10 Reasons to have 9 Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oils in your Survival Kit

Guest post by Julie Behling-Hovdal. This list was a finalist in the List Contest and I wanted to share it with you.

When you think of essential oils do you envision a high-end massage therapist or someone sniffing a tiny bottle to ease stress?  If you have not yet been exposed to the multitude of medicinal uses for therapeutic-grade essential oils, then I have news for you!

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My first experience with essential oils was from a couple of bottles of lavender and peppermint oils I got at the health food store back in 2003.  I thought the oils had nice smells, and used the peppermint to deodorize my carpet and the lavender on a sunburn.  I was happy with the results I got.  But a couple of years later when I tried out therapeutic-grade oils, my world opened up considerably.

Since I began using therapeutic grade essential oils in 2005, I have personally gotten powerful results using the oils for colds and flu, a severely swollen parotid gland, acne, severe insomnia, heart palpitations, vomiting, shingles, food poisoning, a sprained ankle, insect bites, and even shock.

My mom had a 3rd-degree burn that healed within a week with therapeutic-grade lavender oil.  I’ve had clients get off their asthma inhalers, get off pain killers, and avoid giving their children drugs for attention deficiency!  They’ve used the oils successfully in childbirth, for diabetes, and heart disease.

When I began to get serious about preparedness in the spring of 2008 I quickly realized how much more prepared I was to handle medical issues than anyone I knew who didn’t also use the oils.  I developed a passion for teaching people how to use the oils now, and also how to use them in a disaster or collapse scenario.  There are hundreds of different essential oils out there and it can be a little intimidating at first.

The good news is that the oils are incredibly versatile. I have my favorite 9 oils that I share with people — therapeutic-grade lavender, peppermint, frankincense, and lemon as well as 5 essential oils blends — Thieves, Purification, Peace & Calming, PanAway, and Valor.

Here are 10 reasons to have these 9 oils in your survival kit –

1. They work great for injuries.

Years ago I elbowed my friend in the eye at a dance.  Her eye started swelling and closing up immediately (I have really bony elbows).  I had my oils in my purse and  dabbed a small amount of PanAway and lavender around her eyes.  That was the end of that — no black eye, and no more swelling or pain!

Therapeutic-grade lavender oil is legendary for its ability to stop bleeding, prevent wound infection, promote rapid healing of wounds, and prevent scarring.

2. They work great for everyday ailments or situations that could happen during a disaster or collapse scenario.

I’ve helped dozens of people get rid of headaches with essential oils.  1-2 drops of peppermint oil applied on site usually does the trick.  My mom got off her Claritin with lavender oil.  A good friend of mine came to visit me when I lived in Florida and got a tick bite.  We put a drop of peppermint oil on the tick, and easily extracted it.  We dabbed Purification oil on the bite, and he experienced no swelling, redness or pain.

3. They work great for infectious disease.

Thieves, frankincense, and lemon oils are among my favorite for use with cold, flu, and any type of viral, bacterial, and even fungal infection.  I have applied them on my glands, over my throat, on my feet, in my armpits, and have taken them internally in water or homemade capsules with fantastic results.  For fever or digestive issues including nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea I apply peppermint oil to my belly and feet.  Frankincense works great for respiratory congestion and peppermint oil for sinus congestion.

Since using the essential oils I have not needed to go to a doctor for antibiotics.  My symptoms have always improved markedly and gone away in a timely manner with the oils and other common-sense measures such as plenty of fluids and rest.  When I’ve used the oils at the very first sign of illness, I’ve had many instances of symptoms going away completely and never coming back.

My clients have successfully used Thieves for MRSA, lavender for chicken pox, and watched everyone around them get ill with swine flu while they remained well, applying Thieves oil as a preventive measure daily.

 4. They can replace Rx drugs in many instances.  This is highly desirable for preparedness as the #1 cause of death in an economic collapse is projected to be lack of access to Rx drugs.

I personally have been able to get off 4 prescription drugs that I previously could not function without using essential oils and supplements with essential oils.  For my clients with depression or anxiety I recommend lavender, frankincense, Peace & Calming, and Valor.  Lavender and Peace & Calming are also great for high cholesterol or cardiovascular disease, including in the event of a heart attack!

5. Essential oils are Mother Nature’s medicines super-concentrated in a small, lightweight, portable bottle that  can fit in your back pocket.

1 drop of therapeutic-grade peppermint oil equivalent to 26 cups of peppermint tea!

6. They don’t expire if stored properly.

Of course, this is not so for most other medicines people have in their survival medical kits that have to be replaced every few years.

7. They can also be used for hygiene and household uses.

Purification is a natural insect repellent and lavender is a natural sunscreen.  Thieves oil is great for oral care, and lavender and frankincense for skin care. So as you prepare yourself to handle medical issues in a disaster, you can have fresh breath, clean teeth, and nice-looking skin as a bonus!

