essential oils for survival

Essential Oils for Preppers
The Best Essential Oils for Preparedness

Man has lavished in the practice of using essential oils for
thousands of years, and preppers have been among the first to
make extensive use of essential oils in modern times, at least in
North America. The ancient practice of Aryuveda in medicine
continues in India today.

Did you know that when King Tut's tomb was opened they found
350 liters of essential oils in alabaster jars? Did you know
Frankincense (incense) is mentioned more than 50 times in the

Harnessing the power of essential oils were the Pharaohs of
Egypt; Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine; and
reportedly also, the three wise men! According to Matthew 2:1-
12, wise men came from the East to visit Jesus, bearing gifts of
gold, frankincense (an aromatic gum resin used in incense and
perfumes), and myrrh (another aromatic plant resin).

Get wise to essential oils and discover their natural healing

Essential Oils for Preppers
Wondering what are the most essential Essential Oils for
preppers? Here's a list of the most essential Essential Oils for

#1  Essential Oils: Frankincense Essential Oil.
If you're starting out in essential oils, frankincense* is a "wise"
choice, since it was a gift of the three wise men. The botanical
name for Frankincense is "Boswellia serrata." It has a rich woody,
earthy scent with a deeply mysterious nuance dating to biblical

Frankincense is indeed mysterious. It's not only an excellent
mosquito, flee, tick and fly repellent, but it is an
astringent, carminative (to prevent formation of gas in the
gastrointestinal tract), diuretic, sedative, tonic and expectorant.
It has a grounding aroma that's often used in meditation.
Frankincense may help rejuvenate aging skin, and is effective
with bacterial and fungal infections as well.

#2 Essential Oil: Myrrh.
Mysterious, mystical, magical, mrryh* is the most referenced
essential oil in the bible! Myrrh (botanical name  "Commiphora
myrrha") has a warm, rich, spicy balsamic aroma. Essential Oil of
Myrrh has been used for thousands of years to treat infected
wounds. Oddly, Myrrh was used in embalming, making it an
unusual gift for the baby Jesus. It may have been symbolic;
however, Myrrh has qualities which make it an
antibacterial as

#3: Essential Oil: Thieves Oil*.
A blend of essential oils, Thieves Oil, by Young Living Essential
Oils, was tested at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, and
found to be effective against airborne bacteria! During the 15th-
century plague, thieves used an oil of cloves, rosemary, and
other aromatics to protect themselves while robbing plague

Thieves Oil will remind you a bit of potpourri! Thieves by Young
Living is the brand to own. Among the top prepper essential oils,
thieves oil combines essential oils of Cinnamon, Clove,
Eucalyptus, Lemon and Rosemary. Below are some popular uses
by preppers in the medical community:

  • Thieves oil and Upper Respiratory Infections: In the
    Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not
    on the Way, by Joseph Alton M.D. and Amy Alton ARNP, this
    medical duo recommends stocking up on Thieves Oil (page
    78 of their book) for upper respiratory infections.

  • Thieves Oil and Ebola: They say Ebola isn't airborne, but
    why not dab a little Thieves Oil during this whole Ebola
    thing for extra measure? Thieves Oil by Young Living
    Essential Oils, pictured immediate left was tested at Weber
    State University, Ogden, Utah, and found to be effective
    against airborne bacteria! During the 15th-century plague,
    thieves used an oil of cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics
    to protect themselves while robbing plague victims.

  • Grab your Thieves Oil for Enterovirus, too! Enterovirus EV-
    D68, the other pandemic, is spreading with thousands of
    kids nationwide. What are the symptoms of EV-D68?
    Primarily Enterovirus is a respiratory illness, accompanied by
    fever, skin rash, mouth blisters, body and muscle aches. Its'
    time to get out your Thieves oil, elderberry, Calcium pills
    and other super immunity boosters.

#4 Essential Oil: Tea Tree Essential Oil* (Melaleuca
Tea tree oil is an essential oil used as a disinfectant and
antiseptic for centuries. Culled from the leaves of a tree
(Melaleuca alternifolia), native to Australia, Tea Tree Oil is a
powerful immune stimulant, that can help fight bacteria, and
viruses. Applied topically, it's a natural antiseptic that can help
fight nail fungi and acne.  In aromatherapy, tea tree essential oil
is purifying uplifting and cleansing. (NOTE: Please do NOT
ingest. Tea Tree Oil can cause extreme and severe vomiting.)

