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Natural items for your emergency kit.

February 8, 2017

 

Now some people may or may not know that I am a bit of a 'prepper"...

I'm not extreme, but we do have a comprehensive medical kit, a plan in case of emergency, a non-mains gas system and 10,000 litres of water on hand in our pool with a natural plan to filtrate the water. 

I also like to keep a good months worth of food in a room we may or may not call the "war room"...

...Its called "the war room"... 

 

I am 70% sure that there may be a zombie apocalypse in my lifetime so I want to stay prepped and ready to go... some people may also know of my tsunami fears.

 

But seriously after the events that my parents had to endure after the Christchurch earthquake I feel that it is important to stay prepared. 

Among the "war room" items is some weird products that might not make a lot of sense... baking soda, epsom salt, Manuka Honey, apple cider vinegar, activated charcoal and large containers of coconut oil. 

But hear me out because each of these items has multiple natural purposes, and you will be wondering "why don't I  have these in my emergency kit?" 

Click on the picture to take you to the "Pure Nature" site for further information on each product.

 

Baking soda

Baking soda is a multi-purpose disinfectant and cleaner. it can be made into a toothpaste by adding water and making a paste.

It can help with mouth ulcers.

Deodorises smells, shoes, small areas and can treat fungal infections.

You can put our a small fire with a handful of baking soda.

It is an antacid and can also be also made into a paste and be used as a shampoo.

 

Manuka Honey
Is recognized as an actual medicine! 

Manuka honey seals wounds like a natural bandage, you can use it as a wound treatment burns, cuts or scrapes. 

It helps fight colds, boost immune function, can sooth a sore throat and relieve coughing.

it is a delicious source of calories and lasts forever so it is perfect for the emergency kit.
 

Orange oil 

Has amazing antibacterial and antiseptic uses!

It has calming qualities which make it great in a stressful situation - dilute with coconut oil and dab a small amount onto pulse points.

Orange oil is an excellent antiseptic for cuts and scrapes and insect bites. 

Orange oil can be used to clean surfaces like kitchen counters, cutting boards and cutlery. Just use 1 cup of water to 2 drops of orange oil to make your own 

It is safe around children - a lot of people use tea tree oil for the same types of reasons but tea tree shouldnt be used around young children and is toxic, so for this reason I find orange oil to be perfect :)

it is potent and often comes in a small bottle so can be quickly and easily placed in a 'go bag' if you need to evacuate.

Epsom salts

Can be used to ease constipation (dissolve 1 teaspoon in a glass of water).

A cup of cool water with about two tablespoons of the salt placed on a bug bite or itchy skin with a cloth can diminish the itch.

If you have a splinter you can mix luke warm water and a tablespoons of Epsom Salt together then soak the affected area in the water to help draw out the splinter naturally.

 

Coconut oil

Is antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal. It is a surprisingly versatile item for the emergency kit.

can be used to make toothpaste - see below HERE for the recipe

It a great natural fat, and can add vitamins and minerals to your diet while in an emergency. 

It has a long shelf life (compared to other oils) so is great for keeping for a longer time in the emergency kit.

Can be used to help heal burns (after inital burn treatment is administered).

It is a great moisturiser and chapstick.

Can be used for rashes such as baby nappy rash and fungal rashes. 

It has SPF qualities - if there is no sunblock available  it can give some protection against the sun (8-15 SPF).

you can coat eggs in coconut oil to prolong there shelf. 

Activated Charcoal

Charcoal has properties that include a unique physical structure that attracts and binds with many poisons, pesticides and toxic heavy metals.

It is an important medicine to have around, it is used in emergency rooms when a person has ingested poison.

It is safe to drink (although it turns your mouth black for a while.

you can use charcoal as a toothpaste (weird i know).

activated charcoal can be used to build your own makeshift water filtration system! you can learn about how to make it HERE

Apple Cider Vinegar 

It is an excellent cleaner! It can be used to wash clothes and dishes if cleaning products are at a minimum. Studies have shown that vinegar can disinfect just as well as bleach so it can be used to wipe down surfaces.

It can also be mixed with baking soda to wash hair and used as a shampoo!

 

 

 

Below I have included some natural recipe ideas that include all the items above.

 

Toothpaste: Activated charcoal, coconut oil, baking soda - mix together equal amounts and brush teeth :) Read about my recipe HERE.

 

Constipation saver: 1 teaspoon epsom salts diluted in 1 cup water followed by one teaspoon of coconut oil 'chaser'. 

 

Homemade Hand sanitiser: Got no water? Or commercial hand sanitizer? mix together 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 2 drops of orange oil and mix together and use a fingernail amount when needed. 

 

Antacid recipe: 1 teaspoon baking soda mixed with 1/2 cup water, Drink up.

 

Natural household cleaner: mix together 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, 2 drops orange oil and water into a spray bottle and use on counter tops and chopping boards.

 

Natural deodorant: 2x tablespoons coconut oil, 1/4 tablespoon baking soda, 2 drops orange oil, mix together with a spoon and place on underarms thinly. 

 

Sore throat or cough mixture: mix 1 teaspoon of manuka honey with 1 teaspoon coconut oil and swallow to coat the throat.

 

Shampoo: Mix together apple cider vinegar and baking soda into a paste (will fizz up) and use as a shampoo. Rince out completely after using.

 

Dishwash scrub: mix together 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and 1 drop orange oil to make a paste and scrub dishes clean.

 

Wash clothes: Deodorize clothes with 1/4 cup of vinegar to 1 bucket of water (can add 1 drop of orange oil for scent).

This mix will not necessarily remove stains but it will remove bacteria from sweat ect :)

 

Water filtration system: Activated charcoal can be used to build your own makeshift water filtration system using a large empty coke bottle, a few pebbles some clean sand and a fine cloth like the chux superwipes. read how to make it HERE.

 

You can get everything you see here from Pure Nature :)