Headaches can come at the most unlikely times and when possible, should be dealt with as quickly as possible. This can be difficult when out and about as it isn’t easy to carry all the needed tools to help relieve the pain of a headache. In these situations the person suffering from a headache ends up having to go out of their way to find the necessary relief and this can take precious time out of their busy schedules.
With people’s busy schedules, a kit that would include all the necessary items for quick and effective relief will allow people to stay on track with their schedules and deal with the headaches in a quick and efficient manner.
To begin this project I began researching headaches, their causes and the most effective way of treating them. From the research, I chose the best methods of relief and began creating ways to use these products within the kit and different ways of storing them. Secondly, colour played an important role in this project as colour has a direct effect on headaches and their intensities. Research on colours and their effects on the eyes helped in creating a package that would cause minimal discomfort for the users eyes during a headache.
Challenges that were presented during the construction of this kit were size and materials. With several pieces to the kit it was a challenge to keep size to a minimum. Size is important in this kit as it is meant to be carried item that doesn’t take up much space. Material wise, it had to be durable and be able to handle heat as hot water would be added to the container during use.
Testing was used to work through different possibilities in overcoming these challenges and in the end the challenges were overcome and proper materials and methods of packing were found to create the desired end product. A glass container ended up working best for the main form and a cork wrap was applied for heat protection and grip. After several trial and error attempts at packing the products into the container, the needed size and packing arrangement was found and worked with to create the end product.
Elixr Apothecary, the name of the end product, is a glass container holding ibuprofen, peppermint oil, a heat pack and three packets of black tea. These products provide excellent headache relief when used individually or together. The container, when drinking tea, can be emptied and filled with hot water so no outside cups are needed.
To keep the users hand from being burned if using the container for tea, a protective cork wrap was used on the jar that can be removed when being washed then re attached. Cork acts as a good insulator for the glass container and melds well with the shape of the container. The cork also sticks so the sleeve does not slide off while being used. The colours chosen for the package are light purples that are calming to the eye and promote relaxation that will not further aggravate a headache.
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