As a dad one of my greatest fears is not being to do anything for my children in the event of a medical crisis when SHTF. Even simple camping trips can turn into a nightmare when you’re out in the woods or up in the mountains without necessary medication to help your loved ones. This is why I’ve taken it upon myself to research and study natural remedies.
It will be critical survival advantage to understand and identify natural remedies even if you think you will never need them. The best time to learn a skill is when you don’t need it. Here is my list of 6 natural remedies which are proven to be effective.
Natural Remedies – TURMERIC
If there is one herb that is a personal favorite of mine, Turmeric is it. This is a powerful herb that is fairly easy to grow indoors and outdoors. Tea from it can get rid of sinus infections, bacterial lung infections, viral infections, and just about any other stubborn infection. In order for more turmeric to get into your body, it must be mixed with a little bit of black pepper. When turmeric is also mixed with honey and black pepper, it is considered the ultimate for getting rid of infections.
It should also be noted that Turmeric also has several other beneficial properties. It is an anti-inflammatory which can be used to ease joint pain and also congestion from colds, flus, and other lung or sinus infections. It is also one of the few herbs that can be used to stop or slow down the progress of early congestive heart failure. As with Oregano, if you can cultivate this particular herb, you will have a powerful ally against infections and perhaps even a tonic for overall health.
Natural Remedies – Epsom Salt
The lowly Epsom salt, otherwise known as magnesium sulfate is one natural remedy item you should always have at home. Not only does it reduce stress, ease sore muscles and softens the skins, it is great for the following too:
Epsom Salt for Splinters
Splinters will draw themselves out of the skin when you use a handful of Epsom salt with a bit of water over the splinter. Allow to sit for 10 minutes and the splinter will be easy pickings after.
Epsom Salt for Sprains and Swelling
Sprains become painful due to the swelling of the tissue surrounding the injury. Soaking the sprained or swollen area in a water and Epsom salt solution will help draw out the excess water and lactic acid, thereby easing pain and swelling.
Natural Remedies – Baking Soda
Baking soda is a well-known natural remedy with entire books written about is healing properties. Here are three DIY natural remedies you can make with baking soda:
Baking Soda for Stings
A paste of baking soda and water can relieve the itchiness from insect stings and mosquito bites. The paste works on chicken pox and poison ivy too!
Baking Soda for Sunburns
Soothe sunburned skin with a warm baking soda and water bath. If you are not a fan of soaking up, you can form a paste with baking soda and warm water to apply to the sunburned area.
Baking Soda for Bladder infections.
Baking soda can make your urine alkaline. This makes it impossible for bacteria to thrive so jugging some baking soda and water cocktail can help you out with a bladder infection.
One of the most commonly known ingredients for homemade natural remedies, ginger has been used medicinally for thousands of years for things such as vomiting, nausea and digestive problems. Let ginger work its magic on the following too:
Ginger for Migraines
Recent research has shown that taking a teaspoon of powdered ginger at the onset of migraine headaches can stave it off. This is because ginger has great anti-inflammatory properties.
Ginger for Menstrual Cramps.
Not only is ginger an anti-inflammatory, it can also act as an anti-spasmodic so it is effective as an inhibitor of painful smooth muscle contractions. Smooth muscles line the uterus and the digestive tract, that’s why ginger works on menstrual cramps and tummy aches.
Natural Remedies – Honey
Honey has been used for thousands of years for coughs, allergies and ulcers. Here is another great use for honey as a natural remedy:
Honey for Cuts
Honey contains propolis and hydrogen peroxide, bacteria killing compounds which make it an effective anti-bacterial.
Bad microorganisms simply can’t stand honey, no wonder it doesn’t spoil!
Natural Remedies – Lavender
Lavender doesn’t only smell great, it has infection-fighting compounds too! Make sure to grab some lavender when you spot some in the woods or in the field for making a bacteria-killing soak just in case you’ll need it. Or, grow some in your front yard
Lavender for Skin Infections
Compressing a wound with a piece of cloth soaked in an infusion of lavender will prevent and kill off infections.
Lavender for Pain Relief
Massaging a few drops of lavender oil in a sore area can relieve pain. It works on itching too!
Natural Remedies – Goldenseal
Goldenseal is a potent natural remedy for all sorts of infections. In fact, some studies have proven that it is just as good as modern drugs in this regard. Here’s more about Goldenseal’s anti-infectious uses:
Goldenseal for Infectious Diarrhea
The microorganisms which cause infectious diarrhea don’t stand a chance against the berberine in goldenseal.
In SHTF scenarios, especially typhoons, hurricanes and tornadoes, the lack of clean water can cause this type of diarrhea so having some goldenseal will protect you against that.
Goldenseal for Eye Infections
An eye-wash of goldenseal will heal pinkeye in no time. Just steep the goldenseal in hot water, allow it to cool and use it to wash your eyes until the infection has cleared up.