A sinus infection is miserable. Technically called sinusitis, this is a common ailment that first appears to be symptomatic of a common cold but in reality, is the result of swollen and inflamed nasal cavities. It is often caused by a virus which means treating with antibiotics is useless. That is just one reason why it makes sense to know how to treat the symptoms of a sinus infection without running to the drugstore for an armload of drugs that either will not work or will make you drowsy and incidentally raise your blood pressure. Over the past couple of months, a number of people around me have suffered from sinus congestion. Like a mad scientist on a mission, I started experimenting with essential oils and with the help of Valerie Worwood's fantastic . . . Read More
How much do you really know about the treatment of colds and flu? Even in normal times, it is easy to be confused by viral versus bacterial infections, and sorting out which is which when we get sick. This gets further compounded following a disruptive event when physicians and pharmacies are not available to assist with our healthcare needs. In this exclusive new article by contributing author, Joe Alton, colds, flu, and respiratory infections are addressed along with tips for ensuring good respiratory hygiene during good times and bad. . . . Read More
As much as I like to try new things when it comes essential oils, I tend to go back to the same oils, day in and day out. This is surprising since my EO drawer is overflowing with over fifty different oils. I consider this good news since, as a prepper, there is only so much I can afford to put away for long term emergency purposes. It is much easier to stockpile and learn the effective use of a handful of oils than the dozens that are out there, just waiting to be put through our personal trial and error cycle.
Although I have written about various oils in the past, every once in a while I like to revisit the topic of essential oils for survival first aid purposes. And beyond that, I like to get second opinions. Today's article is just that, a second opinion on essential . . . Read More
The topic of using expired prescription drugs comes up frequently in survival and preparedness circles. Although there are many articles detailing with the efficacy of outdated meds, one question I get over and over again is "what do I do when the meds run out?"
Whereas there is no single clear answer, one thing we can all start to do now is hang on to our old, unused meds. For the most part and with very few exceptions, they will be viable for two to twelve years beyond their expiration date. The secret is to keep them in a cool, dark, location that is not too dissimilar from your food storage.. . . Read More
I first learned about fish antibiotics in 2012 when I struggled with a tooth abscess while on vacation in the middle of nowhere. I was totally unprepared for a bacterial infection and going forward, was determined to stockpile antibiotics for emergency purposes down the road. As a layman and not a healthcare professional, this was not casual research. I went to many sources, looked at bottles, and asked a lot of questions. I came away confident that lacking proper medical facilities, the judicious use of fish and veterinary antibiotics would be safe in a SHTF situation. And the best part about it? Fish antibiotics are readily available online at reasonable prices without a prescription. They are even available at . . . Read More
Depending upon who you talk to, a severe wound or lasceration should always be sutured close. Or should it? When faced with an austere survival situation, the decision you make to close an open wound could spell the difference between proper healing and an infected mess. Personally, I vote for proper healing but getting to the correct decision when under pressure may not be easy. Help is on the way. . . . Read More
As well versed as I am when it comes to using essential oils for aches and pains, I have little practical experience using herbal remedies to resolve those daily creaks in my joints and elsewhere that seem to occur at the worst possible time. Given the popularity of our recent Prepper Book Festival entry, Be Your Own Herbalist, I decided I better get with the program and continue the discussion of herbal remedies by calling in some experts with first-hand experience. That, plus getting some first-hand experience myself. . . . Read More
How many times have you had a medical or first aid issue occur during the middle of the night or on a weekend when getting help would be difficult? Or, equally bad, help is available but only at a hospital emergency room an hour a way? What if the power was out, roads were blocked, or there was something going on that precluded EMTs coming to the rescue?
What I describe are typical survival scenarios and those that we, as Preppers, plan for. I don’t know about you, but for medical and first aid emergencies, I don’t rely on free information on the internet or free eBooks on Amazon. I want real information, written by real doctors who have practiced medicine on real people.. . . Read More
When it comes to the survival garden, those of us with insufficient space or inadequate growing conditions feel kind of stuck. Rather than fight to overcome environmental conditions beyond our control, I have been actively promoting the establishment of a medicinal or health-related garden in lieu of a food garden.
The most obvious reason is that herbs, spices, and other medicinal plants do not take a lot of room and many can be grown in pots either indoors or outdoors. Perhaps a more important reason is this: given a survival situation, traditional healthcare and medicines may be difficult to get so having supplies of herbs and the knowledge of how to use them will become invaluable.. . . Read More
Most of us have made some provision for first aid care in the event of a disaster or other emergency. But how many of us have prepared for a dental emergency? Having an unexpected toothache, abscess or gum problem is something that indeed happens from time to time. The only time I have had a major toothache was when I was away from home and nowhere near a dentist. Luckily, I had some clove oil in my first aid kit and that got me through until I returned home and had a root canal. Still, it was hardly what I would call a fun experience and something I wish I could have avoided in . . . Read More
The first time I learned about elderberries is when a homesteader I know told me she supplemented her income from making and selling her homemade syrups and tinctures. At the time, I knew nothing about elderberries even though they are quite common near the edges of the forest here Washington State. As my interest in natural remedies grew, I started investigating the merits of elderberry then stumbled upon this fact: elderberries can and do fight the flu. Not only that, they do so exceptionally well. Talk about a light bulb going off in this prepper mind of mine! That single fact set me on path to learn about the other health and wellness benefits of elderberry and, as a natural follow-up, to make my own elderberry tincture and elderberry syrup. . . . Read More
Something not frequently addressed by the survival and prepping community is the importance of good health and medical self-care. What I am referring to is individual responsibility for our own physical and mental wellness.
Why is this important? If there were to be a major disruptive event, whether local, regional or global in nature, you will need the stamina to survive adverse and even austere conditions, perhaps with minimal food, shelter, and water. Health care facilities may be scarce, if they exist at all.. . . Read More