“Carrier oil” is a phrase commonly tossed about in the world of essential oils. Carrier oils are an important part of essential oil use, so it is important to understand proper application of them. Primarily, they make a dynamic duo with essential oils applied directly to your skin. Topical Application of Essential Oils To understand the importance of carrier oils, it is helpful to first understand why you would want topical application. . . . Read More
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Practical ways to incorporate essential oils into daily life. Plenty of tips and DIY suggestions for using EOs for health, wellness, and first aid purposes. As with everything preparedness related, start slow and learn as you go.
Are you exhausted? Maybe you wake up in the morning a fog, turning to stimulants like coffee to boost your focus. Maybe you hit an afternoon slump at work, finding it harder and harder to push through your projects. Maybe you come home after work wanting nothing more than to collapse on the couch and turn on the TV. Our energy naturally fluctuates throughout the day, but sometimes the energy “valleys” are almost unbearably low. Many factors affect our energy levels, from a high stress lifestyle draining it away to our exercise habits (or lack thereof). The healthier we are with our diet and exercise and sleep, the more energy we will enjoy throughout the day. Beyond implementing healthy habits into your life, you can use natural remedies to boost your energy and imp . . . Read More
Getting diagnosed with asthma was a complete shock to me.I wasn’t the picture perfect image of asthma Hollywood portrays: a little kid with glasses wheezing to keep up with friends on the playground. I was an active world traveler getting diagnosed with asthma in my early twenties. After the initial shock wore off, I began learning as much as I could about the disease. I wanted to understand what was happening in my body and whether my lifestyle choices can play a role. Here’s what I found. Bad news: there is no cure for asthma. Good news: different approaches (like using essential oils) can help prevent and manage symptoms. . . . Read More
The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and with it comes the dreaded allergies. A few minutes spent outside stirs up uncomfortable symptoms like watery eyes and sneezing. No one wants to spend their spring and summer suffering from allergies, yet many people do. Fortunately, there is an all natural solution to managing your allergy symptoms: essential oils. But before we dive into the top essential oils for allergies, it can be helpful to gain a clear understanding of the nature and causes of allergies. . . . Read More
Suffering from a sore throat is a terrible experience. Each swallow feels like a golf ball pushing down your throat. Just laying on the coach is exhausting because of the nagging scratching burning sensation every present throughout the day. You feel miserable. Relief is just around the corner, but not in the form of pills from the pharmacy. For a natural, effective treatment, choose essential oils. . . . Read More
Linking survival and preparedness with essential oils may seem odd but the more you use essential oils, the more you recognize their value in preparing for times when traditional first aid and wellness solutions may be difficult to come by. As someone who started using essential oils in the early 90s, I have come a long way in understanding how and when to use them for healing as well as around the home. Helping me along the way was a big fat book by Valerie Worwood, a book that to this day is my EO bible. Her book was updated late in 2016 and I am over the moon thrilled to introduce you to both Valerie and The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded. . . . Read More
Using a diffuser to dispense the healing qualities of essential oils is one of the easiest ways to become accustomed to their use. Say, for example, someone in your home is sick with a cold or flu. Adding 5 or 6 drops of an anti-microbial essential oil to a diffuser will allow the healing qualities of the oil to disperse and circulate around the room, benefiting all if its occupants. Likewise, if you are having problems breathing, a few drops of an essential oil running in a diffuser can clear the nasal passages and allow you to breathe more easily, especially at night. If this sounds familiar to the old fashioned vaporizer our mother's put in our rooms as kids, you are correct. The concept is the same but instead of breathing in a chemical cocktail invented by the OTC drug ind . . . Read More
A sinus infection is miserable. Technically called sinusitis, this is a common ailment that first appears to be symptomatic of a common cold but in reality, is the result of swollen and inflamed nasal cavities. It is often caused by a virus which means treating with antibiotics is useless. That is just one reason why it makes sense to know how to treat the symptoms of a sinus infection without running to the drugstore for an armload of drugs that either will not work or will make you drowsy and incidentally raise your blood pressure. Over the past couple of months, a number of people around me have suffered from sinus congestion. Like a mad scientist on a mission, I started experimenting with essential oils and with the help of Valerie Worwood's fantastic b . . . Read More
Hand sanitizers have their place in our lives, especially in the sick room where alcohol-based sanitizers rule. On the other hand, many hand sanitizers currently on the market deliver a chemical brew that results in a sticky, nasty mess along with ingredients such as triclosan and other anti-bacterial ingredients that are now suspected to contribute to the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Given that plant-based essential oils are some of the strongest antibacterial and anti-microbial substances around, I have chosen to make my own day-to-day hand sanitizer. I use this hand sanitizer to supplement good old fashioned hand washing with plenty of soap and water. This recipe uses 100% organic, cold-pressed Aloe vera gel, organic coconut oil, and a mix and match blend of ess . . . Read More
As much as I like to try new things when it comes essential oils, I tend to go back to the same oils, day in and day out. This is surprising since my EO drawer is overflowing with over fifty different oils. I consider this good news since, as a prepper, there is only so much I can afford to put away for long term emergency purposes. It is much easier to stockpile and learn the effective use of a handful of oils than the dozens that are out there, just waiting to be put through our personal trial and error cycle.
Although I have written about various oils in the past, every once in a while I like to revisit the topic of essential oils for survival first aid purposes. And beyond that, I like to get second opinions. Today's article is just that, a second opinion on essential oi . . . Read More
When it comes to using essential oils topically, most recipes will simply say “add to a carrier oil and apply”. That sounds simple enough but the reality is that measuring the proper number of drops can be hit or miss. Most EO brands include an orifice style dropper but just when you think you have doled out the requisite drops, more come out. This is not only wasteful, but when it comes to essential oils, using more is not always better. A solution to this dilemma is to create custom salves, butters, and lotion bars that make the application of essential oils a cinch. Not only that, crafting these concoctions and using essential oils in this manner is fun, especially if you are a do-it-yourself type. When creating your own blends, you can mix and match oils at will or stick to a t . . . Read More
For the longest time, I have shunned learning how to make a body butter. Most likely this is due to a commercial product I purchased a few years back that was a sticky, smelly mess. I just did not understand the popularity of such an item and why I should bother.
Fast forward to today and I wanted to come up with a carrier for essential oils that supplemented the simple salve I concoct from coconut oil, olive oil, and beeswax. An important motive was feedback from readers who were allergic to bees. They wanted an elegant solution to making salves without beeswax.. . . Read More