My email runneth over with requests for more information about essential oils. Believe me when I say I am not an expert but as I experiment and learn, I will share my experiences with you. My latest foray into the world of essential oils has been to make “scrubs”. No, I am not referring to the duds worn by medical professionals but rather a grainy concoction of either salt or sugar plus some nourishing oil and essential oils. Some scrubs even include soap and thus become “cleaning” scrubs. Now mind you, these are not just for the ladies. The Survival Husband routinely gets the grit off of his hands and feet using my scrubs. Okay, I perform the scrub-the-feet duty but after 38 years of marriage, what can I say? So, with all of this scrubbing in mind, how about a recipe for . . . 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.
For the past six weeks, I have been exploring alternatives to over-the-counter ointments, salves, and beauty products. Not only are these products expensive, but as I have learned time and time again, they don’t always work. Starting with a basic formula for healing salve that I found on the internet, I decided to make my own all-purpose salve and to test it on various ailments to see how it worked. I added a bit of this, subtracted a bit of that and came up with I call my own Miracle Healing Salve. The funny thing is that when the final results came in, the formula that worked the best as an all-purpose salve was a version included the same blend essential oils I have been using for muscle aches these past ten plus years. Go figure. As easy as this Miracle Healing Salve is . . . Read More
There is something simply enchanting about the herb rosemary. Perhaps it is the aromatic woodsy fragrance and the simple beauty of its feathery fronds. Or perhaps it is the delicate taste that rosemary lends to soups, stews and brewed teas. For me, it is the powerful healing qualities of rosemary essential oil. WHAT IS ROSEMARY? Rosemary is a lovely shrub-like green plant with pale blue flowers and long, needle-like leaves. The aromatic leaves and part of the flowers are used to produce essential oil. Although native to the seaside regions of North Africa and the Mediterranean, today rosemary grows in other parts of the world and is quite prolific. It takes its name from “rosmarinus”, a Latin term meaning "dew of the sea”. This implies that rosemary can thrive without any water . . . Read More
When it comes to essential oils, you will find that everyone has their favorites. There are so many to choose from that deciding which ones to use on a regular basis can be rather daunting. The ultimate selection is further complicated by the fact that many different essential oils have the very same qualities when it comes to healing and other uses. For me, the deciding factor has been multifold. Therapeutic benefit, healing ability, fragrance and cost have played a role in determining what to include in my own collection of essential oils. You already know about two of my favorites, tea tree oil (melaleuca) and . . . Read More
Essential oils have been used for healing and medicinal purposes for centuries and most certainly long before we had pills, capsules and big pharma to take care of our medical and first aid woes. And while there is a place for manufactured pharmaceuticals in our survival medicine kit, there exists the possibility that none will be available or that they will be in such scarce supply that they should be reserved for only the most dire of circumstances. For that reason, many preppers and individuals seeking self-reliance are learning to use essential oils to manage the both routine and not-so-routine maladies that occur in daily life. There are about a dozen or so essential oils . . . Read More