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 essential oils.
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. Today I share eight oils for your first aid kit that are tried and true.
When it comes to using essential oils topically, most recipes will simply say “add to carrier oil and apply”. That sounds simple enough but the reality is that measuring the proper number of drops can be hit or miss. Instead create a salve, body butter, or lotion bar using the healing combination of lavender, rosemary, and peppermint essential oils.
Have you wondered about the hoopla surrounding body butters? A body butter is like a salve except it does not include beeswax and has a creamy, silky feeling when applied to the skin. Here is my version, including instructions for making a body butter version of “miracle healing salve”. You are going to love it!
Who said spring and summer colds don’t happen? Here are two ways to create a cold and flu bomb salve on the fly as well as a technique for creating your own custom salves.
Is is safe to ingest essential oils? That is a frequent question among new users of essential oils and one that should be taken seriously. In the article, learn why I make a case NOT to take essential oils internally. At the end of the day, you be the judge.
I am frequently asked whether I would be willing to sell some of my salves. Alas, the answer is always no, I am not set up to do that. For that reason I am thrilled that Spark Naturals is now selling salves, including a “Base Foundation Salve” that is similar to my own “Simple Salve”. In this article I describe each of the new salves plus tell you how you can create your own custom healing salves. Not only that, Spark Naturals is sponsoring a giveaway to win a set of all six of their salves. This is the giveaway you have been waiting for!
Everyone dreads cleaning toilets and using toxic chemicals does not make the process any more pleasant. In a quest for self-sufficiency, I have learned to make natural, chemical free toilet bombs using simple, inexpensive ingredients. I won’t say that cleaning toilets is now fun, but it sure is a lot easier. Give these DIY Toilet Bombs a try – you will not be disappointed!
Making your own foaming hand soap is so easy and the results are so good that I can’t believe I have not done this before now. In this article, learn how to make your own DIY Foaming Hand Soap for $1.12 for a full, 12 ounce bottle. I love saving money this way, don’t you?
When it comes to skincare products, the sky is the limit cost-wise. Why not make your own using pure, natural ingredients with names you can pronounce. Whether you make them for yourself or for gift giving, here are 4 amazing skincare products to make using essential oils.
What are the best essential oils to store for the long term? Learn about the 9 best essential oils for your survival kit and the top 4 ways to use them.
Mitigating the pain and suffering from a toothache is just one of the many ways to benefit from clove essential oil. Here are 20 ways to use clove oil some of which may surprise you.
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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,…
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…
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a silent killer that is often goes unrecognized. When my own blood pressure started to climb, I knew I had to take action. With the blessing of my physician, I came up with an essential oil protocol that has worked for me. With this salve, you may be able to manage and treat high blood pressure.