Along with using your herbs, spices, tinctures, salves, teas and of course your essential oils is using some unique and very handy tools and equipment. Here on our homestead there are some very important things that we feel worthy of being called necessities.
Let me list a couple:
- a diffuser for our essential oils (if not multiple diffusers)
- a hot water bottle
- a Neti Pot
- a rice, flax seed or buckwheat hull neck wrap
These tend to be essentials that get a lot of use here. Let me explain how they are used and why.
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The diffuser is used regularly in my office, at the table where our son homeschools and in our bedroom. By diffusing the oils into the air you are receiving aromatherapy while you go about your business. In my office, I tend to enjoy Cypress and Cinnamon essential oils because it provides a GREAT pick me up for me and I just LOVE the combination. When my son is schooling we use a Grounding Blend to do just that for him while he also uses a Focus Blend roller ball on his wrist to help his focus. We have also used an Invigorating Blend or Lemon for a GREAT pick me up and an eye opener!! In the bedroom, we mostly use Grounding Blend because it provides us both with a wonderful nights rest and sometimes when we are really stuffed up we will use a Respiratory Blend in the diffuser and Tension Blend roller ball applicator on our temples to quickly eliminate the tension.
The Hot Water Bottle
The hot water bottle has replaced a heating pad in our home for a variety of reasons. Being 100% off-grid with solar power, anything that requires heat to operate, pulls a lot of power. We have eliminated a lot of our power appliances by choice and we are very thankful to have done this. In doing so, in this case, we have found that the hot water bottle is more convenient and can be used anywhere in our home because it does not require a plug, it stays HOT for a long long time (8+ hours) and I like how it contours to the needed area. I totally get why back in the day they were all the rage!! 🙂 We happen to prefer Warm Tradition Hot Water Bottles because of their great quality. A hot water bottle is a perfect item for travel as well when you are feeling under the weather.
The Neti Pot
The Neti Pot is a great item to have on hand if you have allergies, dry sinuses or frequent sinus infections. It is also good to have on hand in the event that you get sick and do suddenly have sinus issues. The Neti PotTM naturally cleanses, refreshes, and protects the nasal passages, one of our body’s first lines of defense against illness. Recommended today by doctors and pharmacists worldwide, the Neti PotTM has been used for thousands of years in ayurvedic medicine to alleviate sinus and allergy problems.
The Neck Wrap
Stay tuned for my simple DIY neck wrap post coming soon, but in the meantime I would like to share a bit more on why we like having a neck wrap on hand and how we use it. Most neck wraps are required to be heated up in a microwave. We no longer own a microwave (remember we got rid of all our power appliances) therefore it required a bit of creativity to heat our neck wraps. What I found that works best is using a double boiler. I have a wonderful antique double boiler that I LOVE using to make my homemade chocolates (recipe coming soon) and it worked just perfectly for heating the neck wrap. If you do not own a double boiler or are not familiar with this term, you can easily create one in your kitchen by placing water in a sauce pan and adding another dish inside this sauce pan. It can be either a Pyrex measuring cup or another sauce pan that is smaller than the one with water. Then you allow the heat from the boiling water to heat the 2nd dish that is holding your neck wrap. This way your neck wrap will stay dry, but will heath nicely and you will not have to worry about it burning. I have also done this on my woodstove in the winter months. Sometimes it is just nice to have something warm to take to bed with you to add that extra heat when you first crawl into the cold sheets… Having one of these neck wraps is a must to help sore muscles, relieve stress in our neck and shoulders or as another form of a heated device for sore tummies, to ease cramps, etc.
This concludes week #1’s post, but stayed tuned as I quickly catch us back up and provide you with LOTS of natural health information. If you missed my webinars so far you can also catch up on them here.
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Do you use any of these in your home? If so, do you have additional uses? Which is your favorite?
Tammy Trayer † ♥
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