Helpful Holistic Organic Tips for Survival Emergency Prepping
The following article was contributed by Dayna Colvin, a holistic organic writer. She is a very active environmental advocate. She and her husband live in the Pacific NW, USA and are happy new parents of an adorable baby boy and share their home with 2 adorable, wonderful, sweet cats, their furry babies. You can reach her via email and social media at:
Why Prepping Goes Beyond TEOTWAWKI
Preparing for emergencies is not just about preparing for “the end of the world as we know it”. It is important to prepare the body, the mind, and the spirit to be able to do better than just cope and survive. We all have important self-care needs and the last thing we need to be concerned about when the worst case scenarios occur is wondering where our food will come from, how we will take care of our hygiene, and how our families will cope and stay healthy. It is important to think beyond the basic survival mode needs. Self-care includes meditation, aromatherapy, yoga, Tai Chi, positive affirmation, visualization, laughter, everything that helps you stay well and feeling well. A good way to begin to prepare is to start your day acting as if there has been a loss of power and imagining how you will get through your day. It is not easy to put your mind in this mode and think this way, but it is a very real scenario and can occur any moment. Being mindful and aware is very important so that you are not caught off guard.
My husband and I found out the painful hard way that lack of prepping for surviving emergencies turns into a very painful learning curve. When people think about survival and prepping, they mostly think about organizations like the Red Cross and the limited supplies they can provide to victims of disasters. After watching many episodes of families working hard everyday to ensure their families are protected and safe, I have a very good understanding of what it means to prepare and what is necessary to do it. However, I will take it a big step further because my approach is holistic and organic.
One afternoon, my husband and I attended an emergency preparedness demonstration given by the Red Cross and they offered us fruit punch and cookies as a snack and drink. I asked them if they had any healthier options to offer the public and their response was when you are in an emergency crisis and you have to survive, you take what you can get. As a healthy person who is an avid label reader and is very careful about what I eat and drink, I do not like the idea of taking risks with my health. Healthy eating is just as important with prepping as it is for everyday living. There is no difference. The only difference is that I stock up on all the supplies I need as a prevention measure and instead of just one bottle of organic peppermint essential oil, I have two bottles. As a mama who has endured many crises in her life and natural disasters, I have become quite the boy scout. There were times when my husband and I’d have to go shopping for groceries and we would run out of gas and I didn’t think ahead to bring a tote bag filled with healthy snacks and drinks to help us get through the day. Additionally, my husband and I endured some very stressful hurricanes in Florida several years ago and discovered the painful hard way that if you don’t act fast, you lose. Having to go shopping to stock up on supplies only to discover that the shelves are empty is a huge painful awakening. I know it’s a very painful delicate subject that no one wants to think about, but unfortunately, it’s very real, and time is of the essence.
Now is the Time to Prepare
A very important factor to seriously keep in mind is that in the event of any crisis or disaster, you will not be able to count on hospitals, emergency rescue, or your doctor to be available if you get sick or have a painful injury. Also, depending on where you live, should there be Martial Law or the military is out in force, you will not be able to get in your vehicle and drive to the store to buy necessary supplies, so if you don’t stock up now, you are out of luck. This article is not meant to scare anyone. It is intended to make you think and realize that things in the nation have changed and not for the better. My husband and I were born and raised here and we are devastated by the way things have changed and we never thought we would wake up to this happening here. Unfortunately, it is very real and it is only going to get worse.
Tips to Get you Started
To get you started with the supplies you need in order to cope and stay well and protect your family’s safety, here is a list of items you must have in your bug-out bag and your emergency preparedness kit. As you walk through your home and address your needs, whether it be eating, drinking, resting, getting dressed, or taking care of your personal hygiene, it is a good idea to take a good look at what you use everyday and ask yourself a very important question. Should disaster strike, such as the lights going out, no more water, am I well prepared for any eventuality and am I stocked up on everything I need?
I am holistic and organic down to the baby wipes I use for my baby and the capful of organic apple cider vinegar I put in my bottle of spring water to alkalize it and help me stay healthy. I am an avid label reader and I am a 100% holistic herbalist.
