When customers and clients come to visit, the first thing they see is my apothecary. I have to admit, it does create a bit of a focal point in my space. A system is needed to keep my essential oils organized, and handy. Yes, I have them corralled and each cubby is labelled alphabetically. Yes, I am a bit of a nerd. But you will grow to love that about me, because I do tons of research.
I didn’t start out with all this- but I have learned some tips along the way, and I’d like to pass them along to you. So- let’s go.
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Do some initial planning
Before you begin, ask yourself some questions. Will you be seeing clients here? Is this strictly a work space, or do you live there, too? Additionally, you should be asking how much space do you need to dedicate for this? How much space do you actually have? Can you store all your supplies in this location, or do you need a secondary station?
Is this going to be a supply hub for your family containing other supplies such as herbs and first aid?
If you have travel plans for the near future, here are some travel hacks that might just come in handy! I never go on a trip- even a short one- without certain essential oils.
Top essential oil blends for travel
Between these blends, you can cover almost any situation from jet lag to upset tummy; 1st aid to preventing nasty viral infections. Blends should always be diluted before applying them to your skin. (These blends are available from Nature Notes and ship within Canada.)
World travel is becoming very popular these days with more and more families being mobile as parents can work remotely or online. Living out of a suitcase is now a literal thing. If you are on the road a lot, you already know space is at a premium. You need to select your items with care- and they need to work hard, doing double or even triple duty.
For trips longer than a weekend I like to be a bit more prepared.
If you only have space to bring 1 essential oil I recommend lavender. It does the most for you and is one of the safest essential oils to use. Or, bring an essential oil blend that contains lavender.
When you bring a kit like the pictured here all of a sudden you have a LOT of options.
Bring 1 spray bottle filled with your favourite hydrosol or witch hazel with aloe and rose petal. Use as a face toner or even a cleanser. Use it also for sunburns, insect bites and stings and anything itchy.
This recipe is suitable for children and pregnancy friendly after the first trimester. You can use it as a body oil, massage oil or bath oil. If you mix it with a dash of your previously mentioned hand soap, you can have a delightful bubble bath to boot! See how this works? Continue reading DIY aromatherapy travel kit
Make a herbal infused oil! It is pretty easy to do. It’s part formula, and part art.
You can save a ton of money by making your own herbal infused oils. You also have complete control over your materials and procedure. This is a very satisfying DIY project!
What you need:
1. a large saucepan to put on the stovetop
2. a scrupulously clean pint sized mason jar (holds about 2 cups)
3. your choice of oil- sunflower oil, jojoba or olive oil depending on what you want to do with your finished herbal infusion. (Allow for a generous expiration date.)
4. clean and absolutely dry plant material of your choice, usually a flower or herb, enough to place into the jar until it’s filled about halfway. (*please note that the size and weight of your plant matter will influence the amount added into the mason jar. For example, lavender flowers are much smaller than mullein leaves and you may need to make adjustments based on both volume and weight combined.)
5. a super clean wooden stirring implement-like a chopstick or the handle of a wooden spoon
6. water for the saucepan
7. time- you need to be able to babysit this project for about 5 hours.
8. a strainer
9. coffee filter or cheese cloth (disposable)
10. a clean bowl to catch your warm infused oil- something with a pour spout is easiest
11. a clean tea towel for handling the jar from the stove
12. clean plastic funnel to fit your bottle or container
13. a suitable storage bottle (absolutely clean and dried)
14. label for your herbal oil
My goal for this article is to save you time and energy looking for resources on aromatherapy books. I am often asked where to get reliable information about essential oils. I have also seen some books available (mostly online) that I really found to be a waste of money. They won’t be on this list. Benefit from my summaries on each book, as I have read all of them, and personally own most of them. Yes, that is a lot of books, and I have only listed some of them!
Aromatherapy books to read first:
These books are ones that I recommend to have, read or get when first starting to use essential oils.
The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness
by Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele: This is a book that I often use. It is well organized, contains information on medical conditions. It also contains charts for easy reference and some essential oil profiles as well as safety guidelines. I recommend this book for all levels of essential oil users.
Do you love to use essential oils? Are you on a budget? Interested in saving money while investing in your oils?
Taking financial steps to accomplishing a debt free life is very on trend right now. This tells me a couple of things. First, people are still spending more money than they make. Second, many (if not most) don’t like the feeling of being held prisoner by their debt- and how much it is costing them.
Sometimes I get customers who are very interested in purchasing some of my products, but end up stepping away, saying that they don’t want to make a credit card purchase to get it, and they don’t have the cash for it that day. I get it. And if someone is trying to stay on track with their budget, I always respect them for it. Does this make me a lousy salesperson? Maybe, but I can live with that.
Tip: If you purchase a lot of essential oils, it’s wise to have a budget for that. This way, you can “save up” to purchase a more expensive oil that you really want to get. In the meantime, you can still do A LOT with other oils.
This is one reason why I offer my clients a couple of pricing options, especially for custom orders. There is usually more than one way to achieve a desired goal, and the same is true for essential oil blends.
Before we get started with the recipes, you should know what some of the best essential oils for relaxing are.
Cornflower is also known by the name “Bachelor’s Buttons”, but the botanical name is Centaurea cyanus. These vibrant colored flowers are distilled to make the hydrosol. This particular hydrosol is quite versatile- one reason I wanted to make it available (in Canada only, sorry!).
Safety first: Although this hydrosol is suitable for babies, it should be avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Shelf life: The average shelf life of this hydrosol is generally around 12- 14 months. It should be stored in a cook and dark place. Cornflower hydrosols may be purchased from boutique distillers, as they are not yet widely available. I find the aroma to be mildly earthy. It would blend well with rose or lavender.
Some of the uses for cornflower hydrosol include:
1st aid applications:
eye compress for swollen, itchy eyes, or pink eye
compress for bruises (you could add witch hazel and lavender before topical application)
Skin care applications:
helps to fade scars
known to regenerate skin cells
known as a collagen booster for skin
use for dry skin
use for mature skin
use to shrink large pores
helps to tighten skin
helps to remove excess oils
use as a spray on bedding to aid sleep
add to a diffuser for babies
cooling; use for hot flushes
In case you were wondering, I took the picture of cornflowers in bloom in my garden, summer of 2018.
References: Jeanne Rose, 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols, Berkeley, CA: Frog, Ltd, 1999, 170.
Catty, Suzanne. Hydrosols, The Next Aromatherapy. Vermont: Healing Arts Press. 2001
For more information on other hydrosols, explore the profiles found on Aromaweb .
Hi, I’m Deanna
I’m a clinical aromatherapist, and one of my biggest passions is teaching others how essential oils can be a game changer, and an important part of holistic natural skin care and wellness. I also love gardening, tea and design.