Much of our prepping strategies are focused on gear … and how to use it. But survival skill sets are just as important. And among the most important of those is knowing first aid.
Planning for disaster scenarios certainly must include helping the injured and ill in your family and your group.
The medicinal properties of willow bark have been known since ancient times. Salicylic acid, an active ingredient of aspirin, comes from the salicin in the bark. (Enough of the chemistry.)
Like aspirin, a willow bark tea reduces fevers, eases pain, and is an anti-inflammatory. But here’s the trade-off: the tea is bitter, tastes horrible, and can upset your stomach; so it’s only used for the medicinal properties. This is not your morning Earl Grey.
In the short video below, Survival Lilly demonstrates how she harvests the willow bark and prepares this herbal remedy. Because of it’s excellent healing results, the willow bark is truly a “survival herb”.
As, always, Learn, Practice, and Share.
Source & Image: Survival Lilly
The medical kit we’re talking about here is for serious injuries, for trauma. So there are no band-aids, first aid creams, etc.
In the video below, SkinnyMedic shows what belongs in your kit. Along with his preferences, he suggests several options for each item category. There is one item he reluctantly recommends … but only if you’re trained in its use (9:30 mark of video).
The Patriot Nurse discusses 5 likely-to-happen (to someone) injuries during a SHTF scenario. The discussion includes why these injuries are more likely and how to prep for them. Here you go:
Why: … more manual labor needed.
Prep: … slings/wraps for joint (ankle, wrist, knee) support and pain management medications.
Why: … thermal burns from open fires/outdoor cooking, sunburns from outdoor activities.
Prep: … aloe and enough stocks of nutritious foods and proteins for healing.