5 Herbal Remedies for The Zombie Apocolypse

Imagine you find yourself cast into a post-apocalyptic world with no power and no means of transportation. We’re talking the kind of world you’ve only seen in movies…. until now. And what’s worse is that everyone is freaking out. I mean they’re really going crazy. No one knows what to do and you find the panic all around you start to disrupt your own calm… what can you do? In a time when making a run to the pharmacy might be dangerous or outright impossible, it’s important to think of other ways to deal with stress and illness. Here are five natural, herbal remedies you can keep on hand in case of a crisis.

Chamomile – This plant, most often associated with tea, has a number of redeeming qualities. First of all, when drank in a tea, it produces a calming effect that many people drink it for on a regular basis. From a medicinal standpoint, it can also sooth upset stomachs, a vital property in a disaster scenario where a limited water supply might make throwing up, and thus dehydration, a major threat. If eyes or skin become irritated, Chamomile can also help alleviate itching and discomfort.

Fire Tonic – This odd brew is actually useful as an immune system booster, something that can be invaluable when high stress and low access to sleep and food might make you and your family susceptible to illness more easily. Additionally, getting sick in a post-apocalyptic scenario can be detrimental if the need to move or think quickly arises.

Lavender – It smells nice, but did you know that Lavender has a few other useful tricks up its sleeves as well? Lavender can help alleviate restlessness and insomnia in a stressful time. Not only will this help you become more rested, but Lavender can also help get rid of headaches and sinus-related pain when smelled. Adding this flower to a pillow can be more helpful than you might think in a disaster setting. If you have children with you, Lavender is also a great comfort scent, and can be used on their blankets and toys as needed.

Lemon Balm – Lemon balm shares many characteristics with chamomile, in that it can calm and help ground a racing mind, but it also has some more medicinal uses as well. For example, trauma or stress-induced herpes can be remedied with lemon balm, and the effects are fairly fast. It can help reduce the severity and number of outbreaks one has.

Herbal Teas – Alright, alright, I know, enough with the “calming” stuff, you’re saying! But hey, they can help. In a real emergency, not everyone is clear-headed and ready to kick ass, as many TV shows and movies would have you believe. Additionally, you are your own worst enemy in this type of situation because letting yourself get overly stressed and panicked can lead you into poor decisions. When in doubt, relax, breath deep, and take it all one step at a time.