My first aid kit contains:
Two bottles each of essential oils of peppermint, lavender, lemon, sweet orange. Peppermint is great for energy, helping the lungs, indigestion, and headaches. Lavender is great for healing burns and is very soothing for babies who are feeling stressed. Lemon is great for energizing your drinking water and keeping it fresh. Sweet orange is great for healing aromatherapy and soothing a stressed baby. Lemon and sweet orange are also wonderful for cleaning the indoor air and keeping it fresh.
Additionally, my first aid kit contains the following basic essentials – hydrogen peroxide, an ace bandage, scissors, and band-aids. I Use organic chlorine-free paper products for personal hygiene.
We have two large bottles of Bach Flower Rescue Remedy when we feel traumatized and stressed and we have two large bottles of melaleuca tea tree oil as a natural oral care disinfectant and to treat wounds. We have six boxes of chamomile tea and six boxes of peppermint tea. I keep one bottle of tea tree oil and Bach Flower Rescue Remedy in my purse and the other bottles in my bathroom.
We rely 100% on Mother Nature’s medicine cabinet for everything. The most important aspect of relying on nature’s medicine is that plants and herbs will always grow in the ground and there is no need to worry about shortage or something being discontinued. Chamomile, garlic, ginger, peppermint, and red cayenne pepper have grown wild for centuries and will always continue to grow wild. My husband and I recently ordered two very important books online that will teach us about wildcrafting and foraging for wild food that grows in our backyard. In times of crisis and disaster, it is important to act as if we were thrown back into the 1800’s before any business came into existence to manufacture and provide the products you find on the store shelves.
Preparedness Brings Peace of Mind
It is challenging after growing accustomed to the convenience of walking into the store and buying it, but the peace of mind that comes from knowing you are prepping now to ensure your family’s survival and you won’t go into shock and be caught off guard, is well worth it. We are avid label readers and when we buy our everyday food items, we buy extra quantities of each to help us prepare and stock up. It is very empowering when can take a glass and pour clean drinking water into it and add an envelope of Emergen-C and a capful of organic apple cider vinegar, stirring it well, you can drink it and protect your immune system. It is very empowering to know that you can take care of your self-care wellness with healthy supplies you have in your cupboard. That feeling will not be created by relying on your pharmacy and knowing that any day, the store may close and you are out of luck because you didn’t prepare.
My husband and I very thankful that we are 100% holistic and we do not rely on synthetic pharmaceuticals for anything, including headaches and indigestion. They have no health benefits for us and we are protecting our health because we are not risking dangerous side effects. We are protecting our health with cannabis, colloidal silver, acerola Vitamin C, organic apple cider vinegar and many other important healing plants and herbs that we learn about everyday. We never supported or believed in pharmaceuticals to begin with and we use common sense and logic and we know that we are healthy, safe, and smart. It is a very smart idea to learn to grow your own herbs and medicinal plants and have the peace of mind that you can rest assured that you will have plenty of all the healing medicinal plants you need for any emergency.
The Need for Victory Gardens
It is interesting to note that in the 1800’s and during World War II, it was very common for people to have victory gardens in their own back yard. Food was becoming scarce and it had become a dire necessity to grow your own food and be self-sufficient for your family. Today, the only people who recognize this as a necessity grew up in these eras and they taught it to their children who are now in their 40s and 50s, like my husband and me. When I was sixteen years of age, my Mother and Grandmother worked together to grow a beautiful vegetable garden in our backyard. At first, I thought they were doing it as an experiment and because it was a nice thing to do, but they told me that the prices of vegetables were going up and they no longer liked to go to the market to buy their food. They wanted to learn to be self-sufficient and they wanted to teach me the same thing. When I saw the vegetables sprouting up and we ate a delicious salad from the vegetables we grew, I had a profound appreciation for growing our own food and it was delicious. Today, my husband and I are growing our own organic herbs and vegetables. The feeling of knowing that we are taking important steps toward protecting our family and ensuring our future gives us tremendous peace of mind. We are very thankful for the knowledge and awareness.