Prepper Book Festival: Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: July 3, 2019
Prepper Book Festival: Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

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.

Valerie Worwood Complete Book of Essential Oils | Backdoor Survival

In a rare interview, Valerie has answered some of the questions you have been asking about essential oils. In addition, I have three copies of her book up for grabs in a giveaway.

So grab a cup of herbal tea, relax and enjoy the interview. Be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Valerie Worwood, Author of The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

As someone who purchased the first edition of your book when it was first released, I am over the top thrilled to see this update. Tell us about the new book and how it differs from the original.

All the information in the 1990 edition is of course still valid. However, the new book contains most everything you need to know about essential oil use for the home practitioner.

As well as 800 formulations for a huge variety of specific needs and uses, there are around 125 profiles of individual essential oils, and profiles of many carrier oils and hydrolats.

There are new chapters including ‘The Self Defense Kit’ – which details information on the antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal essential oils. Another new chapter, ‘Major Health Concerns’ offers advice in cases of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and COPD, for example. Another area I have introduced into the book is ‘Emotional Rescue’, which addresses all manner of issues to do with mind, mood and emotion.

There are 21 chapters in all, including those with specific advice for health issues relating to men, women, children, and people in their maturing years. Essential oils are also extremely helpful for domestic and farm animals, and when protecting land crops.

The “Basic Care Kit” described in chapter 2 includes 10 different essential oils that can resolve a multitude of first aid ailments. That said, for someone on a budget, which five oils would top your list?

To answer your question, I have to think of my own family and if I had to choose five oils they would be lavender and thyme linalol – which I carry with me at all times – followed by geranium, eucalyptus, and Roman chamomile. This chamomile is particularly useful for children.

Each family may have particular conditions or recurring problems and I would advise they look at the index – which is 35 pages long, reflecting the detailed nature of this book – and also refer to the individual essential oil profiles, to see which essential oils most closely match their needs.

When someone is starting out exploring the potential of essential oils, I advise they always purchase the smallest quantity to begin with, so they can see if that oil suits their purposes. If it does, then buy in larger quantity. No oil is wasted, however, because when beyond their therapeutic date they can be used to disinfect the home, or protect crops in the garden.

A question on the minds of many preppers is the long term viability of essential oils. What are your thoughts on best practices for storing essential oils for the long term?

Good question.

The best way to store essential oils is in a cool, dark place away from light, heat, and damp. Undiluted essential oils can be kept for years rather than months but the citrus oils such as lemon, bergamot, orange, lime etc. are an exception to the rule and degrade quickly when exposed to light and oxygen – which happens over time when the bottle is opened.

Some people store citrus oils in the refrigerator to protect their delicate nature for as long as possible. Having said that, I know families in Europe where their heavy-duty home-distilled herb oils are handed down through the family like heirlooms!

Finally, what is on your radar screen for the future? Do you plan on additional books?

It is difficult to find time to write as I am so involved with my patients and research. But no doubt I will be writing again when I have got over the effort of writing the 650 page Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy!

Thank you so much for your interest in my work.

The Giveaway

Three copies of The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded have been reserved for lucky Backdoor Survival readers.

Although there is a free entry for everyone, you will earn five entries by leaving a comment or by becoming a subscriber to the new Strategic Living website where I plan to share more information about the use of essential oils.

A special word about the giveaway question/comment: Please read the question and respond accordingly, even it the answer is “I don’t know”. This week’s question is:

What unusual or unique item do you include in your survival first aid kit and why?

The deadline is 6:00 PM MST Tuesday with the winners notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article. Please note that the winners must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
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Note: Due to customs requirements, this giveaway is only open to individuals with a mailing address in the United States.

The Final Word

I started this article by indicating that survival, preparedness, and essential oils had a place in the overall wellness strategy for preppers. That said, I know that many of you still align essential oils with snake oil. I would like to challenge those of you that feel this way to step outside your comfort zone and give them a try.

