Prepper Book Festival 9: Prepper’s Natural Medicine

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
Prepper Book Festival 9: Prepper’s Natural Medicine

As an advocate of both essential oils and medical self-care, I am constantly on the look out for credible information that will afford good health without dependence on toxic pharmaceuticals.  I do not mean to imply that I totally shun modern drugs but these days, many of the newer drugs cause more harm than good.

To coin a cliché, this week’s entry in Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 9 is just what the doctor ordered.  In this case, the “doctor” is Cat Ellis, the Herbal Prepper, and the book is Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies.

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What can I tell you about Cat’s book?  As a resource for preppers, it goes into great detail describing how to assemble a home apothecary using commonly available items, and then, one by one, explains the “materia medica” for a wide range of herbs.

What is heck is a “materia medica”?  Here is what Cat has to say:

“Materia Medica” is the Latin term for a reference guide detailing the ingredients of medicine and their therapeutic properties.  The term is used most often with natural medicine-making ingredients such as herbs, trees, minerals, fungi, and bee products.”

In Preppers Natural Medicine, the 50 herbs in the materia medica provide specific information for making potent natural medicines.  These are medicines that Cat has crafted and honed herself via years of study, training, and extensive personal experience aka trial and error.  These are formulas that work!

If you have even a modicum of interest in natural remedies, you will love this book.  Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Cat Ellis, Author of Prepper’s Natural Medicine

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

Prepper’s Natural Medicine is an herbal medicine-making guide written specifically for preppers, survivalists, and homesteaders.

It explains the vital skills necessary to make effective herbal remedies, the therapeutic properties of 50 herbs that grow in most regions of the US, and formulas to help both chronic and acute conditions.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

The skills and the materia medica represent much of the Herbal Certification Course that I teach. However, I am a prepper, and have been networking with other preppers for about 7 years.  I also have been reading about the most common health concerns other preppers have.

I chose to focus the remedies in the book around these concerns. This meant reading through a lot of scientific herbal studies for conditions like diabetes, antibiotic resistance, and trials of formula after formula.

How long did it take to write?

Just about 1 year.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

Even if there is no doctor, no hospital, and no pharmacy, you can take charge of your health preparedness.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m a practicing herbalist, homeschooling mom, avid knitter, and karaoke addict.

As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

The scenario that concerns me the most is economic collapse and the inevitable civil unrest which will follow. However, the potential for a pandemic or an EMP also concern me.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

Taking an inventory of your assets and liabilities. This would include everything from how much food you have on hand to your financial preparedness. You can’t know what you need to do to be more prepared until you get a full assessment of where you are right now.

What book or movie, fiction or non-fiction, do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

Oh, it would be a tie between The Jakarta Pandemic and One Second After.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes, I am finishing up my second book, Prepping for a Pandemic, where I look at some of the top contenders for the next great pandemic, plus how to successfully implement a long term Self Imposed Reverse Quarantine.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

Thank you for your interest in my book. May it help you secure your family’s well being in difficult and uncertain times.

The Giveaway

Cat Ellis has reserved a copy of Prepper’s Natural Medicine for this Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.



The Final Word

Over the years, I have personally tried to accumulate a wide range of books and reference materials covering the topic of survival medicine and treating the sick and wounded when there is no doctor to be found. I do this because although home remedies play a huge role in being medically prepared, they come with some risk if you don’t know what you are doing.

As a resource, Prepper’s Natural Medicine, gives me the confidence to make tinctures, tisanes, and infused oils for herbs and even weeds that are growing in my back yard.  I am finding that it is well indexed and easy to navigate both by herb and by ailment.  Simply fantastic.

Please do take a few minutes to enter the giveaway; you are going to want this one for its practical knowledge during both good times and bad.

To learn more about Cat Ellis and her work, visit her website at

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Spotlight:  Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for When There is No Doctor

When disaster strikes, it will take more than food and water to keep your family alive. Prepper’s Natural Medicine empowers you with all the information needed to safely create your own medicines when a major disaster has rendered doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies unavailable.

