heart and soul of our community
How to comment on this page:
1. click on "Reply" on the comment
2. Type your comment in the box
3. Click "Add Comment"
Make sure you post it on the right thread!
that's right, the only thing constant is change
that's right, the only thing constant is change
Thanks. Twas helpful and informative.
This site has much of the same information, but with a nice printable PDF. Like many preppers, hard copies are essential!
12 Things to with One Bar of Soap
that's right, the only thing constant is change
A Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola after caring for the first U.S. diagnosed patient will be discharged from the federal medical facility treating her Friday.
Nina Pham worked for Texas Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and was among the dozens who helped care for Thomas Eric Duncan before he succumbed to the disease earlier this month. She then tested positive for Ebola a couple of weeks ago. While Pham was cared for at first by the Dallas hospital, last week she was transferred to the National Institute of Health?s Clinical Center, which is located just outside of Washington, D.C.
Slightly more than a week after receiving treatment from the NIH, Pham was declared free of the virus.
Pham was the first nurse diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. and she was later joined by her colleague Amber Vinson, who tested positive just a couple of days later. Vinson is being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
Vinson?s family said this week that she is also free of the virus, but this has not yet been announced by medical officials. The statement from Vinson?s mother, Debra Berry, said hospital officials and those with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could not detect the virus and approved her transfer from isolation.
Pham?s recovery news comes just a day after a New York City doctor was admitted to the hospital into isolation and tested positive for Ebola. He had recently returned from caring for Ebola patients in Guinea.
Source: First Dallas Nurse Now Ebola-Free, Being Discharged From Hospital
1. Obama sent a note to the mosque the terrorist attended. (Not much of a difference...IMO) BTW - No such note was sent to the family of the woman who was beheaded!
Source: The Political Insider
2. Last I heard none of those family members are showing symptoms.
Source: Fox News
Sorry...double posting. :)
1. Last week while watching Fox News First (yes, I was up at 4:00 a.m.!) they had a short promo about the man that beheaded the woman at work in Oklahoma. The report stated "Obama had sent the man a note". They showed a picture of the man in a orange jumpsuit and followed with a picture of Oboma. They then said more details to follow. I watched the rest of the show but nothing else was reported. How can I find a followup on this?
2. What has happened to the people that were in the Dallas appartment with the man that has died from Ebola? Last report I heard they had been sent off to an isolated place while the the appartment was being cleaned. Just wondering...
Here's a link to 5 Rah's posting. Excellent common sense advice!
10 Things You Should Know About Ebola at The Survival Mom
Franklin Graham (son of Billy Graham) and Dr. Lance Plyler are with Samaritan's Purse. They're organization is on the front line of the Ebola epidemic in Africa! The doctor who contracted Ebola was one of theirs! Check out their interview with Glenn Beck. It's EXTREMELY eye-opening; especially Dr. Plyler's take on this scary disease!!!
Graham / Plyler interview w/ Beck
This email from Lisa, the "Survival Mom" is a no panic approach - the thing I like best about "rightwingmom"'s postings!
Brace yourself! This isn't a doomsday, all-is-lost email!
Like all of you, I have been trying to keep up with stories about Ebola, ever since this terrible virus reared its deadly head, again, in Africa. At first, the stories were interesting and a lot of us in the prepper/survival niche toyed with the idea of, "What if it came to America..."
Well, now it's here, and by the time you receive this email, things could have gone very, very wrong, indeed. Or, perhaps not. Perhaps the notorious patient from Liberia, Thomas Eric Duncan, didn't pass the virus to anyone else and he was just an isolated, freak case. Another possibility is that the Ebola hype has died and another potential pandemic is on the horizon.
Whatever the case, there are 7 things you should know about this Ebola scare and they apply to any type of outbreak:
1. If you're prepared, in general, you're already prepared for Ebola or any other outbreak. Almost. Be reassured that you have many survival pieces in place and are way ahead of the game, if the worst should happen. Now it's just a matter of adding some additional supplies and making a few, new plans. Just in case.
2. Almost prepared for something like Ebola isn't good enough! In addition to your food, water, cooking/heating, and other preps, you should begin adding:
Heavy duty trash bags. These will serve a multitude of purposes, but this story about a woman in Liberia who was able to treat her family members with little more protection than a raincoat, rainboots, and trash bags is inspiring and shows the need for this basic supply.
Multiple pairs of Nitrile gloves. They're inexpensive, so stock up.They'll come in handy for far more than Ebola.
Face masks. Read this article for more details, but a respirator is highly recommended. The ReadiMask is a good, inexpensive option.
Safety goggles. If you ever have the misfortune to be in the presence of an Ebola patient, every bit of skin should be covered. You'll need safety goggles to protect your eyes and the skin around them.
Several gallons of bleach. If you know how to use calcium hypochlorite to make your own bleach, that's a better option, but it's also more of a challenge to get the chlorine at a safe level.
Hand sanitizer in every possible form.
Protective clothing, if possible.
3. Begin thinking about hunkering down, in place, for weeks or possibly months. If any pandemic grabs a foothold in your area, say within 100 miles, you won't be able to go to work, the kids will stay home from school, even going out to buy groceries or other necessities may be too dangerous. What should you have on hand in this case? Could you begin homeschooling your kids? Do you have cash on hand, rather than just in the bank? Read The Jakarta Pandemic for some practical tips.
4. Keep track of news from multiple sources. Information coming from the CDC is scary, not reassuring, and they are supposed to be the ultimate source for controlling disease. On the other hand, some voices on the internet are screaming that it's all over and we're doomed. Read everything you can and assess information from multiple sources.
