prepper's first aid: antiseptics

antiseptics for survival

Antiseptics for survival
Natural and chemical prepper antiseptics for survival

Antiseptics are antimicrobial substances applied to the skin to
help prevent infection,
sepsis (presence of harmful bacteria and
their toxins on living tissue), or putrefaction (process of decay or
rotting in a body).

Preppers often have ample first aid supplies to deal with cuts,
grazes, wounds and severe lacerations. There is more than one
way to sterlize a wound! Even so, it's comforting to know that
there are natural antiseptics available to help heal wounds when
the supplies run out.

Antiseptics help us deal with bug bites and sometimes
simultaneously act as an
analgesic for pain relief. Left is Safetec
sting Relief Pads offer soothing aid from all minor irritations,
including mosquito bites and bee stings.

Let's take a closer look at antiseptics available for preppers.
Here's everything a prepper needs to know about antiseptics...

Natural Antiseptics for Survival
The first protocol a prepper should follow in regards to
antiseptics is proper wound irrigation before application of any
antiseptics! Good old fashioned soap and water goes a long way
to helping heal a wound. With that in mind, here are some
antiseptics to consider, some natural.

Antiseptic #1: Apple cider Vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar smacks of acetic acid, which make it a
powerful and natural antiseptic. Effective at cleansing wounds,
apple cider vinegar is also useful as an improvised disinfectant
for medical instruments. A prepper favorite also in the pantry is
Braggs Apple Cider vinegar, pictured left, and it's
#34 on the
foods to hoard. Start stockpiling the Apple Cider Vinegar!

Antiseptic #2: Baking Soda.
According to Web MD, Baking soda has mild antiseptic properties.
Baking soda can kill some kinds of parasites, fungi, and mold!
Baking soda is indeed a valuable prepper item to hoard

Antiseptic #3: Camphor (Essential Oil).
Essential Oil of Camphor is an extract from the roots and
branches of the camphor tree.

Antiseptic #4: Cinnamon Essential oil.
A powerful natural antiseptic, you'll find cinnamon essential oil
useful with infections including coughs, colds, and viral
What's the best cinnamon essential oil? It may
surprise you that you've been using the wrong kind of cinnamon.

Antiseptic #5: Citronella Essential Oil.
Credited with having therapeutic properties as an antiseptic,
deodorant, insecticide, parasitic, tonic and as a stimulant, most
people associate Citronella with its insecticide properties.

Citronella oil is excellent for combating mosquitoes

Antiseptic #6: Frankincense.
Frankincense is mysterious to many preppers. It was a gift to
Jesus by the three wise men and for good reason. It's not only an
antiseptic, but it's an excellent mosquito, flea, tick and fly
repellent. As well, Frankincense is an astringent, and may help
rejuvenate aging skin. It's effective with bacterial and fungal

Pictured right, Frankincense is a luxury, but doesn't have to be
expensive. The affordable Plant Guru Frankincense is the most
affordable Frankincense we've found on the market.

Learn more about
Frankincense and Essential Oils for Preppers.

Antiseptic #7: Lavender Essential oil.
Lavender essentail is a natural antiseptic, as well as being an
antibacterial. It's great to apply gently to the skin.

Lavender also goes beyond and is an
antibiotic  that goes
unrecognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Like
other antibiotics, lavender has no effect on viruses.

Antiseptic #8: Lemons have antiseptic qualities,
though it may sting!
While you don't want to apply lemon to an open wound, certainly
you can apply lemons directly to skin or use
lemon essential oil,
which will help minimize the appearance of scar tissue. You can
also remove warts with a daily treatment of lemon as an acid
applied directly to the afflicted area. Another way lemons
promote healthy skin is on the inside. Drinking lemon juice will
help purge toxins from the body to reduce blemishes and increase
appearance of wrinkles. The Vitamin C in lemons neutralizes free
radicals as an antioxidant. So go ahead and
add lemons to your
survival plan.

Antiseptic #9: Myrrh.
Myrrh is a resin. The first essential oil described in the bible is
Myrhh (
Genesis 37:25) in the story of Joseph. It is also the last
essential oil used in the bible (Revelation 18:13).

Myrrh is a natural antiseptic worth considering in the prepper's
medicine cabinet.

Antiseptic #10: Pine needles.
It's just random fact, pine needles are edible and have mild
antiseptic properties.

Learn more about the
value of pine needles in prepping.

Antiseptic #11: Spearmint Oil.
Spearmint oil, applied topically is an antiseptic making it a
natural bacteria buster for wounds and ulcers.

Spearmint oil is also an
antibacterial (active against bacteria to
slow down or halt bacteria), an anti fungal, and a
(disinfectants kill bacteria, and also viruses and fungi on

Spearmint is similar to peppermint oil in that both have menthol*
as a plant component; however spearmint oil doesn't have as
much menthol power. Menthol is an antispasmodic, which has a
cooling effect to reduce spasms in nerves and muscles. Insects
don't like spearmint, which keeps ants, flies, moths and
mosquitoes at bay.