Using healing plants widely available and easily grown throughout the US, expert prepper Cat Ellis explains how to craft renewable medicines from herbs, lichen, fungi, and other natural ingredients. She shares valuable tips for using Mother Nature’s pharmacy for situations specific to a large-scale disaster scenario, from an E. coli outbreak to an influenza pandemic.

This lifesaving guide breaks down the medicinal properties of a wide range of ingredients, instructs you on storing herbs and essential oils to extend their potency, and explains which herbs are best for vulnerable groups like children and pregnant women. The comprehensive, step-by-step instructions in this book ensure that you can be fully equipped to protect your most valuable asset in an emergency—your health.

For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival.

Prepper Book Festival 9 – Non-Fiction

Chickens from Scratch: Raising Your Own Chickens from Hatch to Egg Laying and Beyond
Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies
Shotguns: A Comprehensive Guide (PrepSmart Volume 3)
The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource
The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget

Prepper Book Festival 9 – Fiction

Cascadia’s Curse
Apocalypse by Government
New Recruits (The Shadow Patriots Volume 2)
The Line of Departure: A Postapocalyptic Novel
Holding Their Own: The Toymaker

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook print version is available.

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64 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival 9: Prepper’s Natural Medicine”

  1. Trying to learn all we can about natural remedies. Baking soda, lavender, frankensence, etc. We feel like this could become essential and currently see the value over the counter things that we’re not totally sure what’s in it!!! Thanks –

  2. I’m right behind you Gaye about Cat and her book. Although I found my own herbs to use which has allowed me to improve my health and eliminate all but one pharma med, she is my backup for knowledge I haven’t learned yet. 🙂

  3. I am planning on growing my own “medicine” chest. I enjoy lemon balm, aloe, mint, ginger and garlic. I heard Cat speak during a webinar and found her very interesting and knowledgeable.

  4. With the help of Kyolic garlic, hawthorn berries, and bitter melon, I have gone from 2000 mg of metformin daily, for my diabetes, to zero mg. I have gone from 40 mg daily of lisinopril, for my blood pressure, to zero mg daily. And last but not least, for my leg cramps- Do I have to tell you what?
    Thanks Gaye.

  5. I would love to learn something about using local plants and herbs in a medicinal way. This book would be a great start. Thank you for telling us about it.

  6. I have used the acidic water from my alkaline water machine to cure cellulitis on my arm. Squirted the water several times a day it was gone in 4-5 days. It has also worked for pink eye.

  7. I use tea tree oil and lavender and lemon oils. Herbs are an unknown for me and I would like to know more.

  8. I have started a basic medicine cabinet with essential oils and growing various plants/herbs that are beneficial in various ways. Any information is welcome and helpful. Thanks!

  9. I didn’t have all the ingredients for your salve on hand so I improvised: coconut oil, honey, tea tree oil. It goes on a little sticky, but I’ve noticed that my scrapes don’t scar after I use it. I love it!
    Question: how do you figure out your ratios while still keeping properties viable? How much tea tree vs coconut oil, while using coconut as a carrier but keeping tea tree properties?

  10. I’m just starting to learn about essential oils & herbs, so I would like to learn about as many of them as I can, especially the basic ones used

  11. A friend gave me a small spray bottle of colloidal silver to use on my eczema. I would love to learn more about it, because not knowing where to get it, or how to prepare it once I did, I only use it very, very sparingly, when the eczema is particularly bad….and it always makes it feel better.

  12. I love using essential oils and I think it is so important to learn as much as possible about all their healing properties. Also, to learn how to make tinctures and tisanes from what’s right in my backyard!

  13. I have Systemic Lupus and it has destroyed my thyroid amongst other things going on with me. I am very much concerned what IF ANY herbal remedies that maybe out there if TSHTF, I haven’t found too much yet and how to keep DH healthy he has anklyoarthritis in his spine among other things healthwise. I haven’t tried much because of allergies(I’m a chicken at heart LOL). We have quite a few people that will be relying on us especially the grand babies that unfortunately inherited many of our allergies.

