May 18, 1980. We were on our way home from church when a cloud of ash rained down upon us. For days, the sky was black as night. Snow plows crawled out of their summer hiding spots and set to work, clearing roadways.
I lived in Washington State when Mount St. Helen's erupted. I was only a wee one – four years old – but I will never forget all of that ash falling from the sky like snow. It went on for weeks. Maybe even longer. It sort of just became par for the course.
Luckily, we lived far enough away that clouds of ash were all we had to contend with. However, everyone was firmly rooted inside their homes, unable and not willing to venture out into the thick black dust. We all made do with what we had on hand which wasn't much to be honest. No one was prepared for that day.
Living in California, I think about the potential for a major natural disaster. Earthquakes, wildfires, floods, and even tornados are par for the course. While I live in an area that typically is not hard hit, I live close enough to areas that have been.
Before I became a natural minded mama, it was really easy to prepare an emergency kit. I grabbed a bunch of convenience foods and conventional medicines off the store shelves, threw them in a plastic tote, and called it a day. I was set, right?
These days, preparedness is something EVERYONE should be actively thinking about as well as doing. At a minimum, you should have a 72 hour emergency bag prepared for each member of the family. Ideally, you will have enough food stored up and basic supplies on hand to sustain your family for 30 days. This is easier said than done, especially when you are a real foods, natural minded family.
Today I would like to share with you, 15 must-haves for the natural minded family when disaster strikes. Obviously, you will need much more than what is on my list, but these items are what I consider extremely important.
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And here are the 15 Must-Haves for the natural minded family when disaster or emergency strikes
Coconut Oil – stop laughing. You knew I would include this right? But seriously. Coconut oil is packed with nutrition and if push came to shove and it was all you had to eat, it could sustain you for quite some time. Plus you can use it for just about everything else. A 5 gallon container is really the way to go. Just make sure you have the right tool to open it with!
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar – I keep two gallons of this on hand at all times. Again, another multi-purpose product. During times of disaster or emergency it can be used to:
- Prevent flu and other illness
- Dissolve kidney stones
- Helps relieve nausea
- Helps relieve heart burn or chronic acid reflux
- Helps relieve asthma attacks
- Helps relieve allergies
- Helps lower glucose levels in diabetics
- Helps relieve migraines
- Helps relieve sinus pressure and infection
- Works well to clear up fungal, bacterial, viral rashes
- Soothes bug bites
- Aids in digestion
Tea Tree Oil – this is a powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial that comes in a super small bottle! A little bit goes a long way. It kills pretty much every kind of bacteria making it a great infection fighter. You can use it to clean and disinfect anything.
Iodine – can flush out chemical toxins and can strengthen the immune system. It also prevents the proliferation of harmful bacteria in the stomach.
Sea Salt – provides sodium which is necessary to sustain life! It helps with muscle contraction and expansion, nerve stimulation, the proper functioning of the adrenals, and other biological processes, as well. It aids in recovery in instances of septicemia, blood poisoning, low grade fever, low blood pressure, weakness after physical exertion or sweating too much, and excess mucus that blocks breathing passages. Salt also provides chloride, which helps produce acids necessary to digest protein and enzymes for carbohydrate digestion.
High nucleotide content foods – these can assist in cellular repair. Foods to have on hand include spirulina, chlorella, algae, yeast, sardines, liver, anchovies, and mackerel.
Master Tonic – a natural remedy for any number of infections – it can cure far more than just the common cold. It's naturally antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic. I've often seen it referred to as a modern day plague tonic that can cure the most chronic conditions, stubborn diseases and antibiotic-resistant infections. The reason the Master Tonic is so powerful is because all of the ingredients are fresh, and are designed to stimulate blood circulation to help introduce the detoxifying ingredients into your bloodstream. For ingredient information and recipe, check out the post on Heal Thyself!
Rescue Remedy – is made up of a five individual flower remedies that help you cope with the different emotional aspects of stressful situations (such as disasters and emergencies):
- Rock Rose is used for terror and panic
- Impatiens addresses irritation and impatience
- Clematis is for inattentiveness and a lack of focus
- Star of Bethlehem is for shock
- Cherry Plum helps with irrational thoughts and a lack of self-control
Honestly, I could not imagine being without this during an emergency! I live and breathe by it!
Arnica – can be taken internally and applied externally for bruising and damage to soft tissues such as skin and muscles. It slows bleeding, reduces swelling, promotes healing, helps with shock and reduces the risk of infection. It is ideal as a first remedy for broken bones that cause bleeding and swelling into the tissues.
Belladona – a homeopathic remedy that can be used to treat acute fever and pain, sore throat and dry cough, headaches and migraines, and menstrual pain.
Coconut Oil Soap/Castille Soap – I think it goes without saying that having a concentrated soap on hand for emergencies is rather important. You can use this soap for anything including washing your body/face, washing hair, washing clothes, washing dishes, wound cleaning, etc…
Hydrogen Peroxide – the only germicidal agent composed only of water and oxygen. It kills diseased organisms by oxidation. Hydrogen peroxide is considered the world's safest, all natural effective sanitizer. It can be used on wounds, as a teeth cleaner/mouthwash, a gargle, a cleaner, cleaning food, and the list goes on!
Garlic (capsules or powder form) – has an acidic property that allows it to kill bad bacteria in the intestines. Garlic pills are also a good source of sulfur. Sulfur is needed by our cells to help with oxidation. This helps to spread needed nutrients to different parts of our bodies.
Oregano Oil – widely known as nature's potent germ-killer. It holds anti-bacterial properties. It fights common bacterial infections, including urinary tract infections, skin infections and even food poisoning. It provide support against common infectious ailments including the common flu, psoriasis, eczema, Athlete's foot, and yeast infections. A 6-weeks study on individuals with enteric organisms found that supplementation with 600 mg of oregano oil daily led to a complete disappearance of the harmful organisms. Oregano oil may also protect us against a wide variety of infiltration within the body, as well as the physical environment. This includes round worms, tape worms, bed bugs, lice, fleas and mosquitoes. Oregano oil is also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. It is high in the vitamins A C, and E complex, as well as zinc, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese and niacin.
Echinacea – has been used for hundreds of years to strengthen the immune system and fight a variety of infections. Traditionally, echinacea was used to treat open wounds, diphtheria, cellulitis, blood poisoning, syphilitic lesions, and other bacterial-related diseases. Although it's mostly used today for fighting colds and flu, this potent herb possesses the ability to destroy the most virulent bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus which causes deadly MRSA.
There are many more items that I could have mentioned here, but again, these are what I see as some of the more important ones to have in your preparedness arsenal.
Are you prepared for a disaster or emergency? What is in your natural arsenal?