Spring Foraging: DIY Guide to Using Dandelions for Everyday Purposes

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Foraging Preparation for Spring Dandelion“For people who wish to harvest, process and use their own herbal medicine, I can think of no better introduction than the dandelion.”  Gregory L. Tilford, herbalist There are already signs of spring. Tuesday March 20th, 2:16 p.m. is fast approaching. What can we do today while we’re waiting for the spring plants to burst. . . Read More

Guide to Edible Bark: Using Trees for Medicine & Food

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edible bark tree medicine foodWhen people think of edible plants, trees and bark are probably not very high on the list of what comes to mind. Sure, using bark as a major food source is only something you’d do in the most desperate imaginable survival situations. However, regardless of whether you’re in a survival situation or not, bark and. . . Read More

The Best Gas Masks for Preppers and What to Look For

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A gas mask is technically a kind of respirator which focuses on filtering out chemicals and gases. They are a very specific tool, that won’t protect you from everything, and is definitely overkill for some hazards. Still, you can find relatively cheap and modern gas masks to protect your body and your respiratory system from. . . Read More

Acute Mountain Sickness: Signs, Prevention and Treatment

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The journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) reports that 33.5% of the population lives below an elevation of 100 meters above sea level. That means that, in any major disaster, getting out of Dodge often means heading for the hills. There’s a possibility that we might have to abruptly relocate from a. . . Read More

What We Can Expect from the 2018 Flu Season & the Best Ways We Can Protect Ourselves

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Every year there are predictions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the severity or the mildness of worldwide influenza. This year is no different. From many reliable sources comes this prediction: “It’s going to be BAD.” This assessment is due to the severity of the Australian influenza during their recent winter. . . Read More

Top 4 Medicinal Mushroom Powerhouses

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For thousands of years, people around the world have relied on mushrooms for nutritious food and powerful medicine. Thankfully, they figured out which mushrooms are beneficial to humans and which are likely to get you killed—a process of trial and error that we, as modern humans, ought to be deeply grateful for! However, much of. . . Read More

Alternative Infection Prevention and Treatment

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Before we get into the subject of prevention and alternative treatments of infections, I think it is necessary to say that I have no formal medical training. This information is meant to help you see what options are there during an extreme situation or for minor infections that do not require major antibiotics. This is. . . Read More

The Best Vitamins And Supplements For Hard Times

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Good times, hard times, vitamins can make up for what is lacking in your daily diet as well as provide additional immune system end even emotional support. First, let’s talk about the basics you need to know about vitamins before purchasing any major supply. There is a reason why some cost more than others. A. . . Read More

DIY Miracle Healing Salve: Wild Plant Edition

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A number of years back, I found Gaye’s recipe for an essential-oil based DIY Miracle Healing Salve that she found effective on everything from cuts and rashes to sore muscles and eczema. I made the recipe, and have been using it ever since as my go-to first aid salve, replacing Neosporin, Cortisone, aloe vera gel,. . . Read More

Dealing with Dental Abscesses Off The Grid

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Many readers of our Survival Medicine Handbook are surprised to find entire chapters devoted to the treatment of dental problems. Visitors to our store are likewise surprised to find dental supplies in some of our medical kits. Why is it so important for the survival medic to be “dentally” prepared as well as medically prepared?. . . Read More

Top 7 Best Essential Oils for Energy

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Top 7 Best Essential Oils for Energy

Are you exhausted? Maybe you wake up in the morning a fog, turning to stimulants like coffee to boost your focus. Maybe you hit an afternoon slump at work, finding it harder and harder to push through your projects. Maybe you come home after work wanting nothing more than to collapse on the couch and. . . Read More

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How to Survive Snake Bites – The Science of Antivenom

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How to Survive Snake Bites

In the event of a venomous snake bite, antivenom, sometimes called antivenin, is the only treatment. While these miraculous drugs cannot reverse the damage that the venom has already caused you, they do stop the venom in its tracks. So, how exactly does it work? Of course, you’ll also want to know which snakes are. . . Read More

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Health Benefits of Garlic: The Medicinal Use of Garlic

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Medicinal Use of Garlic

History of Garlic Garlic (Allium sativum) originated someplace in Central Asia and has since spread and diversified throughout the world. So what’s so special about garlic?  We all know about its distinctive odor, but did you know the long-proven history of the medicinal use of garlic make it one of the best natural medicines available?. . . Read More

