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Nature's First Aid Remedies For Camping Ailments

Aug 2, 2008
Think of this scenario: You're out there in the wild enjoying a camping trip with your family and then the inevitable happened, someone gets a bee sting. You try to find something to ease the sting, but you remember you forgot your first aid kit back home.

Relax and never panic, nature is known as the oldest provider of medicine and quick fixes for every sting, burn or sickness. Read along and remember these things next time you go out camping.

When the bee stings...

Being stung by a bee is definitely not one of my favorite things. If you get stung by a bee or a wasp while outside and have no first aid kit. Here's how you should deal with it.

Use the edge of a credit card or a butter knife to rub the stingers. Be careful in doing this. A pair of tweezers will also work if you have one. But remember: do not rub or touch the fleshy part, if you do this, you will only add damage to the injury because that's where the poison is.

Use toothpaste to help counter the poison. For wasp stings, vinegar will do the trick. If you have meat tenderizer at hand, then it's better to use it.

If the swelling does not stop and if the person has trouble breathing then bring him to the nearest hospital or call for an ambulance. Bee stings are dangerous especially if the person is allergic to it. It may even cause death in some cases.

Headaches and Sore Throats

If you experience headache and sore throat and do not have medicine at hand. Always remember the basics of reflexology. In reflexology, your foot and hand can be massaged in various places to ease other parts of the body. Remember that your thumb corresponds to your head. Gently massage your thumb for 5 minutes and the headache will be gone. For sore throats, massage the area between your thumb and index finger.

Skin Problems

If you get to the camp site and experience skin inflammation or eczema and don't have any medication or ointment to ease it, don't worry, all you need is a clean set of bandage, a couple of potatoes and do the following steps:

Take a couple of potatoes, leave them unpeeled and cut them into 1 inch squares.

Boil the potatoes and mash them.

Spread the mashed potatoes and spread them evenly in the bandage and fold it. Do it in a way that the potato will not touch your skin. Potato should be hot.

Apply the bandage to your skin and wrap it again in a dry bandage.
Remove the bandage when the potatoes are cold already.

Keep in mind that during camping, anything can happen and accidents are unavoidable. It's very important to keep safety in mind at all times. Don't forget to bring your first aid kit and always check it before you go to the camp site. Teach all your family members common first aid quick fixes for any ailment.
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This article was written by Benedict Yossarian . Benedict recommends Springfield of Burton for camping and military equipment
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