In a survival scenario, you have to make do with what you’ve got. You don’t have the luxury of buying or obtaining the items you need so you need to be resourceful. Take advantage of the things around you and make efficient use for it.
Like for example your pee.
Yes, you heard me, your pee or urine can have tons of uses in times like this. Although distasteful when you think of it, urine is not that bad. Assuming that you don’t have bladder or kidney infection, your urine is sterile. In fact it’s a natural mild astringent, and antibacterial or bacteriostatic agent.
A well known use for urine is using it on a blister, raw or debarked skin. The uric acid and ammonia cause the tender exposed tissue to skin over and to stop stinging and burning.
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We need water to survive, right? So in extreme conditions some people have used their own pee to keep them hydrated.
People who have been shipwrecked or adrift in the sea for a long time drink their own pee when no rainwater is available as they believe it’s better than drinking saltwater. People stranded in the desert drink pee to prevent dehydration. Don’t be misled… drinking regular pee is just as dehydrating as saltwater.
Drinking pee only delays the inevitable. However, when processed properly, you can actually drink it.
The article below shows us some other uses for urine:
Use Urine to Keep Cool/Warm
When it’s hot, wrapping a wet towel around the back of your neck can help keep you cool. The evaporating liquid will draw heat away. If you don’t have any water, you can pee on the towel to wet it.
In extreme cold, some people suggest not urinating so that you don’t lose body heat. That’s not a good idea. It takes a fair amount of effort to hold your pee, draining your energy and distracting you from more important tasks. It also slows down kidney function when your bladder is full.
Go ahead and urinate when you need to. And if you have an empty bottle, you can pee in the bottle and slip it under your jacket to use as a personal warmer. That’s a smarter way to save some of that body heat.
Fertilize Plants With Urine
The main nutrients in plant fertilizer are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. It just so happens that those are the same nutrients in urine. In general, for garden plants dilute it using ten parts water to one part urine – a ratio of 10:1. For seedlings and new transplants dilute if further to around 20:1.
Another good use for urine in the garden is to add it to your compost pile as an accelerator. This is helpful when your compost is low on nitrogen or moisture. You’ll know that’s the case when the compost is cold. Heat is a good indicator that everything is going well.
Use Urine to Make Gunpowder
Gunpowder is a mixture of three substances: potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur. You can make charcoal by burning wood. Sulfur can be extracted from certain rocks. You can also find elemental sulfur around volcanoes and hot springs. Potassium nitrate is harder to come by, but you can manufacture it using – you guessed it – urine.
On his popular YouTube channel, Cody Reeder used his pee to make gunpowder.
In that first experiment, the gunpowder pushes a lead ball out of a pipe. Impressive, but not all that effective.
In his second attempt, he uses his urine gunpowder to shoot through a car door.
He also makes a cannon that shoots through a truck fender and a sheet of plywood before burying the cannonball a few inches into the dirt backdrop.
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There are many use for your pee, except drinking it without purifying it first. One surprising use of it is harnessing potassium nitrate to make gunpowder. Pee is readily available and the potassium nitrate it contains is more abundant than any means of obtaining it naturally.
Pee is also a natural source of fertilizer but only when one part of it is urine and ten parts is water. So in a survival scenario when you think you have nothing left, think of your pee.
Until next time…
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