A Big Fat List of Essential Oils for Preppers

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
A Big Fat List of Essential Oils for Preppers

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. This is not by chance. If you are reading this than you recognize that being prepared and living a preparedness lifestyle is purposeful and intentional. It does not happen by accident and it does not happen without of bit of work coupled with time and resources.

Essential Oils for Preppers

But the payback? The payback is knowing that if a disaster comes along, you will be able to take care of yourself and your family. It is your my life. And heaven forbid, you will avoid a trip to Camp FEMA if you can possibly help it.

This all brings me to today’s article from Backdoor Survival contributing author, Rebecca Schiffhauer. Although she does not consider herself a prepper, per se, she is a champion of self-reliance in her own right, especially when it comes to health care and essential oils. Today she shares a fantastic list of essential oils for preppers along with suggested uses.

Emergency Preparation EOs

I wouldn’t call myself an alarmist, prepper or a survivalist but I do feel very strongly that all who call themselves such, have an important message for everyone. Too many natural disasters have me paying a lot more attention to being a lot more prepared.

As I said, we’ve seen enough natural disasters over the last 10 years to realize that no one is immune and Mother Nature isn’t selective. We could be expected to fend for ourselves and our families for some time should the power go out or our water supply gets rendered unfit to drink or, cut off. What about your family’s health needs? Ask yourself these questions?

1. What would you do if your one of your children had an asthma attack and you couldn’t find the inhaler?

2. What would you do if someone in your family developed a bacterial infection and no medical help was available?

3. What would you do in the case of a bad toothache and you had no access to a dentist?

4. How would you handle the stress and anxiety associated with a natural or man-made disaster, economic crisis or act of terrorism?

Here’s an important list of what many essential oil experts consider to be the most important Emergency EOs to have on hand.

Lavender: This is the Swiss Army knife of EOs. Heals burns, cuts, relieve insomnia, reduces stress, a powerful antihistamine, bug bites, bruises, sleep deprivation, inflammation, sunburn, lice. Soothing to skin irritations, earache and depression. Lavender is the number one essential oil to have in your survival kit, in fact I would keep two bottles.

Lemon: known for it’s cleansing ability. Add a few drops to water to purify (this was suggested in a seminar I attended but I have no proof, however, in dire circumstance, I would do it). Great for intestinal parasites, dissolves petrochemicals in your body, effective for colds and flu, helps digestive and liver work, gout, sore throat, disinfectant, antiseptic.

Peppermint: effective for nausea, digestive issues, allergies, menstrual problems, reduces fever, increase alertness, focus and oxygen absorption. Great for headaches, muscle aches. Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, use for shock, colds, colic and heartburn.

Oregano: effective in treating bacterial infections and yeast infections, relieves back and joint pain, inflammation, cold and flu, kills warts and skin tags, athlete’s foot, effective cleanse for GI health.

Melaleuca: can be used as a first aid ointment, useful for skin irritations, bug bites, athlete’s foot, eczema and psoriasis. Aids in immune function and supports against throat and respiratory pathogens, helps with slivers in the skin.

Helichrysum: for painful bruising, sprains, swelling. Stems bleeding. Used to treat shock, help with broken bones, help with allergies, beneficial against infections and viruses. Excellent for wounds, speeds healing and reduces pain.

Myrrh: good for antiseptic needs, pain relief and swelling of cuts, wounds or bruises. Can be applied on open wounds. Stimulates the immune system and blood circulation, promotes tissue regeneration. Astringent and analgesic properties, eases coughing/tonsillitis and other infections.

Clove: with antibiotic and analgesic properties Clove helps relieve toothaches, headaches, and other pain. Can be used to draw toxins and infections from the body. Aids in relieving nausea or constipation.

Frankincense: enhances the effects of other essential oils, reduces inflammation, relieves headaches, supports skin tissue recovery, soothe hyperactivity, restlessness, facilitates clarity and focus of mind. With it’s regenerative properties, Frankincense is important EO in all manner of emergency.

Lemongrass: soothes sore and cramping muscles, naturally cleansing, warms feet in winter, an effective bug repellent.

Respire Blend: oil blend helps ease respiratory distress by opening the airways, clears the lungs and sinuses of congestion, promotes restful sleep and relaxation. Ideal for those with asthma and allergies.

Shield Blend: oil blend that eliminates airborne pathogens, supports immune function, prevents colds, sore throats and influenza, inhibits MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria, stops growth of viruses and bacteria and aids in mold inhibition.

