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.
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?
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.