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25 Survival Uses for Coconut Oil


Coconut oil is one of the most popular multipurpose foods in the world. It goes great in countless recipes, it’s good for your health, good for your body, good for your skin, good for cleaning, and so much more. But what most people don’t know is that coconut oil also has many uses in a survival scenario where supplies are hard to come by.

If you’re prepper, I highly recommend storing at least a few containers of coconut oil. When searching for coconut oil, it’s best to stick with virgin or unrefined oil. It has more nutritional qualities and will last longer. My personal favorite is Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Now let’s get to the list. Here are 25 survival uses for coconut oil.

1. Apply a thin coating of coconut oil to a cut or wound to speed healing and prevent infection. The layer of coconut oil also acts as a bandage of sorts and will keep the wound fairly clean.

2. In dry heat, warm a bit of coconut oil and gently apply it to the inside of your nose to prevent nose bleeds.

3. Apply a thin coat of oil to your lips to keep them from getting chapped when you’re battling dehydration and working outside in the elements.

4. Rub coconut oil on burns, including sunburns, for soothing and healing. You can even add a little lavender to make it more effective.

5. Rub the coconut oil on any bug bites or bee stings for immediate relief of pain and itching.

6. Prevent athlete’s foot by giving your feet a good rubdown with coconut oil everyday. It will help protect and soothe your skin after a long day of hiking as well as kill any fungus and bacteria on your feet.

7. Use a little coconut oil to help condition leather gloves, shoes or knife sheaths. It can also be used to make leather working a little easier.

8. Protect the wooden handles on your knives, axes and saws by rubbing a little coconut oil on them. The oil will help prevent the wood from cracking and splitting.

9. Remove rust from knife blades and ax heads by applying a coat of coconut oil. Let the oil sit for about an hour and then wipe away.

10. Deep bruises will heal quicker with regular massaging in of coconut oil. The coconut oil helps heal the damaged tissue.

11. A little coconut oil can be used to season cast iron skillets that you’ll be using to cook over open fires.

12. Coconut oil can be applied to aching joints that hurt because of overuse or arthritis. If you have some peppermint, add that in for even more relief.

13. Coconut oil is an excellent carrier oil for essential oils that will be applied to the skin. Homemade salves and balms made from essential oils that have been stockpiled will be the best medicine after a collapse.

14. Coconut oil can be stored long term, which means you can use it as a cooking oil substitute. Unlike vegetable oil that goes rancid in a short time, coconut oil will last for years when stored properly.

15. Post-collapse baking from scratch will be the norm. Using coconut oil in place of butter will be a viable option. It will also be much healthier!

16. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil to a cup of warm water each morning for a boost of energy. When coffee and soda are not available, this is going to come in handy.

17. Shaving in a post-collapse world may not be absolutely necessary, but if you want to do so, you can use a little coconut oil instead of shaving cream. It will leave the skin smooth and reduce the risk of irritation and burning from a dry shave.

18. Make candles with coconut oil. Melt the coconut oil until it is liquid. Place a wick in a clean jar and pour the melted coconut oil into the jar, making sure the wick stays up. Allow the oil to cool and harden.

19. Use a coconut oil salve on skin rashes and eczema. It will soothe the itching and redness and promote healing.

20. A tablespoon of coconut oil taken internally for several days can help you get rid of a nasty tapeworm.

21. If you feel a cold coming on or the flu virus is present, take several tablespoons of coconut oil throughout the day in a hot cup of water or tea. The coconut oil helps kill the virus while boosting your immune system.

22. Relieve constipation with a couple tablespoons of coconut oil.

23. If you or someone in your group has diabetes, coconut oil everyday can help regulate the blood sugar. It is also a safe cooking and flavoring substitute in meals for diabetics.

24. Warm coconut oil and apply it to the scalp and hair to kill head lice. With poor sanitation and hygiene, head lice after a disaster will be very common. Add a little tea tree oil to the coconut oil for even more killing power without hurting the scalp.

25. Use a little coconut oil to cure pink eye. Adding a little coconut oil to a cotton ball and rubbing across closed eyes will help clear up the pink eye. Making a warm compress with the coconut oil will help decrease the swelling and speed healing.