Four articles that have given me a lot of insight and food for thought:
"When Ebola Protection Fails"
"What We're Afraid to Say About Ebola"
"Ebola, A Nurse's Perspective"
"The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola" (This one is sad.)
5. If now is the time to panic, you absolutely must not panic! This is the time to assess your preps, get the facts and the latest information. Prepare to hunker down or pack up what you can and head for a part of the country that remains unaffected. Thinking clearly and making logical plans will be your 2 best survival preps.
Having said that, if a particular website or radio host or friend is a source of nothing but negative, doomsday information and you find yourself swallowed up in it, avoid them. Just a friendly tip from Survival Mom!
6. At this point, normalcy bias could be your worst enemy. I never dreamed that you and I would be talking about EBOLA in AMERICA, yet here we are. There's no point in trying to take comfort in, "It's just one guy in Dallas." That's normalcy bias talking. If the virus made it this far, it's likely to pop up again, and again. That could be our new reality. Hiding behind, "It couldn't happen here..." is the least helpful thing you can do.
7. Continue to enjoy life. Make plans for holidays and birthdays. Go ahead and try to lose those last 15 pounds! We've seen good times and bad times come and go, but what keeps us steady and sane are the little things in life that aren't so little -- family, faith, friends. In the stories coming from the Ebola hot zones, there's something that comes up over and over: family bonds and traditions. It's important that we keep those going in our own homes and communities.
As a Christian, this verse from Ephesians 6:13 comes to mind:
"Therefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
You may not be a Christian and this email isn't about the armor of God, but as a group we are determined to survive and are every bit as determined as any ancient warrior. So to paraphrase, "Take unto you all common sense preparation plans both for you and those you love that you may be able to stand strong during worst case scenarios, and when you've done all you can, stand strong."
Prepare a little more every day and stay safe and aware.
The Survival Mom
7554 W. Thunderbird Rd.
Suite 1, Box 188
Peoria, Arizona, 85381 USA
Unsubscribe | Change Subscriber Options
Not saying the video I'm posting is going to happen, but History Channel thought it was important enough to produce.
"Officials" are still reassuring the public that they have the first, and possible second, case of Ebola in the U.S. under control. Forgive me if I'm not 100% confident in our professionals, the media, and our government officials. This contagious man spent between 2 and 4 days with family and friends. These same people have now branched out into society; at least 5 schools have been effected.
Hopefully this terrifying virus is truly contained. In the event of a pandemic, how prepared are you?
Could you shelter-in-place with food, water, medicine for an extended period of time?
If you had to venture our, could you protect yourself? Without re-inventing the wheel, I'm linking some excellent articles and lists of items to stockpile. Check them out below:
Prepping for Mandatory Quarantine
Here's Why You Should NOT Panic over Ebola
Ebola: Does it Matter by Dr. Joe Alton
Prepared NOT scared!
In a collapse situation I'm not ruling out anything, including sources of food and medicine! I've recently increased my efforts to learn foraging skills. Many of our indigenous plants can be eaten and/or used medicinally. I've even tried to incorporate some of these plants into my yard. Some plants are on purpose like passion flowers, turk's cap and elderberries; others not so much. You won't believe how many common weeds are edible! So never mind worrying about stockpiling Scott's Bonus S...you'll WANT those weeds to pop up for your daily salad!
Check out Merriwether at Foraging Texas.
Judge Jeanine is sounding the alarm. Are you listening?
Inflation is not a new subject, but below is an interesting graphic comparing what $1 got you THEN VS. NOW. I know the comparisons to the 1800's is extreme, but it's still very telling. Some inflation is a natural part of our economic system, but today's inflation is NOT natural. My concern is that this is just the beginning.
Stockpiling items while costs are reasonable can mean the difference when (not if) hyperinflation hits. We're already seeing evidence of hidden inflation in all our products. Companies are reducing their packaging sizes (often redesigning to disguise the change) then either maintaining the cost or raising it slightly. The result is much more drastic inflation rate than the average consumer realizes!
In the end, if you don't have hard assets set aside, the day will come when we wake up to $5/gallon milk and $7/gallon gas. That will NOT be a pretty day for Americans! Be smart by being prepared.
Remember, PREPARED NOT SCARED!
I've been using this amazing stuff for over a year and LOVE it!
It's 500 ppm. The stuff at your local health food store is only 10 or 20 ppm!
Natural Path Silver Wings Dietary Mineral Supplement, Colloidal Silver
Welcome Gman! Glad you're here.
One more question though. I want to pick up mylar bags and such. Do you have to have an appointment for that also?
No. Last time I was there, you could drop in and purchase: bulk, left-over packaged items, as well as mylars and O2s. Call ahead to make sure.
Do you have to have an appointment for that also?
The appointments are only to organize groups for canning. You're welcome to drop in for other purchases.
Has anybody compared prices with them vs ordering on Amazon?
I haven't checked in about a year, but the last time it did the prices were MUCH less than any other company! Even their online prices beat other companies! And because they're a church, it's tax free and they offer free shipping.
OH,also do you have to dress a certain way to pick up things such as the bags?
The only dress code I've experienced is while packing food because they must follow health codes. I was there packing once when a gentleman walked it in nice shorts, t-shirt, and tennis shoes to pick up some bulk items. Nothing was said to him about his clothing.
Again, you MIGHT want to call and ask Sister Fairchild if anything has changed!
