You Need More Than A Simple First Aid Kit For Survival

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I feel a need to make sure people realize you need more than a simple first aid kit for survival. Here’s the deal, most of us have bandaids and some Neosporin, maybe some alcohol or Hydrogen Peroxide. That’s a great start, keyword start. Today, I want you to think about what you have in your hall closet or first aid kit, whether large or small. The power is out in your neighborhood and your entire city, or at least as far as you can see, there are no lights except the stars and it’s 10:00 P.M. Yep, it’s called a blackout, no power or electricity anywhere. You have walked across the street to see if the neighbors know what’s going on. No, their lights flickered off as well. Your home phone and cell phone do not work. No internet, no way to hear what has happened. Yes, the radio works, but it’s not telling us what happened in our little community, at least not yet.

Let’s just say the power went out on Monday. It’s now Friday of the same week. No power. The gas pumps don’t work, sure glad I filled the car with gas on Saturday, I think to myself. I don’t need anything from the store, but my neighbors do. They have driven into town and the stores are all closed. It’s called a power outage. No one knows when the power will come back on. Some neighbors become sick and they have very little food or water stored, let alone simple first aid kit supplies.

I’m so glad I have 75 days of my 90-day prescriptions filled. Whew, that’s a relief. Some may not be so lucky. What, the pharmacies are closed? Of course, they are, they have no power and no internet. Plus, they don’t have any insurance information about us because the internet does not work without power. Oh, and the pharmacies are closed because they are totally out of the basic items that people could pay cash for, the debit cards, credit cards, and EBT cards will not work. Just giving you the heads-up here. Another reason we all need to store some small bills in a safe place.

Please check your first aid kit supply today rather than tomorrow. What you have in your house today may be all you have for a week, two weeks or a month. We all assume the power will come back on but…… get it, right? We need to be prepared for the unexpected.

I’m probably over the top with first aid supplies, but that’s how I roll. Let me share the items I like to store, please add yours to the list. We all use different things, but this will maybe help us think what we may need to rotate or pick up before an unforeseen emergency happens. I think it will. May God bless our country and families. Hopefully, we will have more than these bottles shown below……I love this picture.

simple first aid kit

Simple First Aid Kit Supplies:

  • Ace Wraps : 3-inch & 4-inch
  • Allergy Medicine
  • Anti-Bacterial Wipes
  • Antifungal Ointment
  • Anti-Diarrhea
  • Anti-Itch Cream
  • Aleve (Naproxen)
  • Alcohol: 90-100% proof
  • Apple Cider
  • Aspirin/Advil
  • Bandage Scissors
  • Band-Aids/Butterfly, Several Sizes
  • Bee Sting Kit
  • Benadryl, Liquid, and Chewable
  • Betadine/iodine swabs
  • Birth Control
  • Boudreaux’s Butt Paste
  • Bug Spray 100% Deet
  • Burn Gel
  • Calamine Lotion
  • Castor Oil
  • Cold Medicine/Cough Syrup
  • Contacts/Contact Cases/ Extra Glasses/Saline
  • Condoms
  • Cotton Balls
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Dramamine (motion sickness)
  • Dressings for open wounds
  • Duct Tape and medical tape (all different sizes)
  • Ear-Loop Masks (N-95), all sizes
  • Ear Plugs
  • Elastic Gauze Bandage Rolls
  • Epsom Salt
  • Essential Oils Book
  • Eye Patches
  • First-Aid Book
  • First-Aid Shears
  • Flashlights w/Batteries
  • Floss
  • Gloves (non-latex)
  • Gauze Pads (sterile and non-sterile)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Heat packs-Heating pads
  • Hemorrhoid Ointment/Suppositories
  • Ibuprofen
  • Mylar Blankets
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Lip balm/ ChapStick
  • Lotion or Body Cream
  • Menstrual Pads and Tampons
  • Mucinex
  • Mucinex Dm
  • Motrin
  • Monistat (Yeast Infections)
  • Mouthwash
  • Molefoam/Moleskin
  • Multi-Task Knife
  • Nasal Decongestant
  • Nasal Spray (Afrin)
  • New Skin Liquid Bandage
  • Non-stick Sterile Pads
  • Nystatin and Triamcinolone Acetonide
  • Nail Clippers
  • Neosporin
  • Orajel
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Pepto-Bismol Chewables
  • Peroxide
  • Pregnancy Test
  • Quickclot
  • Rolled Gauze
  • Scissors
  • Silver Gel
  • Silver Liquid
  • Silver Cough Lozenges
  • Sleep-Aid Medicine
  • Splinter Removal Kit
  • Splints
  • Soap
  • Stethoscope
  • Sunscreen
  • Surgical Face Masks (N-100), all sizes
  • Tick Remover
  • Toothbrushes/Toothpaste
  • Tucks Pads-Which Hazel
  • Tweezers
  • Tylenol
  • Vicks VapoRub
  • Zantac (Acid Reducer)
  • Ziplock Bags
  • B-12 Vitamins
  • B-complex vitamins
  • Calcium
  • D-3 Vitamins
  • Magnesium
  • Mature Complete Multivitamin
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil
  • Vitamin C
  • Essential Oils

Please take a few minutes today and review what you have in your home that will make you more secure than just a simple first aid kit. If you have taken some CPR, EMT or CERT classes, you rock. Thank you, paramedics, doctors, and first responders, we will need you sooner than later.

My favorite Medical Handbook


Medium size:

Fishing Tackle Kit

Large size:

Stanley Max Kit

Small size:

Pandemic Kit

Center for Disease Control


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What To Do When There Is No Medical Help

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No medical help? My biggest fear is for other people when there is no medical help after a major disaster. I’m prepared to do many things, even stitches if I had to do them. I can use a splint to help with a broken arm. Please note, I am not a doctor, nurse or anyone in the medical field. I have learned to heal my own body. When I was young we never ran to the doctor for anything. My mother used a purple violet spray on strep throat. Did it work? Well, I’m still alive. I grew up in the age of chicken pox, measles, and even polio. Medicine has come a long way, some ways for the better and some ways not so great. Trust me, I am not against using any doctors, I just think we need to be prepared to take care of ourselves if the SHTF, it’s not if, but when.

I have told you before Mark and I took some C.E.R.T. classes where we learned to use splints, dress or not dress certain burns, how to label the wounded that were too far gone to help, and so much more. This will be hard for me because I love to help people, but more people need to know how to do a few minor medical procedures than ever before. If and when we have a grid down you need some hard copy books in your possession to recognize some medical issues and do the very best you can.

This is how I see it, there are leaders and there are followers. After a disaster or grid down we will have both of these and more, like the disrupters. Some people may become hysterical after just a few days without electricity because they are not sure what to do. One or more people will take charge, some will look to you for help. This is why it is critical we have a few tools to get us through a minor or major collapse. No professional medical help will be a huge issue. Here’s the deal, all medical personnel, and emergency responders will be called to the hospitals or medical clinics. Possibly even your local schools will become a place of refuge to help those in need of medical help.

Well, this means we will be on our own. So, here are my thoughts to get us through something like this, all comments and responses will be greatly appreciated.

No Medical Help


Water will be a key element to hydrate those people who have very little water stored. I recommend storing at least 4-gallons of water per person per day. It’s quite likely some of your neighbors will have no water stored. I’m not addressing food storage today.

First aid kit:

I have a printable list for you, but I would take stock of all the over the counter drugs you use quite regularly. Please add Benadryl, my neighbors borrow mine all the time. I stock and rotate all my over the counter drugs as well as my essential oils. PRINTABLE: First Aid Kit

First aid book:

Please get a hard copy as we may not have the internet, The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way

First aid skills:

Please learn CPR, take a C.E.R.T. class and an EMT class. Community Emergency Response Team


I realize some people are really against bleach, well we will need lots of bleach to get rid of MRSE or dangerous sewage contamination. Please note, bleach only stores for typically 9-12 months. Look into pool tablets for SHOCK treatments for water containers, like a backyard pool, and store some of them as well.


You can never have too many supplies, start stocking up on all items we could use as a neighborhood to help ourselves and those around us. The pharmacies will be closed and empty after a major disaster. What you have in your house this very minute may be all you have to save your family. Supplies can be water, food, tools, knives, weapons, etc. Please order some N-95 masks or N-100 masks as you can afford them, you can never have too many. 3M 1860 Medical Mask N95, 20 Count


We can always use all our blankets to lay critically hurt people on the ground or cover them to try and prevent shock. Never give away usable blankets.

Make a roster for your neighborhood:

Please make a plan with those neighbors who are interested in participating in a monthly meeting to share skills and things we can all bring to the table, so to speak, after a disaster. I’ve said this before, that neighbor down the street with a chainsaw may be your new best friend. Only include those neighbors you feel comfortable working with and you can trust to step up and help.

Contact list of neighbors:

If we need to try and email or call family members of neighbors we need a list of contacts if and when any power is restored. If a certain neighbor is critically hurt we need to be able to contact a close family member or friend.

Critical items:

Walkie talkies, flashlights, headlamps, as well as whistles, are must have items. Remember disasters don’t always happen in the daylight hours. Please be prepared with batteries or solar flashlights.

Make a plan with neighbors:

Do it this week, next week may be too late. Only choose neighbors you can count on to be on your team. Decide who will be in charge and list the items each family has to contribute and teach others the skills we will all need to survive. Pass a list around and list what items we each have and the items we need to get. I’m not talking about sharing how much food or cash you have, this is mainly getting to know your neighbors. Seeing them at church each week is NOT going to get the job done. You must KNOW your neighbors or at the least the ones you want to have on your team if you are going to work together to make a difference during and after a disaster situation. Now, make a plan for survival as a team.

Garbage Bags:

Store a lot of large black bags to dispose of refuse to burn later and also to possibly to cover the dead.

Colored tape and large colored squares to label homes:

These are the tapes or colored cards we need in every home to help us know who needs help and who is okay for right now.

BLUE: handicapped person lives in this home
ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape, Multi-Use, 1.41-Inch by 60-Yard, 1 Roll

RED: needs immediate help
NPS CT-610 Triage Marking Tape 300′ Red

YELLOW: delay, does not need immediate help

NPS CT-611 Triage Marking Tape 300′ Yellow

GREEN: person or family is okay
NPS CT-612 Triage Marking Tape 300′ Green

Painter’s sticks:

Get them from Home Depot or your local hardware store work great for splints. Be sure and store non-stick gauze to wrap a broken arm on the splint.

Classes :

Take a class on how to do stitches and learn to use a stethoscope. If we can’t help majorly hurt people we will have to step over them and help those we can help. This sounds cold, but I learned this from my C.E.R.T. class. Those that are majorly hurt will have to wait for medical personnel. Yes, they may die, but we can only do what we can do.

I hope we never have to deal with any of this, but I know it’s inevitable, so we must be prepared for the unexpected. Please be ready to help your family when there is no medical help on the way.

What are your plans to be better prepared when medical help isn’t readily available?

Center for Disease Control

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DIY Dollar Store First Aid Kit Buckets

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You can make several DIY (Do It Yourself) dollar store first aid kit buckets on the cheap, one item at a time. I have written a lot of articles about first aid kits over the past few years. Here’s the deal, you can buy almost everything at your local dollar store, except for certain bandages, to fill a 5-gallon bucket for supplies. I would highly recommend buying GOOD name brand “BandAids” because at the dollar store we don’t know how old they may be and they may not stick as needed on a cut or deep wound. Of course, some things will typically not go bad to the point we can’t use them, like gauze, scissors, etc. I’m going to show you a few first aid kits I have designed over the years and hopefully, they will fit almost every budget.

