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Now, I’m going to say the word exercise, and don’t run away!

I know, I know, you’re going to say you get enough exercise every day with your job. I mean, all the stuff we do during the day, does that not count as exercise? Well for most of us no, it does not.
Now exercising is not all about weight control.

Let’s look at some reasons why we want to exercise.
1. It will help you relieve stress
2. You’ll sleep better
3. It can help you have more energy
4. Improves your memory
5. Improve posture
6. Become more confident
7. Get sick less often
8. White help you live longer
9. Make you stronger
10. Increase your endurance
11. Control your weight
12. Improve your mood
13. Help you meet new people
14. Help relieve some pain
15. Help with digestion

These are just some of the reasons why we should exercise.

Check with your doctor before you start doing any exercises. We wouldn’t want you to start having chest pains, while you’re trying to get healthy!

When we talk about exercise, it’s not all weightlifting and sit ups. There are many forms of exercise, then it can even be done from sitting in a chair.

1. Swimming
2. Yoga
3. Pilates
4. Bodyweight training
5. Resistant band training
6. Walking
7. Cycling
8. Aerobics

These are just a few of the ways to exercise. The idea is to move your body.

I know is not as cool, as running and gunning, or parkour. Let’s face the facts, that I am over 50 years of age, not in the greatest shape, and just can’t do that anymore. I know there’s a few of you out there like me.
So where do we start how do we get this going? Will start by talking to your doctor first. Then let’s start out with stretching. That creaking and cracking you’re going to hear, is not the floor! Walking has to be one of my favorites. Walk around the flea market, walk around expos, walk around antique stores. These are some of my favorite places to go where I’m indoors and in a nice climate. I can go to the bathroom and I can have a drink when I want!

A lot of these exercises you can do at home in the privacy of your own house. Get the kids involved. Get your friends and family involved. Or simply hide out with the shades drawn so nobody can see you!

You’ve got to get your body in shape if you really want to be self-reliant.

Years ago, at an expo in Kentucky, I made the comment to the crowd that the only thing they could depend on to get them out of a bad situation was their own 2 feet. As we found out during 9/11, people had to walk. There wasn’t any jumping into the bug out vehicle, and driving out. Just think about that , and if you can’t walk out, maybe you need to be able to roll yourself out!


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What kind of community member are you?

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What kind of community member are you?

Each one of us would like to think, we are the good neighbor. My question to you is, “do you really know your neighbors anymore?” Who lives next door, who lives across the street, do you know all these people?

I grew up in a small town, I kid you not, my family knew everybody on our street. If something happened to your house the neighbors were there. You started working on your car, people came over to offer assistance. We used to sit on the front porch and wave at the passing cars and talked with people that walked past.

Now days people don’t even know who lives next door to them. People don’t know who lives behind them, or across the street from them. Even people that live in apartment buildings don’t know many people that live on the same level! This is not how society should function.

Now I am not talking about liking everyone, that’s just not going to happen. But knowing our neighbors, being involved in your community, is what we should be striving for.

If the lady down the street goes to the hospital and somebody has to feed her cats, is there anybody to do it? Do you trust your neighbor enough to come in your house, and help you pick something up and move it if you can’t lift it by yourself?

We talk about self-reliance, but sometimes we can’t do everything for ourselves. We need an extra set of helping hands. Sometimes we need somebody to cheer for us, or give us some friendly advice. You never know, some person down the street might be able to teach you something, but you will never find out, if you don’t know who that person is.

In a community wide, self-reliance situation, you may not get much help, if you do not know whom the “community” are.

You should be ascertaining the assets of individuals in your area. You should be finding the strength and weaknesses in your community.

Yes “you”, should be knocking on the doors, handing out cookies, walking down the street and talking to neighbors. Get to be known as “that nice person in the neighborhood”. The one people can rely on for honesty and truth and a helping hand.
In the old days we said this person had “integrity”, this person was “okay”, and that this person was “good people”.

It may sound strange to some people. I know not everyone was raised like I was. When I come across a harvest of good vegetables, I will actually put them in bags and hang them on my neighbors doors. I can’t tell you how many friends this made. Every year I always have an oversupply of tomatoes, onions and peppers. Handing them out in my neighborhood, cracks the ice and opens quite a few doors, to make new friends.

So this year I have a challenge for you.
Go make friends in your neighborhood. It doesn’t cost anything to smile at people, and wave, and say hello. Now if you have the chance to hand out some goodies, like fresh baked bread or something home cooked, do it. Inviting neighbors over for a grill out, hot dogs are cheap. Go introduce yourself to the elderly people down the street, see if they can use a helping hand.

The more your community comes together, the better it makes your community.
The better your community is, the more self-reliant it will be.


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Reality About Survival TV

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I know the comments, I see what people write on Facebook and other social media. If they were on that survival show they did this, and they would have done that. Well that’s not always allowed! THAT is the reality about survival TV.

You see, survival TV is about making television, the wow factor, and the shock, and the drama. It has very little to do with actually teaching your survival. If you really look at the shows you’ll see that most of it is watching people fail, cheering for the underdog, or hoping that some disaster will befall people.
Drama is great TV, and by editing the footage and bringing in the commercials, they make it seem like it’s all drama! Nobody would hang around to watch if someone had a great campsite with perfect water set up and found lots of food. Then had the time to sit back after the first two days and enjoy their stay.

Here are some untold hard facts about the TV shows.

Most of the shows are not that far out in the wild. Some shows are actually filmed within hundreds of yards of vacation resorts. A lot of these shows are shot on reserves, parks, vacation spots, and other well-known areas. It has happened more than once that the contestants and crews have run into hikers, birdwatchers, and other people.