I just joined this site also to ask about the address and phone number for the LDS warehouse. I was pleasantly surprised that someone had already ask and the info I needed was already posted. One more question though. I want to pick up mylar bags and such. Do you have to have an appointment for that also? Has anybody compared prices with them vs ordering on Amazon? OH,also do you have to dress a certain way to pick up things such as the bags? I prefer to do a pick up so that I'm not adding to my cost by paying shipping charges.
List #2 of favorite oils to have on-hand, especially if medicines become scarce!
Herbalist regard Lavender as the most useful and versatile essential oil for therapeutic purposes. Lavender is the essential oil most commonly associated with burns and healing of the skin. It also has antiseptic and analgesic properties which will ease the pain of a burn and prevent infection. It also has cytophylactic properties that promote rapid healing and help reduce scarring. The aroma of Lavender is said to have a calming effect on the body and it can be used to reduce anxiety, stress and promote sleep. Lavender is a very therapeutic grade comparable in status to the better known Lavender Population. The different soil, temperature, precipitation, etc. contributes to some subtle changes in aroma, the greatest advantage being for more sophisticated label claims.
It is widely credited with being a digestive aid. The leaves contain menthol, which is a proven aid to digestion. The familiar aroma of Peppermint is known for both its warming and cooling properties. Friendly to the sinuses, it is also useful to the muscular system, especially for women during monthly cycles or menopause. Properties include being refreshing, a mental stimulant and energizing. It relieves bad breath and is a good nerve tonic that helps with mental fatigue and nervous stress.
Clove is an effective agent for minor pains and aches (particular dental pain), and is helpful when battling flu and colds.
Basil can be used to clear the sinuses, promote digestion and stimulate circulation, especially in the respiratory system.
Hyssop is known to ease sore throats caused by sinus issues. Some authorities believe it can relieve bronchial spasms and thus might be helpful for asthma attacks. The therapeutic properties of Hyssop are as an anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cicatrizant, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, nervine, sedative, stimulant, a tonic and as a vulnerary agent.
Its actions are characterized as the following: antimicrobial, antifungal, astringent and healing, tonic and stimulant, carminative, stomachic, anti-catarrhal, expectorant, diaphoretic, vulnerary, locally antiseptic, immune stimulant, bitter, circulatory stimulant, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic.
The last oil on his posting is not medical, but for cleaning. Although maintaining sanitation during a collapse will become priority. This is an excellent item to have on hand!
Cleaning synergy blend has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic qualities. Great for counters, floors, tile, toilets, sinks ovens, windows and wood.
For general purpose cleaning- mix 1 cup vinegar, 2 cups purified water & 20-30 drops of Cleaning blend essential oil in a spray bottle. Shake before each use. For floors or larger cleaning areas, double or triple recipe. For wood surfaces, add olive oil to recipe.
Contains: Lavender, Lemongrass, Rosemary & Tea Tree
Summer of Survival 2014 (12 Weeks = 24 Webinars for FREE!) - 4 years ago by rightwingmom - Reply
Whether your a new prepper or seasoned survivalist, this sounds like a promising opportunity. These free webinars will begin on June 3rd and run every Tues. and Thurs. through Aug. 21.
Check out the summary, video, and link below.
Prepared NOT scared,
Every Tuesday and Thursday evening you?ll hear from another survival expert. And joining in the conversation couldn?t be easier.
Instead of buying a ticket, traveling to our live expo and fighting the crowds? all you have to do is bug in, log on and soak up years of survival expertise from the convenience of your computer.
You?ll get every expert?s most important, up-to-date advice on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from the next crisis. They?ll answer your most pressing questions on both why and how to prepare. And unlike other events, you?ll get to learn at a measured pace.
You see, we?ve been told by past participants of our live events that the presentations were fantastic ? but trying to get everything down and use it before they forgot what they learned was like taking a drink from a fire hose.
That?s why we designed Summer of Survival differently than anything you?ve seen before.
Instead of jamming all our life-saving material into one short weekend or week of training, we?re presenting just two topics each week? giving you time to actually absorb the information and put it into practice before moving on to the next topic.
We?re even hosting our trainings during the week so you can keep your weekends free for practicing your newly acquired survival skills.
One more thing you?ll quickly discover? Summer of Survival isn?t your typical online one-way conversation.
Links: Summer of Survival
As preppers, we love one item with multiple uses! Check out the list I've accumulated for good old-fashioned Dawn dish washing soap!
Admittedly, some of these are a little frivolous in a SHTF scenario. However, consider the benefits of having these alternative methods of cleaning, maintenance, personal hygiene, etc. from one master product! Something to strongly consider.
Ever wonder why Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is the wildlife cleaner of choice after an oil spill? According to the International Bird Rescue Research Center, Dawn effectively removes grease but does not cause harm to the skin of the birds. It?s also biodegradable and contains no phosphates.
According to Bubbles.org, Dawn dishwashing liquid makes great homemade bubbles. Here is the Giant Bubble Recipe used in bubble makers at many children?s museums: 1/2 cup Ultra Dawn 1/2 gallon warm water 1 tablespoon glycerin (available at any drug store) OR White Karo syrup works too! Stir gently. Skim the foam off the top of the solution (too much foam breaks down the bubbles). Dip bubble wand and get ready for some good, clean fun!
GREASY HAIR PROBLEMS
Kids get into the darnedest things! Like Vaseline and baby oil rubbed into their hair! Dawn is mild enough to use on their hair and strong enough to remove the most stubborn grease.
