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Baby, it’s hot outside! Here are 9 easy to make refreshing drinks for summer you will love! Some of them you can make ahead of time for any party or get together. I love those kinds of recipes that are ready when you are. I have a couple of family reunions this summer and I know exactly which one I will be taking. Hint: it has ice cream in it. It’s my favorite!
These recipes were handed down to me by my mom via some very tattered recipe cards!!
9 Easy To Make Refreshing Drinks For Summer
Banana Crush Slush
Banana Crush Slush
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 cups water
- 1-3/4 cups orange juice
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 3 cups mashed bananas
- 2 cups pineapple juice
- 6 cans 7-Up or Sprite
- Boil the sugar and water to make a syrup (dissolve the sugar).
- Combine all the other ingredients and add to the syrup.
- Freeze the mixture in a 9 by 13-inch pan.
- When ready to serve, fill the glasses 1/2 full with the slushy mixture and pour 7-up or Sprite over the mixture.
Lemon Slush With 7-Up
Lemon Slush With 7-Up
- 4-12 ounce cans frozen lemonade
- 4 quarts water
- 6 cups sugar
- 3-4 quarts 7-Up or Sprite
- Combine all of the ingredients together and freeze.
- After freezing add 3 or 4 quarts of 7-Up. This one is great for a party.
Raspberry Punch With 7-Up
Raspberry Punch With 7-Up
- 1 package raspberry Kool-aid
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 cups cold water
- 1 6- ounce can frozen lemonade
- 10- ounce package fresh or frozen raspberries
- 2-3 quarts 7-Up or Sprite
- Combine the ingredients and freeze in ice cube trays.
- Place the frozen ice cubes in a glass and fill with 7-Up.
Six Flavor Punch
Six Flavor Punch
- 3 pkg. cherry Kool-aid
- 2 pkg. strawberry Kool-aid
- 1 pkg. black cherry Kool-aid
- 2 pkg. lemon grape Kool-aid
- 8 cups sugar
- 9 quarts water
- 2-12 ounce cans frozen orange juice
- 2-12 ounce cans frozen lemonade
- 4 quarts 7-Up
- Combine everything in a large pan and chill then serve in a punch bowl.
- These are great refreshing drinks for a party.
Four Fruit Freeze Slush
Four Fruit Freeze Slush
- 1-12- ounce can apricot nectar
- 1-3/4 cups pineapple juice
- 1-6- ounce can of frozen orange juice (thawed)
- 1-6- ounce can frozen lemonade (thawed)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups milk
- 1- quart chilled ginger ale
- Mix the juices and sugar, then stir in the milk.
- Freeze in ice cube trays until they freeze to a mushy texture.
- Divide into 4 tall glasses, and fill with ginger ale.
- Garnish with orange slices and maraschino cherries. Yummy!
Almond Punch For a Party
Almond Punch For a Party
- 5-3/4 cups sugar
- 2 gallons of water
- 2-6- ounce cans frozen juice (thawed)
- Juice of 3 lemons
- 1-1/2 tablespoons vanilla
- 1-1/2 tablespoons almond extract
- 1- ounce citric acid (get at a pharmacy or health food store)
- Combine all of the ingredients and serve in a punch bowl.
- This makes two gallons of pure bliss!
Creamy Dreamy Orange Drink
Creamy Dreamy Orange Drink
- 1/3 cup frozen orange juice (slightly thawed)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 5-8 ice cubes
- Combine in a blender. Makes 3 cups.
Ice Cream Punch
Ice Cream Punch
- 2 large cans of cold fruit punch (46 ounces each)
- 2 liters of cold 7-Up or Sprite
- 1/2 gallon of your favorite ice cream or sherbet (my favorite is strawberry)
- Use large punch bowl, pour the fruit punch and soda in the bowl.
- Add the ice cream at the last minute.
- I like to buy the rectangle cartons of ice cream or sherbet because you can just open
- the ends and cut the ice cream into sections to stir into the 7-Up or Sprite.
- This recipe looks like you spent hours making the punch. It’s a favorite at every party.
