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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Natural Remedies

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Natural Remedies

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I’ve always been a proponent of using a common-sense approach to treating ailments and illnesses.  Some medications work very well, whereas others can end up creating more problems than they treat.  On the other hand, there are also many natural remedies that can end up doing the same thing.  However, when there is a choice available, I tend to go the natural route simply because I know that they have been used for ages, and generally-speaking, produce minimal risk.

Sleep Aid

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An all-natural sleep aid product that I tried out a couple of years ago was what really turned my attention to natural remedies.  It contained ingredients that were all herbal, plus a good deal of L-tryptophan, or the compound found in turkeys that makes us sleepy.  Combined, this product knocked me out within minutes, and I didn’t wake up with that groggy-feeling that I get from other sleep-aids, and these are non-habit forming.

Consequently, I started to look at other natural remedies as ways to help alleviate the symptoms of a wide-range of ailments.  There are thousands of “cures” and recipes out there, and it took a bit of trial-and-error and experimentation before I was able to find ones that really work.  That’s an important lesson to take away from natural remedies:  Some work better than others, some are safer than others and some are not worth the hassle to prepare, particularly when a suitable pharmaceutical is available that has minimal side-effects.

Survival Medicine Cabinet

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One of the benefits of this quest that I’ve been on is that I can prepare remedies ahead of time and store them for use under normal circumstances as well as during a crisis.  While It’s true that you can stock up on medicines from the store, these natural remedies are more sustainable.  This partly because many of the ingredients can be grown at home, and the ones that need to be ordered can be prepared and stored over the long-term in many cases. 

Consequently, my survival medicine cabinet has a blend of natural as well as over-the-counter remedies.  I also have some recipes that I can whip up together from ingredients that I have laying around in order to make remedies on the spot as well.  At the end of the day, I feel better-equipped and prepared if a SHTF situation comes my way, and access to medication and remedies may be a challenge.

Plan Ahead

The trick with herbal remedies is that it takes some practice, planning and experimentation in order to whittle down the list to ones that really work.  Consequently, if you’re interested in delving into the more natural side of things when it comes to treating ailments, now is the time to get started.  There’s a lot to learn, a lot of ways to adapt, and unfortunately, you don’t get to know the effectiveness of some of these remedies until they are used when someone isn’t feeling well.

I guess the point that I’m making is that there’s no time like the present in terms of learning, testing and finally using remedies that can really work.  Try to choose ones that can be made from resources that you’ll have on hand during a period of prolonged self-sufficiency, and look for recipes that can be stored over the long-term as well. 

At the end of the day, natural remedies generally not only alleviate symptoms, but they can produce benefits for the body as well.  Pharmaceuticals, on the other hand, are generally designed to treat symptoms but not provide any real health benefits.  Consequently, going natural is a better option all around as long as it’s safe and practical to do so.  However, there’s nothing wrong with having some commercial products on hand when all you need is a quick solution for a minor problem as well.  The key is to be practical and find the right blend of medicines and remedies that work best for you and your family.

What are some of your favorite remedies?  Feel free to share some ideas that can help us all to find remedies that can be healthier and just as effective as pharmaceutical products. 

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Why You Want to Pack as Many Plastic Baggies as Possible

Why You Want to Pack as Many Plastic Baggies as Possible

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Plastic baggies are an example of things that you absolutely need packed away in your survival kit or bug out bag.  They have a million-and-one different uses, and it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to think of how they can be of use to you when you need to rely on your supplies during a crisis.  Let’s look at a couple of ways that you can incorporate baggies into your planning now and enjoy some additional benefits as well.

Repackaging

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One way to not only ensure that you have enough baggies on hand, but to cut down on wasted space or bulk at the same time, is to re-package items.  This is a particularly useful trick if you are packing a bug out bag and want to conserve as much space as possible.  Go through your supplies, and see what items can be taken out of their packaging and placed into baggies instead.  You’ll be surprised at how much space little boxes or odd-shaped packaging takes up.

Combining Items

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You can also combine different items in order to conserve space as well.  However, try and think about how and when items will be used.  That way you can combine those items together and have easy access to them as needed.  The same applies for items that you won’t be using that much.  These can be combined and stuffed in out-of-the-way places until you need them.

Food Storage

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You will be able to store a lot more food, in less space, if you place them in baggies instead of other containers.  This is a great way to grab some items from your stockpile and place them in your bug out bag.  You can portion them as needed, and combine items into larger bags in order to make meals more accessible in the field.  You can also use baggies to store a lot of different items in your stockpile at home or shelter as well. 

Why Baggies

When bugging-out or being in a wilderness survival situation, baggies give you something to carry things with.  They also have a seal that can keep items from leaking or spilling.  Baggies can also be used to store anything from leftover food to protecting your toothbrush.  You can collect and store different items, haul bait, protect matches and fire-starters, or you can also make homemade hot or cold packs with them. 

The possibilities or endless, and chances are that you will stumble on uses that you didn’t even think about until you’re in the heat of the moment.  By repackaging items, you not only avoid forgetting to pack the baggies while ensuring that you have a supply on hand.  Unfortunately, baggies are often the last thing that a lot of people think about as they’re putting their survival gear together, even thought they have so many practical benefits. 

Our advice?  Pack some away now, because you’ll be glad you did later, and they can go a long way to make life easier in the field during a crisis.

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