A lifestyle change took place when we moved to our smallholding in Wales, we are leaving behind the consumerism of life, growing our food, raising our meat, living our lives to the full, enjoying every day the highs and lows of country living, but not going without just doing it better.
This week I wanted to throw some thoughts about, preparing for any life change starts with small steps, fail to plan and you plan to fail.
First Aid, having some knowledge of first aid is important, not just in rural living but in everyday life, If you are planning rural living then it has to be top of your list, were I live is about half an hour away by car to the doctor's, the hospital is about 45 minuets, if I had to phone 999 as well as the distance they have to travel there is also the difficulty they would have in finding the place, if the weather is bad it could take even longer.
Basic first aid saves lives, if you get the opportunity to go on a course take it, many employers will put staff through a course ask.
A decent well stocked first aid kit is something you can gradually build up, there s nothing worse than bleeding all over the place and you cant find the plasters
This happened to me just after moving in I nearly took my knuckle off on a bit of metal
Yesterday it was a scalded hand
Last week I sliced my other finger open on a knife
I have had bee stings
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Banged my head and could see stars
I am not really accident prone but accidents happen usually when there is no-one else about.
I have a big tub of Aloe Vera Gel to hand that gets used on a regular basis, hand sanitiser is something else I use a lot, dealing with livestock and having cuts and scratches its never easy to keep washing your hands, I have even had a go at making my own.
As well as little accidents you want to give some thought to illness, if you are on your own how are you going to cope with livestock if you have a bout of food poisoning or flu.
You just have to, you don't have a choice,
I am often reading up about herbal treatments, its something I want to get more into, but only for minor illnesses, I am building up my garden with plants that can be used in herbal treatments.
If its something you are interested in look out for books on the subject and grow plants in relation to what you need.
Some good books I have found are
James Wong (grow your own drugs)
Bartram Encyclopedia Of Herbal Medicine
Have a practise at making them, things like tinctures have to sit for some time before the are ready to use. Just knowing what can help sooth a sore throat or help you get through a bad cold when you still have the basic chores to do whatever you feel like can make a difference.