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.

Lavender Charcoal Soap DIY Homemade Soap Recipe

Lavender Charcoal Soap is the perfect blend of a few of my favorite things. Charcoal is terrific for oily skin, with the ability to pull both oil and dirt from pores.   Because the charcoal can be drying for some skin types, I’ve chosen to add a bit of shea butter to a goat milk base,  to help balance this bar.

Lavender Charcoal Soap DIY Recipe


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2 1/2 pounds of white Goat Milk Melt & Pour Soap.  I chose goat milk melt and pour soap for it’s extra skin softening abilities.

Activated Charcoal.  I prefer to use the capsules.  I have a fear of an open bag of charcoal being overturned somewhere in my house.  (shiver) But if you rather go with the loose stuff, I like this brand.

Young Living Lavender Essential Oils  I choose to use only Young Living Essential Oils.  You can go here to learn more about my favorite oils! 

Shea Butter (optional)  I chose refine shea butter because unrefined comes with a scent that is hard to cover.

Silicone Soap Mold

Small Spray Bottle of Alcohol

Heat-safe glass measuring cup

Thermometer (optional)

Scale (optional)

Ingredients To Make Lavender Charcoal Soap

Let’s Get Started Making Lavender Charcoal Soap!

Set aside 2 pounds of the goat milk melt and pour soap.

Cut 1/2 pound of the goat milk melt and pour soap into 1/2 inch cubes and place in heat safe glass measuring cup.

Melt the 1/2 pound of melt and pour and  1/4 teaspoon shea butter in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat until soap is completely melted.

Allow to cool for a minute and then add 5-10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.

Make Your Own DIY Lavender Charcoal Soap

Slowly add in 5 capsules of charcoal(opening each capsule and adding the charcoal, and disposing of the actual capsule)  and stir until it is entirely incorporated into the soap.  The soap should be black.  If it isn’t dark enough for your liking, add in another capsule.

Pour this now melted black soap into two of your soap molds in different thicknesses. (You can put it back in the microwave for a few seconds if it’s set up too much.)  Spritz with alcohol to get rid of the bubbles.  Allow to set up and dry.

Lavender Charcoal Soap

Pop out the soap and then cut it into different sizes of rectangles and squares.  You’ll need to make sure that your sizes fit into your molds.

You can use a small kitchen knife to free hand the heart inside of your square, or you can use a fondant cutter in the shape of a heart.

Give Your Black Soap Shapes Time To Dry

I  recommend allowing your shapes to dry for at least a few hours to over night before continuing on with the recipe.  This will help your black shapes not to melt into your melted white base.  However,  if you are in a hurry, we can proceed now.

Creating The Soap Design For Your Lavender Charcoal Soap

Place your black shapes into each mold in the design of your choosing.  Having some shapes placed horizontally  and some shapes  vertically (going UP the sides of your mold)  will give more visual interest to your soap.

Press the shapes in so that no air is between the shape and your mold.

Melt The 2 Pounds Of Melt And Pour Soap You Set Aside


Take the 2 pounds of goat milk soap and cut it into half inch cubes.  Add 1 teaspoons of shea butter.   Microwave in 30 second bursts, stir, and repeat until your base is melted.  Allow your soap to cool for a minute and then add in 25 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.

Pay Attention To The Temperature Of Your White Soap

Pouring HOT white soap over your black shapes will melt your black soap pieces.

You’ll need to pour the soap at a temperature that won’t melt your black soap.  That means your white soap needs to be about 125-130 degrees, or liquid enough to pour, but not hot enough to melt.

If your soap is too hot to put your finger in, it’s too hot to pour.  If you soap is lumpy when you go to pour it, it has set too long.

Pour ONLY enough soap to cover the bottom of the mold, but NOT the shapes of your charcoal lavender soap.   Basically, you don’t want to be able to see the bottom of the mold.

Lavender Charcoal Melt and Pour Soap

Then, press down the black pieces to create a seal so that as you continue to pour, the white soap doesn’t flow under you black pieces.

Next, spritz your soap with a bit of alcohol to remove any bubbles, and continue to fill your mold with your white goat milk soap.  Fill it to the top of your mold, because as your soap sets, it will shrink down some.

Allow to completely set up and become hard before popping your Lavender Charcoal Soap out of the mold!

Charcoal Lavender Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap DIY Recipe

Ta-Da!  You’ve Made Lavender Charcoal Soap!

To celebrate your success, why don’t you draw up and warm bath and take your soap for a test drive!

Getting Started With Young Living Essential Oils

If you are looking to get started with essential oils you can purchase a Young Living Premium Starter kit that includes the Lavender Essential Oil I used in making my Lavender Charcoal Soap.   You can learn more about Young Living Essential Oils and my Top Ten Essential Oils for Preppers here.

