Without access to hospitals and emergency medical care during off-grid emergencies, a simply infection from wounds can become life-threatening. Having knowledge of alternative medical treatments using natural wound therapies could save a life.
Years ago, the Mrs. and I made a major move. We had a specific timetable to adhere to, and as we were moving ourselves, efficiency was the word that exemplified our overall goals. About an hour before we were going to batten down the hatches and hit the road, she slipped and slammed her shin on the edge of the moving van’s bumper: a combination of a laceration and abrasion, as well as potential for a broken bone.
What to do on something such as this? Well, we certainly had enough antibiotics and (if it was broken) the hospital was close by. She/we decided on some ice, a bandage, and (so as not to go into our antibiotics) herbal aids. Oregano is one of the best herbs to have on hand for natural medicine and an astringent can be made from oregano tincture to wipe down the abrasion.
- Add handfuls of oregano flower and leaves to a pint-size jar and cover them with 80-proof alcohol, such as vodka.
- Allow the jar to sit for 3-6 weeks out of sunlight.
- Strain the mixture and transfer to a tincture bottle, or proceed to make a double-strength infusion.
For oral dosage: The standard adult dose is 1/2 to 1 teaspoon up to three times a day, as needed. Children usually get 1/4 to 1/3 of the adult dose.
To make astringent: Add 1 tablespoon oregano tincture to 1 cup of distilled water.