I've been using many of these listed items this year for healing of ailments and general improved health and well-being. The compilation also includes plants, trees and weeds useful for nutrition. What's amazing is so many of these are either free or very cheap...here and in numerous other countries, by all accounts and some of what I've seen on the net.
Foraging in fields kind of gets me excited (when I know what I'm looking for and don't end up poisoning myself!) because it really gives a sense of self-sufficiency. And gets me feeling closer to the Earth Mama.
A tip I follow: if you're foraging and not sure whether a plant is edible or poisonous, rub it on your lips and if they tingle, burn or go numb, assume the plant is poisonous.
Both chronic/acute sufferers of a range of illnesses and ailments could benefit from many of these listed items when the SHTF. And will prevent panic particularly when depended-upon pharmaceutical drugs are no longer available. In addition to helping solve all manner of personal and household difficulties when we’re down to brass tacks and in survival mode:
Bicarbonate of Soda. It regulates PH, so there's a whole range of benefits on this one - google it.
You can mix it to a liquidy paste with water for use as a shampoo and a drier one for a face and body scrub/soap substitute. And use a damp cloth to remove residue from body. Even the most ultra dry skins like mine are in for a huge treat when you feel the results…SOFT skin like no cream’s ever been able to produce.
It doesn’t end there because Bicarb also doubles as a toothpaste powder. I use it dry and combined with turmeric (excellent anti-inflammatory for abscesses, sensitive/bleeding gums, general oral hygiene) for that. And then apply a dab of dry Baking Powder to finish off - which whitens the teeth.
And for those who can’t do without deodorant, even in an emergency: sprinkle on your armpits to substitute.
It's also great as an insect bite antidote (mixed with a little water). And for washing those kitchen dishes, it cuts grease on dishes, pans and pots. And can be used as a scrub to clean the latter. As well as a floor cleaner, diluted with water. And on and on, because these are just a handful of its many uses…
For much more
Charcoal powder. Anyone making a fire, even once, will be able to make their own charcoal powder easily that can help self or others rectify food poisoning, diarrhea/dysentery, infections, flu fevers and fibroids, amongst others. What's more, it's extremely fast acting. And it’s safe for your animals too. Google others’ success stories with this.
I used to use this quite often for food poisoning and hangovers. I'm hypersensitive, so 2 glasses of wine inevitably produced a hangover for me the next day-practically every time. But with a couple of charcoal tabs, I'd be brought back to a happy state within 15 mins or so. Essentially carbon, charcoal neutralises poisons, cleanses, deodorises and disinfects, amongst others.
In a poultice, it works magically on mosquito, spider, snake or other insect bites. More importantly for an emergency situation, I’ve just discovered that ordinary charcoal from your own home fire will do the trick. Although activated charcoal is made from coconut shell, peat, sawdust, coal and others as starting materials, using wood alone can still be effective. This is another FREE healing agent that’s easy to make and use and is everywhere.
See 1/2 of the way down the page here to DIY:
3. Turmeric powder (the pure one). Again, so very many benefits, including being an anti-inflammatory. One is as a poultice for wounds, including on and for hurt pets. Take note that it stains all it comes into contact with a bright yellow!
4. Cayenne pepper. A century or so ago doctors never went anywhere without it. And for those with emergency heart-related situations, including attacks, a relatively small amount can remedy these quickly. It also stops all kinds of internal bleeding.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar. Again, too many benefits, both externally and internally to mention all. Basically, like Bicarb, it also helps the body to maintain a good alkaline PH level.
But a couple of pointers for a SHTF scenario. If you run out of your regular conditioner and don’t have Bicarb either, use a couple of tablespoons diluted 50/50 with water as one. The result on hair’s great!
And it's another great wound-healer as well as an excellent energy-providing tonic ( diluted 50/50 ACV to water).
And those with pets will want to know that it's an excellent flea repellent when combed deeply into your pet's fur (50/50 ACV to water) once or twice daily. Keep it going until your feline/canine friends scratch no more...
6. Stinging nettle tea. Infuse by pouring boiling water over the leaves in a lidded pot/jar for at least 4 hours (preferably overnight) before drinking. You can also cook to deactivate sting in stem/leaves and eat as a vege. This is super helpful to those with respiratory ailments. And has helped relieve asthma sufferers that I've recommended it with just a few cups a day. Good to know when meds/pumps may not be available. It also helps tremendously with all manner of women's menstrual and hormonal problems and generally nourishes the body in a multitude of ways. As well as being good for kidney problems and helping with sinus issues. It's packed with all sorts of vitamins and nutrients, in addition to magnesium, amongst many others...
7. Dandelion: is known as a superfood for good reason. In western countries it also has a negative association as a weed and it grows in so very many countries, so very easy to find as a food/nutritional source in an emergency. You can make a tea by pouring boiling water over leaves, roots, flowers. But DON'T BOIL up mixture; it can destroy the plant's good stuff. I like to leave mine overnight to infuse. Alternatively, and for hungry people, eat all parts of it raw (after washing)to fill you up. Younger leaves will taste more bitter.
8. Moringa Tree (aka Miracle or Malunggay Tree). Another superfood and source of much your body will need to survive in a SHTF scenario. I've got powder as the tree isn't native to my country. But grows in lots of countries; grows widely in India and the Phillippines – called Malunggay there. You can eat the leaves straight from the trees; quite palatable and gives you great energy, as well as the bark. I’ve also seen it grows in the US.
9. Liquid Iodine. I’m excited as I’ve just (re) discovered this and have been using a little bottle that’s stood a good few years in my bathroom. Besides helping to purify water, this can be an excellent help in emergency treatments. Iodine’s necessary to help regulate the thyroid gland, which in turn helps in so many areas physically as well as with mental agility, depression and is said to work on certain chakras, aiding with emotional releases, according to numerous reports. It's a potent anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-viral and anti- cancer agent.
In addition to preventing against the toxic effects of radioactive materials, it helps with sinusitis, tonsilitis, cholesterol, stys, manic depression, shrinking fibroids and could improve vision. For maximum efficacy, it needs enough selenium (brazil nuts; dandelion tea; stinging nettle tea) to work its miracles. All this, in addition to being a fast wound healer.
There's different types you can take. I don’t take the ingestible liquid but the one for topical use only that colours everything a mustard yellow. I paint mine on with an ear bud daily to a thin-skinned part of the body for easy absorption - like inner upper thighs or inner upper arm area. People often paint right over the area of the body/organ they’re having a problem with. If you have too little iodine in your body, the colour will fade out altogether within 4/5 hours on your painted skin. If you're still yellow 24 hours later, your body has adequate iodine.
These have been some of my experiments and research this year. Hope some find something useful from this list of free/cheap emergency treatments and solutions.
Friday, October 18, 2013