Very Simple Water
Very Simple Water
- 4 quarts cold water
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon citric acid (found at a pharmacy or health food store)
- 1 tablespoon lemon extract
- Mix everything together and pour over ice in a punch bowl.
- Next place thinly sliced lemons on top of the drink. This drink is light and refreshing.
I like to freeze my refreshing drinks in a metal 9 by 13-inch pans because they seem to break up easier with a spoon. Here’s the one I have: Nordic Ware Classic Metal 9×13 Covered Cake Pan. Here is an ice cube tray if you need one: The Best Ice Cube Trays You Will Ever Own! Elbee Silicone Ice Tray 15 Cube Set of 2. Let me know what you are taking to your family reunions if you have one this year. I love to hear new ideas from my readers.
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CURRENT EVENTS AND BIBLE PROPHECY
– PREPPED & AWARE!
This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.
But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near! Luke 21:28 HCSB
Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here. However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come! Stay Alert!
IN THIS WEEK’S WW:
- John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Decisions, Decisions – 6/10/18
- Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy – June 8, 2018
- Amir Tsarfati – Middle East Current Events Update, June 10, 2018.
- JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – Volcanic Eruptions – June 10, 2018
- Calvary Melbourne Australia – NASRALLAH THREATENS ISRAEL– 6/10/18
- Mark Correll – Prophecy in Today’s News – 6/7/18
- Jason A –Science Can’t Explain This! (2018-2019)
John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Decisions, Decisions – 6/10/18
Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy – June 8, 2018
Amir Tsarfati – Middle East Current Events Update, June 10, 2018
JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – Volcanic Eruptions – June 10, 2018
Calvary Melbourne Australia – NASRALLAH THREATENS ISRAEL– 6/10/18
Mark Correll – Prophecy in Today’s News – 6/7/18
Jason A –Science Can’t Explain This! (2018-2019)
…Finally Back Home… It’s been exactly a year since I began the job that took me across America, into the backest back roads, up mountains, down valleys, and across rivers, up the west coast from Mexico to Canada, down across the entire western tier of states, all around the parts of Texas I grew up […]
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The Russian military is building a massive cloud which will serve as backup internet in the event of a war. The cloud will be ready in two years and will allow Russia to survive in wartime, even they are totally disconnected…
This new move is part of the country’s ongoing modernization drive, reported The Daily Mail. The intent is for Russia to survive during a major world war, one in which they’d be cut off from everyone else. The “war cloud” will connect to the Russian military’s vast internal network.
President Vladimir Putin’s top IT adviser Herman Klimenko has previously stated that during wartime the country could run on the military’s pre-existing internal network – called the Closed Transfer Segment. “Technically, we are ready for any action now,” he told Russian TV station NTV back in March.
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Review – IP68 Waterproof iPhone 7 Case As an owner of both Lifeproof and Otterbox cases, I have a little bit of real world experience when it comes to waterproof cases for the iPhone. The Read More …
This PDF is called Poisoning and Universal Antidote, I don’t know the author and I would take this document with a grain of salt. If this is something you are thinking about trying please discuss it with your doctor. I know that activated charcoal is used in the emergency treatment of certain kinds of poisoning. It helps prevent the poison from being absorbed from the stomach into the body. Sometimes, several doses of activated charcoal are needed to treat severe poisoning. I also know that there are studies that suggest plain activated charcoal is more effective that the “universal antidote”.
We have traded notes on this before….
When a pistol without a mechanical safety is involved in an unintentional firing, how can we distinguish between “accidental” and “negligent?’
I have read someplace a semantic distinction between the two, but if something as simple and common sense as a safety is left off a semiautomatic pistol, why try to make a distinction between accidental and negligent?
My argument, going over hard toward the value of a true safety on such guns, is that excluding a manual safety from the design of a pistol is itself negligent—it leaves the owner no option for engaging that additional measure of caution when handling their pistol.*
Of course, if the pistol user then does not engage the safety when it is on the gun, that is an actual act of negligence on his or her part, just as leaving the pistol where unauthorized people might get their hands on it is negligent.
