6 Emergency Water Supplies You Should Have!

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Do I really need emergency water supplies? Throughout history, there’s been a pattern of feast and famine. Times when there’s an abundance of water, food, commerce, and general peace. Then comes famine, when food is scarce and war breaks out over the scarce remaining resources. This pattern happens […]

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Is Homesteading Like Prepping?

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After a long time prepping there is one thing that holds true, prepping is a journey. This article offers a very interesting question that is rarely posed but requires a lot of thought. The bond between homesteading and prepping is undeniable. I think homesteading is a means that would satisfy the average prepper. Where things …

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How Will Moscow Respond to the Syria Strikes?

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Does anyone really know what happened in Syria with the chemicals? It would seem that even in the highest levels of the American government there are differing opinions. Of course, no matter what happened the US sent air strikes to devastate chemical weapons related targets. This is very interesting since we saw a UK man …

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DIY Hanging Herb Garden

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Growing is growing. America is gripped by the idea that they can grow food that is better than anything else available. Its an old idea that has caught on again. Its great to see this. The community gardens are incredible testaments to what is possible when people abandon their divisive self and get to work …

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53 Essential Bug Out Bag Supplies: $0.99 Kindle Countdown Deal

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I’ll keep this short and sweet, I’m running a $0.99 Kindle countdown deal on one of my more popular books, , and there’s less than 36 hours to until the price rises again. So, if you’ve yet to take advantage and to grab the book, now’s the time to do so because the price goes … Continue reading “53 Essential Bug Out Bag Supplies: $0.99 Kindle Countdown Deal”

Free PDF: Tree Crops

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A list of the most important books ever written about sustainable agriculture (and human health) would include Tree Crops, as well as the books by Sir Albert Howard, the publications of William Albrecht and Price’s Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. This book is another one from the CD3WD set, so you know that it has information that can be quite useful to homesteaders, survivalists, and preppers.  If it can be used in to help develop third worlds, then it obviously can be used after a disaster in a first world. “TREE CROPS” is one of the important books of our time

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Book Review: Ask me no Questions, I’ll Tell you no Lies

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Ask me no questions, I’ll tell you no lies is a pretty interesting book, especially since courts have long held that law enforcement officers can lie to you. There have been several instances of innocent individuals convicted based upon statements they have made to cops that were taken out of context. If your a thug, and criminal then you deserve to go to jail, but in today’s world it seems like people are having to deal with regulatory agencies with law enforcement power that are more more taking action for political instead of criminal reasons. If you are a prepper –

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May 4, Alderleaf Open House

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Join us for a free, family-friendly event to get a taste of what we offer at Alderleaf! Demonstrations and activities are led by our Advanced Wilderness Skills Program students.

5-Gallon Water Jug – Best Places to Buy & Refill for Emergency

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One of the most important pieces in your emergency kit is a 5 gallon water jug.  Here are our top picks so that you’re never without clean water. Whether you’re putting together an emergency kit to help you brace for summer storms, severe weather situations, power outages, or other unplanned events, clean drinking water is the […]

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Tracking for Survival

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Tracking for Survival

Tracking for Survival
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What’s up Team Gunmetal? This time around, in player below, we are gonna be talking about the principles of Tracking, How its done, Tracking game animals, Tracking humans, and why you might need to track some one or some thing. If we have the time, we may also get into the basics of anti-tracking techniques, avoiding active tracking dogs and trained tracker teams, navigating in a hostile environment, the basics of individual camo, and more.

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Hidden Workshop

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There is something about hidden storage and projects of that like. They make us feel like we are a little more than the mundane creatures that we actually are. I think there is a bit of comic book hero in all of us and those hidden guns or hidden storage areas warm that part of …

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“BLACK SKY” EVENT WOULD “BRING SOCIETY TO ITS KNEES”

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The term “Black Sky” or “Black Sky Hazard” refers to an event that severely disrupts the normal functioning of our critical infrastructures. A Black Sky Hazard is a catastrophic event that severely disrupts the normal functioning of our critical infrastructures in multiple regions for long durations. Think electromagnetic pulse (EMP) or space weather in the form of a massive solar flare, for starters.

In the modern world, our lives are empowered, enriched and sustained by unprecedented access to clean water, electricity, food, health care and pharmaceuticals, and a wide range of other vital products and services. In most modern nations, when disasters strike and the interconnected infrastructure networks that supply these goods and services fail, utilities, corporations, government agencies and mass care NGOs have always been able to depend on the continued availability of these networks in most of the country, setting aside other priorities to come to the aid of the affected region.

In Black Sky hazards, long duration, potentially nationwide power outages and associated cascading failures of all lifeline utilities will drastically limit availability of such “external” support, precisely at the time when it is desperately needed by the population. Thus “scaling up” disaster plans that depend on such external support will be insufficient to meet the unique needs of these severe scenarios.

In addition, to sustain or restore its services, each utility sector typically depends on products and services it receives from other, interdependent sectors. In a Black Sky outage, advance preparations of any one sector, without common, well-coordinated preparations across many sectors, will be unsuccessful due to the lack of these sector-external products and services.

If you’re uncertain what the impacts of a “Black Sky” event might look like, watch this:

 

 

 

Everyone should be aware of this threat to our civilized society and be working towards hardening our electric grid against such threats while we still have time.  Check out the 2018 EIS Council EARTH EX event scheduled for this summer to learn more about the threats we face and what you can do to prepare.

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What to Keep in a Chest Rig – Gear Tasting Radio 60

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You now, a chest rig may not be one of those things that you think is necessary. If you are a prepper you should listen to the podcast that is part of this article. When you think of a chest rig you might thing about something that holds knives, grenades and magazines for firearms. Have …

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Why red tea is better than green tea

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The Most Realistic Detox Diet on the Market
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 WHY RED TEA IS BETTER THAN GREEN TEA
LIZ SWANN MILLER     |     OCTOBER 26, 2017


Green tea has long been acknowledged for its health and wellness benefits, including weight
loss assistance. The evidence is irrefutable. But are we overlooking something better?
It is true that green tea contains powerful antioxidants. These components contribute to
minimizing health risks such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.
As a Weight Loss Expert, it has been my primary goal to share practical tips and tricks for
those pursuing optimal health. In upholding my obligation to transparency, I am about to
reveal how green tea, although beneficial, is gradually losing value in the light of its delicious
rival –
rooibos
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Rooibos, also known as red tea, is equally high in antioxidants, however sourced from
different substances to that of green tea. The antioxidants contained in rooibos – aspalathin
and nothofagin – are comparatively rare, and help to regulate blood sugar, reduce excessive
fat production, stress, and inhibit metabolic disorders.
After the results of recent studies, alongside my own findings related to the major players
in sustainable weight loss, I consider red tea an essential. In addition to preventing
heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and more, it is an accessible and effective answer to weight
gain. This year I began the production of my Red Tea Detox. A primary goal was to harness the
incredible benefits of rooibos whilst combining the ingredient with a number of other, equally
valuable elements.Rooibos means red bush. The plant is readily available, with leaves that turn red upon
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Innovating Health CEO Tipping the Establishment On It’s Greedy Head, Found Dead at 28 YO

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Health CEO and Biohacker Found Dead in Washington DC Facedown in Flotation Tank

He was 28 years old 

Reminds me of the female anti GMO activist going to DC to present a 200,000 signature petition, died in a pool the night before the presentation.   Mila de Mier.   

 The future of activism?

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Wild Violets: 10 ways to put them to use

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Though pretty, many people look at wild violets as a scourge that kills the lawn. They are further frustrated by the fact that they are really hard to control and have been referred to as the wild violet weed. But I have good news. Instead of looking at them as a difficult weed, wild violets […]

Personal Financial SHTF Plan B

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Guest article by ‘CD in Oklahoma’ In the event of a Financial SHTF as an individual, do you have a “Plan B” if your normal stream of income is suddenly interrupted? Loss of personal income can be very much of a disaster for nearly anyone whether you’re working for others, retired, or are a small business owner. (My definition of a Financial SHTF is any event that affects my financial well-being, regardless of whether it affects anyone else or not.)   What If Let’s say that today you’re still in the workforce and your job ends. Are you planning on

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We Are in the Last Days Before all Hell Breaks Loose

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Something just doesn’t seem right lately. We have spent a long time watching threats from a distance but, like never before, it seems like these threats are closing in. Whether we are talking about the financial responsibility of our nation or the reality that we have been infiltrate by people from the other side of …

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We Are in the Last Days Before all Hell Breaks Loose

Something just doesn’t seem right lately. We have spent a long time watching threats from a distance but, like never before, it seems like these threats are closing in. Whether we are talking about the financial responsibility of our nation or the reality that we have been infiltrate by people from the other side of …

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How To Build A Root Cellar – A Backup Backyard Refrigerator

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The Ultimate Guide On How To Build A Root Cellar In Your Backyard

How To Build A Root Cellar

Building a backyard root cellar is not a new trick. In fact, it’s one of the oldest survival tricks in the book.

