Your Grandma’s Medicine for Survival

If you remember grandma giving you some weird concoction when you went to visit and complained of a cold or a sore muscle, you were lucky. Many of us have long believed grandma was a little senile or refused to get with the times. Her remedies for just about anything you could think of left many of us smiling and nodding and opening the medicine cabinet as soon as we got home.

Our grandparents learned those old fashioned remedies from their parents and their parents learned it from theirs and so on. If a remedy has been passed along for more than a hundred years, there has to be a reason for it. It must work.

Maybe it doesn’t work as quick as modern day medicine or maybe it isn’t quite as easy to take, but it works. Our ancestors had to learn to treat their ailments with what they had available.

Long before big pharma blew up and put the world one magic pill away from cured, people have come up with their own unique, sometimes odd ways of curing their maladies. Believe it or not, they work and that is what we will be resorting back to after a major collapse.

We won’t have pharmaceutical companies pumping out drugs and we won’t have pharmacies loaded with every kind of solution to anything that ails us. We have been programmed to turn to doctors and Western medicine instead of trying to take care of our minor problems with things we can find in the kitchen.

These are 5 remedies that grandma told us about that we need to be ready to use in a survival situation.


An Aloe Vera plant is a pretty common house plant that you will find in many homes, mostly grandmas like to keep the plant around. There is a good reason for that. An Aloe Vera plant is like having a little medicine cabinet right on the window sill.

When someone gets hurt, grab a pair of scissors and cut off an end of the plant. Who remembers grandma squeezing the juice from the plant on burns, cuts and bruises from falling down or on mosquito bites? She was right.

Aloe is a successful treatment for the following:

  • Rashes
  • Poison Ivy
  • Warts
  • Boils
  • Cuts
  • Burns
  • Scrapes
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis

It can also be mixed into a little cup of water to take care of things like constipation, intestinal issues, ulcers, heartburn, indigestion, prostate support and even arthritis. It is truly a miracle plant that poses as a common houseplant.

Raw honey is an absolute must-have for any house. The thin stuff you buy at the grocery store isn’t the same and will not have the properties you are looking You want the thick stuff that is raw and unpasteurized. Raw honey has been used for centuries as a healing medicine. It is extremely effective. Honey has antibacterial qualities that help fight infection while promoting healing.

It can be used for the following:

  • Placed directly onto a wound to promote healing and fight infection
  • A few drops in a cup of hot water can soothe a sore throat
  • Eating a spoon of honey can combat seasonal allergies and the irritating symptoms
  • Fight bacteria in the gut that is causing things like diarrhea, cramping, constipation
  • Can be used to treat acne
  • A bit of honey every day can lower cholesterol
  • Improves circulation, which will reduce blood pressure

Honey is truly an awesome solution to almost anything that ails you. It isn’t going to go bad. Stock up on raw honey from a local dealer or learn how to keep bees and harvest the honey.


Grandma may have told you to run out to the willow tree and get some bark if she was suffering from arthritis pain.Again, she knew what she was talking about. Salicin is found in the bark of a willow. Salicin is a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. You can cut off a chunk of the bark and scrape out the pink fibers that are on the inside of the bark.

Boil this in some water and drink the tea that will be a reddish brown color. It will provide pain relief for arthritis, sprains and back aches while reducing swelling. It is the answer to Ibuprofen and Aleve.

Beets seem to be a staple in grandma’s garden for a good reason. They are great for canning and the juice from the beets can keep blood pressure down. If you or someone in your family has issues with high blood pressure, drinking a cup of beet juice everyday is the This is important to know for after a disaster and you can’t get to any prescription meds. Try it today and save yourself some money on those medicines and put the money towards your emergency prepping.

Apple cider vinegar has been around for a while. Most of our grandparents made their own. Today we can buy it at the store. It is one of those one-stop-shops for the medicine cabinet. A little drink will do you good. It can be used to treat digestive problems, cure congestion and soothe a sore throat.

It is also regularly used to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, which will help combat heart disease. You can also put some on a cotton ball and clean a wound. It is an antiseptic and can combat infection at the same time. Put a few drops on a bug bite to stop the itching and burning. This is stuff you want to buy by the gallon or learn how to make it yourself with apples you

All of these remedies have been tested and proven for decades or centuries. There is now scientific evidence to support what grandma told you for years for those who are skeptical.

Medicine doesn’t have to cost a fortune and it doesn’t have to be produced in some lab and prescribed by a doctor. These are just five of the things grandma told you about. How many more are out there?

Dave Steen

About The Author: Dave is a 58 year old survivalist; father of three; with over 40 years of survival experience. He started young, learning survival the hard way, in the school of hard knocks. Now, after years of study, he's gray-haired and slightly overweight. That hasn't dimmed his interest in survival though. If anything, Dave has a greater commitment to survival than ever, so that he can protect his family. Click Here To Read More About Dave

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