Epsom Salt Bath: A Good Alternative To Hot Soap?
The idea of using Epsom salts baths may sound strange to some people. They might think it’s just another way of getting rid of body odor or cleansing your skin. However, there are many benefits associated with using Epsom salts baths for a variety of health conditions.
Epsom Salt Bath For Weight Loss:
One of the most common reasons why people use Epsom salts baths is to lose weight. Many people believe that it will make them feel full faster and they’ll eat less food afterwards.
But what if I told you that there are other ways than just using Epsom salts baths?
There are several ways which do not involve using any kind of soap at all!
You could try the following tips to lose weight without resorting to using any kind of bath products:
Eat less food. Eat small meals throughout the day instead of eating one big meal in the evening. If you have a hard time sticking to smaller portions, then consider drinking water before each meal instead. Avoid sugary foods such as cakes, cookies and candy. These types of foods cause spikes in blood sugar levels which lead to overeating later on during the night.
Try to replace them with healthier snacks such as fruits.
Epsom Salt Bath For Pregnancy:
Epsom salt baths are not just used by women who want to lose weight. Many women use it during pregnancy to soothe sore muscles and improve circulation. This is especially helpful during the last stages of pregnancy when it becomes more difficult for a woman to move around.
There are several other ways of using Epsom salts during pregnancy. You could try adding a cup of Epsom salt in your bathtub and then soaking in it for at least 20 minutes. Make sure you soak up to your neck so that the fetus is also covered with water.
Another way is to add 4 tablespoons of Epsom salt in 1 quart of warm water and then use this as a feminine rinse after you go to the toilet. If you’re expecting a boy, you can try doing this procedure during your wife’s next sonogram to see if it makes the genitals appear clearer on the screen!
Epsom Salt Bath For Hemorrhoids:
If you have hemorrhoids then taking an Epsom salt bath can provide you with some relief. The salts dry out the surrounding skin which reduces the inflammation and pain caused by hemorrhoids. For best results, soak in a tub of water mixed with 2 cups of Epsom salt.
Epsom Salt Bath For Muscle Aches:
Everyone seems to experience muscle pains at some point in their life. Whether it’s from exercise, overworking a particular muscle or even just staying in the same position for too long, we all have our own ways of dealing with the pain. A popular home remedy is an Epsom salt bath.
Start by filling your tub with hot water then slowly add in the Epsom salt until you reach your desired level of comfort. Soaking in Epsom salts will help reduce the pain and increase your circulation. If the pain is really bad, you can also try soaking in a solution of warm water, Epsom salt and a few cups of vinegar. Soak in this mixture for at least 30 minutes to get results.
Epsom Salt Bath For Toenail Fungus:
Do you have embarrassing yellow and green patches on your toenails?
If so then you probably have a case of toenail fungus. This can be caused by a lot of factors from wearing closed shoes all the time to having a compromised immune system. The good news is that Epsom salt baths can increase your body’s ability to fight the fungus that causes these types of infections.
Simply soak your feet in a tub of water mixed with 2 cups of Epsom salt. Soak for at least 30 minutes then dry and carefully trim away the yellow and green patches of nail. Apply Vicks vaporub to the infected area twice a day.
Epsom Salt Bath For Bad Breath (Halitosis):
Most of us don’t like to talk about halitosis or bad breath. But the fact is that it’s much more common than you think. Roughly 70% of Americans suffer from it to some degree. Common causes of bad breath include consumption of certain foods such as garlic and kidney disease. In most cases however, it comes from bacteria that thrives in the mouth.
Brushing your teeth doesn’t always get rid of this bacteria. That’s why doctors and dentists often recommend using an antimicrobial mouthwash such as Listerine. The active ingredient in Listerine is called thymol. Thymol combined with the alcohol content in the mouthwash effectively kills off the bacteria that causes halitosis. You can also try chewing on a couple of mint leaves to get temporary relief.
Catnip and Other Herbal Teas:
Infusions are great alternatives to plain old water. The act of steeping the herbs releases their healing properties into the water. The sooner you start introducing these types of beverages into your daily routine, the better your chances of avoiding any future illnesses.
Catnip tea is one of the most popular herbs for treating colds and fevers. It can be made in a similar way that you would make regular tea. Boil water, pour it over the catnip leaves and steep for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey if desired. Drink every few hours when you come down with a cold or fever until symptoms subside.
You can also try lemon balm, peppermint and chamomile for treating everything from fevers and headaches to sluggish digestion.
Common Medicinal Herbs and Their Uses:
Alfalfa: high in Vitamin K, used for treating impaired blood clotting, diarrhea, arthritis and other joint diseases.
Angelica: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, used for prostate problems and upset stomach.
Blackberries: antioxidant, improves liver function, reduces effects of pollution on the body.
Burdock: heals skin conditions, soothes irritation, treats viral conditions like the common cold.
Dandelion: diuretic, used for liver and kidney conditions like hepatitis and jaundice.
Elderberry: Strengthens immunity, effective treatment for the common cold.
Ginger: anti-inflammatory, used for upset stomach and motion sickness.