There are medical, advisers, producers, and film crews everywhere. And trust me this help scare off the game. Speaking of game, you’re not allowed to harvest certain animals.

Crews actually go in before the contestants, and remove plants, animals and food, from some areas.

Some shows you have to wear or carry a transponder. If you get too close to someone or something you are told to turn around and go back in another direction.

Sometimes they pay you to do stupid things. “We will give you X amount of dollars when you go over there and get that lizard and eat it.” Yes that really happens.

They team you up with different people to watch the conflict.

Some shows you are paid by the episodes so the faster you tap out, the less they have to pay you.

No matter how good you are they can edit the video to make you look either great or stupid.

The show comes first, your safety comes second. Yes they will take care of you if you get injured or sick and you’re there on the set. It’s after the shows over in your back home, getting sick from a disease, parasite or an illness suffered during the show that you may not be compensated for, and yes this has happened with some of the contestants.

So when you sit back in your chair and watch these television shows and you’re saying you would do this and you would do that, remember there are rules that you don’t know about, I’ve only mentioned a few here.
Suffering through problems, conflicts and drama, gets the shows their ratings and their pay better than someone who comes in and just totally does a wonderful job.

So am I saying that everything is “fake, or staged?”Absolutely not, and some good things can be learned from the shows. You have to take everything with a grain of salt, and remember you are watching television.

Real survival can only be taught to you by getting out there putting in the dirt time. You have to get out from in front of the television set, and practice.

Television and the Internet are great for piquing your interest, but when you really want to learn skills, nothing beat hands on experience. Go out and try some of the skills that you have seen. Go take a class, with a reputable school..

By Rich@AroundTheCabin.com

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The Wonderful Plant Garlic

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If I could have put one plant to grow, I believe it would be garlic.

Garlic is one of the earliest documented plans to be used by humans in the treatment of disease and to maintain health. From Neolithic times in central Asia spreading to the Middle East and North Africa in 3000 BC, garlic has been used by man. Ancient medical text from Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, and India, each prescribing medical applications of garlic. There are even biblical references to garlic, as well as garlic in the Jewish teachings and the Quran.

The wild plant of course was used first and then slowly domesticated over time, garlic has been worth its weight in gold.
Around 3000 BC, trading parties from India reached Middle East, where they introduced garlic to the Babylonians and Assyrian Empire. From these places neighboring civilizations found the plant to be useful as food seasoning, medical ingredients, and religious ingredients.

Garlic is highly nutritious but has very few calories. A 1 ounce serving of garlic contains, manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin B1, vitamin C, calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron, also contains trace amounts of various other nutrients. This includes 42 cal, with 1.8 g of protein and 9 g of carbs.

The medical uses for garlic are too many to name, the fact that garlic has been used for almost every ailment of the human body, is amazing. From cancer to insect bites, from athletes foot to heart problems, garlic has been used to treat almost any ailment you can think of.

There are a few drawbacks when soft prescribing or using garlic medicinally. Garlic especially fresh, may increase the risk of bleeding. Garlic can irritate the stomach and digestive track sometimes causing digestion problems. Garlic can lower blood pressure, people of prescription medication should be careful. And some people may be sensitive to garlic on their skin.

Garlic produces a chemical called allicin. This is what seems to make garlic work for certain conditions. Allicin also makes garlic smell. Some products are made “odorless” by aging the garlic, but this process can also make the garlic less effective.

As for using garlic and cooking, I think that stands for itself. Whether using the bulbs or the leaves, garlic is a wonderful addition to your culinary uses.

Garlic can be grown year-round in a pot right on your windowsill in your kitchen. I believe the fresh garlic is always better than aged garlic. I myself prefer wild garlic to the grocery store variety.

Yes, if I could grow but one plant, it would be garlic. The flavor, the culinary uses, and the medical benefits, outweigh that of any other plant that I know of.

By Rich Beresford

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Roasted Possum

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Roasted Possum

Remove as much hair and fat as possible from the animal after he is skinned. Also, they can be soaked in salt water or vinegar water in the cellar overnight before cooking, or if you are fortunate enough to have an icebox, that will work too. You can simmer him for a spell in water with salt and pepper before cooking. Simmer until meat begins to become tender.

Since the meat does have a “different” flavor, you may wish to serve it with sauerkraut, sweet-sour red cabbage, radishes, barbecue sauce, A-1 Steak Sauce, Tabasco Sauce, etc. Possum don’t taste nothin’ like chicken.

1 skinned and dressed possum cut-up
3 cups sliced carrots
6 cups onions, quartered
6 cups potatoes, quartered
1 clove garlic minced
1 can cream of mushroom or celery soup
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 cups water
Salt and pepper

Note: Ramps can be substituted for onions.

Brown possum in a little grease in an ovenproof iron pot then remove pieces. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot. Arrange possum artfully on top. Bake covered at 350 degrees F for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

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Herbal remedies, You might be doing them wrong.

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I’ve been using herbs all my life, as most of you have. Herbs are such a big part of our life we actually don’t think about them most the time. But the herbs I want talk to you about today deal with our healthcare.

Because of the rising cost in healthcare, or the man-made medicines that people don’t trust, or many other reasons, natural remedies are making a comeback.

One can get overwhelmed with the amount of natural remedies out there on the market. Most people would like to be able to raise their own herbs to treat their families. And for some people such as myself, gathering wild herbs is not only fun, but also very cost-effective.

The largest problem I see with herbal remedies is people trying to gather too many herbs. Instead of gathering 100 herbs to treat one ailment each, I suggest focusing on 10 to 20 herbs to treat multiple symptoms.

