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.. . . 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.. . . 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 to long when squeezed into a 14 hour period. This had me thinking about the impact of stress to 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.
One question does come up over and over again.. . . 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.. . . 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
Every month or so, I grab a few simple ingredients and play kitchen chemist while I concoct custom skincare products using essential oils. It recently occurred to me that it has been awhile since I shared some DIY products using essential oils so what better time than now while we are getting into the holiday gift-giving spirit?
Today I am going to share how I make some amazing, everyday skincare products along with some simple variations so that you can customize them yourself. These products include:
Fantastic Facial Toner
Manly Man Beard Oil
Luminous Face Serum
DIY Makeup Wipes
Using your existing supply of essential oils plus fractionated coconut oil, alcohol-free witch hazel, or BDS Simple Salve as your base, you can make an endless variety of products.. . . Read More
There are many reasons why learning about essential oils is useful for preppers. Not the least of those reasons is to lessen the reliance on expensive and often ineffective and toxic pharmaceuticals. How often have you filled an expensive prescription only to have side effects or find that the drug simply did not work. Other than add these meds to your SHTF barter kit, you are out of luck.
On the other hand, most essential oils are quite inexpensive and have the added bonus that a prescription is not required. With essential oils you have the freedom of where to shop, how much to pay, and how to use them.. . . Read More
It has happened to all of us. It is the weekend or you are miles away from civilization and your tooth starts to hurt. The pain is excruciating and has become so bad you can not eat, drink, concentrate, or get through the normal day-to-day activities of life. If it is night time, you can’t sleep.
A trip to the ER is not practical and of course, what dentist is open for business on the weekend?
Let me let you in on a secret. You can temporarily mitigate the pain and suffering of a toothache with with the oil of clove, an inexpensive and readily available essential oil commonly referred to as clove oil or clove bud oil”.. . . Read More
Lately it seems that I can not get through the day without banging my shins against something, getting bit by an insect, burning myself while reaching into the oven, or having a dry skin itch-attack then scratching my skin raw. Nothing major, mind you, but I do look like I have been through a war zone.
In the old days, my solution to treating these surface wounds has been to reach for the Neosporin and slather it all over the place. In the new days, meaning now, I ditch the petroleum based ointment in favor of a more natural remedy.. . . Read More
Anyone who has used essential oils for a period of time will find that they reach for the same tried and true oils over and over again. In my case, there are the go-to standards lavender, peppermint, rosemary and frankincense but in addition, there is Lemongrass.
Three years ago, I thought lemongrass was an herbal plant used in tea and in Asian cuisine. While I still enjoy a soothing cup of lemongrass and ginger tea, these days lemongrass essential oil serves an important role in my first aid kit as well.. . . Read More
One day, a few years ago, I happened to notice that my husband Shelly was wearing a long sleeved shirt on a hot summer day. When I questioned him, he gave be a funny look then rolled up his sleeve to show me a large, unsightly, and extremely crusty patch of something on his elbow. Not knowing what it was, I suggested some heavy duty moisturizer and left it at that.
When this dry, itchy patch on his elbow did not go away, it was time for a trip to the doctor who diagnosed psoriasis and prescribe a prescription steroid cream.. . . Read More
A few months back I made a batch of Cayenne Salve. It was simple to do. After infusing the ground cayenne pepper in olive oil, I added some beeswax and was good to go. My feeling was this: if a catastrophic disruptive event occurred, after a year or two I would exhaust my supply of pain relieving essential oils and then what?
The answer, I hoped, was to infuse spices and herbs in a carrier oil and use the resulting concoction instead. If I could turn the results into a salve, all the better.. . . Read More
Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
The big day is here and as you are reading this, I am probably sweating bullets as I take my Ham Technician License test. I have taken a lot of practice exams – oh, say 40 or 50 times – and am passing with scores of 30 and 31 out of 35 but still, you just never know.
So, as I write this I am stressed and need to study more so I will keep today’s Buzz brief.. . . Read More
Something of that concerns every single one of us is how we will deal with health issues in the event modern medicine and western doctors are no longer available to keep us well. This goes far beyond current health woes because, as you know, stuff happens and someone that is perfectly healthy one day may be stricken with a health-related malady the next.
With that introduction, a few months back I decided to explore whether the use of essential oils could help manage high blood pressure during times of trouble. From the get go, I will tell you that managing blood pressure with essential oils is a very personal quest.. . . Read More
It has been a year since I first proposed that you ditch the petroleum jelly in favor of a more natural DIY salve. At the time, I named the salve I came up with “Plain Ole’ Salve”.
During the ensuing year, I have turned to this easily made salve over and over again. Not only is it a superb moisturizer, but because it is fragrance free, it has become the perfect base for all of my many essential oil concoctions.
Making your own Simple Salve is a cinch and it only takes a few minutes using just three ingredients.. . . Read More
When it comes to prepping, having the ability to fend for yourself for an extended period is a universal goal. First comes water, then comes food, and next, for many, comes first aid. And therein lies the rub, no pun intended.
A cold or cough can take you down in a flash, whether it is an annoying sniffle or a wracking, chest pounding cough. It is no fun and you are going to want to get rid of it fast. Alas, there are all types of over-the-counter remedies available to you but there are a few problems with them.. . . Read More
Once you move beyond the basic, everyday essential oils that we all know and love, it becomes time to explore some of the more esoteric oils that solve specific ailments. In my own exploration of essential oils, a specific ailment high on my list was relief from muscle and joint pain.
