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Preparing your “Home Wellness” Kit

Plant Therapy Home Wellness


We all keep things on hand for those “just-in-case” moments, but we live in a world where commercial products abound. Some are fantastic – others, not so much. Many of us are looking for a more natural, mindful approach to care for our family and ourselves. Perhaps you’re wondering how to incorporate essential oils into your home to support your family’s overall wellness. What SHOULD you keep on hand in your home to be prepared for life’s little disasters?

Let’s explore some options that you can consider, based on who is present in your home and specific reasons you’d turn to aromatherapy to address those concerns.

First, something to consider is what type of information you’ll need to adequately prepare your kit. It’s very important to have a good working knowledge of the materials you’ll be using. Luckily, we at Plant Therapy try to make that very simple. Below is a list of recommended blog posts to read BEFORE embarking on your journey with aromatherapy. We encourage you to read (or re-read) each one before starting your journey with essential oils!

Please take time to explore and read as much as you can.

We provide much more in the way of education on our blog. We also provide detailed information AND test results on each essential oil under the description on our website, so you can feel secure about your purchase.

I am often asked what I keep on hand in order to be able to make things at a moment’s notice. Here is my list at least one carrier oil, a diffuser, several personal inhalers, beeswax, various containers/packaging, Or grab this starter kit. It contains just a few essential oils and allows you to start slowly, learning all you can while discovering how to incorporate essential oils into your family’s routine.

Plant Therapy Home Wellness Essential Oil Kit

Second, take stock of who lives in your home.

Do you have children? Pets? Elderly parents or grandparents? Does anyone have medical concerns or take prescription medications? If you’re not sure about the specific needs of your household, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of Certified Aromatherapists for help! We will consult with you, free of charge, to help you understand how your health, medical issues, and lifestyle may be affected by the use of essential oils. You can reach us at [email protected] At Plant Therapy, we work closely with industry experts like Robert Tisserand to ensure that we provide safe and accurate information regarding the use of essential oils.

Next, take stock of the issues that crop up most often in your home.

Are you concerned about the “yuckies” that kids pass back and forth in school or the coughing co-worker? Are your active little people always getting those pesky bumps & bruises? Does everyone get restful sleep? After you’ve made a list of things that you’d like to address with essential oils, you’re better prepared to make decisions on what essential oils can reasonably accomplish for you and your family. Remember, essential oils do not CURE diseases. Instead, essential oils help support healthy function {like immune response} that allow the body to do its job more efficiently. Below, you can find some of our most commonly asked questions and how essential oils may best serve your family:

Seasonal Pollen or Environmental Threats

In the spring and again in the fall our friends the plants bloom, grow and shed their leaves and flowers. For many people, this can cause some uncomfortable moments. The itchy eyes, runny nose, and scratchy throat are something many of us dread at certain times of the year or in certain environments. To better help you understand the mechanisms in play here, Sue Pace wrote this amazing series all about seasonal health concerns. In the 3rd part of the series, she gets to the nitty gritty and gives some practical ways to deal with the symptoms associated with seasonal threats.

Seasonal Threats – Part 1, Part 2 , Part 3 
This is an older blog post from several springs ago that I had written and is a much more basic introduction to seasonal discomforts: Seasonal Pollen Relief
Relaxation, Relief from the Daily Grind, and Restful Sleep

 

Our bodies NEED to recharge. I think we vastly underestimate the importance of rest! There are many ways to deal with those sleepless nights. I would suggest trying some type of meditation or prayer before bed – this helps relax the mind and get your body ready for sleep. Avoid cell phones, computer screen and TV about an hour before you retire. The blue light they emit can be disruptive to our natural rhythms and actually keep you awake longer. When choosing aromatherapy as an option, using something calming like StressFree, Nighty Night or Sleep Aid at night before bed may help ease the transition to sleep. You might also consider using magnesium lotion, which can be relaxing.

Defense Against the Unsanitary Environment

Sending your little one off to school or going off to work each day isn’t typically an issue. But we all know there are certain times of year where we wish students and co-workers didn’t “share” quite so much! For immune support, you’ll need a multi-faceted approach. Nothing “boosts” immunity, but rather supports the proper function of the immune system. In order to reach optimal levels, you need to have:

  • 1. A well-rounded and wholesome diet is KEY.  Cut out soda and processed foods as much as possible!
  • 2. Being properly hydrated is also another important factor, being well hydrated allows the body to function and “filter” properly.
  • 3. Using herbal support to support proper immune function.
  • 4. Stress reduction techniques like journaling, prayer, yoga, or meditation in order to lower overall stress.
Diffusing Immune Boom (KidSafe®) or Immune Aid several times a week for 30-60 minutes can help support healthy immunity when you’re feeling well.  If you have been exposed to the “yuckies” or feel something coming on, this is the time to break out the Germ Destroyer (KidSafe®) or Germ Fighter.
Essential oils should be used in a reactive way and not in a daily, preventative way. This can increase your risk of sensitization

 

Our Furry Friends

Since Plant Therapy aromatherapists have no formal training in the use of essential oils with our animal friends, we often refer customers  to the book “Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals” by Kristen Leigh Bell. She has many tips and tricks, plus good sound advice, on how to incorporate aromatherapy with your pets. We also recommend a great Facebook group called Animal Aromatherapy (Safe Use) run by Kelly Holland Azzaro, an aromatherapist who has the proper training necessary to answer these questions. We feel comfortable offering one suggestion, though. The All-purpose salve is perfect for those times when your pet may have a paw abrasion or small boo-boo.

Finally, here are a few items I always keep on hand so that within a few minutes, I can create something to soothe my children or myself.
  • Basic salve – I often leave this plain, and take out small portions to make other things like chest rubs or boo-boo salves.
  • Personal Inhalers – these are so handy and can be taken just about anywhere.
  • Basic Linen spray -wonderful for your home and especially with younger kids. A quick mist over the sheets helps them relax and drift off to sleep.
  • Cleaning recipes – we all like a clean, tidy home. Help accomplish these goals while using aromatherapy to make the job more pleasant, and refresh your home!

Stay tuned for the next installation where Sue will share her recipe for a fabulous Neosporin®-type recipe that you can add to your home wellness kit. As always, we are happy to consult with you, free of charge, by e-mailing us at [email protected] When doing so, we ask that you include any relevant medical information like diagnosed issues and medications you may be taking, as well as letting us know what your goals are for using aromatherapy and essential oils. This gives us the ability to recommend the best course of action for you and your family.

3 thoughts on “Preparing your “Home Wellness” Kit”

  1. Great information, was looking at the salve. I like the idea of making it and adding the oils later. I am making it to keep on hand for when the need arises.

    1. So glad you’ve found this feature to be useful! I too print lots of the product sheets to make it easier to store and reference on the go, I love my printables!

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