I actually got this idea from a reader, it was one of those cartwheel moments when I told her, “Oh my gosh, AWESOME idea!” She had been given some 3-gallon buckets and started slowly filling them with first aid supplies. I told her I could see a post coming using her idea! Thank you, Janet, for the 3-gallon bucket idea! I decided to get 5-gallon buckets because I have a perfect spot to store them. I’m so color coded, as you probably know by now. I decided on white buckets with red Gamma lids and I bought lettering for the American Red Cross similar symbol in red with black lettering to indicate a few items in the buckets. Gamma Seal Lid, Red, 3 Pack – New! – Boxed! – 5 Gallon Bucket Lids (Fits 3.5, 5, 6, & 7 Gal.) Storage Container Lid and 5-gallon food grade buckets can be found pretty inexpensive in your local grocery stores.

I started writing what I would put in each bucket and it got out of control, so I narrowed the selection to the statements above on the white buckets. You could easily use a permanent magic marker in red and black and do the same thing. I speak at several classes throughout Utah so I needed to have them look a bit more professional, so I purchased vinyl lettering at a local store in town.

DIY Dollar Store First Aid Kit Buckets:

DIY Dollar Store First Aid Kit Buckets

Here are few items you may want to add to your containers. I have a PRINTABLE: First Aid Kit by Food Storage Moms

First aid supplies:

Remember, just pick up a few items every time you visit a dollar store in your neighborhood. Pick up good BandAids at your local pharmacy or grocery store.

  1.  B-12 Vitamins
  2. Ziplock Bags
  3. Zantac (Acid Reducer)
  4. Vicks VapoRub
  5. Tylenol
  6. Tweezers
  7. Tucks Pads-Which Hazel
  8. Toothbrushes/Toothpaste
  9. Tick Remover
  10. Surgical Face Masks (N-95), all sizes
  11. Sunscreen
  12. Stethoscope-I would buy a good one at your local medical supply store.
  13. Soap
  14. Splints
  15. Splinter Removal Kit
  16. Sleep-Aid Medicine
  17. Silver Cough Lozenges-my favorite ones: Original All Natural Silver Lozenges – Soothing Honey with Lemon: The Perfect Cough Drop for Cough, Throat & Mouth Health and Immune Support – Contains 30ppm Silver Solution in Each Drop
  18. Silver Liquid-I recommend this one: 30ppm, Triple Strength pH Balanced Colloidal Solution – Daily Colloidal Silver Supplement for Immune Health – 16oz Bottle of Silver Water
  19. Silver Gel-I use this one: Extra Strength Silver Gel – 35ppm Silver Gel Activated for Maximum Strength: Great for First Aid/Emergency Gel, Skin Irritations, Wounds, Facial Cleanser, Immune Protection. Therapeutic Grade. (1)
  20. Scissors
  21. Rolled Gauze
  22. Quickclot
  23. Pregnancy Test
  24. Peroxide
  25. Pepto-Bismol Chewables
  26. Petroleum Jelly
  27. Orajel
  28. Neosporin
  29. Nail Clippers
  30. Nystatin and Triamcinolone Acetonide
  31. Non-stick Sterile Pads
  32. New Skin Liquid Bandage
  33. Nasal Spray (Afrin)
  34. Nasal Decongestant PE
  35. Multi-Task Knife
  36. Molefoam/Moleskin
  37. Mouthwash
  38. Monistat (Yeast Infections)
  39. Motrin
  40. Mucinex Dm
  41. Mucinex
  42. Menstrual Pads and Tampons
  43. Lotion or Body Cream
  44. Lip balm/ ChapStick
  45. Hydrocortisone
  46. Mylar Blankets
  47. Ibuprofen
  48. Hemorrhoid Ointment/Suppositories
  49. Heat packs-Heating pads
  50. Hand sanitizer
  51. Gauze Pads (sterile and non-sterile)
  52. Gloves (non-latex)
  53. Floss
  54. Flashlights w/batteries
  55. First-Aid Shears
  56. First-Aid Book
  57. Eye Patches
  58. Essential Oils Book
  59. Epsom Salt
  60. Elastic Gauze Bandage Rolls
  61. Ear Plugs
  62. Ear-Loop Masks (N-95), all sizes-I get these on Amazon 3M 1860 N95 RESPIRATOR AND SURGICAL MASK Box of 20
  63. Duct Tape
  64. Dressings for open wounds
  65. Dramamine (motion sickness)
  66. Cotton Swabs
  67. Cotton Balls
  68. Condoms
  69. Contacts/Contact Cases/ Extra Glasses/Saline
  70. Cold Medicine/Cough Syrup
  71. Castor Oil
  72. Calamine Lotion
  73. Burn Gel
  74. Bug Spray 100% Deet
  75. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste
  76. Birth Control
  77. Betadine/iodine swabs
  78. Benadryl, Liquid, and Chewable
  79. Bee Sting Kit
  80. Band-Aids/Butterfly, Several Sizes
  81. Bandage Scissors
  82. Aspirin/Advil
  83. Apple Cider
  84. Alcohol: 90-100% proof
  85. Aleve (Naproxen)
  86. Anti-Itch Cream
  87. Anti-Diarrhea
  88. Antifungal Ointment
  89. Anti-Bacterial Wipes
  90. Allergy Medicine
  91. Ace Wraps : 3 inch & 4 inch


  1. B-complex vitamins
  2. Calcium
  3. D-3 Vitamins
  4. Magnesium
  5. Mature Complete Multivitamin
  6. Omega 3 Fish Oil
  7. Vitamin C
  8. Essential Oils

Plano fishing tackle box that works great:

I filled this Plano fishing tackle box Plano Large 6-Tray Tackle Box with as many products as possible as listed in the PRINTABLE list above.

DIY Dollar Store First Aid Kit Buckets

My Large First Aid Kit:

I filled this awesome Stanley 020800R FatMax 4-in1 Mobile Work Station for Tools and Parts with as many of the items as I could from the PRINTABLE list shown above.

DIY Dollar Store First Aid Kit Buckets

Please get a good emergency medical handbook:

The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way

Essential Oils Pocket Reference

May God bless you to be diligent in being prepared for the unexpected. Please make some DIY dollar store first aid kit buckets with friends and family. You’ll be glad you did, I promise.

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Why You Need To Have A First Aid Kit For Kids

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Today it’s all about why you need to have a first aid kit for kids, grandkids, etc. I don’t know about you, but it seems whenever I have my kids or grandkids here someone gets hurt. It might be a scratch, a bee sting or a cut. Sometimes the kids have a fever or a cough. We are pretty lucky they do not get sick often but it’s nice to know I have “stuff” in the cupboard to soothe or comfort them. I also use essential oils big time and Silver Solution from My Doctor Suggests. I realize every family is different and may or may not use certain products, I get that. I just want you to rotate what you do have in your cupboards for cold or flu symptoms and have them available if all your local stores and pharmacies are closed. Or if you have to be evacuated, put this item on your “to grab list” for such emergencies should they arise.

I remember talking to a family who was evacuated a few years from their city and their baby had a fever and the power was out in the town. They drove to a nearby town to stay in a motel to keep their baby safe from the cold. They needed some fever reducing medicine and luckily the mother had some items in her “diaper bag” to soothe the baby.

I decided to put together a Children’s Medical Kit with a two layer plastic container I purchased at JoAnn’s Craft Store. Of course, I used my 40% off coupon so the kit was very affordable. My daughter does vinyl lettering so I asked her to make me the set you see on the container. A Magic Marker would work too!

First Aid Kit For Kids:

How To Make A Children's Medical Kit | via

Kids First Aid Contents:

How To Make A Children's Medical Kit | via

This one I will keep in the hall closet so it is ready to grab and let the kids choose their favorite band-aids when needed. I tried to gather the most important things we might need if we are unable to go to the store. I am adding a thermometer to the kit as well. I want to be prepared for the unexpected if the pharmacies are closed or the weather closes the roads from extreme weather conditions. I guess you can call me Nervous Nellie. Please let me know what items you would add to your children’s first aid kit I would love to hear. May God bless you and your family.

My Favorite things:

Snapware Snap ‘N Stack 6-Inch by 9-Inch Plastic Container

American Red Cross Website.

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How To Help Ward Off The Influenza

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It’s that time of year where we can all use some tips how to ward off the Influenza in our homes, right? I just talked to a very close friend who had to rush his cute daughter to the hospital. They are waiting for the test results but she is very dehydrated, I mean extremely dehydrated. Thank goodness, they took her to the hospital to get the process of rehydrating her ASAP! Please keep in mind I am not a doctor, nurse or anyone in the medical field. Some things we all know for sure when it comes to seeing a child or adult that has a fever (sometimes), shiny red or very cracked lips. They are usually dehydrated and they need water or some type of liquid like Pedialyte or Gatorade. If it’s really bad they need an IV at the hospital like my good friend’s little princess, I mentioned above.

Sometimes, I think I am somewhat of a germaphobic because I wash my hands constantly. I believe most people wash their hands but I sure wish some churches had those hand sanitizer contraptions on the walls. I have seen them at the doctor’s offices, the schools and most public places. I guess some churches can’t afford to buy them but good grief with all the hand shaking, come on people, step up your game. Should we all demand that they install them or should we just quit shaking hands? It’s really frustrating when you go to a movie or to a store and people are sneezing and coughing. In Japan, it is common courtesy to wear a face mask similar to the ones I suggest for emergencies like these when they have a communicable sickness: New CM PM2.5 N95 Adult Face Masks Hot Air Cotton Masks Dust Allergy Flu Masks for Breathe Healthy Filters Dust, Pollen, Allergens, Flu Germs 10 Pieces Please stay home if you are sick, let’s not spread the germs or bacteria. If you have more ideas, I will gladly add your tips to my list, let’s get started.

Ward off the Influenza tips:

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Drink a lot of water
  3. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably Organic/Non-GMO)
  4. Build up your immune system to stay healthy
  5. Wash your hands, yes this is a repeat
  6. Use Clorox wipes to clean TV remotes, computer parts where applicable
  7. Use Clorox wipes to clean door knobs, phones, and light switches
  8. Keep your bathrooms as clean as possible
  9. Keep your kitchen as clean as possible
  10. Throw out food that is no longer acceptable to eat in your refrigerator or pantry
  11. Make chicken noodle soup with lots of vegetables in the broth
  12. Hot/warm green tea with a little honey and Organic lemon juice or fresh squeezed lemons rocks, this is my favorite one: Yogi Teas Super Antioxidant Green Tea, 16 Count (Pack of 6)
  13. Keep Vicks VapoRub on hand Vicks VapoRub Cough Suppressant Chest and Throat Topical Analgesic Ointment, 1.76 Ounce (Pack of 3)
  14. Print out my first aid kit list if you need one: First Aid Kit Checklist by Food Storage Moms
  15. Replace the expired over the counter cold medicines you have stored BEFORE you need them
  16. Check your stash of fever reducers if you use them
  17. Drink a lot of fluids and have fresh chapstick ready, if needed
  18. Use essential oils to soothe the sick people in your family
  19. In the winter when the furnace is running, you may want to invest in a humidifier or vaporizer: Vicks 1.5 Gallon Vaporizer with Night-Light

Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected before you need to be, you’ll be glad you are prepared. May God bless your family, please stay well.

