When dealing with disasters the disruption in basic infrastructure is the same. This includes water supplies, electricity, natural gas, and fuels like gasoline as well as disrupting sanitation facilities and disposal of sewers and garbage all posing biohazards. This also means that access hospitals and health facilities may be down for a time. Plus we will likely be living in much more primitive lifestyle situations resulting in increased physical stress, illness and injury.
I am a physician assistant and practiced emergency medicine for many many years before the blessing of being able to stay home with my girls full time. Today, essential oils are the primary way that I care for my families healthcare needs.
Having an additional supply of essential oils and knowing how to use them will be very useful to you and your family in purifying your air, cleansing your body as well as helping with emotional and physical needs. What if you cant get to MD or hospital due to wide spread closure or power outage, or your stuck in house due to ice storm or hurricane, or even complete collapse of our societies infrastructures? Essential oils basically have no expiration date. So unlike your meds and short term storage foods you can rotate them every 5-10 years rather than every Christmas. I have Preparedness Peace knowing that I have some basic essential oils in my home emergency kit and grab and go bags, and that I know how to use them.
The following list is a great start for any preparedness kit. I suggest that you start with at least one bottle of each oil for a short term situation and increase your supply to 3 bottles per each member of your family to prepare for a longer term situation (as well as to be a greater blessing to others and be a healer in your community).
Lavender - Widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities. Help the kids sleep and everyone handle stress a bit better. This is my go to for cuts, burns, bee stings, insect bites, rashes. Combine with peppermint and lemon for seasonal allergy relief.
Lemon - Add to baking soda and vinegar for an all purpose cleaner. Helps promote healthy bowel function and elimination. Naturally detoxing and powerful antioxidant. Aroma elevates mood. Lemon oil is the ultimate "goop be gone" it gets anything off of anything (gum, sharpie, paint etc). I love to add a few drops lemon to warm water and honey to soothe the throat, boost immune system, and detox liver.
Lemongrass - Supports healthy digestion, soothes aching muscles and joints, soothes sore and cramping muscles. I don't know about all of you but I know that I need to get outdoors with my pack on a little more often for some conditioning BEFORE the crisis hits. But still, oils like lemongrass are vital to help recover from those minor injuries, especially ligament strains and sprains.
Peppermint -This is one of the most versatile oils. It promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing, alleviates occasional stomach upset and nausea, quickly relieves headaches and other pain (like bumps and bruises), and really helps increase energy. Perhaps my favorite preparedness use, it helps cool the body. Make an energizing spritz with a spray bottle and water for those long hot limited AC days. Or use it in the bath or as a gentle massage to bring down a child's (or adult) fever.
Oregano - Nicknamed a natural antimicrobial it is used as a powerful cleansing and purifying agent, provides immune-enhancing benefits, supports healthy digestion and respiratory function and excellent source of antioxidants, and wonderful as a natural pain reliever for occasional back pain and inflammation. I combine oregano, protective blend, frankincense, meleluca as my natural antimicrobial for any and all illness in my family.
Melaluca - Renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin, promotes healthy immune function, protects against environmental and seasonal threats, soothes minor skin irritations, helps purify and freshen the air. It is so important to protect our feet in times of crisis, especially if we are bugging out somewhere. Melaluca is a powerful anti-fungal and a go to for athletes foot. I also have an owie spray for my kids with melaluca and lavender and fractionated (liquid) coconut oil. Add a few drops to diluted castille soap (like Dr Bronner's available on amazon) for a shampoo alternative.
Respiratory Blend - Maintains clear airways and breathing! This is a must have for every family kit. This blend can be applied topically on the chest and feet or used aromatically. You will immediately notice your sinuses and airways open up.
Digestive Blend - I think that healthy digestion in a time of crisis is critical. This blend aids in the digestion of foods, soothes occasional stomach upset, maintains a healthy gastrointestinal tract.
Protective Blend - A healthy immune system is the most important aspect of caring for my family in crisis. This protective blend supports healthy immune function, protects against environmental threats, cleans surfaces, purifies the skin while promoting healthy circulation, energizing, uplifting aroma. This is an oil I will not be without. There are studies that indicate the chemical constants in this blend are active against MRSA and other bacteria. Gargle with it to soothe a sore throat.
Frankincense - This is the KING of all oils. If I could only grab one oil this would be it. Helps build and maintain a healthy immune system, promotes cellular health, supports healthy immune system function, promotes feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness. It helps all the other oils work better. I LOVE to open up a bottle in a time of stress and just take a deep breath, it brings immediate sense of peace.
Massage Blend - Ok so maybe we won't be at the spa getting a nice massage. But we will need something to relax muscles and soothe joints. This blend also promotes circulation which can be very important for many people, especially the elderly. It also helps to calm and sooth target areas and support recovery from injury.
Purifying Blend - Eradicates unpleasant odors and clears the air and, let's be honest, if the sewage systems are not working things are gonna start to smell fast. This blend powerfully protects against environmental threats. I love to apply this blend to mosquito bites to soothe irritation. And it is very effective in my family for occasional ear aches (apply behind the ear and at the opening, never put oils into the ear canal).
Clove - Powerful antioxidant properties and again, keeping my families immune system strong is key for me. Clove also promotes circulation and cardiovascular health. A wonderful use is to helps soothe teeth and gums for the entire family. I apply diluted clove and lavender to help my little one with teething pain.
Soothing Blend - We do not want to be down out out with an injury during crisis. This blend comforts tired and sore joints and muscles and provides a comforting sensation of cooling and warmth to problem areas. Provides temporary comfort to tired and sore muscles and joints and supports circulation to muscles and joints.
Insect Repellant Blend - Acts as an effective, natural repellent, helps ward off insects (mosquitos, ticks, fleas!). Use a few drops right out of the bottle or add to a spray bottle with water (and a pinch of salt to help suspend the oil in water). We use this blend daily. I live in Texas y'all! Enough said :)
Ok friends there you have it! That is what is in our basic emergency kit.
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