LOUDONVILLE – About five years ago, out of frustration, Angie Dawson of Loudonville, a licensed nurse, developed a homeopathic remedy for insomnia for her adopted son Michael.
"We adopt Michael, now 13, and his twin brothers Trevor and Cheyenne, now 12," Dawson said. "Michael fought insomnia, a byproduct of post-traumatic stress and anxiety syndrome he suffered before adoption. So he could sleep four hours a night, doctors prescribed two different sleeping medications, along with herbal sleep aid, Melatonin, but every time his sleep problems got worse, doctors increased medications.
"At the same time, my mother was having a severe reaction to diabetes medicine that turned out to be liver damage caused by medications, and was scheduled for a liver transplant," Dawson added. "I put two and two together, and decided, on my own, that Michael's problems could be caused by the medication and the problems that caused his liver. A friend suggested that I study the essential oils. So I put My nurse's brain I started to learn everything I could about essential oils and homeopathic remedies, I finally got a mixture of oils that I called Sleep Easy and tried it with him.
"It worked," he continued. "Today I use the remedy on him every night, partly through diffusion and partly through the direct application (rolled up) of the mixture on the feet and behind the ears, and he is sleeping for eight to nine hours per night, and he no longer takes medication to sleep. "
At that time, Dawson decided to obtain an aromatherapist certification, attending classes on the use of oils, including mixing and safe use. "At first I did this for family members, and then my friends found out and asked me to do it for them," he said. "I tried to do it in a corner of our house, but I ran out of space."
About a year and a half ago, he opened a small shop on East Haskell Street of Truax Printing, but he soon surpassed it and needed a larger space.
"I heard that the Kiefer Florist building was available, but I couldn't take possession of it alone, so I made arrangements with two massage therapists, Tracie Williams and Janel Rowan, to rent the space together," Dawson said. "The concepts of essential oils and massage therapy go hand in hand."
He also learned that, in addition to helping people sleep, essential oils can help with other difficulties.
"I can prepare mixtures of oils to help with arthritis and other aches, headaches, sinus problems and allergies, stress and fibromyalgia," he said. "In the time since I opened the first store, I have developed significant monitoring and mixed the different oils that work for customers. In the new location, I also receive a response from people who visit the areas that see the sign and stop at out of curiosity. This is a great place for that. "
While the use of essential oils has become fashionable in the past five years, the use of natural materials as home remedies is very old and very common, "it uses as our grandparents chewing nails to relieve toothache," said Dawson . "I welcome everyone to come and try the oils I offer. Virtually all medications can cause liver damage. Alternative and natural remedies cannot. It's worth a try."
They even work at Dawson's house. "The children used to ask Tylenol for a headache, but now they ask for oils," he said.
Drops of Essentials is open Monday through Wednesday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m .; Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. at 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. at 2 p.m. For more information, call Dawson at 419-651-4011.
Dawson grew up in the Lakeville area, Harrison's daughter and the late Deb Murphy. She and her future husband, Gregg Dawson of Loudonville (son of Bud and Marianne Dawson of Loudonville), began dating in 1986 and married in 1991, a year after graduating from West Holmes High School.
Gregg has just celebrated his 25 years working at United Titanium in Wooster as a machinist.
After high school, he worked at Merillat's customer service department in Loudonville, but when the plant closed, he enrolled in the licensed practical nursing program at the Wayne County Career Center, earning an LPN degree .
She worked for several years at Wooster ENT before, eight years ago, to become the nurse of the Ashland City School. Two years ago, the Loudonville-Perrysville Schools needed a school nurse, and she was hired for that position.
She and Gregg have a daughter, Lexi, now 25, who is about to complete a master's degree in mental health counseling at Malone University.
Later, they adopted their other three children, Michael and the twins.
She said that part of the reason she was able to rent the Kiefer florist was because the owners, Joe and Lara Kiefer, "preferred to rent to a traditional store, rather than an office-type operation."
"The Kiefer have supported me a lot since I came here," he said.