What if there was an apocalypse tomorrow morning, would you be prepared? That really gives you something to think about, doesn’t it?
See the thing is, you never know when it’s going to happen or IF it’s going to happen. But you know what they say… better safe than sorry. And it’s always a good idea to be prepared for an emergency.
My theory is that it’s better to have your “apocalypse kit” ready-to-go when the SHTF. This way you can get your crucial supplies together while you still have plenty of time, and access to all your favorite specialty stores and online shops.
Lord only knows what you might grab in a last minute mad dash out the front door… a loofah, a fly swatter, and a copy of Us magazine? Actually those might come in handy too. But chances are you’ll want the important stuff — like a good sharp knife, a cooking pot, and some water purification tablets. And you should probably throw in some protein bars and a well-supplied first aid kit, and as my grandma Ada would say “don’t forget your sweater!”
Now please don’t be embarrassed if you’re considering taking this advice, and going the extra mile to prepare your own apocalypse survival kit. Sure it may seem a little melodramatic, and people may laugh at you now — but who are they going to run to when it all goes down? You guessed it!
I can think of some must-haves for an awesome apocalypse kit. It would definitely contain a few magical and powerful elixirs. You know, those secret potions that can cure everything from skin diseases, to inflammation and infections.
I’m talking about the top ten essential oils that are a MUST have in any survival situation. These 10 essential oils are known to have mystical healing powers, which is why they have been used for thousands of years, perhaps before the word pharmacy was even invented.
Let’s check out just what these mystical powers might be, and why these 10 essential oils are a crucial part to an apocalypse survival kit:
1. Tea Tree Essential Oil
It’s safe to say, nature’s medicine cabinet has tea tree oil front and center.
It’s the go-to oil when anyone asks “is there a doctor in the house?” When antibiotics aren’t an option, this extraordinary medicinal plant is a deuce in your bag.
The oil cultivated from the punchy and powerful Australian tea tree has an excellent reputation amongst people in-the-know for it’s antimicrobial properties, among many other benefits.
Basically antimicrobials kill lots of harmful organisms that aren’t visible to the naked eye, yet are the culprit in many diseases and infections. The natural terpinene found in tea tree oil is extremely powerful, and useful for healing many ailments that might pop up in a cataclysm such as staph infections, lice, scabies, and fungal infections like athlete’s foot.
And let’s face it… you’re definitely going to need healthy feet if zombies show up at your door! So be sure to pack a bottle of tea tree oil in your apocalypse survival kit.
2. Frankincense essential oil
Speaking of zombies, did you know that one of the best ways to beat Frankenstein is with a splash of frankincense, it’s like Kryptonite to the walking dead.
Frankincense essential oil has been used for thousands of years all over the world, and is especially prized in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for it’s healing properties.
This powerful elixir is a crucial component to your apocalypse kit thanks to it’s well-documented anti-inflammatory properties.
It’s a fact that inflammation can damage your body on a cellular level, causing everything from a bout of hay fever to crippling arthritis or even cancer.
The main healing agent in frankincense that reduces inflammation and makes it such a potent potion is alpha-pinene. It gives off a strong piney scent, and is scientifically proven to heal your body at a cellular level.
Frankincense can also be used to ward off little inconveniences, like wrinkles and flatulence. And it does a great job of healing the kind of knee-scrapes you might get while running for your life.
3. Patchouli essential oil
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty together again. However, they could cheer him up quite nicely with a little patchouli oil.
Patchouli has sedative qualities and has been used for centuries to relax anyone caught in hysterical fits. That’s because it’s earthy/musky scent triggers the release of dopamine and serotonin, aka “the happy hormones”, which sets a person at ease.
Patchouli is an anti-septic too, so if you’ve been wounded by a rusty nail or perhaps a stake that you didn’t see coming, no need for a tetanus shot — just patch yourself up with a dash of patchouli.
And here’s a little trivia for you… did you know that the great King Tut was buried with a large jug of patchouli oil by his side? Apparently he took it with him to the great-beyond as assurance that he would wake from the dead in good condition. That’s because patchouli is a powerful bug repellant. Patchouli keeps the creepy-crawlies away, even King Tut can attest to that.
4. Oregano essential oil
Oregano oil is a wonderful cleansing agent thanks to the presence of thymol, which kills bacteria and makes oregano oil such a great housecleaner.
Homeowners and squatters alike can use it to de-contaminate even the most cobwebbed corners. Just combine 10 drops of oregano oil with 6 ounces of water and 4 ounces of vinegar to bring your dusty abode back to it’s former glory.
Oregano can really clean up your intestinal tract too, it heals all sorts of gut-wrenching maladies and digestive disorders quite nicely. Oregano oil also works very effectively when combined with patchouli oil as a bug spray.
Just add 10 drops each of oregano and patchouli oil to 6 ounces of a carrier oil such as coconut for an effective bug-repellant that won’t harm your delicate skin, but will leave even the most pre-historic sized mosquitos begging for mercy.
5. Ginger essential oil
Known to heal all sorts of stomach disorders, ginger is the go-to oil for tummy aches. It will keep your stomach from turning, and help settle things down in choppy waters — plus it tastes pretty good!
