Survival Buzz: Prepping and Self-Sufficiency are Peas in a Pod

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jul 2, 2019
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In analyzing the most popular articles of 2015, I was more than a little bit surprised to learn that the most viewed articles last year were mostly related to self-sufficiency (DIY) and essential oils.  Not all but most.

At first, I found this discouraging because after all is said and done, this is a preparedness website site.  Upon reflection, however, it all made sense.  There really is no hard and fast line that differentiates between prepping and self-sufficiency.  As a matter of fact, prepping and self-sufficiency are peas in a pod!

Prepping and Self-Sufficiency are Peas in a Pod | Backdoor Survival

Here is one definition of Prepping:

The practice of making active preparations for a possible catastrophic disaster or emergency, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies.

“Prepping is a way of life and there is always something new to learn, tasks to do, and gear to purchase.”

And of Self-Sufficiency:

Having the ability to supply one’s own or its own needs without external assistance.

As with prepping and homesteading, preparedness and self-sufficiency go hand on hand.

Where do essential oils fit it?  Using essential oils frees us from the shackles of chemical laden first aid products as well as big pharma.  They give us the ability to treat minor ailments naturally.  Using various plant based oils also gives us insight into the use of plants, barks, flowers, and herbs that may be infused in an oil or even vinegar to provide healing qualities when there is nothing else available.

So what were those most-viewed articles of 2015 as opposed to the “Best of 2015”?  Here they are in order of popularity.

1.  The Miracle of Tea Tree Oil: 80 Amazing Uses for Survival

2.  22 Powerful Uses of Frankincense Essential Oil

3.  9 Tips for Buying Property With Little or No Money

4.  DIY Miracle Healing Salve

5.  DIY Liquid Castile Soap “Wonderful”

6.  How to Recharge Alkaline Batteries

7.  44 Fantastic Uses of Paracord for Prepping and Survival

8.  Managing Blood Pressure With Essential Oils

9.  40 Items to Barter in a Post-Collapse World

10.  How to Sharpen Razor Blades for the Long Term

11.  The Miracle of Peppermint Oil: 20 Practical Uses for Survival

12.  20 Items to Kick Start Your Food Storage Plan

13.  25 Ways to Use Oregano Essential Oil for Health and Wellness

14.  50 Ways to Use Duct Tape for Survival

15.  60 Emergency Supplies You Can Buy for a Buck

Backdoor Survival Mail Bag & Reader Tips

Brenda asked:

I’m new to essential oils, so I joined Spark Naturals Oil of the Month club.

My question is, when you say so many drops, do you mean from the top of the bottle or do you take the tops off and use a dropper. I’ve never been clear on this.

This is such a common question, that I am sharing my response here.

That is an excellent question, Brenda, and I will do my best to answer it for you.

Both methods are correct and a matter of preference. I prefer to take off the included dropper (its official name is “orifice”) because using it is difficult to control. Instead I use a regular eye dropper or one of those accessory droppers you can buy to replace the regular top. If you decide to toss the orifice, make sure that the next time you use the bottle you remember to check first. Been there done that and lost an entire bottle of Peppermint EO that way.

Most of the time I take off the orifice and replace it with an accessory dropper. As I recall, you can purchase 5 in a package for about $2 on the Spark Naturals site.

One other thing.  I always wrap a rubber band around the bottles that do not have a dropper.  That way I won’t accidently dump the entire bottle on myself, into my diffuser, or into whatever concoction I happen to be making at the time.

In the event you are curious, last week I put up a new page describing the Spark Naturals Oil of the Month club, including the 2016 line up.  This is the best deal out there on essential oils!

News Flash!  Articles from Around the Web

Did you ever see those cool vintage posters that the government put out decades ago, encouraging people to become more self-reliant? Now, it is illegal in many places to put a vegetable garden in your front yard or to collect the rain from your downspouts. What happened in the past 50 years to cause this change?

There has been a lot of talk about hackers monkeying around in the power grid, but now, for the first time, our fears have been realized. Hackers in the Ukraine attacked substations with a virus that caused a power surge, leaving half of the Ivano-Frankivsk region in the dark.