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How To Use Witch Hazel 21 Different Ways

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Today I’m sharing my thoughts on how to use Witch Hazel 21 different ways. I remember using this product years ago.  I am always looking for natural remedies, so I decided to do a little research on it. I was not aware that you could buy Witch Hazel in so many fragrances. Wow, how things have changed! We had clear and clear years ago. No fragrances. Period. Now I see so many fragrances like unscented, lavender, aloe vera, rose petal, lemon, peach and others as well. This post is an update from a few years ago.

Here’s the deal, I am suggesting these benefits based on my research. I am not a doctor, nurse or anyone in the medical field. I believe in natural healing, but I also have one fabulous doctor I see once a year. I rarely go to the doctor, but that’s just me because I rarely if ever get sick. I never get flu shots, oh my gosh did I just say that? Yes, I did. Please do what is right for you and we will all be happy with our own choices. Let’s leave it at that. Okay, let’s get started with some ways we can use Witch Hazel.

How To Use Witch Hazel:

Witch Hazel is an astringent, its made from witch hazel leaf extract, witch hazel bark and witch hazel water. Witch hazel is a plant used to make medicine. People use it for the following health benefits and other applications.

1. Gently cleans all types of skin.

2. Use after exposure to the sun or wind.

3. Rub some on after a shower or bath, the different scents are awesome.

4. Use it topically for pain.

5. I rub it on my itchy arms to help stop the itch.

6. It helps with swollen ankles-soothes the pain.

7. It soothes varicose veins.

8. Use it topically on minor burns.

9. Use it topically for hemorrhoids.

10. Use it topically for skin irritations.

11. Great for babies who are teething-rub on their little-swollen gums.

12. It helps fight infection on cuts or scrapes.

13. Lavender witch hazel is calming.

14. It’s a delicate soothing toner for the skin.

15. It’s an alternative to drying skin-helps tighten pores.

16. It beautifies the skin naturally.

17. Use after shaving to help protect your skin.

18. Soothes bug bites and bee stings.

19. Heals skin a little faster.

20. Soothes diaper rash

21. According to Web, M.D., you can use it for diarrhea Web, M.D.

I’m adding a few bottles to my first aid and natural remedy stash. I want to be able to heal my body,  and the body of those around me, if we did have some sort of unforeseen disaster or emergency. We need to take the time to learn how to heal our bodies naturally. Of course, we would go to the doctor if we felt the need….please do not take this the wrong way. I just feel like sometimes we need to be prepared to take care of ourselves if NO antibiotics are available. I hope that never happens, but my gut tells me it just might. I live on an earthquake fault. I need to be prepared for the unexpected. This means water, food, first aid supplies, temporary cooking devices, solar power devices, an emergency binder that holds our important documents, etc.

Please take a minute and look around your house and in your car and think about what you have in your possession, TODAY, right this minute that will make a difference. Not at some later time. Are you prepared with the necessary tools, first aid items (even fever reducing products), the typical items you need every day?  I guess I am just a nervous Nellie….if I get down to the last bottle of aspirin…..I go to the store and buy 5 or 6. It’s just who I am.

What about your gas tank? How full is it? How much cash do you have RIGHT now? Please let me know if you use Witch Hazel and how you use it. I love comments I can add to my post.

Food Storage Moms: First Aid Kit with Printable List.

My favorite things:

Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Toner with Aloe Vera Formula, Unscented, 12 Fluid Ounce

Thayer’s: Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera, Lavender Toner 12 oz

Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight with Integrated Solar Panel

Goal Zero 90109 Solo V2 Solar Flashlight

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Frugal Ways To Benefit From Using Apple Cider Vinegar

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I have 25 frugal ways to benefit from using apple cider vinegar to share with you today. Were you aware there is a difference between some versions of apple cider vinegar?  You need to use raw or organic apple cider vinegar to get the desired benefits. Not all Apple Cider Vinegar varieties are equal. You want the “Mother” of the vinegar because it has raw enzymes that promote healing. Regular/clear cider vinegar might not have all of the healthy benefits you hope for. I suggest avoiding the filtered vinegar…as well. I call Apple Cider Vinegar a natural Elixir….one of my medicinal solutions.

The great thing about apple cider vinegar is that it’s pretty cheap to buy and stores for at least 5 years (the brand Braggs does anyway). Check the expiration dates for other brands. Sometimes the apple cider vinegar can last past the expiration date, just like you experience with other products. I always say “when in doubt, throw it out” if you are questioning the dates.

Using Apple Cider Vinegar:


1. Apple cider vinegar can lower blood pressure, studies have shown.

2. Diarrhea-try mixing a little in water-the pectin content helps treat diarrhea-sip on it.

3. It helps with hiccups-eases the diaphragm spasms that cause them.

4. Soothes sore throats-mix equal amounts of ACV with water and gargle every hour or so.

5. Helps prompt sinus drainage if you have a sinus headache or infection-1 teaspoon of ACV in a glass of water relieves a stuffy nose.

6. Indigestion-helps settle the stomach since sometimes we eat too much or we eat the wrong types of food…helps with heartburn.

7. Rub the Apple Cider Vinegar on swollen joints, feet, etc. Dilute if your skin is sensitive. I use it on my arthritis…it feels great while cooling my joints.

8. Yeast infections-add 1-1/2 cups ACV in your bathtub of warm water. Do this once a day for at least 30 minutes for at least three days….

9. Natural aftershave-mix equal parts water and ACV before applying to your face.

10. Great for toenail, foot fungus…soak in water/ACV diluted mixture or apply directly to the fungus.

11. Soothe a sunburn with a clean rag dipped in it, it cools the warm hot sunburn and is so refreshing.

12. Dandruff-mix equal parts and let set on your hair for one hour or less.

13. Boosts your energy-relieves that tired feeling…one to two tablespoons in a glass of juice or water.

14. You know those age spots some of us get on our skin….rub a little on them every day..rinse off in the shower if desired…I leave them on all night.

15. Natural hair conditioner that makes your hair shiny, healthy and the price is very reasonable.

16.  Bad breath-mix 1/2 tablespoon in 1 cup water and gargle a little at a time.

17.  Deodorant-rub a little under the arm and ACV smell dissipates.

18. Great for acne issues…dab a little on…make a mixture of one part vinegar with 3-4 parts has some antibacterial properties to help heal acne.

19. Natural tooth whitener—-rub some on a clean rag and rub on those teeth- it kills bacteria in your gums and mouth.


20.  Make your own salad dressings…so much know what is in your salad dressing.


21. Clean your tile with one cup ACV and a bucket of water–makes cleaning a breeze.

22. I make a spray bottle with 2 cups ACV and 1 cup water–cleans windows, counter name it…

23. Natural room freshener-pour 1/8 cup in your toilet….it freshens the room almost immediately.


24. I used to use it on my Shih Tzu’s “hot spots”-to clean and heal them.

25. Cats do not like the smell of vinegar. It should help from having “accidents” around the house.

Please remember, I am not a doctor or medical professional. I just know I want to learn more natural ways to heal my body. I want to be prepared for the unexpected. Apple Cider Vinegar is fairly inexpensive. It would go pretty far when mixed with water and be a natural healer when needed. You must decide what is right for you and your family. If regular medications are not available I must learn other types of healing….These are just a few of the Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits I know….if you have some, I would love to add them to this list. I love Epsom Salts as well!

Braggs more information on their products.

My favorite things:

Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, 128 Ounce – 1 Pack

Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, 16 Ounce – 1 Pack

Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, 16 Ounce – 1 Pack

Behrens 0, 9-Gallon Round Steel Tub

The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way

Kevin’s Quality Clothespins Set of 30 Lifetime Guarantee

Berkey GSPRT Generic 22-Ounce Water Filter Sports Bottle, 3-Pack

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15 Reasons Why You Need To Store Epsom Salts

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I have 15 reasons why you need to store Epsom salts. What is Epsom Salts? It is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of sulfate and magnesium.  It started out from a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England. Do you remember your family always having Epsom Salts? I remember seeing this blue bag in the hall closet with the rest of the medicinal products my mother had stored. We only had a few items for any ailment we had. The ones that I remember were Epsom Salts, Merthiolate, Mercurochrome, and aspirin.

Yes, that was it. We did not go to the doctor much, and if we did, we must have been close to death. I do remember having my throat painted with a purple violet ointment (Gentian Violet) , something for strep throat. I would love any comments to help refresh my memory on that stuff. We also had a yellow mustard paste you’d smear on your chest for bad coughs. Today it is all about Epsom Salts. Thank you to several readers that reminded me of the purple/violet ointment name! Another reader just emailed me and said she always puts a couple of  tablespoons in the hole before she plants her tomatoes. It helps them grow stronger and prevents blossom end rot. Thanks so much for these awesome tips!

Store Epsom Salts:

store epsom salts

1. Throw a cupful of Epsom Salts into a warm bath along with some lavender essential oils, relax and read a book. No need to buy expensive bath salts, plus you choose the essential oils you prefer.

2. Make a paste with water and Epsom Salts to soothe a sunburn. Take a small container and mix water and enough of the Epsom Salts to make a paste similar to thin toothpaste. Gently rub the mixture onto the sunburned skin.

3. You can do your own pedicure by soaking your feet in a bucket of warm water with a 1/2 cup Epsom Salts added. Relax and let the dry skin fall off. Use a pumice stone to remove the remaining dead skin, and then rub coconut oil into your feet to soften them. I wear socks so I won’t fall from the slippery oil on my bare feet. It really helps with those cracked heels in the summertime.

4. It is great for splinters, soak, and then remove the splinter ever so carefully with clean tweezers.

5. Gout can be treated by soaking your foot in as hot as the water can be and still be comfortable, along with 1/4 cup Epsom Salts. Soak the foot for about thirty minutes. This will help ease the discomfort of a sore foot.

6. Sprains can be treated by following the instructions for gout. The water with the Epsom Salts seems to ease the discomfort of the sprained ankle or foot.

7. Athlete’s Foot is treated by soaking the feet in warm water with 1/4 cup Epsom Salts for about 30 minutes. Drain the water, clean the container and repeat if necessary.

8. Gardens are benefited by preventing slugs when you sprinkle some Epsom Salts around where you do not want the slugs to enter near your garden plants.

9. Epsom Salts is a natural insecticide, sprinkle lightly around your plants to keep those plant pests away.

10. Keep your lawns green with 2 tablespoons to one of gallon water and spray onto your lawn. Cheap way to keep your lawn healthy and green.

11. Fertilize your houseplants. Sprinkle a little each week to keep them healthy and keep the pests away. (high in nitrogen, phosphorus & potassium)

12. Make your own hand wash with baby oil and Epsom Salts. Soothes dry chapped fingers and knuckles.

13. Clean your bathroom tile with equal amounts of Epsom Salts and your favorite liquid detergent, use a rag to just wipe away the grime.

14. Add a tiny amount (about 1/4 teaspoon give or take) to your regular face cleansing cream and wash your face as usual. It feels fabulous!

15. Fungus toenail or fingernail can be treated by soaking the infected nail(s) in hot water mixed with Epsom Salts at least three times a day.

If you have other ideas please comment. I would love to add them to my list. We all learn from each other. The really nice thing about Epsom Salts is the fact that they are fairly inexpensive to purchase and store in your food storage stash or pantry.

