Medical preparedness is often on the minds of off the grid families and members of the prepper community. Unless your or someone in your family or tribe (my favorite phrase for a mutual assistance group) has a medical background, a lot of learning must occur while prepping for a SHTF disaster.
Approaching prepping as a lifestyle choice and as a form of insurance, has prompted many self-reliant individuals and families to get certified in advanced first aid, to take basic nursing courses. Cross-training other members of your group on all skills will likely enhance the overall chances of survival for the family or tribe.
While taking medical basic courses will not help you learn how to perform open heart surgery, such classes are worthy of both your time and money. In addition to learning how to better address injuries and illnesses with conventional medicine, add some natural and holistic therapies to your preps as well. Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy are leaders in the medical preps field teach others how to better deal with survival health emergencies via a multitude of free YouTube videos, a best-selling book, and by teaching visitors at prepper expos.
During a long-term disaster calling 911 will likely not be an option. Pharmacy shelves will be depleted of even over-the-counter medications quickly. Turning to nature to find remedies and painkillers could provide a lot of comfort, and perhaps even save a life, during a SHTF scenaro.
10 Natural Painkillers You Can Find In Your Kitchen
Ginger – has had success in easing joint pain and muscle swelling. Danish scientists conducted a study on the effect increased ginger intake would have on individuals who complained of muscle swelling and stiffness. A total of 63 percent of research participants reportedly garnered the desired relief within two months of initiating the dietary change. Gingerols, a tiny compound in ginger, are largely credited for the reduction in swelling, stiffness, and the pain associated with each condition. The Dutch study recommends adding 1 teaspoon of dried ginger or two teaspoons of chopped ginger to the daily food intake.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Heartburn discomfort can reportedly be eliminated or decreased by sipping one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with eight ounces of water, before sitting down to a meal. Apple cider vinegar contains tartaric acids and malic acids. Both of the acides are believed to be “powerful” digestive aids which help increase the speed in which proteins and fats are broken down in the stomach. When the fats and proteins are broken down more quickly, the food does not “wash” up into the esophagus and trigger heartburn.
Tomato Juice – Potassium deficiencies are believed to cause leg cramps. Potassium is lost by the body when heavy sweating, caffeinated drinks, or diuretics are present. Simply sipping 10 ounces of tomato juice on a daily or regular basis may help decrease the painful leg cramping.
Pineapple – Painful stomach bloating and gas can be reduced or eliminated in some folks by drinking a cup of pineapple juice each. Pineapple contains proteolytic enzymes, which aid digestion and help break down proteins which cause gas and bloating in the stomach and small intestine.
Honey – Honey boasts an absolute plethora of health uses. Gently dabbing a dime-sized amount onto a cold sore or canker sore several times a day will typically heal the lips. Adding locally grown honey to food has also helped folks suffering from seasonal allergies garner relief from sneezing, coughing, and swollen eyes. Adding honey to a hot tea or cocoa drink will usually help reduce coughing brought on by colds and the flu.
Tumeric – The East Indian spice has been shown in some studies to be more effective at relieving pan that naproxin, aspirin, and ibuprofen. The spice is also believed to be have success in reducing the pain of fibromyalgia and arthritis sufferers. Curcumin, the active ingredient in Tumeric, shuts down cyclooxygenase 2, a naturally occurring enzyme pain-inducing hormone. Study researchers recommend sprinkling 1.4 of a teaspoon of Tumeric onto meat, vegetables, rice, or poultry on a daily basis to reduce discomfort and to curtail chronic pain.
Cherries – The little red fruit has had success in easing the pain associated with gut, chronic headaches, and arthritis. The anthocyanins compounds in cherries not only five the fruit its ruby red color, but also contain anti-inflammatories that are “10 times stronger” than ibuprofen and aspirin. “Anthocyanins help shut down the powerful enzymes that kick-start tissue inflammation, so they can prevent, as well as treat, many different kinds of pain,” Muraleedharan Nair, Ph.D., professor of food science at Michigan State University, said. The doctor suggests eating 20 fresh, frozen, or dried cherries daily until pain and inflammation disappears.
Blueberries – Enjoying just one cup of fresh, frozen, or freeze-dried blueberries each day could reduce the risk of having a urinary tract infection by as much as 60 percent. Blueberries possess ample amounts of tannins. The plant compound is believed to “wrap around” bacteria which causes bladder infections.
Grapes – A recent Ohio State University study found that eating grapes could be the quickest way to get rid of an achy back. Grapes reportedly relax “tight” blood vessels and help improve the blood flow to areas where “damaged” back tissue are present. Discs and vertabrae are reportedly dependent upon blood vessels to deliver needed oxygen and other vital nutrients.
Oats – Oats could bring swift and welcomed relief for endometriosis pain. could be a daily bowl of oatmeal. Eating a bowl of oat is believed to help reduce the misery women feel when bits of the uterine lining detach and grow outside of the uterus and spark endometriosis pain. A diet high in oats where a bowl is eaten once a day, helped 60 percent of the women involved in a study on the topic, to reduce pain within six months. Oats do not contain gluten, a protein that sparks inflammation in many women.
At the end of the day, knowledge is power and you can prepare now so you have options during an emergency or you can prepare yourself then for no options at all. Choose wisely.