I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift from The Fay Farm, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company itself or by Chronic Illness Bloggers.
The Serenity lotion from The Fay Farm is geared towards those of us who have high anxiety and need help calming down... AKA perfect for me as I have left my job to try to take writing full-time! I also have been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress - all of which put me into highly emotional states. With ingredients like chamomile and green tea, it's no surprise that this lotion is incredibly helpful!
CBD has been found to reduce anxiety from simulated public speaking for people with fears of just that. There is a ton of similar research out there on anxiety-related issues and PTSD. Needless to say, my issues with both certainly prompted me to jump at the chance to try this product.
I had this lotion for several days while on a prednisone taper and I have to say that it was actually far more helpful than I imagined in calming me down.
It's also very soothing. It has been incredibly helpful for me while trying to sleep but being unable to because of pain. It may not erase everything I deal with in that moment, but it helps me to stop stressing over my inability to sleep and to be far calmer. It has also helped me out plenty with other anxiety-riddled moments.
I have been bleaching my hair. A few weeks ago, I tried to dye it light blue and it came out much darker than expected. Because of the uneven color, it just really looked bad... but it also sent me into a PTSD freak-out. There was a time when my mother had a breakdown and cut all her hair off to the point where splotches where there where you could see her scalp. Her brown locks were gone and all that remained was this dark salt-and-pepper short gray hair... and I looked like my mother with my far-too-dark blue hair.
|The hippo Snapchat filter improved the look, trust me|
Cue the construction of PTSD-ville, population me.
Thankfully, I lathered myself in this lotion, started furiously texting my pal Felix, and promptly re-bleached my hair.
|SO MUCH BETTER|
Then, yesterday, I managed to get myself into a panic attack over death. I realize I do this fairly often, but this was the first time it's happened in a while - and it started over something so small. I was snuggling with T, looking at his gray hair, and simply said "we're old now."
My brain went BUT WHEN YOU ARE OLD YOU DIE AND YOU WILL BE ALONE FOREVER AND AHHHHHHHHH.
I tried to fight it for a few minutes, but I couldn't.
Luckily, I cried it out into T's shoulder and ran into the bathroom to lather myself in this lotion.
We went and saw Free State of Jones (which was good BTW) and, despite all the death associated with the movie - and the Civil War - I managed to not freak-out... which is, honestly, pretty darn impressive. Usually I'm crying off and on in existential-crisis-mode for the rest of the day.
To you, amazing Washingtonians who make this lotion, I send my deepest and most heartfelt thanks.
They are offering my readers 10% off their orders! They will also provide free shipping to orders in the US as a part of this. All you have to do is use the promo code 'STILLS' when you check out.
To learn more about The Fay Farms' CBD products, please read this post from Julie Ryan at Counting My Spoons or check out my previous review of the Healing Lotion in The Fay Farm's CBD line here.