Antiseptic #12: Tea Tree Oil.
There's much talk, on the Internet about the power of Tea Tree
Tea Tree Oil is an essential oil that's widely used as both a
disinfectant and antiseptic. (A disinfectant kills bacteria, viruses
and fungi

Antiseptic #13. Witch Hazel.
Magical Witch Hazel is a topical remedy for mosquito bites, and
just about any other skin irritation, including poison oak, poison
ivy and even chicken pox or eczema. The chemical compound has
antibacterial properties which is helpful in getting rid of acne and
cleaning pores. Effective at reducing, swelling and helping to
repair broken skin, witch hazel contains tannins, which also helps
fight bacteria. (Witch hazel in steam distillate form of an extract,
does not contain tannins.)

Following is a list of more natural antiseptics:

More kinds of antiseptics

First aid antiseptic #1: Isopropyl alcohol.
Isopropyl alcohol is the active ingredient in many antiseptic
sprays, but did you know that those little alcohol prep swabs in
first aid kit are NOT intended for cleansing of open cuts or
scrapes? Made of 70% isopropyl alcohol, those little pads will
sting an open wound and actually inhibit healing!

How do you use alcohol prep pads then?
  • You might use them to clean the tweezers or a thermometer
    in your first aid kit.
  • Diabetics may use them to clean the injection site prior to
    puncturing their skin for testing or injecting insulin.
  • Physicians and nurses use them to clean the injection site
    before vaccination.
  • Preppers use them as fire accelerants! That's right, the
    alcohol content will help you get a fire going! They burn
    nicely in a pinch.

First aid antiseptic #2: Betadine.
Among the best of doctor recommended antiseptics, Betadine
Solutions, pictured immediate right, kills germs promptly,
including minor cuts, scrapes and burns. It has been the trusted
brand in hospitals for more than 45 years.

Betadine, also called "Povidone-iodine," is a first line of defense
against topical infections because it contains antibiotics that
slow or stop the growth of bacteria. Consult your physician in
case of deep or puncture wounds, animal bites, or serious burns
before using.

As one buyer summed it up: "As a veterinarian, I believe there
are no problems that cannot be solved with either Betadine,
duct tape, WD-40, a sharp knife... or just sufficient

First aid atiseptic #3: Bactine.
Bactine is a classic for the first aid kit to help prevent bacterial
contamination or skin infection. It not only relieves the pain of
minor cuts, scrapes and burns on contact, but it does not sting as
some medications can do. It's the maximum strength antiseptic
to kill germs that's safe and effective.

First aid antiseptic #4: Mouthwash.
Believe it or not, some mouthwash is an antiseptic. Mouthwash
antiseptics include ingredients such as cetylpyridinium chloride,
chlorhexidine (available by prescription from your Dentist), or zinc
chloride. Listerine Cool Mint Antiseptic Mouthwash pictured right,
is, according to the manufacturer, not only a germ killer but a
people pleaser. It fights germs that cause plaque and gingivitis.

Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash,  at the top left hand of the page,
helps prevent and reduce plaque build-up, gingivitis, and bad
List of other antiseptics:

Use of Antiseptics
Apply antiseptics the skin to prevent the growth and reproduction
of disease-causing microorganisms. An antiseptic is applied to
living tissue; where as a disinfectant is applied to other surfaces.
An antiseptic deters microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi,
protozoa, and viruses!

  • Note: A disinfectant kills bacteria, and also viruses and
    fungi, but it applies to other surfaces (and not living tissue,
    like skin).

What's the Difference between Disinfectants, Antiseptics,
Antibacterials and Antibiotics?

  • Disinfectants: apply to surfaces (not skin). A disinfectant is
    a chemical liquid that destroys bacteria. A disinfectant is
    stronger than an antiseptic. It kills bacteria, and also
    viruses and fungi.

  • Anasthetics. A cold pack provides anesthetic effects.
    Hurricaine topic gel will anesthetize 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.

  • Antiseptics: apply to the skin to prevent the growth and
    reproduction of disease-causing microorganisms. An
    antiseptic is gentler than a disinfectant, because its applied
    to living tissue. The microorganisms an antiseptic deters
    include bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses! Believe it or
    not, some mouthwash is an antiseptic. Mouthwash
    antiseptics include ingredients such as cetylpyridinium
    chloride, chlorhexidine (available by prescription from your
    Dentist), or zinc chloride.

  • Antibacterial: apply to skin! An antibacterial is anything that
    is active against bacteria.  Saliva has natural antibacterial
    properties, which is why wound in your mouth heal quickly,
    so your instinct to lick a wound is actually a good thing!

  • Antibiotics: an agent that kills or inhibits the growth of a
    microorganism applied topically or orally. Antibiotics are
    transported... used in or on the body to kill or inhibit the
    growth of microorganisms. Antibiotics have no effect on

Summary of terms:
  • 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.
  • analgesics - Analgesic is a fancy word for painkiller.

Happy endings...
Natural antiseptics abound. You need only know where to look for
them. When there is no doctor, preppers will need to be creative
about their medical supplies.

Related articles...

What's the difference between an antibiotic and an antiseptic?
Both are substances that prevent the growth of the
microorganisms; however there is a significant difference:
  • Antibiotics are effective only against bacteria.
  • Antiseptics acts against a wide range of microorganisms.

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