Survival Uses For Castor Oil Nobody Told You About

I am old enough to remember when a heaping tablespoon of castor oil was the cure all for  everything.  Constipated?   A week overdue with that baby?  Well, slurp down a tablespoon of castor oil and  everything will slide right on out.  Ugh.  Luckily, there are ways to use castor oil that won’t offend your taste buds, or keep you running to the john for hours.  Here are  Survival Uses for Castor Oil Nobody Told You About.

Survival Uses For Castor Oil

What IS Castor Oil?

Castor Oil is made from the seeds of the castor plant. You  find castor oil in immunosuppressive drugs, chemotherapy drugs,  ointments and skin treatments.  As a matter of fact, add a bit of castor oil to a batch of cold process soap and increase it’s lather!

What Is The Shelf Life Of Castor Oil?

Because of it’s long shelf life and low price tag, castor oil should be a staple in your survival prepping. It will stay fresh for  five years. Pretty impressive, eh?  BTW, this is *this post contains affiliate links the best price on Castor Oil I’ve found!

Uses For Castor Oil

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*Treat external hemorrhoids. Soak a cotton pad in castor oil, then leave on the affected area for 15 minutes.

*Remove skin tags with castor oil and baking soda. Simply make a paste of castor oil and baking soda and completely cover the skin tag. Place a bandaid on top so the mixture doesn’t get wiped off.  Repeat three times a day, for one to three weeks. The castor oil and baking soda absorb the moisture from the skin tag, drying it up. Results will vary.

*Castor Oil For Sun Burn Relief: Mix castor oil with an equal amount of coconut oil and apply to affected area.

*Castor Oil for Lip Balms :Replace the oils in your lip balm recipe with half castor oil and half coconut oil, for dry chapped lips.

PRO TIP: All Natural Lip Balms are sort of our thing!  You may enjoy these homemade lip balm recipes:

DIY Raspberry Lemonade Lip Balm

Homemade Beeswax and Honey Lip Balm

*Using a cotton swab, dab castor oil on to pimples at night. As it penetrates into the skin, it fights bacteria overgrowth that cause acne.

*Castor Oil’s natural anti-inflammatory properties make it the PERFECT massage carrier oil for aching joints or muscles.  Add a little Turmeric to your castor oil, for greater benefits.

*To help clear up dandruff, massage one Tablespoon of castor oil with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil with the juice of half a lemon and apply to the scalp. Wait 30 minutes then wash hair. The antifungal and antibacterial properties of castor oil help clear up dandruff and scalp infections.

Uses For Castor Oil In The Kitchen and Home

*Lubricate kitchen tools. Since castor oil can be ingested, it’s an ideal lubricant for anything that comes into contact with food, like kitchen shears.

*Actually, uses for castor oil in the home are many, as you can use it to lubricate with no worries about kid or pets as it is non-toxic!

Uses For Castor Oil The Garden

Send voles, moles and armadillos on the run with castor oil. Now, castor oil won’t kill these pests, but it’s horrible smell and taste will encourage them to find new homes!

Mix 2 parts castor oil and 1 part *this post contains affiliate links all natural liquid soap. This will be your MASTER BASE.

Next, take 2 Tablespoons of your MASTER BASE and mix it with a gallon of water.  Finally, spray directly on the SOIL in the affected areas. You’ll need to do this weekly to see the best results. Safe for pets and kids!

Pro Tip:  Looking for more non-toxic applications for the garden?   Check out our Homemade Garden Bug Spray With Essential Oils

Hopefully, you know understand the benefits of always having a bottle or two of castor oil on hand! What are YOUR uses for castor oil?

An Israeli Bandage In Every Emergency Kit

The Israeli Bandage  was created by the Israeli Defense Force to save lives during combat. The pressure applicator on an Israeli Bandage exerts 30 pounds of pressure to a wound area, effectively treating the bleeding from a traumatic hemorrhagic wound.   A sterile dressing that can be used for many kinds of wounds, it should be in every emergency kit.

