Wild Ginger Apothecary's CBD Education Video Series

We are excited to announce Wild Ginger Apothecary's CBD Education Series. In these videos, we will explore the benefits and use of CBD for health. At WGA, we are a community for health + wellness. We carry only organic, hemp-derived CBD products, with 3rd party lab testing for purity and strength. We pride ourselves on offering the area's best CBD product selection, with complimentary one-on-one consultation in selecting the best option for you.

Thanks to our CBD Educator, Steve, for sharing his knowledge with the WGA community. You can meet him weekly at CBD Coffee Hour - every Friday from 10am-12pm, as well as at our monthly CBD 101 class.

Enjoy!

PRESS: SNN Small Business Saturday

We had a great Small Business Saturday, with thanks to SNN for featuring Wild Ginger Apothecary in their “Local stores hoping for a busy Small Business Saturday” clip!

Local Businesses are hoping you saved some room in your wallet after Black Friday for Small Business Saturday. They’re offering special deals for people continuing their holiday shopping.

“They’ll be a special gift with every purchase,” Corinne Bates said. “No matter how large or small.”

“Lots of Small Business Saturday deals,” Nicole Leffler said. “We’ve got a number of CBD items on buy one get one, we’ve got 50% off a huge amount of Holiday Clearance.”

Corinne Bates, owner of Blind Dezign Décor and More, says small business offer more than the big box store or online retailers.

“You’re not going to get the customer service,” Bates said. “You’re missing out on that one on one interaction, the customer service, the little specialty items you’re just not going to find online. The locally made artisans that bring in this beautiful crafted stuff.”

Wild Ginger Apothecary Owner Nicole Leffler says shopping small helps them grow and hire more local employees.

“We have a community of health and wellness,” Leffler said. “So we’re supporting about 100 different practitioners, teachers, and staff members that come in and out of here during the period of a year.”

Store owners are hoping people go out and visit many of the area stores, especially ones they’ve never been to before.

PRESS: Style Magazine Health & Wellness

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.  

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.  

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.  
 

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! 

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! 

Powerful Duo: Acure's Brightening Scrub + Argan Oil

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There's best-sellers that are hard to understand, and then there are two of Acure's biggest hits: Brightening Facial Scrub and Argan Oil.  Yet another family-owned vendor, Acure remains firm in their commitment to use sustainable and pure ingredients, despite the growth of their brand.  It's hard not to love them.

Maybe there's something about using a seaweed scrub when I live near the beach, but I can't get enough of this brightening scrub.  It's not too harsh to use a few times a week, and it really works as described: leaving your face with an extra-clean, dewy glow. Plus, Acure's exclusive "Chlorella Growth Factor" is amazing for regenerating skin cells.  After so much time in the sun and sea, that's a welcome addition.  It's bright sea-monster green, too, which makes it a lot more exciting to use.  You're never too old to be entertained by the simple things!

Then there is Argan Oil.  You've used it by now, right?  It's appearing in everything - and for good reason.  Harvested by women's cooperatives in Morocco, it's called "liquid gold" because of it's super-healing capabilities.  It's perfect for sensitive facial skin, dry spots on your body, hands and feet, and even dry hair.  Argan Oil is my must-have for travel: one little bottle does basically everything I need from removing makeup, to taming my hair, to hydrating my face.  It belongs in every green beauty toolkit. 

As always, I love providing customers at Wild Ginger Apothecary samples of any products they are interested in.  Just be prepared: once you bring either of these items home, you'll be hooked!

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! 

Fresh as a Daisy with Schmidt's Deodorant

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There were two items I waited until the very end to go natural for: eyeliner and aluminum-free deodorant.  I was convinced there were just some items that couldn't compare on the chemical-free circuit!  During the last decade of natural retail I have tried dozens of natural deodorants, and never once did I find one that actually worked for longer than a few hours.  The thought of using one once I moved back to the tropical, steamy south during the middle of summer was sheer horror.

