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LGLWSM Newsletter 063 - Home Remedies for Emergency Preparedness
November 01, 2012

It’s been a rough week! First off, super storm Sandy threatened the east coast where I live. Next I tried to cut my leg off on a board in the attic moving some stuff around and have a large scrape and bruise on my shinbone. Then to make things more interesting, I also caught a virus that’s causing havoc on my upper respiratory system!

Fortunately, hurricane Sandy didn’t do too much damage here. We had lots of wind and rain and a few trees down but for the most part, we got off easy. The folks in the northeastern US got the main lashing from the storm, which made me think about emergency preparedness. If a natural disaster were to occur in your town today, would you be prepared? Most people think natural disasters won’t happen to them but in reality, they can happen anywhere, anytime. Here is a list of some items you may want to keep on hand for emergency preparedness. You just never know when nature will come-a-calling!

Home Remedies for Emergency Preparedness

Meat tenderizer can be used as a salve for insect bites. It stops the itching and soothes the skin. Simply mix a small amount into a paste with water and dab on top of the bite. Alternately, meat tenderizer is great to use on bee stings. The papain enzyme helps your body react more quickly to the sting, which helps relieve pain faster.

You can also apply ammonia directly onto ant bites that are not open wounds, which stops itching almost immediately.

Parsley is not only easy to grow, it helps relieve bad breath and it is a wonderful herb for indigestion. Simply eat a few sprigs of parsley to relieve an upset stomach.

Tea tree oil helps eliminate fungal infections like athlete’s foot. If you’re in a flood area and don’t have power, wet socks can become a problem. You can apply it straight onto problem areas or mix a few drops into a carrier oil like safflower oil. Apply directly to your feet. You can also dab a little tea tree oil around your porch, patio or campsite. It works as a bug blocker, creating a natural barrier against insects.

Got a sore throat? Fill an eight-ounce glass with warm water, add half a teaspoon of salt and gargle the salt water for 30 seconds. Be sure to tilt your head back so the saline solution reaches your throat. Gargle three or four times a day for the best relief.

Olive oil is not only good for your heart, it’s great for dry skin. Rub a thin coating on dry skin to moisturize throughout the day.

Olive oil is also great for earaches. To use, warm a small amount of olive oil. (Make sure the oil is not HOT) Use a dropper and tilt your head to the side. Then apply a couple drops of oil inside the ear. Allow it to remain for a few minutes before raising your head. Keep a hand towel nearby in case some of the oil drips out of your ear. Repeat as necessary.

Mint is one of my favorite herbs. Its easy to grow and there are so many varieties to choose from (like chocolate mint), you’re sure to find one that suits your fancy. Mint leaves can be used to soothe an upset stomach. As a tea or in a candy, it can soothe a sore throat and ease a cough. It can also help stimulate you when you need to stay awake.

Chamomile is a soothing herb that can be found in many teas. It can help cure insomnia and cause drowsiness if you can’t fall asleep.

If you want to warm up fast, try some cinnamon tea. It takes about twenty minutes and lasts about an hour in most people. Diabetics should use caution however. Too much cinnamon can interact with some diabetes medications.

Did you know that you can use mouthwash to get rid of lice? Mouthwash helps ease the itching and the alcohol content will help kill the lice. Just lean back, pour mouthwash onto your scalp. Make sure it covers all of your hair too, cover with a shower cap, and leave it for a couple of hours. Do not allow the mouthwash to get into your eyes though. If some drips down, flush your eyes with water immediately.

Black tea can be used on burns. Soak two or three bags of black tea in lukewarm water and then relax with the bags on the burns for about 20 minutes. The wounds will still need time to heal properly but the tannic acid in the tea leaves will absorb the heat and ease your pain.

Honey works wonders on bee stings. In fact, it’s a common home remedy for many issues. For minor cuts and scrapes, the enzymes and antioxidants in honey have invaluable antibacterial properties. Apply to wounds to help them heal faster.

Ginger does wonders for nausea. Small sips of ginger ale, ginger crackers or ginger tea can neutralize stomach acid and relax stomach muscles. Alternately, you can use any dark colored soda you have on hand. Pour a small glass of cola and allow it to sit out for about an hour until it's flat and sip on it. Another option is 100 percent cranberry juice. If it’s too tart, dilute it down with water.

There are lots of other simple things you can do to make sure you're better prepared. Print out an emergency supply checklist, make sure you have all supplies, and keep them in a safe, accessible place. If you know a storm is headed your way, don't wait around for the government or FEMA to rescue you. Remember, they can only do so much!

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the people in the Northeast and anyone who has been affected by hurricane Sandy!

Until Next Time!

Stay Sweet and Be Beautiful!


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