I suspect that people who like pistols that do not include a manual safety like the fact that it is “ready to fire” instantaneously when they draw the weapon. That suggests that maybe they anticipate being in some kind of “quick draw” shootout! But can anyone point to instances where the amount of time it might take to disengage a safety made the difference between winning and losing a gunfight?
*By the way, the inclusion of what some call a “trigger safety” in a design is not really a safety, it is merely a bit more trigger to be pulled before the pistol discharges.
Thanks for your email. You touch upon some of the most important and maybe most misunderstood concepts regarding armed self-defense.
On gun designs and safeties, these three pistols, none of them have a manual safety.
The HK USP Compact 9mm is set to decocker only from the factory, this is how it’s issued to several police and military across Europe (notice the spurred hammer, unlike the American version with the bobbed hammer). The P7 features a built-in cocking lever located at the front of the grip which is automatically pressed when you grip the gun. These three are all excellent fighting guns, arguably some of the best ever made. What they all have in common? All three will fire if there’s a round in the chamber. There’s no manual safety to mess things up.
Regarding the difference between negligence and accidental discharge.
By definition negligence means “failure to exercise the care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in like circumstances”.
Accident on the other hand is “an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance” or “lack of intention or necessity”.
A person playing with a gun, pointing it at people’s faces and saying “don’t worry, its not loaded”. That’s negligence. A person shooting with someone downrange, also negligence, no matter how good of a shot you think you are. Basically negligence would be a willful disregard for basic gun safety rules. You know you are doing something wrong yet you choose to do it anyway.
An accident on the other hand is what happens in spite of your best efforts to be safe. This, this can happen to anyone. Shooting a quick follow up shot without the intention of doing so because of a poor grip, finger tension and/or recoil. Pulling the trigger on a gun, believing it to be empty when in fact its not. These would all fall under understandable human error.
Why is it important to tell the difference? Because negligence simply isn’t acceptable, period. But an accident, that can happen to anyone no matter how careful you are. If we believe that all accidental discharges are negligence then we are tempted to believe that ourselves, not being negligent people, are immune to accidental discharges also. Not true. If you shoot enough, sooner or later you will make a mistake, or something will fail, or you will get distracted, or you’ll swear you emptied that gun even if you completely forgot you chambered a round right after safety checking. The difference is that accidents will rarely involve breaking all safety rules at the same time, and even though you may unintentionally break one, as long as one of them remains a tragedy can be avoided.
As for safeties, I believe that today there’s no need for them, at least not in modern fighting autos. In fact I believe they create a false sense of security trusting the safety. God knows theres been plenty of tragedies involving guns with manual safeties.
Technically speaking they did have an important role in early auto pistols when guns such as the 1911 or Browning Hi Power were single action only, or because guns lacked better safety mechanisms and could fire accidentally if dropped or knocked. Keep in mind that no one ever accused a revolver of needing a safety. You may think “oh! But that long DA trigger pull in the revolver is safer…”. Well, my Manurhin MR73 is probably the finest combat revolver ever made and it has a rather short and crisp double action, perfect for a combat gun. Anything that would get caught in the trigger of a Glock and cause an AD would likely do so in a MR73 as well, or any finely tuned S&W or Colt with a good trigger job. At the end of the day after studying accidents year after year what I have learned is that guns shoot when someone pulls the trigger in one way or another. Most often it as simple as that. Sometimes defective gear (a bad holster) or poor safety practices (carrying a gun loose in a purse, or appendix carry in my opinion) can cause accidents to be more likely. A tshirt gets caught in the trigger and bending over a gun carried AIWB puts enough pressure to cause it to fire, for example.
I know of an AD involving a Glock and a leather holster that had deformed in such a way that the lip of the holster caught the trigger of the Glock as it was being reholstered. At the end of the day, theres still a trigger being pulled. The same would have happened with a revolver.
