Shields Up with Spark Naturals

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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.

Back in April I mentioned using Shield Protective Blend combined with Oregano Oil to combat colds, flu, and the exposure to infectious diseases.  (Here is a link to my Pandemic Buster.)

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.  More about that later.

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I have also written about using a diffuser to disperse the healing benefits of essential oils into the air so that they can be easily absorbed into your system.

To use a cliché, do I have a deal for you!  Today I am offering  a ZAQ Mirage Diffuser plus a 5ml bottle of Shield Protective Blend to two Backdoor Survival readers and fans in a very special Shields Up Share the Love Giveaway.

The ZAQ Mirage Diffuser

Generally speaking a diffuser is a device that allows you to combine water with your healing essential oils to create a fine, aromatic mist.  The oils are dispersed into the air around you where they are absorbed into your system through the lungs and skin.

What makes the ZAQ Mirage unique is that it will run up to 8 or 10 hours on a single “load”, making it perfect for the bedroom.  Imagine having the healing properties of essential oils wafting in your bedroom all night long!

As with all of the ZAQ brand diffusers, it is a cinch to use.  Simply add water, some oils and press the on-off switch on the front.  While running, the LED lighted Mirage will slowly change colors or, with a press of the switch, lock in a single color. One more press of the button and there is no color at all.  Now how cool is that?

When you first start using a diffuser, the tendency is to go way overboard with the oils.  I find that when using a quality oil such as Spark Naturals, 6 to 10 drops does the trick.  Also, I find that it is easier to replace the orifice-type dropper that comes with your oils with a more traditional style dropper.  To me, it is less wasteful but honestly, this is more a matter of preference than anything else.

Shield Protective Blend

The Spark Naturals Shield Protective Blend is based upon an ancient legend that has its roots in 15th century England during the time of the great plague. Supposedly, grave-robber thieves developed their own blend of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary to protect them while robbing the plague victims.

I seriously doubt that this is much more than a legend although with a bit of research, you will find that indeed, oils of various types were used to ward off sickness in ancient times as were tonics made from herbs and vinegar.

Shield is perfect for use in your diffuser with the added benefit that it will help eliminate airborne pathogens and even viruses while emitting a soothing, calming mist.

If you would like to make up a bottle of Shield Protective Spray. try this recipe:

Shield Protective Spray
2 ounce glass spray bottle
30 drops of Spark Naturals Shield Blend
Optional:  1 drop Oregano Oil

Top with Witch Hazel and remember to shake before using.

The Shields Up Share the Love Giveaway

Okay, here is the part you have been waiting for.  Two In this giveaway, two readers will each win a ZAQ Mirage Diffuser plus a 5ml bottle of Shield Protective Blend.

Because this is a “Share the Love” giveaway, there is a requirement that you tag a friend and tell them about the giveaway (and this website!) either by email, in person or on Facebook.  The goal, of course, is to spread the word about the wonderful healing qualities of essential oils and who would not want to do that?

The giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada.  It will end on October 9th and the two winners will be notified by email. Note that the winning entry will be verified and the winners will have 48 hours to respond or an alternate will be chosen.

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The Final Word

I have personally embraced essential oils in a major way. Through practical use as well as a bit of trial and error, I have learned that some oils work better with my body than others.  And therein lies the secret to good results with essential oils.  Many oils have overlapping qualities and you will sometimes find that one works better with your unique body chemistry than another.

This is true with any natural remedy, not just essential oils.  For that reason I can not emphasize enough the importance of learning what works for you and your family members now, while you have an opportunity to experiment.  This will help you prepare for a time when OTC remedies, pharmaceuticals, and medical doctors are not readily available. Not only that, if an epidemic or pandemic should occur, you will be ready to put your “shields up” with every defense possible to keep you and your family safe from sickness.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  If you are just getting started in using essential oils for wellness purposes, I recommend the Health and Wellness kit which includes all of my favorites include Shield Protective Blend.  It also includes the handy storage tin.  Be sure to use the discount code “BACKDOORSURVIVAL” to receive a 10% discount.

Bargain Bin: Here are some things to get you started with using essential oils plus the items you need to make your own scrubs, salves, lotions and potions including Miracle Healing Salve and Plain Ole (Naked) Salve.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: I first became interested in aromatherapy and essential oils in the early 90s which was before they really became mainstream. I read every book I could get my hands on and dabbled at creating synergy’s (a combination of two or more oils that create a chemical compound that is greater than the some of its individual components). My bible then, and even now, is this book.

Spark Naturals Essential Oils:  These are what you need for the Miracle Salve: Lavender essential oil,  Rosemary essential oil, and Peppermint essential oil.  For the DIY Peppermint Scrub, you can use just the Peppermint or any combination of E.O.s that are pleasing to you.