My friend, Karen @Blue Yonder Urban Farms Why we should store Epsom Salts

My friend, Shelle @PreparednessMama has some ideas using Epsom Salts

My friend, Sara @Frugal Mama And The Sprout. has a post on how to make Epsom Salt Lotion

My friend, Sara @Frugal Mama And The Sprout has a great post showing why we need Epsom Salts in our first aid kits


Jan: I use Epsom salts to give more volume to my hair. Don’t know the amount you use. I used a tablespoon per 16 ounces water. You could probably use less. Mix with warm water in spray bottle. I am a hairdresser and this gives more volume to your hair than any expensive hair products I’ve used. Plus it doesn’t make your feel like it has product in it. Also, I learned in beauty school that magnesium makes your hair curl. Not if you have straight hair but if you have some body in your hair, It’s suppose to make it curly.

Sue: My physical therapist recommends an Epsom salt bath to help reduce inflammation. This is good for people who have an injury, feel achy or have fibromyalgia or arthritis.

Veronica: I learned from one of the nurseries that Epsom salt makes the plant yield more flowers, I tried that for my roses and they look very great!!

Roberta: When my hubby plants his vegetable garden he digs hole puts a tablespoon of Epsom salt in adds a little dirt back then plants tomatoes. This year he yielded so much more because of Epsom salt he also sprinkles around plant before watering

Barb: When someone is coming down with the sniffles or you just want your room to smell really good, I take a cup of Epsom and add about 4 drops of peppermint oil in a pretty container and put it in the bedroom, close the door ad your room will smell wonderful, plus it seems to get rid of the sniffles! I don’t know if there is any medical backing this up, but it works for us!

Rebekah: Epsom salts make a great laundry softener also! I mix 4 cups Epsom salts with 25-30 drops of my favorite essential oils (right now I’m hooked on the fresh clean scents of lemon and lime) and store it in a big sealed container. I put about 2 tablespoons in my laundry with the detergent, and my clothes get softened as well as smelling great!

Siobhan: Epsom salt is also good in healing bruises faster. I will soak a towel with hot water and Epsom salts and place on bruise and repeat. I think it works best if you do this within the first 24 hours of the bruising This definitely speeds the healing process. This past winter I slipped and fell. I had a very large bruise and this cleared it up in a week.

Gabe: Hello, I’m a geologist and use Epsom salt for all sorts of things. It really is a wonderful substance. I appreciate the information here. I wanted to let you know that Epsom Salt is the household name for a mineral called Epsomite MgSO4 * 7H2O. It is great in the garden if your soil pH is too high and for plants that like high acidity. It does not, however, contain any amount of Nitrogen, Phosphorous, or Potassium.

Please don’t take this as criticism. I am just trying to offer helpful knowledge to pass on. Thank you for writing this article and sharing your knowledge with us.

PS: It also works as a gentle (if very yucky tasting) laxative.

My favorite things:

Epsoak Epsom Salt 2 Lbs – 100% Pure Magnesium Sulfate, Made in USA

Epsoak Epsom Salt 19.75 Lbs – 100% Pure Magnesium Sulfate, Made in USA

Big Berkey Water Filter System With 2 9″ Ceramic Filters & 2 PF-4 Fluoride Filters

Blue Can – Premium Emergency Drinking Water

Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight with Integrated Solar Panel

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How To Make A Children’s First Aid Kit

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Have you thought about how to make a children’s first aid kit? I’m updating a post I wrote about three years ago, for those of you who may have missed it. I don’t know about you, but it seems whenever I have my kids or grandkids here someone gets hurt. It might be a scratch, a bee sting or a cut. Sometimes the kids have a fever or a cough. One of the reasons I made this container was to have a children’s first aid kit ready for them and keep me on track for the expiration dates for my little ones when they visit us. I can grab this container and quickly check the dates and replace them as need when expired. My neighbors have called me several times to borrow Benadryl. Some have been real emergencies and possible life threatening situations. We were ready to call 911 if the stuff didn’t work quickly. We have had keys in hand to run to the hospital once as well.

Therefore, I decided to put together a Children’s Medical Kit with a two layer plastic container I purchased at JoAnn’s Craft Store. Of course, I used my 40% off coupon so the kit was very affordable. My daughter does vinyl lettering so I asked her to make me the set you see on the container. A Magic Marker would work too! I liked this one because it has a handle and snap-on lid, but any container will work. Snapware Snap ‘N Stack 9.8″L x 6.6″W Storage Container This would be great to grab and go to the park or family reunion, right?

Children’s First Aid Kit Before:

children's first aid kit

Here’s the deal, we all have different medications we like to use for ourselves, our kids and grandkids. This makes it easy to spot the children’s first aid kit quickly. You won’t have to dig through the hall closet or medicine cabinet to find what you need right now for that little one. You probably know by now I am a firm believer in natural remedies like essential oils, and “My Doctor Suggests Silver” Solution. No, it doesn’t turn your body blue unless you make silver yourself with the incorrect ingredients. Here is a link you may want to check out:  My Doctor Suggests Silver Solution I have used it for 5-6 years and I have to have a large supply on hand or I get nervous. No, I do not take it every day. I take it when I have been exposed to sick people or I feel like I’m coming down with something. Everyone needs to do their own research and use the items that you feel are right for their own family.

Children’s First Aid or Medical Kit Contents:

children's first aid kit

Items for your children’s first aid kit:

  1. Childrens’ Advil
  2. Childrens’ Benadryl
  3. Hand sanitizer
  4. Orajel for sore gums or teething
  5. Childrens’ Motrin
  6. Childrens’ Tylenol
  7. Childrens’ cough syrup
  8. Baby wipes
  9. Childrens’ thermometer
  10. Lip balm
  11. Essential oils
  12. Band-aids
  13. Neosporin

This one I will keep in the hall closet so it is ready to grab and let the kids choose their favorite band-aids when needed. I tried to gather the most important things we might need if we are unable to go to the store.  I am adding a thermometer to the kit as well.  I want to be prepared for the unexpected if the pharmacies are closed or the weather is not safe to drive in. I guess you can call me Nervous Nellie. Please let me know what items you would add to your children’s first kit. I would love to hear.

American Red Cross Website.

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How To Comfort A Friend Who Is Dying

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Have you ever wondered how to comfort a friend who is dying? I am going to talk about my friend Cinda today who I met about ten years ago. I first met her at a neighborhood luncheon and she was sitting alone at a table. I sat down next to her and we started talking about our family, food storage, emergency preparedness and so much more. This is the day our friendship started. We started talking more and more each week, month or whenever we could. Cinda and I were passionate about food storage and being prepared for the unexpected. We would email each other with ideas and thoughts, and even taught a class or two together about emergency preparedness.

My Friend

We would share ideas on what we thought would we could do to get the neighborhood involved in being prepared for a disaster or unforeseen emergency. One day Cinda called me to come help her pack up her home because she and her husband had sold their home. She had another friend come and help pack from a different neighborhood, as well. She had mentioned she had some pain in her abdomen and had gone to the doctor to get checked out. The doctor couldn’t find anything wrong. She used herbal therapy, essential oils and some kind of massage therapy by a friend. The pain got worse and she eventually went back to the original doctor who realized she had missed a serious disease, She was now diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. She told the doctor not to worry because we all make mistakes. It was hard cancer to detect.

She and her husband headed to Salt Lake City, Utah to a treatment center that specializes in cancer care to see if any treatment would work. She was told she had 18 months to live without any treatment, and two years with treatment.They headed back home and her husband had to go back to work to pay the bills. Cinda could no longer work. Her husband worked nights at the local hospital as a nurse, and they asked for volunteers to sleep overnight at her home so she wouldn’t be alone. I think I slept there three or four nights a week. You would think it would be difficult going there knowing your friend would die sometime in the next two years or less. It wasn’t, it was actually fun to be together, because we are both Christians and had some really good stories about when we both attended bible school when we were younger. We would look at photos and books and talk about how she lived, how she met her husband, the day her son was born and the list goes on and on. I listened and loved every story she talked about.

Well, she and I started looking online for other cancer clinics. Each night we would go over the charts of the advantages of this clinic over another clinic. Every cancer clinic/hospital was on a spreadsheet and we would talk about the pro and cons of each one. She decided she would call one the next morning she felt really comfortable with and made an appointment to go see if they thought she had a chance at extending her life. She and her husband headed there and loved the place and the people. She started treatments shortly thereafter. The sleepovers continued after she started the treatments at the new hospital when would return home in between treatments.

Friends rallied around her, and I don’t know about the others, but I drove over to her rental home in my pajamas with my pillow and blanket when it was my sleepover night. We would talk, giggle, and laugh until 11:00 p.m. at night. I would leave before she woke up because her husband came home from work around 5:00 a.m. in the morning. I will cherish forever those nights with her.

The treatments continued and she lost her hair and I said when she’s gone I wanted her wig because it was a classic! I know we all have family members, close friends, and acquaintances who have won their battle against cancer, and some who have lost that battle. Some have died from other diseases or accidents.

She called me in December 2013 and said she had lost the battle but wanted me to hear it from her before I heard from someone else. We said our goodbyes and she asked that I remember her as she lived and not how she died. We cried together and I told her to watch from heaven because I would continue to teach the world to be prepared for the unexpected. She gave me a blue and green hummingbird to hang and to remember her by looking at the hummingbird.  She made it through Christmas and died in February 2014.

My tips for dealing with a dying friend:

  1. Laugh with them.
  2. Talk with them about the good times you both have had together.
  3. Ask them to share stories about their life.
  4. Giggle with them (it’s different than laughing with them, trust me).
  5. Bring them their favorite candy or treat.
  6. Bring them meals to help the family.
  7. Clean their house (especially the bathrooms).
  8. Change their sheets.
  9. Clean the kitchen.
  10. Bring them fresh fruit and vegetables.
  11. Ask them how they feel about dying, this was the most special question I asked Cinda.
  12. Help them write their life history, if they are interested, or at least write-down stories they cherished.
  13. Listen, listen and listen again to whatever they want to talk about.
  14. Hug them and tell them you love them.
  15. Be sure and visit your friend, even if you don’t know what to say.
  16. Talk about the illness, you can see cues from your friend if he or she wants to talk about it.
  17. Ask them what’s on their mind today.
  18. Treat your friend as you always have, she or he is the same person.
  19. Sometimes people don’t want to be a burden so they don’t ask for help (trust me you will gain more for serving those who need help).
  20. Do something for the partner or spouse (this is a very hard time for them too) I brought her husband a six pack of Coke and M & M peanuts!

I have two regrets in my life, the first was when I was 20 and my neighbor’s 2-week old baby died from Meningitis. I didn’t know what to say so I said nothing. I’m sure she could have used a hug and someone to talk to, or whatever. My other regret was when I gave birth to a healthy baby girl and my lifelong friend who I lived next door to growing up gave birth to a stillborn baby within weeks of my giving birth. I didn’t send a note, I didn’t call her. I didn’t know what to say. I regret this 40+ years later.

I only wish my friend Cinda had been able to read my book: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

My favorite emergency preparedness items:

The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way
Blue Can – Premium Emergency Drinking Water
AquaBrick Food and Water Storage Container – Brick Only
Kelly Kettle Ultimate Stainless Steel Large Base Camp Kit

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Are You Prepared For A Pandemic?

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Are You Prepared For A Pandemic? I have written several articles about pandemics and know that we all need to be prepared for one. If we read the newspaper or watch the news on the television it’s a fact of life we need to be prepared for what diseases may hit the areas of the world where we live. I have a friend, Cat Ellis who wrote the book, “Prepping for a Pandemic”. Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Skills and Plans for Surviving an Outbreak (Preppers) Here’s the deal, we can sit back and think everything will be okay if we have an Anthrax attack, a Measles outbreak, or Ebola hits the USA again. Hantavirus, HIV, MRSA, Strep throat, and RSV (to name just a few) are a huge issue in the world. I’m sure most of our hospitals have outbreaks that we are not aware of at all.