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Traumatic Brain Injuries in Survival Settings

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Injuries are part and parcel of a long-term survival scenario. Many realize that good boots, gloves, and even protective eyewear will prevent many of these injuries, but few will take action to protect against head injuries. Most head injuries cause superficial damage and are not life-threatening. Indeed, most amount to only a laceration of the. . . Read More

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Patient Advocacy For Good Times and Bad

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Patient Advocacy For Good Times and Bad | Backdoor Survival

Becoming medically prepared can be one of the most difficult aspects of prepping. First, there is the unpredictable nature of medical emergencies themselves. Then there is the prospect of inadequate medical training coupled with the lack of supplies and medicine.

Even during normal times, doing the right thing medically can have dire consequences. Something you may not have considered is the need for patient advocacy, both now and in the future when the prospect of getting good proper medical care is not likely. Dr. Joe Alton is back again with an all-new and all-important article of medical preparedness.

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Healing Herbs: What You Need to Know About Mint

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Healing Herbs What You Need to Know About Mint | Backdoor Survival

Mint is a prolific garden herb with many useful healing qualities. Learn to grow, harvest, preserve and use various types of mint for wellness purposes. This is the second in-depth article in the series on healing herbs you can grow yourself.

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How to Prepare for A Pandemic

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The best time to prepare for a pandemic is when a serious disruptive event of the pandemic-type is not on the immediate horizon. That said, a pandemic can occur at any time. It is this unknown aspect of pandemics that make them a potential reality we must prepare for. Learn about the skills, strategies, and supplies you need in order to prepare for a pandemic.

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Prepper’s Guide to Dental Equipment and Dental Exams + Giveaway

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Preppers Guide to Dental Equipment and Dental Exams | Backdoor Survival

Dental equipment and dental exams are not often written about within the context of long-term survival. This is surprising because our mouths are a portal into our body. Oral bacteria and decay can quickly move throughout our system using saliva as a carrier. The result is sickness and a compromised immune system.

In this article from our Survival Medic Series, Dr. Joe Alton explains what procedures and supplies we need to know about when dealing with dental health. Learn how to perform a dental exam and about the tools and equipment you need resolve dental emergencies, Plus, enter the giveaway to win a Survival Dental Kit valued at $199.

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Healing Herbs: What You Need to Know About Comfrey

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Healing Herbs Comfrey | Backdoor Survival

Late last year, I set up a poll asking about herbs. More specifically, I asked the question “Name herbs you would like to learn more about relative to wellness and healthcare”. There were close to one hundred responses with the clear leader being Comfrey.

What is Comfrey? How do you grow it? What is it used for? In this first of a series of articles on plants used for health and wellness, I share what I know along with what I have learned from Susan Perry, a practicing herbalist, educator, and master gardener who is also a Backdoor Survival reader. Learn about planting, growing, and harvesting comfrey, along with instructions for making a poultice, infusion and more.

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Diffusers and You: What You Need to Know

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What You Need to Know About Diffusers | Backdoor Survival

Using a diffuser to dispense the healing qualities of essential oils is one of the easiest ways to become accustomed to their use. Say, for example, someone in your home is sick with a cold or flu. Adding 5 or 6 drops of an anti-microbial essential oil to a diffuser will allow the healing qualities of the oil to disperse and circulate around the room, benefiting all if its occupants.

Likewise, if you are having problems breathing, a few drops of an essential oil running in a diffuser can clear the nasal passages and allow you to breathe more easily, especially at night. If this sounds familiar to the old fashioned vaporizer our mother’s put in our rooms as kids, you are correct. The concept is the same but instead of breathing in a chemical cocktail invented by the OTC drug industry, you are breathing something plant based that is actually good for you.

In this article, I share with you some of the benefits of using an essential oil diffuser along with alternatives for those times when a diffuser is not available. I also suggest specific oils and blends to get you started. (Part 1 of a 2 part series).

