Create Your Own Home Apothecary: Botanicals for Your Holistic Health & Wellbeing

June 22, 2020

Create Your Own Home Apothecary: Botanicals for Your Holistic Health & Wellbeing

Now more than ever, a holistic approach to health is essential for your total wellbeing…

Botanicals are potent allies in building immunity, restoring balance, and supporting mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing — for you and your family.

Through flower essences, tinctures, aromatics, and other botanicals you can activate and support your body’s innate healing ability.

Botanicals enrich any health regimen from Traditional Chinese Medicine to acupuncture to western medicine... to your yoga or favorite embodied movement practice... to your contemplative prayer and meditation time.  

A botanical is a plant or plant derivative that’s used for its medicinal or therapeutic properties, flavor, or scent. This includes flower essences, essential oils, and botanical body treatments. Herbs, roots, and flowers are a subset of botanicals, and can be used in partnership with other botanical remedies.

“Layering” botanicals reinforces and strengthens the healing and restorative power of plants.

Here are a few ways you can layer natural plant extracts throughout your day for optimal health and wellbeing:

Flower essences: Flower essences are a bioenergetic imprint of a flower that has been transferred and stabilized in water. Flower essences work on the non-material parts of ourselves and are used for emotional, mental, and spiritual concerns. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, flower essences are used to treat Shen (Spirit) — encompassing mind/consciousness, emotions, and “presence.” Cultivation of Spirit is considered essential for health and wellness. Each flower is profoundly intelligent and works in the same energy pathways and fields as the acupuncture meridians — restoring balance to your mind, body, emotions, and spirit.

Wondering which flower essence is right for you? Check out our guide here.

Tinctures: Tinctures are a multidimensional, bioactive formulation based entirely on flowers. They contain flower essences, floral tincture, and floral essential oils. Together they create a synergetic and powerful dynamic, due to their combined action of concentration, to directly address physical health and psychological wellbeing. Each flower has a different area of action.

Integrate a tincture into your holistic care routine to access the bioactive and purifying action of flowers — not only for your physical health, but to encompass your emotions, brings clarity to your mind, and rejuvenates your soul.

Aromatic essential oils: Aromatherapy uses essential oils, hydrosols, and carrier oils, in a variety of ways to integrate and harmonize healing for your body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Aromatherapy can be applied topically with a carrier oil or roll on, or via inhalation through a diffuser or direct palm inhalation. You can also add essential oils to a bath or with a carrier oil for massage. Aromatherapy can fit easily into your daily lifestyle and can support you to feel calm, destress, return to center — as well as help you focus, express creativity, and work productively.

Create your own home Apothecary: You can create your own unique perfumes and aromatherapy blends for your body, bathtime, and home apothecary with this safe and versatile blending kit.

Body treatments: Reveal your skin’s inner beauty and innate glow with nourishing skin food for your whole body. Your skin is a master absorber of nutrients, but it also draws in toxins found in commercial skin care products. High quality botanical ingredients can do wonders to restore the health and vibrancy of your body's largest organ. Botanical butters, flowers, roots, herbs and essential oils not only effectively transform your skin on the surface, they also nourish your skin with essential ingredients to hydrate and activate your skin’s innate healing ability. The aromatic fragrances last throughout the day, reducing stress, and bringing you back to your center.

Herbs, roots, and flowers: You are what you eat! Including medicinal plants in your daily diet — through tonics, teas, shakes, meals, and more — is a simple (yet potent!) way to access the power of plants. It is important to select organic, ethically and sustainably farmed or wild-harvested herbs when seeking medicinal botanicals for your meals. Very few companies and suppliers meet these high quality standards, so it’s important to be discerning.

While we are only lightly touching on this topic here, we do not take plant medicine lightly! Please check out Floracopeia Founder and Plant Medicine pioneer and expert, David Crow’s medicinal plant courses here.

Whether treating an ailment or chronic health issue or reducing stress and increasing a sense of calm, botanicals can help you maintain and improve your total health and wellbeing.

Meet your new favorite botanicals for your home pharmacy here: flower essences, multidimensional tinctures, aromatic oils, essential skincare and body treatments.

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