How to Make an Activated Charcoal Poultice

how to make a charcoal poultice

Throughout history, poultices have been used to draw out infections, treat wounds, and heal aches.  Many traditional poultices are made from natural herbs or even things like entire onions applied to sores.  But, of these traditional remedies, almost nothing beats the drawing power of a charcoal poultice. Today, hospitals sometimes use dressings impregnated with activated … Read more

Best Suture Kits for Emergency Preparedness

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In a do-or-die situation, you could get by stitching a wound with fishing hooks or bent sewing needle.  There are certainly many stories of field medics who’ve had to resort to these. However, most of us would end up doing more harm than good with improvised stitching supplies. Instead, be prepared by having a suture … Read more

SHTF Medicine: How to Stitch a Wound

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How to stitch (suture) a wound is a life-saving medical skill to know during emergencies when help might not be available. But let’s be clear here: If you aren’t trained, you will probably do more harm than good by trying to stitch a wound yourself. This guide is meant for non-medical professionals who want to … Read more

Activated Charcoal for Stomach Bugs: Dosage, Instructions, and Advice

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I travel a lot, including to undeveloped counties where there’s a high risk of food poisoning, diarrhea and stomach bugs. One thing that I always have in my travel first aid kit (as well as my at-home first aid kit) is activated charcoal. What is Activated Charcoal? Also known as activated carbon, activated charcoal is … Read more

Top Medicinal Plants for Survival Situations

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In a disaster scenario which leads to economic collapse, medicines are going to be one of the most in-demand barter items. I highly recommend stockpiling medicines and medical supplies in with your disaster supplies. But, even if a disaster never comes, it is still good to have knowledge of medicinal plants.  You not only can … Read more