Quick! It’s 8:00…do you know where your herbs are?
In a disaster or even just during a weird, cutting off supplies sort of emergency, it’s highly likely that someone in your neighborhood or community will need a little medicinal TLC. If the drugstores aren’t stocked and your medicines in your 72-hour survival kit have expired, you’re going to need some other options.
As a natural living sort of person, I’d prefer to default to natural remedies anyway, but I have to admit, my knowledge about herbs and essential oils is pretty limited. Learning more should probably be my next New Year’s resolution…
I have some on hand and know how to treat a cough, and we’ve dabbled tentatively with the whole natural antibiotics deal, and I’m steadily building up my natural medicine cabinet, but I’m still very much a rookie.
It may be difficult to marry real food and preparedness, but I’m thankful that most preparedness gurus default to the natural stuff when it comes to treating illness or disease. I’ll defer to the experts with these great resources for you:
- Amy’s awesome tutorial on growing your own herbs and how to use them
- Build your natural medicine cabinet (another perspective)
- A forum with tons of topics on natural health and preparedness; lots to sort through, but maybe a good resource if you want to get serious (and also for the interaction, as you can sign up and ask questions of those who already know what they’re doing: Mrs. Survival forums
Be Prepared for a Disaster With a Natural Medicine Cabinet
- MadeOn lotion’s recommendations for the 6 items you should have in your home apothecary
- Here’s how to make your own herbal salve (with instructions for making in an Instant Pot!)
- Here is how I stock my natural medicine cabinet
- Learn how to use ginger, lemon, garlic, and herbs you might have on hand for health
I am always grateful for the community at Kitchen Stewardship – it’s like having the smartest natural moms in the world all living right next door. I’ve compiled the best natural remedies for 12 of the most commonly discussed ailments here at KS, and am making this resource available for free to all my readers!
Imagine this ebook as a virtual chat over the backyard fence with your own neighbor, a wise older mom who raised a bunch of kids with intention, trying to avoid unnecessary medication and being kind to the earth.
Personal Hygiene Products for Emergency Preparedness
You probably will want to keep washing your hair and smelling halfway decent if the drugstores stop getting shipments, too. Sure, you can keep extras on hand, but wouldn’t it be your luck (I know it would be mine!) if you just found yourself low right before something bad happened?
Some insurance is to know how to make your own products with supplies you really do always have on hand. For example:
- Homemade deodorant
- Homemade shampoo
- Use baking soda as toothpaste
- cleaning with vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda
- Natural Cleaning: Clean Start eBook and my favorite natural cleaning supplies
More Emergency Preparedness Resources
- Do you have a 72-hour survival kit?
- Here is a printable one-page emergency plan from FEMA and contact cards for each family member.
- A reader shared a 20-week step-by-step plan to creating a 72-hour survival kit that she wrote up for her church. Here it is.
- I recommend Making the Best of Basics, a real book by James Talmage Stevens that helped me learn to dehydrate when I was a rookie.
- A few Basic Steps to Emergency Preparedness
- Monday Mission: Quick Trick for Storing Water for Emergencies
Be sure to check out all of my posts on real food emergency preparedness HERE.
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