Why There Must Be An Israeli Bandage In Every Emergency Kit

What Can The Israeli Bandage In Your Emergency Kit Do?

The Israeli Bandage is highly versatile. Use it for puncture wounds, deep lacerations, and even gunshot wounds. The wrap will bind a splint in place, and used as a tourniquet.

How To Use An Israeli Bandage

1. First, open the outer and sterile inner packaging.

2. Next, place the sterile pad over the wound in such a way that the pressure applicator is off set, or to the side of the wound. Use the the long end of the wrap to wrap over the sterile pad, and under and over the pressure applicator, wrapping tightly.

3. Use the closure bar to keep the emergency bandage closed.

Confused? Don’t worry. You’ll find the simple to follow directions for the emergency bandage on the back of every package package.

Emergency Israeli Bandage

PRO TIP: Purchase an extra Israeli Bandage to practice with. Also, teach your kids how to place an Israeli Bandage.

How This Bandage Can Save You Money and Space In Your Emergency Kit.

Because you add this emergency wrap to your first aid kit, you can remove triangular bandages, large dressings, and bulky rolls of gauze.

What Sizes Do Emergency Bandages Come In?

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You will find these bandages in the following sizes:

4 inch width

6 inch width

12 inch width that is designed to be used for abdominal injuries and amputations.

Pro Tip:  Finally, add a package of QuikClot Advanced Clotting Hemostatic Gauze for more serious wounds.

Get Serious About Your Medical Gear

The most Simple 72 Hour Kits and Checklists must include an Israeli Bandage. While you’re at it, add one to each of your car emergency kits too.

Have you ever used an Emergency Bandage like this one?

Activated Charcoal For Stomach Viruses And More

Activated charcoal is a fine, black powder that is odorless, tasteless, and nontoxic.  It works by trapping toxins and chemicals in its millions of tiny pores. The porous surface of this charcoal has a negative electric charge that causes positive charged toxins and gas to bond with it.

While I have used activated charcoal in my family, I’m NOT a doctor.  Always consult YOUR doctor before trying anything new.

Obliterate Stomach Bugs And MORE using Activated Charcoal

Activated Charcoal For Stomach Bugs

As soon as signs of a stomach bug show up or someone near you gets it, take *this post contains affiliate links 2 capsules with a full glass of water as often as every 2 hours, up to 16 capsules in a 24 hour period.  (see specific directions on the package you purchase)

When using activated charcoal internally, it is crucial to make sure to stay extra hydrated.  You’ll need the extra water for the charcoal to flush out the toxins, and to avoid constipation.

Activated charcoal comes in both bags and capsules.  Because I have a great worry of a bag of charcoal somehow finding it’s way all over my house, I choose the capsules.

Pro Tip:  Be aware that if you are on medications,  the activated charcoal can intercept the medication. Consult your doctor!  Also,  activated charcoal will bind to your supplements.



While kids 4 and up can use 1 capsule of  charcoal in a cup of purple grape juice to help prevent stomach viruses from taking their toll, always consult your doctor FIRST.

Stomach Flu Remedy Using Activated Charcoal

 Overdose Or Poisoning

First, call poison control, the local emergency room, or doctor’s office and follow their directions.  But if you are in a situation where you can’t make that call the dosage for acute poisoning is as follows

 Gas And Bloating

Activated charcoal works to bind the gas-causing byproducts in foods that cause discomfort.  Take 500 milligrams one hour prior to a typical gas-producing meal, with a full glass of water. Follow your meal with another glass of  of water immediately to help get the charcoal into your system, where it can bind with gas-producing elements.

Relieve Bites And Bee Stings

Being  such a great all-around detoxifier, applying a paste of activated charcoal and a bit of water and a drop of both Lavender and Copaiba essential oils to a bug bite or bee sting may offer relief. Reapply as needed.  Here’s how to order Young Living Essential Oils.

Pro tip:  Looking for another way to reap the benefits of activated charcoal?  Check our SUPER EASY DIY soap recipes for Lavender Charcoal soap!

How does your family fight off stomach viruses?