    • If you’re having trouble with your thyroid being low or have none…avoid cruciferous veggies like broccoli, spinach and other members of that family…as well as strawberries. My daughter has only 10% of her thyroid, she must watch even though she LOVES these foods. There are herbs just in your kitchen which can help with health AND with hubs pain, I too have a calcifying spine. I do not use OTC nor pharma meds, I use kitchen herbs so far because I’ve spent a few years learning about them. Am now expanding to those plants around me and along with the ones Cat writes about.

  14. If I could grow only one herb for medicinal purposes, it would be lemon balm. My go-to essential oils are tea tree and lavender oils.

  15. I have researched and acquired many essential oils and used several with great results. What I need now is to learn about herbs and plants as medicine.

  16. I have made your miracle salve and tweaked it a little for me. I added some melaleuca and other things. Works great.

  17. Essential oils are my go to options for the most part. I also planted a medicinal herb garden for the first time this year and have been learning about harvesting them for use. So far the only thing I’ve tried was to help a gastro-intestinal distress bothering my daughter-in-law by making a tea of fennel, catnip and several other herbs. And it worked for her!

  18. Whenever I feel “something” coming on like a cold or flu, etc., I start drinking an herbal tea that I dubbed “Terra Flu” which contains 4 parts Holy Basil, 2 parts Mint, 1 part Lemon Balm, 1/2 part Sage, 1/2 part Feverfew. I think I got this recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs where I also ordered the fresh herbs to make up the “formula”. I drink 3 cups a day until I no longer feel “something” and very rarely anymoe actually get sick. The longest I have been is for a couple of days with very mild symptoms. Love that stuff!

  19. I have lavender, bee balm, mint, thyme, oregano in my herb garden, I use tea tree oil and baking soda for bug bites.

  20. We’d like to learn mare about “Touch for Health” in Canada. Alberta I think. We’d also like to know more about “Iridology”.Both are great.

  21. I like to use fire cider I make during the fall to keep my body healthier and to help keep colds and the flu away.

  22. Just recently been turned on to essential oils by a friend of mine. I mentioned this to my sister and she informed me that she and her family had been using them for a couple of years. Still learning the basics as to what each will do so there are no favorites yet but I’m sure one will stand out over time.

  23. My favorite so far is – if you get “stung” by a nettle plant (of which there are many in my neck of the woods), just rub the sap of jewel weed (which is also plentiful) on the affected area and it quickly removes the burning sensation. I hear it’s also good for poison ivy rash.

  24. This group of books so just great. so many of us will need to know those things that are covered in them.

    Thank you for having the drawing.

  25. I don’t have any knowledge of natural medicine. The one I need the most is something that would help with arthritis pain. In a disaster, I would be out of medicine pretty quickly. I imagine there are lots of people who would be in the same spot and also need the information.

  26. I have an aloe vera plant that is very helpful for burns etc. I am pretty ignorant of natural remedies.

    I would love to learn about herbal cures & this book sounds perfect. Thank you very much for the giveaway!

  27. Probably my favorite it using Tea Tree Oil to make tick/bug spray. Also great for athletes foot. I am excited to learn a lot more though.

  28. Tea tree for avne and cuts. Arnica for bumps and bruises. Pinion salve for eczema, cuts, extra dry skin, blemishes and burns

  29. I would like to learn how to try to heal as many illnesses as I can naturally because I want my son and I to live a healthy life without the help of meds.

  30. We are just starting to learn more about natural remedies and this book looks like it would be a wonderful edition to the library. One thing I think would be good to know is what plants that can be found just about anywhere would be good as an antiseptic and or as an antibiotic to be used on cuts, scrapes or wounds. Most of us plan on having a bag or kit with us if something happens. But if we are caught unaware and get injured. Figuring out how to fashion a bandage out of what we can find is likely doable. But possible infection is going to be high on the list. Knowing a plant to locate and how to prep it so you thicould apply it the wound and prevent or clear up an infection would be valuable indeed. This is something I certainly would love to learn more about.

  31. I make my own skin care items from things like coconut oil, cocoa butter, olive oil and beeswax. to these, I add essential oils like thieves or tea tree. I also use tea tree for acne and foot difficulties. additionally, I am a big believer in aloe vera for skin irritations. finally, I grow many different herbs and make teas ands infusions for various internal and external uses.