But is utilizing the earth for food refrigeration still necessary?

In America, who needs to store their food underground in a root cellar when we have highly modernized food storage devices?

Shouldn’t our $3,000+ stainless refrigerators and enormous chest freezers take care of all our food preservation needs?

So who cares about this ancient food storage technology?

I do, and you should too.

So today we’re going to cover the following “How To Build A Root Cellar” topics in detail:

  • Why Root Cellar Technology Still Matters
  • How Underground Food Storage Works
  • 5 Dangerous Root Cellar Enemies
  • Two Main Types Of Root Cellars
  • How To Build A Root Cellar / Root Cellar Plans
  • What You Should Store In Your Root Cellar
  • Designing The Interior Storage Of Your Root Cellar
  • Root Cellar Food Organization
  • How To Camouflage Your Food Supply
  • Maintaining Your Root Cellar Food Supply

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Why Root Cellar Technology Still Matters


When humans discovered they could increase the shelf life of their food by storing it underground; society was revolutionized.

All of a sudden, humans had the ability to preserve grain, nuts, fresh fruit and vegetables for longer periods of time.

Now immediate food consumption was no longer necessary; having to gorge on it all before it went bad.

Instead, we could now stockpile and preserve our harvests in root cellars to prepare for the lean winter months.

It’s the technology that frontier families used to maintain a healthy diet and avoid starvation during harsh cold winters.

But due to modern technology, we as a society have all but lost this old technology, knowledge, and know-how.

Which is a damn shame because there are so many reasons why a backup supply of healthy food is extremely useful – even, dare I say, life-saving.

Be it a massive wildfire, contagious disease, worldwide financial collapse, or an EMP strike.

If any of these horrible events are bad enough, and last long enough, having a backup food preservation system may evolve from a fun hobby to a survival necessity.

And while having a backyard root cellar is not a guarantee of survival success, not have one may lead to your starvation.

So this ancient survival technique may separate those who thrive from those who perish in a “shit-hits-the-fan” scenario.

If you really want to prepare for anything, you need to add underground food storage systems to your survival skill set.

But building your own root cellar is not a quick project and one you shouldn’t rush.

You need to take your time for proper planning. Because if you don’t, chances are good that you’ll make mistakes. And food storage mistakes can jeopardize all of your food stockpiling efforts.

How Underground Food Storage Works


Underground food storage utilizes the consistently cool soil temperatures provided by mother earth.

In fact, most U.S. regions, at just 10 feet under the surface, you’ll find constantly cool 50-60 degree soil temps.

And we all know that cool temperatures extend our perishable food’s shelf life.

For proof of this, just leave your milk out on the counter all afternoon in the summer. Near instant spoilage, while that same milk will last weeks in a cool refrigerator.

A root cellar is a natures refrigerator. Without the need for chemical refrigerants or electricity.

And that’s the simple beauty of underground food storage, it extends your foods shelf life without depending on modern technologies.

But, there’s a bit more to it than that.

Using the earth’s lower temperatures is smart, but there are unique challenges you’ll need to overcome to do so successfully.

5 Dangerous Root Cellar Enemies


Every survival project has its own unique obstacles. And when it comes to storing food underground in root cellars there are 5 such challenges.

You must prepare to deal with these obstacles before putting your root cellar food storage system to the ultimate test.

1 – Bacteria

Actually, some bacteria is good for you, like the stuff found in probiotic yogurts. But when storing your food underground bacteria is always the bad sort.

If you allow any bacteria to fester in your root cellar stockpile it will introduce food rot.

However, you can mitigate bacteria by keeping your food stored in clean containers and removing any food showing the first signs of decay.

2 – Fungi

Many mushrooms are delicious, while others are used for a “good” time. Still, others are poisonous (and potentially deadly).

But all varieties are bad if they spontaneously sprout on survival food.

You need to keep a careful watch on you’re food for any fungal growth.

3 – Insects

Food with insect infestation can be a horrible and even traumatic experience.

Not only is it totally gross, but it may require you to throw everything out.

Once ants, beetles, maggots, flies, moths, or any other creepy crawly gets in, they will quickly infest everything they can. So keep these insects away at all costs.

We’ll get into insect repellant and eradication methods later…

4 – Vermin

Rats, mice, raccoons, squirrels, or any animal with a nose and appetite for garbage; loves free food.

So use traps and hard-sided containers with tight seals for your underground food storage site. Otherwise, a significant portion of it may get snatched by uninvited pests.

5 – People

Perhaps the most frustrating challenge of all is other humans. People love food and they love buried treasure.

It is a combination that puts your underground stash of food in severe danger.

How awful would it be to visit your root cellar to find it’s been completely raided? Talk about brutal.

So later on, we’ll discuss in detail a few camouflaging techniques to prevent this from happening. But it’s also important to keep the location of any survival cache (be it full of food, or equipment, or relevant documents) a secret.

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2 Main Types Of Root Cellars


Depending on your time, energy, and funds, there are two main types of root cellars to choose from: small and large.

Small underground food storage systems primarily consist of buried containers, while larger setups typically include a separate building.

So let’s start with the quick, down, and dirty option first; the small buried root cellar container.

The Small Buried Root Cellar Container

This option is similar to burying a survival cache.

But instead of storing gear and equipment, with this option, your focusing on storing food.

Remember, anything stored underground at a depth of several feet will stay at a consistently cool temperature between 50-55-degrees F (regionally dependent).

The best containers for this method are the ones not susceptible to water damage or degradation.

Naturally, that eliminates wood crates or cardboard boxes because, over the course of time, natural processes will eat away at this containers and eventually devour whatever’s inside.

Instead, use metal garbage cans, plastic drums or plastic storage totes are the best options.

Just make sure the container is made out of strong materials to prevent collapse and won’t degrade when in contact with moisture for extended periods of time.

This straightforward method of underground food storage is the easiest on a tight budget. It’s also the quickest to achieve, and acquiring materials is not difficult.

It’s also the closest method to the original root cellar!

When Indians and native Australians buried their foods, they did so in clay pots but they surely would have used waterproof plastic containers if available. But for them, plastic was still centuries away.

Note: if you live in freezing climates, expect your buried food container to be inaccessible during the cold months. When the ground freezes, it becomes difficult or nearly impossible to dig it back up.

Also, extremely low temperatures present a liability for sealed containers; anything stored in a jar, can, or bottle will likely freeze and burst its container. Food for thought!

Here are 2 small root cellar container videos. The first is utilizing large plastic drum barrels while the second one repurposes a broken refrigerator.



The limitations to these smaller containers become obvious once you want to expand your underground food storage supply.

Plus, digging them back up on a regular basis to check on your food and rotate your foods are (more details later) it’s going to be a royal pain.

So if you want a single large root cellar as opposed to lots of smaller ones, you need a larger walk-in backyard root cellar.

One you can fill to the brim with food and wait for the worst.

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The Backyard Root Cellar

A walk in style root cellar is a step up from buried caches. But they do require a bit more of time and money.

Here’s a quick overview of what a backyard root cellar takes to build and how it should function.

Easy Cellar

Note: One of the most affordable backyard root cellar systems is called Easy Cellar.

It’s a backyard root cellar design you can build for only $400!

The good news is constructing a root cellar is the kind of project that supports your survival for a prolonged large-scale disaster.

Because if having a couple of barrels full of buried food is good; having a large room full of survival food is even better.

Underground Root Cellar Schematic 1

How To Build A Root Cellar / Root Cellar Plans


In order to successfully build a root cellar you must start with the end in mind. You can’t just grab a shovel and start digging.

Well..actually you can but you’ll soon regret that approach.

Instead, you’ll meet all your goals and get what you want with planning!

Here are the following root cellar issues you need to think long and hard about before breaking ground.

Consider Your Budget

Obviously, the size of your wallet is going to play a significant factor in determining the size and quality of your food storage cellar.

If you have the means to go “all out” on this project, then go for it. Purchase the best materials, build it on your own land, and make it as big as possible.

What better way to spend your money, than on important survival projects?

But, if you are like me and severely confined by your bank account, then you’ll have to make compromises.

So I’ll do my best to suggest some cheaper alternatives. Some corners are cut-able, while others are not. Keep this in mind as we move forward.

Digging The Hole

Underground storage is, by definition, buried in the ground.

So the first step to building your big survival pantry is digging a hole for it. This hole can be underneath your house, in your backyard, out in the woods, or even in a secret spot in the middle of the desert.

But wherever it ultimately ends up, follow this advice: the deeper the better.

Not only are deeply dug root cellars easier to conceal, but they provide cooler food storage temperatures.

So decide how large an area you want and start digging!

Use a shovel if you must, but ideally, an excavating machine will do the heavy lifting, but again, your budget will determine what’s possible.

Laying The Foundation

If you have the money to pour a concrete floor, DO IT! Otherwise, use the flattest stones you can find in the surrounding area.