I just visited a friend in the hospital that was infected with RSV, yep adults can get it. The gentleman had pneumonia and RSV and has since come home from the hospital with an oxygen tank to help his breathing. Mayo Clinic RSV in Children and Adults

Let me give you some statistics for OUR area in Southern Utah. These statistics are a few years old, but none the less, please look at these numbers in the St. George, Utah (Washington County) area. We have on average 150,000 people living here. Washington County has 17 ambulances, 46 fire trucks and 204 police cars. We have two hospitals with 145 beds available. These numbers are scary, we can’t depend on anyone but ourselves when a pandemic hits our communities since the local government agencies and hospitals just don’t have the manpower and resources to take care of everyone affected. Please check out your local numbers. You might just be as surprised as I was when I saw the reality of the situation.

My husband and I both got certified to help our neighborhood. We called a few neighbors to do it with us. We could only talk three people into doing the class. Here’s the deal, I have no medical training, but I can organize just about anything. I thought to myself, if we could get twenty people to join us, our neighborhood would be in better shape than it was before the classes. Well, we have 5 people in our neighborhood trained now. I am thankful to the other three people who will help us, if needed. Most emergency or medical people will be at the hospitals or other emergency areas set up when a disaster hits. This is why we need to educate ourselves to use herbs, essential oils or whatever your family feels comfortable using. We cannot depend on the government to take care of us. Period.

Prepared for a Pandemic

My interview with Cat Ellis:

1. Tell me about your book. What is it about? My book, Prepping for a Pandemic, is really well-titled. It covers every aspect of preparing for a pandemic- what are the most likely threats that we know of, what are the current conventional and herbal protocols (if any) for these illnesses, how to implement a Self-Imposed Reverse Quarantine (SIRQ), keeping that SIRQ secure from outsiders, what kind of supplies are crucial to have on hand, and for how long do you need to be prepared to outlast a pandemic.

In addition to this, the book also looks at our most recent example of a deadly pandemic, that being the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This tragedy provided an unprecedented look at how the stress of a deadly pandemic impacts people and governments, as well as how they react. In this we saw individuals attacking clinics, martial law, travel restrictions, and ultimately a silencing of the majority of reporting when public concern (whether justified or not) began to get out of hand. If a pandemic were to break out, here was a real-life, ongoing example playing out in front of us.

This has been an unprecedented tragedy, one that is still going on with new active cases just a week ago. The least we can do is learn from it. I felt the need to document how individuals, groups/mobs, police, and government responded during this crisis. Doing so shows us what to expect if an outbreak of a deadly disease were to happen here in the US.

2. What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

My research got started well before I even thought about writing about pandemics with saving links to news articles. It was a natural point of concern to many people, not just preppers. I was also getting slammed by email with questions from readers about how to prepare in case Ebola came here. A lot of my research was originally intended specifically to answer those questions.

A lot of these links depicted the social chaos in West Africa, as well as risks a person may not necessarily think about. For example, one case involved a pregnant woman who went into labor and felt something was wrong. The hospital was overwhelmed by Ebola patients, so she had stayed at home to deliver. She tried to get a doctor to come out to her, but no doctor would risk it. She ultimately died during child birth. So, it’s not just the pandemic a person needs to be concerned about, but every day care that we have come to take for granted in the US.

This led to a lot of time reading about natural disasters, diseases other than Ebola which had resulted in pandemics in the past, and asking a number of medical and former military personnel about emergency response systems, hospital protocols, and “what if” scenarios.

When researching various pandemic diseases, antibiotics resistance, and viral infections, I looked to scholarly articles through, the Lancet, and other academic-oriented sources. I also used the Center for Disease Control’s website, the World Health Organization’s website, and Center for Infectious Disease’s website. They each provided necessary statistics, up to date news reports, and cited studies which I could then look up for further research.

3. How long did it take to write?

Some parts of the book came together very quickly, and others took much longer. Overall, it took the better part of a year from the time I started saving news articles to writing the book. Most of the time was spent on research, as well as organizing this mountain of data into a format that was manageable, yet comprehensive in scope.

4. Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m an herbalist from Southeastern, MA, although I actually started out as a violist. I used to play in orchestras and went to Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Unfortunately, I ended up with a repetitive motion injury, and that ended my orchestra career. That might sound sad, but if that hadn’t have happened, I wouldn’t have met my husband and have the family I do today. My husband and I keep bees, homeschool our two children, and are looking forward to our eventual relocation to our property in Maine.

5. As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

Naturally, pandemics concern me. Economic collapse and the grid being hacked are two very big concerns on my radar. More than just being prepared for a specific event, I’m preparing for the illnesses that will absolutely follow a crisis, whatever that crisis may be. Disease accompanies disaster.

Without safe, predictable access to medical professionals, facilities, and pharmacies, I can see a lot of people needing care due to drinking contaminated water, infected wounds, lack of maintenance medications for chronic illnesses like hypertension and diabetes. And don’t forget, everyone currently taking mood enhancing drugs for anxiety. They will be cut off from their meds full stop. For some of each of these cases, there are herbal alternatives that would benefit them. On top of that, one of the goals I’m working toward is completing my midwifery training to help moms and newborns who will still need care regardless if we are facing TEOTWAWKI.(Linda: this stands for “the end of the world as we know it”)

6. What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

Get healthy, Get healthy right now. According to the CDC, 1 out of every 2 Americans has a chronic illness. When we consider what the added physical and emotional stress of a crisis can do to a person when they are well, what might that do to people with hypertension? Another example, the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has demonstrated a 60% mortality rate among patients with chronic illnesses, the most problematic being diabetes.

Then there are just the physical tasks of perhaps walking everywhere because the pumps aren’t pumping. Or growing and foraging food because there are no more shipments supplying the grocery store. How are your knees? Your wrists? Do you have any form of arthritis? Obesity? Weakened immune response?

You stand a better chance of keeping up with all the tasks necessary to outlast the zombie apocalypse if you go in as healthy as possible. No need to fight those zombies with one hand tied behind your back!

7. Do you have plans for another book?

Actually, I have several kicking around in my head. I thought I’d try my hand at fiction, and am writing a book about a pandemic in the US, and how our various systems (shipping, medical, financial, etc.) begin to fall apart, and how this might make our country more vulnerable as a whole to outside forces. I would also love to write a book for diabetic preppers using herbal approaches and alternative food storage strategies. I’ve been working on an online course on this topic, but there’s plenty more to put into a book.

8. Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

My herbal certification course will be online late this Spring, and I frequently offer webinars on herbal and preparedness topics. The best way to get the latest information on courses and webinars is to sign up for my newsletter, which can be done at my website,

I highly recommend this book so you can be prepared for the unexpected. May God bless you for being prepared. Here are some items I suggest you get for your family:

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How To Help Soothe A Sinus Infection

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It’s that time of year that we need to know how to soothe a sinus infection, right? I know there is a lot of Influenza, coughs, bronchitis and the dreaded sinus infections going around our neighborhoods right now. I am not a doctor, nurse or anyone in the medical field, just so you know that upfront. Obviously, if your gut tells you that you should go to the doctor or your child needs to go to the doctor, just do it. I am sharing my tips today to soothe a sinus infection. I used to have sinus infections for years and I have only learned the last ten years what I can do to try and ward off the infection.

You know how they start, you have that scratchy throat and post nasal drip down the back of your throat. You have a headache or pressure where your eyebrows are, or you may have pain on your facial cheek bones. After a few days, you may even get a fever. The fever shows your body is trying to fight the infection. If you are sick more than a week more than likely the cold, sneezing, cough or allergies may be a bacterial infection. If you have tried the over the counter items or certain natural remedies and the pain and fever are getting worse your gut is probably telling you to go to the doctor. Complications from sinus infections are meningitis and cellulitis, to name just a few, but they can become quite serious if not treated. I’m not trying to scare you, but sometimes we have to ward off the infection before it gets that bad.

Sinus Infection Tips:

    1. Stay hydrated, water is key to our bodies staying healthy. When I was very young I had bad migraines, or at least, that’s what the doctor said. Looking back I bet I had sinus infections all the time. I lived in a very hot humid climate and you needed to drink more water than other areas of the country because of the heat and dry humidity. If you think about it, when you wake up in the morning your body needs water because it has not had any water in most cases for eight hours.  WebMD Water How Much Water
    2. Eat fruits and vegetables, in other words, eat healthy meals.
    3. I like to place a warm compress on my closed eyes to help loosen the drainage in my sinuses, (my grandkids love this when they have a headache or sinus issues).
    4. Get a neti-pot.  If you use one of these when you first feel the allergy or post nasal drip, these really do work, I promise. Please use good water in them because you may have heard someone got sick using poor quality water in one. Well, I have used one for over 8 years and I swear by these neti-pots. Just be smart when filling them with clean water. SinuCleanse Nasal Wash System, Plastic Neti Pot With Salt Packets
    5. If you can beef up your immune system that is very important. If I have been around someone who is sick, or I am heading to a group gathering I always take some silver from My Doctor Suggests Co: Silver Solutions for Respiratory, Digestive and Immune Support Kit – Including Silver Solution, Silver Gel, Silver Lozenges, Silver SinuMax and Sinus Rinse I prefer the 30 ppm solution. Now I must say, I have to be really careful here because the FDA has actually shut down some bloggers websites because they said certain things cure some illnesses. I am not saying that. This works for me and I have been using 10ppm silver for years. I now use 30ppm and this product is far superior to any I have used. My entire family uses this product, my daughters, and grandchildren, too. You will not turn blue unless of course you make your own concoction incorrectly yourself. Please read this article about silver Silver Health Institute. Please educate yourself on silver, at least, this kind of silver. If we have no access to doctors, nurses, and general medical care we will need some other healthcare options after a disaster. I highly recommend Dr. Gordon Pedersens book: A New Fighting Chance: Silver Solution: A Quantum Leap In Silver Technology: How molecular structuring safely destroys bacteria, viruses and yeast. Please note I do not take this product daily, I only take it when my health may be compromised.
    6. These are my favorite lozenges in the world: Organic Silver Lozenges – Soothing Honey with Lemon: The Perfect Cough Drop for Cough, Throat & Mouth Health or Even Daily Supplementation and Immune Support – Contains 30ppm Silver Solution in Each Drop – My Doctor Suggests Brand
    7. Use a cool humidifier to let some moisture in the room where you are to help keep your sinuses moist.and open. I actually went back to a cheap warm vaporizer from Walmart for about $15.00. I use it every night, 365 days of the year. This is what it looks like: Vicks 1.5 Gallon Vaporizer with Night-Light
    8. I always store Vicks VapoRub for my feet if I have a cough. You coat your feet with a lot of Vicks VapoRub and put socks on and you will sleep a lot better.
    9. Chicken soup really does work, it loosens the phlegm in our throats. Add some garlic to that chicken soup with lots of onions and you are set!
    10. I’m big on essential oils to soothe my sinus infections: I use and sell these:  Spark Naturals My favorite ones for sinus or colds are Respire and Eucalyptus If you buy some I will make a few cents, just so you know, and I thank you for that. Enter this code to save 10%: FOODSTORAGEMOMS
    11. Wash your sheets and replace those pillows if you need too! Bacteria are hiding in them.
    12. Replace your toothbrushes, they are filled with bacteria after you have had the flu or sinus infection.
    13. Wash your hands a lot, and I mean a lot.
    14. Don’t touch your nose and then spread the germs by shaking hands. Again, always you wash your hands often when sick.
    15. Cover your mouth with a tissue if you sneeze, discard it and wash your hands.
    16. Stay away from crowds if Influenza is going around.
    17. Exercise helps build up your immunity.
    18. Pure raw honey soothes your throat for sure ( not for small children, but you know that).
    19. You may want to invest in some disposable face masks to stop spreading the germs in your home.
    20. Stock some Clorox wipes for those door knobs, light switches, and phones. I can’t even think of the bacteria that’s on those items!
    21. Open the windows to let the germs out and let some fresh air inside your home.

