Call it a feeling but I sense the fear mongers are coming out of their closets and getting ready to scare the unsuspecting would-be preppers this summer. Perhaps it is due to the upcoming conventions where our presidential candidates will be selected, or perhaps it is simply that time of year.
Whatever the reason, I am dismayed by the number of pitches reaching my inbox from less than credible sources. Some of these sources are video marketing companies with no personal prepping experience, and others are so-called prepper-bloggers who are frauds.
That is a harsh statement but if the shoe fits?
I have said this before but it bears repeating. I am not an expert. I am a person who one day back in 2010 decided I needed to prepare for disruptive events, be they acts of Mother Nature or acts of man. I share what I have learned through extensive research coupled with personal experience. I do not believe everything I read and sometimes, with more experience under my belt, I change my mind.
Publicly, I do not do religion and I do not do politics, even though I have very strong leanings on both. I believe that preparedness is a lifestyle and one that you adapt to according to needs, budget, and circumstance. Prepping needs to be done your way, and in a manner not burdened with fear and trepidation.
If this is not what you are looking for when visiting a preparedness blog, then this site is not a good fit for you.
You have my word that I am sincere. If there is something you do not see on my site, it is because I don’t know enough about it, or don’t believe in it. I value my integrity and would feel horrible if I steered you in the wrong direction. Regardless of my personal feelings, I will not slander other bloggers or other websites unless they are crooks. Even then, sometimes it is best for me personally to move on. Life is too short to dwell on the negative.
This is a lifestyle blog. It is about preparedness first, followed by a heavy dose of self-reliance, do-it-yourself, and natural remedies. It is also about living life. I do hope you like what you see and will keep coming back but if not, no hard feelings.
Thank you for letting me get this off my chest. If you have a specific question, contact me via email and I will do my best to respond privately.
Using a Diffuser and Essential Oils to Relax and Be Calm
A reader recently asked about diffuser blends and specifically about the recipe I use when I am anxious and want to calm down a bit. Some of you might recognized the formula as being similar to my blood pressure blend, and indeed, it is similar.
Add this mix of essential oils to a re-purposed essential oil bottle. When stressed, anxious, or simply in need of some relaxation, add 6 to 8 drops to the diffuser along with the requisite amount of water. This recipe will provide enough oils for a dozen diffuser session.
I find this blend to be calming and sometimes use it at bedtime or during my nightly session of adult coloring.
Note: Re-purposed essential oil bottles are perfect for storing your custom diffuser blends.
I choose to purchase my essential oils from Spark Naturals. They are reasonably priced, especially with the 10% discount you get using my code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.
Additional Reading: A Complete List of All Backdoor Survival Articles About Essential Oils
Current Backdoor Survival Giveaway
This week I roll out the first book in Prepper Book Festival #12. Enjoy the interview with author James Hubbard and enter to win one of the two copies that are up for grabs in the giveaway.
With all giveaways, winners are notified by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate will be selected. Once selected, the names of winners are also displayed in the Rafflecopter on the original giveaway article. This usually happens on the Friday following the end of the giveaway.
Last Day for a Replay of the Sun Oven Class
Hundreds of you either attended the online class or watched the replay. Today is the last day the replay will be available so if you missed it, you still have time to learn about the 13 ways you can harness the sun for solar cooking and preparedness purposes.
Although the class was heavily skewed toward the Sun Oven, there were some good tips that could be applied to any solar cooker, including your build yourself. Just be aware that food being cooked in a DIY solar cooker will likely take longer.
At the end, there is a special offer where you can purchase a Sun Oven plus accessories for 33% off with free shipping. And just so you know, Sun Ovens International has been a sponsor of Backdoor Survival from almost the beginning. They are good people and a good company and have earned my endorsement.
The Final Word
Lest you think otherwise, I encourage you to soak up as much knowledge as you can about being prepared. Be mindful of potential calamities that could occur in your surrounding area and prepare for those.
If you are ready for a week on your own, begin planning for a month. Have that covered? Decide whether you need to plan for three months or a year. Personally, I have prepped enough to be on my own without power and supplies for over a year. I have learned to wash clothes the old fashioned way, and how to get rid of waste when the toilets or sewer no longer work. I can cook outside using a variety of methods and likewise, can start a fire and forage for food.
Have I done enough? I don’t know. Maybe I never will.
Only you can decide if you are where you need and want to be. There is no right or wrong; there is simply being prepared.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: Below are links to products mentioned today as well as a few other essentials.
Spark Naturals Essential Oils: I use essential oils from Spark Naturals exclusively. They are high quality yet reasonably priced. In addition, there are no membership fees and a distributor relationship is not necessary to get best pricing. Interested in checking them out? Backdoor Survival readers get a 10% discount by using coupon code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout!
ZAQ Noor Diffuser: Of my three diffusers, this is my favorite and is therefore the one I recommend. It puts out a strong, fragrant mist that is both soothing and healing. My second most favorite is the ZAQ Dew (pictured below). It is very quiet.
With both diffusers, the really cool thing is that the light (which can be turned off) changes colors all by its own self. Very soothing and I love it!
NOW Foods Essential Oils: I use essential oils from Spark Naturals. For healing purposes, I feel they are superior. On the other hand, NOW Foods has decent essential oils at a budget price plus they can be purchased at Amazon.com. Here are a few to get you started: NOW Foods Rosemary Oil, NOW Foods Peppermint Oil, and Now Foods Lavender Oil.
Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52 Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness: One of the more frequent questions I get has to do with books for newbie preppers. There are a number of big fat books out there that are great but for most of us, it is much easier to bite things off in manageable chunks. For that reason, I like to suggest books by Jim Cobb. Jim is the real deal and a prepper himself. This is just one of his books and highly recommended.
The Secret Garden: I am addicted to coloring and this is my latest purchase. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
LolliZ 50 Colored Pencils Set: If you splurge on coloring books, consider going cheap on pencils. These bargain pencils are great. I paid $9.99 for the set of 50 but a few days later they were only $6.99. Still, $9.99 was a great price in and of itself. Note that this set is heavy into the greens and blues.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a a high flow rate and weighs only 2 oz. It works quickly, taking roughly 3-5 seconds of sucking to start the flow of water through the filter. It’s ultra-light and inexpensive but effective. There is also the LifeStraw Family that will purify up to 12 liters per hour.
Tac Force TF-705BK Tactical Assisted Opening Folding Knife 4.5-Inch Closed: FAVORITE! This is a great knife that is currently priced at under $9.00 with free shipping. Not only that, it is ranked as the #1 best seller at Amazon in both the camping and hunting knives categories. The reviews raved about this knife so I bought one, used it, and and can recommend it. See The Inexpensive Tac-Force Speedster Outdoor Knife.
Note: the price can vary by color so if you are not particular, scroll through the colors and safe a couple of bucks.
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Which are the best oils for your survival kit? This article describes my top picks.
Are You Interested in Essential Oils?
The Spark Naturals Oil of the Month Club is the best value out there – all oils are 15ml bottles – shipped out to you once a month (on the same date you ordered the product). The price is $15.99 a month and includes shipping and tax. This is a great way to collect oils at a discounted price.
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Additional Reading on Backdoor Survival: Spark Naturals Oil of the Month Club
If you would like to learn more about the Oil of the Month Club, visit the page I created for you (shown below) or head on over to Spark Naturals web site.