One rock at a time and you’ll eventually have a rustic looking floor.

Wooden boards can also be used to achieve the same effect.

The reason why you want a solid floor is twofold: first, having solid floor helps prevent rodents from burrowing through the floor, and second, makes a smooth surface to setup racking or shelving systems.

Building The Walls

Once again, if you can afford bricks or masonry blocks for walls then you should use them.

Otherwise, similar to the foundation of your cellar, look for the materials for your walls in free resources in the surrounding area.

Stacking stones is a straightforward task (although it often requires some heavy lifting).

You can use mud or clay as natural mortar to hold each stone in place.

Having strong stone walls prevents unwanted pests from gaining entry to your food storage facility, and it also helps keep the place as cool as possible.

Adding A Ventilation Pipe

All root cellars require ventilation, no exceptions.

You must turn over the air within the room to keep ethylene gas buildup in check. The good news is this is relatively straightforward.

Just add a vertical PVC pipe to somewhere within the structure that will stick out above the roof. Then add a second pipe near the floor that will draw fresh outside air into the storage space.

Capping The Ceiling/Roof

The best way to cap your root cellar is to pour a concrete slab over the top. You’ll need to support the roof fully from underneath before you pour.

However, pouring concrete will set you back some dollars. An alternative option is to lay treated 2×4’s across the top of your cellar, and then bury them under the dirt you dug out of the hole in step 1.

Of course, using materials that won’t degrade as fast as wood is preferable, but will undoubtedly cost more. If you go with the 2×4’s make sure you used treated lumber as it will hold up to rot much longer.

Just know it’s definitely a shortcut, but it’s simple, cheap, and effective at camouflaging your underground food structure.

Sealing Up Your Root Cellar

Make sure you fill and seal all doors jams and ceiling gaps. Gaps allow bugs, insects, and vermin into your food storage space. Not good.

Installing Doors and Locks

The reasons for these are obvious. You need to be able to close and lock the place up when you’re not around.

So invest in a quality Rustoleum hanging lock to keep your food stockpile yours.

Building Your Root Cellar

So now it’s time to begin the actual building of your own backyard root cellar. But having a set of proven root cellar blueprints are going to make your life a lot easier.

That’s why we recommend you check out The Easy Cellar plan. It’s the easiest backyard root cellar build we’ve come across.

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What You Should Store In Your Root Cellar


What you store in your cellar depends on your goals.

If your goal is to stash long-term survival foods, then build a cellar large enough to handle what you have today and what you may want to add to it over the years.

But what about fresh produce and vegetables from the garden? You should also make certain to design enough room for these seasonal items as well.

Non-perishables Are Your Friend

Whether it is canned, jarred, dehydrated, dried, or tubed, you’re good to go. The further away from the expiration date, the better.

You should learn how to making pemmican for long-term protein needs and how to make hardtack for your long-term carbs needs.

The more foods that are non-perishable that you can afford to store in your cellar, the better off you will be for any future emergencies (big or small).

Add Some Fresh Stuff Too

You can store fresh produce if you’re willing to regularly maintain them. You’ll need to understand the humidity and temperature level and you’ll need to consume the produce each year before the next crop gets stored.

There’s a particular technique for storing these kinds of foods, because of the chemical byproducts they release.

Here’s a helpful chart that provides ideal root cellar storage temperature and humidity levels for various varieties of produce.

Root Cellar Vegetable Temps and Humidity Levels

Survival Food vs. Fresh Garden Produce?

I think it’s safe to assume if you’re interested in underground food storage, then you’re interested in self-reliance. Preserving your food harvests all winter long without electricity is about as self-reliant as it gets.

But there’s a conflict of interest between long-term survival food and fresh fruits and veggies. Any guess on what the conflict is?

It’s humidity. Moisture in the air.

With long-term dry survival foods, the last thing you want is humidity in the air. You should do everything possible to avoid moisture touching your dry survival food. Even going so far as to add a high-quality dehumidifier to your food storage area.

But with harvested fruits and vegetables you’re trying to keep fresh through a single winter season, you want the opposite. You want a relatively high humidity (as much as 80%).

This high humidity keeps your produce from drying out. Helping to keep your stashed harvest both fresh and nutritious.

As we discussed in the previous section, all foods last longer in cooler temps. So the cool air of underground food storage is ideal for both survival food and garden produce. So what’s a self-reliant person to do?

The way I see it you have a couple of options.

Option 1 – Don’t Store Your Dry Survival Food’s In Your Root Cellar

Don’t store your survival foods in your underground food storage system. Just store your annually harvested produce there.

That way you can crank up your humidity levels without fear of affecting your survival foods. But you’ll have to find a separate location for your long-term survival foods like your basement.

Option 2 – Create Separate Areas Within Your Root Cellar

Create separate containers or areas within your root cellars specifically designed for high or low humidity environments.

This eliminates having two separate storage locations but complicates the constructing and storing process. Especially, for a single large underground food storage building.

Option 3 – Use Mylar Bags For Your Survival Food

Put your survival food in sealed Mylar bags with desiccants and then put these bags into food grade sealed buckets.

This double seal setup should keep the rooms high humidity environment from ever touching your long-term survival foods.

I think Option 3 is the best, but ultimately it’s up to you.

How To Control The Humidity

The underground soil temps in your area are; what they are. So there’s no way to control that. But you can control the humidity levels. How? Using ventilation.

If you have good ventilation and lots of air flow then you can keep the humidity of a room relatively low. Ventilation controls the flow of air and thereby the humidity of the room.

Now regardless of whether you want high humidity (for produce) or low humidity (for long-term dried foods and meats) your storage system must have ventilation.

Without ventilation, a room with fresh produce will fill up with a gas called Ethylene. Ethylene is released naturally from stored produce and without ventilation, it will build up and accelerate the spoilage process.

So the best way to control humidity in a root cellar is by installing ventilation, and then adding moisture as needed.

One way to add moisture is to plan the root cellar floor with gravel instead of a full concrete pad. This allows you to take a hose or buckets of water and dump them on the floor.

The water will soak into the soil and then slowly evaporate up into the air. This evaporation process adds humidity.

So there you go. You install a simple PVC vent pipe to create ventilation and then bring in water for adding humidity.

The PVC vent system consists of two PVC pipes. One installed close to the floor and goes through the wall to the outside while the other one is installed near the top of the cellar and exits through the roof.

The natural chimney effect will pull air out of the room from the roof pipe and the floor pipe will bring fresh air in. Simple ventilation without electricity.

You should also invest in a temperature and humidity monitor for your food cellar. These are essential tools that will help you to keep tabs and control of your underground food storage space.

So now that you have a basic understanding of the concepts of a root cellar, and hopefully have an idea of how you want to utilize yours, it’s time to start thinking about construction.

Designing The Interior Storage Of Your Root Cellar


An efficient and usable space requires a fair amount of forethought.

You can’t just toss your food supplies in a haphazard heap and expect good outcomes. Believe it or not, there is actually a science to packing your underground food storage.

First up is deciding how to keep everything organized. Are you going to use boxes, plastic tubs or shelves?

Honestly, it doesn’t matter as long as you’re using separation to organize your underground food supply. Let’s discuss each option further.

Food Shelving Racks

These are easy to build and fully maximize your available space. You can get

premade shelving kits online. Just buy and assemble.

Or you can buy the raw materials and build them yourself. The biggest benefit to building them yourself is being able to customize them to fit your space perfectly.

Food Boxes and Tubs

Storing your food on the shelf is a good first step, but organizing them get’s a lot easier when you use boxes or tubs.

I like to use clear plastic bins so I can see the food and produce that’s in them without having to empty it.

Under no circumstance use cardboard due to humidity breaking down the paper.

Note: make sure you don’t seal up your fresh produce bins. You can put the produce in boxes, bins or tubs, just don’t put a lid on it.

Otherwise, the ethylene gas will get trapped.



Root Cellar Food Organization


This step is one that is often overlooked but is paramount to extending the life of your underground food storage cellar. Keeping everything elevated (on shelves or supports or pallets) to prevent any unwanted water damage.

But beyond this, it’s really important to keep the fruits and veggies stored in specific places.

Fresh fruits and vegetables (especially tomatoes, apples, and pears) produce that ripening agent we talked about called ethylene.

This chemical byproduct speeds up the decomposition of other produce. Basically, it makes everything fresh start to rot faster, and it’s a major problem that can result in a lot of food waste.

The easiest way to mitigate this issue (besides avoiding storing fresh produce to start with) is to:

  1. Keep the foods that produce ethylene at the very top of the cellar. The higher the better. This will help prevent the chemical agent from infecting your other foods.
  2. Have a good ventilation system as we discussed earlier.

Also, some produce stores better when it is cured at 80-90-degree F temperatures for around 10 days before being placed in storage.

A few examples of these foods are garlic, winter squash, onions, and potatoes. If you plan to store these consider taking the time to cure it before adding it to your underground root cellar.