Let me know your sinus or cold tips and I will add them to my list. Remember to listen to your head, your heart and your gut because they will tell you what you need to do. May God bless you for being prepared for the unexpected.

My Doctor Suggests 

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How To Make A First Aid Kit For Survival

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How to make a first aid kit for survival has been on my mind a lot lately. I’m grateful I have neighbors who will call me when they have giant hives and ask if I have some Benadryl. Of course, I do. His wife called me and the first thing I asked his wife was, “is he having trouble breathing, because if he is call 911”. This is the third time I have been over to help this wonderful neighbor of mine. He was not having trouble breathing, thank goodness! I asked, “does it feel like your airway is closing?” He said no to his wife who relayed that message to me as I’m talking on my cell phone running over to their house with my bottle of Benadryl.

After I entered through their front door, I told his wife to give him two right now and I will check on him every hour by phone. I’m grateful they called me and I was able to help them ward off the expense of an emergency room visit. His wife called me around 8:30 p.m. that night to reassure me he was doing very well. They both know me well enough to understand that I care so much for their well being. I could sleep better knowing he was finally able to stop the scratching and he was going to be okay. Remember, I am not a doctor, a nurse or medical caretaker, I’m just a neighbor and a friend.

You may remember seeing this original first aid kit post I wrote using a fishing tackle box: Plano Large 6-Tray Tackle Box PRINTABLE for that post: First-Aid-Kit-Checklist-Printable Here’s the post if you missed it the first time: Fishing Tackle Box First Aid Kit

I also designed a first aid kit for a college student because my beautiful granddaughter was going off to college, and of course this grandma wants her to be prepared and not have to run to the grocery store for simple medical supplies. Here is a simple but great high school graduation gift for any graduate living away from home. PRINTABLE: First Aid Kit for College Here’s the post if you missed it the first time: College First Aid Kit

Updated First Aid Kit For Survival

I really love my Plano large 6-tray tackle box, but it is very heavy and wouldn’t hold everything I wanted to have in a grab and go first aid kit. I now have that one and I feel much more prepared with everything I feel I need between both containers, the Plano and this new one. This new first aid kit holds more and a few new items I felt necessary to be prepared for a neighborhood use or camping trip with the family. It’s really hot where I live in Southern Utah, so therefore, this unit must be kept indoors or a lot of the items will deteriorate quickly.

first aid kit

I like that this unit opens up so I can see everything in the various compartments, and it folds down to a compact size with wheels as a bonus!

first aid kit

The bottom compartment holds a lot of stuff! This baby holds over 100 items and still has a little room for more! WooHoo! I love this first aid book, it’s my all-time favorite: The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way Please get one of these for your home or first aid kit. You will love it!

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I love that the Stanley FatMax is easy to open and close and is very durable as well. The low price is a bonus too! Stanley 020800R FatMax 4-in1 Mobile Work Station for Tools and Parts

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Items I have in this first aid kit for survival:

    1. Ace Wraps : 3 inch & 4 inch
    2. Allergy Medicine
    3. Anti-Bacterial Wipes
    4. Antifungal Ointment
    5. Anti-Diarrhea
    6. Anti-Itch Cream
    7. Aleve (Naproxen)
    8. Alcohol: 90-100% proof
    9. Apple Cider
    10. Aspirin/Advil
    11. Bandage Scissors
    12. Band-Aids/Butterfly, Several Sizes
    13. Bee Sting Kit
    14. Benadryl, Liquid and Chewable
    15. Betadine/iodine swabs
    16. Birth Control
    17. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste
    18. Bug Spray 100% Deet
    19. Burn Gel
    20. Calamine Lotion
    21. Castor Oil
    22. Cold Medicine/Cough Syrup
    23. Contacts/Contact Cases/ Extra Glasses/Saline
    24. Condoms
    25. Cotton Balls
    26. Cotton Swabs
    27. Dramamine (motion sickness)
    28. Dressings for open wounds
    29. Duct Tape
    30. Ear-Loop Masks (N-95), all sizes
    31. Ear Plugs
    32. Elastic Gauze Bandage Rolls
    33. Epsom Salt
    34. Essential Oils Book
    35. Eye Patches
    36. First-Aid Book
    37. First-Aid Shears
    38. Flashlights w/batteries
    39. Floss
    40. Gloves (non- latex)
    41. Gauze Pads (sterile and non-sterile)
    42. Hand sanitizer
    43. Heat packs-Heating pads
    44. Hemorrhoid Ointment/Suppositories
    45. Ibuprofen
    46. Mylar Blankets
    47. Hydrocortisone
    48. Lip balm/ ChapStick
    49. Lotion or Body Cream
    50. Menstrual Pads and Tampons
    51. Mucinex
    52. Mucinex Dm
    53. Motrin
    54. Monistat (Yeast Infections)
    55. Mouthwash
    56. Molefoam/Moleskin
    57. Multi-Task Knife
    58. Nasal Decongestant PE
    59. Nasal Spray (Afrin)
    60. New Skin Liquid Bandage
    61. Non-stick Sterile Pads
    62. Nystatin and Triamcinolone Acetonide
    63. Nail Clippers
    64. Neosporin
    65. Orajel
    66. Petroleum Jelly
    67. Pepto Bismol Chewables
    68. Peroxide
    69. Pregnancy Test
    70. Quickclot
    71. Rolled Gauze
    72. Scissors
    73. Silver Gel
    74. Silver Liquid
    75. Silver Cough Lozenges
    76. Sleep-Aid Medicine
    77. Splinter Removal Kit
    78. Splints
    79. Soap
    80. Stethoscope
    81. Sunscreen
    82. Surgical Face Masks (N-95), all sizes
    83. Tick Remover
    84. Toothbrushes/Toothpaste
    85. Tucks Pads-Which Hazel
    86. Tweezers
    87. Tylenol
    88. Vicks VapoRub
    89. Zantec (Acid Reducer)
    90. Ziplock Bags
    91. VITAMINS
    92. B-12 Vitamins
    93. B-complex vitamins
    94. Calcium
    95. D-3 Vitamins
    96. Magnesium
    97. Mature Complete Multivitamin
    98. Omega 3 Fish Oil
    99. Vitamin C
    100. Essential Oils

This is my NEW updated 2016 First Aid Kit PRINTABLE by Food Storage Moms: First Aid Kit For Survival Thanks for stopping by today to learn about being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless you for doing what your budget and time allow.

If you haven’t purchased my book you may want to get it so you are prepared before you need it. Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation It’s available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Indie Bound, Google Books, Itunes, The Book Depository, Target, Walmart and many more stores online.

My friend, Gaye has an awesome first aid kit made in an ammo box: Backdoor Survival First Aid Kit 

Please check out my friend, Margene’s  First Aid Kit by DIY Preparedness

HealthFinder (.gov) Prepare For An Emergency-First Aid

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Do You Love Essential Oils As Much As I Do?

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Do you love essential oils as much as I do? I have been using essential oils for about 6 years now. I have tried different companies and decided Spark Naturals is the best choice for me and my family. The quality is the best I have used and the prices are more affordable than other companies. Now, I will admit my husband thinks my essential oils are voodoo oils. Well, they are not. They will not cure any diseases but they will certainly comfort people who may not be feeling well. Essential oils can soothe your mind and your well being. I have told you before I can heal my body myself by listening to it. If I need rest, I rest. If I feel dehydrated I drink more water. I use lavender essential oil in a diffuser to relax everyone in the room when I’m at home. Essential oils subtle fragrance is so refreshing and relaxing at the same time.

My favorite Diffuser: Spark Natural Diffuser. Here’s the deal, I no longer burn any candles in my home. They don’t help relax me like a natural diffuser with water and essential oils. I typically have Lavender Essential Oils in my diffuser 24/7. I love it! Today I will tell you about the essential oils that are my favorites and what I use them for. Please do your own research on essential oils to educate yourself on the use of them. In biblical times, essential oils were used all the time. They are nothing new, they have been used for centuries.

Just so you know some oils are a bit too strong (hot) to be used without a carrier, like coconut oil. If they need a carrier I will use a clean tiny makeup stick (disposable ones available from your local dollar store or hair salon supply store) to scoop a very small amount from my jar and place the oil in the palm of my hand. I will then add the essential oil drops to make sure the oil is not as “hot”. I highly recommend getting an essential oil book to educate yourself how to use all the oils you choose to purchase. This is my favorite one: Essential Oils Pocket Reference because of the price and size. It will fit in your first aid box or your car. I have two of these.

I Love Essential Oils:

Today I am going to share some of my favorite essential oils I use all the time. I love Birch for its anti-inflammatory, disinfectant and analgesic properties. I have really bad arthritis and essential oils are the only thing that gives me relief without all the side effects of drugs my doctor has prescribed. I opted to try essential oils and I have loved them! They may not be right for you but I want to share with you the ways I use them. I use Birch for my arthritis and love how it soothes the pain.


I quote from Spark Naturals:

Birch – betula lenta

Description: Birch essential oil has been known for its unique properties, but it is extremely hard to find. Spark Naturals is excited to provide our customers with 100% pure Birch Essential Oil from Canada. Pure Birch oil contains 99% methyl salicylate, which has a cortisone-like quality as it reduces discomfort in the muscles, bones, and joints. Spark Naturals Birch Essential Oil has been tested by a third party qualified lab and our oil has been found to be some of the purest available.
This oil will be available for a limited time.

Properties: Analgesic, Anti-Spasmodic, Anti Septic & Disinfectant, Anti-Rheumatic, Anti-Arthritic, Astringent, Detoxifier, Depurative, Germicide & Insecticide, Febrifuge

Historical Uses: Used extensively in massage oils to help muscular aches and pains. It has also been used pains related to arthritis, rheumatism, cramps, and tendinitis. Birch is also used as an anti-inflammatory.

Blends Well With: Lemon, Sandalwood and Rosemary.

Birch Essential Oil Application:
Can be used aromatically
Can be used topically (Apply Neat)

People with epilepsy should avoid this oil because it has a high concentration of methyl salicylate. This oil should also be avoided by during pregnancy. Test a small sample on your skin before using this oil topically. End of quote.


I love essentials oils like Eucalyptus because they give me relief from a stuffy nose or if I can feel a cold coming on. I use this one or Wintergreen in a diffuser if I feel I feel like I may be getting a cold or sinus infection. The fragrance reminds me of Vicks VapoRub but better! It’s a great one to use when cold and flu season rolls in. It is also a great disinfectant! I use it as an insect repellant too!

I quote from Spark Naturals:

Eucalyptus eucalyptus radiata

Description: Eucalyptus has a fresh sharp and very unique smell. It has a water type viscosity and can grow up to 300 feet tall. The tree uses a lot of water to grow and has been planted to help dry up land.

Properties: Antiseptic, Astringent, Deodorant, Diuretic, Sedative and Vasoconstrictor

Historical Uses: Eucalyptus has been used in everything from cough and throat medicines to ointments. This oil has a calming effect and has been known to help breathing and to open air passages.