George Soros is not a good person, but when he makes a prediction, it is worth listening to. According to Soros, the world economy is crumbling in a manner similar to 2008, and trillions of dollars have already vanished.

This has been a very active week for earthquakes. Oklahoma has had numerous earthquakes of over 4.0 in magnitude, and the Pacific Northwest is shaking too, with a period of 427 continuous tremors.

Social Shares for this Coming Week

As  I mentioned last week, not everyone has the time or interest to visit Facebook.  I know that I limit the time I spend there to an hour a week, at most.  On the other hand, I do spend a considerable amount of time posting to the BDS Facebook page.  Even so, FB does not always “show” fans my posts.

For your discernment, here are the best prepping, survival, and homesteading articles from my colleagues in the Professional Prepared Bloggers Group.  I hope you enjoy and learn from them.


Did you know that less than 40% of Americans have enough savings to handle a surprise expense of $1000? So, what would happen if you were in that situation and your pay was interrupted? Without an emergency fund, you are only one missed paycheck away from disaster.  Without an Emergency Fund You Are One Missed Paycheck From Disaster

There could come a day when you can’t rely on store bought, over the counter analgesics, so it is important to know some natural remedies for pain relief. Here are 11 medicinal herbs that help when someone is in pain.  11 Medicinal Herbs To Help You Ease Pain Naturally

If the power is out for an extended period of time, you will still need to wash and dry clothing and linens. Depending on the season (and the weather), hanging your laundry outside may not be an option. Here are some tips for successfully drying clothing indoors.  Line Drying Clothes Indoors Or What to Do When It’s Raining Outside And Your Dryer Is Being Stupid

I love making my own storable food. Check out these instructions for making your own dehydrated potato flakes for your food pantry.  How to Make Dehydrated Potato Flakes from Scratch

I love this list of 60 important rules for survival. Are there any rules you would add?  The Successful Survivalist’s Rules of Life

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The Final Word

As I am writing (current time is 2:15PM on January 8th). the power is out.  I called the power company and we may be on our own for up to 24 hours.  Not to worry, except for the need to get this article uploaded to my servers.  Shelly and I plan to plug in our “survival font module” and go about our life with nary a hiccup.

Don’t you just love it when you know you can still cook, eat, read, and stay warm with plenty of lighting even when there is no power?  All that, plus we can play games and color in our coloring books.  With any kind of luck, crews will restore power and you will be reading this on time.  Otherwise?  Tomorrow is another day.

I just love being a prepper!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  Here are items related to today’s article plus some other personal favorites that I know I can count on to see me through.

TaoTronics Collapsible Lantern:  This TaoTronics Lantern is collapsible, super bright, and water resistant.  It is powered by 3 AAA batteries that will provide brightness for 40 hours. To use this lantern, just pull it open; there are no power switches to mess with.

Glass Droppers, Pack of 6: I bought a package of these and loved them.  When I went to re-order, I accidentally ordered plastic instead glass droppers.  Learn from my mistake.  The price is the same so get the glass ones.

Diamond GreenLight Kitchen Matches – 3 Pack (Strike anywhere):  Our local supermarket in Friday Harbor told us that they do not stock the strike-anywhere matches because they self-combust.  Urban legend or CYA?  Who knows.

Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath:  The hallmark book, by award winning journalist Ted Koppel, will hopefully educate the sheeple and motivate them to embrace the message of preparedness.  For the rest of us, there is much to learn about the state of preparedness, or lack thereof, at the highest levels of our government.  Read more:  Prepper Book Festival 10: Lights Out by Ted Koppel.

Balance (Angie’s Extreme Stress Menders Volume 1): This is the latest book to feed my thirst for coloring books.  I must have spent an hour looking at various coloring books before settling on this one.  I am almost done with the first book I ordered and it was nice because it had a wide variety of designs that gave me a good opportunity to decide what I liked, and what I didn’t.  For me, it is the floral design and mandalas that keep my mind focused to the point that stress just melts away!

Ticket to Ride:  When it comes to board games, this is my favorite.  (It helps that I usually win.)  This is fun for the entire family.  Warning, you and your gift recipient will become addicted and will often ask the question:  Want to play train aka “ticket to ride”?

