10 Essential Oils You Need in Your B.O.B. and at Home
Part of the 30 Days of Preparedness Round Robin with the Prepared Bloggers Network
Emergencies don’t come with a warning. Whether you remain in your home or you have to leave in a moment’s notice, are you prepared? You may think you are ready. You have planned for this possibility, but, do you have everything you need in your B.O.B. (bug out bag)? Do you have enough items in your medicine cabinet? Have you included essential oils?
Some of you may say, hogwash, I don’t need essential oils. You just might want to reconsider adding some to your bag and medicine cabinet. Essential oils have many qualities you may not have taken into consideration.
Comparison of Essential Oils to Drug Store Alternatives
|Essential Oils||Drug Store Alternatives|
|No prescription required||Prescription required|
|Do not expire for years if stored properly||Expire usually within a year or less|
|Quickly metabolized by body – only a few minutes||Can take 20 minutes to work and many take days or weeks|
|Extremely low side effects – if you are allergic to a specific plant you will be allergic to the essential oil||Multiple side effects often long lists of potential serious side effects|
|Non-addictive||Many highly addictive|
|Cost Effective – many applications in one bottle||Can be VERY expensive|
|Light weight for many applications||Light weight but bulky and generally 30 day supply|
|Easily obtainable||May not be obtainable|
Depending on the type of emergency, having essential oils on hand can be a valuable resource for your family. During storms, hurricanes, floods, fires, or any other natural or man-made disaster, you may be on your own. The first responders can’t be everywhere for everyone. You can take responsibility for your family and feel a little more secure.
I have been using essential oils for some years now and I am still amazed at what they can do. These little bottles of nature contain many powerful chemical compounds. These compounds are very potent concentrations from plants. Plants vary from season to season and therefore their make-up varies slightly. This is one of the reasons you do not become resistant to their affects. You do not have to use more and more oils to receive the benefits they offer. This is much different from prescription drugs where people need to keep increasing their dosages for the same effect. The essential oils do not build up in your body like prescription drugs can. They are natural substances not synthetic compounds. This fact alone is pretty impressive. Why try to duplicate nature when you can have the pure non chemical version?
There are so many pure essential oils to choose from it can be intimidating. Essential oils are not all created the same. This is one fact that is extremely important to realize. I have seen ads for essential oils at incredibly low prices. It would be impossible to offer pharma grade essential oils for the prices being advertised. One of the most expensive essential oils, perhaps the most expensive essential oil, is Rose. It takes 5,000 pounds of rose petals to produce 1 kilogram of Rose essential oil. This is the reason Rose essential oil is VERY expensive. It sells for $165 for a 5 ml. bottle. This isn’t an oil that many people can buy. I have seen this oil advertised for less than $10. It would be impossible to be a pure unadulterated essential oil at that price. It must either be a rose fragrance, which is completely different, or it is a synthetic knockoff, neither of which you want. This is an extreme example but worth noting.
Essential oils are actually VERY cost effective. There are approximately 85 drops in a 5 ml. bottle of essential oil and approximately 250 drops in a 15 ml. bottle of essential oil. Since you only need a drop or two, the oils will last a good amount of time.
Top 10 Oils to have in your B.O.B.
- Lavender – This essential oil is great for burns, calming the mind, relieving itching from bug bites (You might get lots of insect bites in your bug-out situation.), allergy relief, helping splinters back out of the skin, headaches, sleeping, and for skin conditions.
- Peppermint – This essential oil may help with nausea, stomach upsets, relieving headaches, reducing fever, allergy relief, diarrhea, heartburn, and acid reflux. It also will cause ticks to back out of the skin which could be very important with the tick problem across the country.
- Lemon – This essential oil has great sanitizing properties. It may help with allergies, cough relief and can be mixed with Melaleuca (Tea Tree) oil and water to be used as a hand sanitizer, just shake and spray. It is also a wonderful disinfectant for cleaning.
- Melaleuca (Tea Tree) – This essential oil is a great antiseptic, it may help with bug bites, wounds, fungal and bacterial infections such as Athlete’s food, aid the immune system, may be helpful for congestion and other cold symptoms, ear aches (DO NOT put in ear canal, just rub a drop around the ear but not down the ear canal.), great for dandruff, and has been used for fungus and ringworm.
- Frankincense – This essential oil holds a special place. It is known as the go-to oil, when in doubt, use Frankincense. It is great for the skin, has shown significant results in cancer studies, reduces inflammation, promotes healing, and is great for relieving stress and anxiety. In a stressful bug-out situation you can put a couple drops of Frankincense on your hands, rub them together and inhale for an on the go aromatherapy session. Frankincense is also thought to help with digestion and immunity (1-2 drops under the tongue each day). There are several studies on this awesome essential oil and it ranks as a top one to own and use.
