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Essential Oils and health

December 24, 2016

Most of my posts in this blog have been related to general topics of basic survival, such as interesting and useful gear, tool, vehicles, basics. Well, health is a major concern when we’re in a SHTF situation. So, I’ll put in my two cents on that this time, by talking about something I’ve developed a personal interest in, and have personally used for a number of aliments now.

Essential oils have been with us for thousands of years, from the first Christmas where the wise men from the east brought gifts that included frankincense and myrrh. These were precious in those times, and extremely valuable for a number of healing properties.

The first issue to address is the quality of an essential oil and the concentration of the elements of that oil that give it the useful medicinal quality we’re looking for. There are all kinds of brands out there and all levels of quality. Prices can be stunning for the volume of oil you get for certain oils. One main line brand sells their Helichrysum oil for $75.00 for 5 milliliters in a tiny bottle. Now, the quality of this brand, DoTerra, is unquestioned but budgets being as they are I had to choose the next best brand for certain oils that were just too pricey. I have a number of oils from DoTerra and they’re outstanding. The main qualification for choice in my opinion is to get ‘pharmaceutical grade’ or ‘Therapeutic grade’ as this designation claims that the useful concentration of the oil elements is of sufficient strength to be of use for health and healing issues. There are oil brands out there that are essentially ‘perfume’, but these are worthless for any kind of therapeutic use. So, read the label and description closely before you buy. The brand I personally have used numerous times and has an excellent rating on, is “Majestic Pure”, along with “Healing Solutions”, “Herb Pharm” and “Sun Essential Oils” that make up most of my inventory.

I’m incorporating into this post the extensive list of essential oils I’ve compiled for my personal reference. This information was picked out of the mass of sources online, after the source was deemed reliable and knew their stuff. A very large amount of the data was taken from ‘Dr. Axe‘ website, an alternative health expert with an excellent reputation. Another expert in plant based diet is Dr. Michael Greger who has written an excellent book on that subject called “How Not To Die“, which I gave to everyone at my house for Christmas.

Guide to essential oil use by ailment or need.

Information assembled by Surviving Urban Crisis for your off-grid medicine cabinet, which every prepper must have. After ‘doomsday’, doctors will be hard to find, and generally speaking, the ‘naturopathic’ way is more tolerable to the body anyway.

For information only, no suggestion whatever of medical information or suggested usage.

NOTE: I do not personally ingest essential oils, nor do I recommend ingesting any oils. However, should you find information from a reliable source, such as Dr. Axe, which implies you may ingest oils, follow the guidelines EXACTLY and use at your own risk. The concentration of the oil element ingredient may be toxic when ingested, therefore it’s crucial to follow such instructions completely and accurately and I recommend half the dosage they suggest until you’re certain you’re not having any negative results.

This information is widely available on the internet, but somewhat scattered and usually found in a format where the essential oil is listed, then all the ailments that it may help, so I arranged them by use or aliment instead.

As you see, there are multiple uses for each oil, and multiple oils for the same use. This is useful because some oils are far more expensive or hard to find than others. And while some may find the scent of one oil to be enjoyable, others will find that same oil to ‘stink’, in their opinion. For instance, I think melaluca or ‘tea tree oil’ just plain smells disgusting, but both my daughters seem to think it smells nice and clean. I can tolerate it enough to get the beneficial effects from it, but I’m complaining on the inside about it. So the wide range of available oils and multiple uses will allow one to find an enjoyable aroma and relief that works for their personal satisfaction. To be safest while using essential oils, it is recommended to dilute ALL to the minimum ratio of one drop essential oil to five drops of carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil.

All these essential oils can be purchased here.

Useful roll on bottles for mixed oils and carrier oils can be purchased here.

We have a few diffusers listed here. A diffuser is very useful for dispersing the essential oils into a room for inhalation therapy for an individual or several people at once.

Unless noted as a ‘recipe’, this list is to reference a single oil for the indicated aliment. All such mixed oils are linked to their source page. One huge source of essential oils and their uses is found here. Dr. Axe is also a major source of health and natural food information.

All oils should be diluted (for topical use) at a 1:5 mix, that is one part essential oil and five parts carrier oil.

Acne: Clary sage, cypress, lavender, tea tree, juniper berry. Source. Mix 1:5 in carrier oil, apply on location. Or add 1 or 2 drops to 1 oz distilled water, mist on face. Avoid getting into eyes.

