Vitamins and minerals
Vitamins and minerals supply additional nutritional balance for a healthy diet.
Although it is recommended we eat our vitamins and minerals in the foods we consume sometimes these important elements are lacking.
Keep a supply of multi-vitamins along with your food and water stock should be considered. This can help keep the body functioning well and fill in the gaps where needed.
Certain specific vitamins are good to have on hand such as Vitamin C for fighting off illnesses such as colds. Vitamin D for bones and teeth. Minerals like Calcium and Iron would be good to store as well.
Vitamin C is the most important vitamin you should store as it prevents an illness known as scurvy. The human body cannot produce this important nutrient and it must be part of a regular healthy diet. With out it serious illness will develop.
Herbal supplements like Echinecea and Astragulus work to strengthen the body's immune system. Taken before a cold comes on these supplements can assist your body in the fight. Take occasionally to ward off illnesses. Not recommended for every day use.
The medical uses of silver include its incorporation into wound dressings to treat external infections, and its use as an antiseptic and disinfectant in medical appliances. Silver is also promoted within alternative medicine in the form of colloidal silver.
Herbal teas are wonderful because so many of them have healthy properties. Chamomile is a soothing tea, Raspberry and Rose hip teas help aid in healing. Green tea has been used for centuries in healthy diets.
Teas are a great substitute for sugary drinks and they take up very little room in a bug out kit. They keep for long term if stored in a sealed Mylar or Ziploc bag with an oxygen absorber tossed in.
If you can store the fruity ones your kids might actually like them better than soda.
The raspberry is a tasty drink with a pit of sweetener added to it or just as it is. It is great over ice or hot. Any of these teas can be made hot or cold. If you are in a survival situation, a good hot cup of tea may be just the comfort you need and it doesn't take much to heat a cup of water and let a bag steep for a minute.
Let a bottle of water sit in the sun for a bit with a tea bag down in it and you have a brewed tea.
Gallon jars can be used to produce larger batches of tea for several people. Use 6 bags per gallon. Place in sun for several hours. Herbal sun tea!