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[Video] Your Basic Medical Kit

Medical & Hygiene Kit

As you spend more time using knives, saws, and other tools in the field, it’s more likely you’ll suffer cuts, deep scrapes, and blisters. It’s why you always need at least a basic med kit nearby.

axe into tree trunk

Axe Injury?

Mike from MCQBushcraft goes through his personal med/hygiene kit. Some of the items he always carries include:

Medical Kit Items

  • absorbent scarf as a towel or sling,
  • easily accessible compression bandage (never want to have to dig for it in your pack as you’re bleeding),
  • packs of tissue for minor bleeds and hygiene,
  • Fenix flashlight with head strap,
  • non-adherent dressings for deep flesh scrapes,
  • a mirror for eye or facial injuries, and
  • chlorine dioxide water purification tablets for emergency clean water and hydration needs.

Watch the video below to see his complete med kit … and why he carries what he does.



Source: MCQBushcraft

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Fake C-A-T Tourniquets Flood Marketplace

Tests by the U.S. Army’s Institute of Surgical Research show that the Combat Application Tourniquet® is “100% effective”.


Counterfeit Tourniquet Warning

Manufactured in the U.S by North American Rescue, the C-A-T® is a compact, lightweight tourniquet that can be self-applied using just one hand. It’s an excellent medical device and very popular with first responders and serious preppers.

It’s so popular that the marketplace is flooded with Chinese made counterfeits.

There are so many fake C-A-T devices being sold that North American issued the following warning:

Counterfeit Tourniquet Warning:

There are several counterfeit medical devices on the market which resemble the Combat Application Tourniquet®
(C-A-T®). This includes those sold by online vendors on eBay® and Amazon®. Some of those counterfeits have catastrophically failed during actual life-saving applications [my emphasis].

To ensure the authenticity of your Combat Application Tourniquet® (C-A-T®), contact North American Rescue.
For Questions, call 888-689-6277

How can you spot a fake C-A-T?

The SkinnyMedic teamed up with North American to produce the short video below showing all the tell-tale signs of a counterfeit. Always check the four areas that yell, “Fake!”.

At the video’s end the rip-offs vs. the real are placed side by side.



Image: North American Rescue

Stock Your First Aid Kit With Natural Remedies

Natural First Aid Remedies

Most folks own a first aid kit. And there are all sorts of remedies, supplies and skills that everyone knows about.

health remedies from nature

Natural Remedies

(Of course, knowing about a first aid technique and being able to do it are very different things. But that’s a different post.)

There is one category that may be important in survival situations: natural and organic remedies. Solutions that you can stock and prepare in advance.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it should get you started stocking your survival first aid kit with natural remedies.

Natural Remedies

Several of [these] can be used on an easy camping trip, but this is aimed at longer-term situations [when] different medical [facilities] may not be available.

Activated Charcoal (Activated Carbon) – … to neutralize poisons. It’s a remedy for arsenic, mercury, pesticides, strychnine …  over 4,000 chemicals … plant and [microbial] toxins …  and wastes.

It may be used for venomous snake and spider bites. It’s to be dampened before being taken internally (about one teaspoon) and placed directly onto the wounds dampened.

Bentonite Clay – Following exposure to snake bites, activated charcoal can only be helpful for the first four hours. Following that, bentonite clay ought to be applied on to the wound site, because it has an interesting ability to draw out toxins.

Cayenne – Besides improving the flavor of a range of dishes, cayenne could be a miraculous herbal medicine. It [may] stop a heart attack within minutes, and was historically applied to open wounds for other purposes

Ginger – Nausea and vomiting … Preventing nausea often means preventing dehydration, therefore ginger is another life-saver …

Colloidal Silver – Silver is without doubt one of the best anti-bacterial and anti-viral substances available. It can thus be used to make water safer to drink, while not causing major blood vessel harm like chlorine … [but it will] not kill most parasites …

Colloidal silver will facilitate anyone who has become sick with almost any sickness. Take two tablespoons each few hours … Colloidal silver is the best burn remedy in existence …

Iodine – Iodine may be a life safer for deep wounds. It penetrates deeply to kill all infectious bacterium …  apply iodine generously to any injury that breaks the skin …  till the wound [scabs] over …

Echinacea – … Use it orally in large doses following a venomous bite, and topically mix it into the bentonite clay that was mentioned earlier …

Apple Cider Vinegar – It [may] quickly eliminate indigestion, heartburn, sunburns (in combination with silver), and may sometimes help with headaches.

