My heart and best wishes go out to all in the path of Tropical Storm Sandy. May the days ahead bring the support and comfort each of our friends and family members need during this time.
Fortunately, Sandy didn’t hit my area, still we were prepared for at least the loss of electricity. One of the things that I regard highly in my being prepared for emergency situations is my essential oil inventory and its access, it does no good if I can’t locate it easily and be out the door in under two minutes. For me, my essential oil case is as valuable as my wallet.
The reason that I value my essential oil case so highly in emergency situations is because it contains nearly everything I need for emotional trauma, wounds, bruises, cuts, my immune system and antimicrobial purposes. I have always felt that having access to cleansing and purifying substances is perhaps the most important thing we can arm ourselves with since before modern medicine one of the largest causes of death was from lack of antibiotics.
If I get a cut or a wound, or if my hands or feet are in questionable substances, one of the first things I want to do is cleanse those areas with something that is known for killing the organisms that could make me sick or cause death. My essential oils can provide me with the confidence I need to assure I’m not going to come down with something that is easily preventable or easily treatable.
Adding Essential Oils to Your First Aid Kit
I have the AromaComplete case (#3100) (shown right), which has 130 bottles of my Young Living essential oils. I also have a smaller case with duplicates of some of the more heavily used essential oils, like Thieves, Lemon, Thyme, Helichrysum, Peppermint, and others.
The wholesale price for the AromaComplete case filled with 130 bottles of Young Living essential oils is $1,795 and this would be the perfect choice for those who are very serious user’s of essential oils for all their needs.
However, not everyone wants or can afford such an investment which is why I’m putting together a smaller list of essential oils to consider when making your Essential Oil Emergency Preparedness Case. This list consists of YL essential oils that I feel are ‘must haves’, your choices may vary slightly depending upon your specific needs.
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My Top 10 Essential Oils for an Emergency Preparedness Case
- SARA or Trauma Life
- Mountain Savory
- Thyme or Oregano
What My Top 10 Essential Oils Would Be Used For
SARA or Trauma Life: these YL blends are excellent for traumatic situations, they’re calming and soothing to emotional distresses. Put a drop in palm, rub palms together, cup palms over the nose and inhale several times. A few drops could also be put on a tissue, or piece of cloth, and inhaled whenever necessary to bring about calming of the emotions.
Thieves: this is my go-to essential oil whenever I get a cut, wound, bite, sting, or toothache. This blend of essential oils is highly antibacterial. I turned to this oil (along with Helichrysum) when I had four huge puncture wounds in my arm from a dog bite a few years ago and it was excellent; kept away infection the entire time and healed within one month! I put one drop each of Thieves and Helichrysum in each hole, 3-4 times a day for one month. Thieves oil could be used for stomach upset (1 drop) but keep in mind that its flavor is very strong and may not be appealing to some*. One to three drops of Thieves oil could also be taken internally, 2-3 times a day to assist in keeping the immune system strong*.
Ginger (#3557): I’ve found this essential oil to be excellent for any type of stomach upset I’ve had. It’s even mild tasting enough to put a drop on the tongue*. I would also expect this oil to be good for muscle spasms as well, particularly when used with Lavender or Basil.
Helichrysum (#3563): this essential oil is expensive so I reserve it for treating specific challenges, but it can be used many other ways. Helichrysum oil is superb for regenerating cells. When I mentioned Thieves oil above with the bad dog bite I had I included Helichrysum so the cells that were damaged with that wound not only got an extra boost of germ killing benefits but also got a massive boost in preventing all scaring; after 3 weeks and after being absolutely certain there was no infection in those wounds, I stopped putting Helichrysum in on of the four puncture wounds because I wanted to see if in fact it would prevent scaring as well as I’ve heard, it did, I have only one scar and that scar is in the hole that stopped receiving Helichrysum. Helichrysum can also be used internally (only a few drops), it also helps stop bleeding. Those are the only times I use Helichrysum because of its price and in each case it has performed amazingly.
Peppermint (#3614): this is my favorite essential oil for headaches. I put one drop on my fingertip, touch another fingertip to that drop and then rub it on my temples and the back of my neck. I sit quietly for about 5 minutes and my headache is gone. Be careful not to get the essential oil in your eyes though, it will sting and you can only dilute an essential oil with a carrier oil, such as V-6. Peppermint is also terrific for sore achy muscles (do NOT apply to open wounds though!), and it’s fantastic for times when you want to stay alert (put a drop in a glass of water or a drop in your palms and lick of off, it’s much less potent tasting when done in this method), a drop of Peppermint can sometimes be helpful when taken internally*. Do NOT use Peppermint on small children or infants.
Basil (#3500): I enjoy using this essential oil for tense and stiff muscles topically. It is especially effective when you apply a few drops of it onto the location and a drop of Peppermint or Idaho Balsam Fir. I especially like Basil for my neck and shoulders when I’m under stress.
Lavender (#3575): this essential oil has dozens of useful purposes. It’s terrific for burns and other skin irritations and itching. Lavender is an adoptogen, meaning that it helps to bring ones emotional state from either extreme into a more neutral state. It’s especially good for stress, put a drop in your palm, rub palms together, cup palms over the nose and inhale. Lavender is also known for its antiseptic properties and skin healing, making it another good choice for cuts and minor wounds. A couple drops can be rubbed on the soles of the feet to help bring about calming and assist in a restful sleep. Lavender is also a favorite and mild enough for children.
