This guest post by MountainSurvivor and entry in our non-fiction writing contest.
This contest will end on February 16 2013 – prizes include:
- First Place winner will receive Two cases of MRE’s courtesy of Camping Survival, A Wonder Junior Deluxe hand-mill courtesy of Kitchen Kneads, $150 gift certificate for Fiocchi Ammo courtesy of LuckyGunner Ammo, A Big Berkey Water Filter System courtesy of TruPrep Emergency Preparedness and a one year subscription to Personal VPN service courtesy of unspyable.
- Second Place: A $200 gift certificate for any order from their store courtesy of Shepherd Survival and A Doom and Bloom Mini Trauma Bag courtesy of LPC Survival.
- Third Place: A Bar-ricade door bar courtesy of My Locksmith, Inc.
The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only. Author and TheSurvivalistBlog.net assumes no liability. For reasons of safety, it is recommended that persons with high and low blood pressure problems, heart disease, diabetes, asthma and other serious ailments as well as pregnant or nursing women gather thorough research on the herbs of interest to them prior to their use.
When the new health care bill takes full effect in 2014, the nation may experience a great shortage of doctors and decisions for treatments could take a minimum of six months for approval or denial. Certain recent reports have been relating that dialysis treatments have already been denied with reasons being given that it is because of the bill. And in other news, doctors are changing their professions. There is a small shortage of physicians. The current Administration has taken $716 billion from the Medicare program to pay for “ObamaCare”. Man-made medicines designed to destroy viruses and bacteria have proven to be a failure. Cases of one disease or another, those which were nearly eradicated years ago, have started resurfacing. And on the story goes. With that in mind, knowing that everything could be turned inside out and upside down, we can take this time to prepare ourselves this very minute.
Beginning with the basics is the best and easiest starting point. Scratches. Scrapes. Gashes. Bruises. They all have one thing in common, bleeding or hemorrhaging.
A styptic is a substance that is applied externally to stop “localized” bleeding or hemorrhaging. “Localized” would be like a razor nicking or cutting the skin but not so deeply that a tissue or rag becomes soaked and/or dripping with blood. Basically, this would be like a minor injury with a normal amount of blood being produced in conjunction with the size of the wound. A “hemorrhage” is when a large quantity of blood, or heavy bleeding from a vessel which carries blood, is produced. This would be like cutting into muscle tissue and bleeding a lot but with application of pressure the flow will begin to slow down and eventually come to a halt, unless the severed tissues are disturbed before they have completely mended back together.
Nature offers many styptic herbs which are useful for stopping bleeding. For example, Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) treats cuts and scrapes. Consumers have the option of stocking up on this medicinal herb because many stores carry it in a bottled liquid extract which is generally used straight from the bottle. Those with salve or ointment know-how may decide to mix one part extract into nine parts lard, shortening, coconut oil or another carrier oil for application to skin.
Bistort (Polygonum bistorta) rootstock applied directly on the skin in powdered form is a very good remedy for wounds because it has come to be known as powerful for it’s ability to halt bleeding.
Fresh-crushed, until of pulp consistency, or dried, Wax Myrtle (Myrica cerifera) bark, leaves and wax from the fruit may be used to make a poultice which is mixed with a hot soft or sticky non-toxic substance such as a paste of unbleached flour, organic hot cereal or corn meal for adherence to the skin. To obtain the wax from the fruit, boil the fruit in water, cool the water, skim the surface to collect the wax, mix the wax with the food paste and apply to the affected area.
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) rootstock is also dried, ground to a powder and applied directly to wounds to stop them from bleeding.
Camphor Tree (Cinnamomum camphora) is used to create an essential oil for healing which is used in many over-the-counter products to treat bruises (under skin hemorrhages) and fleshy-type martial art, sport and gardening strains and injuries. White camphor helps to relieve pain and heal injuries but the yellow and brown forms should be avoided because they are toxic/carcinogenic. White camphor should not be used upon broken/open skin. Camphor should not be used by asthmatics, epileptics, pregnant women, etc. White camphor oil should be used only when necessary and there are no other options. If a person has no medicine to relieve pain or because they are unable to visit a physician, application straight from the bottle should be applied as lightly as possible and allowed to dry or the oil may be dabbed with a cloth to collect any unwanted excess. Treatment should cease if a negative reaction or the odor becomes repelling.
When the world of health falls apart, the unprepared will fret and think the end has come. Will you be amongst the helpless crowds, reliant upon others to heal your wounds, or a light that shines in the darkness, ready to tend to your needs or those of your community?