This is some information I'd like to impart to those of you who are preparing for the WWIII, SHTF scenarios out there. I welcome additions,
criticism and corrections.
Please deal with me on the "Unclassified" tags just covering my rear.
This is purely to help you guys out.
[Expedient Medical Aid]
Chocolate: Nutrient which contains carbohydrates, fats and caffeine. Said to have calming, analgesic, and antidepressant properties.
Coffee: Contains caffeine, which is a stimulant. Additionally, coffee acts as a diuretic and promotes bowel movement.
Cinnamon: Promotes sweating and aids digestive troubles. Cinnamon also inhibits spasms and has antibacterial/antifungal qualities.
Pepper: Snort pepper as a decongestant. Pepper can be applied as a solution for insect repellant, or as a skin irritant to alleviate painful joints.
Has a mild antimicrobial effect and can serve as a food preservative.
Salt: Helps in electrolyte replacement and food preservation. Acts as a weak antimicrobial and as a poultice to relieve swelling. Taken as a strong
solution, it can induce vomiting and bowel movement.
Sugar: Nutrient with antibacterial properties. Can aid healing when applied directly to chronic ulcerated wound. Sugar may also serve as a food
Tea: Applied topically can shrink or contract mucous membranees and other soft tissues. Tea contains caffeine, which is a stimulant. Additionally,
tea acts as a an antibacterial, diuretic aid and source of fluoride. You can also use tea for unbroken skin rashes and swelling.
Vinegar: Apply vinegar topically for superficial fungal infections. Put vinegar in tea for sore throats and general health.
Duct Tape: Many uses to include binding or taping wounds, splinting fractures, immobilizing limbs and bandaging.
Mouthwash: Most mouthwashes are alcohol based and can serve as an antiseptic. Some brands treat superficial fungal infections (Listerine). They
also, of course, promote dental health.
Oil of Clove: Cloves are a potent pain reliever for dental pain, lost fillings and crowns.
Shaving Cream: Can act as a soapy lubricant and skin cleanser. Contains aromatic compounds that can alleviate nasal congestion. Many shaving creams
possess skin softeners for dry skin.
Soap: Usually for cleansing the skin. Some types of soap have a high fat/oil content, which may be eaten in small amounts as a stool lubricant.
Super Glue: May be used for expedient suturing and dental appliance repair.
Tobacco: Serves as a topical poultice to relieve hemorroids and insect stings (bees, wasps, hornets, etc). Also used as an insect/leech repellant.
Tobacco is lightly antiseptic in small amounts.
Toothpaste: Toothpaste has mild antibacterial properties. It can relieve nasal congestion and topical fungal infections. Toothpaste can also relieve
heartburn and if applied topically can kill germs.
Apples: Apply a poultice of crushed apples to relieve skin irritation, infections or minor cuts/abrasions. Apples are nutritious and promote bowel
Cabbage: Cabbage or other leafy vegetables can act as a weak anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Apply leaves or juice to infected or inflamed
areas of intact skin.
Citrus: Fruits act as a digestive stimulant, diuretic and mucus thinner. Use juice, pulp or peel as a direct application to insect bites.
Garlic: Garlic is an antibiotic, antifungal, analgesic and lowers cholesterol. It also inhibits coagulation of blood and acts as mucus thinner for
colds. Use topically for fungal skin infections.
Honey: Honey is an antimicrobial. May be applied to wound dressing. Honey also soothes a sore throat. Helps coughing and cold symptoms.
Oatmeal: Oatmeal is said to have calming, topical painkilling, anti-depressant properties and is an excellent dietary fiber source. It is nutritious
and makes an excellent poultice for skin irritations.
Olive Oil: Olive Oil (or other oils/fats) can be nutritional and also acts as an insect barrier, stool lubricant and skin emollient.
Onion: Onions or onion juice is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and a topical painkiller. Topical use can relieve earache, insect stings or fungal
infections. Consume for nutrients and cold symptoms.
Peppers: Peppers are a mild food preservative and insect repellant. Peppers promote sweating and are a source of vitamins. Use pepper juice
topically to relieve painful joints.
Potatoes: Apply slices of potato directly to swelling or insect bites.
Yams: Take orally to relieve muscle spasms, bowel discomfort, fever and urinary tract infections.
Aspen/White Willow Bark: Contains salicin, the main ingredient in aspirin. Make tea from the bark or chew the bark to relieve pain or reduce a fever.
Be careful about dosage. Ringing in the ears is an indicator of an overdose.
Clover: Clover flowers can be crushed and applied to bites or stings. May be used as an eyewash for conjunctivitis and as a compress for arthritic
pain. Said to be useful as a douche for vaginal itching.
Dandelion: All parts of the Dandelion are edible. It acts as a diuretic and digestive tonic. Use the concentrate made by boiling down the roots to
treat acne, eczema and constipation.
Maggots: Used for many generations to remove dead tissue from poorly healing wounds. Using maggots to remove dead tissue aids healing and the maggot
secretions have antimicrobial properties. Allow fly eggs to hatch, remove extra maggots and monitor closely, as some types of maggots eat viable
flesh. Remove all the maggots when red granular tissue remains.
Mullein: The leaves may be applied directly to wounds and juice/tea can relieve coughs and throat irritations.
Plantain: A breadloaf 'weed' growing in vacant lots or yards. The leaves are edible. Tea made from plantain leaves relieves digestive disorders.
The leaves can also make a poulitce for insect stings and promote wound healing.
Tannins: Thick, bitter liquid derived from soaking bark or leaves of many types of plants, especially Oak. Apply topically for insect repellant or
intact skin rashes. Avoid internal use since tannin is a known toxin.
Wild Rose: Contains vitamins and approximately 300 chemical constituents. Make tea from the rose hips to relieve chronic diarrhea or urinary tract
More Information for survival to follow
[edit on 6-11-2008 by mf_luder]