Allergies: Basil, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, tea tree. Source.

Helicrysum, oregano, ravensara. Mix 1:5 in carrier oil, apply over sinuses and bottoms of feet.

Analgesic (Pain relief): Allspice, basil, bay, bergamot, birch, cajuput, chamomile, coriander, elimi, ginger, lavandin, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, mullien, niaouli, nutmeg, peppermint, pimento, pine, ravensara, rosemary, rosewood, wintergreen. Mix one or two oils at 1:5 in carrier oil, apply to locations, massage.

Anti-aging: black pepper, nutmeg, pimento, jojoba, frankincense, lavender, pomegranate. Source.

Antibiotic: Basil, bay, bergamot, calamus, chamomile, melissa, tagetes, oregano .

Anti-depressant: Benzoin, bergamot, birch, chamomile, cassia, clary sage, davana, grapefruit, jasmine, lavandin, lavender, lemongrass, melissa, neroli, orange, patchouli, petitgrain, ravensara, rose, rosemary, rosewood, vanilla, ylang ylang.  Source.

Recipe: A  2008 study with 58 hospice patients presented some interesting conclusions regarding the effectiveness of essential oils for depression. The hospice patients were given hand massages once a day for one week with an essential oil blend in 1:5 percent dilution ( one measure of essential oil mixed with five measures of carrier oil) with sweet almond oil. The essential oil blend consisted of these essential oils in equal ratios:

  • bergamot C. aurantium var. bergamia }
  • frankincense Boswellia carterii (Birdw.) } (1 measure each oil with 5 measures carrier oil.)
  • lavender Lavandula angustifolia (Mill.) }
  • (This would be, for an example, 1ml each of bergamot, frankincense and lavender plus 15ml of almond oil, making 18ml total blend. )

All patients who received the aromatherapy hand massage reported less pain and depression with the conclusion that aromatherapy massage with this essential oil blend is more effective for pain and depression management than massage alone. Source.

Lavender and Chamomile Massage Blend for Depression


  • 20–30 drops pure lavender essential oil
  • 20–30 drops pure chamomile essential oil
  • 2 ounces grapeseed oil


  1. Blend all ingredients well into a glass jar.
  2. Massage into your entire body, or take it to your masseuse and ask him or her to use it, 2–3 times per month.
  3. You can also use hand and neck massage oil daily or even massage into the bottoms of your feet at night before going to bed. Source.

Essential Oils for Depression Risks

Use any essential oils sparingly, whether internally or topically. High levels might cause reactions and sensitivity, so be sure to do a skin patch check before using on a regular basis. You also want to use caution if you take blood pressure medications or have an existing heart condition. Always talk to your doctor before beginning any new treatment.

It’s important to make sure that any essential oils you choose are 100 percent pure. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, check with your doctor first. While most oils are safe for children, please do proper research and review with your physician.

Antioxidant: Allspice, black pepper, cilantro, ginger, nutmeg, orange, oregano, sage, vanilla, wild orange.

Antiseptic: Allspice, anise, bay, benzoin, bergamot, birch, buchu, cajuput, chamomile, camphor, cardamom, carrot seed, cedarwood, citronella, clary sage, clove, cumin, cypress, davana, elemi, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, ginger, grapefruit, hyssop, jasmine, juniper, lavandin, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, lime, mandarin, marjoram, mullein, myrrh, myrtle, neroli, niaouli, nutmeg, oakmoss, orange, palmarosa, parsley, patchouli, pennyroyal, peppermint, petitgrain, ravensara, rose, rosemary, rosewood, sage, sandalwood, spearmint, tagetes, tangerine, tea tree, thyme, vetiver, wintergreen, yarrow, ylang ylang. Mix any oil or combination of one or two into 1:5 carrier oil, apply to location, bandage.

Anxiety: Benzoin, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, dill, frankincense, lavender, lemon, neroli, rose, vanilla, vetiver, ylang ylang. Source. Diffuse or inhale. Massage into the skin, applied to back of neck and temples.

Arthritis: cumin, ginger, fir needle, frankincense, myrrh, orange, (source). Anise, arnica, benzoin, birch, black pepper, buchu, calamus, cassia, galbanum, juniper, myrrh, niaouli, nutmeg, parsley, pennyroyal, tarragon, thuja, rue, wintergreen. Mix with carrier oil, apply on location add warm compress. Massage areas. Add to warm bath. Diffuse.

