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How to Do Everything – First Aid & Health

Close a wound, remove a tick, prevent poison ivy rash, and more essential tips.
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Hiking | Packing & Planning | Camping | Gear | First Aid & Health | Cooking

Treat Medical Emergencies | Close a Gaping Wound | Find Relief in Your Food Bag | Prevent Poison Ivy Rash/Remove a Tick | Make a Walking Splint | Two-Second Tip


  • Carrots: Cook into mush to make a soothing application for inflamed eyes.
  • Chamomile tea: Drink this to quiet an upset stomach, fight gas, stop vomiting, relieve headaches, and alleviate menstrual cramps.
  • Cranberries: Steep Craisins in hot water for 20 minutes. Consume 3 to 4 cups a day for relief from a urinary tract infection.
  • Garlic: Eat it in any form to boost the immune system.
  • Ginger: Brew tea for headaches, upset stomachs, colds, sore throats, and motion sickness. Add 1 tablespoon of powdered ginger to hot water and steep for 10 minutes (drink 3 times a day) to treat diarrhea.
  • Honey: Dab some on a wound to promote healing and discourage infection–the moisture aids in tissue regeneration, and the natural hydrogen peroxide in honey makes it an effective antibacterial.
  • Tea: Suck on a tea bag for toothache relief–the tannins will help kill the pain.
  • Rice: Save some water after boiling the rice and drink it to treat diarrhea.
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