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Tabasco in the MRE

13 December 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

After the Tornado of 27 April 2011 devastated our area, we got some MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) to help us through the aftermath. My only exposure to MREs were the early ones, so I didn’t hold them in high regard, but was thankful for anything. We were pleasantly surprised in the quality and actual fun of making these things we actually liked to eat.

I have been a long time fan of Tabasco sauce. I was delighted when I discovered the tiny, 1/8 ounce, bottle of Tabasco in each MRE.

Only later did I find out that there are several uses for the Tabasco, beyond just to spice up a meal.

  • Since 1993, an individual jar of Tabasco sauce has been included in each MRE.
  • Cayenne is a main ingredient in Tabasco. The capsaicin in cayenne blocks a chemical involved in the nerve transmission of pain.
  • Cayenne is also rich in salicylates, natural aspirin-like compounds. Have a headache and no aspirin? Massage a balm containing Tabasco into your temples.
  • Your Tabasco sauce may be used as a gargle for sore throats. The most amazing and effective treatment is using 10-20 drops of Tabasco sauce in a glass of warm water.
  • Your Tabasco sauce may be used to prepare a liniment for sore muscles. Capsaicin can dramatically cut chronic nerve pain. Studies have proven its usefulness for arthritis, shingles, trigeminal neuralgia, and diabetic neuropathy. It appears to act by decreasing the concentration of the primary chemical used by nerve cells to send pain signals. Several weeks of regular use may be required to achieve this effect.
  • CAUTION: Cayenne pepper is a natural blood thinner. Do not take it before surgery or dental treatment!
  • In a bare base situation with minimal civil engineer support, your Tabasco sauce may be used to create a home-made insect repellent to keep pests out of your tent.
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