Aphrodisiac: Cardamom, clary sage, clove, coriander, jasmine, marjoram, neroli, nutmeg, orange, patchouli, ravensara, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, tuberose, vanilla, vetiver, ylang ylang

Asthma: Cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, peppermint. Diffuse. Inhale from steam method. Apply to chest, throat, or back.

Athletes foot (fungus): Helicrysum, marjoram, patchouli, tea tree.

Bee Sting: Roman chamomile, basil. Apply on location. Cool compress on location.

Bleeding, cuts, wounds: Bay, benzoin, birch, caraway, cardamom, catnip, cedarwood, cinnamon, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, geranium, helicrysum, hyssop, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, lime, myrrh, myrtle, parsley, patchouli, pennyroyal, peppermint, rose, sandalwood, thuja, wintergreen, yarrow. Apply on location. Bandage.

Bone health: Fir needle. Bone healing. Bone bruises

Bronchitis: Cypress

Bruises: Arnica, frankincense. Bruise cream

Cancer fighting: Almond, cinnamon, fir needle, vanilla

Calming (of the nerves): Angelica, calamus, chamomile, catnip, clary sage, cumin, helicrysum, hyssop, lavandin, lemongrass, marjoram, melissa, mugwort, peppermint, petitgrain, rose, vetiver, ylang ylang.

Carpal tunnel: Cypress

Cleansing: Arborvitae, cilantro, eucalyptus, fir needle, grapefruit, juniper berry, myrrh, orange, oregano, tangerine, thyme, tea tree, wild orange.

Common cold & cough: Cedarwood, fennel, fir needle, frankincense, marjoram, myrrh, myrtle, sage, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme. Natural Head Cold Remedies.

Congestion: Cypress

Cramps (muscle spasms): Angelica, anise, basil, bay, bergamot, bitter almond, black pepper, cajuput, calamus, chamomile, camphor, caraway, cardamom, catnip, cedarwood, citronella, clary sage, coriander, cumin, cypress, dill, eucalyptus, fennel, galbanum, ginger, helicrysum, hyssop, jasmine, juniper, mandarin, marjoram, melissa, myrrh, neroli, nutmeg, orange, peppermint, ravensara, rose, sage, sandalwood, spearmint, tagetes, tangerine, thyme, wintergreen, yarrow.

Dandruff: Lavender, wintergreen, thyme, lemongrass, evergreen, cypress, oregano and tea tree. Any mixed 1:5 in coconut oil. Also 50/50 mix of natural apple cider vinegar and water, massage into scalp for a few minutes, rinse out. Repeat for 5–7 days and see if you notice a difference. If you experience any irritation, discontinue or use every other day for 7–10 days

Decongestant: Anise, cajuput, camphor, eucalyptus, galbanum, niaouli, pennyroyal, peppermint.

Digestive aid: Angelica, anise, bay, bergamot, black pepper, buchu, chamomile, caraway, cardamom, catnip, cilantro, citronella, clary sage, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, frankincense, ginger, hyssop, juniper, lemon, mandarin, marjoram, melissa, mugwort, myrrh, neroli, oregano, palmarosa, parsley, pennyroyal, peppermint, rose, sage, spearmint, tangerine, tarragon, wormwood, yarrow.

Dizziness / B.P.P.V. Blend Basil (Ocimum basilicum), marjoram (Origanum majorana), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), peppermint (Mentha piperita), and cypress (Cupresses sempervirens). Dilute with V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or coconut oil to apply topically. Also, mix Geranium, Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint, and Helichrysum, in coconut oil, apply to around ears, diffuse or inhalation.

Depression: See anti-depressant above.

Diuretic (to increase urination): Angelica, benzoin, birch, bitter almond, buchu, caraway, cardamom, carrot seed, cedarwood, citronella, cumin, cypress, fennel, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, helicrysum, hyssop, juniper, lemongrass, marjoram, mugwort, mullein, orange, parsley, patchouli, pine, ravensara, sandalwood, thuja, thyme, wintergreen.

Earache: Almond, clove or garlic in carrier oil drops in the ear. Tea tree in carrier oil rubbed around the ears. Source. Basil or frankincense rubbed behind the ears. Source.

Eczema: Almond, lavender, geranium, tea tree, or myrrh mixed with coconut carrier oil. 1:5 ratio. Source.

Anti-epileptic: Anise, rue. Information.