A good place to start is with lavender oil, or any of the other oils Valerie mentions as the five basic oils to include in her budget-friendly version of the “Basic Care Kit”. Keep an open mind, do a bit of trial and error, and see if you are not convinced.

Most important, take a chance at winning a copy of the revised and expanded version of The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. This book is worth it ten times over.

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival 14: Books to Learn, Prepare, and Be Ready for Anything.

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Spotlight: The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded

Completely updated, the best book on the topic available anywhere has just gotten better!

A necessary resource for anyone interested in alternative approaches to healing and lifestyle, this new edition contains more than 800 easy-to-follow recipes for essential oil treatments. No one has provided more thorough and accurate guidance to the home practitioner or professional aromatherapist than Valerie Ann Worwood.

In her clear and positive voice, Worwood provides tools to address a huge variety of health issues, including specific advice for children, women, men, and seniors. Other sections cover self-defense against microbes and contaminants, emotional challenges, care for the home and workplace, and applications for athletes, dancers, travelers, cooks, gardeners, and animal lovers.

Since the publication of the first edition of this book 25 years ago, the positive impact of essential oil use has become increasingly recognized, as scientific researchers throughout the world have explored essential oils and their constituents for their unique properties and uses.


Spark Naturals Weekly Specials

This week Spark Naturals is featuring special pricing on a bundle that includes the Health and Wellness Kit plus a bottle of Fractionated Coconut Oil. The price with my discount code BACKDOORSURVIVAL is $69.52. That works out to less than $7 per oil (including pricey Frankincense, normally $24.99) plus your carrier oil. The discount ends up at a whopping 33% plus shipping is free.

Click here for the Health and Wellness + FCO Bundle

If you are not interested in the FCO, in honor of this interview with Valerie, the Health and Wellness Kit alone has also been discounted 25% when using my code.



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97 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival: Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy”

  1. I keep jewel weed soap as I had a severe case of poison ivy when I lived in South Carolina, and that was what finally helped heal my skin.

  2. I keep Oil of Oregano and Olive Leaf capsules to ward off a cold when symptoms first appear or to prevent catching a cold when a loved one is sick.

  3. If you can get a hold of silvadine ointment, it is an amazing burn healer. stupidly you need a prescription, but sometimes a doctor is willing to give you a tube of it. If you can’t get any for your first aid kit, at least keep unscented shea butter (do not have anything with mineral oil, petrolatum, or other petroleum based ingredients in your shea butter…they are cancer causing & completely defeat the purpose of using shea butter). Shea butter is a natural skin healer and wonderful for burns, eczema, etc.

  4. I keep a roller bottle of arthritis pain blend you told of in article posted here. It’s ready to help those sore muscles relax. It’s Birch, Geranium, and Lemongrass equal parts. Roll on and rub in. Helped me get off the narcotics and then the OTC pain meds.

  5. Not really unusual, but colloidal silver and essential oils, for health and healing. I’m working on being more prepared!

  6. It’s not “unusual”, but I have a lot of EO’s in my kit. This book would be a fantastic addition!

  7. Colloidal Silver. It’s great for use on wounds and also for taking by mouth to stop the flu and colds before they get started.

  8. Lavender oil: it’s good for burns, sunburn, pain, anxiety, insomnia, headache, etc. A first aid kit all by itself!

  9. I keep old fashioned diaper pins and a couple of old cloth diapers in my BOB because the pins are sturdier than safety pins and the diapers have multiple uses.

  10. I have barely begun a first aid kit, but I will add Miracle II Neutralizer Gel. This is great for burns, bites, and any other skin problem.

  11. I have quite a few essential oils, but there’s one in particular that may be considered unusual, and that is a blend for women to help with either monthly or menopause symptoms.

  12. I have both a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope. Though not unusual I’d imagine most over look these two items.

  13. I’m not sure if it’s super unique among survivalists, but I always have styptic powder at home and when I’m traveling with my birds. They can break a toe nail or a blood feather, and the styptic powder will stop the bleeding.

