When SHTF, whether due to societal collapse or a large-scale natural disaster, you will realize that going on a quick trip to the nearest store or pharmacy to stock up on supplies won’t always be an option. Visiting a doctor might not be possible either.
But before things go south, you can learn about natural remedies for common aches and pains. Keeping a fully stocked natural medicine kit at home ensures that you can handle situations demanding medical attention.
Knowing how to use a natural medicine kit can also help you get closer to a healthier and toxin-free lifestyle. Incorporating natural remedies like essential oils and herbs can help you minimize your exposure to artificial chemicals and additives often found in conventional over-the-counter drugs. (h/t to TheSurvivalMom.com)
Adding these 10 useful items to your prepper first aid is necessary if you want to treat minor injuries, aches and pains after SHTF:
Amber bottles with eyedroppers and small tins
You will need amber bottles with eyedroppers and small tins to store your homemade essential oil mixes, creams and salves. It is best to buy or repurpose clean amber or dark-blue glass bottles because light can degrade many natural substances. Oxygen can quickly turn oils rancid, so keep all bottles and tins tightly capped.
Aloe vera plant
Aloe vera can help soothe a sunburn. You can use aloe vera gel for wound care and for treating insect bites. Avoid using aloe vera gel on third- or fourth-degree burns or severe sunburns because these injuries require medical attention.
If possible, use pure aloe vera gel from an organically grown plant as commercially available aloe vera gel contains additives.
Growing an aloe vera plant at home ensures you can easily harvest the gel without needing to go to the store. Aloe vera is a hardy plant and it can thrive indoors and outdoors.
While coconut oil is great for cooking, it has other uses outside the kitchen.
Coconut oil can also be used as a carrier oil for essential oils and as a skin lotion. To save money, buy coconut oil in large quantities and store it properly for later use.
With proper usage, essential oils are a versatile ingredient for various remedies.
Here are some essential oils and how to use them for aromatherapy and relaxation:
- Use bergamot or ylang ylang essential oils for relaxation.
- Use chamomile or lavender essential oils for better sleep.
- Use jasmine or lemon essential oils to improve your mood.
- Use peppermint essential oil to wake up.
- Use orange essential oils to soothe anxiety.
First aid essential supplies
Your first aid kit should also include basic items like bandages in different sizes, gauze and medical tape.
Keep basic first aid items and a first aid reference book in your survival first aid kit at home and in your bug-out bag.
Lamb’s ear plant
The lamb’s ear plant is a functional resource. The plant can be used as a natural bandage and boasts antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities. (Related: 8 Ways to deal with chronic pain while prepping.)
If there is any chance that an adult woman living in your house could become pregnant, you will need a midwifery or birthing reference book.
Study the book well and do your research so you can offer help when seeking immediate medical care is not possible.
Like essential oils, herbal teas can address different issues like drowsiness, insomnia and an upset stomach. Teas can also help boost your vitamin intake.
Chamomile tea has calming effects and is frequently used as a natural sleep aid. According to studies, chamomile tea can help improve sleep quality in older adults and postpartum women. Experts also suggest that chamomile has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and liver-protecting effects.
Echinacea tea may help prevent and treat the common cold. Research shows that echinacea can boost the immune system, which could help your body fight infections.
Ginger tea contains disease-fighting antioxidants and is a common remedy for nausea.
Studies consistently find that ginger is effective at relieving nausea, especially in early pregnancy. Ginger also helps relieve nausea caused by cancer treatments and surgery.
According to studies, ginger may help relieve indigestion, prevent stomach ulcers and reduce pain associated with menstruation.
Hibiscus tea is known for its bold color and unique flavor.
Some studies suggest that hibiscus could significantly reduce total and LDL (bad) cholesterol, along with blood pressure. Taking hibiscus tea extract can also significantly decrease oxidative stress.
If you are not used to drinking hibiscus tea, consult a natural health practitioner for proper usage as it may interact with your medications.
Lemon balm tea
Lemon balm tea has a light, lemony flavor and may offer some health benefits.
According to a small study, drinking lemon balm tea can help with arterial stiffness (a risk factor for heart disease), stroke and mental decline.
Research also suggests that drinking lemon balm tea could increase the body’s natural antioxidant enzymes, which help protect against oxidative damage.
Another review showed that lemon balm could help improve symptoms of depression and anxiety without serious side effects.
While peppermint tea is often used to support digestive health, it also has antioxidant, anticancer, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Research has found that peppermint oil can help relieve nausea, indigestion, stomach pain and other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Vitamin E ointment
A vitamin E ointment can help treat skin rashes.
You can check guides and recipes online to learn how to infuse vodka with different medicinal herbs or plants to make tonics. A hot pepper tonic can hasten recovery from colds and congestion.
How to do a skin patch test and why you need to test for skin irritation
If it is your first time using natural remedies, perform a skin patch test to check for skin irritation. Always test a small amount of diluted essential oils or salves on a small area of skin before using it on a larger area.
If you notice any redness, discomfort or itching, stop using it and thoroughly wash the area with soap and water. If the skin irritation persists, consult a healthcare professional.
When to see a doctor
While a natural medicine kit can be useful for treating common aches, pains and minor ailments, it’s important to know when to seek medical attention from a doctor.
If you or someone you’re treating experiences severe or worsening symptoms, consult a doctor immediately. A doctor’s expertise is essential for diagnosing and treating more serious conditions, ensuring that proper medical care is provided when necessary.
Your natural medicine kit will be a valuable complement to conventional healthcare, especially during a long-term survival scenario when it is impossible to buy or access medicinal supplies.
However, knowing the limits of self-care and recognizing when expert medical guidance is needed is important for your well-being, particularly when dealing with severe injuries and health conditions.
Watch this video outlining four reasons to start using lavender essential oil for aromatherapy.
This video is from the Health Ranger Store channel on Brighteon.com.
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