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Review: Be Medically Prepared with a Gunshot & Bleeding Wound Kit + Giveaway

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Be Medically Prepared with a Gunshot & Bleeding Wound Kit | Backdoor Survival

Accidents do happen and we all need to be prepared for a medical emergency when help may not be on the way. It is my belief that everyone should have a kit that can control severe bleeding and my top choice is the Gunshot Wound Kit from Joe and Amy Alton’s Doom and Bloom Store. Today I will tell you about the kit and also, in a fantastic giveaway, offer both the kit and a copy of the book, The Survival Medicine Handbook, Third Edition, to one lucky reader of this article.

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10 Top Myths About Preventing a Cold

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10 Top Myths About Preventing a Cold | Backdoor Survival

Like the game of party line we played as kids, myths about colds and other short-term illnesses prevail. The reality is that the common cold is caused by a virus that is passed from person to person. They can occur anytime during the year and not just during what is commonly referred to as the “cold season”. So what are those myths? Contributing author Dr. Joe Alton is here to debunk them and to reinforce what I have always said: thoroughly washing your hands is one of the best ways to avoid sickness, including the common cold.

Warning: Some of these myths may surprise you. Who knew?

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How to Use Essential Oils to Relieve Sinus Congestion + Giveaway

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How to Use Essential Oils to Relieve Sinus Congestion | Backdoor Survival

A sinus infection is miserable. Technically called sinusitis, this is a common ailment that first appears to be symptomatic of a common cold but in reality, is the result of swollen and inflamed nasal cavities. It is often caused by a virus which means treating with antibiotics is useless. That is just one reason why it makes sense to know how to treat the symptoms of a sinus infection without running to the drugstore for an armload of drugs that either will not work or will make you drowsy and incidentally raise your blood pressure.

Over the past couple of months, a number of people around me have suffered from sinus congestion. Like a mad scientist on a mission, I started experimenting with essential oils and with the help of Valerie Worwood’s fantastic book on essential oils, came up with a formula that works. If you have sinus problems, here is a DIY remedy using budget-friendly essential oils along with three different ways to use the blend: topically, in a diffuser, and by simple inhalation.

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What You Need to Know About Colds, Flu and Respiratory Infections

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What You Need to Know About Colds, Flu and Respiratory Infections | Backdoor Survival

How much do you really know about the treatment of colds and flu? Even in normal times, it is easy to be confused by viral versus bacterial infections, and sorting out which is which when we get sick. This gets further compounded following a disruptive event when physicians and pharmacies are not available to assist with our healthcare needs.

In this exclusive new article by contributing author, Joe Alton, colds, flu, and respiratory infections are addressed along with tips for ensuring good respiratory hygiene during good times and bad.

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8 Essential Oils For Your First Aid Kit

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8 Essential Oils For Your First Aid Kit | Backdoor Survival

As much as I like to try new things when it comes essential oils, I tend to go back to the same oils, day in and day out. This is surprising since my EO drawer is overflowing with over fifty different oils. I consider this good news since, as a prepper, there is only so much I can afford to put away for long term emergency purposes. It is much easier to stockpile and learn the effective use of a handful of oils than the dozens that are out there, just waiting to be put through our personal trial and error cycle. Today I share eight oils for your first aid kit that are tried and true.

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Special Report: The Future of Fish Antibiotics for Survival

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Future of Fish Antibiotics for Survival | Backdoor Survival

Because of the upcoming Jan.1, 2017, veterinary feed directive, Dr. Joe Alton has been getting a lot of questions about whether fish antibiotics will still be available. Here is his breaking article on the future of fish antibiotics. The bottom line is the FDA is placing priority on livestock antibiotics, not hobby fish and bird meds.

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Why Store Fish Antibiotics For Survival

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Why Store Fish Antibiotics for Survival | Backdoor Survival

I first learned about fish antibiotics in 2012 when I struggled with a tooth abscess while on vacation in the middle of nowhere.  I was totally unprepared for a bacterial infection and going forward, was determined to stockpile antibiotics for emergency purposes down the road.

As a layman and not a healthcare professional, this was not casual research.  I went to many sources, looked at bottles, and asked a lot of questions.  I came away confident that lacking proper medical facilities, the judicious use of fish and veterinary antibiotics would be safe in a SHTF situation.  And the best part about it?  Fish antibiotics are readily available online at reasonable prices without a prescription.  They are even available at Wal-Mart.

Why Store Fish Antibiotics for Survival | Backdoor Survival

It was an epiphany.