Food items require colder temperatures should be stored at the bottom of your cellar.

Amazingly, there will be a significant temperature difference between the top of your cellar and the bottom. Often a big enough difference to keep food cold when it is stored flat on the ground.

Any canned items or jars with metal lids are in danger of rusting. Even if you monitor the temp/humidity very carefully, rusted cans are bad news.

Rust can compromise the seal on lids and thereby compromise the food inside. To prevent this, store all metal containers in sealed plastic mylar bags (vacuum seals are ideal).

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How To Camouflage Your Food Supply


This is an essential step!

Just dropping off a bunch of food in the middle of the woods is not enough to protect it from motivated intruders.

Camouflaging helps keep your food hidden from people and animals alike, so it’s a vital step to protecting your survival goods.

Depending on which method of food storage you decided to go with, there will be different levels of work involved in hiding your food.

If you just buried a big plastic drum, then it might be as easy as laying dirt, grass, twigs, pinecones, and whatever else looks natural over the top.

But if you have a full-fledged root cellar that needs disguising, you may need to get more creative.

For bigger structures, you should plant trees shrubs and other plants that grow in the area around your structure.

On top of this, make sure you bury it well, and the surrounding areas look natural. Bigger storage facilities are harder to camouflage, but as I said at the beginning of this section: this step is essential!

So do not skimp out.

If your food supply is out of sight of potential thieves, it is certainly out of mind too.

Maintaining Your Root Cellar Food Supply


Depending on how much of your food is non-perishable, and how large your supply of food is, will determine how much maintenance is required.

If you have lots of fresh foods stored or foods that expire rather quickly, then you’ll need to make regular supply/maintenance trips to ensure timely use and rotation.

That’s the biggest regular task of owning a food supply. Making sure you trade out expiring food for new food.

Keep an eagle eye on your expiration dates is important because contracting a severe case of food poisoning in a survival situation, your chances of survival sink like a ship.

A case of food poisoning makes it difficult to ingest the essential nutrients and vitamins and can lead to severe dehydration and even death by starvation.

To help prevent any spoilage, you should build a spreadsheet and label everything. Then keep the spreadsheet handy inside your food container/cellar and invest in a good labeler.

Regular maintenance also includes:

  • Checking seals on doors and walls to ensure that they have not been broken or chewed.
  • Monitoring temperature and humidity, restocking food that has been used or thrown out, checking the locks for rust and degradation, cleaning out triggered mouse/rat traps and fly paper.
  • Also, make sure after multiple maintenance trips to your food storage site, you are not carving out a trail.

However, this regular maintenance can compromise all your camouflage efforts. Since now there’s basically a line that leads straight to your food stash.

So always take unique routes to your underground food storage location and consciously work to cover up your own tracks around the burial site.

The Final Word


Burying food in an underground container or facility is a survival method that human beings have been employing for thousands of years.

This way of preserving food has saved countless lives from starvation since its inception. And it’s still entirely applicable today.

Building your own survival food cache is both useful in times of calm and essential in times of chaos.

There is no telling what situation might force you to need your buried stash of food, but no matter what it is, having a backup supply of food essential in today’s fragile and uncertain times.

Will Brendza

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Podcast #176: Bread Baking 101

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May 4th, 2018: In today’s show I share with you my exciting news about the TrayerWildernessAcademy.com’s doors officially opening and news on our Free Bread Baking 101 Course.  I wanted to offer this FREE bread baking course so that everyone can enjoy the simple pleasure of fresh bread and to provide the confidence necessary to assist […]

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Shooting Accuracy: Its Importance Can’t be Overstated

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Editors Note: A guest contribution from Andrew of theshootersoptics.com  to The Prepper Journal. 

Nowadays, it is completely reasonable and rational to enhance our marksmanship skills by installing any type of optics. Regardless of whether we punch the paper or expect a quick and ethical kill in a wilderness, shooting accuracy is the ultimate requirement, and we will enable it by adequately installed and sighted rifle scope. Mounting and learning how to sight in 3-9x classics or long range scopes demands some technical understanding, but we will explain to you how to sight in a rifle scope in 8 easy steps.

As a standard, today`s shoulder guns comes with already pre-drilled and tapped holes for scope bases or some railed system like the Picatinny or Weaver rail systems.

  1. Before starting, you need to gather few tools such screwdrivers and Allen keys for installing and adjusting your scope. In addition, it is mandatory to obtain a rifle rest securing it in a bipod, on sandbags or some kind of shooting platform for added stability and to reduce human error. In addition, it is vital that no part of the gun is resting on a hard surface.
  2. After choosing a riflescope that will suit our needs and type of shooting, we have to select appropriate scope rings to fit scope main-body, objective bell and type of scope base. Needless to say that rings should be tightly mounted to the base to avoid any wiggle whatsoever to the scope, and if necessary, use Loctite on the screws. Adequate mounting system for a scope should be designed to take as much recoil as your rifle will produce. Therefore, you should not skimp on rings and other accessories, particularly when you scope a gun with more powerful caliber.
  3. In a next step, you make sure the crosshairs are entirely level and perfectly aligned with the directions of the elevation and windage adjustments. With aligning, the reticle, we would avoid an anomaly referred to as “Reticle Cant” especially pronounced on long rage scopes at distances greater than 250 yards.
  4. The end goal of boresighting step is to ensure the riflescope reticle is centered where the rifle is pointing and in this operation, it is not vitally important to be extremely precise. To make this rough alignment, you should secure the weapon in a stable position and put up a target at short-range either 25 or 50 yards because the short distances will save time, ammunition, and frustration. The task is pretty simple with bolt-action rifles and single-shot guns, where you may only remove the bolt, or open the action and look down the bore, line up your barrel on the target, and without moving the rifle, and adjust your rifle scope so that the reticle is aligned on the same object.

Using the turrets on the top and the side of the scope, move the reticle until you see the same “picture” as through your barrel. Your rifle is now bore-sighted to 25 yards (22.9 m).

Evidently, auto-loader, pumps and lever-action rifles cannot be sighted this way, so you will need a device called laser boresighter. Naturally, a laser boresighter is a helpful tool for bolt-actions and single-shots too, and it will get you on paper quicker and little easier than merely looking down the bore of the rifle.

  1. Before we move into the hot phase of the sighting, it is important to set the proper spacing between the end of the scope and our eye. Adjusting perfect eye relief is a key component to sighting your riflescope, as it will allow enough distance to avoid contact of the scope`s ocular with your eye due to the rifle recoil.
  2. After you get the rifle on paper, you should fire three shots round at the center of the 25-yard target, check the target, adjust the scope and repeat shooting until your shots are hitting in the center. At this point, we should explain the process of adjustments. Since the majority or riflescopes have 1/4 MOA (minute of angle) increments, that feature means that one click will shift the bullet impact 1/4″ at 100 yards. Because the click value moves up or down by a 1/4 inch proportionally for each 100-yard decrease or increase in distance, you will need to make 4x times number of clicks (16 clicks=1″) to shift down the bullet impact at 25-yards target. Before moving to 100 yards (91.4 m) distance and the zeroing process, you should decide which load you plan to use and exactly where you want your 100-yard point of impact.
  3. After successful 25-yards adjustments, you are ready to move the target out to 100 yards and make fine-tuning but prior to that, make sure your barrel has cooled to the ambient temperature. The 100 yards is chosen as a golden middle since the less distance is not precise enough, while at over 100 yards is more pronounced human error and effects such as wind.

From the comfortable and relaxed position, you fire slowly and carefully 3-shot group at 100 yards. Check the shot grouping and measure the distance from the center of your group to the point of aim on the target. The procedure is the same after you take note of where these groups land on the target and make an adjustment, shoot another group and repeat this process until your group hits where you are aiming.

The standard zeroing is at 100 yards, but depending on your needs, you may want to sight in slightly high at 100 yards (2 to 2.5 inches high) and shoot dead center on at 200 yards. It should be kept in mind that most of the factory ammunition boxes have information about particular caliber and load.

  1. Following the final adjustments, you should make one last group to confirm it, lock the turrets or screw on the protective caps and waiting ready for the hunting season. If you used a bipod in the field, you should fire a couple of shots of your bipod, since some guns will have a different point of impact with mounted bipod than from specially built rifle rest or over sandbags.
  2. After all, some shooters recommend during sighting in the process to clean the rifle after no more than 20 rounds and repeat the process for optimum accuracy.

Conclusion

We hope to provide some assistance in this matter by offering a straightforward, systematic guide on how to sight in a riflescope. It does not matter whether you are going hunting or range shooting, mounting and sighting optics is an essential skill for you, because you will gain the confidence to continue to improve your shooting skills.

That is not a test of your shooting ability Since the whole process is carried out from a stable platform, sighting in has nothing to do with shooters accuracy, but sighting in is just as shooting groups, and it is all about the rifle.