Knowing your own body and the loved ones you intend to treat, should come before any herbs are gathered. Finding what herbs work for you and your symptoms, is going to be trial and error that only you can do. Just because someone says some herb is a good one to use, does not mean that you are not allergic to it, or said herb will not respond to your body’s needs.

I do not believe that there is a list of herbs that everyone must have, or even one herb that everyone should use. Everyone’s body is different, what herbs works for me, may not work for you. Your herbal remedies should be very personal.

I’m going to give you one example of an herb that is very pronounced across the world. It is used for a food crop for both animals and humans. It is simple to gather, is probably in your yard, and most people overlook this herb.

Clover is nutritious and relatively high in protein content. Some Clover are high in vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, chromium, phosphorous, potassium, niacin, and the list goes on.

Some of the common uses and health benefits of clover are:

White and red clovers are considered to be blood purifiers. Thus, they can be used to promote the health of the liver and the digestive system.

White clover is also sought after for its effectiveness in healing respiratory ailments. A tea brewed from young clover leaves and blossoms is said to be a good expectorant and reduces the spasm brought on by whooping cough. It is believed to be anti-asthmatic in nature.

The phytoestrogens in red clover account for its popularity as a natural remedy to alleviate menopausal symptoms.

Being a rich source of many minerals, clover is believed to aid in the proper hormonal functioning of the glands in the human body.

The calcium and magnesium content in clover help to relax the nervous system.

Clover is also believed to promote flow of lymph and improve the immunity of the body.

Clover is considered to be a diuretic and thus reduces inflammation in cases of gout. Owing to its alterative and antispasmodic properties, red clover promotes muscle relaxation and can allay cramps and aches. White clover is also considered to be effective in reducing inflammations due to arthritis. It also decongests the salivary glands and reduces ocular inflammations.

Clover is said to be beneficial in treating skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema. In fact, red clover plant is often used for the treatment of various skin ailments.

Clover is said to be a cancer-fighting agent and finds use in alternative medicine for the management of certain cancers such as breast and ovarian cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases.

Red clover is rich in coumarins that are chemical compounds with anti-coagulant properties. Hence, this herb offers protection against heart disease. It thins the blood and does not allow plaque to build up on the walls of the arteries.

Headaches, nausea, and fatigue are some general side effects caused due to excess consumption of clover. Its high concentration of estrogen can also upset hormonal balance in women. Any medication using this herb needs to be administered under the supervision of a medical practitioner.

As I said before, your herbal remedies have to be very personal. As you can read by the list above, Clover as one herb has a multitude of uses.

Will some or all of those uses work for you? This is something only you as an individual, can find out. Some herbs will work better for you than others for different ailments.

Rich@ATC 10/22/2017

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Making potable water from floodwater…NO

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As I sit down to write this article, the United States is still reeling from a double hit from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
On top of that, Hurricane José still may be a threat to the northeast of the United States at this time.

I see a lot of talk about purifying water to drink from floodwater. It upsets me to see some of the questions and answers that I have read, and some of the advice that has been given.

People have ideas that they come up with, to treat floodwater, for making it potable. Suggestions I have read include, boiling the water, distilling the water and filtering the water.
In this article I hope to point out to you, why I disagree with these methods, for the average person.

Those that know me understand that I am a big supporter of filters such as Sawyer water filters. I personally have drunk out of many bodies of water, and my idea of taking care of water is to boil and filter for most of my situations. ALWAYS get you water from the cleanest source you can find!

However, floodwater is a different ballgame. Floodwater contains many different things depending on where the flood occurred:
If the flood was in a city where you would have gasoline, oil, human waste, dirt or rotten food,
If the flooding were in a place such as Japan, with Fukushima, you may have flooded radioactive waste,
Floodwater from farms and fields may have pesticides and herbicides fertilizer and waste from animals.

All of these floodwaters can have roadway contaminants, bacteria, heavy metals, herbicides, rusty pipes, products from households and industrial buildings or automobiles that have been flooded.

To remove all of these products from your water a simple boiling a simple distillation or simple filtering will not work.

Testing is done on most floodwaters, in most floodwaters they have found the following list:
human and animal waste
To name a few contaminants…and the list goes on.

Most filters that are bought on the market that are available to the average person, at a reasonable amount, will not remove all of these products.

Boiling water will kill the bacteria, but will not remove pesticides and other chemicals.

Distilling the water will remove a lot of the heavy metals but still some things such as gas and certain oils will evaporate and re-condensed with the water.

There are larger machines out there that can be purchased for very high dollars that will remove 99% of these contaminants from floodwater. These machines are normally bought by cities and rescue organizations because of their cost, not the average person.

What I’m trying to say in this article is that your best defense for having drinkable water in a flood is to have bottled water in advance. That also means being able to move that bottle water to keep it out of the flood, so that the bottles themselves, do not become contaminated on the outside.

This is why I suggest that people have cases (multiple) of bottled water from 8 ounces up to 32 ounce sizes in their homes. I suggest these sizes, because the cases can be broken down, and the bottles can be moved individually. Smaller bottles can be handed easier than a 1 gallon container.

You have to be able to physically move the cases of water with you. If you have water stored in 55 gallon drums you’re not going to pick it up and move it to your roof. You’re also probably not going to pick up a 55 gallon drum of water, and move it to your truck or vehicle to take it with you.

Preparing yourself and your loved ones in advance, is a major key for survival.

The old saying is “You can survive for three days without water.”
Here’s a test.. Go 10 hours without a drink and let me know how you feel, sitting comfortably in your home, in your air-conditioning.
After you’ve done this test, think about what you would have to do in an emergency situation. The activity would have to perform, and the stress you would be under.
After you test yourself, could you imagine making your children go without something to drink for that time?

