Activated Charcoal For Stomach Viruses And More

Activated charcoal is a fine, black powder that is odorless, tasteless, and nontoxic.  It works by trapping toxins and chemicals in its millions of tiny pores. The porous surface of this charcoal has a negative electric charge that causes positive charged toxins and gas to bond with it.

While I have used activated charcoal in my family, I’m NOT a doctor.  Always consult YOUR doctor before trying anything new.

Obliterate Stomach Bugs And MORE using Activated Charcoal

Activated Charcoal For Stomach Bugs

As soon as signs of a stomach bug show up or someone near you gets it, take *this post contains affiliate links 2 capsules with a full glass of water as often as every 2 hours, up to 16 capsules in a 24 hour period.  (see specific directions on the package you purchase)

When using activated charcoal internally, it is crucial to make sure to stay extra hydrated.  You’ll need the extra water for the charcoal to flush out the toxins, and to avoid constipation.

Activated charcoal comes in both bags and capsules.  Because I have a great worry of a bag of charcoal somehow finding it’s way all over my house, I choose the capsules.

Pro Tip:  Be aware that if you are on medications,  the activated charcoal can intercept the medication. Consult your doctor!  Also,  activated charcoal will bind to your supplements.



While kids 4 and up can use 1 capsule of  charcoal in a cup of purple grape juice to help prevent stomach viruses from taking their toll, always consult your doctor FIRST.

Stomach Flu Remedy Using Activated Charcoal

 Overdose Or Poisoning

First, call poison control, the local emergency room, or doctor’s office and follow their directions.  But if you are in a situation where you can’t make that call the dosage for acute poisoning is as follows

 Gas And Bloating

Activated charcoal works to bind the gas-causing byproducts in foods that cause discomfort.  Take 500 milligrams one hour prior to a typical gas-producing meal, with a full glass of water. Follow your meal with another glass of  of water immediately to help get the charcoal into your system, where it can bind with gas-producing elements.

Relieve Bites And Bee Stings

Being  such a great all-around detoxifier, applying a paste of activated charcoal and a bit of water and a drop of both Lavender and Copaiba essential oils to a bug bite or bee sting may offer relief. Reapply as needed.  Here’s how to order Young Living Essential Oils.

Pro tip:  Looking for another way to reap the benefits of activated charcoal?  Check our SUPER EASY DIY soap recipes for Lavender Charcoal soap!

How does your family fight off stomach viruses?

**  I am NOT a doctor, NOR do I play one on the internet.  I am simply sharing what has worked for my family.  YOU need to check with your doctor about using activated charcoal before giving it to your family.

Survival Lighting: The Luci Inflatable Solar Light

Survival lighting options.  There are a lot of them. Today I want to share with you my new favorite, the Luci Inflatable Solar Light.  It is going to be your new favorite too.

The Luci Light_ Inflatable Solar Survival Lighting

How I Discovered the Luci Solar Light

I was invited to be part of a group buy for several preparedness items, one being the *this post contains affiliate links Luci Solar Light.  Life being busy, when it arrived, I stashed it in my emergency closet, and promptly forgot about it.

Just keeping it real. 

When I pulled out all of my family’s Bug Out Bags to update and rotate out the food within, I rediscovered my Luci Light, and have been putting it to use ever since.

Why The Luci Light Is At The Top Of My Survival Lighting Options

*This amazing*this post contains affiliate links inflatable solar lantern requires no batteries, which means one less thing to forget while it saves you money!

*Provides up to 12 hours of light on a single charge.

*It stores easily.  It is exceptionally lightweight, and deflates down to less that 1 inch tall.  There are few survival lighting options that you can slip into a bug out bag that adds almost zero weight and takes up little space.

*Requires only a few breaths of air to inflate.

*It’s very affordable, especially considering it’s a solar lantern.

Pro Tip:  The Luci Light is the perfect solar option for camping trips, RVing, boating and off grid living!

How Long Does It Take To Charge The Luci Light?

Fully charged after 8 hours of sunlight, the Luci Light  then retains 95% of that charge each month. This means that a fully charged light will still work after being in storage for 3 years!

Expect 50 lumens of high quality, bright light within a 12 foot area.

