary.  If you've been in, chances are I've sampled them to you midday!)

MacroLife shares a detox (and weight loss) trick that I love as well: one serving of their tasty greens 30 minutes before each meal to curb your appetite and detoxify.  Adding probiotics, adaptogenic herbs, and other superfoods really does curb your sugar cravings, ease digestion, boost your immune system, and increase brain function.  Once, twice, or even three times will leave you feeling better than ever in no time.  Plus it's Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free, and Non-GMO!

Skeptic of the green taste?  Start with using the organic unfiltered apple juice, or even half with water.  You'll ease into "greens on the rocks" before you know it. 

Cheers!

xx
Nicole

Day at the beach: Solar Recover

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I'll save the facts about the harsh UV rays from Florida's intense sunshine, but we've all experienced it first hand.  These beautiful beaches and salty waters of ours aren't easy on your skin or hair, and even a brief day trip can leave you over-sunned and parched. 

Solar Recover Save Your Skin is a best seller at Wild Ginger Apothecary for good reason:  it's easy to use, powerful yet light, and refreshing.  Even in a hurry, it's my go-to hydration.  It's a favorite trick to touch up when my arms and legs are dry throughout the day, I can spray easily without a greasy residue potentially trashing my outfit.  You can't spray it too much, and trust me, I've tried.

The Save Your Hair spray is the equivalent in a hair rescue.  Spray post sun-scorched beach day and your hair won't feel like straw for long.  You can spray out of the shower as a light de-tangler, too - a favorite solution for my thin straight hair in lieu of a heavier conditioner.  

There's not much you need on a beautiful day besides a beach towel, swimsuit, and SPF... but you'll be grateful once you add this duo to that mix. 

Available online at www.wildgingerapothecary.com or in-store at 6557 Superior Avenue in the Gulf Gate Shopping Village.  Feel free to email or call anytime at 941.312.5630.  ENJOY! 

Sweet Dreams: Nighty Night Pillow Mist + Dream Pillows

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Lack of deep sleep: likely the biggest cause of stress and anxiety in my customers.  And let's be honest, it's my biggest cause of stress and anxiety somedays too!  I've tried all sorts of vitamins and supplements (and had good, bad, and horrible results) - but there had to be a less invasive way for regular use.  We're all over the sleep-remedy hangover, or better yet, sleeping through our alarms.

The first to arrive to Wild Ginger Apothecary was BotanicalMe Nighty Night Pillow Mist.  It's not just the usual lavender: this dreamy, relaxing blend has 20 essential oils that work as a calming sedative.  Notes of Valerian (in the first pleasant combo I'd encountered), Chamomile, and Ylang-Ylang leave your pillows, sheets, and entire bedroom with a heavenly aroma that really does calm you the heck down.  In minutes you're more relaxed, and you'll soon look forward to this bedroom ritual just like I do.  Spray throughout your home anytime you need to chill out. (Try with your kids, if you have them, parents swear by this stuff!)

Sprays or aromatherapy not your thing?  Not a lavender fan (in any combination)?  There's another secret weapon... Long Creek Herb's Sleep Pillow.  It's a tiny pillow you slide into your existing pillowcase, and as crazy at it sounds, works like magic.  

I was a skeptic, so I put my friend with the worst sleeping challenges I'd ever seen to the test.  And just like that, they slept better than in 10 years.  Another friend and customer's four year old is able to sleep through the night for the first time ever... and if the pillow is missing, they notice a huge difference.  Pro parent tip:  keep an extra one handy.  No placebo effect here: the creator swears by "hiding" these miniature pillows for your sleep deprived loved ones.  (These "magic pillows" are particularly helpful with easing nightmares, for sufferers of PTSD, and to quiet stressful sleep.)

Note: the "Restful" pillow is for a quiet calm sleep.  There is also a "Pleasant" pillow to enhance dreams and help you dream in color.  If you're lucky enough to sleep easy already, the latter can still apply to you!

Sweet dreams!

xx
Nicole

Available online at www.wildgingerapothecary.com or in-store at 6557 Superior Avenue in the Gulf Gate Shopping Village.  Feel free to email or call anytime at 941.312.5630.  ENJOY! 

WGA Local Love Guest Spot {f. Kalyn of The Workbook Project}


Wild Ginger Apothecary is passionate about health + wellness. But we also have a thing for Local Love! 