#5 Essential Oil: Lavender.
Lavender essential oil has a soothing and relaxing scent that
adds a sense of calm. Heal wounds with lavender, get rid of bugs
naturally with lavender, sleep better with lavender, and so much
more. Discover how lavender essential oil can help preppers

#6: Essential Oil: Lemon Essential Oil.
Lemon essential oil is sometimes used to get rid of spiders.
Mostly used for cleansing, there are many ways to us lemon
essential oil:
  • diffuse lemon essential oil to help fight infections and clean
    the air.
  • diffuse lemon essential also to help combat depression.
  • add fresh lemon or food grade lemon essential oil to
    steamed veggies
  • dilute lemon essential oils with water and spray on fruit to
    keep it from browning, which is ideal for school and work

#7: Essential Oil: Lemon Eucalyptus.
Lemon Eucalyptus (botanical name Eucalyptus Citriodora) is very
different from Lemon essential oil. Lemon Eucalyptus has a
camphorous odor with a sweet, citrus undertone. Historically,
essential oil enthusiasts have used Eucalyptus to combat fevers,
cold and flu symptoms as well to help alleviate sinus issues.  
Other common uses include help for arthritis, bronchitis, and poor
circulation. Indeed, Lemon Eucalyptus Oil a fine addition to the
list of pandemic preparedness and supplies.

Lemon Eucalyptus, 100% pure essential oil, pictured right is
packaged in dark amber glass bottle with euro style dropper cap
and includes  the "101 Ways to Use Essential Oils" brochure with
each order.

  • Another suggested usage (Awaken the Mind): 6 drops of
    lemon eucalyptus with 12 drops grapefruit and 1 ounce
    water in a mister.

#8: Essential Oil: Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil.
Cinnamon Leaf Oil (distinctly different from Cassia) is extremely
effective against anti-biotic resistant bacteria, which makes a
powerful food safe nontoxic disinfectant to disinfect Kitchen
cupboards, inside refrigerators and toys. Cinnamon Leaf Oil
promotes circulation, helping to alleviate aches and pains. As
well, Cinnamon Leaf oil builds and maintains a healthy immune
system and has long been used to flavor food and for its internal
health benefits.

Cost effective
powerful black ant repellent and general household
insect repellent. Commonly used to get rid of stubborn odors
especially around trash cans and toilets. A drop mixed with water
can be used in a diffuser to enhance mood and winter blues.
Often used to improve alertness and memory. Ideal as massage
oil when blended with a carrier oil to relieve tired and aching
muscles because of the warming properties of Cinnamon Oil.
Excellent mold killer in bathrooms. Kills plants mold and fungus
on leaves. Extremely effective against anti-biotic resistant

  • Ceylon Cinnamon* and cinnamon Oil*. You may recognize
    the flavor of cassia as cinnamon, but the only true cinnamon
    is Ceylon cinnamon, which is the inner bark of the
    Cinnamomum verum tree, native to Sri Lanka. Ceylon
    cinnamon has a rich hstory as spice and a medicine. It has
    anti-clotting benefits, anti-microbial activity and can even
    help control blood sugar and boost brain function.
    Antibiotics won't work for Ebola, but Cinnamon may help.

#9: Essential Oil: Oil of Oregano (Origanum)*.
Spicy and invigorating, Oil of Oregano has been used to support
digestive, respiratory and joint health. Beware that oil of
Oregano is very pungent and for some taking it in capsule form is
the best alternative! Pictured left, Oregano, a gel capsule, is
made of Oil of Wild Oregano and does not contain any additives
or chemicals. An active ingredient in Oil of Oregano is carvacrol,
may provide support to the immune system and it also
inhibits the growth of bacteria.

According to Dr. Oz, "Oil of oregano, which is distilled from the
flowers and leaves of the oregano plant, could be one of
nature's most powerful antibiotics."

#10: Essential Oil: Peppermint Oil*.
Revitalizing, invigorating and cooling when applied topically as
aromatherapy, peppermint oil also helps with fevers, headaches,  
sinuses, as well as muscle and nerve pain. Use a peppermint oil
spray to clean and wash kitchen worktops, counters and surfaces.

  • medicinal purposes:
  • combating stomach ailments, such as Irritable Bowel
  • helping bruises heal more rapidly
  • soothing sore joints.
  • relieving a headache! Just rub a few dabs on your temples.

Avoid use  of peppermint essential oil during pregnancy!

