Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Rakia - An Emergency First Aid

This is an article that gives insight to rakia as an addition to the first aid kit. A very useful addition I must say for external and internal use.

What’s worse than getting bitten by a sheepdog? Realizing that you’re out of antiseptic.

Tour guide Ann Lombardi made this unfortunate discovery during a recent bike trip in Bulgaria, when one of the cyclists had a sheep dog run-in. Fortunately, Lombardi recalls, “our local support vehicle driver pulled out a huge bottle of Rakia - a potent Bulgarian hard liquor - and poured it over the leg of the traveler.”

“I don't know how practical it would be to pack spirits in a first-aid kit,” Lombardi adds, “but it sure helped in the dog bite case.”

Indeed, for cuts, scrapes, or bites, Lombardi likes good old iodine – “who cares about the orange blotch it leaves because it really works,” she notes – as well as hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol. Or, if you’re headed someplace outdoorsy, you might prefer packing an extra tube of antibiotic ointment.........
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