A crisis can arise without warning at any moment and few people are prepared to handle a
regional event. To make matters worse,
chances are that most folks have no clue how to act if such an event creates medical emergencies. Having a
medical kit is a must for any household, but you should also learn how to use
additional products to extend the life of your supplies. Here is why you should
consider adding essential oils to your medical kit.
Modern medicine is without a doubt the best course of action
when you need to handle a medical issue. However, we have to take into account
the possibility that professional medical help won’t be available during a SHTF event. You also might not have enough of the right
supplies stockpiled. Medicine will run out quickly during a crisis and you won’t be able to re-supply.
When all odds are against you, maybe that’s the time when
you should to draw upon the lessons
taught by our ancestors. They used all sorts of natural medicines that can be found around us, and if they worked for
them, it would surely work for you as well. One of the old remedies people
tend to ignore is the group of essential oils. I’m going to share some of my
practices and hopefully, you will
consider adding them to your medical kit.
What are essential oils?
The women in my family learned how to use herbs and plant
media to treat every health issue that you could think of. From mild colds to burns
and cuts, everything was handled using the natural approach first. I have the knowledge of how plan healing works, and for me, essential oils are more than just
an ingredient for soap making.
Essential oils are liquids containing a high concentration of
aromatic mixtures of compounds obtained from plants. To put it simply, all the best characteristics of the plant’s compounds
are condensed into oil. Since essential oils have a high
concentration, you only need a few drops for the job that needs to be done.
All of the essential oils you can find on the market, are
extracted from plants that have a long history in ancient medicine. They are
the plants that have been used for centuries by healers and herbologist.
“Why are essential oils better for healing than the plant
itself?” you may ask.
Some healers use only parts of the plants (like the leaves
or flowers) to make poultices, teas and
salves. These methods are known to work, but they do not use the full potential
of the plant. They use just some of the natural oils that can be found in the plant media. They don’t provide
the full effect that can be obtained by
using essential oils.
One of the main thing that needs to be mentioned is that essential oils can evaporate quickly. Due to
their volatile nature, you will need to dilute them in a neutral carrier oil. This becomes mandatory, especially if you need
to use the oil topically. You will need to do so in order for the skin to absorb it before it evaporates.
How are essential oils made?
Obtaining essential oils can be a long and difficult process,
and it requires a lot of practice to succeed. Even so, the most common method
of obtaining essential oils is distillation. We can say that it’s the same general
process used to make alcohol from grain.
It involves adding the plants of your liking to water which
is then boiled to produce steam. The steam rises and runs through cooling coils
and gets condensed back to a liquid. This liquid is a mixture of water and the
plant’s oils and it’s collected into a
basin. Since the oil is lighter than water, it will separate from it and float
on top. That’s how the oil is formed and collected.
This may seem simple
in theory, but the process is much more complicated. The oils have a different
evaporating temperature and it takes a
lot of work to get it right. You can do the process at home, but as I said
previously, it takes a lot of practice and experience.
You have to research how other people are making it, what
plants can be used to make essential oils and what parts of the plant are recommended. While the entire plant can be
used to make essential oils, each part can have different medicinal properties.
The concentration of oils found in each part of the plant is what makes the
While this is a great skill to learn, I would recommend first to learn what essential oils are a must
for a proper medical kit and buy them already made.
Storing essential oils
Most folks, don’t have the time to make essential oils since
it can be a complicated process. Gathering the plants, separating the parts to
be used and the distillation process itself can take a lot of time. That’s why
I suggested buying the essential oils already made.
As long as the bottle stays
sealed, it will last for a long time. You will have it readily available when
it is needed. Even so, there are a few storage tips you should know, to make sure
the oils keep their healing properties.
Essential oils are quite sensitive to light and sudden
temperature changes. I use for my oils only dark-tinted glass bottle and store
them in my cellar. In fact, any cool,
dark place can work. If you expose the oils to light,
they will weaken over time.
Also, make sure you
label the oil properties and have a notebook at hand to write various
information. When the oil was bottled or bought, how it should be used, how many times was used (the bottle
opened) and so on.
