The 9 Best Essential Oils for Your Essential Survival Kit
There are a lot of reasons why discovering essential oils for serious preppers is important. One of the most important reasons is to decrease the dependence on expensive, toxic, often ineffective, medicine. How often have you fulfilled an extensive prescription only to take only half of it because of side effects or just because the medicine simply did not work? When that happens, other than adding these meds to your SHTF essential kit, you are doomed.
Granted, most essential oils on that list are absolutely not expensive and have that awesome pro that a prescription is not required. So far… Since the FDA has started to take a serious look at Essential Oils and consider them as medicine, you cannot prescribe them. Soon, the sale will be regulated, and you will need to go to the doctor to buy a bottle of Peppermint Essential Oil.
But for now, you still have the freedom to go shopping anywhere for Essential Oils, the freedom of how much to pay, & finally, the freedom of how to utilize them.
Most Essential Oils are not meant to be used neat, or pure. If you are not a specialist, the best way is to dilute essential oils in a carrier oil or salve. You can also use essential oils with a compress. Finally, use a diffuser (if you are inside) or use them in multiple of other ways suitable to your situation.
Thanks to that disclaimer in mind, let’s answer one of the most frequently asked questions I receive on my email regarding essential oils: “What are the best essential oils to keep on my essential survival kit?”
In a nutshell, what are the specific “set it and forget it” essential oils that are on the same emergency level as emergency food & water storage?
Nine Essential Oils for the Long Term Survival Kit
There are many factors that have gone into a choice for those essential oils, including the oil’s versatility and its ability to resolve multiple problems. I have also taken into consideration price and shelf life. More about that in a little bit, but first, here the list of nine best essential oils for an essential survival kit along with extensive top uses for each of them.
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- Apply lavender essential oil to insect bites, including bee and wasp stings, to neutralize pain and swelling almost immediately
- Relieves pain and soreness generated by sprains and muscle aches
- Treats burns, cuts, scrapes, and works to promote progressive healing
- Induces calm, relieves anxiety, stress, promotes sleep
- Mix with aloe vera to attend sunburns
- A cool compress on the forehead with a few drops of lavender essential oil eases sinus headaches
- Lavender in your linen closet repels moths
- A drop or two on a pillow will encourage sleep
- It can be used to treat urinary tract, bladder, and yeast infections
- Lavender is an adequate at-home treatment for athlete’s foot & other fungal infections
- It eases coughs and colds and reduces fever
- Lavender can be used to treat animals for fleas
- It is an effective treatment for head lice
- Lavender stimulates growth of healthy new cells
- Lavender is useful in easing motion sickness and high blood pressure
- Add a couple of drops to a carrier oil – olive or almond oil- for a massage of muscles or joints
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- Reduces stomach aches and headache
- Topical treatment of allergies
- Repels insects like spiders, mice, ants, & other pests from home outside
- Soothe digestive issues and disorders such as heartburn, bloating, indigestion, and constipation
- Freshens bad breath
- Relieves headaches
- Antimicrobial properties
- Improves mental focus
- Clears respiratory tract
- Boosts energy
- Releases tight muscles
- Cost-effective natural solution to replace pharmaceutical drugs
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3. Tea Tree (also called Melaleuca alternifolia)
- Bacterial infections: because it can kills germs and prevents infection, you can use it as an antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial and fungicide.
- Eliminate mold and mildew
- Helps with colds, sinus infections, respiratory ailments and bronchitis
- Fungal infections (especially Candida, jock itch, athlete’s foot and toenail fungus)
- Treats wounds
- Cold sores
- Congestion and respiratory tract infections
- Head lice
- Dry cuticles
- Itchy insect bites, sores, and sunburns
- Boils from staph infections
- Improve concentration and memory plus provide increased mental and physical stimulation
- Receive anxiety and stress by calming and relaxing the nerves
- Sooth and heal skin disorders by reducing itching, dryness, and irritation
- Treat respiratory problems and congestion through inhalation
- Stress relief
- Pain relief – Rosemary essential oil is preferred for its ability to relieve pain, which is why it is widely used in treating headaches, muscle pains, and even arthritis.
- Immune system boost – A 2007 study that found reduced cortisol levels after simultaneous massage and inhalation of rosemary essential oil found that the free radical-scavenging activity in the subjects’ bodies also significantly increased.
- Respiratory problems – The scent of the oil has been shown to provide relief from throat congestion, and in treating respiratory allergies, colds, sore throat, and the flu.
The main health benefits of frankincense oil can be attributed to the following properties:
This is what you can use Frankincense for:
- Reduce inflammation and relieve conditions where pain and inflammation are present
- Wound Healing and Infection Prevention: Frankincense has powerful antiseptic properties that help speed up wound, healing including burns, scrapes, and cuts.
- Mitigate depression and feelings of helplessness
- Boost and supercharge the effectiveness of other essential oils when used in tandem or layered on top of other oils
- Frankincense helps to keep infection at bay. Put a few drops of lavender oil on the wound followed by a few drops of frankincense for rapid healing.
- Inflammation Buster: Researchers at Cardiff University found that frankincense inhibits the formation of inflammatory molecules and helps prevent the breakdown of cartilage tissue that can cause arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Fade Scars: After a wound has healed, frankincense can help fade scars.
- Phlegm Fighter: Frankincense oil can break up phlegm in your respiratory tract and lungs. Help reduce congestion of the nasal tract, larynx, pharynx, bronchi, and lungs.
