Another favorite multi-purpose herb for the bugout bag is Yarrow.
As a first aid remedy, the leaves and/or flowering tops of Yarrow can stop bleeding. It has also been called Wound Wort and has been used on battlefields to heal the wounds of soldiers.
Yarrow has anti-microbial, astringent, and inflammation reducing properties. A tea made from the leaves and flowering tops can be used as a wash for cleaning wounds. A piece of cloth can be soaked in the tea or the tea bag itself can be placed over a wound. The dried herb can be powdered and sprinkled on wounds to stop the bleeding and even dull the pain.
The healing abilities of Yarrow are not limited to wounds. Yarrow is an herb I reach for at the first sign of a cold or flu. When taken internally, it can open the pores for cleansing and works to release fevers. The leaves and flowers have also been used in insect repellant recipes.
The leaves and flowering tops can be soaked in olive oil and made into herbal oil to rub on sore areas and a little beeswax can be added to the oil to make a salve.