**  I am NOT a doctor, NOR do I play one on the internet.  I am simply sharing what has worked for my family.  YOU need to check with your doctor about using activated charcoal before giving it to your family.

Essential Oils for Prepping: The Top 10

We are living in uncertain times, where the ability to be self reliant could be the difference between living well, and merely existing.  For example, who knows what will ultimately happen to our ability to access health care?  To that end, I’m sharing with you the 10 Top Essential Oils for Prepping.

Top 10 Essential Oils For Prepping

Compliance And Essential Oils For Prepping

Unfortunately, because of regulations, I’m not able to share with you everything each oil can do to benefit your family.  It’s my hope what I can share will provide you the inspiration needed to begin learning more about essential oils for prepping.  In addition, it is  my firm belief that essential oils can help your family be better prepared for an uncertain future.

Young Living Vitality Oils

Perfect for adding flavor to your favorite foods or using as dietary supplements, the Vitality line of dietary essential oils gives you the freedom to share and explore some of our best-loved essential oils in a variety of nutritious and delicious ways. Discover Vitality—for food, for family, for life!* -Young Living 

Lemon Vitality Essential Oil

Essential OIls for Prepping: Lemon Vitality

• Provides an invigorating citrus flavor
• Has antioxidant properties*
• Supports the immune system*
• Provides circulatory support*
• Contains cleansing properties*

-Young Living


Copaiba Vitality Essential Oil

Essential OIls For Prepping: Copaiba


Steam distilled from the gum resin of the Brazilian copaiba tree, Copaiba Vitality essential oil has a robust,earthy flavor with notes of honey.

When taken internally, Copaiba can promote overall wellness and may be an important part of a daily health regimen.*  -Young Living


DiGize Vitality Essential Oil

Essential Oils for Prepping: DiGize

Use DiGize Vitality essential oil to help you enjoy each and every meal! This proprietary blend of Young Living essential oils is a great mealtime companion and addition to your wellness regimen. *  -Young Living


Thieves Vitality Essential Oil

Essential Oils For Survival: Thieves

With Young Living’s Thieves Vitality essential oil you can support overall wellness and a healthy immune system* with just a few drops. Additionally, Thieves Vitality may also help support a healthy respiratory system when taken internally*. -Young Living

Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil

Young Living Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil

Peppermint Vitality essential oil (Mentha piperita) has a bright, cool flavor, with benefits that include gastrointestinal comfort and normal digestion support, in addition to its great taste. Therefore, as a dietary supplement, Peppermint Vitality oil can support healthy gut function and digestive efficiency.* –Young Living

Peppermint is my personal favorite of the Top 10 Essential Oils for Prepping.


Young Living Essential Oils

Experience singular notes of pure bliss.  As a result, these powerful essential oils, lovingly harvested from farm-grown plants and herbs, bring out the very best in you each and every day.

PRO TIP:  How To Order Young Living Essential Oils

Lavender Essential Oil

Essential Oils For Prepping: Lavender


Because of it’s versatility, Lavender is a favorite of the essential oils for prepping. From skin care products to relaxing routines, this oil can infuse many areas of your preparedness lifestyle.

In addition, Lavender essential oil is thought to:

  • Promote feelings of calm and fights occasional nervous tension*
  • Have balancing properties that calm the mind and body *(because the end of the world is going to be stressful, people) Lavender is a Top 10 Essential Oil for Preppers.
  • Cleanse and soothe minor skin irritations*
  • Be soothing to the skin after a day in the sun*
  • Reduces the appearance of blemishes*

 -Young Living

Another way to enjoy the benefits of Young Living’s Lavender Essential Oil is in soap!  Our Lavender Charcoal Soap DIY Homemade Soap Recipe highlights these glorious benefits!