    Probably works on people, too; in a dire enough emergency, I’d definitely try it!

  14. I did not enter the giveaway because I already have the book. Just wanted to say that it is a great book and the winners will be very pleased with it. Well worth the purchase price if you are not the winner.

  15. I’m not so sure that this is unusual but I keep QuikClot in my first aid kit. I also keep Lavender and Melaleuca EOs there as well.

  16. I am sorry to say that I have yet to assemble a kit for my vehicle. Making matters worse I have in the past few months developed really bad hip issues which could deter any efforts on leaving my house. One item I definitely would include are some safety pins and fishing line. The reason for them are on advise from an older gentlemen who once was a neighbor. He had told me he was advised by an old Indian who said with those 2 items you could catch fish or prairie chickens to survive on. I also would include a knife, blanket, tarp and water canteen. Probably more items would be useful but we have to go back to ways the Indians used to survive. Boy do I miss that old man and his stories.

  17. I have cut lengths of plastic jugs that can be used a splints instead of buying expensive ones. Easier to show than to explain.

  18. Blood clotting bandage because when processing an animal I have killed the use of a very sharp knife comes in handy and the possibility of a slip creating a bad wound is always a possibility.

  19. I don’t know how unusual it is–but I found some mini-1 time use packs of superglue and bought a bunch of those for first aid kit and home repair. I also ordered a starter EO kit in the recent Spark Naturals sale, and got your discount too. Very thrifty purchase!!

  20. I found that Curad has an antimicrobial gel with silver. Because of all the problems with antibiotics, I keep this in addition to Triple antibiotic cream. I also keep packets of electrolyte solution (flavored) to mix with water in case of dehydration problems

  21. Not really unusual but I keep a sterile vacuum packaged suture pack with sterile sutures along with some betadine swabs and a bottle of betadine solutions for treating wounds and a couple of pneumatic splints to immobilize fractures.

  22. I keep tea light candles and matches, along with a headlamp and batteries in our kit. While those items may not be that unusual, we’ve had our share of accidents in the dark.

  23. I have the other book and am now dying to have the revised and expanded version. The not unusual item that I carry everywhere is tea tree oil. Someone always needs it for something!

  24. I would love to know more about using essential oils. My daughter’s asthma would benefit from this.

  25. I keep a few regular maxi-pads and tampons. They would come in handy to absorb blood from a large wound or even a make shift “plug” for a puncture or gun shot.

  26. Included with my first aid items is a roll on spearmint oil for headaches, which works pretty quickly for me. Love your offers and give-a-ways!

  27. I just received my first order of E.O. and have not gotten started on learning how to use them. As for unusual things in my BOB, I always have nail problems so I have a pair of nail clippers and a file in my BOB. I really need to learn how to make something for shoulder and hand pain.

  28. I keep Neem Oil in my kit. It’s Antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal,
    anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine,
    and nti-microbial. Love it!

    • I am going to add this to my kit as well. It covers many things. Thanks for the info.

  29. Chamomile tea (love tea and chamomile helps a lot when I have allergy related asthma), next would be high proof Vodka or Everclear if legal where you are. Apple Cider Vinegar is also good for a lot of different things.

  30. Styptic pencil. Good for stopping bleeding on small cuts. The one I have is about the size of a crayon. The ones my grandfather had many years ago were about half inch in diameter and about three inches long. He used one when he cut himself shaving and he used another one on the hunting dogs when they cut themselves on the barbed wire fences.

  31. I keep packages of Moleskin Patches in my first aid kit to be used for foot blisters. If anyone knows of any other use for moleskin, I would appreciate additional info.

  32. I keep honey on hand and in my first aid kit because its antibacterial, anti microbial, and good for several different types of wounds, plus it helps soothe sore throats, tastes great, and is a great sweetener 🙂

  33. I have a trauma kit. Folks with minimal first aid skills and medical knowledge may or may not have one. But as a former ER nurse, I have the knowledge to actually utilize it if needed.

