Neuro-active Lip Balms:
Resilience & Allergy Relief in a Stick?
A number of commercially-available lip balms happen to contain neuro-active herbal ingredients. When applied to skin locations where nerves lie close to the surface-- rather than to the lips--these products can do more than soften the skin. Tiny quantities of the neuro-active substances in the lip balm can stimulate the nerves locally, which in turn can set off a systemic increase in resilience to stress and a decrease in allergic reactivity. This is what I have called the Neuro-Shift effect. More on this here.
Active products can typically evoke this effect within 5 minutes or less in responsive individuals. The effects last from as little as 3 up to as many as 12 hours. Of course, each stick of lip balm can deliver many dozens of doses, at the cost of just a few dollars. One can easily keep these sticks in a pocket or purse to use when needed.
How to use the lip balm:
Stuck in traffic and getting stressed? On your way to the dentist? Driving out to the countryside on a high-pollen-count day?
1) Apply the product to the skin on your brow, at the location of the so-called third eye (at the upper end of your frown lines)
2) Roughly cover a circular area no more than the size of a quarter (about 2.5 cm diameter)
3) Leave the product in place for at least 10 minutes; if desired, you can then wipe the area clean with a tissue.
Don't do this procedure repeatedly if you have, or suspect you have, a heart condition of any kind, including arrhythmia, or if you are prone to sudden drops in blood pressure.
Some relevant products:
(Full disclosure: I have no financial interest in any of these products or companies)
Prepared by R Rush Wayne, Ph.D. Questions? Comments? Contact Rush at rushwayne at q (dot) com, or on Twitter @NeuroShft