Digest Blend: oil blend that relieves digestive discomforts such as food poisoning, acid reflux, nausea, constipation, or diarrhea, helps support digestive function.

Jeddy’s Blend: In stressful times, especially in an emergency…I would want this naturally calming blend for the whole family. Jeddy’s Blend helps with focus, while balancing emotions.

It’s important to note here that most EOs will outlive you and I. There is no shelf life for pure plant essence with the exception of citrus EOs which should be replaced annually.

A wonderful tidbit about EOs is that they don’t contain any fatty acids that can turn rancid or mold AND the environment of a pure EO is too tough for bacteria to grow in. This is a very special benefit and, an economical one!

When you invest in pure essential oils like Spark Naturals you’re providing your family a security and empowerment knowing that you can take care of most health needs efficiently, without side effects.

Be Safe, be Well!


Sometimes I wish I was James Bond 007 – impervious to the danger and boundless in the energy to prevail. Instead, I will have to settle for MacGyver – or the female version whoever that might be.

That said, during this past year I have embraced essential oils in a big way. I am not alone. Many practitioners of alternative medicine are now encouraging the use of essential oils for minor ailments such as wounds, insect bites, nausea, headaches, digestive disorders and more.

This is not hocus pocus. We are talking about the use of pure essential oils from plants and flowers that adapt to nature organically. It is my opinion that as superbugs are introduced into our world, essential oils will become an important line of defense that will insure our health and well-being over the long term.

Note: This article includes affiliate links for essential oils from Spark Naturals. I aligned myself with Spark Naturals after asking a lot of questions and doing a lot of research plus my own trial and error. These essential oils are well priced – a bargain actually – and of the highest quality. You will not be disappointed.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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

Aromatherapy Glass Roll On Bottles, Frost Cobalt Blue-Set of 6: You are going to want some of these for your oils. I put essential oils (singly or in combination) in a roller ball with a bit of fractionated coconut oil and use it to apply e.o.s topically.

Diffusers: You are definitely going to want to consider a diffuser. I keep one in my office next to my desk and one in the bedroom. Considering a third – yes, I am hooked! The diffuser pictured below is this one: ZAQ Dew Aromatherapy Diffuser.

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.

Nutiva Certified Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil: So far I am pleased with the Nutiva Coconut Oil. It is pure-white, USDA-certified-organic, extra-virgin coconut oil that is cold-pressed from fresh coconuts within two hours of chopping. No refrigeration is required and although it solid at room temperature, it melts at 76 degrees.

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 from Amazon. Here are a few to get you started: NOW Foods Rosemary Oil, NOW Foods Peppermint Oil, Now Foods Lavender Oil and Now Foods Lemon Oil.



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90 Responses to “A Big Fat List of Essential Oils for Preppers”

  1. Thank you Gaye. I’m not concentrating on learning about EO’s at this time and probably to my detriment. Not that I don’t think they work. It’s just that I have so many things, both prepper and daily life, to do and learn that it gets to be a heavy load. I am keeping all the information that you give us, and when things slow down I’ll study them more. Spring/early summer are very busy times!

  2. Last month I bought Birch EO from Spark Natural and tried it on my swollen painful thumbs (did too much handwork yesterday) First to say I LOVE the smell and second I applied neat 1 time (with a q-tip) and most of the swelling and all the pain is gone. Oh Yeah!

  3. If you can not ingest or eat an essential oil, IT IS NOT 100% PURE!!!There are chemical additives that WILL MAKE YOU SICK!!! PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHICH ESSENTIAL OIL COMPANY YOU BUY FROM!!! As of this date, there are only two such companies in the world with 100% pure essential oils that can safely be ingested: YOUNG LIVING and Swiss Aromatics. I’m a retired Neuromuscular Therapeutic Massage Therapist. At 66, I’ve lived a lifetime of alternative med. Experience has proven false advertising with MOST essential oil companies. BEWARE!!!

    • Spark Naturals is a fairly new company and their oils can be safely ingested. The required supplement information is printed on every label.

    • That is an absolute bunch of hooey, sorry. Anyone who believes that Young Living and Swiss Aromatics is wholly legit doesn’t know how to read or manipulate a gas chromatograph. –me, if Young Living is so great, then how in the world do they justify sending out a GCG results on one of their EOs that has the EXACT SAME reading THREE years in a row?? It’s IMPOSSIBLE–NOT even God himself messes with nature that way.

      Furthermore, not all EOs are safe to ingest–even the medicinal quality ones–as some are simply too hot and will burn without a carrier oil used in conjunction with them. That right there is reason enough for me to know you’re up in the night.

