Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food. ” Hippocrates.
When there is no doctor and when there is no medicine, what then? Survival
medicine is doing what you can with what you have, so make sure you have something
when the rest of the world runs out! If you are passionate about your survival,
consider asking your physician now for extra prescription medicines and antibiotics, or
stocking up on unusual homeopathic and non-prescription medicines. Stocking up on
medicines just might save a life: yours!
Emergency Medical Technicians, nurses and doctors have one common shortcoming:
much of their power to heal and save lives becomes useless without support of
medicine and medical supplies. And therein lies the reality: eventually medicines and
supplies will run out in the end of the world as we know it.
Here are the top prepper medicines to stock for survival:
#1: Activated Charcoal Tablets (toxin adsorption*).
Activated charcoal is the black magic potion the prepper’s medicine bag. We’re not
talking Kingsford here (don’t use chemically laden charcoal briquettes): the
recommended medicine for your cabinet is a specially activated charcoal. While
activated charcoal has many uses (from teeth whitening to reducing your cholesterol)
its ideally suited for preppers as an emergency toxin removal. Activated charcoal,
through adsorption, traps toxins in the body to help flush them out. Another of the
major benefits of activated charcoal is that it helps alleviate gas and bloating.
Make way for Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal capsules, pictured left. Nature’s Way
Activated Charcoal (from Indian Hardwood) is commonly used to adsorb* digestive
gas. It also protects the body from overdosing on harmful toxic substances. Due to its
large surface area, activated charcoal has high adsorption properties, meaning that it
keeps certain substances from being absorbed in the body’s gastrointestinal tract.
- * Note: adsorption, not absorption, refers to adhesion of atoms, ions, molecules
from a dissolved solid, liquid or gas. The adsorption process flushes poison and
toxins from the body.
#2: Ammonia Inhalant (smelling salts).
Ammonia Inhalant, pictured right, is a modern day version of “smelling salts.” It’s
intended as a product to arouse patients who’ve fainted. An often overlooked prep,
you will be happy to know you can revive someone to save their life with a swift
measure of ammonia inhalant.
#3: Antibiotics – Fish Mox (amoxicillin – broad sprectrum antibiotic)
The role of antibiotics in modern day is immeasurable. FishMox is the primary brand of
amoxicillin (antibiotic) stocked by preppers for extreme catastrophic situations where a
doctor or when medicines intended for humans are not available. Amoxicillin treats
bacterial infections, but also presents a severe allergic reaction in some people which
is sudden, intense and possibly deadly. Consult your doctor about FishMox* to see if
this option is right for you and your family in a survival situation when prescription
antibiotics will be hard to come by after a societal collapse. Remember, this antibiotic is
intended for fish, not humans, but may be the only antibiotic available in uncertain
times when a doctor is not available. Stock Fish Mox, but do not use it under ordinary
circumstances, and do not stock it without consulting a doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
Learn the proper dose for your bodyweight before you ever need it and discuss your
family’s history of allergies! This is the value a medical professional can provide. Fish
Mox is no longer currently available on Amazon.
- Discover the nine best survival antibiotics from the Urban Survival website.
- Nurse Amy and Doctor bones have a video about Fish antibiotics.
- Medical professionals may like to order Antibiotics Simplified.
- Did you know antibiotics are safe to use for at least five years after expiration?
Learn more about expiration dates. Save your unused medicines!
- Read: Fish antibiotics for preppers.
An important prepper medicine to stock is an over the counter anti-diarrheal. It doesn’t
matter whether you stock a brand name or a generic:
- Imodium® A-D or other anti-diarrheal to controls symptoms of diarrhea. Here is
more about the case for stocking Imodium.
- Kirkland Anti-diarrheal includes the active ingredient (Loperamide HCI 2 mg.)but
at a much lower cost.
#5: Antihistamine allergy medicine (e.g., Benadryl)
Benadryl is diphenhydramine, the brand name of antihistamine allergy medicine. Since
1946 Benadryl has been providing temporary relief of seasonal and perennial allergy
symptoms. Most notably, taking an antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
provides a measure of relief against bee stings.
- Learn more about bee sting treatment.
#6: Aspirin (painkiller).
Much more than a painkiller, you’ll find many reasons to include aspirin in your preps.
For your bugout bag, pack aspirin in small packets, pictured immediate left.
#7: Boiron Oscillococcinum (Homeopathic flu remedy).
Boiron Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic product for Flu-like Symptoms, pictured left.
Boiron Oscillococcinum, pictured left, temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms such as
body aches, headache, fever, chills and fatigue.
#8: Colloidal Silver (natural antibiotic).
A powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral, Colloidal Silver soothes a number
of skin ailments, including soothing burns, minimize scarring, relieving herpes sores,
and medicating boils, ringworm or warts!