- Immune System Booster: Massage a few drops into the sole of your feet daily to boost your immune system.
- Reduce Swelling from Insect Bites: To reduce swelling, place a few drops on the bite several times a day until the discomfort is gone.
- Reduce Indigestion: To soothe digestive distress such as gas, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, PMS, stomach ache or cramps, you can add 1 drop of Frankincense to one tablespoon of honey.
- Eliminate itches: place a couple of drops of Frankincense on your skin for immediate relief.
- Relieve toothaches and reduce the pain of canker sores and gum irritation
- Disinfect hard surfaces and utensils
- Freshen foul or stale air
- Treat wounds, cuts, scabies, athlete’s foot, fungal infections, bruises, prickly heat, insect bites and stings.
- Cloves have antiviral and anti-bacterial qualities, and can even prevent adult onset diabetes by stabilizing blood sugar levels.
- Clove oil is better than citronella at repelling mosquitoes.
- Clove oil can help relieve muscle spasms, as well, so it was used as a natural way to aid in childbirth for centuries.
- Provide critical relief to “clenched” and knotted tendons and muscles
- Eliminate body odor and other foul smell
- Lemongrass is a powerful cleanser for skin. Due to its antiseptic, antibacterial & astringent properties, it reduces the bacterial growth on your skin.
- Reduce Stress: Lemongrass essential oil has a very calming & soothing scent that helps to relieve anxiety, uplift spirits and alleviate depression.
- Detoxify Your Body. Helps to detoxify and cleanse your kidneys, liver, bladder and pancreas.
- Reduce Cholesterol: The anti-atherosclerosis action of the herb prevents the intestine from absorbing excess cholesterol.
- Kill Bacteria and Fungi: Because of its citral and limonene components, Lemongrass inhibits the growth of bacteria and yeast, both internally & externally on the body.
- Reduce Fever: Known as “fever grass” in many cultures, lemongrass essential oil has been used from ancient times as an antipyretic.
- Improve Digestion: Lemongrass essential oil helps to get rid of bad bacteria and increase the number of good bacteria in the colon.
- Alleviate Inflammation and Pain
- Work as Insect Repellant: Lemongrass Essential Oil contains high citral and geraniol levels, which makes it a popular repellent against insects like ants, mosquitoes, flea, etc.
- Remove warts and skin tags
- Reduce infection by applying topically to gums, chest, or skin abrasions
- Prevent fungus and mold including relief from athlete’s foot and nail fungus
- Control itching from insect bites and rashes
- Oil of oregano relieves stomach upsets
reduces gas formation in the stomach: oregano essential oil is a carminative, it is a cholagogue too, facilitating the discharge of bile and helping in the digestion of fats.
- Oil of oregano helps get rid of intestinal worms
- Oregano oil can tackle respiratory problems
- Oregano oil has been found to be particularly effective in relieving croup.
- Oil of oregano gives relief from several skin ailments
- Oil of oregano helps treat fungal infections
- Oil of oregano is very effective in treating tinea pedis, a common fungal infection known as athlete’s’ foot.
- Oregano oil can relieve menstrual problems
- Oregan Essential Oil reduces the risk of obesity, cardiovascular diseases and cancers: The antioxidant property of the oregano oil can protect your heart and blood vessels from free radical damage.
- Oregano Essential Oil can help in the management of diabetes
- Oregano oil has uses in animal care
- Oil of oregano is useful as an insect repellent
9. Roman Chamomile
- Promote solid sleep (especially when nothing else works!) Chamomile oil has historically been used as a sleep aid.
- Create a sense of well-being by decreasing stress, anxiety, and fearfulness
- Heal wounds and skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema. Chamomile oil has been used by grannies of long ago to soothe common complaints.
- Treat nausea, vomiting, heartburn, and gas and improve digestion. The essential oil of chamomile can promote the production of digestive juices. It is known as a cholagogue that improves bile secretion.
- Relieve anxiety. Chamomile essential oil was used by the Roman soldiers to relieve distress and to induce a strong sense of purpose as they set out to fight.
- Treat depression.
- Relieve nerve pain and fatigue.
- Eliminate internal parasites. Chamomile Essential Oil has been found to be especially useful in getting rid of intestinal worms.
- Detoxify the body. Use chamomile oil to detoxify the body without any punishing diets or aggressive procedures.
What About Shelf Life?
Something that preppers need to take into account is shelf life. Especially under climate conditions that are widely variable. That not only applies to food storage, but also to essential oils. No worries, essential oils have been known to stay viable for years, even when kept at room temperatures.
Two known issues with Essential Oils?
- Once opened, if not tightly sealed, Essential Oils may dissipate or oxidize. Certain oils, and especially citrus oils and some coniferous essential oils, are rich in a hydrocarbon class called “terpenes” tend to deteriorate more quickly.
- It is very important to store them far from the sun and the light, especially in a dark place.
The key point to remember is that in an essential survival situation, storage conditions may not be that optimal. Besides evaporation, signs that your oils have deteriorated include a drastic change in fragrance, strong thickening, and cloudiness.
Looking for more insight on the Essential Oils shelf life, there is an article on TheEssentialTools.Com.
Disclaimer: this article may not be compliant with FDA regulations. However, it is backed by studies from National Laboratory of Medecine, Dr Axe, Dr Oz, and Dr Mercola. The information wherein is not meant to treat, cure any medical conditions. If you are sick, do not use the Essential Oils listed above and seek the help of a licensed health professional. Never automedicate.