We here at Simply Preparing ditched our toxin filled dryer sheets and replace them with wool dryer balls and Lavender Essential Oil!  Get all the details here: Frugal Laundry Hacks Wool Dryer Balls

Frankincense Essential Oil

Young Living Frankincense Essentil Oil is a Top 10 Essential Oil for Prepping

Frankincense essential oil has an earthy, uplifting aroma that’s perfect for grounding and spiritual connectedness. Create a safe and comforting environment when you diffuse or inhale this empowering oil—a perfect opportunity to collect your thoughts. When you seek purpose or engage in prayer or meditation, use this oil to enhance your experience. –Young Living

Frankincense could be a good oil to help increase our focus during times of upheaval.

We’ve added a few drops of Frankincense Essential Oil to our almost famous Simple DIY Facial Toner With Essential Oils



Young Living Essential Oil Blends

Invigorate your senses and transform your day with essential oil blends carefully crafted by D. Gary Young with you in mind. -Young Living

Citrus Fresh Essential Oil

Top 10 Essential Oils For Preppers

Much as I hate to remind you, emergencies can bring smells.  Because these smells won’t be pleasant, I include Citrus Fresh to our list of the Top 10 Essential Oils for Prepping.

Place a few drops of Citrus Fresh on cotton balls and stash them wherever necessary.  As a result your living space will smell clean and fresh.  Create an on-the go air freshener with a spray bottle, distilled water, and Citrus Fresh.  Keep it in your bag to freshen up public restrooms, work places, etc.

We love to make soap with Citrus Fresh Essential Oil!  Our Homemade DIY Gardener’s Soap Bar with Essential Oils is a fan favorite!

PanAway Essential Oil

Panaway is an essential oil for prepping.

Popular PanAway® oil uses include applying it to tired muscles after exercise, or to the neck and back any time of day to enjoy its soothing and stimulating aroma. YoungLiving

Seems like Panaway is the perfect oil to reach for after a long day of Zombie hunting, making this one of our essential oils for prepping.

Reminder!  Here’s how you can order the  Top 10 Oils for Prepping in a Young Living Premium Starter Kit!


Raven Essential Oil Blend

Raven Essential Oil

Raven™ is a cleansing blend of Ravintsara, Peppermint, Eucalyptus Radiata, and other essential oils. Raven creates a cooling sensation when applied topically to the chest and throat.  –Young Living

For days filled with strenuous prepping, rub properly diluted Raven on the back of the neck before you get started.

And the 11th Essential Oil Every Prepper MUST Have…..

Okay.  Okay.  I know the title of this post is the Top 10 Essential Oils For Preppers, but seriously.  I can’t let this post come to an end with out adding one of my all time favorite, most reached for essential oil, Manuka.

Young Living Top 10 Essential OIls For Prepping Manuka

Manuka essential oil comes from the myrtle family, Myrtaceae, and is native to Australia and New Zealand. Steam distilled from the leaves and stems of the plant, Manuka oil has a woodsy, slightly sweet scent. Manuka essential oil can be compared to Tea Tree essential oil, as Manuka oil benefits the skin in a similar way.

My favorite way to use Manuka Essential Oil can be found in our DIY Manuka Honey Recipe for Preppers.     Let’s face it.  Medical Honey is expensive.  Making your own makes sense……and SAVES A BUNDLE!

Who should invest in the Top 10 Essential Oils For Prepping?


  • Families that plan on bugging in during an emergency.
  • Families that plan on bugging out during an emergency.
  • Moms concerned with the physical and emotional well being of their family members.
  • Any parent wanting to add another level of protection to their emergency first aid kits.
  • Anyone with an interest in making handmade soaps, lotions, bath bombs, shampoo, etc.
  • Anyone who would like to save 24% on their personal essential oil purchases!



How To Order The Top 10 Oils For Prepping

Ready to arm your family with the Top 10 Essential Oils For Preppers? It’s easy! Simply click on over to our How To Order Young Living Essential Oils page and we’ll walk you through it step by step!  The most affordable choice would be to order a 2018 Young Living Premium Starter Kit, which includes ALL 10 Top Oils For Prepping!

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If you feel ready to order without any further help, click below and you’ll be taken directly to our ordering page!

Or, if you’d like us to walk you through the process, head on over to our How To Order Young Living Essential Oils post!


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*These statements have not been approved by the FDA.  Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


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