- Oregano – This essential oil is a great antibiotic. It is considered a “hot” oil which means you need to dilute it with a carrier oil. A carrier oil is simply an oil used to dilute essential oils before they are applied to the skin. A good ratio to work with is one drop of oregano essential oil to four ounces of carrier. Carrier oils help move the oils around the skin for easier distribution. You can use coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil or any vegetable oil. There is a great salve that you can make yourself, called Naked Salve, the recipe is shared by a blogger friend at Camp Wander. I will share her recipe below. This essential oil is helpful for toenail fungus, sinus infections, allergies, ringworm, parasites, inflammation, and for immunity.
- Rosemary – This is another essential oil that helps those achy muscles and arthritis. It offers a number of benefits that you may need while bugging out or bugging in. It can also be used to aid with congestion, allergies, sore throats and headaches. I love the smell of this essential oil. You just apply it directly to the skin.
Three Essential oil blends to round out my top ten
- Amend+ – This essential oil blend is one of my absolute favorites. You are bound to be doing things out of your norm in a bug out situation. Muscles you didn’t even know you had may throw a fit. Amend+ is a great way to relieve muscle and joint pain. I personally rely on this blend for everyday use. It is my go-to oil. My husband often calls from work to say he needs some of my “magical oils” when he gets home. This is a must have for your B.O.B. or home.
- Respire – This essential oil blend is a little arsenal in a bottle to help with colds and congestion. Just apply a little down the sides of your nose. For sensitive skin or ease of use pull out your naked salve, add a drop or two of Respire and apply. The salve makes it easier on children or people with sensitive skin.
- Shield Protective Blend – This blend is Spark Natural’s version of Thieves oil. It was used during the 15th century English plague. It gained its reputation for its protective properties. No one knows if the story of the grave robbers using the oil to protect themselves while robbing victims of the plague is true but the story lives on. This blend is great for general use where germs are naturally present. This blend is made of pure essential oils and should be diluted with salve or a carrier oil for young or sensitive skin.
Stocking up on these essential oils would give you a nice group of essential oils that would help with a number of different things you might encounter during your bug out or bug in situation. The oils are very easy to use. As a quick reference point, this is how they can be utilized:
|Lavender – Aromatically, Topically, Consumed||Peppermint – Aromatically, Topically, Consumed|
|Lemon – Aromatically, Topically, Consumed||Melaleuca – Aromatically, Topically, Consumed|
|Frankincense – Aromatically, Topically, Consumed||Oregano – Aromatically, Topically (DILUTED), Consumed|
|Rosemary – Aromatically, Topically, Consumed||Amend+ – Topically|
|Respire – Aromatically, Topically||Shield – Aromatically, Topically, Consumed|
It is always okay to use a carrier oil when applying essential oils topically. It can make the application easier to massage into the skin. Apply to the areas that need attention or to the bottom of the feet. The feet have large pores and allow for quick penetration through the cell walls for faster results.
All of the oils listed above can be purchased individually or in a kit. The kit does give you more value for your dollar. To purchase all of the oils above individually would cost $111.04. If you purchase them as a Kit, Health & Wellness Kit, it would be $84.99 saving you $26.05. You can shop around to purchase your oils or you can purchase them from Spark Naturals. I get all my oils from this company and I am so pleased with them that I am an affiliate. I would not recommend them if I did not believe they have the quality of oils that I personally use and have received benefits from. If you choose to use this company, you can use my coupon MAMA for a 10% discount. I know you will be happy with their quality. Another advantage of purchasing the kit, it keeps your oils all in one handy container that will easily fit in your B.O.B. If you are bugging in, you will have everything in one organized place.
Here is the recipe for the Naked Salve originally shared by Camp Wander
1 cup coconut oil
1 cup organic olive oil (I use extra virgin)
4 tablespoons organic beeswax pastilles (generous tablespoons)
1/2 teaspoon vitamin e oil is optional
A large recipe like this will fill FIVE – 4 oz glass jam jars. If you want less, adjust the recipe. If you would like to fill more small jars than large, adjust accordingly. It’s nice to have a few small jars to take with you. The top photo shows 1/4 oz in the front row and 1 oz glass jars in the back.
On low heat, melt the coconut, olive oil and beeswax in a warm bath, stirring with a knife every few minutes until melted. You don’t have to babysit the melt, an occasional stir will do! The melting process will take at least 20 min, you want a slow melt.
Pour into jars of your choice and let cool.
Put a paper towel over the jars while cooling and wait to cover with lids until completely cooled down. Shelf life is approximately 4 months.
You can never be sure of what life holds for anyone in the future. The saying, “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best”, certainly seems to be in the forefront of many people today. We may not know what is down the road but we can make a slow progress to leading a prepared and more self-sufficient life. Being prepared is like making your own insurance policy, if the time comes it will pay off.
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- Dr. Axe
- The Essential Survival Guide to Medical Preparedness, Julie Behling-Hovdal
- Essential Oils desk reference, 6th Addition, Life Science Publishing
- Camp Wander
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