First Aid Kits

First Aid Kit
Photo by Marcin Wichary

One thing about online conversations, they flow, mutate, change subject, often entertaining and educational. Nothing wrong with going out on a related tangent. When I asked my question about West Nile Virus and mosquitoes, we started to talk about herbal remedies and essential oils. Women in Networking herbal expert Faye Durham did a great job educating us.

One of the bonus answers was about first aid kits. I still need to update the ones in our house and the little ones in the cars. Faye provided us with a great list:

“The most obvious benefits of using essential oils are related to health conditions that are common in modern life. In the search for cures and remedies for afflictions ranging from herpes to stress-induced symptoms, we can find unexpected healing through the use of simple and inexpensive essential oils.

As Heidi mentioned, it’s a good idea to be prepared to render first aid to yourself and family members. It’s really okay to love ourselves enough to alleviate pain and suffering at the source.

I have a First Aid Kit in the kitchen, one in the bathroom, and one in the car. In case of emergency, having all the items I need in the same location has made a huge difference. In addition to the items listed below, all First Aid Kits need:

2 pairs of latex or other sterile gloves (if allergic to latex)

Sterile dressings to stop bleeding

Adhesive bandages

Eye wash solution


Prescription medication

Cell phone



Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant


List courtesy of

Here’s a Cold-and-flu Rescue Kit that I have used for years. Most of the items are contained in Young Living’s Golden Touch 1 Kit:

THIEVES—proven to kill airborne bacteria –was tested at Weber State University to have a 99.96% kill rate against airborne bacteria. Can be diffused, added to water as a mouthwash or a gargle for sore throats. Put a drop or two in water and drink to combat parasites, flu virus. Massage 2 drops into soles of each foot daily for Immune Building.

DI-GIZE—great for stomach flu! Blended specifically with oils noted for their effects on the digestive system. It has been studied for its effects against parasites as well as for its enzyme support capabilities. Di-Tone can be soothing for cramps, colic, bloating and indigestion. Apply and rub in a few drops over stomach area..

RAVEN—nurtures lungs and bronchials – is an antiseptic blend of essential oils that can be soothing and purifying to the respiratory tract, including the lungs, bronchials, and throat. Diffuse, apply on vita flex points of feet or directly on location.

R.C.—for respiratory congestion! a blend of four eucalyptus oils that has been studied for its effects on supporting and strengthening the respiratory system. Diffuse, apply to vita flex points on feet or directly over area of concern.

ENDO-FLEX— supports thyroids and adrenals. Oil blend may help overall vitality, and improve and balance metabolism. Apply to vita flex points of feet and on the abdomen. May also help with Hot Flashes!

MELROSE—kills fungus and molds! includes two medicinal-grade melaleuca oils that are renowned for their antiseptic properties. The blend can be used to cleanse cuts, scrapes, rashes, insect bites and stressed tissue. Apply directly over are of concern. Put a drop on toothbrush and on gums to help reduce yeast in the body and Candida.

JUVA-FLEX— liver and digestive support! Juva-Flex is a combination of oils that have been studied for their effect on the liver and digestion. Juva-Flex oil has also been known to help people to over come tobacco and alcohol addictions. Apply to vita flex point for the liver

OREGANO OIL ? defeats viruses! Georgetown Univ Medical Center reports that Therapeutic Grade Oregano withstands all know viruses and bacteria. Massage into Feet!

NINGXIA RED JUICE ? Proven by Brunswick Labs to be highest Antioxidant Food anywhere! Contains high levels of Ellagic Acid?Studied for its effect on Cancer Cells at Hollings Cancer Institute at University of North Carolina. One Ounce a Day may help keep doctors away!

INNER DEFENSE — Energizes the Immune System and systemic defenses. Powerful Essential Oil combination of Thieves, Oregano and Thyme. I always keep a couple of bottles of this on hand to take at the first sign of cold symptoms. I have lost count of the number of times it has resolved a cold overnight.

THIEVES WATERLESS HAND PURIFIER — An all natural hand cleanser containing powerful antimicrobial oils such as Cinnamon, Clove, Lemon and Rosemary.

A few more suggestions to save the day.

Cleansing Agent – Purification helps calm minor insect bites, cuts, and scrapes.

Minor Burns – Lavender and LavaDerm are the best essential oil for calming minor burns. I always keep a bottle of lavender in the kitchen and in my purse.

Pain Relief – Helichrysum, Copaiba, Deep Relief Roll-On. I keep Deep Relief Roll-On on the nightstand and apply behind the ears down the carotid arteries and spine to nourish muscles, nerves, and preserve neck and spinal health.

The quality of the essential oil matters whether you are applying them to humans or animals. For example, Young Living Essential Oils are the only essential oils that are safe to apply to cats so when others tell you not to use their oils on cats, they are right. You may not see the expected therapeutic results unless you are using 100% therapeutic grade oils.

Essential oils are so versatile and empowering. I can’t imagine life without them.

I look forward to hearing what you find.

