Linking survival and preparedness with essential oils may seem odd but the more you use essential oils, the more you recognize their value in preparing for times when traditional first aid and wellness solutions may be difficult to come by. As someone who started using essential oils in the early 90s, I have come a long way in understanding how and when to use them for healing as well as around the home. Helping me along the way was a big fat book by Valerie Worwood, a book that to this day is my EO bible. Her book was updated late in 2016 and I am over the moon thrilled to introduce you to both Valerie and The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded. . . . Read More
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Practical ways to incorporate essential oils into daily life. Plenty of tips and DIY suggestions for using EOs for health, wellness, and first aid purposes. As with everything preparedness related, start slow and learn as you go.
Using a diffuser to dispense the healing qualities of essential oils is one of the easiest ways to become accustomed to their use. Say, for example, someone in your home is sick with a cold or flu. Adding 5 or 6 drops of an anti-microbial essential oil to a diffuser will allow the healing qualities of the oil to disperse and circulate around the room, benefiting all if its occupants. Likewise, if you are having problems breathing, a few drops of an essential oil running in a diffuser can clear the nasal passages and allow you to breathe more easily, especially at night. If this sounds familiar to the old fashioned vaporizer our mother's put in our rooms as kids, you are correct. The concept is the same but instead of breathing in a chemical cocktail invented by the OTC drug . . . Read More
A sinus infection is miserable. Technically called sinusitis, this is a common ailment that first appears to be symptomatic of a common cold but in reality, is the result of swollen and inflamed nasal cavities. It is often caused by a virus which means treating with antibiotics is useless. That is just one reason why it makes sense to know how to treat the symptoms of a sinus infection without running to the drugstore for an armload of drugs that either will not work or will make you drowsy and incidentally raise your blood pressure. Over the past couple of months, a number of people around me have suffered from sinus congestion. Like a mad scientist on a mission, I started experimenting with essential oils and with the help of Valerie Worwood's . . . Read More
Hand sanitizers have their place in our lives, especially in the sick room where alcohol-based sanitizers rule. On the other hand, many hand sanitizers currently on the market deliver a chemical brew that results in a sticky, nasty mess along with ingredients such as triclosan and other anti-bacterial ingredients that are now suspected to contribute to the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Given that plant-based essential oils are some of the strongest antibacterial and anti-microbial substances around, I have chosen to make my own day-to-day hand sanitizer. I use this hand sanitizer to supplement good old fashioned hand washing with plenty of soap and water. This recipe uses 100% organic, cold-pressed Aloe vera gel, organic coconut oil, and a mix and match blend of . . . Read More
As much as I like to try new things when it comes essential oils, I tend to go back to the same oils, day in and day out. This is surprising since my EO drawer is overflowing with over fifty different oils. I consider this good news since, as a prepper, there is only so much I can afford to put away for long term emergency purposes. It is much easier to stockpile and learn the effective use of a handful of oils than the dozens that are out there, just waiting to be put through our personal trial and error cycle.
Although I have written about various oils in the past, every once in a while I like to revisit the topic of essential oils for survival first aid purposes. And beyond that, I like to get second opinions. Today's article is just that, a second opinion on essential . . . Read More
When it comes to using essential oils topically, most recipes will simply say “add to a carrier oil and apply”. That sounds simple enough but the reality is that measuring the proper number of drops can be hit or miss. Most EO brands include an orifice style dropper but just when you think you have doled out the requisite drops, more come out. This is not only wasteful, but when it comes to essential oils, using more is not always better.
A solution to this dilemma is to create custom salves, butters, and lotion bars that make the application of essential oils a cinch. Not only that, crafting these concoctions and using essential oils in this manner is fun, especially if you are a do-it-yourself type. When creating your own blends, you can mix and match oils at will or . . . Read More
For the longest time, I have shunned learning how to make a body butter. Most likely this is due to a commercial product I purchased a few years back that was a sticky, smelly mess. I just did not understand the popularity of such an item and why I should bother.
Fast forward to today and I wanted to come up with a carrier for essential oils that supplemented the simple salve I concoct from coconut oil, olive oil, and beeswax. An important motive was feedback from readers who were allergic to bees. They wanted an elegant solution to making salves without beeswax.. . . Read More
As life would have it, I am approaching the weekend with the remnants of severe cold; something I have not had to deal with in years. I can’t even remember that last time that the combination of sniffles, coughing, and congestion affected me in this manner. To be honest, I believe this is the result of burning the candle at both ends as a result of a family crisis and quick trip to Seattle. Ten hours in a vehicle is way too long when squeezed into a 14 hour period. This had me thinking about the impact of stress on our overall health as a topic to explore a bit deeper over the next months. . . . Read More
Every month or so, I write an article about essential oils. Sometimes I share information about various oils while at other times I provide my own recipes for using essential oils to concoct household or personal products.
While this is not an essential oils website per se, it is a website about self-reliance and preparedness. It is about strategic living, staying healthy, and being the best you can given our uncertain times. In my own life, essential oils play an important role and I try to share that with you.. . . Read More
Two and a half years ago, I took a tried and true combination of essential oils and and combined them into a salve. A few months after that, I shared the directions for making the salve and that, as they say in the movies, is history. Salves became my thing as I mixed various combinations of essential oils with a simple salve to concoct my own skin care health remedies.
This has been a wild ride filled with knowledge as I have learned to use my custom salves to resolve many day to day first aid and health-related woes. Together we have come a long way since many of you have also begun to make salves, use them, and experiment on your own with new combinations of essential oils.. . . Read More
Do you know anyone that likes to clean toilets? Not me, that is for sure. On the other hand, proper sanitation is very high up on my list of priorities so having a spotless bathroom is more than just a nicety, it is a must! One of my goals these past six months has been to create a chemical free home, utilizing only natural ingredients to perform basic home and personal cleaning tasks. Many I have already shared with you and some are a work in progress. My latest success, though, is DIY toilet bombs. . . . Read More
I have a confession to make. I have always hated those foaming soap dispensers that are ubiquitous in public restrooms. To me, they are a watery, slimy mess that leaves hands feeling sticky and icky no matter how hard you work at rinsing after the fact.
That being said, I wanted an alternative to the Dirt Cheap Soft Soap that is crafted in my kitchen every month or two. While not difficult to make, it does take some time and a bit of a mess. Plus, as those of you that have tried it know, it sometimes takes a bit of tinkering to bring it to that just-perfect texture.. . . Read More