prepper's first aid: analgesics

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Have a Plan for Pain Relief
Everyone must tolerate pain at some point, and everyone has
the power to control it, both in the mind and in the kinds of
things stocked for preparedness:

  • Bee stings. Having a simple insect bite antiseptic and pain
    reliever on hand during times of crisis can help bring a
    sense of normalcy to an already difficult situation. Pictured
    right is Sting Relief an antiseptic and pain reliever for
    insect bites.

  • Cramps. Menstruation may cause irritability and pain for
    which you can prepare. Midol can help get rid of symptoms
    associated with menstruation including relieving cramps,
    along with bloating, fatigue, backache and headache.

  • Headaches and migraines. Your headache could be a
    simple magnesium deficiency or caffeine withdrawal.
    Sometimes a headache comes from a lack of proper
    hydration. . A migraine headache could be the result of
    hormonal imbalance, food triggers, and even stress.
    Whatever the cause, your body is signaling trouble at the
    sign of a headache. If you know what's causing the
    headache and you have already faced with the problem,
    then perhaps your only recourse is to soothe your
    headache with an over the counter remedy.

  • Recurring pain. There are many kinds of recurring pain
    that can happen during the height an emergency or in
    everyday life: arthritis, joint pain, lower back pain, ankle
    pain, nerve and muscle pain, Sciatica, Gout, neck pain -
    you name it. You simply must have a contingency for the
    people in your group should catastrophe strike.

Following is a list of analgesics for preppers ~ both natural and
over the counter options to kill the pain...

List of Over the Counter Analgesics (Painkillers)
  1. Acetaminophen
  2. Aspirin is an analgesic ideal for treatment of burns too!
  3. Benzocaine* (dental topical anesthetic). Examples include
    Colgate Orabase,Orajel, Hurricaine)
  4. Benzocaine* (first aid pain relief). Lanacane, Safetec
    Sting Relief
  5. Codeine - requires prescription
  6. Ibuprofin (Advil, Exedrin, Motrin)
  7. Lidocaine topical anesthetic* (often used in tattooing and
    piercing, also for first aid burn relief). Examples include
    Aspercreme, Water Jel
  8. Menthol - Artic Ice Analgesic gel, pictured at the bottom of
    the page.
  9. Pramoxine HCI (Neosporin + Pain Relief Dual action
    *NOTE:  lidocaine or benzocaine can cause an allergic

List of Natural Analgesics for Survival
An analgesic is a painkiller, usually a drug that produces
analgesia (or a relief from pain). Here is a basic list of natural
  1. Arnica - may help with carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetic
    eye disease, inflammation of knee, muscle pain, and other
    pain management.
  2. Black cohosh
  3. birch leaf
  4. boswellia (Frankincense)
  5. burdock root
  6. bromelian
  7. camphor
  8. cayenne pepper (capsaicin)
  9. chamomile ~ German chamomile is an anti-inflammatory
    for redness in skin, and is better for reducing pain and
  10. cherries
  11. clover
  12. clove ~ An excellent topical pain killer for toothache.
  13. cocao ~ Chocolate is a natural analgesic or antidepressant
  14. cranberry juice
  15. dandelion paste
  16. devil's claw
  17. English horsemint
  18. Eschschoizia californica (California Poppy)
  19. Echinacea
  20. feverfew
  21. garlic
  22. ginger
  23. ginsing - American Ginsing can help with headaches,
    according to the prescription for Herbal Healing, 2nd
    Edition: An Easy-to-Use A-to-Z Reference to Hundreds of
    Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies by Phyllis A.
    Balch, CNC, pictured left.
  24. holy basil
  25. horse chestnut
  26. kava kava
  27. lavender essential oil ~ A scientific abstract on lavender oil
    published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National
    Institutes of Health substantiates the claim that the oil
    has both analgesic and anti-flammatory effects.
  28. strangling fig root
  29. menthol - Menthol is known for its cooling and invigorating
    sensation when applied topically. Menthol is reported to
    contain local anesthetic (numbs nerves), is antipruritic
    (relieves itching), analgesic (painkiller that provides
    temporary relief from aches & pains), antispasmodic
    (reduces muscle cramping and muscle spasms) and has
    anti-irritant qualities. Due to it's amazing cooling,
    analgesic, and anesthetic properties, menthol is also
    extremely helpful in the treating of sunburns and razor
    burns. The cooling sensation simulates the feeling of ice
    providing some instant relief from pain. You'll find menthol
    in peppermint essential oil.  With peppermint oil not only
    do you get fresh breath, but also improved dental health.
    Peppermint has a bacteria-fighting qualities to limit tooth
    decay, and has menthol to help numb the pain.
  30. oats - analgesic effects when applied topically.
  31. onion - many preppers claim an onion to the ear helps with
    ear aches
  32. peony
  33. peppermint - Peppermint Essential Oil is known for its
    cooling and invigorating properties. It has been shown to
    have strong anti-inflammatory properties, ease muscle and
    joint pain, fight bacterial, fungal and viral infections and
    have powerful soothing properties that help relieve itchy
    skin. It's analgesic properties have been shown to relieve
    nerve pain, especially from neuropathy, and shingles.
  34. rosemary
  35. skullcap
  36. sweet birch
  37. thyme essential oil ~ Thyme is natural analgesic, as well
    as antibacterial, antibiotic, antiviral, and antifungal,
    making thyme oil immensely useful to preppers.
  38. tea tree oil
  39. turmeric ~ Turmeric lowers histamine levels to reduce
    inflammation, and this stimulates the adrenal glands to
    produce more cortisone, which is the body's natural
    painkiller. Adding black pepper increases the active
    ingredient of turmeric, curcumin, by twenty times! Right is
    Curcumin C3 Complex, which neutralizes free radicals to
    help support joint, brain, heart and circulatory health. It
    can help prevent joint pain!
  40. valerian root
  41. wintergreen essential oil
  42. witch hazel (witch hazel is a natural ingredient of Tucks
    medicated hemorrhoidal pads as it provides immediate
    relief from burning and itching)
  43. white willow bark - the most famous of them all (nature's
    aspirin). To use willow bark as an analgesic, boil to make a
    tea or chew the bark directly.
  44. yams