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The Enemy Has Stolen God’s Omnificense!

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     I know what you’re thinking…. she has spelled the word wrong. Doesn’t she mean God’s Omnipotence, or His Omniscience, or perhaps she meant to say His Omnipresence. No, I want to talk about Jehovah God’s Omnificense. You’ve never heard that word, let alone heard it used to describe God? Don’t worry. I hadn’t either until I listened to a teaching by Pastor Henry W. Wright, who is also a Doctor of Christian Therapeutic Counseling. The teaching was on the spiritual roots of Disease and Illnesses, but it was his use of that word Omnificense to describe God’s Nature that intrigued me and has taken me on a path of discovery.

     You see, it is his assertion that this word was once included in Christian doctrine among the familiar characteristics used to describe God — His Holiness (He is separate from all moral defilement and abhors it); His Righteousness (He will not tolerate sin); His Sovereignty (He is supreme above all things); His Eternal Nature (He is infinite and had no beginning; His existence will never end);  His Omniscience (He is all-knowing, all-wise, and all-seeing); His Omnipresence (He is present everywhere); His Omnipotence (He is all-powerful); and His Immutability (He never changes; He is always reliable and trustworthy). And there are many more desciptors of our Father in Heaven: Incomparable, Just, Divine, Faithful…. the list goes on and on.
     But when I discovered the word Omnificense and its meaning, I cannot ignore its implications for our Father in Heaven. It means “creating all things; having unlimited powers of creation”.  Isn’t that an appropriate description of our Creator? And although my research could find no instance of its use in English translation Bibles, I could find reference as it pertains to our God in — of all places — a website discussing the Super Powers of Marvel Comics! And if you’re unaware, the superheroes of Marvel Comics have captured the imaginations of our children with box office megahit movies featuring Spiderman, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, X-Men, Fantastic Four, the Avengers, and antagonists like Doctor Doom, the Red Skull, the Green Goblin, Thanos, and Loki. Furthermore, according to the Super Powers website, these “superheroes” even have their own universe, and the characters that possess Omnificense “can create anything without limits, including concepts, existence, reality, and even the totality itself. They can also create from nothing or even create one thing from another, such as manifesting an image from a comic book, creating life from the dead, and duplicating anything. The user can create basically anything they choose on an unlimited scale”.
     It is astounding to read what this counterfeit image of God as Creator in this counterfeit universe is believed to be able to do: create dimensions; generate energy; create life and matter; create portals, create universes; create weapons. There is even an ability called Omnificense Genesis, which is “the power to create an unlimited amount of anything from the user’s own essence.” By now, you should be seeing that the Enemy has found a way to capture the imaginations of our kids with images of false gods (euphemistically called super-heroes) by imitating the very nature of the One True God.
    And if you think I am taking this way too seriously, let me give you a run-down of the “Users” of Omnificense power in this false reality… at the very top, in the number one position is God, as noted in the Abrahamic Religions! In the number two position is The Dragon, followed by The-One-Above-All, Presence, Michael Demiurgos (in Gnosticism, Demiurge is a heavenly being, subordinate to the Supreme Being, that is considered to be the controller of the material world and antagonistic to all that is purely spiritual); God (as represented in Bruce Almighty – a human version); Haruhi Suzumiya (a popular female character in Japanese animation who possesses unconscious god-like abilities to change, destroy, and reshape reality to her desires); Users of the True Word; and the Choushin (a trio of super-dimensional deities responsible for the creation of the multiverse and all of the higher dimensions of existence. They are essentially Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent, only surpassed by Kami Tenchi. The Choushin consist of Washu, Tsunami, and Tokimi — also Japanese animation). I could give you more names such as Demon Lord; Snake of the Festival; Spawn, the Mother of All Things; and Doctor Monty of Call of Duty and Black Ops III. But I think you get the idea.

     Is this giving anyone else the creeps? And can you see the design the Enemy has on our impressionable children? What kid, in this technologically advanced world where everyone is just trying to be seen, doesn’t want to identify with a super-hero? The sad thing is this generation is totally unaware that the only authentic “User” of this super power of Omnificense is actually represented in this false universe — the God of the Abrahamic Religions (Judaism and Christianity) is real. All the others are false. But unfortunately, the One True God has been reduced to just one of a couple dozen false gods. 
     The fact that the Omnificense of YHWH has been lost to our faith, while it has been resurrected in a false universe and reality, should give us all pause — as well as alert us to the danger of this rise in popularity of Movie Superheroes. It shouldn’t surprise us that the devil has found a way to imitate the very essence of YHWH as Supreme Creator, and repackaged Him in a plethora of tempting and exciting superheroes to feed our culture’s addiction to entertainment.  
     Besides the obvious counterfeiting of and fraudulent imitation of YHWH’s unique power, these movie characters are providing a door into the supernatural for those kids (and adults) who are looking for ways to escape their “boring” existence. Little do they know, that is a portal into the demonic realm. So I caution you to be aware of what may seem like a harmless movie or cartoon to stimulate the imagination. We must be ever vigilant to see the transparent schemes of our Enemy, and return the title of OMNIFICENT GOD to its rightful owner.

1 Chronicles 29:11    Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is Yours. Yours is the Kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head above all.


20 Herbs You Can Make Medicine From

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Herbs have more uses than adding flavor to your dinner. Herbs have medicinal properties that people have been tapping into for centuries. Before the time of modern medicine, you would use herbs to cure your ailments and sicknesses. People knew how to make medicine out of the herbs they grew and foraged.

Thankfully, we do have modern medicine available to us. Herbalism is still a skill that everyone, especially survivalists and preppers, should learn. During and after an SHTF scenario, you can use the plants you grow or forage to solve your colds and coughs.

Some herbs are more popular than others. There are plants you see and use every day that has medicinal properties! Those herbs you put in your soup last night more than likely have properties you would never suspect. Let’s take a look at 20 herbs that you should know about and know how to use.

calendula

#1. Calendula

Calendula is one of the most familiar herbs and one of the first that budding herbalist starts to use. The pleasant, golden flowers make them a lovely addition to your outside flower beds. These golden orange petals are edible, but the entire flower has medicinal properties.

Calendula is known for its ability to heal skin conditions, which is why you might find lotions and soaps in the store containing calendula. In fact, you can make all sorts of things with calendula, like soap, lip balm and lotion bars. Aside from medicinal uses, you can add the flower petals to cakes, soups, and salads.

It is important to note that calendula can stimulate menstruation. Therefore, pregnant women should not consume calendula internally unless approved by their healthcare provider!

What Calendula Can Heal

  • Wounds
  • Rashes
  • Burns
  • Dry skin
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Emmenagogue – stimulates the menses
  • Eases digestive inflammation such as GERD and ulcers

Ways to Use Calendula

  • Topical ointments and salves. If you want to try your hand at making a calendula salve, try this recipe.
  • Diaper rash ointments
  • Calendula tea

To make calendula tea, you can use fresh or dried flowers. For dried flowers, put 1 to 2 TBSP dried flowers in one cup of hot water. Allow steeping for 15 to 20 minutes. If you use fresh flowers, simply pour the hot water over the fresh flowers and allow to infuse until cooled.

  • Tinctures
  • Infused Oil

Calendula tea is one of my favorite ways to use this herb. You can gargle it for a sore throat or use a mouth rinse. It is also great for homemade baby wipes or to use a disinfecting skin spray!

 

Motherwort

#2. Motherwort

There is a good chance you’ve never heard of motherwort, but it happens to be one of the easiest herbs to grow. If you have a black thumb, don’t be afraid of motherwort. Motherwort offers versatility because it can be used for so many ailments!

Motherwort is best known for its stress and anxiety relieving properties. Women who are entering menopause can find relief through motherwort. It can ease those pesky hot flashes and hormonal irritability. It can even be used during childbirth to strengthen contractions. It is truly a handy herb to grow!

What Motherwort Can Cure

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Lessen menstrual cramps
  • Muscle sprains and aches
  • Headaches
  • Nervous heart conditions
  • Postpartum healing
  • Hypothyroidism

Ways to Use Motherwort

  • Motherwort Tea

You can use motherwort as a tea, but it does have a bitter flavor. To make motherwort tea, use 1 to 2 TSP dried leaves in an 8oz mug. Pour boiling water over and let steep for 10 minutes.

  • Tincture

To make a tincture, you use the leaves, stems, and flowers. Chop up enough fresh motherwort to fill a quart jar. Pour alcohol, such as vodka, over the top. Make sure to leave ¼ inch headroom. You should use alcohol that is consumable, so don’t use rubbing alcohol! Apple cider vinegar is another option.
Put this jar in a cool, dark place. Gently shake daily. You might have to add more alcohol if the plant soaks up the liquid. Strain the liquids after six weeks. Discard all of the plant matter. You can add drops of the tincture to juice or water, but don’t take more than three times daily!