Regarding your last question I can say yes! Safeties do kill people all the time! I’m reading a Spanish book about police shootings called “En la Linea de Fuego: La Realidad de los Enfrentamientos Armados” (In the Line of Fire: The Reality of Gun Fights) . The book studies several officer-involved shootings in detail. You would be surprised by how often trained police officers forget to disengage the safety or forget to chamber a round. In many of these incidents they did have to draw as quick as possible, often doing so when already being shot at, more often than not it seems shooting single handed. There’s a youtube channel called Active Self Protection. They show footage of actual gun fights caught in video. There you see that this happens all the time. Gunfights start in fractions of a second, often catching the victim by surprise. People forget safeties, forget they have empty chambers and they often shoot one handed, sometimes keeping the attacker away with the other.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”
Hillary Clinton seems to be literally falling apart before the eyes of the world. The former first lady looked so bad during a trip to Australia in early May that The Daily Mail speculated she was on the point of collapse.
Clinton looked visibly aged, overwrought, overweight, and tired in photos of a book tour in Melbourne and Sydney. She appeared to be wearing a wig and a great deal of makeup. Clinton also covered her eyes with dark sunglasses.
Another intriguing question is why was Clinton wearing a heavy blue jacket and a scarf on a sunny day in Australia? Moreover, The Mail noted she was wearing the same outfit seen in public appearances in much colder New York City. Clinton has been wearing heavy jackets at all her public appearances.
Mail writers speculated that Mrs. Clinton might be wearing a back brace. Some people have reinforced such speculation by claiming to have spotted a brace under her jacket.
The failed Democratic presidential candidate reportedly suffered a fall in a bathtub during a trip to India earlier this year. Clinton was x-rayed and underwent a CT scan after that incident. Also, Clinton fell during a visit to the Jahaz Mahal Palace but was caught by Secret Service agents.
Is Bill Melting Down Too?
Hillary is not the only Clinton who is collapsing in public. Former President Bill Clinton (D-Arkansas) underwent what observers called a “meltdown” on The Today Show. Even a major liberal newspaper, The Washington Post, found Bill’s interview full of lies.
Bill claimed he left the White House $16 million in debt and confessed to an affair with Monica Lewinsky. Nevertheless, The Washington Post noted that the ex-president exaggerated some of the claims he made – including boasts about the number of women he hired.
The Post noted that the Clintons’ income was $16 million in 2001 after Bill left office. That income included $8 million Hillary was paid from a book deal and $125,000 Bill received for each speech he gave. The Washington Post Fact Checker gave Bill three out of five Pinocchios for lying.
Clinton also claimed to have apologized to “everybody in the world.” Daily Beast writer Erin Gloria Ryan wrote that she was not able to find any reports of Bill apologizing to Lewinsky. Ryan was so disgusted by Clinton’s behavior on The Today Show that she called it “shocking.”
Are The Clintons Faking Mental Illness?
Cynics will wonder if both Clintons are faking mental illness or dementia in an attempt to avoid prosecution or legal problems.
The Department of Justice’s Inspector General plans to release a report on the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign on June 14, Politco reported. Inspector General Michael Horowitz confirmed the date in a letter to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
Bill might be afraid of prosecution or legal action over his past sexual escapades. The former President might fear that he will be investigated and prosecuted like comedy legend Bill Cosby was. A jury convicted Cosby of sexual assault on April 26, 2018.
In addition, members of the Me Too Movement have decidedly targeted Bill Clinton. The organization is attacking male public figures accused of sexual assault and the abuse of women. Me Too attacks also preceded Cosby’s prosecution.
Faking mental illness or dementia might not help the Clintons. A variety of age-related health problems, including blindness, did not stop a jury from convicting Cosby.
The Clintons might be considering such a mental illness or dementia defense because even the liberal media seems to have turned on them. Alternatively, they might simply be falling apart under the pressure of the Me Too movement and the media spotlight.
You may also enjoy reading an additional Off The Grid News article: Why Do Hillary Clinton and Sonia Sotomayor Keep Falling Down?
What are your thoughts about Bill and Hillary Clinton actually faking mental illness? Let us know in the comments below.
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Monsanto, perhaps America’s most hated corporate name, is about to disappear. Nonetheless, its toxic legacy will live on.