Colloidal Silver is a mineral with wildly debated medical claims, but preppers agree it is
a necessary item in the medicine cabinet. According to the manufacturer of Ultra Pure
Colloidal Silver Natures Best Antibiotic, “There is no known disease causing organism
that can live in the presence of even minute traces of Colloidal Silver. Colloidal Silver is
used to treat a wide range of diseases and infections, both internally and externally.”
The big pharmaceutical companies don’t appreciate these claims, and the Federal Drug
Administration isn’t on board either and so colloidal silver gets a bad rap.
While we don’t think anyone should self medicate, there may be a time in the future
you may be faced in desperation to cure a disease. Preppers pack colloidal silver in
their personal pharmacy because it is a natural antibiotic available without a
prescription. It serves as an alternative when prescribed antibiotics are not available
and infection is life threatening. Preppers also appreciate versatility of a prep.
- Read more about the Benefits of Colloidal Silver for Preppers.
#9: Digestive enzymes (Enzyme supplement, digestive aid).
Your stomach won’t be quite the same after your diet changes. Many a backpacker has
overdosed on freeze dried food and can testify to this. Digestive enzymes will help
restore your body’s proper balance.
#10: Frankincense (natural immune booster).
Frankincense (Boswellia serrata) reduces inflammation, helps fight infection and boost
immunity among so many uses. Read our full article on the benefits of Frankincense.
Learn also about Myrrh Essential Oil.
#11 Fresh Green Black Walnut Wormwood Complex (treats parasites).
During a survival situation, you may be hunting and unable to provide a stable source
of fresh drinking water. Have a plan to clear parasites out of the body with Fresh
Green Black Walnut Wormwood Complex. This powerful extract, derived from the hulls
of green black walnuts, is a centuries old herbal tonic to promote healthy microbial
activity. Fresh green black walnut wormwood complex comes highly recommended by
The Patriot Nurse in a survival situation for those who plan on hunting.
#12: Goldenseal (immune support).
Popular as antifungal and antibacterial, Goldenseal root promotes a healthy immune
system. Goldenseal, also called Indian turmeric or “ginseng’s little brother” by the
Cherokee, has potent medicinal properties. It can kill germs on contact particularly in
mucus membranes and not get absorbed in the blood stream, which can be
advantageous for many, but can make blood pressure fluctuate, so check with your
health care practitioner. It’s also used as a digestive aid and studies are underway for
using goldenseal to support healing of cancer.
#13: Neem Oil.
Neem oil reduces skin inflammation and helps remedy skin disorders, including acne,
eczema and psoriasis. Commonly also used as an antiviral, antifungal, and
antibacterial, you’ll find neem oil is also an antiparasitic; and neem oil is also used as
an organic pesticide!
#14: Oregano Oil (an antiflammatory and more).
Packed with protection against bed bugs, fleas, lice, even mosquitoes, and tape worm!
Oregano oil is also effective against vaginal infections, cold and flu, and a host of other
- Read more about oregano oil, and other natural antibiotics.
#15: Potassium Iodide Capsules (radiation emergency).
Potassium Iodide is a prepper medicine often overlooked and yet essential to take if
radiation is imminent and may be limited or unavailable when health officials notify the
public of exposure and urgency. Potassium Iodide capsules, pictured immediate right,
can help maintain a high level of beneficial iodides in the thyroid gland. Potassium
Iodide supports the body’s normal detoxification processes, including the removal of
heavy metals, though it’s not a cure for radiation sickness.
- Learn more about radiation exposure and survival.
#16: Stool softener (constipation relief).
You’ll be eating foods you’re not used to eating, so consider that bowel movements
may fluctuate more often. Miralax, pictured bottom left of page, is a stool softener to
help you get through eating too much freeze dried food.
#17: SaltStick caps Plus (hydration).
Avoid cramping during and after long distance and high elevation hikes. Trusted by
marathon runners, SaltStick buffered electrolyte salts plus caffeine and sodium,
pictured immediate right, will give preppers on the move an edge. In addition to
reducing muscle cramping, these totally vegetarian capsules reduce heat stress,
maintain electrolyte levels and increase energy levels. It’s a great bugout-bag item or
#18: Tea Tree oil (external use only).
Tea Tree Essential Oil, pictured left, is best known as a very powerful immune
stimulant. It’s a powerful anti-fungal and disinfectant for topical use only. It can help to
fight all three categories of infectious organisms (bacteria, fungi, and viruses), and
there is evidence that Tea Tree Oil massages prior to an operation may help to fortify
the body and reduce post-operative shock. Tea Tree Oil can help with colds, measles,
sinusitis and viral infections.
