When living off the grid, preppers will have to rely on whatever is on hand to deal with ailments and injuries. A well-stocked first aid kit can cover the basics, but why not supplement your medical supplies with these unconventional remedies? When SHTF, they can be useful in a pinch. Here are some natural remedies that can be of great use when living off the grid. (h/t to HomesteadSurvivalSite.com)
Hydrogen peroxide is an inexpensive, nontoxic disinfectant that has a number of versatile uses. One such use of hydrogen peroxide is clearing up ear infections. Simply lie down on your side with your infected ear on top. Then, have someone else gently pour a capful of hydrogen peroxide in your ear. It will feel strange at first but the hydrogen peroxide will quickly soften your earwax and kill the bacteria in your ear. After around five to 10 minutes, place a tissue on your ear and slowly allow the hydrogen peroxide to drain out. Clean out any excess earwax with a Q-tip.
Hydrogen peroxide can also be used as a topical antiseptic for cleaning small wounds. It can even help treat boils and blemishes. Be sure to use a three percent solution of hydrogen peroxide when directly applying it on skin. (Related: Why hydrogen peroxide should be in every home.)
If you suffer from nausea or motion sickness, try eating a few olives. The excess production of saliva caused by motion sickness only aggravates the nausea. Olives contain tannins that can dry out your mouth.
If olives alone weren’t enough, even their oil has practical uses. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants and is used in various skin products. You can rub olive oil on your skin to soothe itchy eczema flare-ups.
Cloves are useful for relieving tooth pain and healing small cuts and wounds. Clove oil contains high levels of eugenol, which has antiseptic properties. Eugenol can even help relieve pain. You can also help stop the spread of bacteria by applying clove powder on a cut.
When out in the wild, you can be subjected to irritating insect bites. You can soothe these by applying peppermint oil to the affected area. Peppermint oil can reduce pain and inflammation. You can even use toothpaste with peppermint oil for a cooling sensation.
Lemon balm is an effective treatment for cold sores due to its antiviral properties. Simply take two to four tablespoons of dried lemon balm herb and add it to a cup of boiling water. Once the water has cooled, dip a cotton ball into it and apply the liquid on your cold sore several times a day.
Garlic is packed with the antioxidant quercetin, which can relieve the symptoms of allergies.
Bacteria in the bladder can lead to urinary tract infection (UTI) and bladder infection. Use baking soda to make the environment in your bladder more alkaline, which will inhibit the growth of bacteria. Just mix ¼ teaspoon of baking soda with an eight-ounce glass of water. During the early stages of UTI, drink this solution to stop it from developing further.
You can treat constipation by eating some freshly steamed beets. Even the water used to steam them can be useful. Instead of draining the water out, drink it to absorb the vitamins that can aid in eliminating waste products from the body.
Treat sore throats by taking pine syrup. You can easily make your own pine syrup by gathering a cup of pine needles. Wash them thoroughly, then blend them. Next, boil some water mixed with corn syrup and a pinch of salt. Add the blended pine needles and allow the mixture to steep for a few hours. Once it has cooled, refrigerate the syrup for at least a month. Save it until you need some to relieve a sore throat.
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