The name will disappear after the German conglomerate Bayer takes ownership of the St. Louis based agribusiness concern. Bayer bought Monsanto for $63 billion on June 7 after two years of negotiations with European Union regulators, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Furthermore, Bayer will keep operating Monsanto and make all of its products, including Roundup, but will drop the name. It is easy to see why Bayer is dropping the name: Monsanto has been controversial for decades. It manufactured the notorious herbicide Agent Orange that poisoned both U.S. troops and civilians during the Vietnam War. More recently, the company has been a major producer of genetically modified (GMO) seeds and many have accused them of selling cancer-causing products.
Roundup Maker To Get New Name
Monsanto’s most controversial product is the weed-killer Roundup, which many lawsuits have accused of causing cancer. DeWayne Johnson developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) after spraying Roundup for three years while working as a groundskeeper at a school district in California, Mother Earth News reported. By January 2018, Johnson’s body was covered with lesions and he could no longer speak.
Monsanto suppressed studies that exposed Roundup’s cancer risks, as Johnson’s lawyers have charged. The trial in Johnson’s case is supposed to begin on June 18 in San Francisco, just in time for Bayer to get an introduction to American courts. “The internal correspondence noted by Johnson could support a jury finding that Monsanto has long been aware of the risk that its glyphosate-based herbicides are carcinogenic,” Judge Curtis Karnow wrote in an opinion on the case. He further stated, “But has continuously sought to influence the scientific literature to prevent its internal concerns from reaching the public sphere and to bolster its defenses in products liability actions.”
Lawsuit Claims Monsanto Made Roundup More Toxic
Johnson’s case will be the first Roundup lawsuit to go to trial, The Guardian reported. Moreover, around 4,000 people are suing Monsanto over Roundup in the United States. Legal experts think that if Johnson’s lawsuit succeeds it will open the floodgates for a torrent of lawsuits against Monsanto and Bayer. Johnson’s attorneys are alleging that Monsanto’s formula for Roundup was even more toxic than glyphosate alone. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization, classified glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, as a probable human carcinogen in 2015.
Beyond the plans to drop the name, Bayer’s plans for Monsanto are not clear. The Post-Dispatch speculated Bayer may sell off some of Monsanto’s businesses to the German chemical company BASF. The name Monsanto will probably vanish after the BASF transactions are complete. News stories did not say whether Bayer will sell Roundup or stop making it. Monsanto employs around 5,400 people in St. Louis, and the fate of their jobs is unknown. Analysts have found that another Monsanto weed killer, dicamba, has damaged millions of acres of crops, The Post-Dispatch reported. Dicamba is supposed to kill “Roundup-resistant super weeds,” but it is apparently too powerful.
Carcinogenic Herbicides Are What’s For Dinner
Almost every American might be in danger from Roundup. Researchers have detected the herbicide’s active ingredient in many of the foods on supermarket shelves. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had trouble finding foods that companies had not contaminated with glyphosate, The Guardian reported. FDA scientists found glyphosate in almost every food they tested. “I have brought wheat crackers, granola cereal, and cornmeal from home and there’s a fair amount in all of them,” FDA chemist Richard Thompson wrote in an email obtained by The Guardian. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had a plan to start testing foods for glyphosate but dropped it in 2017.
It is unlikely that major corporations will put away glyphosate even if Monsanto disappears and Bayer stops marketing Roundup. Since American farmers use 200 million pounds of the weed killer every year, somebody else would have a strong incentive to sell a similar glyphosate herbicide. The best way to protect your family from glyphosate is to grow as much of your own food as possible with heirloom seeds and organic methods. If that is impossible, buy non-GMO products and try to buy food from organic family farmers.
You may also enjoy reading an additional Off The Grid News article: Monsanto Finally Admits What We All Suspected About Roundup & Cancer
What do you think about Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto? Let us know in the comments below.
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If you’re like me, a lot of your prepping is for end-of-the-world events, but I recently learned how my post-apocalyptic plans can help with smaller emergencies, too.… Read the rest
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The Trump administration has blamed the Russian government for a series of cyber attacks targeting American and European nuclear power plants and other critical utilities dating back at least two years – raising fears that the Kremlin could disrupt the West’s critical infrastructure in the event of a conflict.
The hackers also targeted the overall energy sector, along with commercial facilities, aviation, manufacturing and the water supply, according to a U.S. security alert published Thursday.