Survival Lighting That Is Kid Friendly

I appreciate how kid friendly the Luci Light is. The PVC enclosure is waterproof, and includes handles for easy carrying even by the littles. As a matter of fact, these would make safe and effective night lights too, without need of batteries, gas, or a wall to plug it into.

Pro Tip: Looking for an emergency lighting option for your college kids’ dorm room?  The Luci Inflatable Solar Lantern fits the bill!

What’s In Your Nightstand?

You are startled awake in the middle of the night due to an emergency. You reach to turn on the lights and discover the electricity is gone. While others may panic, you know you can reach into the drawer of your night stand (or under your bed, in a dresser drawer, etc.) and have light right at your finger tips.  This is what the Luci Light is all about.

Don’t Wait For A Disaster

When disaster hits, the time to prepare is past.  Don’t wait to increase your family’s ability to weather an emergency.  Get your Luci Light now.

Beginning Prepper’s Wish List: Christmas Gift Ideas For Emergency Preparedness

Our Beginning Prepper’s Wish List is a great place to start shopping for someone new to prepping. Or perhaps you want to start getting your family’s 72 Hour Kits together. You’ll find our favorite stuff here on our Beginning Prepper’s Wishlist!  Heck, even experienced Preppers may discover some must have gear to make surviving Armageddon more fun.

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Beginning Prepper's Wish List

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Beginning Prepper’s Wish List:  Water

A couple of *this post contains affiliate links 7 Gallon Reliance Products AquaTainer Ridged Water Containers would get a Beginning Prepper’s emergency water storage on the right track!

These Datrex emergency water packets  are just the thing to get you through 72 hours with your 3 Day Kits. I like these because they can mold themselves around other items in your bug out bag.

Blue Can Pure Water allows a Beginning Prepper to have a safe, great tasting emergency water supply that will last for FIFTY years!  No chlorine, no fluoride, no BPA.  Blue Can Pure Water can get take the heat and STILL taste great!

Finally, both aLifestraw personal water filter and a Lifestraw family sized water filter are just the thing for a Beginning Preppers Wish List!  I have both the personal Life Straw and the Family Sized Life Straw as part of my preps.

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In case you are like me, an over achiever in the worry department, the Sunflair Water Pasteurization Indicator is a nifty little item that will allow you to double check if your water is safe to drink.

Let There Be Light

I have a fear of trying to survive an emergency in the pitch black.  Many emergencies happen at night, therefore having a solid stash of lighting possibilities in my emergency kits is a must.  Our Beginning  Prepper’s Wish List has some some great ideas for you!

The Amerelle 71134CC Slimline Power Failure Lite is an emergency light that comes on when the power goes out.  A necessity for blackouts, storms, disasters, and over achieving worriers.

Every survivalist will love a Peak Plus Super Bright LED  tactical flashlight.  It is just the right size for keeping beside the bed, in the glove compartment of a car or in a 72 hour kit.

Light weight and collapsible, my favorite Eteckcity LED Outdoor Lanterns are a standard for every beginning prepper.  Don’t forget  extra Amazon Basics AA batteries!  Or am I the only one who does that?

A MPOWERD Luci Inflatable Solar Light will rock the world of ANY Prepper.  Seriously.

Take a gander at a Goal Zero Torch With Integrated Solar Panel.  A flashlight with a built in solar panel! What’s not to love?

Charging Bricks

During the recent hurricanes people relied on their cell phones for important emergency information.  But once the power went out, so did the opportunity to recharge those phones.  Mophie Powerstation 8x Dual USB External Battery for Smartphones and Tablets will recharge most phones up to 8 times!  You can even recharge two phones at once!

Emergency Food Storage and Stove

Emergencies make me hungry.  What about you?  Our Beginning Prepper’s Wish List can help you satisfy those munchies!

You can take a Gas One GS 3000 Portable Gas Stove  camping OR use it inside to cook a quick meal. Yes, you read that correctly.  This Butane fueled emergency stove can be used in doors!  Grab some extra butane too!

When a Beginning Prepper has hot water, they can make a hot meal using Mountain House freeze dried foods.Just pour the hot water right into the bag and ta-da! dinner is served!