When we're not busy working on Green Beauty awesomeness, we love to team up with fellow Sarasota small businesses and locals. We're lucky to have a network of so many amazing, energetic, dynamic, creative, and inspired individuals. 

Our first "Wild Ginger Apothecary: Local Love Guest Spot" features Kalyn Mould, of the epically awesome company The Workbook Project. We were lucky enough to have her fill in at the store for a few days and share her exuberance with us. It'll make you smile, which is exactly what we love to see happen at WGA!

Stay tuned for more videos soon!

Learn more about Kalyn and The Workbook Project at:
http://www.theworkbookproject.com/
https://www.facebook.com/theworkbookproject

Learn more about Wild Ginger Apothecary at:
http://www.wildgingerapothecary.com/
https://www.facebook.com/wildgingerapothecary

PRESS: SarasotaDay's "5 Essential Oils for Every Home"

Essential Oils are all the rage.  Did you know that Wild Ginger Apothecary offers Certified Organic, Therapeutic-grade Essential Oils by Simplers? Their oils are sourced all over the world to ensure they are 100% pure, genuine, species specific, and expertly distilled.  And no, you don't need to join a multi-level-marketing team to purchase them.

SarasotaDay recently featured some of our must-have essential oils (Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus).  They also mentioned a few of our ready-to-go blends that take the guesswork out of aromatherapy.  Check it out!



As seen in SarasotaDay

5 Essential Oils for Every Home

"Everyone’s digging on the essential oils these days, and who can blame them? They’re a safe and simple way to take care of your body and your home. Still, the lists of all the EOs and their many uses can be a bit daunting to anyone who is unfamiliar with this wonderful and mysterious world."

Get dirty to get clean: tooth powder hits the spot.

Sometimes you have to get dirty to get clean.  (Think face masks, body scrubs, the previous post on mud hair wash...)  Getting hooked on Holistic Heights Tooth Powder - or "tooth dirt" as I lovingly describe it - is a prime example. 

Who knew it was so hard to find a completely clean toothpaste that was more than just baking soda or coconut oil?  I even read blogs about using activated charcoal to whiten (with a mouthful of black powder) and that didn't fit into my daily routine.   I searched high and low, and even the "nontoxic" options had fillers like glycerin.  Less is more in natural beauty, so this Tooth Powder hit the spot. It indeed whitens, while giving you the cleanest, freshest mouth ever.

Your basic oral care needs are met: tartar and plaque fighting, less bacteria, no more bad breath, healthier gums.  But using a holistic, Ayurvedic blend of medicinal herbs - like Neem, Myrrh, and Clove - takes it even further by healing at the same time.  My life-long teeth sensitivity has decreased to almost nothing, my teeth feel cleaner than I could have imagined, and the "tooth dirt" has become a novelty among roommates and houseguests.  Together with oil-pulling, my teeth have never been happier.

This remains my favorite item to sample to customers at Wild Ginger Apothecary - try it once, and you'll never go back to the tube of toothpaste!

Available online at www.wildgingerapothecary.com or in-store at 6557 Superior Avenue in the Gulf Gate Shopping Village.  Store hours are 10am-6pm, Tuesday-Saturday.  Feel free to email or call anytime at 941.312.5630.  ENJOY! 

Smooth Like Butter Elixir

How to relax in one step: the heavenly seductive scent of BUTTERelixir.  It's impressive when a company begins with just one exceptional item - and even more impressive when just two drops of this "magic oil" are all it takes to be hooked. 

BUTTER is a blend of just four oils: sweet almond, argan, lavender, and chamomile.  But it's not a simple scent: the notes are complex, rich, calming, and mysterious all at once.  This tiny bottle of oil is unlike any scent or blend I've seen in decades of nonstop beauty product use.  The Wild Ginger Apothecary lineup wouldn't be the same without this liquid gold.  Designed by yogis, your yoga practice likely won't be the same without it either.

The scent and hydration aside, BUTTER goes the extra mile in keeping green by using recycled bottles, mixing their formula by hand in small batches, and creating a product that can be used for most anything.  Body, hair, perfume.  You'll want this scent to surround you, I promise.  And the deep hydration of argan and almond are the perfect counterpart to dryness or sun damage. 

Add this must-have to your beauty arsenal and you, too, can be smooth like BUTTER. 

xx
Nicole

Available online at www.wildgingerapothecary.com or in-store at 6557 Superior Avenue in the Gulf Gate Shopping Village.  Feel free to email or call anytime at 941.312.5630.  ENJOY!