Self Care DIY

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Self Care DIY

Simple, Inexpensive, Sometimes Free

Resources and Tips for Taking Care of You

General Well Being Resources

Earth Clinic is the number one online site for self-care information. Chock full of inexpensive, effective goodness. Everything on their site is user-contributed. Rated 5 stars.

WikiDoc A Wikipedia of medicine.

40 Ways to Relax in Five Minutes or Less. By nature, most cruisers are fairly stress-free individuals. When things can get crazy, you don't have to.

Emergency Care
Download the Ship Captain's Medical Guide, a free 13-part pdf from Maritime & Coastguard Agency. It covers all possible situations and how to deal with them. Hopefully, you'll never need to use it. (Amazing Grace).

Keep antibiotics on board for emergencies. (Cat Tales)

Eyewear and Optical
Order prescription glasses online. Zenni Optical comes recommended by other cruisers. Very Inexpensive and quick to ship. The hard part will be deciding which frames to order.

Use stick-on reading lenses for your sunglasses. These are little half moon shaped plastic lenses that will adhere to your existing eyewear. That's one less pair to worry about going overboard. Some drug stores carry them.
(also Eyewear Tech Net Knowledge Base)

Sea Sickness
Sea Sickness Remedy. People are amazed - report that if you put in just one earplug you will not get seasick. Amazed! Say those who try it! — Ed Kelly (@CaptEdKelly)

Take one tablespoon (1T) of white Karo syrup. It has worked for me, my children and friends. I saw this tip in a boating magazine 40 years ago, tried it and it worked like a charm. I always got seasick in the ocean swells, but no more after taking the Karo. It has helped everyone I told about it. - Chip Agnew former full time cruiser for 12 years.

13 Ways Prevent and Control Seasickness from The Boating Hub

Make your own skincare products. Find quality, no-nonsense ingredients to suit your needs at Skin Actives. Inexpensive.

Block Up; A sunscreen that won't bother your eyes. Inexpensive and effective. WallyWorld. (Salty Paws)

Make your own sunscreen.

Bug Bites
Use heat for protein based bites. Other bugs inject anesthetics, which is protein, such as mosquitoes and gnats. Heat application will help. (Salty Paws)

Therapik is a little gadget that uses heat to remove the poison from new bug bites. Takes away the itch. Runs on batteries. (Blue Jacket)

Ice will also work temporarily. What you're doing is activating different nerves, which distracts or overwhelms the intensity of the bite. (Salty Paws)

(also insects)

Burns - Important:
For the treatment of sulfuric acid burns from batteries, use water. Just water. Do NOT use an alkaline solution... just water. (Salty Paws)

Clean Hands
Use vinegar to clean up hands and tools when doing an epoxy job. It's a whole lot kinder than acetone. (Amazing Grace)

Fire Coral, Sea Nettle, Sea Lice Itch
Use heat to relieve the itch. Use the hottest water you can tolerate to neutralize the sting and itch. (Salty Paws, C_Language)

Slapping with something flat stops the stinging for a long time. (C_Language)

Ballistol - For wound healing.

also see Cuts and Abrasions - Super Glue Fix, and more


Baby Wipes
Revive unused dried up baby-wipes with Listerine. (C_Language)
Refrigerate baby-wipes and use for a cool-down on hot humid days.

Ciguatera Information

This silly folk remedy seems to work. Put some Vicks on the bottom of your feet before going to bed and it will help prevent coughing during the night.

Partially fill a glass with water and insert a metal utensil (knife, fork, or spoon). Drink the water, with the utensil still in the water and it's handle pressed against your temple. Works every time.

Staying Warm in Cold Weather
Use an old style hot water bottle. It makes a good bed warmer.
Use fleece sheets; they're better than flannel.
Use an electric blanket.
Wear a cap to bed to retain body heat.
Keep tomorrow's clothes nearby.

Staying Cool in Hot Weather
For Crew and Pets...
Use cooling gel-pack bandannas around your neck.
Use a spray bottle of water for cooling your skin.
Dunk or hose-spray yourself.
Use refrigerated baby-wipes.
Drink plenty of water.

Informational only. Not intended to replace professional care. Seek professional treatment whenever needed.


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