Lately it seems that I can not get through the day without banging my shins against something, getting bit by an insect, burning myself while reaching into the oven, or having a dry skin itch-attack then scratching my skin raw. Nothing major, mind you, but I do look like I have been through a war zone. In the old days, my solution to treating these surface wounds has been to reach for the Neosporin and slather it all over the place. In the new days, meaning now, I ditch the petroleum based ointment in favor of a more natural remedy.. . . Read More
Interested in Essential Oils?
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.
Anyone who has used essential oils for a period of time will find that they reach for the same tried and true oils over and over again. In my case, there are the go-to standards lavender, peppermint, rosemary and frankincense but in addition, there is Lemongrass. Three years ago, I thought lemongrass was an herbal plant used in tea and in Asian cuisine. While I still enjoy a soothing cup of lemongrass and ginger tea, these days lemongrass essential oil serves an important role in my first aid kit as well.. . . Read More
One day, a few years ago, I happened to notice that my husband Shelly was wearing a long-sleeved shirt on a hot summer day. When I questioned him, he gave be a funny look then rolled up his sleeve to show me a large, unsightly, and extremely crusty patch of something on his elbow. Not knowing what it was, I suggested some heavy duty moisturizer and left it at that. When this dry, itchy patch on his elbow did not go away, it was time for a trip to the doctor who diagnosed psoriasis and prescribed a prescription steroid cream. Mind you, this was before I became a total convert to natural remedies and the use of essential oils for health and wellness. . . . Read More
A few months back I made a batch of Cayenne Salve. It was simple to do. After infusing the ground cayenne pepper in olive oil, I added some beeswax and was good to go. My feeling was this: if a catastrophic disruptive event occurred, after a year or two I would exhaust my supply of pain relieving essential oils and then what? The answer, I hoped, was to infuse spices and herbs in a carrier oil and use the resulting concoction instead. If I could turn the results into a salve, all the better. Fortunately, infusing spices and dried herbs is very easy to do. It does take a couple of weeks but other than that, all you need is a carrier oil, your spice and herb mixture, and a covered jar. It really does not get much simpler than that. . . . Read More
Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog. The big day is here and as you are reading this, I am probably sweating bullets as I take my Ham Technician License test. I have taken a lot of practice exams – oh, say 40 or 50 times – and am passing with scores of 30 and 31 out of 35 but still, you just never know. So, as I write this I am stressed and need to study more so I will keep today’s Buzz brief.. . . Read More
Something of that concerns every single one of us is how we will deal with health issues in the event modern medicine and western doctors are no longer available to keep us well. This goes far beyond current health woes because, as you know, stuff happens and someone that is perfectly healthy one day may be stricken with a health-related malady the next.
With that introduction, a few months back I decided to explore whether the use of essential oils could help manage high blood pressure during times of trouble. From the get go, I will tell you that managing blood pressure with essential oils is a very personal quest. My own, traditionally perfect blood pressure, had suddenly taken a leap from 120/80 to 160/90 and higher. I was not a happy camper.. . . Read More
It has been a year since I first proposed that you ditch the petroleum jelly in favor of a more natural DIY salve. At the time, I named the salve I came up with “Plain Ole’ Salve”.
During the ensuing year, I have turned to this easily made salve over and over again. Not only is it a superb moisturizer, but because it is fragrance free, it has become the perfect base for all of my many essential oil concoctions.. . . Read More
When it comes to prepping, having the ability to fend for yourself for an extended period is a universal goal. First, comes water, then comes food, and next, for many, comes first aid. And therein lies the rub, no pun intended. A cold or a cough can take you down in a flash, whether it is an annoying sniffle or a wracking, chest pounding cough. It is no fun and you are going to want to get rid of it fast. Alas, there are all types of over-the-counter remedies available to you but there are a few problems with them. . . . Read More
Once you move beyond the basic, everyday essential oils that we all know and love, it becomes time to explore some of the more esoteric oils that solve specific ailments. In my own exploration of essential oils, a specific ailment high on my list was relief from muscle and joint pain. The oil of choice? Birch essential oil for arthritis and other aches and pains of the muscles and joints is perfect! Not only is Birch effective against common, everyday aches and pains, but it is superior if not outstanding in providing relief from arthritis joint pain and those deep, spasmodic cramps that only seem to visit in the dead of night. . . . Read More
Essential oils have taken the prepper world by storm and with good reason. For a relatively low cost, a few bottles of carefully selected essential oils can resolve a myriad of first aid woes, not the least of which are colds and flus, headaches, minor infections, and those dreaded aches and pains caused by sore muscles, charley horses, and more. Each month, as I have written about essential oils, the message has come back loud and clear. “We want specifics!”. . . . Read More
About a month ago, I thought to myself, “Self, wouldn’t it be nice to have some of my healing salve in lotion bar form?”. This has been something I have often considered but as with a lot of projects, it kept moving to the back burner. Finally though, I got serious and in order to keep myself on track, reported my intentions on the Survival Buzz. Before we start, let me say this. Making lotion bars is so dang easy and the results so darn great, I should have done this months ago. . . . Read More
When it comes to essential oils, I believe practical and anecdotal uses are those that can be relied upon to deliver the best results. And so it is with one of the most powerful and versatile oils available, Frankincense. I do not say this lightly because truth be told, I initially shunned Frankincense, or “Frank” as it is called, because I thought it both exotic and expensive. Slowly, though, I began to recognize its value especially when it comes to skin and wound care and its remarkable ability to relieve inflammation and pain. . . . Read More