Young Living Premium Starter Kit

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.

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


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.

The TOP TEN Essential Oils for Preppers, Suvivialists, and Every Day Families


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

Purification Essential Oil

Young Living Purification Essential Oils for Prepping

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

Place a few drops of Purification 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 Purification.  Keep it in your bag to freshen up public restrooms, work places, etc.

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.


R.C. Essential Oil Blend

Young Living R.C. Essential Oil

R.C.™ Essential Oil is a powerful blend of Spruce, Cypress, and three types of Eucalyptus oils (E. globulus, E. radiata, and E. citriodora). –Young Living

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


The 2018 Young Living Premium Starter Kits:

Young Living Premium Starter Kit Options


All of the above oils are available in Premium Starter Kit that includes a diffuser. While the diffuser is not practical in an emergency situation, these essential oils for prepping can all be used on their own and are small enough to pack in your Bug Out Bag, ESPECIALLY the sample sizes.

However, if diffusing your oils is your preferred means of utilizing their benefits, then you’ll want to check into personal diffusers that you can easily fit in your bag.

It’s true, oils are not inexpensive, but when you know how to use them the cost is more than justified in your prepping. Please do not buy “cheap” essential oils for prepping that you find in big box stores or possibly adulterated versions online. This is your family you are investing in.

Who should invest in the 2018 Young Living Premium Starter Kit?

Benefits of being a Young Living Member

  • 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!

Which Diffuser should you choose for your Premium Kit?

I’m going to out myself here. But I have diffusers in almost every room of my home. What can I say? Some people are all about the shoes. I’m all about the diffuser. To help you decide which diffuser is best for your needs, here’s a quick overview on each one.

Your diffuser choices include:

HOME Diffuser

    • 30 second on/off and continuous run settings
    • Runs for 5 hours, maximum
    • 125 ml capacity that will cover 215 feet
    • I use distilled water in all of my diffusers and suggest the same for you.

DEWDROP Diffuser

    • Simple, single mode operation
    • Can be used for a humidifier and atomizer
    • Runs for 4 hours, maximum
    • 180ml capacity covers 325 square feet


    • Ultrasonic Diffuser
    • Runs for up to 8 hours
    • Ambient Light Settings
    • Negative Ionizer
    • Includes a remote control

ARIA Diffuser

    • A real show stopper; it’s a piece of art.
    • Multiple timer settings
    • Multicolored LED lights
    • Plays it’s pre-programmed music or your own through it’s aux cord.
    • 260 ml capacity and covers up to 430 square feet

Ordering Your 2018 Young Living Premium Starter Kit

Young Living Premium Starter Kits have a beginning price of $160.00 USD.

How to order a Young Living Premium Starter Kit


click here to order now

Pro Tip:  Did you know that you can now use PAY PAL to purchase your kit?  You’ll make 6 payments of about $30.00 each INTEREST FREE.  Yup.  Simply log into your existing PayPal account and apply for credit.

Next, change your online payment preference to CREDIT.  Finally, CLICK HERE, and when you get to the check out screen click PayPal as your payment choice.

Still Have Some Questions About How To Sign Up?

This video will walk you through the steps to order your 2018 Premium Starter Kit:

Questions about Signing Up for Young Living? from Young Living Essential Oils on Vimeo.

How To Earn FREE Oils With Your Kit

Did somebody say FREE? Oh, yeah. That was me. As you sign up for your Premium Starter Kit, you will be given the choice to join the Essential Rewards program. Click YES! By joining the Essential Rewards program you will be able to choose a minimum of 50 PV a month of the oils of YOUR choice. You can change the amount you spend and which oils you choose on a monthly basis, and cancel at any time. Just remember the minimum order is 50 PV. You can certainly order more if you would like.

Since your Premium Starter Kit will earn you 100 PV, you can see how quickly things will add up and you can use your PV stash on FREE STUFF.

Prefer To Purchase At Retail Prices?

Worry Not! Simply sign up as a RETAIL member of Young Living and purchase your oils!

As always, please don’t hesitate to email me  if there is anyway I can help you make your choices!

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

Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan: Food Security

Could you put together a nutritious meal for your family using only ingredients currently in your pantry?   What about nutritious meals for a week?  A month?  Several months?  If you have a Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan, then the answer is an easy yes.

Family Food Security with a Long Term Food Storage Supply List

Why should you have a Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan?

Food storage is security.  A well stocked pantry is security against inflation, job loss, illness, and natural disasters.  Think of it as peace of mind you can eat.

What is a Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan?

A 3-Month, or short term food storage supply is made up of every ingredient you need to make meals for 3 months, without having to go to the store for supplies.

A Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan stretches that original 3 months out longer, and it consists of items with that have up to a 25-30 year shelf life when stored properly.