Got Arthritis?
Pain, pain, go away!, pictured right, is a natural arthritic
medicine made with peppermint, plai, and spearmint oil, and
blended with bath salts to remedy and ease pain, relax your
muscles, and get you back to tiptop shape. In addition to
peppermint essential oil it contains eucalyptus, wintergreen,
and cedarwood oil that naturally reduce inflammation and ease
arthritis symptoms!

Did you know...

  • About 25% of modern medicines originated in plants!
    Before there was aspirin there was willow bark and people
    would chew on willow bark to reduce fever or joint pain.
    Today we take the synthetic version of the drug contained
    in willow bark -- aspirin! Modern medicine claims the
    synthetic versions of plant based drugs are modified to
    make them more safe and effective.

  • Ice or an instant cold pack is effective at numbing pain.
    Don't overlook having an instant cold pack handy for when
    ice isn't available!

  • Do you know the difference between analgesics and

  • Analgesics decrease or reduce pain.  An analgesic is a
    painkiller, usually a drug that produces analgesia (or a
    relief from pain). Some analgesics, like aspirin and
    ibuprofen, work to decrease pain by inhibition of
    prostaglandin synthesis. Others (opiates) work by
    activating receptors. Analgesics are used as part of general

  • Anaesthetics are numbing medications. Anaesthetics
    cause the loss of sensation or consciousness as when an
    anaesthesiologist medicates the patient for surgery. Local
    or topical anaesthetics are numbing medications. For
    example, a cold pack provides anaesthetic effects.
    Hurricaine topic gel will anaesthetize muscle tissue to
    provide temporary relief in discomfort in teeth and gums.
    This over the counter medication will be a godsend when
    the dentist is not around.

Did you know that the morning is when your peak tolerance of
pain is the highest? That's just a handy tip in case you want to
schedule a tattoo!

Happy endings...
Now you know more about the analgesic relief options (natural
and manmade).Ultimately relief from pain, any way you get it,
will help you better survive an emergency situation.

Did you know that the morning is when your peak tolerance of
pain is the highest?

  • antibacterials - An antibacterial is a substance "active
    against bacteria."

  • antibiotic - An antibiotic is a medicine that inhibits the
    growth of or destroys microorganisms. It can be topical or
    taken internally.

  • antiseptic - Antiseptics are antimicrobial substances
    applied to the skin to help prevent infection.

  • analgesic - Now you know, analgesic is a fancy word for

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Analgesics for survival
Prepper pain killers ~ how to numb the pain

When there is no doctor, how will you numb the pain?
Give thought to pain management preparations, while there's
still time. Pain is a sign your body is in trouble. It's a sensory
associated with actual tissue damage, and it's one of the main
reasons people see their doctor. If there is no doctor, what
then? You need a contingency plan. You need advanced pain
management treatment with or without a prescription.

Potent Pain Relief for Preppers
It's analgesics to the rescue! "Analgesic" is a fancy word that
means painkiller and people have used analgesics for the
centuries. The earliest painkillers were such things as willow
turmeric, and clove, but today we have a variety of
prescription and over the counter drugs to relieve the pain.

Different types of pain relief include:
  • Non-opiod pain relief: aspirin and ibuprofin
  • Mild opiod pain relief: codeine
  • Strong opiods: morphine, pethidine, methadone, etc. (the
    fear is addiction)
  • Topical anesthetics:  benzocaine*, lidocaine* HurriCaine
  • Local anesthetics: block nerve condition temporarily
  • Alternative methods: acupuncture. Acupressure, hypnosis,

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