Should you stock up on essential oils? Yes, because when SHTF, it won’t take long before pharmacies are completely wiped out, and we will be left with poor hygiene, injuries, unsanitary homes, and more. We will suffer from infections since even a minor cut can be bad news if left untreated.
Start stockpiling some of these essential oils to add to your first aid kit, cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene items!
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are the product of collecting the oil from a plant, so they’re basically the essence of the plants. There are different ways that you can do this, but to get the pure essential oil, you have to do it through a steam distillation method. It’s a tedious process, but there are many sources where these oils can be purchased. They’re inexpensive and easy to store!
Essential oils have many benefits, and you can also use them in different ways, such as aromatically, topically, and internally.
Essential Oils to Stock Up On
Here’s a list of essential oils to collect for SHTF.
Oil of Oregano
The oil of oregano is well-known for supporting digestive, respiratory, and joint health. The only downside is its pungent smell, which is why many choose to take it in capsule form. Go for one that does not contain any additive or chemical. An active ingredient in Oil of Oregano is carvacrol, which may provide support to the immune system and it also inhibits the growth of bacteria.
For preppers, peppermint oil might be the best essential oil to stockpile. Aside from being cooling, revitalizing, and invigorating when applied, this type of essential oil can also help with fevers, headaches, sinuses, and even muscle and nerve pain when you’re in an SHTF situation.
Aside from that, using peppermint oil can also ease injuries like bruising and relieve sore muscles and joints. It can also get rid of pests! While preppers like peppermint essential oil, spiders don’t like it. Either do rodents, ants, fleas, mosquitoes, or lice.
When SHTF and you stay around longer than the rest, personal hygiene will suffer for you unless you’re prepared. One way to prepare for this is to learn how to use tea tree oil. This has antibacterial or antiviral agents that can help you and your family battle germs!
Also known as Melaleuca, tea tree oil can be used for a wide variety of DIY personal hygiene items in your everyday life and when SHTF.
Lavender is relaxing and soothing because of its calming aroma. Aside from relieving stress, it also helps with healing wounds, killing staph infections, and even treating parasitic infection. It also helps with burns, insect bites, and spasms. As with the previously mentioned essential oils, lavender can get rid of bugs naturally.
Lavender is most popular for giving you better sleep, keeping you stress-free, and so much more!
Birch oil can be an analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic and disinfectant, and a stimulant. You can use it to make a muscle rub in case you get achy, sore muscles. And it smells good if you like wintergreen, ben-gay sort of smell. It also helps in stimulating secretions, lowering blood sugar, promoting perspiration during a fever, purifying your blood, and battling skin infections.
Eucalyptus can be mixed with baking soda for cleaning items like mattresses or stuffed animals and other things. This germicide also works well against dust mites because its smell can deter different pests, like what peppermint oil does.
This analgesic has anti-inflammatory properties that can provide a soothing pain relief massage including joint pain and arthritis. Eucalyptus oil remains a favorite among aromatherapists and casual users alike, based on its strong woody and medicinal aroma