I had to believe the massive buzz for Schmidt's Deodorant, so it became one of the very first products I evaluated in the months before Wild Ginger Apothecary opened.  Trust me: if this all-natural, nontoxic, aluminum-free deodorant kept me odor-free during 95 degree days (and the chaos of setting up a store), it works.  Who knew The Today Show would be so spot-on with the natural market?

It is an adjustment to apply a paste deodorant, and that's the initial shock.  But beyond that, it's amazingly effective.  I love to sample it out to customers (and friends) so they'll be equally impressed.  Every customer that drives an hour or two to purchase it confirms that this really is the best all-natural deodorant available on the market (and certainly in Sarasota).

With 5 scent options to choose from (Cedarwood + Juniper, Calendula + Ylang Ylang, Bergamot + Lime, Fragrance-Free, and Lavender + Sage) you'll have a hard time choosing one.  But you'll smell so fresh that you won't mind keeping a variety around!

xx
Nicole

Schmidt's all-natural aluminum-free deodorant is 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! 

Skinny & Co. Coconut Love and a Brighter Smile

Anyone who knows me can vouch for my love of coconut - especially coconut oil.  For face, body, hair, cooking.  Coconut scented lotions, potions, and everything in between.  So you can imagine my excitement finding one of the purest coconut oils on the planet!

Skinny & Co. has a patented process for their ultra-smooth coconut oil that allows it to remain 100% raw!  It was a unpleasant adjustment at first: I love the intense coconut flavor of the "Extra Virgin Organic" brands I'd used before and the Skinny doesn't have that.  But then research confirmed: the more heat the oil is exposed to, the stronger the coconut taste.  Now I have a logical explanation for the taste of the fresh, raw coconut oil I was shocked by living in Costa Rica.

By now, you've likely heard thousands of testimonials on the wonders of coconut oil.  It's the natural health + beauty favorite across the board.  You've probably heard it helps with metabolism, strengthening your immune system, and even balancing your blood sugar.

But have you heard about oil pulling?  Swishing coconut oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes a day can result in AMAZING oral health benefits.  I have at least a customer a day ask how my teeth got so white - and it's thanks to oil pulling. (Definitely not the red wine, coffee, or dark chocolate I still indulge in occasionally.)  Your teeth and gums will never feel better - especially if you follow with a tooth powder instead of a chemical-filled toothpaste.  The combination is by far the best thing I've ever done for my teeth.  Stay tuned for more on our tooth powder soon!

Set your timer, start with 5 minutes, and watch for the results.  At the very least you'll be amazed with a fresher-than-ever mouth.  Here's to a brighter smile!

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! 

New blog, new favorite items! Meet Kensington Apothecary!

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 I'm long overdue to create a Wild Ginger Apothecary blog, so better late than never!  Now to just catch up on the last 5 months of excitement...

There are hundreds of items I love in the store, with new and exciting products arriving weekly.  Yet there is one particular new line that deserves extra press: Kensington Apothecary.  At first I was simply excited to find a skincare product including my beloved Kombucha.  But there's so much more!  So many of my absolute favorite ingredients for food come through in a facial care line so complete I wonder how I lived without it.  Coconut, Blackcurrant, Pumpkin, Sake, and so many more.  (And 'booch.  Seriously, how perfect for Wild Ginger?)

 One big goal at Wild Ginger Apothecary is to have amazingly effective products that everyone can afford.  I have many skincare items that will blow your mind and not your wallet (and will give noticeable results, I promise).  This product line does the same, but has specific items available for 4 major skin type/lifestyle categories:  Blemish Prone, Graceful Aging, The Cocktail Circuit, and Surf/Ski/Sun.  You can mix-and-match any of the four steps: Cleanser, Tonic, Serum, and Facial Oil.  I like to get really crafty and mix my cocktail-recovery with my post-sun treatment.  Find what works for you, and you'll be hooked in no time too.   

At first I was sad I missed out on this amazing line during my indulgent 20's... but then I realized there's not a better place or time for antioxidant sun-damage support.  Welcome to Sarasota, Kensington.  We're so happy you're here.

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!