In a survival situation, getting your hands on resources in general can be a challenge. This statement can especially be true of medical resources as people attempt to stockpile and hoard the resources that they find available.
This, of course, is because most people do not know how to make their own first aid supplies so they will have to depend on what they can scavenge. That’s not the position that you want to be in.
Fortunately, there is a very practical way to provide first aid treatments for yourself and for your family, and, they have the added benefit of using substances that smell wonderful around the house. What are these substances? Essential oils.
Essential oils, which were the basis of medical care for thousands of years before the invention of “modern” medical practices, are a “natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.” While many people think of using essential oils primarily with aromatherapy, which can have very beneficial uses, this is by no means the only method to take advantage of the benefits of essential oils.
Other methods for gaining the benefits of essential oils include using the oils to create your own ointments, butters, and salves. Did your grandparents rub Vicks Vaporub on your chest when you had a cold as a child? Mine certainly did, and I can still remember that interesting scent. But I also remember that I always felt better the next morning after having that rubbed on my chest before bed.
Fortunately, you can do much of the same type of thing with a little effort and know-how of which oils to use for what purposes. For example, to create your own salve, you only need some coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax, your essential oils for the particular recipe, water, a pot for heating, a “heatable” measuring cup, and storage containers such as Mason jars.
Heat the water. Combine the coconut oil, olive oil, and beeswax into a the heatable measuring cup, and then place that measuring cup into the heated water until the oils and beeswax melt and combine, stirring periodically. While the oils and beeswax are melting, drop in your essential oils into your storage containers. Once melted, pour the oil and beeswax mix into your storage jars containing the essential oils for that ointment and then let the jars sit and cool for at least twelve but, possibly, up to twenty-four hours so that the mixture solidifies. (hat tip to here for these directions).
You would, of course, customize different salves for different purposes and use different essential oils for those purposes. A popular essential oil to open breathing passages, for example, is peppermint oil. (A warning about using peppermint: because peppermint oil can cause burning sensations on the skin, it is recommended that you are careful with the concentration that you place directly on the skin whether that oil is directly used or used in a salve.)
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