But as I said, I am not a health care professional and am hesitant to offer even a modicum of advice on this subject.  On the other hand, contributing author Dr. Joe Alton is a medical doctor and is well versed in survival medicine.  In another exclusive article for Backdoor Survival, he is here today to share his knowledge of fish antibiotics and why peppers should include them as part of their long-term survival plan.

Why Store “Fish” Antibiotics?

By Joe Alton, MD

Years ago, I wrote the first article by a physician on the utility of certain antibiotics used in the aquarium and bird hobbies. Since then, fish antibiotics have become a part of many medical kits for those concerned about long-term survival. Indeed, a cottage industry has arisen to provide these products.

In my, perhaps, unique position as a doctor and a fish/bird keeper (everything from raising tilapia in ponds, breeding show bettas, and T.D. Bird, our 30 year old African Grey parrot), I’ve had the opportunity to treat both humans and animals that have bacterial infections.

When a human patient had a bacterial infection that required antibiotics, I might give them, say, amoxicillin. When a fish developed fin rot, I might use a product called Fish-Mox. For many years, I never gave it another thought.

Over time, however, I began to realize that there were avoidable deaths in long-term survival. With a large number of people performing activities they were unaccustomed to, such as chopping wood, injuries would occur. Some of these would get infected and could enter the bloodstream, a condition called septicemia, leading to life-threatening consequences. Having antibiotics in the survival medic’s kit could save lives otherwise lost.

This was illustrated in the 2010 History Channel offering “After Armageddon”. In the program, the Johnson family has survived a pandemic and was “bugging out”. They eventually joined a community of survivors. The father injures himself doing activities of daily survival, and incurs a cut that becomes infected. The community has run out of antibiotics and he, a paramedic himself, slowly dies as a result of the spreading infection. See it here (go to 1 hour 21 minutes to see the tragic outcome): 

Here is a direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtP80Z08lfg

But how to get a reasonable supply of antibiotics? A sympathetic doctor may give you a prescription for 20 pills, but that would run out very quickly in a survival setting. You’d need to stockpile enough for long-term survival settings. 

So I took a second look at some of my fish antibiotics. I examined a product called Fish Mox Forte. This fish medication contained only one ingredient: Amoxicillin 500mg. Nothing there that made your scales shinier or your fins longer.

Investigating further, I found that Fish Mox is produced in two dosages: 250mg and 500mg, the same dosages used in humans. Why would a guppy need the same amount of antibiotic as an adult human (no instructions for fish bowls compared to 200 gallon aquariums)?

I decided to compare samples of human Amoxicillin 500mg produced by Dava Pharmaceuticals and Fish Mox Forte (the 500mg version). The human version was a red and pink capsule with the numbers and letters WC 731 on it; Fish Mox Forte was a red and pink capsule with the numbers and letters WC 731 on it. In other words: Identical. 

Why would companies use the same appearance and identification numbers if they are producing a different, lower grade product for veterinary use? First, it’s likely illegal to do so; second, It’s simple enough to just use a different colored capsule.

I found a number of fish and bird antibiotics that met my criteria, purchasable in quantity and without a prescription. They:

  • Had only 1 ingredient, the antibiotic itself
  • Were only produced in human dosages
  • Were identical in appearance to antibiotics produced by at least one human pharmaceutical company.

It was clear to me (and verified by readers who worked in the pharmacy and veterinary industries over the years) that they are the exact same products, taken from the same batches produced for humans.

This wasn’t true of all veterinary products. Some had additional ingredients that gave benefits to specific animals, others were in larger dosages that are not advisable in humans (for example, equine meds).

So let’s go back to the important question: Are the fish and bird antibiotics I write about useful additions to your survival medical storage? Some deaths may be unavoidable in a situation without rule of law, but does it make any sense not to have medicines that could possibly prevent an unnecessary death?

Of course, you’ll need to study antibiotics in detail to be effective as the medic for a survival group. Antibiotics are not something to use injudiciously; veterinary antibiotics are no different. Indeed, the overuse of antibiotics is the cause for the epidemic of antibiotic resistance we see today. 80% of these meds are used in livestock, mostly to speed growth rather than to treat disease. The CDC is starting to control the use of antibiotics, but are starting with livestock like cows, pigs, and chickens.

