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Prepper Book Festival 9: Prepper’s Natural Medicine

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

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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. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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?

  7. 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!

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