Chamomile (#3512): this is one of my favorite essential oils for making a tea* (with nothing more than some hot water), it’s very calming and soothing to the emotions. It’s also good for wounds of the skin and mild enough for children. Chamomile is also soothing to tummy distress and upsets. I’ve used it with excellent results for muscle spasms too. Chamomile could also be used for the treating of cuts and other skin irritations.
Lemon (#3578): this essential oil is excellent for flavoring water and keeping up the immune system when used internally*, a couple drops in a glass of water is quite tasty. But the greatest reason why Lemon essential oil is on my Emergency Prepared top 10 list is because it is one of the three essential oils that are a must-have in preparing what I call my antibiotic substitute. I have used Lemon, Mountain Savory and Thyme (or Oregano)* – 4 drops of each – in a capsule, 3-4 times a day when I’ve found myself in a situation of needing an antibiotic; it has worked like a charm every time for all manner of infection I’ve had (non-topical for clarification). I have tried substituting Lemon for other citrus oils and the results were not the same, and so Lemon it must be; the same is true for the other oils in this recipe.
Mountain Savory (#3590): I have only ever used this essential oil in my antibiotic substitute recipe* (see Lemon above) and in mixing up my own blends for disinfecting sprays. Mountain Savory is a terrific antibacterial but it will feel ‘hot’ if applied topically unless you use a carrier oil, such as V-6 to dilute it. Mountain Savory is also fantastic as a dip for bread, in 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil add one drop Mountain Savory – DELICIOUS!!! The properties of this essential oil are also very supporting for the immune system.
Thyme (#3650) (or Oregano #3605): this essential oil is one of the three essential oils that I use in my antibiotic substitute recipe, see Lemon above for the recipe*. Both Thyme and Oregano are very well-known for the antibacterial properties. When not using these oils in my recipe I use them in a disinfectant spray mixture to kill germs on surfaces, it’s superb for disinfecting! To make a disinfecting spray for surfaces, mix in a 14oz. spray bottle filled with water: 12 drops Lemon, 10 drops Thyme or Oregano, and 8 drops Peppermint – you will have to shake the bottle every so often to keep the essential oils suspended throughout the water – this mixture is superior to any antibacterial product on the market as all of these essential oils combined have an extremely high rate of killing germs. Thyme or Oregano could also be as a dip for bread use 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil add one drop Thyme or Oregano oil and dip your bread into it – DELICIOUS!!! This would also be a beneficial way to help strengthen the immune system. Both Thyme and Oregano will be ‘hot’ on the skin when used topically, so always dilute with your V-6 carrier oil. Both Thyme and Oregano, combined with Basil and Peppermint, would be terrific for using along the spine 1-3 times a week for general wellness and for helping to get rid of colds and flu, do remember though to use a carrier oil when these oils are being applied topically to avoid skin irritation. The reason for using these oils along the spine is because all manner of viruses and such can take up residency in the cerebral spinal fluid and become trapped, making it difficult for a virus to leave the body. Using these highly antimicrobial essential oils along the spine can help in clearing up many issues. This method of using the oils along the spine is an abbreviated version of the Raindrop Technique (click here for the Raindrop booklet), an abbreviation that I think would be easy enough to perform when displaced in an emergency situation.
I personally believe that adding the top 10 essential oils to an Emergency Preparedness case, along with bandages, scissors, gauze, etc. creates one of the most versatile kits one could have on hand. Just remember to keep your case in a convenient place and your oils in that case so that when you have to get out fast you can do so with lightning speed.
3 Additional Items for Your Emergency Preparedness Case
- V-6 Massage Oil (#3031): this is a lovely carrier oil that you would use to dilute your YL essential oils topically or internally. It is a super high quality oil that is also edible. You would also use V-6 to dilute any essential oil that should come into contact with your eye(s) – remember NEVER dilute an essential oil with water.
- Empty Capsules (#3193): clear vegetable capsules to use in creating your own essential oil remedies, internally*. You will want to keep these in a leak-proof container because they will crush and/or dissolve if they get smushed, damp or wet.
- Spray Bottle: a spray bottle will come in very useful if create your own mixtures (see ideas below) that can be used as topical sprays and also disinfecting sprays for surfaces. Depending upon the size of your kit you might include a 14oz. plastic spray bottle or a smaller 2oz. glass spray bottle.
Booklets to Print and Keep in your Emergency Preparedness Case
- Raindrop Technique (free PDF for your use)
- Essential Oil User’s Guide (free PDF for your use)
- Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils (otherwise known as the Higley Guide) – this pocket reference guide is excellent for your emergency case, it’s small, easy to use, and contains oodles of information on using Young Living Essential Oils, it’s only $15.95 well worth the investment!
Those are the basics for getting started with your own essential oil Emergency Preparedness Case. Your case can also be used when there aren’t any emergencies, I turn to mine all of the time, much like most people turn to their medicine cabinet.
* Do NOT use other brands of essential oils internally! They are NOT safe to ingest due to their lack of quality, even if you purchase them in a Health Food Store. These statements are not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe. This information is only intended for your better understanding of essential oils. Please use common sense when in any emergency or first aid experience.
Articles by Evelyn Vincent, Young Living Independent Distributor #476766
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