If you can obtain antibiotics in quantity now, you should consider it for use in survival settings. Having said this, don’t use them when doctors exist to prescribe standard medications for bacterial disease. You’ll need to be able to recognize bacterial infections (antibiotics don’t kill viruses) to use them effectively. This isn’t always easy. Learn what infections look like and get needed supplies; you just might save the life of a loved one in times of trouble.

To find out much more about infectious disease and antibiotic use in survival settings, check out our 700 page Third Edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook, and look for more of our articles in the future at backdoorsurvival.com.

The Final Word

I don’t believe in popping antibiotics every time I get a sniffle. And, for that matter, antibiotics do nothing at all to fight virus infections.  On the other hand, being prepared for a bacterial infection is just one more step toward surviving a major disruptive event were there is a likelihood of injury or disease.

And as far as the common cold?  I put my trust in essential oils and especially the DIY Cold and Flu Bomb!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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AMOXFIN (500mg/ 30Capsules):  Read the review and decide for yourself. This is 100% pure amoxicillin, designed to keep your fishies healthy.  There is also Fin Mox Forte (500mg/100 Capsules): but there are not as many reviews.

Thomas Labs Fish Mox Amoxicillin 100 Count 250mg Capsules:  The prices on fish antibiotics from Wal-Mart are some of the best out there.  500mg capsules are available here and shipping is free.

Spark Naturals Essential Oils:  These are what you need for the Cold & Flu Bomb: Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Oregano, and Shield Blend. Don’t forget a few roller bottles, too.  And of course, be sure to use discount code BACKDOORSURVIVAL to receive a 10% discount on your order.  If you prefer, there is also a Cold & Flu Bomb Kit.

Stretch Bandage Wrap, 1” 30 rolls: I first learned about self-adhesive bandages when my dog came home from the vet such a bandage wrapped around his leg.  A light went off telling me I needed to add some to my first-aid kit.  And so I did.  This is a fantastic price and rivals the price at the farm supply.  I rarely use old-fashioned band aids any more.  You are going to love this stuff.

Quikclot Sport Brand Advanced Clotting Sponge: A must for any first aid or emergency kit, Quikclot Sport stops moderate to severe bleeding until further medical help is available.

CELOX First Aid Temporary Traumatic Wound Treatment, 10-Pack: These small packets of granules will stop bleeding within 30 seconds. To use, pour directly on a wound and apply pressure; it won’t sting or burn. Also safe for pets.  I like that the small packets are portable.

Tincture of Benzoin: This is another one of those items I had never heard of.  Its purpose is to hold a bandage or dressing in place.

Israeli Battle Dressing, 6-inch Compression Bandage: This is another inexpensive, yet critical item. Combat medics, trauma doctors, and emergency responders all recommend this Israeli Battle Dressing (IBD) for the treatment of gunshot wounds, puncture wounds, deep cuts, and other traumatic hemorrhagic injuries.

New-Skin Liquid Bandage, First Aid Liquid Antiseptic:  I have been using New Skin for years.  It is an antiseptic, invisible, flexible, and waterproof.  It works.

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For the past month I have been using Copaiba for a variety of purposes including pain relief and as a skin conditioner and serum.  In my own testing, it appears to be a low cost alternative to Frankincense and seems to boost the effectiveness of other oils.  With this week’s promo, you can try it yourself for free.

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Survival Buzz: 18 Herbal Remedies for Aches and Pains

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18 herbal remedies for aches and pains | Backdoor Survival

As well versed as I am when it comes to using essential oils for aches and pains, I have little practical experience using herbal remedies to resolve those daily creaks in my joints and elsewhere that seem to occur at the worst possible time.

Given the popularity of our recent Prepper Book Festival entry, Be Your Own Herbalist, I decided I better get with the program and continue the discussion of herbal remedies by calling in some experts with first hand experience.  That, plus getting some first hand experience myself.

18 herbal remedies for aches and pains | Backdoor Survival

This week I called in Carmen Reeves, the author of Homemade Herbal Medicine, and asked (really I begged) for some help.  What she has graciously done is given me permission to share an excerpt from her book.  In doing so, I want you to understand that Carmen is not simply a researcher who writes.  She uses herbs and other natural remedies herself and adds her personal anecdotal experience to her writings.

