Preparing for Disaster with Essential Oils

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Article submitted by Shirley Ready @ The Ready Center

If you know my family, you know that we’ve become oily over the last year and a half. Did we strike black gold? Not so much… but I did find a key to keeping my family healthy for years to come.

It all started in April of 2013. The long story short is that I went from floored with a headache to no problems in 20 minutes without any OTC medications. As I did my research, I found that Young Living Essential Oils pure and of the highest quality. What was better to me is that I didn’t even have to worry about any side effects for me or the baby I was carrying.

Essential Oils Dropper - The Ready CenterWhen I brought the oils home, I obviously wanted to my husband to approve, but how would I explain why I chose Young Living and how they contributed to our family’s self-sufficiency? Then I found it. These oils don’t expire while the OTC and prescription medications do.  How is that possible? Because these oils are 100% pure, they kill off mold, bacteria, viruses and anything else that would threaten their shelf life. As long as they’re kept in a cool dark place, the molecular structure remains intact and the oil keeps its potency. Additionally, the oils have multiple uses and are small – 5ml or 15ml bottles.Essential Oils to the Rescue - The Ready Center

When he asked me to write an article on a few oils I would choose to have in my First Aid kit, I had to think a while. How big could my kit be? How big should my kit be?  I mean, there are over 200 to choose from!  Keep in mind that my recommendations apply ONLY to Young Living Essential Oils because of their guaranteed purity. You get what you pay for and many other brands have additives and fillers that you just don’t want.

So with a limit of only 5 oils, here’s what I would recommend and why:

EO Lavender - The Ready CenterLavender  – I consider lavender the Swiss Army knife of all the oils. When in doubt, apply lavender, then go to the resources. It has a lot of great uses and is quite dynamic. I’ve had it zap itchy allergy eyes in under 5 minutes and soothe my son’s bumps and bruises upon application. It is a great sleep aid and great for dealing with burns (prevents blisters and scars).  It can be used for an antiseptic, scar remover, sunburn relief, diaper rash, ringworm, and fungal infections!


EO Thieves - The Ready CenterThieves  – This oil is antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. It has clove in it which makes it a great topical numbing agent for teething and dental abscesses. Diffused, it combats airborne illness. When applied to the chest or feet, it helps boost immunity. It can be mixed with water and gargled/swallowed as a remedy for sore throats. It also helps with warts and is great for adding to homemade toothpaste as it combats tooth decay.


EO PanAway - The Ready CenterPanAway – This one smells like Icy Hot. I call it PAIN away. It’s how I was introduced to Young Living. It cured a migraine for me in less than 20 minutes. PanAway accelerates healing by bringing oxygen to the site. It’s great for stressed nerves, sore/stiff/arthritic muscles and joints, earaches, and is a natural anti-inflammatory. We’ve used it when our kiddo gets bumps and bruises – it’s an instant pain relief and helps with swelling and bruising. It’s also great for growing pains. Basically, like the nickname says… Pain Away!


EO Helichrysum - The Ready CenterHelichrysum – This one is an odd duck in the mix here. I haven’t used this one for a lot, but the one major use for it that I find to be important in a critical situation is its ability to act as a coagulant. The science behind that is beyond me, but I can tell you one thing for sure – if you can’t get a wound to stop bleeding, THIS is the oil you want. It is also good for helping with healing bruises and scarring among other ailments.


EO Di-Gize - The Ready CenterDiGize  – I consider this oil the “Pepto Bismol” of the Young Living world. It is great for indigestion, heartburn, gas, vomiting, colic, constipation, diarrhea, jaundice and nausea. This oil stopped my son from getting sick one night. He went from sobbing hysterics and smelling of vomit to smiling, feeling much better, and instantly sleeping the remainder of the night without incident. That’s something, if you ask me.  In a grid-down or emergency situation, vomiting causes an unnecessary loss of fluids – DiGize can help prevent that. Dr. Young has also used this oil to return fields poisoned by pesticides and weed killers back to a healthy organic state. Imagine what it does to help clean your body!!

So there you go, a small number of oils to combat a large number of ailments, and in a survival or emergency scenario, multi-function is your friend. And since these oils don’t expire, they can go in your BOB or first aid kit and remain at the ready.

If you have questions about Young Living Essential Oils, let me know! You can purchase them here, or check me out on my blogon Facebook, or on Twitter.


Shirley Ready, Living Renewed Oils, and The Ready Center.

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** The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.**


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