Buy a Book:
general family medical books
**American Medical Association Family Medical Guide — an excellent book, and one I feel every household should have. I found my copy at Goodwill, marked at $1.50 and in the half price bin, for a total of 75c. This is the best dollar I think I’ve ever spent. Do make the effort to find this book. My copy was written in 1982, but the current edition is 4th edition. An older one is fine — mine is wonderful, though I very well may pick up a used, newer copy for my 16 yo to have for her own.
The Prepared Family Guide to Uncommon Diseases
Again, get what you can from the library first.
After this month, we will get a bit more specific.
lavender essential oil
peppermint essential oil
bottles and droppers for tinctures
ashwaghanda (immune booster)
naproxen sodium (Aleve)
Percogesic — original formulation — if you are lucky enough to find it
Learn the Heimlich maneuver (useful for choking and drowning)