HAIR PRODUCT BUILDUP
Once a month use original Dawn as you would shampoo. It will remove excess oil from your hair and scalp and strip away any build-up of styling products without any damage. Perform this once a month and you won?t have to buy expensive salon products that do the same thing.
Soak fingers in full-strength blue Dawn. It makes the cuticles soft and easy to work with. And it removes the natural oil from the fingernails, which allows the polish to adhere very well.
REPEL HOUSEPLANT INSECTS
A safe, effective way to repel insects from your houseplants, including aphids, spider mites and mealy bugs. Put a drop of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid in a spray bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with water, shake well, and mist your household plants with the soapy water.
CLEAN YOUR WINDOWS
Try this recipe from Merry Maids: mix 3 drops Dawn in 1 gallon water and fill a spray bottle with the solution. Spritz and wipe as you would with any window cleaner.
PETS AND PESTS
Use it to bathe the dogs. It kills fleas on contact and is much cheaper than expensive dog shampoos.
CLEAN AUTOMOTIVE TOOLS
After you have finished your automotive repair project, soak your dirty tools in Dawn before you put them away to remove all the oil and grime. Dawn also helps prevent rust from forming on the tools.
Partially fill a strong zip-type sandwich bag with Dawn dishwashing liquid, close and freeze. The liquid soap stays cold much longer and it can be re-frozen many times. It will conform to the place you need an ice pack.
TUB AND SHOWER CLEANER
Take a spray bottle and fill it halfway with white vinegar. Heat in the microwave. Fill the rest of the way with blue Dawn. Put lid on and shake to mix well. Spray on your tub and shower walls. Allow to sit for a few minutes and rinse away. It will totally melt all the gunk, slime, sludge and other stuff that builds up including a bathtub ring.
Spray counter-tops, cupboards and any other area where you see ants with a solution of Dawn and water. Wipe dry. The slight residue of Dawn that remains will not be a problem at all for kids or pets, but ants hate it. Should you see a trail of ants, go ahead and hit them with the Dawn spray.
STRIPPING CLOTH DIAPERS
Add a squirt or two of original Dawn dish soap to your washer and run a hot wash, then rinse until there are no more bubbles. Dawn is a degreasing agent and helps stripping by removing oily residue. Be sure to rinse, rinse, rinse until the water runs clear.
A cup of Dawn detergent poured into a clogged toilet allowed to sit for 15 minutes and then followed with a bucket of hot water poured from waist height will clear out the toilet.
Poison ivy spreads through the spread of the oil within the blisters. Washing the affected area with Dawn, especially on children who keep scratching the blister?s open, helps dry up the fluid, AND keep it from spreading.
If you have gasoline or motor oil stains on your driveway, you can use the kitty litter method to clean up the excess oil and then use a scrub broom and a solution of biodegradable Dawn dishwashing detergent and warm water to safely and effectively remove excess motor oil from the pavement.
Dawn makes a great facial cleanser for oily skin. A drop or two combined with warm water will do the trick.
PAINT OR GREASE REMOVER FOR HANDS
Dawn combined with corn oil makes for the perfect paint or grease remover. Simply combine a little bit of both in your hands then rub it over affected areas. The corn oil and the dishwashing liquid both help to dissolve the grease and paint ? yet leave skin soft, unlike harsher paint removers.
CLEANING THE KIDDIE POOL
Plastic wading pools can get very gunky, very fast. Dump the water, then scrub the pool with Dawn and a sponge. More potent cleaners like bleach will weaken and dry out the plastic in the sun.
Merry Maids recommends using a drop of Dawn in water to clean ceramic tile and no-wax/linoleum floors. You can also use the spray on:
? Bathroom and kitchen counters and sinks.
? Woodwork, e.g., baseboards, shelves, and wainscoting. (Dry as you go?wood doesn?t like prolonged contact with water.)
? Tubs and toilet seats.
LAUNDRY PRE-TREATER FOR OILY STAINS
For oil-based stains such as lipstick, grease, butter, motor oil, cooking oil, and some pen inks, simply apply some Dawn dishwashing liquid directly to the stain and scrub with a small brush or toothbrush until the oil is removed, and then launder as usual.
STAIN REMOVER #2
1 tsp. Dawn dishwashing detergent, 3-4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, a couple tablespoons of baking soda. Scrub on with a scrubbing brush.
Sliding glass doors, door knobs, hinges etc. It lasts much longer than any aerosol type spray that I have tried. And Its non-toxic! It does a great job of cleaning the parts that its lubricating as well!
For icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won?t refreeze. No more salt eating at the concrete in your sidewalks
Squirt Dawn down the middle of the pool and all of the dirt, suntan lotion, etc. will move to the edges of the pool for easy clean up! AND it makes the pools sparkle.
Simply rub a small drop of Dawn on eyeglass lenses, and wipe clean. It will leave a very thin film that will prevent them from fogging up.
Cover greasy footprints on shower floors with a coating of Dawn; let sit overnight. Scrub away the gunk in the morning with a stiff brush.
APHID CONTROL ON FRUIT TREES
Mix two tablespoons Dawn to a gallon of water and put in your sprayer. Try to get spray both sides of the leaves, branches and the tree trunks. Let sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse the trees THOROUGHLY!
IMHO, the following essential oils cover a nice variety of health issues. I have a pretty large stockpile of OTC and Rx medicines, but every prepper knows it's smart to have back-ups for your back-ups!