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3 Survival Hacks for All Your Christmas Trash


Since one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, what kind of treasures can we make from the massive stream of holiday trash that our households produce each season? Here’s how you can make a wax and cardboard “stove” in a can, wrapping paper fire starters, and ribbon trail markers to take on your next outdoor adventure.

1. Build a Wax and Cardboard Stove
This simple gizmo is made from any cast-off flat can (like a tuna can or a round Altoids tin). You’ll also need some thin strips of cardboard cut as wide as the can is tall (any length will work). And finally, you’ll require some candle wax, new or old. This wax component is a great way to use up candle drippings or old holiday candle nubs.

To make the stove, coil up your cardboard strips inside the can until it’s full of cardboard. Melt your wax over a medium heat, preferably in a disposable container like another tin can. Pour the melted wax into the cardboard stove until the cardboard is almost covered. Now let the cardboard stove cool until the wax is hardened (unless you need it right away). Your cardboard stove will need a steady open flame to light, and it will take about one minute to get part of the can lit. However, once it’s finally lit, the can produces a lot of heat and is hard to put out.

2. Make Wrapping Paper Fire Starters
Paper products and wax can again come to our aid, this time as a fire starter rather than a fire source. Select your least slick wrapping paper for this project. The more absorptive the paper, the better it will work. Cut it into strips and roll the paper into small tight rolls. Tie the rolls shut with bits of cotton string or twine. Then soak the rolls in melted wax for a few minutes. Remove the rolls from the wax and allow them to harden. Once solid, these little rolls can be lit with an open flame and used as a bad weather fire starter. Just prepare your kindling and tinder as a cone with the fire starter at the base, and light when ready.

3. Create Ribbon Trail Markers
If you have colorful ribbon strips destined for the garbage can, roll it up and tuck it into your survival kit instead. These ribbons can be a cut into sections for trail blazes or signal flags in the wilderness. Add a small permanent marker to this “signaling kit” and you can even leave notes or write messages on the ribbon.

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22 Survival Uses For 2-Liter Bottles


Of all the things preppers shouldn’t throw away, probably the most useful is the 2-liter bottle. Some people discard these almost everyday, which is a shame considering all the things you can do with them.

If you’ve been drinking canned soda, it’s time to switch to 2-liters (it’s cheaper, anyway). And if you don’t drink soda, you probably have friends or relatives who do. Offer to take those empty bottles off their hands (just ignore the looks they give you).

Maybe you think I’m exaggerating the usefulness of 2-liters. Well, see for yourself. Here’s a list of survival uses for 2-liter bottles.

1. Store Water – A 2-liter bottle makes a convenient water storage container that easily fits on pantry shelves or under beds. Fill it with warm soapy water, shake it up, then rinse it thoroughly. Next, fill it with drinking water and add about 4 drops of unscented bleach. Wait thirty minutes then smell the water. If there isn’t at least a hint of chlorine, repeat the process. Also remember that plastic breathes so don’t store these bottles next to gasoline, household cleaners, or any other liquid you wouldn’t want in your water. Finally, put the date on the side with a marker or label and replace them 6 months to a year later.

2. Filter Water – In addition to a 2-liter bottle, you’ll also need sand, charcoal, grass, and rocks (small, medium, and large) to make a water filter.

3. Purify Water – Fill your 2-liters with water, then place them on a hard surface in direct sunlight for an entire day (two days if it’s cloudy). The UV rays will kill any microorganisms in the water, making it safe to drink. However, the bottles must be made of clear plastic, the water must be fairly clear, and you need to be no more than 35 degrees above or below the equator. So if you live in the United States, this only works in the south.

4. Gather Food – A 2-liter bottle could be a convenient way to gather wild edibles such as herbs and berries. When you have enough, you can put the cap back on and ensure the edibles stay dry on your way back to camp.

5. Make a Funnel – To do this, simply cut off the top of the bottle where the curved part begins and you have yourself a funnel. This could be useful for filling other bottles with food or water.

6. Make a Scoop – Instead of cutting the bottle straight across, cut it at an angle just below the curved part. Leave the cap on, and you’ll have a scoop you can use for food, water, dirt, or whatever else you need to scoop.

7. Store Food – First you’ll need to wash them out thoroughly and make sure they’re 100% dry. Setting them upright with the cap off in direct sunlight for a while should do it. When they’re ready, use your funnel to pour food into the bottle. When it’s almost full, top it off with a 300cc oxygen absorber and screw the cap on really tight. And as with storing water, make sure you don’t store your food next to anything toxic.

