After you’ve learned about essential medical skills and how to make a crisis management plan for a major disaster, you might consider yourself a self-proclaimed apocalypse expert. But there is more to surviving a disaster than just creating a safety plan and having a little medical knowledge.
You know the basics of how to prep for expected injuries, such as cuts and burns — But did you think about any other conditions you’ve already had, before the disaster? Whether moderate or severe, we’re talking about the conditions you usually treat with prescription medication. Your pharmacy will most likely not be open for business during a disaster situation. If a zombie apocalypse broke out, everyone would be fighting for survival — and yes, that does includes your pharmacist.
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Don’t panic! There is a variety of natural remedies that can take place of prescriptions in a emergency situation. Natural remedies can help settle:
- Swollen legs
If you aren’t experiencing any of these conditions now, you probably will during a natural disaster. Trying to settle your nerves and winding down to sleep may be difficult to do when you spent your day fighting off zombies or avoiding flying bombs. Since prescriptions can only last for so long, you must have a plan B for any medical conditions.
During a disaster situation, prescriptions can’t just be ordered with one phone call. That’s where natural remedies can be beneficial in replacing medications that you won’t have access to. For example, if insomnia is a main concern, the following herbs can help:
- Kava Kava
A few of these herbs are also multipurpose — which is helpful for trying to minimize and declutter your apocalypse bag.
- Chamomile helps settle anxiety.
- Hops can help with depression.
- Passionflower can help anxiety, hysteria, and seizures.
When a disaster strikes, you most likely won’t have time to go pick any of these herbs and supplements up. Stocking up on on these natural remedies now is a great idea (you can never be too prepared). You can purchase them in oil or dried form — buying them outright when they’re fresh means they won’t last as long. You can never be fully prepared in a emergency situation, especially when blood-hungry zombies are teaming up against you, but there are always methods of giving yourself the best odds.
Compression Wear (Not to Be Confused With Shapewear)
Besides anxiety and insomnia breaking out, other medical issues can also come into swing. Edema — also known as leg swelling — can very easily occur in any disaster situation. Edema occurs from long periods of standing/sitting, especially in hot weather. When you’re running from nuclear fallout, the temperature will significantly raise, and you’ll be on your feet for a lengthy time period.
While medical treatment is highly suggested for edema, medical services will be hard to find during a disaster. To temporarily help with edema, keep your legs elevated as much as possible. When you get to your shelter, make sure to designate time to prop up your legs. The longer you let the leg swelling grow, the worse they will get — leading to more potential medical issues. Stock up on compression stockings now, before all the stores are shut down. Having compression-wear on hand is a safe protocol — you never know when they’ll come in footy (instead of handy). Compression wear is also handy for wrapping up any wounds, tying into the idea of multipurpose disaster materials that will help cut down space in your survival bag.
Remember, your local pharmacist will most likely not be accessible during a disaster. Everyone will be fighting for survival. It is important to stock up on those natural herbs and compression stockings now, before it is too late.
Brooke Faulkner writes and raises her sons in the Pacific Northwest. She is always looking for ways to make healthy living an accessible part of every day life. Find more of her writing on twitter, @faulknercreek