Some emergency medical preparedness tips will provide you peace of mind, even if you never have to use them. Should there be a time when there is no emergency room to go to, having some of the following items on hand will help you be prepared. And with these items you might even be able to avoid the emergency room altogether.
No emergency medical preparedness kit would be complete without a blood clotting sponge.
This sponge has a chemically inert material that causes blot clotting to speed up. This sponge can literally save lives.
It's pricey, but well worth the investment. This sponge is used by the military to stop hemorrhaging wounds. You can find one here.
The next time you get a deep cut that needs stitches, you can either go to the emergency room, or use one of these.
This was the option I took a couple of years ago when I got a bad cut while butchering a turkey.
The butterfly bandage taped the cut back together, causing it to heal better and faster with less scaring without a pricey emergency room bill.
This is a miracle ointment, helping with everything from diaper rash to burns.
This is a classic homeopathic medicine that triggers your own immune system to heal itself. It works more powerfully than iodine to keep infection away and promote fast healing.
No emergency medical preparedness kit would be complete without it.
Calendula is a member of the marigold family and has been used for centuries to heal cuts, burns and rashes.
You can find Calendula Ointment here.
It would take more than one webpage to talk about homeopathy and its many benefits. Homeopathic medicine was commonly used up until the 1920s and is still a valuable addition to any self-reliant medicine kit. You can learn more about it here.
In the 1920s, French scientist Rene Gattefosse was working in a perfume factory when he got a severe burn on his arm.
With no cold water nearby, he dunk his arm in a vat of lavender oil instead and was amazed to discover the oil quickly eased the pain. The burn also healed surprisingly quickly.
Today lavender essential oil is used as not only to ease pain, but also to kill fungi, bacteria and even viruses.
My daughter uses lavender oil to ease the pain of, and cure canker sores.
One warning though: A lot of the lavender oil on the market is diluted with hybrid lavender and/or synthetic chemicals and may be less effective.
You get what you pay for, especially when it comes to essential oils, so invest in a pure essential oil. You can find it here.
The legend goes that three thieves planned on stealing from the bodies of people who died from the plague. They rubbed essential oils on their bodies, which protected them from getting sick.
Studies have shown that this Thieves blend protects against airborne microorganisms.
Spray this in the air, diffuse it or apply it to the bottom of your feet the next time you come down with a cold or the flu.
You can find Thieves Oil here.
And speaking of the flu, an essential for your emergency medical preparedness kit are apricot kernels.
Apricot kernels are loaded with vitamin B17, natural enzymes and B15. These powerful vitamins will kill viruses and even help prevent cancer.
I realized the power of these bitter little kernels when my elderly mother-in-law died of influenza (she was 92).
You can find apricot kernels here.
Two days before she died, I was touching her hair and kissing her forehead when nurses walked in with sterile masks and told me she was contagious. I came down with it a few days later.
Within about three hours of eating some apricot kernels in a little bit of yogurt, I felt a lot better, and I was completely well by the next day.
With these valuable items in your emergency medical preparedness kit, you'll sleep better at night, knowing you are prepared for whatever medical emergency may come your way.