Tea tree oil is very penetrating oil to help cure infections and boils, and even seep
through toenails. It’s great for athletes foot! Learn more about tea tree oil benefits.
- Do NOT ingest tea tree oil! You may wind up in the hospital. Some apply tea
tree oil sparingly to sores in the mouth and on lips, but this is a deadly
concoction to some and not worth the risk for others. Never ingest tea tree oil!
#19: Thieves Oil (pandemics).
- Ebola prevention? Possibly, however, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration has
been very careful in preventing Thieves Oil manufacturers, like Young Living from
marketing their product as a drug to prevent Ebola and has sent them a severe
warning letter. Such products are not intended for use in the diagnosis, cure,
mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease and should not be marketed as
such, according to the FDA. It is illegal to market this product as an anti-viral for
- Plague prevention: There is evidence that Thieves Oil keeps plague at bay!
During the 15th-century plague, thieves used an oil of cloves, rosemary, and
other aromatics to protect themselves while robbing plague victims.
- Upper respiratory support: In the Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for
When Help is Not on the Way by Joseph Alton M.D. and Amy Alton ARNP, they
recommend stocking Thieves Oil! (Page 78.) for upper respiratory infections.
#20: Topical Anesthetic Gel – Hurricaine (tooth pain relief).
Nothing bites worse than tooth pain! Hurricaine topic gel, pictured right, will
anesthetize muscle tissue to provide temporary relief in discomfort in teeth and gums.
This medication will be a godsend for the day when a dentist is not available. In the
old days, the agony of dental pain was among the top causes of suicide.
Nature’s medicine cabinet
Interested in other prepper medicines? Preppers also stock a variety of home
remedies, salves, unconventional medicines, and essential oils for survival:
- Aloe vera. Aloe will provide soothing relief from sunburns.
- Coconut oil. Learn to cook with coconut oil.
- Echinacea. A medicinal powerhouse and secret of Native Americans, echinacea
has been popular as an anti–viral and antibacterial sold to help fight symptoms
of cold and flu.
- Elderberry. Proven effective for use against swine and avian flu, elderberry
extract is manufacturered as Sambucol. Safe and effective for kids, there are no
known side effects.
- Epsom Salts. Discover the medicinal uses of Epsom salts, including how Epsom
salts help flush out toxins from the body, improve absorption of nutrients, and
even soothe aching muscles.
- Honey. Honey is ideal as a topical antibiotic because apparently honey kills
bacteria, according to Science Daily. What’s more, honey will last almost
indefinitely! Consider the many good reasons to hoard honey.
- Hydrogen Peroxide. As a first aid essential, hydrogen peroxide can help prevent
infection in minor cuts, scrapes and burns. It may also be used as an oral
debriding agent. It can aid in removing phlegm, mucus or other secretions
associated with a sore mouth. Stock hydrogen peroxide in your prepper’s
medicine cabinet and learn more about applications for your survival.
- Onions. Onions have natural anti-fungal properties. For immediate relief, rub on
affected areas. Here’s how an onion can soothe a bee sting.
- Peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is great for your health, and you’ll keep pesky
little critters away. Spiders hate peppermint oil and rodents too! 100%
peppermint oil will burn their little nostrils!
- Salt. Discover the many medicinal uses of salt.
More great finds:
- Christopher’s Infection Fighting Formula (dietary supplement, flu season).
Pictured at the bottom of the page, Christopher’s Infection Fighting Formula is
highly rated on Amazon. Such dietary supplements offer added peace of mind
during the flu season. Get through pandemic situations knowing you’re charging
your family with infection fighting vitamins.
- Melatonin (sleep aid). Many preppers stash coffee and tea for survival. They
need also stock something to help them fall asleep: Melatonin. During a crisis,
your mind may be hyper alert with thoughts keeping you awake at night, but
without adequate sleep you may not be able to follow through on an effective
strategy of survival. That’s where Melatonin comes into play. Melatonin by
Nature’s Bounty, pictured right, is great for people experiencing occasional
sleeplessness, those with jet lag, or anyone seeking to improve their quality of
- Caffeine (alertness and energy aid). Caffeine supplements will help you stay
awake and five-hour energy boosters may help provide the endurance you need
to protect your family or meet another critical survival need.
- Is a caffeine pill hard to swallow? Try decaffeinated chewing gum!
Considering that stress and poor nutrition along with reduced hygiene and total lack of
medical care are very real threats to your health during a catastrophe, it’s wise to
prepare; however, for any health or dietary matter, consult your Doctor well in
advance of needing to use any of these products. This medicine cabinet supply list is
intended for long-term storage and use only for a scenario where a pharmacy and
medical professional network is unavailable.*
It’s better to have medicine (and not use it) than to need medicine (and not have it)!