The oil of choice? Birch essential oil for arthritis and other aches and pains of the muscles and joints is perfect!
Not only is Birch effective against common, everyday aches and pains, but it is superior if not outstanding in providing relief from arthritis joint pain and those deep, spasmodic cramps that only seem to visit in the dead of night.. . . Read More
Essential oils have taken the prepper world by storm and with good reason. For a relatively low cost, a few bottles of carefully selected essential oils can resolve a myriad of first aid woes, not the least of which are colds and flus, headaches, minor infections, and those dreaded aches and pains caused by sore muscles, charley horses, and more.
Each month, as I have written about essential oils, the message has come back loud and clear. “We want specifics!”.
Today I am going to share with you a very basic, very useful, and very specific use of essential oils.. . . Read More
About a month ago, I thought to myself, “Self, wouldn’t it be nice to have some of my healing salve in lotion bar form?”. This has been something I have often considered but as with a lot of projects, it kept moving to the back burner. Finally though, I got serious and in order to keep myself on track, reported my intentions on the Survival Buzz.
Before we start, let me say this. Making lotion bars is so dang easy and the results so darn great, I should have done this months ago.. . . Read More
When it comes to essential oils, I believe practical and anecdotal uses are those that can be relied upon to deliver the best results. And so it is with one of the most powerful and versatile oils available, Frankincense.
I do not say this lightly because truth be told, I initially shunned Frankincense, or “Frank” as it is called, because I thought it both exotic and expensive. Slowly, though, I began to recognize its value especially when it comes to skin and wound care and its remarkable ability to relieve inflammation and pain.. . . Read More
Although news of Ebola has been dominating the headlines, there is currently another nasty outbreak circulating the United States. Since August, enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has caused clusters of respiratory disease in the US with over 690 people affected. As of this writing, five children have died.
This is not something to take lightly and is reason enough to start doubling up on the frequency of hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers. This includes adults, of course, but also children who seem especially at risk.
According to Wikipedia:
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EV68 almost exclusively causes respiratory illness, and varies from mild to severe.
A few weeks ago a reader and fan over on Facebook asked “has any one used the Shield Blend from Sparks?” Naturally, I piped in and said “ME!”. You might be thinking, Shield Blend, that sure sounds familiar and you would be correct.
Then, last month, I wrote about a DIY “Shield Protective Spray” that I keep with me at all times and use as hand sanitizer, room freshener, and all around disinfectant and protectant.. . . Read More
Although I have always had an interest in using natural products for health and wellness, the elimination of toxic chemicals and drugs from my medicine cabinet was a slow process. It was not until I began to embrace preparedness and self-reliance that I took the time to learn about using natures remedies for health and wellness purposes. And then, like a proverbial light going of in a dark room, I got it.
I mean I really got it. Drawers full of OTC remedies and ointments were dumped into a box along with bottles of pharmaceutical drugs that I had hung on to “just in case”.. . . Read More
Let me start out by saying that I discovered coconut oil about a year ago. At the time, I was semi-knowledgeable about its qualities the most notable of which were that it was a heart healthy fat and that if stored properly, it had long shelf life. On the other hand, I also knew it smelled and supposedly tasted like coconut and that it was expensive, ranking up there with a high quality EVOO.
A year later I can honestly say that any hesitation I had regarding coconut oil has been set aside.. . . Read More
The use of essential oils for wellness and healing seems to be catching everyone’s attention these days. This is true not only in the prepping and homesteading world, but in the mainstream world of traditional medicine as well.
While it is easy to recommend using essential oils for whatever ails you, the question of which essential oil to use for a specific ailment can be elusive. Let’s face it. Sometimes you have a little problem that you want to solve right now, without resorting to a ton of research.
I am going to make it easy for you.. . . Read More
Five years ago, if someone were to mention the use of oregano essential for health and wellness purposes I would have looked at them cross-eyed. Although well versed in the benefits of essential oils, for one reason or another, oregano essential oil was nowhere to be found on my radar screen. Oregano for wellness? Although I grow it in my yard and use it in pasta dishes and on pizza, I had never considered it to have healing qualities.
Moving forward in time, as I began to toss out conventional over-the-counter remedies, I discovered that Oregano essential oil has some amazing qualities.. . . Read More
Although I have been writing about essential oils for quite some time now, I still get emails asking how to get started, or, more specifically, how to use them. For me it was easy. I became interested in aromatherapy in the early 90s and studied everything I could get my hands on to learn about the therapeutic values of essential oils.
Taking things one step further, it is a simple recipe from Valerie Worwood’s book that really clinched the deal. I was having some serious issues with my wrist and thinking it was tendonitis, I used her healing formula that included lavender, rosemary, and peppermint oils to relieve my pain and suffering.. . . Read More
The world is a scary place. It is not as though we are intentionally trying to live dangerously, it kind of, sort of just happens. I am being more than a little bit facetious when I say that because surely there is more to it than that. Sure, natural disasters happen without provocation or warning but there are dozens of other scary events that occur that are not-so-natural. Sickness, war, civil unrest, nuclear Armageddon – these things that are within our sphere of reality.
Rather than fear and cower at the thought of these disruptive and frightening events, we prepare.. . . Read More