Expectorant: Angelica, anise, benzoin, cajuput, caraway, cedarwood, elemi, fennel, frankincense, ginger, helicrysum, hyssop, jasmine, lavandin, marjoram, mullien, myrrh, myrtle, niaouli, oakmoss, peppermint, ravensara, sage, sandalwood, tea tree, thuja, thyme, yarrow.

Fever reducing: Angelica, bay, bergamot, birch, bitter almond, cajuput, chamomile, cassia, citronella, eucalyptus, ginger, helicrysum, hyssop, lemon, lemongrass, lime, melissa, mullien, niaouli, palmarosa, parsley, patchouli, peppermint, rose, sage, sandalwood, tansy, vanilla, wormwood.

Flatulence (expel gas): Allspice, angelica, anise, basil, benzoin, black pepper, buchu, cajuput, chamomile, caraway, carrot seed, cassia, catnip, cinnamon, clary sage, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, frankincense, ginger, hyssop, juniper, lemongrass, marjoram, melissa, myrrh, neroli, orange, parsley, peppermint, pimento, rosemary, sandalwood, spearmint, thyme, wintergreen, yarrow.

Gall Bladder: Rosemary

Headache: Eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, lemongrass, rosemary. Source. Source.

Mix peppermint and lavender essential oils with coconut oil and apply to upper neck and shoulders.  Peppermint oil improves circulation and lavender reduces muscle tension which can quickly relieve headaches. Source.

Hair Growth: Arnica, mustard, rosemary.

Heart: Clary sage, frankincense, lavender, ylang ylang. Mix equal portions these oils into 5 times as much carrier oil, apply over heart once daily. Use of a roller bottle applicator works well.

Hemorrhaging, stopping: Benzoin, cassia, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, lime, myrrh, myrtle, parsley, patchouli, pennyroyal, peppermint, rose, sandalwood, wintergreen. Apply on location, bandage tightly, apply pressure. Call 911.

Hemorrhoids: Cypress essential oil is the most effective oil for reducing and preventing hemorrhoids. Apply 3-4 drops with a cotton ball. Also, helichrysum oil can help improve hemorrhoids.

Hypothyroidism: Combine three drops of frankincense oil with five parts lemongrass oil and five parts clove oil. Rub these directly on the thyroid, which is located at the front lower part of your neck. You can also try putting two drops of frankincense oil on the roof of your mouth twice daily.

  • Similarly, try rubbing 2–4 drops of lemongrass oil and myrrh directly to the thyroid area along with the reflexology points on the feet (big toes) and on the wrists multiple times per day.
  • To combat muscle or joint pain, try a soothing bath using geranium, clove, myrrh and lemongrass oils.
  • To fight fatigue, try a combination of peppermint and citrus oils, such as lemon and grapefruit.
  • To improve your mood and reduce anxiety or irritability, use chamomile, frankincense and lavender oil, either diffused in your home or added to a bath.

Insomnia: Cypress, fir needle, lavender, vanilla, ylang ylang. Diffuse. Mist on linens or place on pillow. Apply on feet or neck, massage 1:5 in carrier oil.

Inflammation: Arnica, bay, benzoin, bitter almond, chamomile, camphor, cedarwood, citronella, cypress, frankincense, helicrysum, jasmine, lemongrass, mandarin, manuka, melissa, mullien, myrrh, myrtle, neroli, orange, oregano, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, sage, sandalwood, spikenard, tagetes, tangerine, tansy, tuberose, vanilla, vetiver, yarrow, ylang ylang.

Intestinal worms: Anise, bergamot, bitter almond, cajuput, chamomile, caraway, citronella, fennel, geranium, hyssop, mugwort, niaouli, nutmeg, peppermint, tansy, tarragon, thuja, wormwood.

Liver (tone, strengthen and detoxifying): Angelica, chamomile, cypress, helicrysum, mandarin, peppermint, rose, rosemary.

Lymph glands: Calamus (Cautions: Caution is advised on the use of calamus essential oil, since large doses can cause mild hallucinations), cassia, galbanum, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, myrrh, oregano, cypress and frankincense oils parsley, tarragon. Information

Menstruation: Angelica, bay, cajuput, chamomile, caraway, carrot seed, cassia, catnip, cedarwood, clary sage, cumin, davana, fennel, frankincense, hyssop, jasmine, marjoram, melissa, mugwort, oregano, parsley, pennyroyal, peppermint, rose, sage, spearmint, tarragon, thuja, thyme, wintergreen, wormwood.

