The Jungle isn’t new. It’s occupied a spot on State Road A1A across the street from the ocean for more than a decade. The restaurant and attached marketplace got a makeover in February, and the result is a serene, calming atmosphere that fosters conversation and takes the stress out of a workday meal.
Shelley Johnson and Elaine Roberts went to middle school together in Illinois in the 1970s. They reconnected recently at The Jungle Organic Restaurant and Market in Indialantic. (Photo: Suzy Fleming Leonard/FLORIDA TODAY)
Elaine works at The Jungle, and is also the brains behind ER Body Care, a line of essential oils and aromatherapy products sold in the market. While working as a caseworker in the 1980s, Elaine picked up an eraser on a co-worker’s desk and took a sniff. “Why do you always smell things?” the co-worker asked. She just enjoyed different scents.
Elaine uses pure, organic essential oils and has come up with 20 recipes designed to help with a number of human ailments. There’s breathe and refresh to support the respiratory system; detox, designed to foster better digestion and ease flatulence; and de-stress, which combines lavender, clary sage and bergamot to calm the body and help with sleep.
I purchased a roller bottle of muscle rub organic essential oil blend designed for cooling pain relief. Maybe it can help me get a few more years out of these middle-age knees.
After selling the shop, she moved to Florida and worked for Whole Foods for several years. Eventually, she ended up in Brevard.
I visited The Jungle on the invitation of Shelley Johnson. She lives beachside, and got an interesting surprise when she stopped in the market recently. The woman behind the counter called her by name: “Are you Shelley?”
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