 

Echinacea

#3. Echinacea

Echinacea is a gateway herb to the world of herbalism. It can be found as a supplement or tea in most stores, allowing those who are unsure about herbs to give it a try. Gardeners love to grow echinacea because it creates a beautiful, purple coneflower that is perfect for ornamental flower beds. It attracts butterflies and bees, making it a great addition. Best of all, it can withstand most neglect and still grow vivaciously.

All parts of echinacea, such as the roots, seeds and fresh flowers, contain medicinal properties. It works as active chemicals in your body, fighting fungus, kicking the flu and reducing inflammation.

What Echinacea Can Cure

  • Common Cold
  • Sore throats
  • Bronchitis
  • Stimulate growth of blood cells
  • Improves immune system
  • Relieves stiff joints

How to Use Echinacea

  • Capsules – purchase at the store
  • Echinacea tea

You can consume up to three cups of echinacea tea daily if you want to boost your immune system. All you need is a ¼ cup of echinacea flower petals, leaves and roots. Boil a cup of water and pour it over top of the echinacea parts. Allow to steep for five minutes, strain and drink!

  • Tinctures

 

#4. Lavender

Almost everyone knows that lavender has healing benefits, but many don’t realize it can do more than help you drift off to sleep. Lavender is best known for its calming and relaxing properties, being used to solve insomnia, anxiety, depression, stress and more.

Most people don’t know that lavender also has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties!

Lavender tends to be one of the first herbs that people start to use. Originating in southern Europe, lavender can trace its herbal roots back into ancient and medieval cultures. People used it for pain relieving and sedative properties! Studies show us that lavender can help to improve your memory, mood, and overall cognitive function.

What Lavender Can Cure

  • Relieve Pain
  • Treat skin disorders like acne, eczema, and psoriasis
  • Keep Hair Healthy
  • Improve Digestion
  • Relieve respiratory disorders
  • Stimulate urine
  • Improve blood circulation
  • Heals wounds, cuts and burns
  • Soothes Insect Bites
  • Itchy Skin

How to Use Lavender

  • Ointments and Salves
  • Massage lavender oil onto sore muscles and backaches
  • Lavender Tea

One of the easiest ways to use lavender is with a lavender tea! You use 1 to 2 TSPs of the dried flower or herb in 8 ounces of boiling water. You can drink lavender tea up to three times daily. If you have dandruff, you can use a strong batch of lavender tea as a scalp rinse.

  • Tincture
  • Small Satchels

You can sew small satchels and fill them with dried lavender. Put these satchels in your pillow or dryer to help sleep!

 

thyme

#5. Thyme

If you spend any time in the kitchen, you are somewhat familiar with thyme. Thyme is a lovely, fragrant herb that is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids that offer dozens of health benefits. You might be surprised to learn this one herb contains vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, copper, dietary fiber, and manganese!

Thyme has been used as far back as Ancient Egypt! The Egyptians used thyme for embalming and to heal many medical conditions. It offers anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-septic and antiseptic properties. You can use its flowers, leaves, and oil. While you might not be embalming anyone anytime soon, there are plenty of other ways you can use thyme.

What Thyme Can Cure

  • Gout
  • Arthritis
  • Skin Wounds
  • Bug bites and stings
  • Sores
  • Menstrual and menopause issues
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Respiratory problems
  • Athletes foot
  • Depression

How to Use Thyme

  • Poultice

Make a poultice by crushing up thyme leaves into a paste and applying it to sores and skin inflammation.

  • Tincture
  • Thyme Tea

For those suffering from gastric issue or bronchitis, thyme tea can solve the problems. Mix one teaspoon of dried thyme leaves in a cup of boiling water. Allow to steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain and sip. You can add honey, especially if have respiratory problems!

  • Infused Oils – for muscle spasms and skin irritation
  • Aromatherapy

 

Chamomile

#6. Chamomile

Another well-known herb that contains medicinal benefits is chamomile. Most people know that chamomile can help put you to sleep and ease anxiety, but there are other uses you should know. One of the most noted uses is to help calm upset stomachs!

Herbal remedies use two types of chamomile: Roman chamomile and German chamomile. While there are some slight variations, you can use them both for the same purposes. Mothers, in particular, can find enjoyment in using chamomile. It is safe and gentle enough for children and babies. In fact, chamomile is said to help relieve colic symptoms as well as stomach problems in toddlers!

What Chamomile Can Cure

  • Upset stomach
  • Reduces morning sickness
  • Sleeping issues
  • Skin swelling
  • Fights bacteria
  • Relaxes muscles
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Diaper Rashes
  • Skin Wounds
  • Abscesses
  • Gum inflammation
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Backaches

How to Use Chamomile

  • Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is most popular way to use it. It can help to improve your appetite, ease anxiety, reduce headaches and calm nausea. To make chamomile tea, boil one cup of water and pour over 1 to 3 TSP dried chamomile. Allow to steep for 15 minutes. Strain and drink. You can drink up to four cups per day. Children over four years old can take a third of the adult dosage.

  • Ointments and salves
  • Herbal infusion
  • Tea bags for puffy or tired eyes

 

Dandelion

#7. Dandelion

Now you might be surprised. All of those yellow flowers that dot your yard all spring into the summer contains dozens of medicinal benefits. You’ve missed out on a fresh healing source right in your backyard! Dandelion petals are edible and are a source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, and thiamin.

One of the most noted ways to use dandelions is as a liver tonic to help detoxify and improve liver function. Dandelions have also been used for kidney and liver disorders. It can be quite a powerful herb!

While you might think that dandelions are the bane of your yard’s existence, they serve several purposes. You can use the petals in salads! Dandelions make a fantastic, sweet wine if you remove the greens. The blossoms can be used to make jelly. You can fry them while in the bud stage! You can even dry and ground up the roots as a substitute for coffee.

What Dandelions Can Cure

  • Treat infections
  • Gallbladder issues
  • Swelling
  • Water retention
  • Balances blood sugar
  • Relieves ankle swelling
  • Improves pancreas function

How to Use Dandelions

  • Dandelion Infused Oil

Infused oils can be used to make ointments and salves. You also can use them to make lotion bars! Making dandelion infused oil is simple. First, pick two cups of flowers and allow to dry for 1 to 2 days. Put dried flowers into a jar and fill the rest of the jar with oil. You can use sunflower, almond, or olive oil. Place it in a sunny spot, such as a window, and let steep for two weeks. Strain and discard flower parts. Your oil is ready to use!

  • Ointments and salves
  • Teas
  • Tinctures

 

sage

#8. Sage

Sage is a common herb in many medicinal and culinary herbal cabinets. I grew sage for years before realizing that it is a powerful herb for healing purposes. It grows exceptionally well in home gardens. Sage originated in the Mediterranean regions, but now it grows all over the world. Believe it or not, there are over 2,000 species of sage!

When using sage for healing purposes, you can use the stem, flower, and leaves. All of the parts contain properties to cure diseases. It also is rich in nutrients and antioxidants! Sage offers many other medicinal benefits because it can be used as an astringent, stimulant, nervine agent, diuretic, and more!
What Sage Can Cure

  • Anti-septic properties
  • Toothaches
  • Reduces bad breath
  • Balances stomach problems
  • Heals skin wounds
  • Depression
  • Improves memory
  • Sore throat
  • Ulcers
  • Sprains

How to Use Sage

  • Sage Tea

Sage tea is easy to make, just like all of the other recipes listed above. You can sip on it, use it as a mouth rinse for ulcers, gargle with a teaspoon of sea salt for a sore throat or soak a cloth in the sage tea as a compress.

  • Hot Tea Compress for headaches
  • Chew fresh leaves
  • Poultice for joint pain

 

mint

#9. Peppermint

All members of the mint family offer medicinal properties. Peppermint happens to be one of the most popular in the mint family. Peppermint oil is often used as a food flavoring, like in candy canes!

The plant is most commonly thought of for its calming properties. Peppermint also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Peppermint is great for aiding digestive issues. It can soothe and calm your uneasy digestive system whether you use it internally or externally. Women could use it for morning sickness! It also helps to get rid of gas, indigestion, heartburn and motion sickness.

What Peppermint Can Cure

  • Digestive issues
  • Prevent prostate cancer
  • Muscle pain
  • Sinus infections
  • Enhances memory

How to Use Peppermint

  • Peppermint Tea

If you want to calm morning sickness or an uneasy stomach, try a cup of warm, peppermint tea! Peppermint tea can also relieve a headache or reduce colic if rubbed externally on an infant’s stomach. All you need to do is take 1 to 2 TSP dried peppermint leaves and steep in one cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. Strain and sip!

  • Tincture
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Salves for sore joints

 

great burdock

#10. Burdock

Burdock isn’t very common in most American gardens, but it should be. Burdock has been used for centuries as a herbal remedy. The roots can be used as a blood purifier. Herbalists can use the leaves as a poultice to draw out infections. Burdock has several medicinal properties such as being a diuretic, depilatory, and helps to heal skin issues.