Now Foods Peaceful Sleep Oil Blend: This budget priced oil has done wonders for my sleep.  It is a blend of Orange, Tangerine, Lavender, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, and Sandalwood.  I am using 30 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil.  My preference is BDS Simple Salve (that you can make yourself).  You could also try making a room spray by adding 30 drops to 1 oz. of witch hazel in a a spray bottle.

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8 Responses to “Survival Buzz: Prepping and Self-Sufficiency are Peas in a Pod”

  1. This seems like a great list to get started. Very doable! Love this simple approach.

  2. A very minor snowstorm hit the area. A transformer blew out in the parking-lot of a good sized grocery store sending sparks everywhere and it lit up the night sky pretty good. The usually well lit parking lot was mostly dark, the power was partially out in the grocery store, but they still did business. As we checked out, the average looking and very young checker girl looked like she had lost her wits a bit and told us in all seriousness that she thought they were under a terrorist attack.

    It’s difficult to accept that people are really that on edge (brainwashed, maybe?) and clueless. I mean, caution and awareness is one thing,… this wasn’t any of that. She oozed helplessness.

    • @Helot: No disrespect intended to the younger girl, but just let her ooze, as you put it, because sooner or later the puss will empty the festering boil of helplessness, or she will just ‘ooze out’ and die the premature death of a non prepper. Seriously, what else can we do?

  3. Good morning, we’re in the deep freeze in South Texas today. It’s 38 degrees and won’t get above 50 degrees until about noon. Gosh, do I ever worship the banana belt…lol. You made the comment, “I love prepping”. Well, the L word makes the difference in how far we go towards self sufficiency and survival itself. If we don’t love prepping and the humble independence it gives us then what’s the use to even can the first jar of tomatoes. Without love, prepping becomes at best a hobby, at worst a task, and not the all encompassing way of life it is intended to be. We not only have to love what we do, we have to love what it does for us, that being, insulates those that love the calling to get the world off of our backs and enjoy life at a much more secure, meaningful, and pleasant level, without the parasitic drag of the ‘norms of dependence’ upon a fragile society. May Christ richly bless all of you this day.

    • Regional perspectives Do vary. 38 degrees is a Heat Wave up here in The Northland. The last time it was 38 degrees I was out riding my bike and a younger man coming from the opposite direction on the bike path was jogging in shorts.

      Anyway, for those who care, here’s my civic minded thought to pass along:

      The Constitutional Convention Big Con

      “For a very long period of time we have had an extra-constitutional government, acting unrestrained by what Thomas Jefferson described as “the chains of the Constitution.”

      After the attacks of September 11, 2001, our government has engaged in systematic policies of torture, targeted killing, indefinite detention, and mass surveillance. It violated the rule of law, eroded many of our most cherished values, rights and liberties, and made us less free and less safe.

      Some of these policies, such as torture and extraordinary rendition, are no longer “officially” condoned. But most other policies—indefinite detention, targeted killing or assassination by drones, trial by military commissions, warrantless arrest and imprisonment without legal counsel, warrantless surveillance, and racial, religious, and other forms of profiling—remain core elements of U.S. national security strategy today.

      We have become an invasive leviathan state running out of control, with preemptive, undeclared no-win wars overseas, and a growing police state at home.

      Recently Texas Governor Greg Abbot has called for a new constitutional convention to ratify new amendments to give back more powers to the states and limit the power of the federal government.

      Governor Abbott is probably perfectly sincere in his naïve desire for constitutional reform but the totalitarian statists have been eagerly preparing for such a window of opportunity for decades.

      See [ Proposed Constitution for the Newstates of America ]

      Review your American history. America’s original constitution, the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, was ratified during our American Revolution from the tyranny of King George III and secession from the British Empire.

      Later the Articles were considered unwieldy and too restrictive of power by certain nationalists who believed in a strong consolidated central government. The plotters organized a special convention to meet in Philadelphia in 1787 under the pretext of amending it. Instead they executed a coup d’état. These nationalists met in secret session behind closed doors, completely threw out the Articles and created a totally different constitution and a new mechanism to legitimize their coup.

