FAQs

** If you are pregnant or nursing do not use Vivian Lou Liniment. **
** If you have a known salicylate or aspirin sensitivity, are on blood thinners, taking any medications or have any health conditions, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using. **

What is a Liniment?
lin·i·ment
/ˈlinəmənt/
noun
a liquid or lotion, especially one made with oil, for rubbing on the body to relieve pain.

How is Vivian Lou Liniment products different from other products? 
Most topical products create a hot, cold and tingling sensation to distract the brain from discomfort. Others reduce inflammation. But when the sensation wears off, the pain comes back.

Injuries and unresolved conditions need an ample supply of blood to properly heal. Our liniment is specifically formulated to:
  • IMPROVE CIRCULATION to promote movement and accelerate healing,
  • distract the brain from discomfort, and
  • reduce inflammation.

How soon will I feel results?
Our Liniment is a thin liquid and it spreads easily over the skin. You will feel an instantaneous warming, cooling, and tingling sensation as our liniment penetrates the skin to provide immediate reprieve. This is followed quickly by an overwhelming and lasting sense of calm in the affected area. If used on a daily basis, you will notice a remarkable, sustainable decline in discomfort.

How long will relief last after application of the Liniment?
The answer will vary based on type and extent of pain. The relief lasts a minimum 30 minutes and a maximum of 24 hours for a single application. After repeated use, some discover that the pain never comes back.

Is it safe to use every day?
Do not apply more than 2x a day without consulting your doctor. If used as directed with the smallest amount needed, you may use for as long as necessary. 

Can I use the liniment with prescription drugs or other topical products?
There are not any contraindications that we are aware of, but you should always consult your doctor. The herbs and essential oils in our products have not been studied as it relates to potential interactions with drugs.

One of the ingredients is St. John's Wort. I've heard people who are on antidepressants should not take St. John's Wort. Should I not use this Liniment?
In an entire bottle of our liniment, there is less than a typical single day's ingested dose of St. John's Wort. While topical application of St. John's Wort has not been studied specifically as to an interaction with SSRIs/SNRIs, we feel confident that when used as directed, it is extremely unlikely that the amount of the herb entering your bloodstream when applied to the skin would be enough to warrant any concern. If you still feel uncertain, we recommend speaking with your doctor.

Is the Liniment gluten-free? Wouldn't the grain alcohol have gluten in it? 
Our grain alcohol is made from corn mash so there is no gluten. And according to the National Celiac Association, distilled alcohol, even if it is made from a gluten-containing grain, such as wheat, rye or barley, is considered gluten-free. This is because if an alcohol is distilled, proteins from the starting materials that provided the starch or sugar are removed in the distillation process. No protein carries over into the end product (the alcohol). 

Will I need to use forever?
Because our liniment is formulated to promote healing, once you are satisfied with your results, you may discontinue use or use less frequently to maintain results.

Can children use these products?
Children under the age of 12 should not use.

Do these products expire?
If stored correctly, the liniment should last a minimum of 3 years.

How should I store these products?
Please store in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight.

Why is the scent so strong?
Our products are 100% natural and contain a wide variety of botanical ingredients - leaves, herbs, sticks, roots. There are more than 30 ingredients packed into the 1 oz bottle of Liniment. We’re committed to not using unnecessary fragrances to cover up the scent. We don’t want to displace the good ingredients with any unnecessary ingredients.

How long does the scent of the Liniment last?
It goes on strong, but the scent typically dissipates within 15 minutes.

I don’t mind the scent on my body, but I do not like the scent lingering on my hands. Any suggestions?
You should always wash your hands after applying our Liniment. If necessary, you can apply our Liniment with a glove. You may also pour the liniment into a roller bottle and apply directly to the skin.

How long will a 1 oz. bottle of the Liniment last?
If used as directed 1-2 times a day, the 1 oz. will last a month.

Why do you have a separate site for Vivian Lou Liniment and Vivian Lou insoles?
We wanted to see how a separate site performed before integrating the two. :) You can find our amazing insoles at vivianlou.com.