However, those who decide to use burdock must be cautious. The seeds are very powerful and create strong medicine. You shouldn’t use burdock seeds unless you are a more experienced herbalist.

What Burdock Can Cure

  • Gout
  • Arthritis
  • Glandular swelling
  • Canker Sores
  • Sciatica
  • Burns
  • Skin Wounds
  • Hemorrhoids

How to Use Burdock

  • Salve
  • Burdock Tea

To make burdock tea, you need 1 TSP dried herb or 3 TSP fresh herb in one cup of boiling water. Allow to steep for 10 minutes. Avoid steeping too long. You can add more herbs, but don’t change the steeping time because the tea will become rather bitter. Cream can improve the taste.

  • Decoction

Making a decoction is easy. You can use the root or seeds. Take an ounce of the root and simmer in a pint and half of water for 30 minutes. Strain carefully afterward and drink. Make sure you are simmering and never hard boiling!

 

holy basil

#11. Holy Basil

Holy basil is a relative to the Basil grown in other areas of the world. It is growing in popularity, known for creating a delicious, herbal tea. People love the aromatic and antimicrobial properties. The leaves and flowers are perfect for teas to fight colds and coughs, along with other ailments. At the same time, holy basil offers an uplifting effect that can help you focus and find mental clarity.

People believe that Holy Basil is an adaptogen. That means it will adapt to serve the body where it is needed the most. Adaptogens are said to have stress relieving properties as well. Holy basil also has antibacterial and antifungal properties.

As you might have guessed, holy basil is a cousin of the basil you might use in your tomato sauce. You can swap out the fresh leaves of basil with holy basil to whatever dish you want. Holy basil is more pungent and strong!

What Holy Basil Can Cure

  • Colds
  • Coughs
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Sinus Infections
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Fever-reducing
  • Sore throats

How to Use Holy Basil

  • Holy Basil Tea

The easiest way to reap the benefits of holy basil is in a tea. Cover 2 TSP of leaves with 8 ounces of boiling water. Cover and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Strain and drink!

  • Tinctures

Another way to take advantage of the benefits is by placing one part fresh holy basil and two parts high proof alcohol into a jar. Allow this to set in a cool, dark place for five weeks. Strain and your tincture is ready.

  • Aromatherapy
  • Sprays
  • Leaf paste

#12. Spilanthes – Toothache Plant

Never heard of spilanthes? That is okay! Many people haven’t, but it should be more popular than it is. Spilanthes creates a golden, globe-shaped flower with a lovely, red center. You might think of them as eyeballs in the prettiest sense.

Spilanthes has quite a unique flavor, and it is a very strong sialagogue, which means saliva promoter. If you decide to take a little nibble of the flower, you are likely to drool everywhere. The plant creates a tingly, numbing sensation that gives it the name toothache plant. People use it in their tooth and gum remedies. Aside from being able to give you the numbing sensation, spilanthes also offers anti-microbial properties.

All of the aboveground parts of the part are medicinal. You can chew most parts fresh, so long as you do so with moderation. Some people love to create formulas with echinacea to help stimulate the immune system. There are other uses for the toothache plant as well!

What Spilanthes Can Cure

  • Fights common colds and flu
  • Toothaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throats
  • Immune system boosting
  • Thrush
  • Cold sores
  • Ringworm

How to Use Spilanthes

  • Chewed fresh
  • Tincture

To make a tincture from fresh spilanthes, put the chopped leaves, flowers and steps into a glass jar. Add 80 proof vodka (or higher) into the jar, making sure to cover the plant matter. Store in a cool, dark place for four to six weeks. Strain and store.

To use the tincture, you can mix with honey or add a dropper to a drink for an upset stomach. You can use as mouthwash by adding drops to water.

 

Chickweed

#13. Chickweed

Chickweed is a medicinal and edible wild herb that might be growing on your property. This little plant is nutritious, containing plenty of vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, beta-carotene, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.

Aside from using it in home remedies, you can also add chickweed to salads. You might think it tastes similar to spinach! You can use the entire plant in your home remedies. Chickweed has astringent, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, and demulcent properties. That is impressive for a plant most consider a weed.

What Chickweed Can Cure

  • Postpartum depurative
  • Emmenagogue
  • Constipation
  • Coughs
  • Hoarseness
  • Antihistamine
  • Rheumatic pains
  • Skin Wounds
  • Ulcers
  • Roseola

How to Use Chickweed

  • Decoction
  • Salves
  • Infusions
  • Medicinal poultice
  • Medicinal Tea

To make chickweed tea, combine 1 TBSP dried chickweed OR 2 TBSP fresh chickweed into 1 cup boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes. Sip on ½ cup portions, two to four times daily during a cold or flu.

 

lemon balm

#14. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is in the mint family, just like the above-mentioned peppermint. It has a lovely, citrusy-mint scent that can uplift you immediately. Lemon balm is an easy to grow herb that will attract bees to your garden. Aside from having lovely aromatic benefits, lemon balm is known for its anti-viral and relaxing properties.

For centuries, lemon balm has been used as a way to treat colic and upset stomach. Infants and adults can reap the benefits. You can chew on fresh leaves if your breath smells bad. Try applying a crushed leaf to a bug bite to ease the annoying itchiness.

Just be aware that lemon balm will overtake your garden. I made the mistake of planting it right in the middle of my flower bed. I had to trim and harvest constantly. It wanted to spread everywhere. If you don’t want to be harvesting and creating herbal remedies constantly, I suggest you grow lemon balm in a container.

What Can Lemon Balm Cure

  • Animal Bites
  • Bug Bites
  • Sores
  • Fevers
  • Colds and coughs
  • Insomnia
  • Upset stomach
  • Headaches
  • Depression

How to Use Lemon Balm

  • Sleepy Time Herbal Syrup

If you are having trouble with insomnia, try an herbal syrup. Put ¾ cup lemon balm into a pot and add just enough water to cover the leaves. Simmer until half reduces liquid. Strain. Combine ½ of the concentrated tea to ¼ cup honey. You want the ratio to be two parts lemon balm infusion and one part honey. Take a dose at night before bed!

  • Herbal Tea
  • Bath satchel filled with dried herbs
  • Lip balm for cold sores
  • Tincture

Making a lemon balm tincture is the same as any of the other listed tinctures. It is great for soothing an upset stomach or for those times when you feel a cold or flu coming.

 

Milk Thistle

#15. Milk Thistle

Milk thistle originates in Mediterranean climates, but it has adapted to climates in North America. Milk thistle grows with a tall stem and a flower filled with purple petals. Herbalist commonly relies on milk thistle for the treatment of liver and gallbladder issues, such as cirrhosis and hepatitis. It might be able to help protect your liver from the damage of alcoholism.

What Milk Thistle Can Cure

  • Depression
  • Hangovers
  • Aid digestion
  • Stimulates mother’s milk
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Inflamed skin conditions

How to Use Milk Thistle

  • Tincture

Believe it or not, milk thistle doesn’t extract well into water, so most herbalists don’t recommend using milk thistle as a tea. You simply need to allow dried milk thistle to steep in alcohol for several weeks. You can add this to drinks.

  • Dried Seeds – add to different dishes
  • Capsules

 

Witch Hazel

#16. Witch Hazel

Chances are you’ve heard of witch hazel, but you probably didn’t know you can grow it in your backyard. It is a versatile and useful shrub that can grow in most areas, whether the area is moist or dry. The shrub grows oval, green leaves with flowers. The petals can be dark yellow, orange or red!

Witch hazel is a common ingredient in many astringents and skincare products. If you’ve ever had a dreadful hemorrhoid, you know that witch hazel is extremely useful in bringing relief. There are plenty of other ways to use witch hazel!

What Witch Hazel Can Cure

  • Varicose veins
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Inflammation
  • Skin Wounds
  • Bruises
  • Diarrhea
  • Colitis
  • Dysentery
  • Poison Ivy or poison oak

How to Use Witch Hazel

  • Diaper rash cream
  • Salves for hemorrhoids
  • Healing spray for postpartum
  • Witch Hazel Tonic

If you want to make some of the above items, you need to make a tonic or tincture to reap the benefits. You need a ½ pound of witch hazel bark. Put the bark to a pot and cover one to two inches with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove and strain. Then, add equal parts vodka. You can also leave out the alcohol if you are worried about using it on your child! Store in a cool place.

 

Aloe Vera

#17. Aloe Vera

Everyone has heard of aloe vera because nearly everyone has had a painful sunburn requiring its use. An aloe vera plant grows best near water in sandy or rocky terrain. It also is a great indoor plant! The leaves are thick, slender and stiff, growing orange flower spikes.

The healing portion of aloe vera is found inside of the leaves. The gel is in the leaves, and it is known for speeding up the healing process of many skin conditions. At the base of the leaves, a sap is found that can stimulate the digestive system.