      A passionate and heated debate over the ratification of the plotter’s Constitution soon resulted between the Federalists (the nationalist supporters of the coup document) and the Anti-Federalists (the opponents of the plotters who supported a decentralized federal republic of explicitly limited power to the general government with most authority residing between sovereign independent states.) They believed that was what our Revolution from Britain had been all about.

      In any new constitutional convention as proposed by the governor and others, history could very easily repeat itself. Delegates could easily get control of the convention through spurious/rigged delegate selection process or parliamentary procedure tactics and substitute a new document such as the proposed Constitution for the Newstates of America referred to above. In one bold gesture it would not only be the end of the republic but of any remnant of liberty itself.

      We are under the most serious constitutional crisis we have faced since 1861.

      We ceased being a decentralized constitutional republic of independent sovereign states in 1865.

      We became a National Security State with the enactment of the National Security Act of 1947, which among other draconian measures, created the Central Intelligence Agency.

      See [ Supplanting the US Constitution: War, National Emergency and ‘Continuity of Government’ ]

      See [ The Deep State: The Unelected Shadow Government Is Here to Stay ]

      See [ National Emergencies and the Subjective Prerogative of the Sovereign ]

      See [ White House Continuity of Government Plan ] Is this parody or leaked expose?

      I believe that two related but seemingly independent efforts of subversion are underway by the statists to impose a fascist government, one openly discussed in the mainstream media – naïve but well-meaning efforts (such as that by the Texas governor) calling for a new constitutional convention (but not how these “reform movements” could be manipulated for totalitarian ends); and the other covert and undiscussed – national emergency planning under executive orders and continuity of government directives.

      We had our “Reichstag Fire” on 9/11 and the implementation of COG, the USA PATRIOT Act, and the various Military Commissions Acts and National Defense Authorization Acts, TSA dehumanizing gate-rape at airports, and the widespread use of SWAT teams and the increasing militarization of local police forces, propelling us into planned chaos and engineered insecurity.

      Calling a new constitutional convention does not address the most serious constitutional crisis we face – that of the usurpation of power and authority of the public state by the deep state.

      Professor of International Law Michael J. Glennon of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University has composed one of the most fascinating and comprehensive studies of what many policy analysts such as Peter Dale Scott are now calling “the public state” and “the deep state.”

      The Harvard National Security Journal online article is entitled “National Security and Double Government.” Glennon contrasts the “Madisonian” public state described in the first three Articles of the United States Constitution (and taught in junior high Civics) with that of the covert “Trumanite” National Security State established in 1947 (and rarely known of by anyone outside its inner clandestine corridors).

      In many ways he is reaffirming what the great Old Right libertarian Garet Garrett prophetically observed at the creation of this monstrosity. Glennon strips bare any illusions as to where the true source of power lies. His descriptions of the inner workings, motivations, bureaucratic inertia, institutional loyalties, of this “double government” are brilliantly outlined. He conclusively demonstrates that although the transparent public face of power in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches may change with each new presidential administration or rotation in office of elected congressional officials or appointments to the courts, the faceless elite forces shaping national security policy are deeply entrenched, unapproachable, and unaccountable.

      This parasitic deep state feeds off its public state host, (and in turn off those hapless tax slaves who sustain both of these ravenous leviathans in our midst). An expanded book-length analysis is also available.

      For the past fifteen years the momentum has been building for a deadlier transformation.”

      – Charles Burris

      I wonder if 50 individual nations is the better route?

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  4. Well Ky had it’s first cold snap of the year. Woke up this morning to 12 degrees, with 2 inches of our first snow. Church was called off because under that 2 inches of snow was frozen ice. When I went out to feed the critters, they didn’t come running like they usually do. The chickens stayed inside their house, and the pigs stayed inside their 3 sided shelter. When the feed hit the food troughs, they came out.
    Days like today, prepping really pays off. I went inside to my greenhouse and picked fresh tomatoes, kale, and Bok-choy. I went to my food storage room and gathered quarts of fresh canned vegetable to make a large pot of vegetable soup.
    Looking outside at the first snow, having a bowl of homemade soup, setting in front of the fireplace makes a fellow feel all warm and cozy.

  5. You know you are prepared very well, when the power is out and your only worry is getting a blog article posted. 😉


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