Think about this:
If sick or overheated, an infant can die within a few hours. A child or small adult can be overcome in 12 hours. The average adult can die within 24 to 36.
Three days without water, only applies if you are not moving around, in comfortable surroundings and not under stress or sickness.
An adult in comfortable surroundings in contrast can survive for a week or more with no or very limited water intake, as long as they are in good health, and not exerting themselves. But in no way will it be enjoyable.

So my advice to you, is to have multiple cases of water on hand. This way in the event of a hurricane, tornado or other disaster, you will have clean drinking water readily available.
Storing water in larger containers from 1 gallon and up is a good idea, but being able to transport them is questionable.

In a survival situation you may have to move. Drinkable water is a survival item you must have.


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Oak Bark

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The Oak has a long history of being a sacred tree, especially to the Druids.
The bark was not only used medicinally but also to tan leather and to add flavoring to smoked fish.
Oak lumber was formerly used to build naval fleets of European nations. Whole forests were cleared to meet the demands of shipbuilders.
Oak bark has been used since the time of the Aztec empire as an effective remedy for diarrhea.
Acorns were a staple food for Native Americans, and also sustained many wild animals during the winter.
Many cultures have used decoctions from the bark to treat sore throats, coughs, and other respiratory problems.

How can it help us?
heals wounds
stops bleeding

What makes the bark so good?
tannins (15-20% including quercitannic acid, phlobatammin, ellagitannins, and gallic acid).

The outer bark, leaves, inner bark, seeds (acorn) and seed cups are also sometimes used.

NOTE: Over 600 species world wide.

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Stinging Nettle

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Stinging Nettle, plant of many uses.

For many wild food and medicinal foragers alike, Stinging Nettle really has no equal and is one of the many native super foods.

Despite this nettle is most famed and often dislikes for the irritating sting that is appropriate for his name. The leaves and stems are covered with hair like spines that can penetrate the skin. These spines subsequently break off releasing a cocktail of chemicals. The stings are easily disabled in processing by crushing, steaming, boiling or soaking. My advice to you, wear gloves while collecting stinging nettle, you should be okay.

Stinging nettle can be found on almost any waste grounds, country roads or long hedges in and around the city or country. If you cut a patch of stinging nettle back to the ground it will grow back thick and strong within days during the growing season. Stinging nettle has creeping rhizomes which are very hard to contain, unless you replant it in a container.

Stinging Nettle has been used for food, fuel, medicine, and for making things for the household such as sheets and tablecloth. Romans used nettle to thrash themselves, knowing that the rush of blood would provide relief from cold conditions. In World War II the Germans had uniforms made and spun from nettle fiber. Nettle makes fiber that is stronger than linen, and once washed a few times, becomes very soft. As a fuel, any plant matter left over from other processing can be turned into a bio fuel.

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Goats will eat fresh nettle seemingly unaffected by their stinging. Cattle have been fed dry nettle to help improve milk production. Chickens also seem to benefit from dried or boiled or mashed nettle to their diet. Feeding dried nettle to your horses helps improve digestion trouble.

Try hanging a bunch of nettle in your kitchen to dry for infusions, you will have the added benefit of deterring flies! You can also make paper from the nettle fibers!

As a food crop, stinging nettle contains high levels of vitamin C, iron, vitamin A, potassium and trace minerals and proteins. After mid June however, some nettle become grainy, having developed a high level of oxalate crystals.

Medicinally an infusion of stinging nettle is very cleansing and so will improve all kinds of skin conditions. Also widely used and associated with a sluggish, body system. Nettle is used to clean out many toxins that accumulated over the winter. Stinging nettle has been used to clean the liver and blood, help relieve gout, arthritis, rheumatism, and kidney stones.

I should also mention that stinging nettle leaves provide you a green dye, and the roots provide you a yellow dye!

From food and medicine, to so much more, stinging nettle is a wonderful plan to have on your property or in your garden.

I hope you will explore more of stinging nettle and bring this wonderful plant, into your life and into your home.

Written by Rich – ATC 7/5/2015.

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MASSH, the tool you need, to Survive

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The MASSH is created out of a solid piece of 3/16 mild steel, heat treated with a Rockwell between 48-52. The tool is 22 inches long and two pounds in weight. The MASSH is a fixed blade with no moving parts. It has a Machete Edge, Axe Edge, Shovel Edge with a convenient boot notch, Hammer head, Cross hatch saw that doubles as a rasp for making saw dust/wood shavings for ease of fire starting. This Survival Tool also has a Fire barring, for easier mechanical fire starting. A quick clip Carebeaner hole and the handle is wrapped with 550 parachute cord and includes a thumb grip for ease of use.

The MASSH is a great all around tool for hunting, camping, hiking, any out door activities including the dooms day preppers. Keep this survival tool on your back pack, in your camper, strapped to your side and it will replace your axe, hatchet, shovel & machete etc.

The MASSH is a great tool for a survival situation. It will handle all of your needs such as cutting, chopping, digging, making traps, constructing shelters, building fires, creating tinder, & splitting wood etc.

What can you use the MASSH for:

Using the shovel to dig your car out from snow.
Start a fire.
Create a snow shelter.
Dig a cat hole.
Divert water
Clear brush
Cut down trees
Secure your tie off
Create wood shavings to make a fire
Dig a hole
Making a Dead Fall trap
Create notches for any type of trap.
Grappling hook
When your up the creek without a paddle, use the MASSH
Brush hook
Home gardening
Removing roots
Tying up a boat
Creating a clothes line
Binding meat to a back rack pack
Fishing line
Prying tool
Construct a floating raft
Build a shelter

Mild steel was used in creation of the tool to bend and reduce chipping. It’s the same reason you don’t hit two hammers together. I provided 550 parachute cord for the handle for multiple functions.