#11: Essential Oil: Clove Oil*.
Clove oil is a both an antimicrobial and an analgesic. A wonderful
addition to your dental medic kit, the warm, pungent oils of clove
have served historically for digestive, dental and skin health.

  • It's a painkiller: Applied topically, cloves help numb to ease
    dental pain.

Aromatherapy: Looking for more fun with Essential Oils?

Essential oils for allergies:
  • clary sage
  • clove oil
  • cypress oil
  • elderflower oil
  • elecampane oil
  • eucalyptus oil (different from lemon eucalyptus oil)
  • frankincense oil
  • lemongrass oil
  • lemon oil
  • peppermint oil
  • plantain oil
  • ravensara oil
  • rosemary oil
  • tea tree oil
  • lavender oil

Essential oils for beginners
Essential oils for beginners, pictured immediate right, are 100%
pure, dynamic substances distilled from plant matter such as
flowers, leaves, seeds, roots, or woods; there are no carrier oils.
The essential oils are great for aromatherapy use and the set
  • Bergamot
  • Clary Sage
  • Eucalyptus
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Patchouli
  • Rosemary ~ detoxifying for the liver!
  • Spearmint
  • Helichrysum Gymnocephalum Essential Oil* (rambiazina). In
    aromatherapy, Helichrysum Gymnocephalum Essential Oil,
    pictured at the bottom of the page by Nature's Kiss, may
    provide benefits for rheumatism arthritis, herpes virus,
    hematoma, varicose ulcers, dermatitis, gingivitis, gout,
    bronchitis and goiter.* Applied topically, it may provide
    quick healing of scar tissue.

Get the Reference Guide for Essential Oils. It is the bible for
essential oils, and speaking of the bible: Frankincense and Myrrh
are two holiday-appropriate gifts to give. The botanical name for
Frankincense is "Boswellia serrata." It has a rich woody, earthy
scent with a deeply mysterious nuance dating to biblical times.
According to Matthew 2:1-12, wise men came from the East to
visit Jesus, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense (an aromatic gum
resin used in incense and perfumes), and myrrh. Myrrh is an
antimicrobial, antifungal, astringent. See more below...

They are used in many ways:

  • Topical: Topically, essential oils are usually paired with a
    carrier oik, though  sometimes they are diluted with water.

  • Diffusion: According to Country Wisdom & Know-How,
    Everything You Need To  Know to Live Off the Land, from
    the Editors of Storey Books, "The aromatic diffuser first
    appeared in Paris in 1960, when Dr. Bidault demonstrated
    the germicidal action of aromatic essences on tuberculosis,
    whooping cough and influenza." The finding was that a
    "disinfection of the air surrounding a patient had a
    therapeutic preventive effect.

  • Internally: Here is a heavy heed of caution. Pure Essential
    oils are for external use only (unless you are a professional
    trained)! Follow only the advice of a doctor trained in
    Medicinal Aromatherapy, usually in Europe.

The word "essential" refers to the "essence" of the plant. A pure
essential oil may be a distillation from the whole plant while
others may be extracted from berries, flowers, fruit, leaves,  
resin, rind or roots.

Tips For Using Essential Oils:

Essential Oil Tip #1: Get a good reference guide.
The ultimate reference guide for essential oils, by Connie and
Alan Higley, comes highly recommended by the prepper
community, including
Patriot Nurse. Reference Guide for Essential
, pictured left, is packed with hundreds of footnotes,
summaries and references for more than 300 published research
studies on essential oils and essential oil constituents.  Further,
this book's unique new color-coded system makes it simple for
anyone to quickly find-and confidently use-recommended
essential oils, oil blends, and essential oil-inspired supplements
for hundreds of different health and wellness conditions.

Another good resource is the
Essential Oils Pocket Reference,
also pictured left. It's a #1 best seller from a trusted source,
Amazon. It's compact, but don't let the size fool you. It's thick
and now contains 80 additional pages with new information
specifically in the Single Oils, Essential Oils Blends, and Personal
Usage sections.

Above left, is the Modern Essentials Bundle, a Contemporary
Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, which has
information enhanced in the sixth edition for Single Oil and Oil
Blends sections. Also it has a "Quick Facts" box to make it
simple to discover the basics about any oil. An enhanced
Introduction to Essential Oils section with additional illustrations
and explanations on essential oils, their benefits, historical
background, safety information, and more.