8. Keep Food Cold – If your freezer isn’t completely full, you should fill some plastic bottles with water and use them to fill in the empty spaces. Just leave a few inches at the top of the bottle so the water has room to expand as it freezes. By doing this, you’ll make your freezer food take a lot longer to thaw if the power goes out. You could also grab a few of these ice bottles and use them in a cooler. And when the ice melts, you can open the bottle and drink it (if you plan on doing this, make sure the bottle is clean before you fill it).

9. Make a Bowl – For this, just cut off the bottom of the bottle. Where exactly you cut it depends on how deep you want the bowl to be. Since the plastic is thin, I wouldn’t recommend using it for hot soup.

10. Make a Spoon – Now that you have a bowl, you probably need a spoon. 2-liter bottles have five bumps on the bottom. What you can do is get a bottle and cut out the shape of a spoon, using one of those bumps as the bowl of the spoon.

11. Make a Capsule – Cut the tops off of two bottles, use a file to smooth down the saw marks, and super glue them together with the caps facing outward. Now you have a tiny capsule that can hold pills, seeds, jewels, and other small valuables.

12. Start Seeds – 2 liter bottles are perfect for getting seeds started. Cut the bottle in half, poke some drainage holes in the bottom, add some potting soil and water, then plant your seeds. To help the seeds germinate, you can place the top half over the bottom to create a greenhouse effect.

13. Grow Plants – There are several ways you can use 2-liter bottles for plants, but one of the most interesting is the self-watering pot. You cut the bottle in half, put some water in the bottom, turn the top upside down and fill it with soil, and place it in the bottom part. Then, several pieces of strings going through the cap act as wicks, drawing water from the basin into the soil.

14. Water Plants – You can also use 2-liter bottles to make a drip irrigation system. Cut off the bottom of the bottle and discard it, poke some holes in the cap, then turn the top of the bottle upside down and half-bury it next to your plants. Fill it with water and refill as needed.

15. Make a Hanging Planter – Here’s an idea that’s great for plants like tomatoes and peppers. You cut the bottle in half, turn it upside down, fill it with soil, and hang it up. The plant grows out the bottom where the cap was. Of course, it’s a little more complicated than that.

16. Catch Bugs – There are several ways to do this as well. If you just want to catch those annoying flies, all you need to do is fill your bottle halfway with water, drop a piece of raw meat in there, and poke a few holes near the top. The flies will crawl in after the meat and get trapped. Eventually they will drown in the water. For other mosquitoes, you’ll need a different kind of bait and a slightly more complicated trap. Try jam dissolved in water for wasps, and orange juice for fruit flies.

17. Catch Fish – Cut off the top of a 2 liter bottle, turn it over and place it in the bottom, then poke some holes and tie them together with some string. Place the trap in a stream, and minnows will swim inside and not be able to find their way back out.

18. Stay Afloat – If you need to cross a river or something don’t think you can swim that far, put a bunch of sealed bottles into a bag or tie them all together and use it as a flotation device. If you have plenty of bottles and you’re feeling ambitious, you could even build a small raft.

19. Make Sandals – You’ll probably never have to do this, but if you’re stuck outdoors with no shoes you can make a pair of sandals using two bottles, some cordage, and duct tape.

20. Make a Broom – Having a clean floor isn’t really a matter of survival, but this is too creative not to mention. Basically, you cut the bottom half of the bottle to shreds and attach it to a long stick. There’s a little more to it , though. I haven’t tried this one myself, but it looks like it would work well enough.

21. Make a Faucet – If water is in short supply but you need to rinse off your hands or something else, you can use a 2-liter full of water as a faucet. Just hang the bottle upside down over a sink or bowl, then slowly unscrew the cap until a thin stream of water pours out. Tighten the cap again when you’re done. Bonus tip: Paint the bottle black and hang it in direct sunlight so you can have warm water.

22. Make a Light – Fill a bottle with water and a few drops of bleach (to prevent algae growth) and stick it in a hole in the roof of your shelter. Sunlight will hit the top of the bottle, and the water will disperse the light throughout your shelter. It works surprisingly well (as good as a 40 watt bulb). In fact, there’s a movement  aimed at bringing this idea to communities without electricity.