What can you use parachute cord for?

Strip it down, take small cords for fishing line
Mending clothing
Quick build for shelters
Tying boats or rafts
Anchor line
Clothes line

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Horehound (Marrubium vulgare L. ),
commonly known as white horehound, is a European native of the Lamiaceae or mint family. Other names for this ancient remedy include hounds bane, marrubium, eye of the star, a seed of Horus, marvel, bulls’ blood, and hounds bane.

Horehound is a garden mint with green and white leaves and a distinctively bitter taste. It is native to Asia and Europe. Horehound is a hardy perennial that has naturalized in North America. Although the herb grows in a wide range of climates, the best quality is grown in desert heat, but it may be found in sunny, wayside places, thriving even in poor, dry soil.

The common name horehound comes from the Old English words har and hune, meaning downy plant. This descriptive name refers to the white hairs that give this herb its distinctive hoary appearance.

Another suggested derivation is the name of the Egyptian god of sky and light, Horus. Horehound is one of the oldest known cough remedies. It was one of the herbs in the medicine chests of the Egyptian pharaohs. In Roman times, Caesar’s antidote for poison included horehound. The generic name is believed to be derived from the Hebrew word marrob, meaning bitter juice. Horehound is one of the bitter herbs used in the Jewish Passover rites. Throughout its long history, white horehound has been valued not only as a folk remedy for coughs and congested lungs.


Recorded mention of horehound began in the first century in ancient Rome. In his manual of medicine, Roman medical writer A. Cornelius Celsus, described antiseptic uses as well as treatments for respiratory ailments using horehound juice. In his book, “On Agriculture,” first-century agriculturist Lucius Columella detailed how to use of horehound for various farm animal ailments such as ulcers, worms, and scabs. In the second century, the noted physician Galen also recommended using horehound to relieve coughing and to support respiratory health.

In his 1597 book on the history of plants and their uses, the respected British herbalist John Gerard recommended horehound as an antidote to poison and a syrup of horehound for those with respiratory problems. English physician Nicholas Culpeper echoed Gerard’s promotion of horehound in his 1652 book for physicians, stating, “There is a syrup made of this plant which I would recommend as an excellent help to evacuate tough phlegm and cold rheum from the lungs of aged persons, especially those who are asthmatic and short-winded.”


White horehound is used for digestion problems including loss of appetite, indigestion, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, and liver and gallbladder complaints. It is also used for lung and breathing problems including a cough, whooping cough, asthma, tuberculosis, bronchitis, and swollen breathing passages.

Women use white horehound for painful menstrual periods.
People also use it for yellowed skin (jaundice), to kill parasitic worms, to cause sweating, and to increase urine production.
White horehound is sometimes applied to the skin for skin damage, ulcers, and wounds.

In manufacturing, the extracts of white horehound are used as a flavoring in foods and beverages, and as expectorant in cough syrups and lozenges. Expectorants are ingredients that make it easier to cough up phlegm.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s LIKELY UNSAFE to take white horehound by mouth during pregnancy. It might start menstruation and could cause a miscarriage.

If you are breastfeeding stick to food amounts of white horehound. There isn’t enough information about the safety of medicinal amounts.

Don’t use white horehound on the skin if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Not enough is known about the safety of topical use.

Diabetes: White horehound might lower blood sugar. Taking white horehound along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.

Heart conditions: There is some concern that white horehound might cause irregular heartbeat in people with heart problems. It’s best not to use it.

Low blood pressure: White horehound might lower blood pressure. This could cause blood pressure to go to low. White horehound should be used cautiously in people with low blood pressure or those taking medications that lower blood pressure.

Surgery: White horehound might lower blood sugar. This might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking white horehound at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.



Preparations of Horehound are still largely used as expectorant and tonics. It may, indeed, be considered one of the most popular pectoral remedies, being given with benefit for a chronic cough, asthma, and some cases of consumption.

Horehound is sometimes combined with Hyssop, Rue, Liquorice root and Marshmallow root, 1/2 oz. of each boiled in 2 pints of water, to 1 1/2 pint, strained and given in 1/2 teacupful doses, every two to three hours.

For children’s coughs and croup, it is given to advantage in the form of syrup and is a most useful medicine for children, not only for the complaints mentioned but as a tonic and a corrective of the stomach. It has quite a pleasant taste.

Taken in large doses, it acts as a gentle purgative.

The powdered leaves have also been employed as a vermifuge and the green leaves, bruised and boiled in lard, are made into an ointment which is good for wounds.

For ordinary cold, a simple infusion of Horehound (Horehound Tea) is generally sufficient in itself. The tea may be made by pouring boiling water on the fresh or dried leaves, 1 OZ. of the herb to the pint. A wineglassful may be taken three or four times a day.

Candied Horehound is best made from the fresh plant by boiling it down until the juice is extracted, then adding sugar before boiling this again, until it has become thick enough in consistency to pour into a paper case and be cut into squares when cool.
Two or three teaspoonful of the expressed juice of the herb may also be given as a dose in severe colds.

—Preparations and Dosages–fluid extract, 1/2 to 1 drachm. Syrup, 2 to 4 drachms. Solid extract, 5 to 15 grains.

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Back to Reality Prepping!

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So lately I see a lot of post on people talking about stopping prepping or doubling up on your preps. My question is why for either choice.

So let’s look at the word prepping. Prepping is nothing more than preparing for a bad time.
We as human beings have been preparing for problems, before recorded time. Putting back quantities of food and materials to either make tools, clothing or other useful items is ingrained in our very nature.

