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How to Make Rice Water

Have you heard that rice water is a good thing to learn to prepare?

How to Make Rice Water

Learning how to make rice water is really easy and you most likely already have all of the ingredients that you need to make it.

Why is rice water useful?

Rice water is useful when someone is having any type of stomach issues like vomiting or diarrhea. It is very calming if you have an upset stomach, insanely bland, starchy and helps with getting some nutrients into you (or whoever isn’t feeling well)

It really is simple to learn how to make rice water.

All you need is

  1. Rice
  2. Water

Those are the two ingredients you need, simple. Right?

Put two tablespoons of rice into a pot with 1 cup of water. Do not add salt. Now, bring the water to a boil and boil until the rice is tender.

Then strain the rice out and the milky liquid that is left over is the rice water you are looking for.

You can then eat the rice, or add it to a recipe or even use it to feed chickens or your pet dogs. Just don’t boil it for too long because then the rice water will be extremely thick.

We find that anywhere from 15-30 minutes is the right amount of time to boil.

If it gets too thick, you can water it down.

Be sure to let the rice water cool before serving the person who isn’t feeling their best. You can drink it warm or cold so keep that in mind.

Biggest Reason to Learn How To Make Rice Water

The primary reason to make rice water is for relief of diarrhea.

Bland and hydrating as a broth, rice water is a bit starchy and  provides soothing relief for stomach upset whether you drink it hot or cold.

This home remedy for diarrhea is effective and also provides a negligible amount of vitamins and minerals, which is beneficial over drinking water alone.

Benefits of Rice Water

Rich in the vitamin B complex, folic acid, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc, rice water gains its properties during the cooking process of rice. White rice is ideal, since during the cooking process it loses more properties than whole-wheat rice. Among its biggest benefits are:

  • Natural energy.
  • For gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
  • Prevents gastroenteritis.
  • Helps regulate body temperature.
  • Recommended for pregnant women to induce breast milk production.
  • For relieving skin irritation.
  • Prevents and cures constipation.


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Medical Training Tips: What to Know and Where to Learn It

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Basic first-aid is always a plus to know, but there are some things that you should know that extend beyond the ordinary in a SHTF situation. For most medical tips and tricks, one could contact the local Red Cross for information or even find a reliable and reputable internet source. Reliable internet sources include sources that end in “org” not “com”, sources that are from known healthcare administrators and sources that are not question and answer sites. To put it bluntly, anyone can write and answer or article online, so your best option is to call and actually speak to a professional before instilling the information into your brain.

Closing a Wound

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Did you know that hospitals will sometimes opt to glue a wound shut rather than staple or stitch it? In fact, hospitals are using glues more readily these days. Depending on the wound, there are several options that can come in handy when trying to close an open wound. One of the best places to find information on how and when to use sutures, staples or glue is your healthcare provider. While your provider may not want to teach you how to do it, they may be able to give you some basic knowledge on how to know when each practice should be used. Aside from that, it is always helpful to call an expert survivalist teacher or first aid teacher. This may cost a little bit of money, but it can save lives in SHTF scenarios or everyday scenarios.



Knowing CPR is something that most survivalists and preppers consider essential, but there are still many people who may overlook this. If you know how to administer CPR, you are more likely to be able to save your loved one from death than if you do not know what you are doing. Hand placement is important, and knowing when to administer is important. Most high schools, fire stations and police stations either offer classes or have information on where classes are held. When in doubt, stop in and talk to someone in any type of city uniform. Most city officials have some information pertaining to local classes and costs.

Frostbite Detection and Treatment


Frostbite can be extremely dangerous. If you are exposed to cold temperatures for any length of time, you are more likely to experience frostbite. The fact that some of the symptoms of frostbite include symptoms of simply being cold, it is important to know the difference. Numbness, tingling and color change can be giveaways on whether frostbite has occurred. If you believe that you have frostbite, it is important to only begin warming the area when you know that you will not be exposed to cold temperatures for an extended period of time. In all honesty, the best place to find ample amounts of information on frostbite signs, symptoms and treatments is online. By visiting a reliable site, you will be able to get all the information you may need pertaining to frostbite.

Caring for Burns


While 3rd degree burns will need more care than basic burns, it is still imperative that you know how to care for burned areas. In order to avoid infection of less severe burns, one should know how to properly wrap the area, what ointments to use and when ointments and medications are necessary. The best place to get this kind of information is your local hospital. Most hospitals will have classes or seminars on how to temporarily treat an affected area, but some other options may include fire departments, police stations, colleges and public schools.


The most important thing to remember is that there is no such thing as knowing too much first aid. Anything that you can possible learn even the basics for could save your life or your loved one’s life. If you have spare time, put the remote control down and read a basic medical or first aid book. If you are unsure about something, ask your local EMT, police officer, fireman, Red Cross representative or anyone else who may know. Even friends or family members who have experience in the medical field can help with basic first aid knowledge, and those are the ones who will generally teach you for free.

