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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Emergency Preparedness and First Aid with Essential Oils



NOTE: I'm not selling any of these things, and this is not a promoted post. I simply included links to help those who are interested learn more about them. I just wanted to share my excitement with you all about my new discovery! :) 



I'm the world's most skeptical person. For years I've fought the idea that a drop of oil on your skin could help your mind and body. I guess I've always figured if we didn't need modern medicine, we wouldn't be using it (silly American attitude!). Over the last year or so, my sisters have insisted I try a few essential oils when I'm struggling, or when someone gets hurt, and I've seen real results. 

I've also been exploring emergency preparedness. Should anything happen (and something WILL, because we are not invincible), I'd like to be prepared to take care of my family. 

Food storage is something I grew up with, in a Mormon family from Utah.

I also learned an important lesson about water storage when the water main broke in our front yard this year, and we were without running water for 8 days. I was in shock how quickly our water supply (which we store in 2-liter soda bottles in the basement) disappeared. Just keeping dishes clean to eat on, washing hands and faces, and minimal drinking water disappeared SO FAST.

Other things I hadn't even thought of: 
  • Toilet paper/Baby wipes (this will become currency someday, I'm just sure of it)
  • Tampons/pads (can you imagine being without when you needed these???)
  • (Alternative uses for tampons/pads)
  • Toothpaste (even just one day without a toothbrush is icky...)
  • WEAPONS (something I'd never even thought of in terms of emergency preparedness)
  • The KNOWLEDGE and ability to actually USE those weapons
  • Clothing (your kids will continue to grow! What if the disaster lasts a long time?)
  • Medication 
We can't store up a ton of medication, mostly because the really important stuff (like antibiotics, etc) requires a prescription. If we had to leave our homes, we couldn't bring much of that bulk medicine with us anyway. But there are a LOT of oils, which are very easily carried and last a long time, which can be used for medicinal/first aid purposes.

The best part, to me, is that you can use them on your kids as well as adults. Right now I'm simmering a pot of water with drops of Millenia and WakeUp oil in the kitchen, which will be in the air and help everyone in the house focus and face the day. GoodNite oil (which I use to make amazing bath salts) will help you and your kids fall asleep and sleep all night.

I'm seriously considering becoming a distributor, because I really believe these have helped me in my every day life. That's not for sure, but I'm looking into it.

I'd love to know what your experiences are with Essential Oils, and what do you keep in your emergency kit? 

6 comments:

  1. I love essential oils! Been around them my whole life. (My mom is on the hippie side of things) They are very nice for therapeutic uses.

    It's been interesting to suddenly see them become a trendy thing. Which is great! But here are a few tips:

    1. Don't take it internally. It's not a regulated substance. It's not meant for consumption. (I've heard of people doing this lately, and that's not what EOs are for)

    2. It's best to dilute it when it comes into contact with your skin. Though I've put tee tree oil on zits straight up before with good results.

    3. Don't bother with mixes. Go for the pure stuff. Lavender, eucalyptus, tee tree, peppermint... Etc. make your own mix if you like. But usually the basics are all you need.
    My usual uses:

    -in an oil diffuser. A little oil scent in the air can work wonders!

    -BathtimeI love essential oils! Been around them my whole life. (My mom is on the hippie side of things) They are very nice for therapeutic uses.

    It's been interesting to suddenly see them become a trendy thing. Which is great! But here are a few tips:

    1. Don't take it internally. It's not a regulated substance. It's not meant for consumption. (I've heard of people doing this lately, and that's not what EOs are for)

    2. It's best to dilute it when it comes into contact with your skin. Though I've put tee tree oil on zits straight up before with good results.

    3. Don't bother with mixes. Go for the pure stuff. Lavender, eucalyptus, tee tree, peppermint... Etc. make your own mix if you like. But usually the basics are all you need.
    My usual uses:

    -in an oil diffuser. A little oil scent in the air can work wonders!! For me, 20 drops. For kids, more like 10.

    -Perfume! I've been known to dab a little behind my ears.

    -you can also give regular cheap products a little extra something. I've mixed it in everything from shampoo & lotion to laundry detergent.

    Anyway, good luck!

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  2. Not sure why my comment looks crazy... Sorry!

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  3. Your comments section hates me... I hope that makes sense up there!

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    1. Your comment looks great from my end! Thanks for the tips!!! I'm dying of shock over here that your mother is a little on the hippie side of things... *rolls eyes* ;)

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  4. I've just recently gotten into essential oils too. I've been amazed at how much I can replace with them! I use peppermint or eucalyptus for headaches now, and make my own facial astringent with tea tree and clary sage, which I love! I started rubbing my sons feet in the evening with lavender diluted in sweet almond oil too. It really helps him relax and I definitely noticed an improvement in his sleep with that! It's a nice night time routine for the little guy. I haven't thought too much about survival prep, but you've definitely got me thinking on that!

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