Roller Bottle:  I ordered these small roller bottles so that I could make up custom essential oil blends that can be mixed with FCO (fractionated coconut oil).  I also use these cobalt blue roller bottles which are a bit larger.  Both of these complement the custom salves I mix up and store in these 1/2 ounce ointment jars.

Diffusers:  You are definitely going to want to consider a diffuser.  I keep one in my office next to my desk,one in the bedroom, and one in the bathroom.

Coconut (Fractionated) Carrier Oil:  Once you start using coconut oil, you will be hooked.  This is the fractionated coconut oil I used in my scrub (mixed with a bit of olive oil).

White Plastic Jar with Dome Lid 2 Oz (12 Per Bag):  I chose to use these small ointment jars rather than Mason jars for my salve.  I also have similar jars in the 1 ounce size and 1/4 ounce size (my favorite for mixing up various salve and e.o. concoctions).

Beeswax Organic Pastilles, Yellow, 100% Pure 16 Oz:  I ordered the white pastilles but have since learned that the natural yellow pastilles are better.  That said, the difference may not be discernable – just be sure that what you purchase is cosmetic grade.

Glass Droppers, Pack of 6: I bought a package of these and loved them.  When I went to re-order, I accidentally ordered plastic instead glass droppers.  Learn from my mistake.  The price is the same so get the glass ones.

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil:  This is my preferred coconut oil.  I love it so much I purchased a 5 gallon tub.  Really, I did!  I find it very silky to work with a love the taste when used in cooking.  Note that no refrigeration is required and although it solid at room temperature, it melts at 76 degrees.  I have also used Nutiva Certified Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from Amazon.

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Shields Up with Spark Naturals — 104 Comments

  1. I don’t know if I can choose one! I use lavender and peppermint and also Shield almost every day. Thank you for all your information about essential oils. I have learned so much from you.

  2. I use lemon quite a bit. Recently I’ve put several drops on one of the yarn balls I use when drying clothes. It’s subtle and fresh smelling.

  3. I have never used essential oils, so I don’t have a favorite. The Shield sounds like it would smell wonderful with the blend described. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. I have just dabbled a bit with essential oils but would like to really get ‘into’ them for healing and preventive measures. My daughter uses them all the time.

  5. Lavender is my go-to favorite. I use it in the diffuser, in my bath, and as a soothing oil for relaxation. It’s wonderful in my Sleepy Time sachets under the pillow.

  6. My ultimate favorite is Lavender. It was the first EO I began using.
    It has become my “First Aid” and “multi tool” in a bottle.

    Just ordered another bottle of Shield for my backup supply.

  7. Dave, my husband, often kids me about our kitchen becoming an E.O. laboratory. First, thanks for introducing E.O. to our preps. I consider anything you can do before a crisis to protect your family, is well worth the time to learn. One never knows when traditional medicine will not be available.

  8. Peppermint is my fav lately, killing ants it a mix with couple other EO’s & water spray bottle, pain in my 2 fingers while typing at wrk, and lately used under 2 fingernails that had fungus and cleared up in couple days.

  9. I lost my sense of smell after surgery in 1991. I prefer to use natural remedies instead of prescription drugs. I take 10 different vitamin and herbal supplements every day to boost my immune system. I never saw the point in using essential oils if I couldn’t smell them. Do you think I should try them?

    • Denise – Great question and in a word, yes. It is easy to associate essential oils with the beneficial aspects of aromatherapy but they do so much more. As an example, my husband Shelly had a bad headache this morning so I applied a mixture of LLP (Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint) to his temples and within 15 minutes, the headache was totally gone. I find that I don’t even notice the smell in my salves anymore which it too bad because they do smell good 🙂

  10. Lavender is my favorite E.O. I use it daily in my diffuser and in salves. Thanks for introducing me to E.O.s I had never even heard of them until I started reading Backdoor Survival.

  11. My favorite since I started buying them has been LXR. I’ve mixed it with some coconut oil in a roller bottle. I put a dab on my wrists and rub them together, then during the day when I get a little stressed I take a whiff to help calm.

    Also really want to say Spark has been great with service and shipping. Thank you Gaye for recommending them since they are reasonably priced.

  12. I can’t name just one, I have lots of favorites. Lavender, tea tree, and peppermint are my first line, but I make salves and rubs, soaps and more with oils. I also have a diffuser but would love another good one and one for my sister who is getting into oils too.

  13. I have so many favorites, it’s hard to pick just one! I use a lot of peppermint, so for now, I’ll pick that one! I use it for pain, headaches, tummy problems, motion sickness, fever, etc.

  14. I love many essential oils. My favorites so far are peppermint, lavendar, sandlewood, eucalyptis, orange, tea tree and lemonbalm.