What Aloe Vera Can Cure

  • Burns
  • Skin Wounds
  • Digestive Stimulant
  • Laxative
  • Heartburn
  • Bug Bites

How to Use Aloe Vera

  • Break off a piece of plant and apply sap directly to your sunburn or bug bite
  • Mouthwash

 

yarrow

#18. Yarrow

For those who are preparing for a survival scenario, yarrow could be one of the most important herbs to know how to use. In the garden, yarrow is lovely and easy to grow. Despite the ease of growth and beauty, yarrow can be used to stop bleeding, an essential property for those in a survival scenario. It is said that Achilles, from the legend, used yarrow to stop bleeding on the battlefield.

Yarrow works best to stop bleeding when it is dried and powdered, allowing you to pack it into the open wound. However, fresh yellow can help staunch bleeding as well. The leaves and flowers have other medicinal purposes.

What Yarrow Can Cure

  • Stops bleeding
  • Reduces fevers
  • Eases menstrual pain
  • Treats the common cold and flu
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Balance menstrual cycle
  • Relieve cramps

How to Use Yarrow

  • Herbal Infusion
  • Yarrow Tea

To make a yarrow tea, steep 1 TBSP fresh leaves or 1 TSP dried leaves in one cup boiling water. Allow to set for 5 minutes, strain and sweeten with honey!

  • Add to salads for vitamins and minerals
  • Herbal Facial Steam
  • Bath satchels
  • Poultice with fresh leaves for bruised areas
  • Tincture

 

Feverfew

#19. Feverfew

Feverfew often grows like a weed, but some gardeners purposefully grow feverfew in their flower beds. As you can tell by the name, feverfew is helpful to reduce and lower fevers. Some people have great success at using feverfew to reduce migraines when consumed on a daily basis. That is because fever contains vasodilator and anti-inflammation properties.

You should add feverfew to your garden. Not only does it have fantastic herbal benefits, but it also is a perennial that blossoms with hundreds of small, white, daisy-like flowers. It is easy to grow and maintain, perfect for containers. Feverfew is frost hardy and stays evergreen throughout the winter. Are you convinced to add it to your garden yet?

What Feverfew Can Cure

  • Lowers fevers
  • Reduces migraines
  • Treats arthritis
  • Sore muscles
  • Stress reduction
  • Insomnia

How to Use Feverfew

  • Chew on fresh leaves to reduce migraines
  • Herbal Tea
  • Herbal Salve
  • Tincture

Chop up fresh feverfew into small pieces and add to a glass jar. Cover with alcohol plus another inch above the plant matter. Shake well and keep an eye on the alcohol level. It can decrease the plant absorbs the alcohol. Shake every few days. Allow to set for the next six weeks. Strain and your tincture are ready! You can take up to ½ TSP per day.

 

bergamot

#21. Bergamot

Bergamot, often referred to as bee balm, is a famous herb that is also a pollinator. It is most commonly used in culinary dishes as a flavoring for fish and meat dishes. However, bergamot also has medicinal purposes, typically found in the leaves. The flowers are edible, adding great flavor to your dishes.

There are plenty of ways you can use bee balm. The dried leaves and flowers are great for steam inhalation to break up mucus. Bergamot is most noted for its fragrance, which is why many prefer to use it in the form of an herbal tea.

You can use the leaves, flowers, and stems in your herbal remedies. All of these parts have antiseptic, carminative, diaphoretic, stimulant and diuretic properties.

What Bergamot Can Cure

  • Stimulant
  • Relieves flatulence
  • Reduces fevers
  • Headaches
  • Common colds
  • Sore throats
  • Minor skin infections
  • Break up mucus
  • Menstrual pain
  • Insomnia

How to Use Bergamot

  • Medicinal Teas

To make bergamot tea, add 1 TSP dried bergamot to one cup boiling water. Allow to steep for 10 minutes. Sweeten with honey as you so desire. Drink it at bedtime to help put you to sleep!

  • Salves
  • Steam inhalation

If you have a cold or increased mucus, try steam inhalation! All you need to do is add 1 to 2 TSP of dried bergamot to a pot of boiling water. Use a towel to create a tent over your head. Breathe in the bergamot steam to help break up the mucus.

These are just 20 of the medicinal herbs you might want to try to use to make medicine. As you can tell, many of the herbs overlap and share similar properties and uses. Once you learn how to create one tea or tincture, it is easy to start making them with other herbs. Give it a shot!

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You Did WHAT To Those Farkleberries?! (Homesteading Basics)

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Today, I want to talk a little bit about plant communication, a little bit about gratitude, and a litle bit about one of my favorite wild plants: the farkleberry. It’s a blueberry that’s native to Texas.

Actually, some people call them sparkleberries, because apparently the Boy Scouts had too good of a time with the name farkleberry! But I still call them farkleberries. They’re just delicious little berries. They’re a little bit mealy, but a little bit sweet. If you cut sugar out of your diet like I have, you’ll find that it’s very nice to be able to enjoy some sweets like these.

Now, whenever I harvest anything—especially wildcraft—I keep in mind that this is a living plant that has produced things that I’m taking. In fair exchange, I want to express my gratitude to this plant for producing these berries and letting me pick and eat them.

The number one way to do this—the thing that plants would love the most—is to simply urinate at the base of the plant. You have a highly available form of nitrogen in your urine, and plants really appreciate that. Of course, that may not be passable in a lot of places, like public parks or maybe even your backyard. Or you might not be comfortable yet doing that kind of thing.

So, if you have a canteen of water with you and you’re living in dry country, another great thing you can do is use a small bit of water to express your gratitude.

Another thing I like to do every couple of years is grow some tobacco. Tobacco is a plant that has been used historically by the native peoples here in America. It can make a great fertilizer. Just take a pinch, sprinkle it on the soil around the plant, and say, “Thank you so much. I appreciate your fruits.” The plants don’t understand your words, but they get your intent.

Just making an offering of some sort is immensely beneficial in that relationship.

One of the kind of “woo-woo” things that I found out about this is that the more I do it, the more I’m suddenly able to see farkleberry bushes when I couldn’t see them before. It’s almost as if they know that I’m looking for them, and they call to me. Again, a little bit mystical, but isn’t plant communication in general?

I’d love to hear your experiences with this type of thing. Leave me a note in the comments! 🙂

 

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You Did WHAT To Those Farkleberries?! (Homesteading Basics)

Today, I want to talk a little bit about plant communication, a little bit about gratitude, and a litle bit about one of my favorite wild plants: the farkleberry. It’s a blueberry that’s native to Texas.

Actually, some people call them sparkleberries, because apparently the Boy Scouts had too good of a time with the name farkleberry! But I still call them farkleberries. They’re just delicious little berries. They’re a little bit mealy, but a little bit sweet. If you cut sugar out of your diet like I have, you’ll find that it’s very nice to be able to enjoy some sweets like these.

Now, whenever I harvest anything—especially wildcraft—I keep in mind that this is a living plant that has produced things that I’m taking. In fair exchange, I want to express my gratitude to this plant for producing these berries and letting me pick and eat them.

The number one way to do this—the thing that plants would love the most—is to simply urinate at the base of the plant. You have a highly available form of nitrogen in your urine, and plants really appreciate that. Of course, that may not be passable in a lot of places, like public parks or maybe even your backyard. Or you might not be comfortable yet doing that kind of thing.

So, if you have a canteen of water with you and you’re living in dry country, another great thing you can do is use a small bit of water to express your gratitude.

Another thing I like to do every couple of years is grow some tobacco. Tobacco is a plant that has been used historically by the native peoples here in America. It can make a great fertilizer. Just take a pinch, sprinkle it on the soil around the plant, and say, “Thank you so much. I appreciate your fruits.” The plants don’t understand your words, but they get your intent.

Just making an offering of some sort is immensely beneficial in that relationship.

One of the kind of “woo-woo” things that I found out about this is that the more I do it, the more I’m suddenly able to see farkleberry bushes when I couldn’t see them before. It’s almost as if they know that I’m looking for them, and they call to me. Again, a little bit mystical, but isn’t plant communication in general?

I’d love to hear your experiences with this type of thing. Leave me a note in the comments! 🙂

 

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Kroger, All Natural Laura’s, Private Selection, & JBS Recall 35,464 Pounds of USDA-INSPECTED Ground Beef

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When you bite into that juicy ground beef burger, you might find a little something extra in it – like chunks of blue plastic.

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6 Easy Vegetables for Beginner Gardeners

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Will this be your first year of growing your own food? Well, if that’s the case you deserve a round of applause.  There is a tremendous amount of responsibility that goes into taking the reigns back on food production. We now know better than ever that the food systems we depend on are either failing …

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How To Insulate A Tent For Winter Camping

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Who said that you have to stay indoors in winter? There is no doubt that the weather can be a little bit challenging. Nevertheless, winter is a great chance to enjoy the wilderness in a way that only a few will understand. Understanding how to insulate a tent for winter camping is crucial if you … Read more…

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