Essential Oil Tip #2: Gather the "essentials" for working with
Essential Oils:
  1. Diffuser: Cold air diffusers dispense essential oils into the
    air with an electrical fan to disperse without heating or
    burning the essential oils. The goal of diffusers is to
    disburse the essential oils without heating them through a
    nebulizer inside a glass bell. A diffuser provides a fine mist
    of negatively charged ions. (Negative ions are a positive
    thing! You get them also from going to the beach.)
  2. Dark bottles with a tight stopper.  Light and heat are
    enemies of essential oils. A dark bottle will keep out the
  3. Small funnel for mixing.
  4. Dropper.
  5. Carrier oils.

Essential Oil Tip #3: Know the origin of your essential oils.
Why is the origin of your essential oil so important? It's partly
because soil conditions dramatically effect the quality of your
oils. An essential oil coming from more than one country
indicates a problem of consistency. (Thieves oil is an exception
because it is a blend.) The most reputable manufacturers will list
the country of origin. Another reason is because a plant may be
native to one country! A good example is  Melaleuca alternifolia,
which is native only to Australia.

Essential Oil Tip #4: Buy essential oils in small, dark bottles.
Sometimes smaller is better and with essential oils this is the
case. It evaporates easily, which means you'll want to keep the
lids sealed and to purchase in small bottles.

Essential Oil Tip #5: Beware of synthetic aromatics.
Essential oils come from the essence of the entire plant. It is not
simply an essence. Avoid fillers, additives, bases or carriers in
your essential oils.

Essential Oil Tip #6: Don't use essential oils if you are
pregnant or nursing or have a chronic illness.

  • Highly sensitive? In rare cases essential oils are associated
    with side effects. Remember a drop of essential oil goes a
    long way! Use your oils sparingly, and always test for
    sensitivities before fully incorporating essential oils into
    your regimen.

  • Have a medical condition? Essential oils could be downright
    unsafe for anyone who suffers from epilepsy, high blood
    pressure or who has liver problems.

  • Taking medicine? As well, Essential oils may interact with
    medicines you may be taking, so it's important to talk with
    your physician. Even if you're not taking an

  • Pregnant or nursing? Essential oils to avoid if you are
    pregnant or lactating include:
  • Angelica
  • Basil
  • Calums
  • Celery Seed
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Citronella
  • Clary Sage
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • French lavender (lavendula stoechas)
  • Hyssop
  • Marjoram
  • Nutmeg
  • Palo Santo
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Tansy Idaho
  • Tarragon
  • Wintergreen

Essential Oil Tip #7: Use caution with children.

  • Keep essential oils away from children! Tea Tree oil is
    among the top essential oils to keep away from children.

  • Mild oils are fine for general use with children, but improper
    dilution can irritate skin, so steer clear of citrus essential
    oils with kids. For example, do not handle peppermint oil or
    citrus oils with your hands, which may touch eyes.

  • Don't use French lavender (lavendula stoechas) around
    children or pregnant/and or lactating women, but it's okay to
    use lavender (lavendula angustifolia).

A Close Second to Essentials Oils
Tinctures and extracts are not essential oils, but also worth
considering for preppers who enjoy essential oils is witch hazel
extract. While Witch Hazel comes from the leaf and twig, the
method of manufacturing is different from an essential oil. For
example, the plant extraction happens through alcohol
absorption, much the way they may vanilla.

Witch Hazel leaf and twig extract with organic alcohol, is a
dietary supplement you take 2-3 times a day in a small amount
of water to support healthy veins. This is a holistically balanced
liquid extract absorbs faster than tablets or capsules and is more
potent than a tincture. As with all supplements, this product is
not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It
contains alcohol, so keep away from children.

Witch Hazel is an antiseptic and is a skin relief for bug bites,
blemishes and even diaper rash.

Happy endings...
Essential oils are a natural with preppers. You might say it is
"essential" to survival. Essential oils are a gift from nature.
Essential Oils could very well be "essential" for preppers in an
apocalypse, so let nature be your pharmacy, now!

Essential Oils are naturally derived and powerful substances so
use them with caution because the potent extract contains
natures "chemicals". In fact, chemists have often tried to
replicate the goodness of nature.

Related articles...

NOTE: The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not
recommend that Essential Oils be taken internally unless under
the supervision of a Medical Doctor who is also qualified in
clinical Aromatherapy.

* These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. For any
health or dietary matter, always consult your physician. This information is intended for your
general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for
specific medical conditions. Never disregard or delay in seeking medical advice when available. As
a reminder, these statements about extracts have not been evaluated by the United States Food
and Drug Administration.

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