These would be my top picks for when TEOTWAWKI happens:
1. Four Thieves Blend
Four Thieves synergy blend was created based on the historical account of four thieves in France who protected themselves from the black plague with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing victims of the killer disease. When captured, they were offered a lighter sentence in exchange for their secret recipe. Four Thieves oil blend includes Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Rosemary, Lemon and Eucalyptus and has been specially blended to offer the same kind of defense.
2. Exhale Blend
Exhale is fresh, minty and citrus and a respiratory blend for common respiratory issues. It can help you to not only exhale, but to breathe with ease, by helping to cleanse and soothe the airways. This notable blend has a pleasant aroma, is calming to the senses and perfect for night time diffusion allowing for peaceful sleep. Contains: Eucalyptus, Lemon, Peppermint, Ravensara and Tea Tree
3. Head Ease Blend
Head Ease is minty, earthy and clear and a tension relief blend created for the discomforts associated with headaches to provide calming comfort. This therapeutic blend of dynamic and active oils help fight tension, so you can relax. Contains: Basil, Chamomile, Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram and Wintergreen.
The therapeutic properties of Frankincense include use as an antiseptic, astringent, carminative, digestive, diuretic, sedative, tonic and expectorant. Frankincense is said to help rejuvenate the aging skin, and is effective with bacterial and fungal infections. The anti-inflammatory property of this oil is reputed to be an effective treatment for joint pain and arthritis. Frankincense can also be used as an insect repellent and is also widely used in cosmetics and soap manufacturing. It has a grounding aroma, and often used in medication.
Due to high carvacol and thymol content, it is considered to be "nature's cure all" as it is reputed to have potent antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties. In topical applications, it can be used to treat itches, skin infections, cuts and wounds; and because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is effective against swelling and pain caused by rheumatism. For aromatherapy purposes, it is useful in blends to treat symptoms associated with colds, flues, bronchitis and other respiratory ailments. It can also be used as a fragrance component in soaps, colognes and perfumes, especially men's fragrances.
6. Lemon Myrtle
An extremely potent antibacterial and germicide, Lemon Myrtle is reputed to be a much more effective germ killer than the more familiar Tea Tree.
Helichrysum is extremely respected for its skin healing properties. It is commonly applied to burns, older sun-damaged skin, and to minimize scarring. It is very effective as an anti-microbial agent, anti-fungal agent, and for use in creams and lotions due to its ability to filter UV rays. Helichrysum Oil can be used to soothe away deep emotional stress and diffuse anger and destructive feelings.
Eden's Garden Carrier Oils
Carrier Oils on Amazon
Just when I thought I'd seen it all!
I'm not saying I'd trade my DivaCup in for this, but it's interesting!
These are used just as you?d use tampons, except they?re re-usable and biodegradable. You can either buy the ones made specifically for use as tampons or you can simply buy sea sponges, sterilize them, and make your own for a fraction of the cost.
Read more at: Survivorpedia: Female Items
Amazon: Sea Sponge Tampons
Amazon: Regular Sea Sponges
101 Ways to Use Essential Oils
1. Put 5 drops of your favorite Essential Oil on a cotton ball and place in your vacuum cleaner bag. Try Peppermint, Spearmint, Cassia, Purification or Pine. Geranium can help with doggy odor.
2. Soak dishcloth overnight in a bowl of water and a few drops of Lemon to disinfect and kill germs.
3. Kitchen sink scrub? Mix ? cup baking soda, ? cup vinegar and 5 drops each of Bergamot and Lime. Put mixture in sink and scrub. Wash down with warm water.
4. Place 1-3 drops of Four Thieves, Purification or Hope on a cotton ball and place on bottom of trash can or diaper pail. It cuts back on odors and kills germs.
5. To clean and increase shelf life of fresh fruit, fill a bowl with cool water and 2-6 drops of Lemon. Drop washed fruit into the water and stir.
6. Use 1-2 drops Lemon to remove gum, oil, glue, adhesive or crayon from most surfaces.
7. For a carpet deodorizer? Add 5-10 drops of Lemon, Lavender, Geranium, Peppermint or Ylang Ylang to a box of baking soda. Mix well and sprinkle over carpets. Let sit for an hour or more and then vacuum. Also try Calming or Harmony.
8. To dispel of household cooking odors add a few drops of Clove, Cinnamon, Adoration, Peace or any citrus Essential Oil to a simmering pan of purified water.
9. Bathroom refresher? Put Key Lime, Calming or Purification on a cotton ball and place behind toilet.
10. When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add Lime, Grapefruit, Bergamot or Lemongrass to the final rinse water.
11. For general purpose cleaning? Mix 1 cup vinegar, 2 cups purified water and 10 drops of Cleaning in a spray bottle. Great for mirrors, granite and general cleaning.
12. To help keep squirrels, spiders or mice away place 3-6 drops of Peppermint on a cotton ball at the place they enter.
13. To help keep flies away? Mix 25 drops of Peppermint or Lavender with 16 oz. purified water in large spray bottle. Can be used on counter tops, windows and doors. Shake well before each use.
14. Try Edens Garden Scent Ball Plug-In Diffuser in the home or office. Designed for ease and safety, no water or flame needed. Try Clove, Jasmine, Balance, Joy, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang or Sweet Orange. Great to use if selling your home!
15. Remove cigarette smoke spray? Put 4 drops each of Rosemary, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus in a spray bottle with water. Shake well before each use.
16. Place a few drops of your favorite Essential Oil on the furnace filter; turn on the furnace fan to fill your home with a wonderful aroma. Try Vanilla, Pine, Cypress, Hope, Cinnamon Bark or Cassia during the holidays.