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Most used essential oils and their medical benefits
The following essential oils are the most used ones and I have them in my medical kit. They have
various medical uses and you can pick the
ones you consider might be useful.
Lavender essential oil
This is perhaps the most used in our home and besides adding it to my skin care cream, I also use it for sunburns. It is ideal for wounds and pain relief and it has great antiseptic properties. It can provide a good calming effect and I use one or two drops on our sleeping pillows. The scent can last for a few days and it helps us sleep better.
Lavender is know for its multiple medicine uses and I could write a book with how it can make our life better. A simple online research can show you tens of uses for lavender oil.
Peppermint essential oil
This oil is great for people suffering from digestive problems.
My husband suffers from irritable bowel syndrome and he drinks it up to relieve his gastrointestinal problems. You
can add one drop of peppermint oil into a glass of warm water or warm tea to
experience relief from IBS. Peppermint
has antiseptic and antibacterial oil and
it can even be used to prevent bad breath.
If you suffer from an achy back, joints,
or bad headaches, peppermint oil can help soothe the pain.
My kids use it when they go camping and spray it inside
their tent. It is great to keep bugs and pesky mosquitoes out.
Clove essential oil
Clove has antiviral and analgesic effect, but it can also be used as a sedative. For preppers, it can be helpful to handle toothaches
and other tooth pains. In fact, this is
the most popular remedy that this natural herb is
Clove essential oil is also used to soothe muscle aches and pains, cloves are the active ingredient that helps the blood flow through the area and helps reduce the pain. One of the traditional clove oil uses has been for the treatment of common complaints related to the digestive system, including indigestion, motion-sickness, bloating and flatulence
It also has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. It can help boost the immune system to fight off, or even prevent, the common cold and flu. With its potent ability to kill the offenders that make us sick, clove oil is commonly highlighted as a top natural remedy for guarding yourself against illness, especially during cold and flu season.
Eucalyptus essential oil
When my kids got hair lice, I used eucalyptus essential oil
as a treatment. You only need to apply a
few drops of the oil mixed with carrier oils on lice-infested hair to get rid
It is also known as a good decongestant and it can help relieve asthmatic symptoms. You
can use 2-3 drops of oil to massage the chest and
the soothing effect of the aroma and vapors will calm the throat and dilate the
blood vessels. This will allow more
oxygen into the lungs and help the person breath normal.
Eucalyptus oil has great antiseptic properties. It can be used
to heal wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions, and cold sores. It is also an
effective salve for insect bites and stings. Furthermore, it protects the open
wound or irritated area from developing infections due to microbial activity
and exposure to air.
Although I didn’t have the
need to use it for mental disorders or extreme stress, I’ve heard it is great
for removing exhaustion and mental sluggishness. It can also be used to treating mental disorders and PTSD since inhaling vapors of eucalyptus
essential oil can increase blood circulation to the brain.
Tea Tree essential oil
This essential oil is a great
immune support and it can boost your immunity
during the cold season. Not only that, but tea tree oil also stimulates human
macrophages, a type of white blood cell of the immune system involved in
engulfing and destroying bacteria, cancer cells, microbes, etc.
Tea tree oil has long been used to get rid of the bacteria that cause body odor and acne. Recent research indicates it is also effective against some fairly deadly bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA.
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It was also used for decades to help treat conditions like
jock itch, nail fungus, and athlete’s foot because of its excellent anti-fungal
Psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, sores, wounds, sunburn,
warts, acne, and insect bites… down
through the centuries, all of these
conditions have been eased using tea tree oil. I’ve used it successfully to get rid of foot fungus. What I usually
do is dilute tea tree oil with coconut or almond oil using one part tree oil to
one part carrier oil. I apply it to the infected areas with a cotton swab twice
per day. I do so until the problem heals.
A final word
Maybe procuring essential oils can seem complicated, but I
for one will never stop adding them to my
medicinal toolkit. Survival also means
learning how to use what nature provides you when modern medical aid is not available.
When the time comes and the “common products” will no longer be readily available, you will be glad you made this adjustment and added essential oils to your medicinal supplies. They are a viable option and I recommend investigating this topic even more.
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