Possible Uses:

Use aromatically to improve concentration, relieve respiratory problems and assist with hay fever and headaches. (This oil also may be diffused as an insect repellant)
Dilute and gargle to help with sore throat.
Use topically to help with muscle aches and congestion.

Blends well With: Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Thyme

Eucalyptus Essential Oil Application:

Can be used aromatically
Can be used topically (Dilute for young or sensitive skin). End of quote.


When I hear the word Frankincense I always think of biblical times. Frankincense and Myrrh. Anyway, it’s great to use to calm and relieve stress in your life. Apply a little to uplift your mood and sit back and read a book. It’s great for acne, and skin care. Try it you will love it!

I quote from Spark Naturals:

Frankincense boswellia frereana

Description: Frankincense comes from an oleo gum resin that originates from trees in the Middle Eastern region of the world. It calms and soothes the mind and helps alleviate anxiety.

Properties: Antiseptic, Astringent, Deodorant, Diuretic, Sedative and Vasoconstrictor

Historical Uses: Frankincense are most popular for being given to the baby Jesus. They have been valued for thousands of years and have been used to heal the sick and banish evil spirits.

Possible Uses:

Use aromatically to improve help with voice loss, asthma, mediation, calm the mind, treat coughs and cold.
Dilute in water or place in gelatin capsules and take internally to help with immune support.
Use topically to help with jaundice, inflammation, bronchitis, arthritis or aging skin.

Blends well With: Lavender, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Wild Orange, Lemon and Ylang Ylang Oils

Frankincense Essential Oil Application

Can be used aromatically
Can be used topically (Apply NEAT)
Can be consumed. End of quote.


Helichrysum is wonderful for Rosacea, I have a daughter who swears by it. It heals her skin and leaves it beautiful and clear. I use it for burns, cuts and scrapes. It also helps with insect bites. I call it my antifungal, anti-inflammatory and astringent product.

I quote from Spark Naturals:

Helichrysum: helichrysum italicum

Description: Helichrysum is one of the most sought after and expensive oils in the market. It has amazing regenerative and soothing properties along with the ability to fight free radicals. Helichrysum is a crucial part of many of the Balance Essential Oil blends.

Properties: Anti Catarrhal, Anti-Oxidant, Mulcolytic, Antiviral, Antispasmodic, Mucolytic and Anticoagulant

Historical Uses: The word Helichrysum is derived from the Greek word helios meaning sun and chrysos meaning gold. This is a reference to the golden color of many of the flowers from this botanical genus. Helichrysum has been used since the time of the ancient Greeks for its great wound healing ability, and was used often after battles.

Possible Uses:

Due to its Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Allergenic properties Helichrysum is great for inflamed skin, eczema and dermatitis. Use topically for the preceding issues along with any potential bruises following injury.

Helichrysum is also amazing in fighting respiratory conditions, diffuse to help with sinus- infections, bronchitis and spasmodic coughing.

Dilute with a few ounces of liquid or use in gelatin capsules and consume to help with circulatory functions, improve hearing and stimulate liver cell function.

Blends well With: Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Clary Sage, Clove and most Citrus Oils

Helichrysum Essential Oil Application:

Can be used aromatically
Can be used topically (Apply NEAT). End of quote.


Oh my goodness, I use lavender all the time for relaxing in a diffuser. My daughter uses it in the bathtub to relax after a long day at work. It helps relieve stress and calms you. It’s great for skin care and I use it as an emergency salve on cuts and insect bites. If you have Psoriasis you should try it because it helps soothe your skin. It’s a great disinfectant as well.

I quote from Spark Naturals:

Lavender – lavandula angustofolia

Description: Lavandula angustifolia (also known as Lavandula officinalis or Lavandula vera) is known as “true lavender” and is the most important variety therapeutically. Lavender essential oil is a classic in aromatherapy and is likely the widest-used essential oil to date. Lavender also can be safely used on children.

Properties: Analgesic, Antiseptic, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antiparasitic, Anti-spasmodic, Emmenagogue, Decongestant, Antidepressant, Calmative, and Sedative.

Historical Uses: Lavender has historically been used to clean and help heal wounds and burns, to repel insects, to calm and soothe emotions, to recover from minor illness, to address skin complaints, to relieve headaches, and to wash laundry, as well as in perfumery and cooking.

Possible Uses:

-Apply to minor sunburn or acne to promote healing.
-Add to a bath to relax, calm, and promote restful sleep.
-Apply to insect bites to relieve itching, repel bugs, and help diminish minor swelling. -Blends well with: Bergamot, Geranium, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Cypress, Marjoram, and Melaleuca.

Lavender Essential Oil Application:

-Can be used aromatically
-Can be consumed
-Can be used topically (Apply Neat). End of quote.


Lemon is a great insect repellant and works great for allergies. I love to have a few bottles when cold and flu season is at its peak. One of its key properties is it’s antibacterial, antiseptic and astringent factor.

I quote from Spark Naturals:

Lemon citrus limon

Description: The most popular citrus oil, Lemon has been used for its flavor, smell and antibacterial properties in cleaners and household products for years. The Spark Naturals Lemon oil is cold pressed and comes from Italy.

Properties: Anti Anemic, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Microbial, Anti-Rheumatic, Antiseptic, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Insecticidal

Historical Uses: Lemon oil has been used to fight infections, soothe headaches and migraines, improve muscle problems and helps the digestive system. Lemon oil has also been used extensively for its smell, Antibacterial and Antimicrobial properties in cleaning solutions.

Possible Uses:

Use aromatically to cleanse the air, and provide a great mood-enhancing environment.
Use topically to clear congested or oily skin and help treat cuts or minor wounds.
Place a few drops on a wet sponge and wipe down counters or surfaces in your home.
Gargle with warm water to clean mouth and aid with cold sores

Blends well With: Citrus Oils, Clary Sage, Geranium, Roman Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Melaleuca or Ylang Ylang

Lemon Essential Oil Application:

(Lemon Oil is photo-toxic meaning it reacts to sunlight; avoid sun or UV rays after topical use for at least 6 hours)
Can be used Aromatically
Can be consumed
Can be used topically (Apply NEAT). End of quote.


Melaleuca is great to use when cold and flu season is going strong in your neighborhood. It’s wonderful to treat dandruff or scalp sores. I use it for cuts and wounds. If you have acne issues this is a great oil to try.

I quote from Spark Naturals:

Melaleuca (Tea Tree) melaleuca alternifolia

Description: The Spark Naturals Melaleuca oil is considered to be the best in the world, it comes from Australia and is extracted from the leaves and twigs by steam distillation. Melaleuca or tea tree as it is called (once a substitute for tea) is a key ingredient of soaps, creams, lotions, and disinfectants throughout the world.

Properties: Antimicrobial, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Fungicide, Insecticide and Stimulant

Historical Uses: Melaleuca has been used for centuries to help the immune system; it acts as a stimulant and helps the body fight off disease, bacteria, infection, virus and illness.

Possible Uses:

Diffuse to help the body fight colds, sinus infections, respiratory ailments and bronchitis.
Use topically to help fight any fungal, bacterial or viral infections.
Take orally to aid the body with throat infections and to stimulate the immune system.

Blends well With: Clary Sage, Clove, Geranium, Lavender, Myrrh, Rosemary, Thyme

Melaleuca Essential Oil Application:

Can be used aromatically
Can be consumed
Can be used topically (Apply NEAT). End of quote.


This oil is great for arthritic pain as well. It helps with back pain too! I have used it for congestion, cuts, and wounds. It helps with tooth decay and gum disease. It’s an expectorant and decongestant for cold and flu season.

I quote from Spark Naturals:

Myrrh“ commiphora myrrha

Description: Myrrh is a resin extracted from the myrrh tree (or shrub) found in the Middle Eastern region of the world. After the tree is pierced it omits a natural oleoresin, which is a pale yellow color liquid that hardens into brown and reddish drops known as Myrrh.

Properties: Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antiseptic, Astringent, Carminative, Sedative, Digestive and Pulmonary Stimulant

Historical Uses: Myrrh (mentioned in the bible) has been used for thousands of years in aromatherapy. Arabic people thought it to help rehydrate the skin from cracking or aging.

Possible Uses:

Use in diffuser to help with bronchitis, colds and coughs along with meditation and enhancing spiritual mood.
Mix with lotions, creams or carrier oils to treat wounds, athlete’s foot, cracked skin, acne or other skin ailments.

Myrrh oil mixes well With: Frankincense, Lavender, Clove, Sandalwood, Patchouli

Myrrh Essential Oil Application:

Can be used aromatically
Can be used topically (Apply NEAT). End of quote.


Peppermint is great for nausea, menstrual problems, motion sickness and skin disorders. I typically use a carrier with peppermint by using a 1-2% dilution. You can massage it over a tummy for indigestion when diluted. It is a “hot” oil in my opinion but works so great for many things I always have 3 or 4 bottles on hand.

I quote from Spark Naturals:

Peppermint“ mentha piperita“

Description: Peppermint Essential oil is used to help with many things such as liver, digestive and respiratory problems along with irritable bowel syndrome. It also stimulates the mind and increases mental accuracy.

Properties: Analgesic, Anesthetic, Antiseptic, Anti-galactagogue, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Carminative, Cordial, Decongestant, Stimulant and Vasoconstrictor

Historical Uses: Peppermint has been very effective as a digestive stimulant, it has also has been used to disinfect and treat respiratory ailments. In more recent years studies have shown peppermint to aid in improvement of taste & smell when inhaled and to create a sense of fullness after meals.

Possible Uses:

Rub a few drops of peppermint to temples to relieve tension.
Dilute 2 drops of peppermint in 4 oz of water to aid in digestion.
Apply (dilute) drops on abdomen to help with stomach discomfort.
Diffuse to help with decongestant and to improve taste and smell.

Blends well With: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Rosemary and Melaleuca

Peppermint Essential Oil Application:

Can be use aromatically
Can be consumed
Can be used topically (Dilute for young or sensitive skin). End of quote.


I love this one probably the most when I have a sinus infection coming on. It stops it in its tracks if I start using it when the mild sinus headache starts. It’s a combination of the best essential oils for me. I always like 5-6 bottles of this on hand to share with friends who are ailing.

I quote from Spark Naturals:

Respire – Respiratory Blend

Spark Naturals Respire blend is a great source of protection during flu season and congestion in general. The cold winter months force most of us indoors where we live work and socialize in close proximity with others who may have cold and flu germs. This blend may help the protection against common germs.

Proprietary Blend of: Peppermint, Melaleuca, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lemon and Clove. In addition to helping with Cold & Flu symptoms, this blend was formulated and may help with the common respiratory issues such as congestion.

Respire Blended Oil Application:

Can be used aromatically
Can be used on the body topically (Dilute for young or sensitive skin). End of quote.


This one is also great for arthritic pain, muscle pain, and joint pain. I love it! I use it for colds and flu season as well.

I quote from Spark Naturals:

Wintergreen gaultheria procumbens-

Description: Distilled from the leaves of a small evergreen herb, wintergreen has a sweet minty scent.

Properties: Antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, analgesic, disinfectant, anticoagulant, vasodilator and stimulant (bones).

Historical uses: Wintergreen is most commonly known for its flavoring uses. Native Americans chewed on wintergreen to help with respiration and to increase endurance. Wintergreen is also very high in methyl salicylate; which is the same component in aspirin.