Golden Seal: potent antiseptic, treats conditions like impetigo.
Mint: relieves pain and treat respiratory conditions like the common cold. Also treats hiccups.
Passionflower: sedative, treats insomnia.
Peppermint: relieves irritation and pain from conditions like irritable bowel syndrome and arthritis. Also treats headaches and fevers.
Red Clover: heals skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and eczema.
Rose Hips: rich in vitamin C, treat scurvy.
Stinging Nettles: reduces allergies and asthma, promotes hair growth, treats low energy and fatigue.
Wild Garlic: reduces swelling and infection, accelerates recovery from illness and injury.
Wormwood: treats intestinal worms, respiratory conditions like bronchitis and asthma.
Yarrow: stops bleeding, Hemorrhaging.
Most of us don’t think about it, but our hands come into contact with all kinds of bacteria on a regular basis. Doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, and everyone else in the medical field are especially prone to picking up nasty germs on a daily basis.
The problem is that bacteria like this can be very difficult to get rid of once it gets inside the body. Many types of bacteria have developed a resistance to antibiotics, making them harder to kill.
When working in an environment where you are at risk of being exposed to a lot of different bacteria, it is essential to clean your hands as often as possible. However, hand sanitizers and even plain old soap won’t always do the job.
That’s why it helps to have some anti-bacterial soap around. It is great for killing off bacteria that you pick up during the day, and it can help prevent infection from cuts and scrapes.
You don’t need anything fancy or expensive for this. Most big drug stores sell anti-bacterial soap for a low price. The one below is $0.89 for a 4 oz. bar, which will last you a long time.
Anti-Bacterial Hand Soap: $0.89
15. Pain Medications
Name a drug. I guarantee that you can find a way to abuse it, and that is exactly what most addicts do. Drugs are addicting by nature; there are few (if any) that have no addictive components at all. It’s a sad truth about our world today.
Drugs are everywhere, from the prescriptions that we pick up at the pharmacy to the drinks that we order at the bar. Most of us don’t think about the fact that there are drugs in these products, we just think that they make us feel a certain way or alter our mental state.
Most of the time this isn’t a problem; however, once someone has developed a dependence on a particular drug it can be incredibly easy for them to get hooked and develop a full-blown addiction.
Whether or not this is the case with you, it is always a good idea to keep a few Painkillers on hand. In addition to being highly addictive, drugs like these can be an absolute godsend when you find yourself in a lot of pain from an injury.
Painkillers are probably one of the most commonly abused drugs in our society today. The list of potential side effects is a mile long, and there are many other drugs that are far safer. However, they do still have their place in medicine.
If you’re going to keep some in your prepper stash, it is a good idea to have them on their own to keep them away from any potential children that might get into them.
The type that I have listed below also has a bit of an expiration date. After a few years, they can lose their effectiveness. I would still keep them around, but as a back up rather than your go-to painkiller.
Lortab 7.5 mg:
These are the pills that have been popping up recently in Texas and Oklahoma. They are incredibly hard to get a hold of due to the fact that they are so new, but for avid drug users, it seems that anything is possible.
Expiration: 2 Years
Percocet is a commonly prescribed drug that contains a mixture of acetaminophen and oxycodone as its active ingredients. These pills are usually about 10 milligrams (mg) each, which is fairly high compared to other prescription drugs.
Expiration: 5 years
This drug is a commonly prescribed mixture of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. These pills are high in both pain relief and sedation, making them incredibly dangerous when mixed with other drugs or alcohol.
Expiration: 5 Years
Morphine is one of the oldest and most commonly known narcotic drugs in medical history. It’s made from the extract of the poppy plant, which is why many achieve it under the strict supervision of a doctor.
Expiration: 5 years
16. Birth Control Pills
This may come as a surprise for some people, but birth control pills have a far wider range of uses than most would think. They are not just for women to prevent unplanned pregnancies; they can be used for a variety of things.
The uses for these pills in a survival situation are fairly obvious, but the biggest thing to remember is that they are NOT to be consumed. They are meant to be inserted into the body a different way than most people would think.
Unscrew the cap at the top of the bottle and remove the foil wrapper from the capsule. You can then insert the capsule into yourself (Vagina for women, rear end for men).
You may experience some cramping as your body absorbs the medicine, but it’s relatively harmless. To be clear, these are to prevent unplanned pregnancies and are not contraceptives. These will not prevent the spread of STDs in any way.
Important: You can only use this method up until 3 months after your period has ended. Any longer than that, and they will no longer be effective at preventing pregnancies.
If you are interested in birth control to prevent unwanted STDs rather than unwanted pregnancies, there are condoms that you can get that have the contraception built right into them.
17. Hand Warmers
Hand warmers are little packets that contain a glycerin based solution. They are activated by bending open the capsule inside and releasing the liquid. Air allows the liquid to act as a catalyst, producing heat as a result. This can get as hot as 120F, which is enough to heat your hands up on a cold day.