17. Mix a 10 ml bottle of Peppermint into a gallon can of paint to help dispel the fumes.
18. To keep a car smelling fresh, try Edens Garden Electric Car Diffuser. Add 2-8 drops of Essential Oil to the pad provided and insert pad into diffuser. Try Stress Relief, Key Lime, Joy, Balance, Adoration or Sensation.
19. A common way to use Essential Oils is by burning them in an oil burner. Mix 5-10 drops of your favorite Essential Oil and purified water in bowl provided. Then place tea light in the specified area and light. Try Joy or Peace blend.
20. Add 10-20 drops of Essential Oil to 16 oz. purified water in a spray bottle and use as an air freshener. For general use, add Lavender. Shake well before each use.
21. Pine, Frankincense, Sage and Myrrh all make wonderful firewood oils. Put 8-10 drops of Essential Oil on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire (Do not drop Essential Oils on log while fire is burning).
22. Smelly shoes? Place a few drops of Geranium directly into shoes or place a cotton ball dabbed with a few drops of Lemon, Cleaning or Four Thieves into shoes to freshen them up.
23. Send your Holiday letter scented with Cassia, Cinnamon Leaf or Fir Needle. Place a few drops of oil on paper and put letters in a plastic bag. Seal and leave overnight to infuse the aroma. Try on bookmarks and stationary too. Essential Oils can leave residue on paper, please sample first.
24. For wonderful smelling towels, sheets and clothes, place 10-15 drops of Essential Oil onto a small piece of terry cloth and toss into the dryer while drying. Or add 5 drops Essential Oil to water and place in the center cup of the washer. Try Lavender, Ylang Ylang or Rose Geranium. Eucalyptus is great at combating mites.
25. Essential Oils promote alertness and stimulate memory. Inhale Grapefruit, Invigorate, Peppermint or Stay Alert occasionally while driving, reading or studying. Basil and Bergamot are said to help with concentration. Inhale during the day to increase focus.
26. To add aroma to a candle, place a few drops of your favorite oil into the hot melted wax as the candle burns. Try 3 drops each of Sweet Orange and Vanilla. For insect repellent try Citronella or Lemon Eucalyptus (Do not drop oil in candle while candle is lit).
27. Lavender and Grapefruit are both wonderful for the office. Place a few drops of each or both on the pad of an Edens Garden Plug-In Diffuser and plug into outlet. Also, try our Stress Relief, Balance, Calming and Relaxation to help create a peaceful environment.
28. Cold sores and blisters? Mix 1 drop of Four Thieves with 1 drop of an EGCO and apply to cold sore or blister 3 times a day or as needed until gone.
29. Nausea? Mix 1 drop Peppermint, Patchouli, Ginger or Nutmeg with 4 drops of an EGCO and place drops behind each ear and around navel 2-3 times hourly.
30. Sore feet? Mix 10 drops Vetiver, Patchouli or Peppermint with 1 tbsp. Epson salt and add to hot water in a basin large enough for footbath. Also try Harmony or Calming.
31. Teeth grinding? Massage 1-3 drops of Lavender and Valerian on bottom of feet each night before bed.
32. Cold and flu? Rub 1 drop of Four Thieves mixed with 1 drop of an EGCO to the bottom of feet to enhance the immune system.
33. Yoga mat cleanser? Mix 12 drops Sweet Orange, 6 drops Tea Tree and 6 drops Lavender with 4 oz. of purified water in a spray bottle. Shake the bottle and mist over your mat. Wipe clean with a soft towel before and after each use. Also try with Cleaning blend.
34. Menstrual cramps? Mix 2 drops of Clary Sage, Basil, Rosemary or Sage with 8 drops of an EGCO and apply on lower abdomen. Apply a warm moist hand towel for 10-15 minutes.
35. Headache? Mix 2 drops of Peppermint, Wintergreen, Roman Chamomile or Spearmint with 2 drops of an EGCO. Apply on back of neck, behind ears, on temples, forehead and under nose.
36. Fir Needle clears the lungs, nasal passages and sinuses. Mix 3 drops with 3 drops of an EGCO and massage onto chest.
37. Neck pain massage? Mix 1 drop of Birch, Basil, Elemi or Copaiba with 3 drops of an EGCO and rub onto neck.
38. Circulation bath? Use 8-10 drops of Neroli in bath water regularly. Try mixing with Epson salt as well!
39. Apply Lavender or Tea Tree directly to cuts, scrapes or scratches. You can also put 20 drops in a 4 oz. spray bottle with purified water and spray directly on wound.
40. 6-8 drops of Eucalyptus, Purification or Renew in the bath cools the body in summer and protects in winter.
41. Inhale the aroma of Peppermint to curb the appetite and lessen the impulse to overeat.
42. Overindulge last night? Juniper Berry, Cedarwood, Grapefruit, Lavender, Rosemary and Lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Create your own blend of these oils and use 6-8 drops in a warm bath.
43. To help with snoring? Mix 3 drops of Thyme with 3 drops of an EGCO and apply to the soles of your feet at bedtime.
44. Jaw massage? Rub 1-2 drops of Harmony or Relaxation with 1-2 drops of an EGCO into the soft spot just below your ear lobe to release tension.
45. Try inhaling Peppermint before or during a workout to help boost mood and reduce fatigue.
46. For colds? Add 2-4 drops each of Lavender, Rosemary and Eucalyptus to 1 cup milk or cream. Pour into warm bath and soak.
47. To bring fever down, sponge the body with cool water to which 1-3 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Lavender have been added.
