Seeing how so many more people today are starting to prep, I thought I would talk a little about home remedies. Home remedies are a good tool that all survivalists should have ready.
Think about it, if a SHTF scenario occurs, you will probably not be able to run down the street to the pharmacy and get what you need. Having alternative supplies and healing methods on hand will be a definite plus. So I thought about what most people would experience in their daily lives. They are things like sore muscles, sore throats, headaches, wounds etc.
Today I thought I’d start with sore muscles or muscle strain because I think we have all experienced that at some point in time. For mild to moderate muscle pain, using home remedies are easy to use and offer no side effects. They are also cheaper than using pills or creams. If you have severe muscle pain you will have swelling and intense pain which may mean that you may also have significant internal bleeding, swelling and bruising around the muscle. This could mean that you have a ruptured muscle and you should seek professional help.
Mild muscle strain will cause you some pain and stiffness, but should go away in a few days. Moderate muscle strain is when your muscle actually gets small tears. It will cause more pain and some swelling. This may last you a few weeks.
Let’s review what the Mayo Clinic says about home treatment for muscle strain and sprains. The Mayo Clinic likes to call the home treatment of muscle strains, ‘R.I.C.E’. Now I will review what that is so you can try using it as your own home remedy to alleviate your discomfort.
Rest the area to promote healing in your muscle. Make sure that you also stay hydrated. Good hydration helps your body in so many ways and will help your muscles to heal. Remember that the earlier you start treatment the sooner your recovery will happen.
Ice the area with an ice pack at first for about 20 minutes. Then remove the ice pack. After about an hour or so, apply the ice pack again for another 20 minutes.
Compress the area if you have swelling with an ACE bandage until the swelling stops. Don’t wrap too tight as this may cause more swelling or cut off circulation to the area.
Elevate your injured area, especially when you sleep at night. Gravity will help reduce your swelling if you have any.
Now these are some basic steps for easing your muscle pain or strain and starting the healing process. Just remember R.I.C.E. – Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate.
Here are some other pain relieving tips you can try. One thing I have always used is a nice hot bath. According to ehow.com, when dealing with muscle soreness, put some epsom salt and regular white vinegar in your bath water. The Epsom Salt will help you replace some of your lost magnesium and the vinegar will help draw the lactic acid out of your sore muscle.
Although I have never tried, I have read that applying a compress of apple cider vinegar for about 20 minutes will help alleviate the muscle soreness. I am going to try this little trick next time. 🙂
Eating some banana or a sweet potato will also help. Muscles cramp and get sore when your body is low in potassium.
And I will close with what is also a great muscle soreness reliever and that is massage! You don’t have to have a professional massage. Some nice massage by your spouse or yourself will get your blood flowing and that’s what you need to heal. After 24 to 48 hours, some moist heat will also help alleviate your pain and get the blood flowing instead of ice. Use ice in the beginning 24 hours, then switch to heat.
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