When there’s an emergency, whether that be flooding, tornadoes or something worse, let’s face it, people panic.
When a snow storm or blizzard is approaching they hurry to the grocery store and buy up everything they think they need. Stores, at the very least, run out of milk, bread and lunch-meat.
After a rush of tornadoes, or blizzards where power is knocked out for days folks will often find a way to get to a store and then big ticket items like generators disappear.
If you’re smart, you’ve got a little bit of prepper mentality in you. You’ve thought about and store what you need beforehand. Often times though, even those who are prepared will find that they quickly run out of medical supplies .
Have you seen images of ravaged stores? Even something as commonplace as pain medication (simple pain medication such as aspirin) and Pepto will be gone from the shelves. You’d be surprised how fast these commonplace items can go in a survival situation.
If you were hurt and you ended up using just four aspirin a day you’d find that in just two weeks time you’d have used up over fifty pills! Now what if more than one of you needed pain meds? That little bottle of pain reliever isn’t looking so sufficient now.
In a long term situation it’s inevitable that there will be more headaches, flu, body aches, insect bites, indigestion, etc.
What do you do if you run out of medication? Will you panic and rush to the chemist? Do you know how to make pain reliever from willow bark? Do you even know where a willow tree is nearby?
Don’t let this upset you. There are natural remedies (such as willow bark) and many good books on the subject. Books are perfect for a self-reliance bookshelf. Sure, you can look up ‘how to do something’ now…. But what if there were no internet, or power?
You can avoid the craziness of people out there trying to find what they need by having a few items, well stocked, on hand. Consider storing these items.
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Rubbing alcohol is cheap. You can use rubbing alcohol on insect bites. You can dilute alcohol with clean water to help speed up healing of fungal issues and can be used as a lower level disinfectant. (Consider stocking Bactine for the little ones
Ever read the side of the baking soda box? Baking soda, when added to a glass of water, can be used to treat stomach acidity and heartburn. It’s also useful for freshening breath, diaper rash, brushing your teeth as well as cleaning and in the laundry as well as what you normally use it for, leavening.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Add ACV to clean water to treat indigestion, diarrhea and more. Some folks also use ACV to fight fungal infections..
Coconut oil can be used in cooking (some varieties don’t have that coconut taste) and can be used for dry skin issues andmore.
You can find hydrogen peroxide in small brown bottles and is relatively cheap to stock. You use it to treat small wounds.
Real honey, not flavored syrup, is useful to sweeten drinks of course but is also useful to help relieve nausea. Raw, unfiltered honey has been used to treat wounds for centuries. Raw honey doesn’t spoil.
I’m a big proponent of essential oils but I believe that one should have some knowledge before using them and should never use them willy nilly. If you have just a few EO’s peppermint oil is a good one to keep on hand. It’s useful for headaches, and repels certain bugs and rodents. For more information on my top suggested essentials check out my article “Essential Oils and First Aid”
Aloe Vera Gel
When buying aloe vera gel be sure to look for pure aloe vera and not just a ‘green’ gel. OR grow your own! Aloe is easy to grow and helps soothe sunburn among other uses.
Do you have Epsom salts? The label indicates some other uses for this great item. Bathe with a cupful in the tub to help relieve muscle cramps AND it’s often used to help with toenail fungus.
These are, of course, just a few items you should stock for medical purposes. Like many things, each of these has multiple uses. You should take into consideration those health related items that you use on a regular basis and try to store at least a couple of months worth.
Take note of how often you’re purchasing certain items and stock accordingly.
I am not a medical doctor nor do I pretend to be . Use of any information or material found on our website is at your own risk, to be used in a safe and legal manner and with good common sense.