You never know when a disaster will strike. Whether it is environmental, such as a storm or cataclysmic event, or the product of man, such as a massive power outage, it is always good to be prepared.
Being prepared means a lot of things. It can mean that you and your family have a planned escape route and designated meeting place. It can mean that you have a carefully secured stock of clean water and/or an associated emergency pack. Most of all, it means that you are ready for the unknown so that you can successfully navigate a disaster or uncontrollable situation.
While many of us will not be in a position that requires us to survive for an extensive amount of time with only what we have in our reserves, there will definitely be isolated incidents that require the use of a basic survival pack. See the article from April for items to include in your bug-out bag.
Some items that you want to consider when putting together your emergency kit are herbs. Herbs are nature's offering to those who seek relief and alleviation through natural and affordable means. When responding to an emergency, you will want to be in a calm and comfortable state as much as you possibly can. With the right mix of herbs, you can feel confident in your ability to combat unforeseen incidents that may take place.
Ginger is a root that has been used in Asia for centuries. It not only adds a warm flavor to food, but it also is used internally to assist with the discomfort associated with motion sickness, morning sickness, indigestion, colic, abdominal chills, colds, coughs, and peripheral circulation problems. Historically, it has been used externally to calm spasmodic pain, rheumatism, lumbago, menstrual cramps, and sprains. For more information on the value of the ginger root, click here.
Another of the essential herbs is garlic. Garlic is a bulb that is closely related to the onion family. It has long been used to enhance a food's flavor. Throughout history, garlic has been considered somewhat of a miracle herb with its inherent health benefits. Many studies confirm that garlic in several forms can reduce cholesterol. (Silagy CS, Neil HAW, 1994, The Journal of the Royal College of Physicians, Vol 28 No 1:39-45) It is antibacterial, antifungal, and contains properties that can help the body manage cholesterol. It is commonly used to alleviate certain health problems such as ringworm, yeast concerns, seasonal bugs that are going around, and bronchial concerns. Be sure to include some garlic bulb in your emergency supplies.
Cinnamon is a spice that comes from the bark of certain trees that belong to the Cinnamomum family.It is known for stimulating digestion and promoting circulation in the body. It can also help in relieving spasms, circulatory concerns, as well as easing nausea and diarrhea. Cinnamon can also be used to stimulate appetite and promote warmth in those who struggle with continual feelings of being cold. Look for cinnamon bark in its many available forms.
The last herb we are highlighting this month is cayenne. Cayenne pepper is most often known as a spice used to add heat and flavor to a dish. What is not often known about cayenne is that it is extremely high in Vitamin C. Internally, it can be very effective in relieving symptoms connected to asthma as well as calming digestive problems, hemorrhage, and increasing circulation. Externally it can be used to increase blood flow to the applied area and reduce sensitivity to pain. It is often applied topically to bruises and other injuries. Cayenne pepper is available in bulk, capsules and tincture.
You never know when a disaster or emergency will happen. It is always a good idea to be prepared so that you and your loved ones can make it through and come out both healthy and safe. Consider having an emergency kit both in your home and in your car, so that no matter what happens you will always be ready.