    • Thank you for clearing that miss information up! As a newbie at EOs I have been reading from many sites needed to get good information to using them. I am from the generation of an antibiotic will cure anything. Lesson learned.
      EO newbies need to understand your body may not be able to tolerate the oil. Lavender burns my skin. So test a little before using a mix or neat.

    • Any company that has a gas chromatograph probably has contamination concerns and that alone is a good reason to avoid their products. Regardless of what laboratory testing is done on any product, there is enough variation between individual users to recommend caution with the first use of any particular EO.

  4. Essential oils are very powerful and this should be kept in mind before using them in excess. You should never drink oil in water as it will burn the mucous membrane of the mouth, throat and stomach lining. It also taxes the liver and can cause liver damage or failure. Do your homework and get INDEPENDENT education from someone who isn’t selling you oil. You should always use a carrier oil (coconut oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, etc) with a drop or 2 of oils. Also, oils therapeutic values will degrade over time. Citruses are the first to go. Refrigeration is suggested for all oils especially citrus oils.

    • What kind of refrigeration was used in the days before there were ice deliveries?

  5. I never should have started because now I can’t help but comment again regarding Diane H.’s comment about not drinking oil in water. SOME oils are “hot” and water will only drive them in deeper but I drink dōTERRA international, LLC oils in my water all the time and so does my 8 year old daughter. Oregano is an example of a “Hot” oil that will burn your mouth if you drank it in water but I wouldn’t even drink it in oil and prefer taking oregano in gelcaps or rubbing it on the bottom of my feet. I question the purity of the oil she is using if it comes with a warning about liver damage. FYI, do check out independent studies on essential oils. PubMed is one source but there are others.

  6. Hi.

    I’m looking for an article showing “How to make your own essential oil inhalers”.

    Have you posted a link to an article like this OR do you know if someone has?


    • Ken – Sorry for the delay on finding an answer but I have not had a lot of luck. I put the word out among some experts so hopefully they will come up with some suggestions. This is a great question.

    • Sorry for the delay. I do not have any experience with inhalers but one of my expert resources suggested this. I hope it helps.

    • You can try Aromahead Institute by Andrea Butje. She has a video that show you how to make them.

  7. Above you show a tin with 10 essential oils called a “Health and Wellness Kit”. When I click on the picture it takes me to Sparks Natural, where they show the 10 oils WITHOUT the tin you show. Does the 10 oil kit order come with the tin? It sure looks like a nice way to store the oil bottles. I searched their site and could not find the tin anywhere. After collecting some oils I was hoping later to order a tin or two – hopefully in both sizes. Thank you.

    • Peggy – I had to laugh because when I first ordered my health and wellness kit, I also ordered the tin which was being offered as an accessory. Imagine my surprise when the kit came with a tin! I now have 3 since the kit is such a great deal price-wise that I reorder the H&W kit when I run out of some of the blends that are included.

      I was planning to make portable survival kit with the extra tins.

    • Gaye: Thank you for the information. I’ll be putting my pennies, nickels and dimes away for the kit. Peggy.

  8. Gaye, given how much you use your favorite EOs, how much of each are you planning to store for a year? Ballpark figure? It might help many of us in our planning. 🙂

    • That is a good idea, Dee. I have a pretty good sized inventory at this point but it has been put together hit and miss based up sales (those item of the week oils), free shipping deals, and the oils I receive as part of oil of the month.

      When I get home I will take an inventory then put some thought into an article that goes through the specific oils I have stockpiled and why.

  9. I realize I’m a year and a half late, and I normally wouldn’t comment, but the respire blend you suggested for asthmatics contains eucalyptus which can make their breathing difficulties much much worse, it’s very dangerous. I wouldn’t comment but I just want everyone to use EO’s safely! They really are medicine and not just fancy perfume, they need to be used with care.

    As for ingestion, I’ve read far too much to risk it, and suggest people discuss it with a certified aromatherapist (not an mlm rep) but that’s a choice left to the individual.

    Please also keep in mind that many of the EO’s listed here are not considered safe for use around children under 3 (8, in some cases) and that inhalation is always better than application, particularly in children, and be sure to always dilute EO’s in oil.

    Again, sorry, I’m definitely not trying to be all know-it-all, I just want everyone to use them safely!

    • I personally do not ingest essential oils.

      Your advice is good: “As for ingestion, I’ve read far too much to risk it, and suggest people discuss it with a certified aromatherapist (not an mlm rep) but that’s a choice left to the individual.”

