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Top 6 Medicinal Herbs for Your Bug Out Bag

Herbs that will help to keep you alive in a bug out situation


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Your bug out bag is a vital part to your survival. It is understood that in your survival gear you will have the essentials of food, water, heat, shelter, and clothing.

However, you need to go a bit beyond just the fundamentals of survival training and include some form of natural medicine in your gear.

Here are the top 6 medicinal herbs for your bug out bag.

1) Aloe

Perhaps one of the best natural ways to sooth a burn is Aloe, and you will get burned at one point of another if you are a survivalist.

When you pack the aloe, you will want to ensure that the herb is in an air tight container which will minimize the chances of the sap of the plant spilling out.

As the sap of the leaves is what soothes the burn, it is essential that keep as much in the leaves as possible.

It is recommended that you break the leaves off as close to the base of the plant as possible. Store with the open end of the leaf up (or if possible seal the leaf with wax).

When you use the aloe, simply break the leaf in the middle and squeeze the contents onto the wound.

Aloe acts a soothing agent for both fire burns (such as that which can be gained from improperly lighting a fire) to sunburns.

2) Mint

Mint is a diverse medicinal herb.

The herb can help with digestive problems, naturally work as a cleaner for your teeth, help with bad breath, and provide antioxidants to the blood and therefore help to reduce cardiovascular diseases.

What is greater still is that mint grows in most of the geographic locations of the United States in the wild.

Where it would behoove you to have a supply in your survival gear, you can also benefit from finding a natural cluster of mint close to your bug out site.

3) Lemon Grass

Lemon grass is a natural way in which you can treat digestive spasms, stomachaches, and vomiting.

You should keep some in your survival gear just in case you find some berries that are not quite ripe or eat some meat that just does not sit well in your stomach.

Lemon Grass is also used as a painkiller, to reduce fever, to fight common colds as well as to help with muscle exhaustion.

You can eat lemon grass plain/raw or you can digest it in the form of a beverage. As most lemon grass is used either as a seasoning agent or in teas as lemon, you may find that lemon grass will provide a medicinal tea if brewed.

Storing Lemon grass should be done in a bag with little moisture. Do not shred the grass but try to keep it at a natural length. Remember, once you cut an herb it starts to lose some of its natural minerals and functionality. If possible air seal your herbs.

4) Pepper

A great use for pepper is for cuts. Adding pepper to a cut will help to cause the wound to stop bleeding.

Where you do not want to put a ton of pepper into your wound as it may aggravate it, a small amount in a gash will help you to at least get a hold of the situation and stitch yourself up.

If your skin is starting to feel grimy and you feel as if it is getting to the point of being a health issue, pepper can be used as a natural scrubbing solution to open up your skin and get out dirt.

Avoid the eyes and around the nose area.

For everyday medicinal purposes, use pepper to regulate your blood pressure and to relieve the common cold.

5) Cloves

If you have been living in a survivalist situation, then you will greatly appreciate the many benefits of having cloves in your bug out bag.

Like mint, cloves help with the teeth. Particularly, the clove treat tooth ache pain and sooths the gums.

You can also use cloves to treat scrapes and bruises which you will get from living off the grid day to day.

When you add cloves to water you can make a tea which will cure a great deal of upper respiratory infections.

Do not be alarmed when you start to see an increase of phlegm. This is a natural reaction to the process and an indicator that things are going well.

6) Garlic

Garlic is like the Robitussin of herbs. It pretty much takes care of anything. You can take it in small doses and it will help your cardio.

If you have a sore throat it will help to alleviate the symptoms. If you are having trouble sleeping at night, garlic can be used to help with that.

Allergies, blood pressure, cholesterol, the cold, the flue, a repellant for mosquitos, hay fever, ear aches, and acne can all be treated and/or prevented with the use of garlic.

Pack cloves of garlic into your bug out bag. Keep in mind that the garlic clove has a very distinguishable scent.

If you do not want everything smelling like garlic you will need to put it into an air tight container. It is advised that you pace several cloves so that you can plant the herb when you get to your bug out spot.

These are just a few of the herbs that you will need to survive.

You should take the time to identify the herbs and plants in your region which grow in abundance (there is no need to pack things which are everywhere) and pack your bug out bag with the herbs which will be in demand.

Of course, if you are in California and have “medical herbs”, you won’t care about the end of the world being upon us.

However, for the rest of us we need to have a disaster plan and medical supplies in place to help us when we go off the grid.

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Steven Swift

Steven has been interested in Survivalist Tips and prepping for years. He wanted to share the tips and tricks he learned with the world to help them be prepared for any type of dangers/emergencies. He is the owner of Sovereign Survival

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CW Stepp - September 7, 2015

I have been getting things together, but forgot about the herbs that have
medicinal purposes. My “bob” will include them now. Thanks for the


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