These can be used to start a fire, but it would be extremely difficult to do so. Instead, these should simply be seen as a last ditch effort to keep yourself from getting frost bite
Important Note: These can be extremely flammable. Try not to get them too close to any sort of ignition source such as a lighter or candles.
Parachutes are made out of nylon and are used for two main purposes: slowing objects down and preventing them from crashing into the ground when falling at high speeds.
Opening a parachute that is attached to an object:
In order for this to be successful, you need to make sure that the item you are trying to slow down with the parachute is less massive than the chute itself. For example, if there is a person in a wheelchair that needs to be slowed down, it would be extremely difficult (but not impossible) because there is very little difference in mass between the two. If you drag a 200 pound sandbag underneath the chute, however, the difference in mass is much more significant and it would be extremely easy to slow it down.
Here’s a table that shows how much mass different objects have in relation to one another:
Lightweight: Suitcases, Backpacks, Sleeping Bags, Empty Canteens, etc. These weigh between 20 oz. and 2 lbs.
Moderate weight: Large Stones, Duffle Bags, Metal Buckets, Large Tents, etc. These weigh between 2 lbs. and 8 lbs.
Heavyweight: Refrigerators, Freezers, Large Coolers, Ladders, Mattresses, etc. These weigh over 8 lbs.
It wasn’t until recently that scientists found out that opening a parachute while falling was actually possible. The reason being is that the force of the chute opening was enough to actually kill people. While this rarely happens nowadays, it still can be catastrophic if you aren’t prepared.
Using a chute effective is fairly easy, and can be used in almost any situation as long as there is enough room.
First, you are going to want to make sure the chute is packed tightly into the pack. If it isn’t packed tightly enough, then it won’t be able to slow your descent down.
Next, you are going to want to sit on the very edge of the object you are trying to get off from.
Finally, when you are sure that you are ready to jump, make sure theres nothing directly below you and far enough away in the direction you want to go so you don’t hit anything. If everything is clear, jump!
If you think that the parachute is going to be too much for what you are trying to do, try taking a knife and cutting slits into the sides of the chute. This will allow air to escape and slow you down much quicker than it would if you didn’t do this. Be careful not to make too many cuts though, or it could end up ripping apart.
Another way to slow yourself down is by using rocks. It sounds a bit strange, but throwing rocks out in front of you while you are falling can actually help break your fall. While this isn’t ideal and should not be used as a main source of slowing yourself down, it can help if you find that the chute is going to be too much for the situation and you need to slow yourself down quickly.
If you don’t feel like dragging a parachute around with you, and you need to slow yourself down in a hurry, try digging two small holes in the ground about 6-12 inches deep. Place your hands in them and spread your arms out. This will create more surface area to slow your descent down while falling.
Also, remember that while this isn’t exactly how parachutes work in real life, it can be just as effective within the confines of a video game. As long as you believe it will work, then it will.
If you don’t want to drag around a parachute, and don’t want to carry rocks with you, try rolling up your clothes when you are about to jump from something high. This will create more surface area on your body, allowing you to slow yourself down more effectively than trying to fall straight.
You also might want to try jumping from smaller heights as well, as anything higher than around 10 feet is going to be too much for this method. If you are trying to jump from a higher surface, then you are probably going to have to resort to something else.
Remember, if all else fails then use the knife trick and make the chute smaller so it will slow you down faster.
If you find yourself in a body of water that is larger than a puddle, then you are going to want to employ some swimming techniques that will help keep you alive. While there are many different ways to do this, they all have one thing in common: You need to be able to keep your mouth and nose above the water at all times. If you can’t do this, then you will soon drown.
The most basic way to do this is the regular swinming style. This will allow you to move yourself through the water with the least amount of effort.
If you have had some sort of swimming lessons in the past, then you may already be familiar with other techniques such as the “doggy paddle”, “breast stroke”, or “front crawl”. While these may seem like they would expend a lot of energy, if you are in some place where you may need to swim a long distance, then they may be your best bet.
If you do not have any experience with swimming, then you might want to try one of these techniques. Just keep in mind that the longer you swim, the more tired you are going to get. Remain aware of your surroundings and look for any possible exit or help along the way.
Finally, if you do end up having to swim in water, then you may want to look for something that you can float on. While not very effective when trying to escape from something, it can help you if you need a short rest while making your way to safety.
Tip: Try to find a piece of wood, a crate, or anything that is capable of floating on water while also being large enough for you to stay on. If you can find something like this, then try to position it in the water in a way that you can easily climb aboard. Once you do this, keep one arm on it at all times so that it won’t float away while you use the other arm (or preferably both) to keep yourself above the water.
Now that you know some of the basic survival skills, you may feel a little more confident in your ability to not only survive but also escape from the infected and dangerous people you may encounter.
Remember, no matter what happens, these are just suggestions and are not guaranteed to work for everyone. Keep this in mind if this guide fails to keep you alive.
Also remember that survival is not just about staying alive. It’s also about surviving in a world full of anguish and hopelessness. To do this, you are going to have to find something to keep yourself occupied during the 21st century’s new dark age.
Good luck, and stay alive no matter what it takes.
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