In modern day we have prepared for everything from earthquakes and floods, to super volcanoes and nuclear weapons. The host of problems that people prepare for could be anything from a simple loss of income, to the end of the world.


In reality we prepare ourselves for things every day that we don’t even think about. We put gas in our vehicles today, so we don’t have to walk tomorrow. We buy groceries so we don’t have to go out and forage for food. We buy insurance just in case. Every day we do “prepping”, and don’t realize that we are doing so.

So why is it that some people think that you need to either stop altogether, or speed things up?

Doubling up on your preparations may not be advisable. You may not have the luxury of the finances needed to achieve the outlay at one time. You may not have the space to store double your quantity at this time. The items you are looking for may not be available all at one time.

Stopping your preparations doesn’t sound like a good idea either. Would you stop paying car insurance because you haven’t had an accident in the last five years? You would not put off buying groceries because you hope you can catch food tomorrow, would you?


In reality, we are not in a race or in some sort of competition with each other. Preparing your self and your family for times of need is the responsibility of being an adult. What you prepare for is your choice. It is also up to your family how much of an investment you put into preparing, as well as the extent you’re going to go into preparations.

Preparing for your future, should be something you do while levelheaded, calm and with your immediate family. Preparations such as putting food, water and materials back is an investment. You need to have a plan and you need to think about what you’re going to be preparing for. Think of it as insurance, that you will have necessary items at times when you may not be able to gather them.

Keep your chin up!
The sky hasn’t fallen yet, the end has been near for a long time, and every generation feels like it will be the last on this planet.
So far everyone’s been wrong.


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For the love of Garlic

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Garlic contained many vital nutrients including vitamins, amino acids, and enzymes. On top of that garlic is also delicious and very healthy, for internal and external use.

Garlic contains the amino acid Allicin, that gives Garlic that potent smell from the sulfur compounds. Allicin is one of the primary components of garlic that gives it its healthy benefits.

Eating garlic raw is more beneficial than cooking garlic, if you can get past the taste. When garlic is cut or chewed and allowed exposure to the air for at least 5 to 10 minutes, the compound Allicin to fully activated. However when garlic is cooked the Allicin is inactivated and not able to produce.

Garlic contains high amounts of antioxidants
Garlic helps lower your cholesterol
Garlic is antibacterial
Garlic is antifungal
Garlic helps thin the blood
Garlic boost your immune system
Study suggests that garlic may help prevent blood clots
Garlic help lower your blood pressure
Garlic helps with joint pain, and osteoporosis
Garlic help prevents some cancer


Garlic is both immune boosting and antimicrobial meaning it can fight viral and bacterial infections. The best way to use garlic is to put it into your diet either cooked or eaten raw, garlic benefits are numerous.

Garlic used for many conditions related to the heart and blood system. Garlic has also been used to prevent certain cancers: rectal, stomach, breast, prostate, and bladder.
Garlic has also used for earaches, menstrual disorders, hepatitis, shortness of breath, liver disease, fighting numerous infections, and many skin conditions (ringworm, jock itch, athlete’s foot)
Other uses for garlic include fighting fevers, coughs, headaches, stomachache, sinus congestion, gout, joint pain, hemorrhoids, asthma, bronchitis, and a host of other treatments.

          Word of warning on garlic

Check with your doctor to see if it affects any of your medications.
Do not take garlic if you have bleeding disorders, stomach or digestive problems, low blood pressure or getting ready for surgery.
Women who are breast-feeding may want to stay away from garlic as it may change the flavor of the milk they produce.
Possibly unsafe when applying garlic to your skin may cause skin irritation and some people.
Birth control pills, taking garlic along with birth-control pills may decrease the effectiveness.
Liver medications, check with your doctor.
Medications for blood clotting, check with your doctor
Heart medications, check with your doctor

Whether store-bought or harvested from the wild, garlic is a wonderful herb for us to explore and use. The culinary uses and the health benefits are astounding. I implore you to add garlic to your healthful herbs, and learn more on its benefits and uses, on your own.

And hey, it also fight against vampires!

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Herbs for Seasonal Cleanse

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A lot of people ask about removing toxins from their bodies or a body cleanse. One of the best things you can to to help your body out is to eat foods and herbs, that are in season.

Here in the United States, we are lucky enough to receive foods from all over the world. Food is shipped in from the southern hemisphere and Europe, from Asia and the Middle East. What I try to eat is food that has been grown local, raised local, or harvested locally.

So my suggestion is to eat local and eat what is in season.

Most people also need to concentrate on drinking more water. Drinking more water helps increase blood volume, and helps to get the lymphatic fluids throughout the body moving. This will help wash your cells and clean fluids, that have built up, and aid in the removal of waste from the body. Basically, a “super flush” going on through your body.

We also want to focus on the gallbladder and the liver cleansing both of them.

Herbs that we can use to clean up the gallbladder and liver are:
yellow dock
milk thistle

These herbs are common throughout most United States and available for most of the year. There are more out there but these are the basics.

Using these herbs in teas, and leave or roots in foods, will help your body to get your blood flowing and your digestive juices moving.

Here we should also mention that you need to have your bowels moving at least once a day. Also check with your doctor before taking any of these herbs if you’re not already taking them, to check that they do not cause problems with any of your medications. (safety first)

If after all this you are still having problems check with your local natural foods store, and/or Dr. They may have a mild laxative formula that will aid you.

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Ready Network Elite Pack -The Pack

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In this video, we talk about the pack.
The Elite Ready Pack is a high quality emergency pack equipped with all of the essential gear you will need to protect yourself and your family in a major disaster or survival situation. It’s also great for camping with friends and family.