      Also, just so you know, Spark Naturals is not an MLM.

  10. If you go by the NAHA (national aromatherapy holistic associations) then no, no essential should be ingested. I’m going to school to be a registered aromatherapist right now and that was the first thing in my book when I opened it! They are the association that seta the limits for aromatherapy and oils. The people you have to go through and test to become a registered aromatherapist and know when and how to ingest then if under supervision of a medical professional or certified/registered aromatherapist. Once you know why, you won’t want to drink them in your water either. Oil and water don’t mix. So it’s not giving your body time to accept and adjust to the oil. Instead it’s going right to your stomach and lining and will cause it’s to eat it away. These oils are highly concentrated. You accidentally spill a drop of certain furniture. Wood. Styrofoam. It will eat it away. Please do you’re homework and not rely on people who do not take the time to learn this and only make money!

  11. I love Sparks and actually got an order in the mail a couple of days ago. They are Blends and I love them.
    Great Website!

  12. Would not know about Sparks Natural Essential Oils except for BACKDOOR SURVIVAL!
    I enjoy the dependable information I learn there.

  13. I so appreciate your blog. You helped me get started in essential oils and I’ve participated in the Oil of the Month club. Great values.

  14. Thank you for the giveaway! We love essential oils here. I’ve been using lavender for headaches and it seems to actually help. Also, our 2 year old burned his finger a couple weeks ago and I immediately put it in cold aloe juice followed by wrapping a bandaid around it with lavender oil and aloe gel. His finger is almost all healed now and he never really had any pain! =) Praise the Lord for His wonderful gifts!
    Have a blessed CHRISTmas! =)

  15. Thanks for the opportunity to win these oils. I’d love to try them. Good luck everyone and Merry Christmas! May the joy of the holidays light up your days.

  16. Thanks for the chance to win. My interest and experimenting with essential oils is because of your blog and I thank you for it. I have also purchased from Rocky Mountain Oils and also a company called Edens Gardens. I have been happy with the products I have purchased so far and I find good information on the Edens Gardens website.
    Happy Holidays Gaye

    Oh, I was a winner (alternate) in the Preppers Guide to Knots book and I received it today. It is a great book and I wanted to say thanks again for that giveaway! I really know nothing about knots and the book is easy to follow and a great resourse.

  17. Just starting to learn about and use essential oils, so truly appreciate this chance to use some! Bless you for all you do.

  18. Thank you for sharing what you have learned! I have been making your miracle salve using cayenne infused olive oil for our joint and muscle aches. Awesome stuff! I was very happy to find your instructions and they were easy for this beginner to follow. Thanks you!

  19. Hi Gaye, I use your Miracle recipe all the time and recently gave as gifts with rave reviews coming back after our trip. Love the oils info I get from your website. Merry Christmas & many blessings wished for you.

  20. I want to thank you for telling me about the sale and free shipping at Sparks Naturals. I think I want to thank you, as I am now $211 poorer.
    Thanks for all you do and I hope you and your hubby have a wonderful holiday season.

  21. I use 4 different diffusers everyday. My husband has had one cold since I started using the diffusers on June 3, 2015. I haven’t been sick at all. Pretty good for a couple of senior citizens.

  22. Thank you for this giveaway and for all of the essential oil information. My only difficulty with using EOs is that I am not consistent enough. I love my diffuser and have made salves following your recipes and I love them but my mindset just doesn’t have me going to essential oils first. I have to get into a better habit. You are the reason, though, that I got into using essential oils in the first place and I am grateful to you for that!

  23. You and your site are the best. I look at some other sites and some of them are good and I gather some info that I didn’t know before but this one is always the one I come back to. Thank you!

  24. My cat has been ill and I believe essential oils using a diffuser will help my mental & physical health. Thank you for offering this giveaway.

  25. I use essential oils every day but haven’t started to diffuse them yet. Always appreciate the information and the care and time you put into it.

  26. Hey Gaye… I think I accidentally entered the giveaway twice! Can you remove one set of entries?

    • If you did, Rafflecopter will automatically eliminate one. That said, I am not sure it will even let you enter twice. Regardless, thanks for the heads up.

  27. I have been diffusing oils for about a year. My husband is prone to chest congestion (doesn’t smoke) so I make a mix of eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree and a touch of ylang ylang to keep it from smelling too medicinal. Works every time. Also use oils for his sore joints, muscles and cramping. Message them in and works great. So the big doubter is now a believer. I love being vindicated!

  28. I’ve never tried the essential oil but, would like to do so. Thank you for all the great information you gather for us.

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