What Essential Oils Do I Use In A Survival Situation
Frankly, I don’t leave home without my 10 favorite essential oils in my purse. That’s for any emergencies. Because of my job, I have to travel a lot, so when I’m out for a couple of days, I take half a dozen more.
Yes, that’s a lot, and you DON’T have to copy me, I admit that’s a little over the top, but I can’t help myself.
Here are some few essential oils that I definitively recommend having instead of a purse:
Lavender Essential Oil
A couple of days ago, I had a nasty surprise at work. I had prepared a very lengthy article on preparedness for women, and I had stored it on my memory-stick. I am usually careful with my stuff, but for some reason, I had to leave in a hurry that day, and I just throw the stick in my purse.
Like, I am writing a blog on preparedness, I am supposed to be a specialist, right; and I was not prepared for this…
What a lesson!! What a shame!
My lavender bottle was not really closed, so the oil dripped into the stick while in my purse. Forget about the lost oil; the stick was not working, and the cheapest fix was $800. I did not even know you could salvage memory from a dead stick.
Anyway, I was so upset that I could not sleep, thinking about that $%$# Lavender oil. Then, it hit me. The same oil that destroyed my stick could help me fall asleep.
Lavender was a logical suggestion. Although the proof is still limited, some clinical examinations suggest people who inhale lavender essential oil thanks to aromatherapy are getting quieter than those who used other tranquilizing methods. This according to a 2014 literature review in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
And it worked.
Additionally, Lavender may also be beneficial for your skin.
I used some this summer when I went outside without sunscreen. It helped soothe my skin irritation.
A few caveats: Lavender essential oil can cause skin irritation if applied directly to the skin and is poisonous if swallowed, according to Homesteading, a 2009 book edited by Abigail Gehring.
Regarding the stick, the lesson for this is to always carry you memory-stick in a Ziploc bag, or to use cloud computing. I know, I’m so “last year” with my stick.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint oil is one of the oldest European medicinal herbs. Its main active ingredient is menthol: that nasty-tasting ingredient in mouthwash and throat lozenges. It’s been used for many years as a traditional medicine to treat stomach pain.
Peppermint oil has some of the most reliable evidence suggesting it could be effective for treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome, according to a 2014 review in the journal Digestion.
I use peppermint to support my muscles cool off after a physical exercise. I also use it for sporadic headaches. And with the blog, believe me, I have a lot of headaches…
For tension headaches, patients in a study cited by WebMD applied 10% peppermint oil in ethanol solution across their forehead and temples then repeated the process after 15-30 minutes.
Don’t use too much, though. According to Homesteading, Peppermint essential oil is considered reasonably safe in small doses but can give you side effects of allergic reaction and heartburn,
Citronella essential oil
Now that we have that nasty threat with mosquitoes, Citronella is the best to fend off mosquitoes.
I recommend using it on an essential oil bracelet or a necklace pendent. Tip: If you rub Citronella on your skin, it will be absorbed by your body, and it will be good for your body, but totally inoffensive against mosquito bites. A lot of neophytes recommend using rubbing Citronella on your feet to fight mosquitoes. Believe me; that will NOT work. The most common use for citronella essential oil is as a constituent in both homemade or commercially sold insect repellents; since it naturally repels mosquitos and other bugs. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that citronella is a natural “biopesticide” that has a “nontoxic” mode of action against insects.
According to dozens of clinical studies, citronella essential oil is also an antiseptic, antimicrobial and antifungal treatment.
Because it fights infections, plagues, bacteria, and fungi, Citronella has also been used historically to sanitize covers and treat insect or parasite bites.
If you want to know more about the use of Citronella, there is an extensive article on Dr. Axe’s page.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Essential Oil
Yes, TWO NAMES for one essential oil. At first, I thought those 2 were different oils with exactly the same properties. I thought it was odd, of course, but, why not?
Now, I know: Melaleuca and Tea Tree is the same oil, and it has limitless applications.
The chemicals in tea tree may show antifungal properties. One study mentioned in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that a 10% Melaleuca oil cream worked about as much as any regular OTC athlete’s foot cream (ex: tolnaftate 1%) to relieve symptoms of athlete’s foot.
Warning: It didn’t cure the infection, though.
However, researchers found that a 100% tea tree solution used twice daily for six months decreased toenail fungus in 60 percent of patients.
Warning: Don’t take Melaleuca oil by mouth. It’s probably unsafe, according to the Mayo Clinic It can also be mildly irritating to skin and cause an allergic skin reaction in some people. Test it before using it.
To start with, Frankincense is the oil the Three Wise Men brought from very far away to baby Jesus, so, just because of this, it is the oil of the King of Kings and should be yours to share too.
Frankincense Essential Oils my favorite oil for survival.
I would use Frankincense Essential Oil any day over any other oil. When in doubt, I use it. It will help the body heal itself at various levels.
According to a post on WebMD, even though frankincense has been used for 1,000 of years, we still don’t own a lot of information about it or how it works.
Both frankincense and myrrh essential oils are derived from the gummy sap that oozes out of the Boswellia and Commiphora trees, especially, when their bark is cut. The leaking resin is let to harden and scraped off the trunk in tear-shaped droplets. When tested in labs, ingredients from sap extracts might show anti-inflammatory properties, according to an overview in the Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
When blended with other essential oils, Frankincense helps magnify their impacts.
Since there’s not that much known about frankincense, WebMD recommends you always follow label directions (on the bottle) and visit a health care specialist before applying it.
Even though the FDA does not allow medicine status to essential oils, it recognizes 3 ways to use essential oils for the body:
- as a dietary supplement, or internally
I do not advocate using any essential oils internally without a doctor’s approval or at least a visit to a licensed naturopath.
Be on the cautious side if you’re pregnant, on medication or have sensitive skin.
Even though the French does it all the time, avoid applying undiluted essential oils directly to your skin, unless you are a specialist, and you know what you are doing. Essential Oils are not harmful, and they will NOT hurt you, but depending on the type of skin you have and the quantity of oil you pour in your skin, you can feel it extremely hot. If you decide to use it pure anyway, always try one drop first in some place that is rougher than the rest of your body. The palm of your hand is a very good place to start with.
If you decide to dilute, blend 3-10 drops in 1oz of vegetable oil. Oils will be as pure as possible.
It’s not oily, and it helps the skin absorb the essential oil better.
Aromatically means using a diffuser to spray a diluted oil mixture into a room. Diffusers are available at many retailers, or you can find a very nice car diffuser here.
Remember: with essential oil, less is always better and however you use essential oils, be cautious and consult a specialist first.
“Treat essential oils with the same care that you treat medicines,” said an article in AromaWeb.
If you need the complete list of essential oils to fit in your purse, just read that article.
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Interested in Essential Oils? Check out those trending articles below…
Gehring, Abigail R. (2009-11-01). Homesteading: A Backyard Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More.
Dr Axe: Citronella Oil: Repel Insects, Pain & Stress! https://draxe.com/citronella-oil/
Trinkley KE, Nahata MC, “Medication management of irritable bowel syndrome.” Digestion. 2014;89(4):253-67. doi: 10.1159/000362405. Epub 2014 Jul 2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24992947
Stea, Susanna, Beraudi, Alina, and De Pasquale, Dalila, “Essential Oils for Complementary Treatment of Surgical Patients: State of the Art,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 726341, 6 pages