Chamomile – … for quickly eliminating insect bites. Chamomile may be purchased in capsule form, and the capsules should be opened and mixed with vodka before directly applying to insect bites.

It’s …  a gentle sedative, so chamomile is the Benadyrl of the wildlife. For max result against insect bites, a solution of it really needs to be made well in advance … should be used with caution in people who suffer from ragweed allergies …

Anti-Inflammatory – … Devil’s Claw, cherry concentrate, and MSM are the foremost effective for injuries. MSM may be a source of sulfur that has been repeatedly shown in analysis to assist with each join pain and injury-related inflammation.

Cannabis (marijuana) – While illegal in most areas of the planet, these herbs are ideal for pain relief … Cannabis is good for gentle to medium pain relief and nausea …

[As always, you must not rely on the information in this post as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.
If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

Source: The prolific and very smart “ordinary guy”, John Turner, of Patriot Direct.

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8 DIY Toothache Remedies

Deep, Throbbing Toothache Pain

An aching tooth has to be one of the worst pains. Constant, never-ending, deep, throbbing, pain. Ouch!

cavity in tooth


For any number of reasons, a dentist may not be an immediate option: you’re in the wilderness, or you prefer self-care as a DIY kind of guy or gal, or you’re low on funds, or all the dentists are gone (hopefully not, my dentist friends).

Well here are eight do-it-yourself toothache remedies that may ease your pain. These are only stop-gap measures. There’s a reason for your aching tooth, and it should be addressed by a professional. And if your gums are swollen get to a dentist or doctor.

The DIY Remedies

Directions: Apply the below remedies directly to both the problem tooth and surrounding gums unless otherwise directed.

For items that direct you to chew, or for liquids that are to be swished around inside mouth, direct the liquid on and around the sore tooth as much as possible.

Do not swallow liquids. Rinse your mouth and spit them out when done.

1) Vanilla Extract: Saturate a cotton ball with vanilla and hold in place. Can also use a cotton swab dipped in extract. Other extracts that have the same effect are: Almond Extract Peppermint Extract & Lemon Extract

2) Tea Tree Oil: Just a drop or two will do the trick. You can also add some to a cotton swab and hold in place or add a few drops of tea tree oil to a small glass of lukewarm to warm water and rinse your mouth with it.

3) Oil Of Oregano: Mix a few drops with a bit of olive oil, then saturate a cotton ball with mixture. Can replace the olive oil with lukewarm water if preferred.

4) Apple Cider Vinegar: Soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar (ACV) and hold it in place. Can also try regular household vinegar.

5) Potato: Cut a fresh piece of potato (raw, skin off) and hold in place. Can also pound a piece of raw potato, mix in a bit of salt and use the mash.

6) Cucumber: Slice a fresh piece of cucumber and hold it over the sore area. If refrigerated, you might want to bring the cucumber to room temperature before using (if sensitive to cold) otherwise a cool piece can be soothing.You can also mash a piece with a bit of salt and pack it around the sore tooth.

7) Cloves: This is remedy from the old timers (my great grandparents), rest a clove against the sore area until pain goes away. You can also use a drop or two of clove oil (BE CAREFUL: too much can be toxic) or make a thick paste of ground cloves and water or ground cloves and olive oil.

8) Tea: Make a fresh cup of tea then take the used tea bag (still warm) and stick it in your mouth. Careful not to tear the bag. The tannins that are naturally in tea leaves can help numb things.

Source:  ‘Above Average’ Joe is far from just average. You can read his excellent articles on Survival Life.

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