8. Start using them now and save money on medical expenses.

I estimate that I save a few thousand dollars per year on my healthcare expenses with these essential oils factoring in the money I used to spend on Rx drugs, OTC drugs, and doctor visits.

9. Therapeutic-grade essential oils are appropriate and powerful for adults, children, teens, babies, the elderly, even pets and livestock!

Teething babies, cats with urinary tract infections, children with ear infections and pinkeye, horses with proud flesh, and elderly folks with dementia have all been helped significantly with therapeutic-grade essential oils.

10. They smell good and deodorize things — a lot of things in a disaster or collapse scenario WON’T smell very good and would need some deodorizing!!

Risa Nakahira, a nurse in Japan, reported that she used therapeutic-grade essential oils in the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami to sanitize and deodorize stinky, dirty public bathrooms at evacuation facilities as well as the masks and boots of relief workers who waded through piles of decaying fish and other debris searching for survivors.

If all of this sounds too good to be true, find someone who has used true therapeutic-grade oils and tested them out over a period of time, and get their opinion!

Julie Behling-Hovdal is a reflexologist/holistic healer and founder of Essential Survival where she teaches people how to prepare for the #1 cause of death in the event of an economic collapse — lack of access to medicines.  In 2005 Julie was able to get off 4 prescription drugs and heal from a 6-year stint of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia with products from Young Living Essential Oils. Get a copy of her free report “Fast Track Survival Medicines” at http://essentialsurvival.org/fast-track-survival-medicines/.


Statements made here about essential oils have not been evaluated by the FDA.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician.


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(15) Readers Comments

  1. Can you recommend a good book that tells what oils are good for certain situations or illnesses?

    • I have purchased many quality essentials from Eden Botanicals.com. Their oils are much more reasonable in price and they are top quality and most important, a safe site to buy from. They have a medical description for each oil. I spoke with them and they recommended Medical Aromatherapy Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt. I purchased it on Amazon. Also, a book by Dr. Cass Ingram, The Cure is in The Cupboard. It is all about oregano oil. I have found that is excellent for curing just about everything. And the best oregano oil is by North American Herb and Spice. They have a site but you can purchase it for almost half the price of what it sells for at Swanson Vitamins.com. All the oils are expensive to invest in, but they are a must, we haven’t been to a doctor in over a year. They are what doctors used before antibiotics.

  2. Do you recommend a place to purchase therapeutic grade oils?

    • I’ve purchased both doTerra and Young Living oils. I like them both.

    • I used to buy Young Living oils but they are way too pricey for my wallet I found http://www.rockymountainoil.com they are just as good and less money by a bunch. They have the comparitive to YL. I use my oils for all things… Animals respond wonderfully..

  3. Don’t leave us hanging! Which 9 oils and what do they treat?

    • The 9 oils are listed immediate above the #1 reason. :)

  4. I use Melaleuka, Oregano, and On Guard for staff infections, bacterial infections and virus’. They work FAST! My son had a horrible staff infection that I knew would put him in the hospital if I didn’t act fast.
    I immediately put on a couple drops of these oils and within a few hours, it stopped spreading. With 48 hours it was GONE!
    My friend, Danielle, had a infant who also had a bad staff infection and the doctor wanted her to give him 3 different anti biotics. She went home and looked in the book “Modern Essentials” under staff infections, and decided to try Melaleuka before she gave him the anti biotics. It completely stopped the infection within 24 hours. The “Modern Essential” book is a Must have for all essential oil users. It explains how to treat everything with essential oils. I buy my oils from http://www.essentialoilsbydoterra.com.

  5. Great succinct article with lots of info. Thanks! I had already been to Julie’s site and signed up to receive the article about 2 oils. Then saw this! :) I still find essential oils for medical use a bit intimidating, but I’ve been using them for sprays for years.

  6. Are you applying the oil directly to the skin or using a carrier oil?

  7. Most oils can be applied directly on the skin, except for peppermint, oregano, cinnamon. (the spicier oils) I use a carrier oil called Fractionated Coconut oil. But other oils like virgin olive oil are ok also. I ALWAYS use a carrier oil on babies and children with sensitive skin issues. And, you don’t need very much on babies and children. Just a diluted drop or two is sufficient. That is VERY IMPORTANT. Good Luck.

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  9. Where do you find thieves. purification, peace & calming, panaway, & valor?

  10. Does anyone know if Appalachian Valley Natural Products is as good as it appears? I am new to EOs and trying to understand and at the same time find a good reputable supplier. Their prices are better than most and from the product I have purchased they seem good, but I don’t really know what I am looking at yet. I appreciate any feedback anyone could provide. Thanks.

  11. Av-at are the best IMO. I have use them for years and trust the company and their customer service is top notch. Best prices anywhere. I am not affiliated with the company at all. av-at.com

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