blue duffel bag with clothes, diffuser, meds, salves to help with preparing for quarantine

Preparing for quarantine: Dorm Edition

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It’s a whole new crazy world out there where preparing for quarantine needs to be on the to do list

For those of us with kids going off to college this Fall, here’s something I hand’t thought about. Preparing for quarantine wasn’t on my radar. However, a friend of mine posted this fantastic idea on Facebook the other day that got me thinking: a COVID go bag.  Most schools have quarantine locations for students with (or potentially with) COVID19. In some situations, a student may not be able to get to their dorm to get some necessities packed. In those cases, how awesome will it be to have a bag ready that a roommate can grab to get to your student??

I updated the list to include more natural components, We use meds (both prescription and over the counter), but not often. In fact in prep for this we looked at what we had. The bottle of ibuprofen in the back of the cupboard expired in 2016! This is a case where I’d definitely stock the bag with a few meds though just in case they are needed. But we also added in some of our go-to’s out of the natural med cabinet. Our Breathe Easy Salve (recipe below) is a staple in our home during the winter months, and we don’t go far without rollers and a diffuser.

two essential oil rollers, one salve container with lid off, one bottle of essential oil for preparing for quarantine

Why essential oils?

We are using several different essential oils in our recipes. Good quality oils are a great addition for any situation where shelf life and ease of use is important (such as this situation). Oils are potent, long-lasting, and simple to add to salves and rollers to help take care of various issues and body systems.  There more and more research being done to understand why these natural ingredients are effective. If you have questions about oils, please reach out. Take peppermint and oregano for example:

Peppermint is one of our favorites for its cooling properties, but also the menthol in peppermint can help soothe a scratchy throat and help make your airways feel more open. A 2013 study suggests that when a healthy person uses peppermint oil, it can help to relax muscles of the windpipe, known as the bronchial muscles. This helps explain why peppermint can ease breathing in people with coughs

Oregano is a potent oil (it always needs to be diluted) that has strong antioxidant properties. There have been many studies that show it can help your body deal with fevers, respiratory symptoms, and the effects of respiratory viruses. This is likely due to  carvacrol, one of the main compounds in oregano oil. While it’s not a magic cure-all, it can offer a good amount of support. 

I hop you find this list helpful, and I also hope and pray that they all go completely unused this Fall. And that preparing for quarantine is NOT on the list of things to do next year.

Preparing for quarantine: Covid Go Bag Packing List

Extra phone charger
Comfy clothes: t shirts, sweats, pj pants, fuzzy socks
Fleece throw

Throat drops (we love vitamin C drops and some natural throat drops that are packed with ingredients to support the immune and respiratory systems)
Tylenol or similar
Night time cold meds/decongestant
Respiratory Salve (recipe below)
Immune support essential oil roller (recipe below)
Peppermint essential oil roller (instructions below)
Small diffuser and respiratory oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, cardamom, rosemary, lemon. (we saw some small ones at Target that were cute and very reasonably priced)

Shampoo (travel size or sample packs)

A few snacks (protein bars, nuts, etc.)
Book/Cards/Rubik’s Cube (there might actually be time to solve it….)

Attach a list of other needed items that can’t be packed such as computer, prescriptions, study items.

And the Recipes:

salve rollers and face mask

Here are some recipes for the recommended DIY items above. You may have your own go to recipes, but hopefully this will help some of you as you are preparing for quarantine in the dorms.

Breathe Easy Respiratory Support Salve

1/4 cup grapeseed oil
1/4 cup avocado oil (can substitute olive or coconut oil)
1 Tbsp beeswax pastilles
15 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil

On low heat, melt top three ingredients until just combined.  Remove from heat.  Add essential oils and stir with a metal spoon.  Pour into waiting containers. Wedding favor tins are great, Amazon also carries an assortment of sizes. This makes about 1/2 cup of salve.
Use respiratory salve on chest or just under nose as often as needed

Why do we need roller bottles?

Adding essential oils to a roller bottle is super portable. The oils in this blend will enter the bloodstream and build up our bodies resilience to sickness and other intruders. You can utilize this blend by applying it to the bottoms of your feet, or even on your throat and the back of your neck if you don’t have sensitive skin! These roller recipes are a little stronger than we generally make for daily use, but to address specific issues for a limited time frame, it is okay. For normal daily use, try to stick around 15-20 drops total in a 10mL bottle.

Immune support Roller

In 10mL roller add
10 drops oregano essential oil
10 drops tea tree essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
10 drops orange essential oil
(or 35-40 drops of an immunity blend if available)

Top with a carrier oil like grapeseed, avocado, or fractionated coconut oil. Roll on bottoms of feet, up spine, on pulse points as often as you think of it. Consistent use makes them this roller the most effective.

Peppermint Roller

In 10mL roller add
10-15 drops peppermint essential oil

Top with a carrier oil like grapeseed, avocado, or fractionated coconut oil. Roll on back of neck or wrist pulse points for cooling, roll on chest or dab a bit under your nose for respiratory support. Also helps with muscle aches and discomfort (including headaches)

We hope this list and recipes are helpful as you find you helping your student in preparing for quarantine. If you’re looking for safe, effective, and green ways to help keep the dorm clean (& healthy), check out this post.

What items would you add to the list? Comment below or send us a message.

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