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Civil Unrest

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Are you Ready?
Be sure you have a supply of the following:

Necessary prescription medications
Food and an off grid way to cook it
Or food that requires no cooking
First aid supplies
Lighting in the event of a power outage
Sanitation supplies (in the event that the municipal water system is unusuable, this would include cleaning supplies and toilet supplies)
A way to stay warm in harsh winter weather
Over-the-counter medications and/or herbal remedies to treat illnesses at home
Survival and first aid manuals (hard copies in case the internet and power grid are down)
Alternative communications devices (such as a hand-crank radio) so that you can get updates about the outside world
Off-grid entertainment: arts and craft supplies, puzzles, games, books, crossword or word search puzzles, needlework, ect.

Now, according to some, being in a large city might not be the best thing during a disaster scenario. So if something happens that requires evacuation, you’ll want to be the first out, which means you will want to have your emergency gear easy to pack and haul out to the car without wasting time.

We will go over more details in the next video coming on Civil Unrest ….. Stay tuned!

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Goldenrod (the Solidago genus, Asteracea family) is a great plant to know.

Distinguishing Features: Long wood like stems with spiky tooth like parts which are widely-spaced, yellow flowers that grow in thick clusters.

Leaves: There can be wide variations in characteristics, but generally, goldenrod leaves are about 4 inches long and about ¾ of an inch wide, tapering to a point at the tip and narrowing at the base, with no leaf stem and small teeth around the edges. Three veins run parallel from near the base of the leaf.. The underside of the leaf is hairy, especially along the veins and the upper side has a rough texture.

Height: Most Goldenrod plants average 4 feet in height.

Habitat: There is no shortage of Goldenrod in September and October. This yellow plant can be found in moist locations, forests, fields, roadsides, compost piles, cultivated fields, and orchards throughout Canada, the U.S., and across the world.

Goldenrod is a perennial plant that is well-known for its healing properties.

The properties of goldenrod are similar to many other herbs: antifungal, diuretic, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, astringent, antiseptic, and carminative. However, the actions of goldenrod to the kidneys, urinary track, skin, allergies, and cardiovascular system are impressive.

Goldenrod is often unfairly blamed for causing hay fever in humans. The pollen causing these allergy problems is mainly produced by Ragweed (Ambrosia sp.), blooming at the same time as the goldenrod but wind-pollinated. Goldenrod pollen is too heavy and sticky to be blown far from the flowers, and is thus mainly pollinated by insects. Frequent handling of goldenrod and other flowers, however, can cause allergic reactions.

Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking goldenrod if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use..

Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Goldenrod may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking goldenrod.

Fluid retention (edema) due to heart or kidney conditions: “Irrigation therapy,” during which goldenrod is taken with large amounts of fluids to increase urine flow, should not be attempted in people with fluid retention due to heart or kidney disease.

High Blood Pressure: There is a concern that goldenrod might make the body accumulate more sodium, and this can make high blood pressure worse.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTIs): Herbal “irrigation therapy” may not work against infections and may require the addition of germ-killing medications. “Irrigation therapy” should be monitored closely. Don’t depend on it for clearing up an infection.

Water pills (Diuretic drugs) interacts with GOLDENROD
Goldenrod seems to work like “water pills” by causing the body to lose water. Taking goldenrod along with other “water pills” might cause the body to lose too much water. Losing too much water can cause you to be dizzy and your blood pressure to go too low.
Some “water pills” include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, Hydrodiuril, Microzide), and others.

Dosage: The appropriate dose of goldenrod depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for goldenrod. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician before using.


Preparations: goldenrod include tea, tincture, infused oils, poultice, and powder.

Goldenrod tonics are easy to make. Harvest any goldenrod by cutting the top third of the plant in full flower on a sunny fall day. Or, respectfully pull the entire plant, roots and all, in the late autumn or early winter. Then follow the simple directions below. Note: You can use any size jar when making a vinegar or a tincture, so long as you fill it full.

To dry flowering goldenrod: Bundle 2-3 stalks together and hang upside down in a cool, shady room until thoroughly dry. When the stalks snap crisply, store the dried herb in brown paper bags. One or two large handfuls of crushed leaves and flowers, steeped in a quart of boiling water for thirty minutes makes a tea that can be used hot, with honey, to counter allergies (especially pollen allergies), fevers, sore throats, coughs, colds and the flu; or taken cold to relieve colic in babies, and gas in adults. Dried mint and/or yarrow are tasty, and useful, additions when making goldenrod flower tea.

To dry goldenrod roots: Rinse dirt off the roots, then cut away all the stalks, leaves and dead flowers. If possible, hang your roots over a wood stove to dry; if not, place them on racks and put them in a warm place to dry until brittle. Store in glass jars. Depending on the difficulty you are addressing, goldenrod root tea may be made with large or small amounts of the roots brewed or decocted in boiling water. Or the roots may be powdered, alone or mixed with flowers, and applied to hard-to-heal wounds and sore joints.

To make a goldenrod vinegar: Chop the goldenrod coarsely, filling a jar with chopped flowers, leaves, stalks (and roots if you have them); then fill the jar to the top with room-temperature, pasteurized, apple cider vinegar. Cap it tightly with a plastic lid. (Metal lids will be eroded by the action of the vinegar. If you must use one, protect it with several layers of plastic between it and the vinegar.) Be sure to label your vinegar with the date and contents. Your goldenrod vinegar will be ready to use in six weeks to improve mineral balance, help prevent kidney stones, eliminate flatulence, and improve immune functioning.