  15. I am just now learning to use essential oils. I do not have a diffuser as yet. I ordered Spark Naturals on the oil of the month plan and now have several different ones. I also order extra as money allows.

  16. I love the Lavender and Peppermint Oils. Lavender at bedtime and some peppermint when I start to get a little drowsy at work. They’re wonderful.

  17. Love Love to diffuse all day and night. I have 5 dogs 4 birds and no ne ever knows from the smell of my home.. LOVE IT!!! Need another!

  18. I have never used any essential oils. Never knew about them till i started following ur blog. Have been saving up to buy the kit. Would love to win this.

  19. I have dabbled with oils & use lavender in the wash sometimes. I would like to learn more & use them regularly.

    Thanks for the chance to win & try more.

  20. I just received my first order from Spark Naturals. I love the smell and benefits of Lavender best (so far). Thanks to backdoorsurvival, I got a 10% discount. I can’t wait to make up the various creams you have kindly shared with your readers. Thank you for everything you do.

  21. Unfortunately, I haven’t ever used essential oils so I have no favorite. I’ve been thinking of trying them for awhile now & can’t wait to get started. I would love to own a diffuser like this one to try them in.

    • Essential oils are the best! You can learn all about them before you try on OilsBase.com – a free site for users of essential oils to connect with one another, learn about them and share recipes.

  22. I have just started using essential oils. But I think right now it would either be Roman Chamomile, since its the main oil in my sleep blend, or Peppermint because I have a weak stomach and get nauseous easy, and it helps ease that.

  23. I’ve been using EOs for about 8 months and love love love Melaleuca and Shield! I was just sharing with my sister-in-law last weekend about how the combo kept away my usual bout on bronchitis this year and how diffusing it may help her sinus infections. This would be a GREAT birthday or Christmas gift for her.

  24. I had bought a collection of essential oils and had been saving various recipes for a while, but just yesterday actually used them for the first time. I made a healing salve that I am hoping replaces the prescription cream I’ve been using for some scaly spots on my face. I would love to build up my collection of oils with this give-away!

  25. Tea Tree Oil for cleaning (although the smell sometimes gives me a headache) and Peppermint, I use that a LOT! Usually to cure a headache, put also to put in my sugar scrub…it’s amazing on feet!

  26. Lemon is good for so many things. Frankincense is a fabulous oil. Wish it wasn’t so expensive.
    Thanks for renewing my interest in EO.

  27. Frankincense is good for so many different things. Wish it wasn’t so expensive. Lemon is a great multi-use oil. Thanks for renewing my interest in EO.

  28. I love lavender oil. I have a diffuser (but would love to have another for the bedroom). I use eucalyptus and lemon together in the diffuser to help clear a stuffy nose.

  29. Peppermint oil is about the only thing I use and I just spray it around windows to keep the spiders outside. I haven’t really tested too many others.

  30. I am just starting with essential oils, and I definitely have your articles to thank for that. I always have liked things with tea tree oil in them, so I think that is one of the first I am going to use. However, with colds, flues, and, now, Ebola in the air, I’m thinking I would love to try this Shield!!!

  31. A diffuser will so much to help prevent illness this coming year with so many new, as well as the usual, “bugs”. I can’t wait to try it out!

  32. I have a set of essential oils. LXR,Dream,Relief, and Zen. I have some left, but need more carrier….and an infuser. I think with it wafting in the air, it would help better the topically.

  33. So far I have only used Tea Tree oil and found it quite helpful. Will be expanding and trying other oils as money permits.

  34. My favorite essential oil as of yet is a tie between eucalyptus and tea tree oil. I use both in many of my homemade items.

  35. My favorite EO is cinnamon. I have a little wax burner that melts scented wax cubes. After the fragrance from the wax cubes has waned, I add some drops of cinnamon EO.

  36. I like to use all oils in my diffuser. However I mix grapefruit, ylang ylang and eucalyptus and it smells like bubblegum!

  37. Lavender in my epsom salts for baths is my most used; however, I learned to love tea tree oil for a horrible toothache. It was a real lifesaver!

    • Forgot to say my favorite essential oil is frankincense. I use it for warts – much less traumatic than the wart remover stuff in the stores. Open to suggestions if someone knows if a different EO works better.

  38. I love shield but it is the only EO that leaves a brown film in my diffuser, I have not tried other oils from spark naturals but other brands don’t leave that film. Any ideas why this happens?

    • As I recall, Shield does not do that in any of my diffusers but Zen, which I diffuse daily in my office, turns the interior blue. It does not appear to be harmful but I do “diffuse” a bit of alcohol and water to clean things out every few weeks.

      The staining is probably from one of the underlying oils in the blend. I am currently on the road but when I get home, I will diffuse some Shield and see what happens. But like I said, I don’t recall that happening and while I was on vacation, I diffused Shield daily.

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