To Our Outreach October,

Faye Durham

Beyond Ordinary Health
Young Living Essential Oils

I love how social media answers questions. Thanks Faye!

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Blood Suckers and West Nile Virus

Photo by Nick Kulas

After a couple people in my local area came down with the West Nile Virus, and the mosquitoes still quite numerous, I asked a few places about avoiding the West Nile Virus.

At the Survival Podcast forum I got various statistics on various insect propellants and tests as to which was best from a military physician.

1st Permethrin treated clothes with DEET 30% on remaining exposed skin
2nd – Permethrin treated clothes
3rd – DEET 30%
4th – Picaridin (very close to DEET 30%)

Now I don’t mind using these while hiking in a chigger and tick infested area, but not wanting to put on repellant every time I walk into my yard. Still good to know what works and that there was no need to use more than 30% DEET.

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Bea Kunz came to the rescue, here is her answer from Ryze:

“As you know I’m outside more than inside during the parts of the year that the nasty feeders are fond of.

We don’t have a lot but enough to command action to keep them from breeding.

Some of the best ways to do this is; No standing water in containers that does not drain well and quickly.

Ponds and birdbath’s must be kept clean and have good filtration or circulation.

Build Bat houses on your property or in your yard.
Bats eat thousands of the insects every day.

Encourage toads, frogs and lizards on your property…also dine on the mosquitoe and the larva.

I use Essential oils for repellents and for after the bite if I happen to get one.

Thai lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) is a very effective repellent if it will grow in your area. It will also grow well in greenhouse settings or in a pot.

It contains an ingredient very similar to citronella oil, I use it in cooking and to keep the mosquitoe’s away…works better than citronella, safe and easy and clean to use.

Take one stalk of fresh lemon grass (grip it near the ground and give it a sharp sideways tug to break it off from the clump), peel off the outer leaves, snap off the grass blades behind the swollen stem at the base. Bend the stem between your fingers, loosening it, then rub it vigorously between your palms so that it breaks into a kind of fibrous juicy mass, and rub this over all exposed skin, covering thoroughly at least once. Pleasant on the skin and effective for me…100%…99% of the time.

Can also make a tincture that can be used as a spray.

Once you have a bit, and as soon as possible, wash with something cleansing, dry and rub with Chickweed cream, Tea Tree Oil or in my case I use the leaves from Lemon Balm to rub the bite, kills the nasties and stops the itch.

I’m sure Faye can enlighten us a lot about other oils for this purpose.

Most of the country has the extra large mosquitoe’s this year and not sure what they impart when they have you for dinner.

Another important reason for building and maintaining a strong immune system….we can’t always avoid being infected with something out of our control, but, if our immune system is strong it makes a huge difference how it impacts our health. ( lighten up on the sugar and processed foods…the biggest enemy of our immune system)

Have an OutReach October weekend~

Bea Kunz

Great info from two very diverse viewpoints, solid information on both sides. Yeah for crowd sourced answers! Now to tackle those blood suckers!

Lemon Grass
Lemon Grass by Cliff1066

Why Does the Spacing in My Blog Post Look Weird?

This is one question I’m asked a lot. If you compose a nicely formated post in word or some other program, copy and paste into your blog, you may get some strange consequences. Sometimes the spacing isn’t right. Other times, the font doesn’t match rest of your blog. Not as pretty as you expected. Yuck, What happened? My blog is possessed!

Many times I’ve typed a post, hit the wrong button, my cat walked over my keyboard. (Don’t you dare hack up another hairball on my keyboard again!!!) Or maybe on of the kids handed me something while I was typing. So sad to see those words disappear. Not as much fun to re-type as it was to create in the first place. No undo button in the blog. 🙁

Makes sense to compose your posts in your word processor. It is a little more forgiving.

Most blogs styles are set up with css. CSS is very cool. It tells your website what colors, fonts, etc. to use. Imagine changing just the color of your website which has grown to 100+ pages. Do you really want to go to each page and change the html code on each? Not me. Enter CSS. Change the style sheet and all your pages change at once. Pretty cool!

Now here is the thing. Those word programs format contains all kinds of code telling what font to use, size, color etc. When your copy from that program, all the formatting comes with it. You paste it into your blog and the formatting code gets added in, and often the results aren’t what you were wanting.

If you really want to see how ugly it looks, I will give you an example from Blogger:

< em >< span style="color: rgb(153, 51, 0);" >There are few things more basic (or tastier) than freshly cooked, light and fluffy rice.< /span>< /em>< /strong>

When all you needed was the words:

There are few things more basic (or tastier) than freshly cooked, light and fluffy rice.

Go to your edit post page, and click on the edit html code button and you’ll see what I mean. All kinds of extra stuff thrown in.


When you copy from your word processing program, see if there is a way to copy without formatting. I know Firefox has such an option, maybe some word processor does too.

Or simply copy your words into notebook, it dumps the formating, then copy and past into your blog. And you’ll have the added benefit of uniform posts. Of course if you want to get wacky and change something you can always insert a little html code into your posts.

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