The Department of Homeland Security and FBI said in the alert that a “multi-stage intrusion campaign by Russian government cyber actors” had targeted the networks of small commercial facilities “where they staged malware, conducted spear phishing, and gained remote access into energy sector networks.” The alert did not name facilities or companies targeted. –Reuters
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Have you noticed? There’s a Great Divide in America, perhaps as extreme as it has been since Civil War I. There’s little or no civil discourse about it. There’s no discussion about it, except, “You’re and idiot!” You all know what I’m talking about, because it has seemingly affected everyone… The great political divide. But it goes beyond political. It’s more of an outlook on life. Core belief stuff… It touches on many things. I don’t like to label it as left vs. right, but that’s easiest I suppose. Short one syllable words. However it’s more complicated than that.
“Brownells’ YouTube channel has been terminated without warning or notice,” Brownells’ Twitter account stated.
The 80-year-old gun supplies company reached out to followers on social media, asking them to contact Google, which owns YouTube, about the move.
“If you’re opposed to the attacks on our communitys 1st & 2nd Amendment rights, please contact Google,” Brownells said.
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Communications can be disrupted during natural disasters and other emergencies. When phone lines and mobile communications are unavailable, consider having a backup. Here’s a look at how walkie-talkies can help. […]
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‘Tis the season to gather up some yarrow. Yes, Ready Nutrition Readers! Let’s delve into it and see what this article’s herbal focus has to offer. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is an aromatic perennial herb found primarily in Western North America. If you can’t find it in your home state, you can easily obtain it in a store selling herbs or naturopathic supplements.
If you can find it in your state, you’re in luck! You’ll be able to gather it for free. Yarrow is a multipurpose medicinal herb and has been used for many thousands of years. Yarrow can be used to treat:
- ear infections
- bug bites
Yarrow treatments can be made in the form of a tea and then wiped on as an astringent or applying the leaves directly to the afflicted area.
Taken internally as a tea, it can be used against fever, diarrhea, and colds. The herb should not be used in people subject to excessive clotting in the blood, or with pregnant women and nursing mothers. The really great value in yarrow, however, is not with all of these, but with its styptic properties: it stops bleeding.
It derives its name from the Greek warrior-hero Achilles, who it was said stopped bleeding of fellow warriors and saved many lives with the application of this plant to the wound. Yarrow contains an alkaloid that is named achilleine that has been proven in lab experiments to reduce clotting time in blood.
The leaves resemble ferns. When it is in the flower, the flowers are small and white-petaled with a yellow center that grows in clusters. So, here’s what you do:
Gather your herb, taking care to not take everything from a given area…leave the hardiest plants to propagate and replenish the area. You can string them together in the manner of a “bouquet” of about 3 to 5 plants, either tied off or rubber-banded together. It’s the leaves you’re after. Take these bunches, and hang them in the sun from a wire coat hanger.
In this manner, it’s easy to string about 4 to 5 bundles on a coat hanger. Then just wait to dry the herb, and “screed” the leaves or pluck them off and store them in a jar, plastic bag, or whatever you choose. Voila! Instant first-aid quick clot right from the ground! Learn to spot it, harvest it, and use it. This is not to say abandon the quick clot or any of your first-aid gear. On the contrary: this supplements that gear. It is also excellent training for the time when there may not be a happy Wal-Mart or other smiling, overpriced survival store to buy happy quick clot.
Tote some of this with you and learn to use it as both a first-aid measure for bleeding, and do some research on the other items it covers. In this manner, you well round yourself and improve your capabilities in the field. Practice makes perfect, and you should always study to improve your knowledge and skills for yourself and others. JJ out!
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.
Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.
Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.
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As parents, we want to protect our children from harm. It’s in our DNA. So we diligently prepare for possible emergencies, and we educate ourselves on how to survive them. Teaching your children to rely on you is a good thing, but we can’t possibly be with them at all times. Would your kids know […]
Many people don’t realize that the ultra-fine nature of volcanic ash means that it can travel for hundreds to thousands of miles fairly quickly. Now it is a good time to think about how you will survive a volcanic eruption, or the fallout from one like Hawaii that may reach well into the west coast of the United States.