The Gift Of Food Preservation

Dehydrating your own food is a terrific skill for a beginning Prepper that reduces the cost of building a stash of long term food storage.  Imagine being able to preserve your own food simply and inexpensively.

I got started dehydrating with a Nesco Dehydrator, which is one of the more inexpensive options available.

When my dehydrating habit………..skills increased, I added an Excalibur to the family.  Excalibur’s heat from the back to the font, which allows all the shelves to dry without needed to rotate trays.  The square trays of the Excalibur makes it easier to get more food on a tray too.

A favorite book on how to dehydrate food can be found in The Ultimate Dehydrator Book.  Mine has become like an old friend, as I refer to it so often.

Staying Warm On Our Beginning Prepper’s Wish List

Emergency Sleeping Bag.  Made out of a thermal blanket material, the TACT Bivvy by Survival Frog provides a tear-resistant, water proof, weather-resistant protection that you can climb into just like a sleeping bag.

Military Grade, Heavy, Washable Wool Blanket.   Wool is antibacterial, temperature regulating and water proof.

Zippo Hand Warmers have the ability to provide gentle warmth for 12 hours.

Survive the cold of winter with a Portable, Indoor-Safe Radiant Heater like Mr. Heater.  I always think better when my teeth aren’t chattering.  Freezing through an emergency isn’t necessary when preparations have been made in advance.

Face Masks and Emergency Medical Kits

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I love the Cambridge N99 Washable Respirator, and it’s ability to go for up to 300 hours before the filter needs to be changed.   Lab tested British military filtration technology filters almost 100% of pollution, gases, bacteria and viruses.  The Turquoise is my favorite!  What’s yours?

Here is a simple medical kit to add to add to your emergency vehicle kit.

Here’s a first aid kit to hang off of your 72 Hour Kit for quick and easy access.


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Other Really Great Stuff On Our Beginning Prepper’s Wish List

Spyderco’s Deica4 Light Weight Plain Edge Knife is the perfect Every Day Carry knife.

How about a  camping/survival knife  from our Beginning Preppers Wish List that will last for a generation or two, the Ka-Bar BK-22 Becker. Uh……Santa?  If you are reading this, I’ve been a very good girl……

Does your Beginning Prepper need a way to keep their new knife sharp?  A Lansky BladeMedic is a great choice for a knife sharpener light weight enough to fit into a Bug Out Bag.

World’s Loudest Emergency Whistle.  No 72 hour kit would be complete without the ability to let people know where you are.

The Holidays are a wonderful time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new.  I hope your New Year includes the peace that being prepared brings.   Merry Christmas!

Preppers Wish List

Preppers Wish List Instead of the latest useless gadget this year, why not get some emergency preparedness gifts for your loved one? Here are a list of items that are guaranteed to be on your preppers wish list!

Stocking Stuffers:

Instead of putting them in a traditional stocking, I think it would be cute (and more useful) if Santa had a Bug Out Bag hanging in its usual place with all of the above in it!

Preppers Wish List Going Bigger:

  • Dehydrator
  • Canning Supplies (Tammy has some great money saving advice on canning supplies)
  • Pressure Cooker (not electric)
  • Foodsaver
  • Cast iron pans
  • Campstove (don’t forget the fuel)
  • First Aid Kits
  • Car emergency packs (Costco had a really nice one for $29 the other day)
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Fishing Gear
  • Hunting Gear
  • Emergency Toilet (could be a good gag gift that is REALLY appreciated someday)
  • 100 hour candles

Going REALLY Big:

  • Rain Barrels (check Craigslist for people that deliver in your area and only buy food grade & pressure washed)
  • Generator
  • Solar panels
  • Big Berkey Water Filter
  • Sun Oven
  • Big Buddy Propane Heater
  • Hand grain mill

 Free DIY Prepper Gifts

The most important prep we can have in my opinion is close relationships with friends, family, neighbors and loved ones. Take the opportunity this Christmas to reach out and connect with people. Maybe plan a spring camping trip, or offer to volunteer teaching skills you have, make a date to have some friends over to work on canning and food storage, or even set a date to go thrift store rummaging after the holidays. Remember: the greatest gift we can give is ourselves!

Happy Holidays!