Preparing for the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI) is a daunting task, to say the least. Breaking down your survival plan into specific categories makes both budgeting for the purchases and keeping an accurate inventory of your preps an organized endeavor.
The survival guide series will offer preparedness hacks and detailed tutorials to help both novice and veteran preppers add to their SHTF stockpiles in multiple categories — and as inexpensively as possible. In addition to working our way through each category of our survival plan on a regular basis, my husband and I also budget long-term storage food purchases into our weekly prepping schedule. Amassing enough shelf-stable food to feed our immediate family for 1 year occurred quickly by doing our meal planning and purchasing in that manner.
Homemade Natural Antibiotic
People have been making their own natural medicines for thousands of years. Some of the best recipes have been passed down through the generations on paper and have made their way to the internet as well. How well any home remedy works may vary depending upon the individual and the state of their overall health. Even though the ingredients in the remedies are all natural, checking with your doctor before use to avoid any health risks is highly recommended.
Turmeric has been a staple in natural healing recipes by various cultures around the globe for centuries. When the spice is combined with the many nutrients found in honey, a strong all-natural antibiotic is created.
The honey and turmeric antibiotic has been used to improve digestion, thwart seasonal allergies, fight pathogenic infections, prevent carcinogenic problems, and give an overall boost to the immune system.
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice or lemon zest
- 3.5 ounces (or 21 teaspoons) of honey
- 2 tablespoons natural apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon turmeric
- A pinch of black pepper, optional (It does tend to help with the absorption of the antibiotic tonic.)
- Mix lemon, honey, and vinegar in a bowl.
- Thoroughly stir in the turmeric and pepper.
- Cover the mixture and store in a refrigerated area for up to three days.
Take ½ teaspoon each hour for the first two days after cold or illness symptoms first appear. Allow the tonic to melt in the mouth before swallowing. The natural antibiotic may also be served in a lukewarm cup of tea. On the third and fourth days, consume ½ teaspoon every two hours. On day five, and for the following days if sickness persists, take half a teaspoon three times per day. Some natural remedy enthusiasts consume a tablespoon of the mix each morning in an effort to benefit from its anti-carcinogenic effects.
Turmeric may cause gall bladder muscles to contract. Those prone to gall bladder problems should not ingest this natural antibiotic. The spice is also known to lower both blood sugar levels and blood pressure; this could be a positive for those who struggle with high blood sugar and blood levels, but could prove detrimental for individuals who already have low levels.
Natural Anti-Fungal Tonic
This tonic has been heralded for its ability to thwart parasites, as well as its antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral attributes. Some have referred to this master tonic as a “modern-day cure” for the plague.
The ingredients in the natural tonic must be fresh. They are believed to help stimulate blood circulation and to promote the powerful detoxification of the bloodstream.
- 1 half cup of chopped garlic
Garlic is used to help destroy several types of bad bacteria and to increase good bacteria inside the body. This ingredient is often regarded as having powerful anti-viral properties that help the body fight the common cold, upper respiratory infections and the flu.
1 half cup of chopped hot peppers
Hot peppers are believed to function as a natural decongestant and cause a warming effect, which in turn acts as a pain reducer. The peppers may give an added boost to the immune system as well.
- 1 half cup of grated ginger root
Ginger helps boost the human immune system courtesy of its natural anti-microbial properties.
- 1 gallon of apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is an all-star natural remedy ingredient. Its natural antiseptic properties make it a popular homemade cleaning agent as well. Keeping the home clean during a disaster will help stop the spread of illness. The vinegar is known to possess anti-fungal and detoxification properties.
- 1 half cup of chopped white onion
Onions are known to also possess anti-inflammatory, diuretic, and antibiotic properties. They may help fight cold and flu infections while working as an expectorant to create productive coughing. Onions positively influence heart health by preventing cholesterol from attaching to the arteries, therefore preventing blood clots from forming.
- 1 half cup of grated horseradish
Horseradish is also credited with stimulating the immune system and acting as an expectorant. This tonic ingredient possesses both anti-parasitic and anti-bacterial properties. Horseradish is known to open up sinus passages and increasing blood circulation inside the nose, where most common colds and flu originate.
- Fill a one-gallon mason jar approximately ¾ full with the equal parts of grated and chopped ingredients.
- Fill the jar to the top with the apple cider vinegar.
- Put the lid firmly on the jar and shake vigorously.
- Store the jar of tonic in a cool, dry place. Make certain to shake the mixture once each day for two weeks; allow to set for two months.
- Remove from storage and pour the mixture through a piece of cheesecloth, or similar straining medium, into a strainer.
- Use a cup or bowl to firmly push all the moisture out of the mix in the strainer.
- Wrap the cheesecloth around the mixture and wring out any bit of moisture that remains.
- Pour the tonic (using a funnel is advised) into amber bottles, and store in a cool, dark place until ready to use. The tonic is both hot and spicy. It is considered shelf stable and does not need refrigeration.
Gargle 1–2 ounces of the tonic five times per day to help fight an infection or cold. Gargling up to 2 ounces twice a day on a regular basis may boost the immune system. Many consider the tonic to be safe, in half-dose amounts, for small children and pregnant woman; however, consult a doctor before use.
This salve has been used in my family for generations. It will definitely make you stink, but the relief and enhanced healing the salve provides make the unwanted scent more than bearable. I once had a deep wound on a finger that should have been stitched, but I was stubborn. The slice continued to open and became sore and inflamed. The miracle salve not only reduced the inflammation, but finally caused the torn skin to heal with very minimal scarring.
The salve has also been successfully used as a repellent of a plethora of insects as well as a firestarter. I had a friend ignore this advice once, and he nearly lost an eyebrow.
- Petroleum Jelly
- Mix together three parts petroleum jelly with one part turpentine.
- Store in a plastic or glass container with a secure lid. The miracle salve will keep for at least two years. Wipe any excess from the container and lid after use to prevent any fire hazard. Although the slave is flammable, I have never had any issues with a jar being left on a table just a few feet from a campfire. Simply use common sense when storing and handling, and be careful with activities conducted within an hour of applying the salve.
- Storing in a cool, dark place is not necessary. I keep a jar in my survival bag and in my saddlebags. When it gets hot, the turpentine will rise to the top. Simply stir with a stick and remove from direct sunlight for about 10 minutes, if necessary.