Possible uses:

The best and safest way to use wintergreen is to mix or dilute with other essential oils, bases, carriers or creams. Wintergreen should never be taken internally and should always be kept out of the reach of children.

Blends well with: peppermint, spearmint, oregano, thyme, vanilla and ylang-ylang.

Wintergreen essential oil application:
Can be used topically

NEVER CONSUME: Dilute with other oils when used aromatically. End of quote.

I hope today’s post makes you think about alternative health remedies in case there is a time we will not have access to any doctor, nurse or health care center. If we can learn to soothe and heal our bodies naturally rather than using over the counter products we will not have to leave our homes after a disaster or unforeseen emergency. We will have our own makeshift medicine cabinet right in our homes. Always do your own research on essential oils and go to the doctor if your head, heart, and gut tell you to see a physician. Can you see why I love essential oils? May God bless you in your efforts to be prepared for the unexpected.

Essential Oils by Backdoor Survival

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Therapeutic Silver Solution by My Doctor Suggests

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Have you heard of the therapeutic silver solution by My Doctor Suggests? I have been using My Doctor Suggests Lozenges for a few years. I prefer these cough lozenges over any other brand I have tried. My throat gets dry a lot from allergies and having used my voice for different professions over the years. I always have a handful of these gems in my pocket or my purse. They soothe my throat and I believe they keep me from getting sick. I have used silver solutions for years but only the 10ppm amounts. I was at my daughters house and she had some 30ppm silver solution produced by this company. I quickly ordered 12 bottles of it for my home remedy stash. I then contacted the company to see if I could try some of other products they offer.

I really love the products produced by this company and I’m not just saying it because they sent me a box of product. I have been using their products for a few years now. It’s the only silver solution I recommend and personally use. I do not make any money from your purchases but I want you to be aware of some alternative home remedies I love. So there you have it. I love this silver solution and use it whenever I feel it’s necessary. I do not take the silver solution every day, just giving you the heads up here.

I love the silver solution gel because if I get a cut or sore of any kind it takes weeks to heal my skin. This stuff heals my cuts in half the time. I love it! Silver Solution Gel. I highly recommend it for sunburns, cuts, and scrapes.

You may be thinking “what about those people who have skin that turned blue or gray from silver?”. Here’s the deal about that topic, I had a neighbor who mixed her own concoction of colloidal silver and something else and it made her skin gray (permanently). This stuff is different, I am not a scientist but this stuff works for me and my entire family uses it.

Therapeutic Silver Solution:

Here is the story of how the company started and I quote:

“My Doctor Suggests, LLC started when founder Paul Hirschi was introduced to the health benefits of advanced silver technology by the world’s foremost expert Dr. Gordon Pedersen. As they discussed the pioneering work Dr. Pedersen had accomplished and the astounding  properties of state-of-the-art silver solutions, Paul knew this was something that he wanted to share.

Paul set out to create a company that would incorporate not only the advanced silver technology that Dr. Pedersen suggests, but a variety of other high-quality, natural and truly effective supplements that any doctor would feel comfortable suggesting their patients use. Thus was born My Doctor Suggests, LLC.’ ” End of quote.

Here’s the deal with Dr. Gordon Pedersen, I buy his book and hand them out to people all the time: A New Fighting Chance: Silver Solution: A Quantum Leap In Silver Technology: How molecular structuring safely destroys bacteria, viruses and yeast. I have about 4 of his older books: A Fighting Chance- Third Edition by Dr. Gordon Pedersen. How to Win the War Against Virus and Bacteria with Silver I highly recommend this book to add to your first aid kit and emergency preparedness stash. If we do not have access to pharmacies or doctors after a disaster or unforeseen emergency, we need other options. Just saying. I use this silver solution whenever I have been around anyone who is sick. I take it whenever I get a little run-down. Is it a miracle drug or non-drug, I don’t know. But I do know it works for me. I highly recommend this product but of course, you must do your own research and decide what works for you and your family.

I took this off of the My Doctor Suggests website and I quote:

“MyDoctotrSuggests pH Balanced Silver Solution is the next generation in silver supplement technology.

This solution is triple the strength of our normal solution. It contains 30ppm silver, and is pH balanced to optimize your body’s absorption and increase potential benefits to your body systems*, all while leaving your body in it’s naturally balanced state.
Silver has been used for centuries and even recently by the likes of NASA in their shuttle water purification systems, and handheld electronic device glass producers because of its antimicrobial properties. Other companies are catching on that silver not only works, it works great!
So what sets My Doctor Suggests silver apart? Our superior silver is pH balanced for optimal health.
Having the right balance is key. And when it comes to our body’s pH levels, it can have a dramatic impact on health!

pH is a measure on a scale of 1 to 11 of how acidic (low number) or alkaline (high number) something is and our blood pH needs to maintain a slightly alkaline level (over 7) to keep us healthy. We help our bodies to maintain this pH balance by consuming more alkaline-forming products and foods and fewer acid-forming products and foods. Most all other silver solutions on the market are acidic while My Doctor Suggests maintains a truly pH balanced approach.

Now you can get all the great benefits of the immune support* from silver while not disrupting your body’s pH.

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Therapeutic grade – Triple Strength.

SUGGESTED USE: Use our triple strength solution in the same quantity you would our original 10ppm solution. Recommended daily serving size is 2tsp twice daily. May double serving in times of physical crisis.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.” End of quote.
Thanks for stopping by today to learn a little about my favorite silver solution. I highly recommend the products made by My Doctor Suggests LLC. Let me know if you have ever used silver, I would love to hear from you. May God bless you for being prepared for the unexpected.

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How To Give Your Cold The Cold Shoulder

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I have some tips today on how to give your cold the cold shoulder. Wow, it seems like where ever I go I’m seeing people sneezing and coughing. Yep, it’s that time of year. I love old fashioned remedies or what we call home remedies today. I am not a doctor, a nurse or anyone in the medical field, just giving you the heads up here. Please listen to your head, heart and gut and you will know if you need to go see the doctor. I rarely go to the doctor and I am so grateful that I have been able to heal my body myself. I use natural remedies and essential oils. I do not believe they cure any diseases. They soothe and make me feel better, let’s leave it at that. These are just some ideas that I have used for my daughters, grandkids, and other family members.

I bet many of you have used these very same home remedies to help your cold. Did you grow up with Vicks VapoRub? I sure did. If my sisters or myself got the sniffles out came the jar of Vicks VapoRub. We would rub it on our chests and the smell always helped us breathe better. I think that’s one of the reasons I love essential oils because I love the smell of Vicks.

How To Help Your Cold:

1, Wash your hands often during the day. You never know what’s lurking on door handles, doorknobs, and light switches. Oh goodness, use some wipes on those TV remotes. I can’t imagine what bacteria is on those bank teller drive-up tubes. Oh and the gas tank handles…wow! My beautiful niece, Kristina who is getting her doctorate in microbiology something (I can’t pronounce it let alone spell it) told me never ever shake hands with anyone because of the bacteria on our hands. Yikes! Just something to think about.

2. Get a Neti-pot and only use sterile water with the salt packets that come with the Neti-pot. I have used one of these for years and I will tell you they do work. They open up your sinus cavities and the goop drains out. Oh yes, I have heard the horror stories about people using tainted dirty water in their Neti-pot. We need to use common sense with anything that goes into our bodies. Clean sterile, boiled water would be the ONLY water I would use in my Neti-pot.

3. Honey, please remember never use honey for children under two years of age because of the chance of botulism. Always check with your doctor about using honey for your little ones. I only buy honey that is pure, raw honey from Cox’s Honey from Shelley, Idaho. I buy cases of honey from them online. Once you realize the difference of real pure honey you will never buy any other brand. I promise. Of course, if you have your own bees, you know what I am talking about when I say pure, raw honey. I take two teaspoons of Cox’s honey every day by spoon or in hot drinks. Sometimes I put it on my oatmeal. Honey works great for your cold when used in a warm or hot drink.

4. Get enough rest each day, if you need a nap, take one. If you have small children start a quiet hour by having them read for an hour in their room or a special chair. Make your bedroom a sanctuary by keeping it clutter free so you have one room that is peaceful and inviting and makes you smile within. A happy person is a rested person in my book.

5. Drink a lot of fluids. No soda because soda dehydrates your body. Water is the best liquid for our bodies.

6. Use a humidifier or vaporizer, the moisture sure helps your cold, sinuses or coughing.

7. Make some chicken soup, it really does help clear the mucous. Here’s is my Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe.

8. Put hot packs on your sinuses (be careful not to burn).

9. Place an extra pillow under your head to drain your nasal passages as you sleep. Pillows are a breeding place for viruses and bacteria. Replace your pillows at least once a year. I have tried pillow covers but they seem to be too noisy as in crinkly sounding.

10. Make a soup with chicken broth, onions and garlic and drink it throughout the day.

11. Use your own hand towel, bath towel, and pillowcase in the bathroom. Wash them at least weekly, more often when you are sick.

12. Change out your toothbrush especially after a cold, flu or sinus infection. Use hydrogen peroxide on your toothbrushes and rinse with water before using them. You can boil your toothbrushes for three minutes but it is very hard on them typically. I prefer to use hydrogen peroxide by spraying them and then rinse them and dry them. You can soak your toothbrush in an antibacterial mouthwash and rinse the toothbrush with water before using it. If you use an electric toothbrush you can take the brush head off and follow the regular toothbrush tips above. We have a lot of bacteria in our mouths so it makes sense to have clean toothbrushes and therefore prevent many illnesses. When I see a good buy on toothbrushes I buy a lot and store them to use later.

13. Use Vicks-VapoRub on your chest and the bottom of your feet and wear socks to bed.

14. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, the more the better. I love oranges this time of year. The best are those small tangerines that peel easily!!!

15.  I sell Spark Natural essential oils and when you order from my website be sure and put FoodStorageMoms to get 10% off Spark Naturals Essential Oils when you choose your favorites. I use these Spark Naturals essential oils when I have a cold or sinus issues: Respire-Respiratory Blend and Eucalyptus  and Revive-Vapo Rub Salve

I quote Spark Naturals:

Respire – Respiratory Blend

Spark Naturals Respire blend is a great source of protection during flu season and congestion in general. The cold winter months force most of us indoors where we live work and socialize in close proximity with others who may have cold and flu germs. This blend may help the protection against common germs.

Proprietary Blend of: Peppermint, Melaleuca, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lemon and Clove. In addition to helping with Cold & Flu symptoms, this blend was formulated and may help with the common respiratory issues such as congestion.

Respire Blended Oil Application:

Can be used aromatically
Can be used on the body topically (Dilute for young or sensitive skin)

You can join the Spark Naturals Oil of the Month and you will receive one 15ml bottle a month:

I quote from Spark Naturals: The Oil of the Month Club is the best value out there – all oils are 15ml bottles – shipped out to you once a month (on the same date you ordered the product). The price is $15.99 a month and includes shipping and tax. This is a great way to collect oils at a discounted price.

2016 Oils in the oil of the Month Club include:

All oils are 15ml bottles

January – Dream
February – Bergamot
March – Patchouli
April – LLP
May – Essential 4 Pack
June – Marjoram
July – Harmony
August – Birch
September – Shield
October – Geranium
November – Digest
December – White Fir

This is a great way to add oils to your stash at home. Here is my favorite essential oil book: Essential Oils Desk Reference 6th Edition I also use this diffuser every day with a different essential oil: Essential Oil Diffuser. May God bless you to be prepared for the unexpected. Be prepared…..we can do it together.

CDC-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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