Legumes:  dried beans, lentils, barley and nuts.

Grains:  wheat, rice, oats, whatever your family likes and is used to eating.  A long emergency is NOT the time to see how your family’s guts hold up to exotic grains.

Powdered Milk

Leavening Agents

Salt and Spices

Fats and Oils: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, and even Crisco.  Remember though, most oil has a very short shelf life, so keep it well rotated!

Water.  And more water. 

Step 1:  Create Your Menus  and Ingredient List

In this post we discussed how to create a 3 Month Food Storage Supply Plan.  The concept for a Long Term Food Storage Supply is much the same, just with foods that can store for longer periods of time.  Instead of only having 7 days worth of menus, you’ll want to aim for 14 days of menus for meals you know you family will eat.

Step 2:  How to Pay for Your Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan

Examine your monthly budget.  What can you do without in order to provide your family with food security in an emergency?   Identify those items, and make of list of your projected savings.

Next, consider some of these ideas to help find the cash to stock that pantry.

Set those savings back to be used ONLY for your Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan.

How to get the Best Nutritional Bang for your Food Storage Buck

When I first began to put together my goals for a long term food supply plan, my biggest concerns were that my family HATES beans, and they gag at the thought of canned fruits and vegetables.

What’s a Mama to do?

I remember thinking that maybe I could get some fruits and veggies in with bottled juices.  But that’s a LOT of juice, and juice has no fiber, and little real nutritional value.

I experimented with wet packed meats.  The ‘tinned’ taste was a big turn off.

I dehydrate much of my garden produce and different fruits.  The problem here is that dehydrated foods take so much water to bring back to life.  And they are often unappetizing unless used in soups or casseroles.

Then I started investigating Freeze Dried Foods for my Long Term Food Storage Supply.

Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan with Thrive Life Freeze Dried Foods

Not all Freeze Dried Food is Created Equally

I think I tested samples from every freeze dried food company known to man.  At least it felt that way.  I remember opening a can of freeze dried pineapple from one company to discover that ever single piece was part of the ‘core’ of the pineapple.  You know, the middle part we usually cut out.  That can of pineapple was not only bitter, but no matter what I did, I couldn’t get that pineapple to a point where it wouldn’t break a tooth.

Thrive Freeze Dried Food

I finally settled on Thrive Life Freeze Dried Foods.  The quality is unmatched.  They freeze dry their own food in house, and they source as locally as possible.

Thrive Life Freeze Dried Food also puts each fruit and veggie through a special wash process and then tests each product after the freeze drying process to ensure it’s safety.  A step like this is especially important when you read about so many food recalls these days.

The very last hurdle I faced was how to make my modest Long Term Food Storage budget go as far as it possibly could.

How to make Pizza with Long Term Food Storage Supply
Imagine being able to make pizza with melted real cheese and your favorite toppings using your long term food storage supply. 

Free Delivery.  Coupons.  Sales and More.

Once again, Thrive Life freeze dried foods was able to help me come up with a plan that met a very modest budget.

By signing up for monthly deliveries, I am able to stock up on the foods my family is used to eating that can last up to 25 years.

Now, before I lose you here, let me tell you something.  I get the reluctance to sign up for something.  For quite a while our credit cards were maxed out with providing our son with his medical needs.  We had worked hard to pay down each card, why would we want to add more to it?

The Lowest Cost For The Very Best Long Term Food Storage Supply.

After running the numbers it was very clear; by taking advantage of Thrive’s monthly coupons, sales, and consultant discounts, we were getting the best deal on the best freeze dried food available……anywhere.

I set up a monthly delivery to build my long term food storage with meats, fruits, veggies, and cheese. I looked closely at our budget, made some changes and used that savings to pay for my monthly orders.  Anything I earn from sharing Thrive Life with others, I roll right back into my long term food storage budget.

More Choices To Fit YOUR Needs

Now, if you have zero desire to sign up as a consultant, that’s fine too.  Sign up just for the monthly deliveries and take advantage of the monthly coupons and sales…….and  score FREE SHIPPING.   Remember!  You can SKIP a month or CANCEL at ANY time!

This quick video will walk you through how to sign up for Simple Plate Deliveries, AND grocery deliveries!   It’s quick and easy!

Learn more about monthly deliveries .

Maybe you would simply like to place a single order.    Try a few things out and go from there.  Yup!  You can do that too!

Increase Your Family’s Security With A Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan

Wouldn’t it be nice if we never had to worry about natural disasters, job loss, rising food prices and how we would keep our families fed during an emergency?   Well, having a long term food storage supply is one step to taking the worry away and replacing it with a sense of peace.  Let Thrive Life Freeze Dried Foods help in creating that long term food storage supply.