  34. Loved reading the article….and other people’s responses. Very informative. Like a couple others, I too, keep neem oil (great for skin conditions) and a colloidal silver making kit (uses batteries). I also have essiac tea herbs (pre-combined) and elderberries for syrup/tincture making. And, I have one container of Manuka honey. Those may be the only unique items I have. I do have a large assortment of EOs. I’m ever-learning their uses.

  35. My wife has colloidal silver and essential oils in her kit. Mine includes two different tourniquets, Israeli bandages, and clotting gauze.

  36. I don’t really have anything unusual. I have made ALOT of tinctures, salves, we have a ton of EOs, saved prescriptions, equipment such as a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, splints, bandages, LOTS of medical books, etc. I’ve also got acupressure tools to help with long-term. I’m getting suture kits, IV bags and such soon too.

  37. I keep various size zip ties which can be used for many different things, i.e., shelter, hand cuffs, attachments, etc.

  38. I think many people know about using tampons to stop blood flow with wounds, but some may think it’s unusual. The OB tampons are especially great because they’re so tiny. Many companies offer free little sample packets that are waterproof and just perfect for tucking into your first aid kit so I also keep adding those to the kit as I see them offered.

  39. I am still learning about survival preparedness so I am thinking bentonite clay and activated charcoal.

  40. I keep a pair of flexible plastic reading glasses (at a higher magnification) in my kit so I can get a better look at instructions or the injury if needed.

  41. Well, poo! My ideas have already been submitted . However, I have my homemade Miracle Salve, in various adaptations (BooBoo, Arthritis, Calming, etc…). E.Os. like Tea Tree, Lavender, and Frankincense. Also, Old fashioned cloth diapers and diaper pins, dental floss and duct tape.

  42. For first aid stuff have Israeli battle bandages and blood clot at the ready. Beyond food, water and band aids, you need a defense. I know this is terrible and extremely illegal but if it happens I will give intruders ONE chance to verify friend or foe, if I get a gunshot or other nasty reply, then I will blind them with a very high power laser. I have a remote controlled device behind a camouflaged 1/2 inch carbon steel plate that I can point 360*. Once I turn it on it does a jidder scan of the suspected areas anyone looking through a scope or binoculars or with naked eyes are instantly blind. If you are looking through a thermal or night vision device the laser will incapacitate it and you will take it off just in time for the second scan. You don’t have to be looking at it just have your eyes open. It is human nature if you see a flash you will look in that direction. I also have hand held devises. Save your ammo. Don’t be fooled if it happens are you prepared to defend our loved ones? By the way sunglasses don’t stop this laser.

  43. Unusual item? A credit card sized magnifier, just in case I need to see something small to make sure a wound is clear of debris before covering it up.

    Love the idea of a styptic pencil. I used to use them back when I used a safety razor, but will definitely get some for SHTF.

  44. Nothing really unusual. EOs, antihistamine, Israeli Bandage. Would love to add this book to my survival library!

  45. Essential oils and also reading glasses in different strengths. My eyes aren’t getting any stronger! Figure several strengths to have as my eyes need the change so I can still see to read!

  46. First aid is an area I don’t feel strong in so I have begun getting resources and training along with natural materials

  47. Extra eyeglasses and repair kit. I am extremely nearsighted and can barely function without wearing my glasses. I keep one at home, one in my car, one in my camping gear, and one in my travel toiletries kit.

  48. Hi there,
    Thanks for all the good information. There is a ton of stuff to learn, and I am just starting research, bouncing between here and We are kind of on a budget right now so looking for a few select ones to start. Mostly for medicinal purposes for the future.

  49. Oh, I did purchase “Two Old Goats” essential oil lotion yesterday, and found that I already have peppermint oil in cabinet (from making candy).

  50. I honestly can not think of anything unusual in my bag but after reading comments I have a few ideas of things I need to add.

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