For the purpose of this article, herbal remedies for aches and pains are broken down into 4 main categories:

Arthritis pain
General, non-specific pain relief
Toothaches
Sore throats

Herbal Remedies for Arthritis

So many herbs out there tout anti-inflammatory capabilities. If you have pains from arthritis, whether Rheumatoid or Osteo-arthritis, there is an immense selection from the world of herbs to choose from. In fact—almost all herbs have some sort of anti-inflammatory capability! However, try out and stick to the following: they have the most supported use, both in modern studies and traditional knowledge.

1.  Evening Primrose – The seed pods are high in Omega-3’s, ALA, and GLA. An oil bought commercially, or infused from the plant’s seed pods, has been shown to alleviate inflamed joints—especially for Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers.

2.  Arnica – Creams, ointments, and salves are widely available for arthritis relief at most natural food stores. You can also opt to make your own salve or topical oil by extracting Arnica’s soothing compounds from the flowers. Make sure to not use Arnica internally, only externally on pained joints.

3.  Comfrey –Comfrey can take the edge off arthritic pain. Creams and ointments are available at some stores—or make an oil or salve from the leaves or root to rub into painful joints. Do not take internally.

4.  Ginger – Taken internally, Ginger can help with inflammatory pain much like a modern NSAID (like Acetaminophen). You might need to take it periodically over a few hours—make a fresh Ginger root tea, a Chai tea, or add fresh Ginger to your meal. Or—sip a Ginger ale.

5.  Turmeric – This bright yellow powder can provide relief for arthritis more effectively than any other. Take it internally in a tea, tincture, supplement, or added to food. Or, make yourself a Turmeric oil or salve—it works, but might make your hands yellow for a while!

Herbal Remedies for Pain Relief

What about general pain? Beyond achy joints from arthritis, there are numerous ways we experience pain. For example: we might suffer from muscle pains due to exercise or injury. Or, we might face nerve pain from issues like sciatica, or even type 2 diabetes.

No matter the issue, the herbal world will probably have you covered. If you’re tiring from pain medications or ointments with uncomfortable side effects—or maybe you just want to make your own remedy, or turn to something natural—check out these herbs which have been used for ages to soothe pains of all kinds.

6.  Aloe – The pain of burns, itching, dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema is no fun. Apply Aloe gel or cream to skin infections, afflictions, or even wounds. It can dull the burn of inflamed pain, and speed up the time it takes to heal.

7.  Arnica – Arnica assuages not only joint pain, but muscle or bruise pains too. Creams, ointments, and salves are commercially available. You can make your own salve or oil from the flowers. Do not use internally or on open skin.

8.  Black Haw – Containing a compound called scopoletin (as well as Aspirin-like compounds, including salicin), taking the twigs or root of this plant in a hot tea could achieve similar effect as taking Aspirin for tummy aches, menstrual cramps, or even the pain from harsh, dry coughs.

9.  Cayenne – Try an over-the-counter cream containing capsaicin, the active ingredient in Cayenne that makes it “spicy.” It works excellent on unbroken, smooth skin for nerve and muscle pains especially. Just make sure you wash your hands after using—getting any residue in your eyes or mouth will burn!

Gaye’s note:  Check this Backdoor Survival DIY: Make an Awesome Cayenne Salve for Pain Relief

10.  Comfrey – Comfrey eases muscle and joint pain both, but also helps speed healing of muscles, breaks, and internal injuries. Make an oil or salve from the leaves or root and rub into skin. Do not take internally or on open skin.

11.  St. John’s Wort – Got the blues and some uncomfortable nerve pain? St. John’s Wort not only allays depression. When used as a topical oil or salve rubbed into skin, it can soothe nerve pain. Try it with issues like fibromyalgia.

Herbal Remedies for Toothache

Maybe you don’t have to go to the dentist for simple tooth pain. Instead, turn to the culinary spices and herbs in your kitchen cupboard. If you don’t think it’s a cavity, abscess, or infection—consider these herbs for ridding yourself of the agony.

12.  Echinacea – Beyond fighting colds, Echinacea was traditionally used for toothaches. Make an oil or salve from leaves, flowers, or roots— apply just a bit to the gums around your aching tooth. Apply more every hour until pain recedes.

