Buy a Book:
general family medical books
I already have the AMA Family Medical Guide (got it at Goodwill) so I instead bought Village Medical Manual, a book that I just found out about last month. If you think you may ever be in a third-world type situation, this is a great book to get. It is for educated people, but not medically educated. If you are clueless when it comes to medical things (the way I am with mechanical), then don’t get this book. If you feel you have a decent handle on how the body works, then give it a look.
lavender essential oil
peppermint essential oil
bottles and droppers for tinctures
ashwaghanda (immune booster)
I bought 4 oz of cloves, and had lavender and peppermint essential oil on hand already. I didn’t place an order from Mountain Rose Herbs so didn’t get the ashwaghanda or bottles/droppers.
naproxen sodium (Aleve)
Percogesic — original formulation — if you are lucky enough to find it
I bought extra aspirin and tylenol and decided to pass on the motrin and aleve this go round. My dh is allergic and I ran out of money for prepping this month, so I didn’t feel that spending on something that doesn’t benefit us all was the best use of my my money. Still haven’t been able to find the original formulation of Percogesic, but I do have a single bottle on the shelf.
At the end of the month (I’m posting a month behind, so this was actually my June month) we found clearance BC Powder at Goodwill. I bought 10 boxes for $1.99 each. My dh relies on this stuff several times a week.
Alcohol for tincture making (Everclear, rum, brandy, not rubbing alcohol)
I was hoping to be able to purchase more Everclear this month, but alas, ’twas not to be. I used some of my Everclear on hand to make an Eleuthero tincture.
For the Fish – (we mustn’t forget to keep our beloved tropical fish healthy)
Money didn’t seem to go as far this month as it usually does. I think it was the Village Medical Manual, because that used up almost half of my budget. In my opinion, it was well worth the purchase price, though.
I also see that Doom and Bloom has come out with a 2nd edition of their Survival Medicine Handbook. From the accounts I’ve read, it’s been much improved, so if you buy it make sure to get the new edition.