Essential Oils for Emergency Preparedness

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Be Prepared

In the U.S., September is National Preparedness month sponsored by FEMA and the Department of of Homeland Security. The goal is to educate the public about how to prepare for big emergencies, like natural disasters. They urge everyone to become informed, make a plan, build a kit, and get involved.

In my family, we use this month to go over fire drills at home, memorize emergency contact numbers, etc.  We also go through our supplies and make sure everything is up-to-date. Buying new stuff when needed.

Since we have started to using essential oils, I've come to know what an invaluable resource these would be in a disaster situation. I thought I'd share a few things I've found.

Build a Kit

Bug Out Bags, Ready Bags, 72 Hour Kits . . . whatever you call them, it's a good idea to gather a few items in case you need to leave home in a hurry.

What to put into your kit? Here's a few great lists that I found:

http://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/checklist_1.pdf

http://frugaldad.com/2010/02/10/bug-out-bag-essentials/

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/get-kit

http://www.howdoesshe.com/72-hour-kits-for-kids

http://www.urbachletter.com/0306/ComprehensiveChecklist.htm

A few things missing from these kits- Essential Oils of course! Here are three reasons I think you should include essential oils in your kit:

1. They have a really great shelf life. You don't have to rotate these like you would other medications. Currently doTERRA has been doing some testing and found most properly stored oils with great potency at 10 years and counting. Citrus oils are a little less- around 5 years.

2. They are more versatile than traditional remedies. Not only do they support wellness, they also can uplift mood, help purify the air, and be added to your food for flavoring. Can a small bottle of traditional meds do all that? Nope.

3. Each drop is super concentrated. You only need a small amount to greatly impact your health. Also, the low price per drop means that you can fit several bottles in your kit and it will last a long time. Besides the oils themselves, it'd be a good idea to add a few oil application items, like a carrier oil (probably should rotate this), sample bottles, spray bottles, etc. These will make using your oils much easier and help them go further.

What Oils to Pack?

Here are some oils to consider putting in your kit:

Lavender: Great for so many things. Bring comfort to skin irritations. It promotes restful sleep, reduce stress, soothes bug bites, and eases muscle tension.

Lemon: It's cleansing properties make it a great oil to add. You can diffuse it or take it internally to assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort, use it in a spray as a cleaner to purify surfaces, it uplifts mood and is energizing. It's a powerful antioxidant that can help ward off free radicals.

Peppermint: Effective for stomach upset and healthy respiratory function, this oil is a great one to have handy. You can use it in water as a mouth rinse, rub it on your stomach or take internally for occasional digestive discomfort. Energizing and cooling, it's great as an after sun or post work-out spray.

Oregano:  This oil is a potent and powerful essential oil used for it's cleansing and immune-boosting properties. It's an excellent source of antioxidants and supports healthy digestion and respiratory function. Use when seasonal threats are high. Use as a surface spray. Mix one drop with water and gargle to soothe an irritated throat.

Melaleuca: Also known as "Tea Tree" oil, melaleuca has over 92 different compounds and many many applications options. It's best known for it's purifying properties. It can be used to cleanse and purify the skin and nails and to promote a clear, healthy complexion. It can be used to enhance immunity when seasonal threats are high, on surfaces, internally, topically.

Helichrysum: This oil is best known for its restorative properties to the skin, liver, and nervous system. It's often used to help detox the body and promote circulation. It is in many anti-aging products for its benefits to the skin and can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, stretch marks, and scars.

Clove: This is a great oil for oral health. It provides many benefits for blood circulation and cardiovascular health as well. It can soothe teeth and gums, help boost immunity, help soothe an irritated throat. It has powerful antioxidant properties.

Frankincense:  One of the most prized essential oils, it has tremendous internal and external health benefits. Its known to promote cellular health and immunity, a healthy inflammatory response and can act as an overall tonic to the body systems. Great for the skin, for relaxation, and for mood uplift.

Lemongrass: This oil is purifying and toning to the skin, can soothe sore muscles and joints, process healthy digestion and promotes heightened awareness and a positive outlook. Lemongrass also naturally repels insects.

Deep Blue Soothing Blend: This is a blend of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, Helichrysum, and Osmanthus. These oil work together to soothe and relax muscles and ease achy joints.

Breathe Respiratory Blend: This is a blend of Laurel leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Ravensara, and Cardamom. It supports healthy respiratory function when seasonal threats are high to soothe airways and promote clear breathing.

Purify Cleansing Blend: This is a blend of Lemon, Line, Siberian Fir, Austrian Fir, Pine, Citronella, Melaleuca, and Cilantro. These oils have powerful cleaning properties to purify the air and protect against environmental threats. Soothes insect bites and freshens the air.
 
On Guard Protective Blend: Contains Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary. This oil blend supports healthy immune function, protects against environmental threats, cleanses surfaces, purifies the skin and supports healthy circulation. It has an energizing and uplifting aroma.

TerraShield Outdoor Blend: Contains Skimmia Laureola, Catnip, Amyris, African Sandalwood, Cabrueva Balsam, Wild Orange, White Fir, Cedarwood, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Genet Absolute and Rose Flower Essential oils in Fractionated Coconut Oil. This oil is a natural approach to managing exposure to insect bites.

DigestZen Digestion Blend: Contains Ginger, Peppermint, Caraway, Coriander, Anise, Tarragon, and Fennel. This is know as the "tummy tamer" blend. It aides digestion, soothes stomach upset, and helps to maintain overall digestive health.