How to Cure Poison Ivy

Poison ivy, and its pestilent cousins poison oak and poison sumac, can give you a wretched rash if come into contact with it. If you’ve suffered the unfortunate event of running into a poison ivy plant, try these methods for getting rid of the rash that accompanies it.

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Toxicodendron radicans, commonly known as poison ivy (older synonyms are Rhus toxicodendron and Rhus radicans),[1] is a poisonous North American and Asian flowering plant that is well known for causing an itching, irritating, and sometimes painful rash in most people who touch it, caused by urushiol, a clear liquid compound in the sap of the plant. [2] It is variable in its appearance and habit, and despite its common name it is not a true ivy (Hedera). T. radicans is commonly eaten by many animals and the seeds are consumed by birds,[3] but is most often thought of as a weed.


Method 1 of 2: Treating Immediately


1) Rinse your skin. If you are outdoors when the poison ivy strikes, head for a stream or the beach for some water. Rinse the area that came in contact with cold water, being careful not to touch it too much with your hands or other parts of your body. Use the coldest water you are able to find as it will help to close up the pores in your skin, whereas hot water opens them and allows more of the toxic oil in.

  • If you encounter poison ivy near the beach, run to the water and use some wet sand to scrub at the area where the rash appeared. Then soak the rash in cold seawater.[1]
  • Avoid showering your whole body to rinse the rash, as you may worsen your exposure by spreading the rash to other parts of your body.


2) Dab on some rubbing alcohol. Pour a bit of rubbing alcohol onto a cotton pad and smear it over the affected area. Drowning out the skin with the rubbing alcohol may stop the spread of the poison, and prevent the rash from becoming even worse in the future. Do this as soon as you are able in order to prevent the rash from growing.


3) Wash off with dish soap. The toxins from the poison ivy plant are an oil, and therefore won’t be able to be removed completely with just water. Use a dish soap that advertises breaking up oil to wash the affected area. The dish soap should help to minimize the spread of the poison and limit the rash.


4) Put on an ice pack. Closing off your pores will keep your skin from absorbing the toxic oils. Hold a cold compress or an ice pack to the rash to constrict the pores. Doing this will also feel soothing on the blistered skin.


5) Remove any clothes that came in contact with the poison. If your clothes are covered in the oil from the plant, touching them later could spread the rash to other parts of your body. Remove any clothes near the area and wash them immediately, separate from any other laundry.


6) Crush up some jewelweed. If you are outdoors, look for jewelweed – a plant that often grows near poison ivy and is a natural cure for the toxins. It can be recognized as a low growing leafy bush with yellow and orange bell shaped flowers. Crush up some of the weeds to form a paste, and then smear them across the rash. Leave the paste for as long as you can, replacing with a paste of fresh jewelweed when it becomes dried out.


Method 2 of 2: Treating at Home After Exposure

Kitchen cupboard remedies

1) Make a paste of baking soda.
 This common household item will work to draw out the poisons in the skin and sooth the rash once it has already formed. Mix baking soda with a bit of water to form a paste, and then dab it onto the rash. Let it set until it dries out, and then rinse off with cool water. This process can be repeated several times daily until the rash disappears.


2) Wash with vinegar. Vinegar works many wonders, including helping to heal a poison ivy rash. Use regular or apple cider vinegar and pour it over the area. Let it sit on the rash until it evaporates. You can also pour some onto a cotton ball and dab it onto the rash for a more specific location.


3) Put on some cold coffee.
 Brew up a cup of regular coffee and let it cool or place it in the refrigerator. Pour it onto the rash or use a cotton pad to dab it on. Coffee contains an acid that works as an anti-inflammatory, which soothes the rash and brings down any swelling and redness.


4) Take an oatmeal bath.
 Oatmeal has long been used as a skin-soothing agent, and can be added to a bath to create a relaxing soak. Buy an oatmeal bath product or grind a cup of oatmeal in your blender and add it to a bath full of warm water. Soak in the mixture for 20 minutes to remove the itch of the rash.


5) Take a tea bath. Fill a hot bath with 6-8 bags of black tea. Black tea contains tannic acid, an anti-inflammatory that can help soothe a poison ivy rash. Soak in the tea for 20 or more minutes for the best results.


6) Use dish detergent, then oats. Wash the infected area with Dawn Dish detergent or any other brand that breaks up oils. Rinse the area with a lukewarm water, followed by cool water, to close up the pores. Apply witch hazel solution after it dries. Then, take a knee high sock or stocking and put some oatmeal inside it, tying it shut. Heat a small amount of water for about 1 minute. Insert the oat-filled knee high, end down into the hot water. When this has soaked a couple of minutes, squeeze out and dab onto affected areas. This will work as a drying agent. This method works well.


For the rest of the article on getting rid of Poison Ivy, visit WikiHow’s article: Get Rid of Poison Ivy Rashes