48. Coffee replacement? Try placing a drop of Stay Alert or Purification in the palm of your hands, rub hands together and place them over mouth and nose, take 6 deep breaths.
49. To help ease a tension headache, massage 1-2 drops of Lavender onto the neck or temples.
50. For aching joints/tired muscles? Mix 1 drop Eucalyptus, Sage and Basil with 12 drops of an EGCO and apply to muscles/joints.
51. For better sleep, place cotton ball with 1-2 drops of Roman Chamomile and Lavender next to pillow.
52. Arthritis or stiff joints? Mix 2 drops each of Wintergreen, Cypress and Lemongrass with 2 tbsp. of an EGCO. Massage into area as needed. Shake well before each use.
53. Nail strengthening recipe? Mix 10 drops each of Frankincense, Myrrh and Lemon to 2 tbsp. Vitamin E oil. Mix ingredients together and store in amber glass bottle. Rub on nail cuticles twice a week.
54. Wrinkle reducing blend? Mix 5 drops Sandalwood, 4 drops Geranium, 3 drops Lavender and 6 drops of Frankincense with an EGCO and apply to area. Keep away from eyes.
55. Clogged pores? Apply 2-4 drops Lemon, Tea Tree or Sweet Orange to affected area and gently remove with cotton ball.
56. Dandruff blend? Mix 5 drops Lemon, 2 drops Lavender, 1 drop Rosemary and 2 drops Peppermint with 2 tbsp. of an EGCO. Massage into scalp thoroughly for 1-2 minutes, leave on scalp for 10 minutes. Shampoo hair as usual.
57. Stretch marks? Mix 5 drops Frankincense, Myrrh, Coriander or French Lavender with 5 drops of an EGCO and massage on stretch marks 2 times a day.
58. Face moisturizer? Mix 1 drop of Elemi, Frankincense or Lavender with an EGCO for an evening moisturizer before bed.
59. Natural facial scrub? Mix ? cup plain yogurt, ? cup cornmeal and 5 drops each of Patchouli, Grapefruit and Lavender. Store any unused mixture in the refrigerator and use within a few days.
60. Skin toner? Mix 8 oz. purified water, 2 drops each of Lavender, Palmarosa and Rosewood in clean bottle. Apply the toner to skin with a cotton ball after cleansing. Shake well before each use.
61. Place 1-2 drops of Rosemary or Carrot on hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.
62. Perfume? Mix 25 drops of French Lavender, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Geranium, Adoration, Balance or Lavender to 1 oz. of good quality vodka. Let age 2 weeks before using. Apply as a spray on neck, wrists, behind knees or ears.
63. Stress soothing massage oil? Mix 2 drops each of Lavender, Ylang Ylang, German Chamomile and Bergamot with 5 tsp. of an EGCO. Stir mixture and massage onto body.
64. Dry hair hot oil conditioner? Mix 15 drops Rosewood and 5 drops each Sandalwood, Geranium and Lavender and 4 tbsp. of an EGCO. Place mixture in small plastic bag and place the bag in a hot cup of water for 1 minute to warm. Apply, then wrap hair in a towel for 20 minutes. Wash hair as normal.
65. Hair loss help blend? Mix 3 drops each of Rosemary, Cedarwood and Lavender with 2 oz. Jojoba Carrier Oil in a container and shake well. Massage into hair and scalp for 5 minutes. Leave on hair for 1 hour, then wash. Use 1-2 times per week.
66. Sunscreen? Mix 5 drops each of Myrrh and Carrot with 10 drops of an EGCO and apply for 40 SPF.
67. Oily hair repair blend? Mix 9 drops each of Ylang Ylang, Lime and Rosemary with 2 tbsp. of an EGCO. Mix all ingredients then massage into hair/scalp. Wash hair as normal. Use 2-3 times per week.
68. Natural lotion? Mix 8 oz. unscented lotion with 10 drops of Myrrh, 15 drops Geranium and 5 drops Ylang Ylang. Keep in an airtight container. Be creative, there are many combinations to make.
69. Ringworm? Mix 3 drops each of Tea Tree and Spearmint and 1 drop each of Peppermint and Rosemary with 10 drops of an EGCO and massage over affected area 2-4 times daily.
70. Head lice blend? Mix 3 drops each of Thyme, Lavender and Geranium with 10 drops of an EGCO and apply to scalp. Massage onto entire scalp, cover with disposable shower cap and leave on for ? hour. Shampoo and rinse well.
71. Blisters? Mix 2 drops Tea Tree with 2 drops of an EGCO and apply to blistered area 3-5 times daily as needed.
72. Bruises and scrapes? Mix 1 drop Clove and 4 drops Lavender with 5 drops of an EGCO. Apply 1-4 times daily as needed to affected area.
73. Sunburn (1st degree/no blisters)? Mix 2 drops of Lavender, Rose or Roman Chamomile with 1 tbsp. of an EGCO and apply 1-3 drops with cotton ball to affected area to help reduce inflammation.
74. Sprain? Mix 2 drops each of Basil, Pine, Kanuka and Wintergreen with 6 drops of an EGCO and apply to affected area 3-5 times daily.
75. Poison oak/ivy? Mix 3 drops of Peppermint or Wintergreen with 3 drops of an EGCO and apply to affected area twice daily.
76. Insect repellent? Mix 6 drops Peppermint, 6 drops Tea Tree and 9 drops Citronella with 1 tbsp. of an EGCO. Apply to exposed skin as needed.