13.  St. John’s Wort – This plant, typically used for depression, yields a gorgeously deep-red infused oil if you leave it in oil in the sun. It can be safely dabbed around the gums of a throbbing tooth. Apply more every hour until pain recedes.

Herbal Remedies for Sore Throat

Ah—the scratchy, raspy pain that accompanies colds, flu, or sometimes even strep throat or allergies. Luckily, herbal remedies have been in place for sore throats for hundreds of years… if not thousands. All it takes is making a hot, soothing tea with any of the following herbs—and add a little lemon or honey (a mixture of maple syrup and malt syrup works the same way as a vegan alternative) for additional throat- relieving effects.

14,  Eucalyptus – This Australian tree’s active constituent, eucalyptol, helps soothe the pain and soreness of coughs or sore throat. It may also help open up airways, assist breathing, and even kill of viral or bacterial infections causing the sore throat. Make it as a gargle, using a few drops of essential oils or dried leaves.   Spit it out when finished.

15.  Garlic – Garlic, like Eucalyptus, is strong at fighting off viral/bacterial infection causing sore throat. It also boosts immunity to give an added edge. Most of all— a warm Garlic tea can be throat-soothing. Add a few cloves (as many as you can stand) to warm or hot water, then crush them in the water with a fork and stir. Add honey (or maple and malt syrup mixture) and lemon, and you have in your hands a homemade, herbal sore throat dream.

16.  Ginger – Ginger can be a boon to a sore throat, especially when it occurs with colds or flu. Make a hot tea of fresh root and add lemon—if you’re brave, add Garlic. Ginger’s pungent heat soothes the inflamed skin, while killing off any viral presence.

17.  Mint – Menthol in Mint leaves suppresses cough, and soothes any achy throat. Make a hot tea of it, and perhaps add some lemon or lime. Mint is also mildly anti-viral.

18.  Thyme – Like all these other above herbs, Thyme contains compounds that assuage a sore throat—but also can kill infection-causing microbes that lead up to it. Make a tea of Thyme sprigs with honey (or maple and malt syrup mixture) and lemon. Add crushed Garlic or Ginger if you dare!

For even more remedies, consider picking up a copy of Homemade Herbal Medicine or one of Carmen’s other health related books.  Plus, if there continues to be enough interest, I will be sharing more of her knowledge in future articles, which, as you know, are always available to you online for free.

Backdoor Survival Mail Bag & Reader Tips

Jeff left this comment a few weeks ago and I keep going back to it.

Prepping for survival is simple. Shelter, water and food are all that you have to cover.

Prepping for living is much more complicated. Simply surviving is not enough,you must plan for a life that is fulfilling and lasting, ensuring continued personal growth and a stable future for those who come after you. That is where prepping gets complex.

Prepping for living is hard work and it is so easy to get so caught up in the process that we forget to have fun.  I can only speak for myself but there are some days when I believe I have forgotten to have fun.  Do you ever feel that way?

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Speaking of giveaways, I have been slacking off a bit on product reviews this summer.  Coming up soon, however, are a review on a water test kit, some tactical hiking boots, and an all-stainless manually operated bread maker that I know you are going to love!

The Essential Oils Revolution 2 – Free Online Event

Last year I took a pass on promoting this event because I wanted to experience it first hand before making any sort of recommendation.  Now it is year two and I am comfortable sharing this information with you with one caveat.  This event heavily promotes the purchase of the video series after the fact.  I found it a bit annoying so be forewarned and know there is no obligation whatsoever to buy.

Now that is out of the way, here are the details.

The Essential Oils Revolution 2 starts on August 22nd, and promises to deliver tips, strategies and secrets for using essential oils to regain their health safely and effectively.  The essential oils will be discussed will be brand specific which is a real plus. 

Here is a sampling od what you will learn:

  • Why essential oils are truly nature’s best medicine
  • How to use essential oils safely and effectively
  • Tips for regaining control of your health
  • Home recipes, guides, safety protocols and best practices
  • And so much more!

Click here to register.

Speaking of Essential Oils

Enjoy free shipping on your entire order at Spark Naturals now through midnight August 21st with with purchase of a single bottle of lavender, peppermint, or rosemary.  Sound familiar?  These are the oils in my own Miracle Healing Salve and this special was created at my request.

In addition to free shipping, you still get 10% off your order using my discount code BACKDOORSURVIVAL.  Each of these oils is value-priced so if you have been waiting to give them a try, now you can do so with free shipping.

