I sent the list, for my first aid items, through to Juliet once I’d completed it. I wanted to make sure that I had thought of everything. Her initial response was that I was being silly. Australia is too far away from West Africa to have an outbreak.
Yes, I know I’m being a little paranoid, and, while its not likely that there will be an Ebola outbreak here in Australia, there is a possibility that the supply chain will be disrupted and I want to be prepared. And that includes medical supplies. After that, Juliet was more forthcoming.
The only two things she told me to add to my list were;
- disposable thermometers – so you don’t have to remember to sterilise the glass one and;
- a book on first aid – because if you can’t get to a doctor then you will need to know how to tend to minor injuries.
She was curious as to why I had included the essential oils. She understood why I would have eucalyptus, nearly every Australian home has a bottle as it’s a great astringent. I explained that the others are all good at either boosting the immune system, keeping infection at bay, effective against vomiting and diarrhoea or a great disinfectant.
I told her the story of four thieves stealing clothes and jewellery from victims of the bubonic plague. It’s said that the thieves used a mix of 5 essential oils (clove, cinnamon, lemon, rosemary and eucalyptus) to avoid getting sick. Now, you can even buy ‘Thieves’ essential oil. The Weber State University in Utah carried out research on the properties of the essential oils and found them to have a 99.96% kill rate against airborne bacteria.
I promised to send through some additional information, so that she could have a read while she was in isolation.