77. Overactive children? Diffuse Peace, Calming, Lavender or Relaxation. Also, try applying it to bottom of feet daily.
78. Bee sting/insect bite? Apply 1-2 drops of Lavender, Peppermint or Wintergreen on a bee sting/insect bite to help with itching and swelling.
79. Nervous/anxious ease blend? Mix 3 drops of Jasmine or Sweet Marjoram with 9 drops of an EGCO and use as a body lotion daily.
80. Feeling a little down? Place 1-3 drops of Adoration, Balance, Joy, Stress Relief, Harmony or Hope in the palm of your hands, rub hands together and cup hands over mouth and nose. Take 6 slow deep breaths and think of a moment in the last week you really enjoyed.
81. The aroma of Rose can provide alleviation from depressive symptoms. It can be used in baths, inhalations and aromatherapy burners to provide a mood boost during times of stress and fatigue.
82. Inhale 6-12 deep breaths of Frankincense before bed time and meditate on your day for a ?Good Night.? Frankincense is said to create clarity of mind, calm the emotions and enhance spiritual awareness.
83. Use Myrrh, Frankincense, Myrtle or Cypress to pray and anoint each other as seen in the Bible verse ?call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.?
84. The Great King David used Hyssop when he prayed the prayer in Psalm 51:10 ?Create in me a clean heart oh God and renew a right spirit within me...? Apply Hyssop with an EGCO to temples and neck and pray the same.
85. Cassia and Cinnamon are in God?s Holy anointing oil described in scriptures Exodus 30:22-31. Try smelling them before going to place of worship.
86. Queen Esther, (Esther 2:12) was massaged with Myrrh for 6 months in preparation for her marriage to the king. Massage on with an EGCO or inhale.
87. Spikenard was poured over Jesus? feet days before he died. Inhale ancient and spiritual Spikenard while meditating on the sacrifice of the cross.
88. Before yoga inhale Meditation, Relaxation, Balance or Harmony for an enhanced experience.
89. Bridal shower gift? Aphrodisiac, Sensation, Rose and Love for the bride! Can be used for romantic baths, with a Scent Ball Plug-In Wall Diffuser or as a perfume on neck and wrists.
90. Bridal shower love potion gift? Place 20 drops of Sandalwood, 4 drops of Cocoa, 1 drop Rose in a container to be used as a perfume. Also try ?Cocoa Vanilla Bliss? lotion? Place 40 drops Cocoa and 10 drops Vanilla and mix in 4 oz. of an EGCO for a sweet lotion.
91. Baby shower gift? Scent Ball Plug-In Wall Diffuser with Lavender or French Lavender to bring calming to a mother and baby! Perfect for the baby?s room.
92. Newly pregnant mother?s gift! Morning sickness can be aided with Sweet Orange, Lemon, Peppermint, or Ginger. Can be inhaled straight from the bottle or diluted with your favorite EGCO to be rubbed on tummy.
93. Father?s Day gift? Stress Relief or Relaxation for car with Edens Garden Electric Car Diffuser will fill car and encourage mood to and from work.
94. A birthday is a great time to give the basics in Essential Oils. Try Edens Garden most popular Top 6 Basic Essential Oil Set.
95. Birthday bath salts? Mix 1 cup each of Epson salt and baking soda and 20-30 drops of Essential Oil. Try Adoration, Joy, French Lavender or Ylang Ylang. Use ? cup per bath. Put it in a cute container or mason jar.
96. House warming gifts? Make French Lavender bags for wardrobe by sewing material in squares and dropping oil on them to be placed in closets and drawers.
97. Winter holiday gift? Spruce, Cinnamon, Clove, Pine, Fir Needle and Vanilla fill the home with comfort and love. Great with an Eden Garden Scent Ball Plug-In Wall Diffuser or to place a few drops in simmering hot water on the stove to fill the house with holiday cheer!
98. Mix Four Thieves and purified water in spray bottle to kill germs. Great places to spray are in front of the A/C unit and allow mixture to go through filter, on bed covers, sheets, pillowcases and even on public toilets.
99. Bring Lavender and Chamomile with you on planes to help calm little travelers that may feel cooped up. Place on their wrists or a tissue and inhale.
100. Immune boost? Mix 1 drop Oregano with 4 drops of an EGCO and rub on the bottom of feet to help boost immune system when flying on a plane with possible sick people.
101. Peppermint can ease motion sickness. Rub 2 drops of Peppermint on abdomen area or inhale to help alleviate.
Eden's Garden: 101 Ways to Use Essential Oils
We don't but would like to hear responses too!
DH bought one years ago at Walmart and it desperately needs to be replaced.
Are you looking for 6 or 12 volt?
Hello friends! I am searching for batteries once used in a cell tower or other battery bank application. They need to be 100 amp hours or larger and still have good life left. I live in the Houston area, does anyone know where I can find these? I am looking for good quality at discount prices. Any help will be greatly appreciated!
For years I've wanted to dabble in essential oils. The problem, they're SO DANG EXPENSIVE!
Thanks to some friends, I've found a trustworthy company who sells the same quality product for much less! The reason their costs are low is because they are NOT an MLM (multi-level marketing) company. No middle man; you purchase directly from the company. Just click on the link and check them out for yourselves.
Your BEST value is their Set of 6 Gift Set. You can purchase 6 (10 ml) oils for $22. Not all of their oils are available with this set, but plenty to get you started.
Create Your Own Gift Set
My biggest thrill was getting my hands on Thieves oil for a fraction of the cost of other companies!
Prepared, not scared!