The Final Word

Survival Buzz?  What Buzz?  Yes, last week I did forget.  That is a first for me and I have tossed and turned at night thinking about it.  Although I would rather not delve into all of the reasons for forgetting things lately, I will simply share that the process of packing, purging, and moving is exhausting and I am tired.

I now have a keen appreciation for what many of you are feeling as you plan your own move that ma include the daunting task of relocating preps.  Let me ask this:  do you have a move-related story to share?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  Homemade Herbal Medicine: Your Essential Guide to Herbs & DIY Remedies for Health & Healing

In this book you will learn:

How to prepare very basic teas, infusions, salves, oils, tinctures, and herbal vinegars

The benefits of the author’s 30 favorite herbs, all of which are the most studied and esteemed by traditional folklore, ancient practice, science, and research combined

A wonderful guide of the Most Common Maladies, and the different ways herbs can be used to restore health for each issue

Learn how to handle colds, flus, headaches, anxiety, arthritis pain, skin problems, minor infections, cuts, stomach ailments, fibromyalgia pain, and so much more

The importance of what specific herbs and herbal preparations to use for certain issues—when infusions are better than essential oils, and when tinctures are better than supplements

Knowing how to choose the very best store bought teas, essential oils, supplements, and creams for your home practice

Learn, most of all, how plants can change your life! Equip yourself with basics, knowledge, and all the how-to’s on beginning herbalism.

Bargain Bin:  Below you will find links to some of my other favorite preps.

Gorilla Tape:  Gorilla Tape is really tough stuff for the really tough job.  For portability, Gorilla Tape To Go is extremely popular with Backdoor Survival readers.

3M Utility Duct Tape15 Ways to Limit Radiation After Nuclear Armageddon Backdoor Survival: Duct tape is an absolute necessity when sealing off a space to shelter in place.  For this purpose you want something better than the cheap stuff you get at the dollar store.

RediTape Pocket Duct Tape 2-Pack:  RediTape is available from Amazon in 2 packs.  I love this stuff and am stashing packs in all of kits.  In many cases it will replace a big bulky roll of the 3M stuff, giving me room for additional preps.

Sunferno Flintstone Portable Solar Panel with Rechargeable Battery Pack:  This sturdy solar power pack is lightweight and small enough to be used in an EDC kit.  I especially like that it has 2 USB ports.

Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger: This nicely built charger will charge AA, AAA, C, D, N, 9V, Ni-MH, Ni-CD, and Alkaline batteries. It has an LED display so that when you first put a battery in the charging bay, you know whether it is viable for charging or simply bad and ready to go back to the recycle box. See How to Recharge Alkaline Batteries.

How to Sew a Button and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew:  You are going to love this book.  It is charming and and timely and filled with good-natured humor and the loving spirits of grandmothers everywhere. Also check out How to Build a Fire: And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew.

LifeStraw Personal Water FilterThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items Backdoor Survival:  The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz.  making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.

No Rinse Cleansing & Deodorizing Bathing Wipes:  One wipe is more than enough for a complete “bath”.  These are a good backup when traditional showers are not available such as the week or weeks following a disaster.  Also good for the sick room as well as camping, boating, hiking and such.  Here is my review.

Bicycle Canasta Games Playing Cards:  This timeless classic will keep the entire family occupied when the power it out.  Playing cards or board games should be in everyone’s preparedness panty.

LifeStraw Personal Water FilterThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items Backdoor Survival:  FREE SHIPPING! The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2 oz.  making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.

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Emergency Essentials carries a wide variety of equipment and supplies – all at competitive prices.


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The Spark Naturals Health and Wellness Kit is perfect for this.  It includes:

Lemon
Frankincense
Oregano
Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
Rosemary
Lavender
Amend +(Soothing Blend)
Respire (Respiratory Blend)
Shield (Protective Blend)
Peppermint

This kit is not just for beginners ~ these EOs are the ones that most seasoned users use daily. This kit is also a great way to replenish your supply. Not only is a great savings to begin with ~ but it also qualifies for free shipping.

That means that while you are at it, you can add accessory items such as droppers, roller balls, and jars for no additional shipping cost.  Plus, remember, you get an additional 10% off using code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.

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