Try applying 3 or 4 drops of ginger oil to any boring bowl of gruel and turn it into a tantalizing feast. And of course ginger is a mainstay in Asian cooking, so be sure to add some to your long-life noodles to extend your life by at least ten years.
Oh and BTW, ginger essential oil is also a great treatment for menstrual cramps. So no Midol, no problem if you’ve got your ginger oil handy!
6. Lavender essential oil
Ah yes, the powerful and relaxing scent of lavender. Really no essential oil kit is complete without lavender oil. Even though it’s known for having a truly relaxing and pretty scent, it also has lots of excellent medicinal qualities.
The reason every spa worth it’s salt has plenty of lavender oil splashing about is that it’s an important healer when it comes to getting your skin in tip-top shape. Lavender oil is a highly effective antibacterial agent that just happens to have a lovely floral scent.
You can use it as an antidote for all sorts of skin ailments such as rashes, cuts, and bruises, and it also makes a really great dandruff shampoo.
*Warning* — used in ancient Egyptian times to mummify bodies, the scent of lavender in the wind may be a forewarning of mummies in your midst.
If that’s the case just say this incantation 3 times to protect yourself — Lavendulie lavendula, this place is sacred, my personal spa. Lavendulie lavendula, halt you scoundrel, stay right where you are!
7. CLOVE ESSENTIAL OIL
You might be surprised that clove is crucial to your survival, but it has many excellent benefits. First of all it has a lovely autumn scent that will remind even the most homesick traveler of the holidays, and it’s loving memories that keep us going in hard times. Second of all it’s a natural anesthetic.
Clove is often found in a variety of oral health products. The healing power of clove is due to it’s active ingredient eugenol, which numbs pain and sanitizes the body.
You can use clove to relieve a toothache, improve gum health, or rid yourself of dragon breath. Of course dragon breath might be useful as a weapon in a pinch, but generally it’s disdainful and to be avoided.
For a daily mouth rinse, mix a tablespoonful of coconut oil with 3 or 4 drops of clove oil and swish it around in your mouth for about 20 minutes. This technique is known as “oil pulling”, an ancient method in Ayurvedic medicine used to pull out oral toxins.
8. COCONUT ESSENTIAL OIL
You’d have to be a nut not to appreciate all the benefits of coconut oil. It’s mild enough to make an excellent carrier for other oils that are too potent to go undiluted. Coconut oil won’t irritate your skin or interfere with the beneficial effects of other essential oils.
“What’s a carrier oil?” you ask. A lot of essential oils are too astringent to put directly on your skin, so a part of ANY good essential oil kit is a carrier oil such as coconut, jojoba, sweet almond, and there several others such as grape seed oil.
I am recommending coconut oil because of it’s diversity and bountiful health benefits. It can be taken orally or rubbed onto your skin.
Coconut oil is a great cleansing agent for your mouth and hair, and has anti-fungal properties, which is always a good thing. Be sure to use it with your favorite scented essential oil for a relaxing massage after a hard day of running from an angry hoard, or as a daily moisturizer.
Coconut oil is known to reduce wrinkles too, so combine it with a skin-friendly essential oil like lavender to turn that frown upside down. You can even use it as a cooking oil.
Coconut oil bypasses your fat cells when consumed and goes straight to your liver, quickly giving you energy without making you fat. It reduces cholesterol and keeps you light on your feet, so you can run like the wind should the need arise.
9. BERGAMOT ESSENTIAL OIL
Sweet-smelling bergamot is sure to give you a joyful burst of happiness. It’s used in many perfumes because it has such a pleasing aroma, and bergamot makes a great deodorant.
A citrus-based oil with the active ingredient limonene, bergamot oil is a mood-booster that also effectively treats neurological disorders.
So ward off those nervous ticks and mini-breakdowns with a few drops of bergamot at the wrist and behind the ears. Bergamot oil has other beneficial highlights too, such as helping to balance insulin levels in the body.
And one more thing… it’s a remedy for intestinal worms. Gross yes, but good to know in an apocalypse.
10. EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL
Ah the final essential oil on this list, but certainly not the least. You can breathe more easily knowing you have eucalyptus in your back pocket. Eucalyptus oil has such a soothing effect on the respiratory system, it’s a must-have for your kit.
Inhaling the vapor of eucalyptus works wonders on the common cold, and it’s a great decongestant. Eucalyptus opens up your lungs and breathing passageways so effectively that it is often used to treat bronchitis. You can also gargle with eucalyptus to soothe a sore throat.
Plus eucalyptus is known to exude a sort of gum which can be quite useful in sticky situations. Aborigines have used it for centuries to fasten spears and fishing lures to poles — so if you have to hunt for your food, you’ll have some tricks up your sleeves.
Wrapping It Up
Well, there you have it my friends! The top 10 essential oils for an apocalypse. So now you have no excuse but to be prepared… just be sure to have your apocalypse kit properly stocked and ready-to-go right by the front door in an emergency.
Oh… and one more thing — please do store your precious cargo in dark and sturdy glass containers. Light, heat, and air spoils the potency of these powerful potions.
Okay, so now you can say you’re thoroughly prepared for even the most cataclysmic calamity. Of course nothing may actually happen… but just in case.