Purification: Angelica, birch, carrot seed, coriander, fennel, juniper, mandarin, parsley, pennyroyal, rose, sage, tangerine.

Promote sweating: Angelica, black pepper, catnip, citronella, marjoram, melissa, mustard, myrrh, yarrow.

Rashes: Geranium, lavender, rose.

Relaxation: Allspice, angelica, bay, benzoin, calamus, clary sage, galbanum, davana, mandarin, manuka, mullien, pimento, ravensara, vanilla.

Restless legs: Cypress,

Reddening of the skin (to increase blood flow of the skin): Allspice, ginger, juniper, pimento, thuja.

Sedative: Anise, bay, benzoin, bergamot, bitter almond, chamomile, camphor, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, dill, frankincense, jasmine, lemongrass, mandarin, marjoram, melissa, myrtle, neroli, orange, patchouli, petitgrain, sandalwood, spikenard, tagetes, tangerine, tansy, tuberose, vanilla, vetiver, ylang ylang

Shingles: Peppermint, oregano Source Tea tree, helicrysum Source

Skin care: Almond, basil, bergamot, birch, cedarwood, cinnamon (skin infections), clove, eucalyptus, cypress, galbanum, geranium, grapefruit, helicrysum, hyssop, jasmine, juniper berry, lavender, myrrh, patchouli, pine, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, tea tree, ylang ylang.

Sleep: Calamus (Cautions: Caution is advised on the use of calamus oil, since large doses can cause mild hallucinations) jasmine, lavender, mullien, vanilla

Sprains: To reduce inflammation and increase circulation to the area apply cypress essential oil.  To reduce bruising and decrease inflammation apply frankincense oil and to reduce pain use peppermint oil.

Mix 2 drops of each oil together with 1/2 tsp of coconut oil and apply to the sprained area 3-5x daily then put on warm compress over area for 2 minutes. Source.

Sore throat: Clove, eucalyptus, hyssop, juniper berry, lemon, thyme, oregano, peppermint.

Easy, Anti Sore Throat Steam Inhalation Source.


  • 3 drops clove essential oil
  • 3 drops juniper berry essential oil
  • large bowl of boiling hot water


  1. Add the clove and juniper berry oils to a large bowl of boiled water.
  2. Drape a towel over your head to create a tent over and around the bowl.
  3. Relax and breathe in the fragrant steam for 5 minutes. Of course, be careful not to burn yourself.

You can also add 3 drops of lemon oil and 1 drop of eucalyptus oil to your water, gargle for 10 seconds and then drink. See information on ingesting essential oils.

Stimulant: Allspice, angelica, anise, birch, cajuput, calamus, camphor, caraway, cardamom, carrot seed, cassia, catnip, citronella, coriander, cumin, elemi, fennel, galbanum, ginger, grapefruit, hyssop, mugwort, mustard, myrrh, niaouli, nutmeg, parsley, peppermint, pimento, rosewood, sage, tansy, tarragon, tea tree, thuja, thyme.

Tonic: Allspice, angelica, bay, birch, buchu, cajuput, chamomile, caraway, carrot seed, cedarwood, cinnamon, citronella, cumin, cypress, elemi, fennel, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, hyssop, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, lime, mandarin, melissa, mustard, myrrh, neroli, nutmeg, orange, patchouli, pimento, ravensara, sandalwood, tangerine, thuja, thyme, vetiver, wormwood, yarrow.

Toxins (removing): Angelica, bay, benzoin, bitter almond, black pepper, buchu, caraway, cardamom, carrot seed, cedarwood, citronella, cumin, galbanum, ginger, grapefruit, melissa, mugwort, mullein, orange, parsley, patchouli, ravensara, thuja, thyme, wintergreen.

Varicose veins: Cypress

Vomiting: Basil, cassia, ginger, nutmeg.

Wounds, healing: Benzoin, bergamot, birch, cajuput, chamomile, camphor, caraway, cardamom, carrot seed, cedarwood, cinnamon, citronella, clary sage, cumin, cypress, davana, eucalyptus, frankincense, fennel, galbanum, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, helicrysum, hyssop, jasmine, juniper, lavandin, lemon, lemongrass, lime, mandarin, marjoram, mullein, myrrh, myrtle, neroli, niaouli, nutmeg, oakmoss, patchouli, rose, rosewood, sage, sandalwood, spearmint, tea tree, thyme, vetiver.



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