  32. I always grab the free ebooks that I find about natural oils and read tons of articles about them when I come across great info. The two oils I use almost daily and swear by are lavender oil to calm down, especially at night, and tea tree oil for topical healing, like on the bug bites I have now!

  33. I make my own toothpaste from coconut oil, baking soda and a few other ingredients. I also oil pull with coconut oil. I make your Miracle Salve for burns and other booboos.the salve is great for foot and leg cramps ( worth it’s weight in gold for that use alone). I add birch and Amend Blend ( blend is from Spark Natural) to the salve for aches and pains. I make a bug spray for camping from a number of essential oils added to witch hazel; works well and smells nice, to boot! I make an all purpose healing salve for my niece’s diaper rash. My hubby uses it when his nose gets sore from his oxygen nasal cannula. Respire and Shield Blends (also from Spark Natural) with a bit of Frankincense is diffused from fall through Spring to help fight cold and flu germs. This also helps us to breathe easier. I diffuse lavender at night to help with sleep.if I don’t win this book I am going to purchase it to learn what else I can add to my herbal arsenal.

  34. Essential oils are my go-to for most everything: pain, bites, breathing, calming & on & on. Looking through my pantry, I find soooo many herbal ingredients and would love to have this comprehensive book on herbals. I NEED TO WIN THIS! I’ll probably buy it because it’s well researched & current.

  35. Instead of a DEET based product- I use Vick’s Vap-O-Rub to ward off mosquitoes. It seems to work really well and is much less toxic.

  36. This looks like a great book. I am very interested in natural remedies, both herbal and oils. I am just getting started with these things. I hope to design and plant an herbal garden for my family. I have been researching what it is that I want to grow. I have a vegetable garden and grow a few culinary herbs that I use regularly. I have only recently been thinking about expanding that. I am interested in natural remedies for anxiety. There a few people in our family that suffer with anxiety, depression and the inability to stay asleep.

  37. I read about rubbing Vicks on the bottoms of your feet for a cough. Since my cough is always in my throat (and never in my feet), I decided to rub a tiny dab of Vicks on my throat instead. It works instantly. I use the Dollar Store brand as well, and it works, too.

  38. I have used coconut oil and olive oil and baking soda for a few things, but admit that I don’t have a lot of knowledge of natural remedies.

  39. I’m trying to learn as much as I can about esssential oils and herbs. We’ve been growing and dehydrating herbs and the natural ‘goodies’ found in the yard (plantain, comfrey). I fear I have a long way to go in getting all the knowledge I’d like to have.

  40. I’ve made a all natural first aid salve and body spray. Next up is elderberry syrup! thanks for the chance to win this book.

  41. I made up a batch of your arthritis buster to use on my wrist joints. This was my first time using essential oils for anything, and it seems to be working! My wife keeps asking me if it’s mental or physical, and I tell her it doesn’t matter as long as the pain is pushed back! Thanks, Gaye!

  42. Colloidal Silver, we use it for sore throats, skin infections, all along with meds we’re taking as well. Would like to know, can we over use it?

  43. What a useful book. I plan on planting some more herbs next spring and this would be helpful in choosing what to plant.

  44. About the only thing I can think of is using natural local honey for allergies. I have in the past used a whole clove in a cavity to relieve a toothache.

  45. I have this book on my list.My first go to natural remedy is my essential oils. Lavender and Tea Tree since they are do versatile. Thank you for the chance.

  46. I dabble some in essential oils, and am very interested in learning more herbal and traditional healing modalities.

  47. I’ve been making tinctures for several years, but since I’ve had few health problems, I haven’t used many of them yet. However, I’ve had fast results with cayenne tincture for what is probably arthritis pain. It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory. Mullein tincture helps when I’m congested. Colloidal silver seems to be a remedy for almost everything, so I bought a C.S. generator and have been happy using my own home-made product. I’ve offered tinctures to several friends when they’ve had problems, but most folks can’t get out of the box enough to try anything their doctor hasn’t recommended. I make tinctures because I find it fascinating, and may sell them someday, along with stockpiling for when TSHTF.

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