To make a goldenrod tincture: Chop the goldenrod coarsely, filling a jar with chopped flowers, leaves, stalks (and roots if you have them); then add 100 proof vodka, filling the jar to the very top. Cap tightly and label. Your goldenrod tincture will be ready to use in six weeks, by the dropper full, as an anti-inflammatory, a sweat-inducing cold cure, and an astringent digestive aid. Medical herbalists use large doses (up to 4 droppers full at a time) of goldenrod tincture several times daily to treat kidney problems — including nephritis, hemorrhage, kidney stones, and inability to void — and prostate problems, including frequent urination.

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10 essential herbs

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Here are 10 essential herbs, including some of their uses and guidelines to get started on your herbal apothecary. Health made simple and easy.
A few herbs that you can grow indoors or outside. Herbs you can use for preparing medicines with simple techniques as our ancestors did.

As far back as 5000 BCE, Sumerians used herbs in medicine. Ancient Egyptians used fennel, coriander and thyme around 1555 BCE. In ancient Greece, in 162 CE, a physician by the name of Galen was known for concocting complicated herbal remedies that contained up to 100 ingredients. Herbs have long been used as the basis of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, with usage dating as far back as the first century CE and far before.

Herbs have been used throughout the world, for a lot longer than we remember. Most believe from the dawn of mankind.

In general use, herbs are any plants used for food, flavoring, medicine, or perfume. Culinary use typically distinguishes herbs from spices. Herbs refer to the leafy green parts of a plant (either fresh or dried), while a “spice” is a product from another part of the plant (usually dried), including seeds, berries, bark, roots and fruits.

1: Aloe vera (Aloe vera): fresh leaves

Leaf juice is used topically to treat minor burns and wounds; it is antiseptic, digestive, insecticidal and emollient.

2: Chickweed (Stellaria media): fresh or dried leaves and flowers

Used internally to ease the pain of rheumatism and externally to soothe itching and other skin discomforts; it is an anti-inflammatory herb.

Caution: Pregnant women should not eat large quantities of chickweed.

3: Comfrey (Symphytum officinale): for external use—leaf and root

Contains allantoin, a substance that speeds the healing of tissue, and rosmarinic acid, which is an anti-inflammatory. It is an astringent herb used in the bath, poultices and fomentations to heal bruises, broken bones and torn ligaments.

Caution: Comfrey is not recommended for internal use because of the presence of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which can cause liver damage and cancerous tumors in the liver. Comfrey products should not be used on broken skin or be used by pregnant women, nursing mothers or children.

4: Garlic (Allium sativum): fresh bulbs (cloves), aerial bulblets, flowers
Cloves are used as a medicinal and culinary herb. The cloves are antibiotic, antifungal, antiseptic and antiviral.

5: Ginger (Zingiber officinale): fresh rhizome

Ginger is warming, antiseptic, analgesic and antispasmodic. It is a traditional remedy for digestive complaints, bronchitis, muscle spasm and rheumatism.

Caution: Garlic should not be used by anyone suffering from digestive-tract ulcers, high fever or inflammatory skin conditions.

6: Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis): sustainably harvested fresh or dried rhizome

Rhizomes have been used to dye fibers and are still used medicinally. The yellow color of its rhizomes is attributed to berberine, a strongly antibacterial and bitter alkaloid.

Caution: Pregnant women and persons with high blood pressure should not use goldenseal. The herb should not be used for more than three months because the strong antibacterial action kills beneficial intestinal flora.

7: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): leaves and flowers

It is antibiotic, antispasmodic on smooth muscle tissue and a depressant to the central nervous system. We carry a small vial of the essential oil of lavender with us everywhere we go, to use as first aid for burns, wounds, headaches and nervous tension.

8: Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis): leaves and flowers

Antibacterial, antispasmodic and antiviral, and is used as an insect repellent and sedative. The leaf is used in tea, tincture and in the bath for its calming properties and pleasant lemon scent.

Caution: Pregnant or nursing women should consult a medical professional trained in the use of therapeutic herbs before taking lemon balm. Consult with your physician before taking lemon balm with other medications.

9: Mint (Mentha spp.): leaves and flowers

Leaves are used in tea and bath blends for their flavor, stimulating properties and fragrance. Mint leaves are also taken in tea to aid digestion, reduce gas and treat headache, colds and fevers.

10: Sage (Salvia officinalis): leaves and flowers

Garden sage contains the powerful compound thujone that controls profuse perspiration and dries up lactation. Sage tea is a traditional remedy for sore gums and throat, skin infections and insect stings, and for sharpening the memory. Currently, Salvia species are being researched for their antioxidant properties, specifically for the prevention or treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Caution: Pregnant or nursing women should not take sage internally. It should not be taken internally in large amounts or for extended periods because of the side effects of thujone.

Rich Beresford 2016 7 25
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Purslane Or Spurge?

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• Excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids (better than fish oil!)
• An excellent source of Vitamin A, one of the highest among green leafy vegetables
• A rich source of vitamin C, and some B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine and carotenoids
• A rich source of dietary minerals, such as iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese.
• Decreasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
• Autoimmune diseases such as lupus.
• Maintaining heart health.
• Lowering cholesterol.
• Regulating blood pressure.
• Enriching brain health.
• As an anti-depressant.
• Boosting the immune system
• Inflammatory bowel disease.
• Rheumatoid arthritis.



  • Nothing eats it.
  • The sap is possibly toxic enough to cause blindness if it gets in the eyes.
  • It is an annual that doesn’t germinate readily until warmer weather, so pre-emergents are often applied too soon to stop it. (Most pre-emergents work only for 8-10 weeks and are spread in early spring.)
  • Each plant can produce a full crop of several thousand seeds in 5 weeks.
  • The flowers are so non-descript as to be thought absent, so it is easy to accidentally miss flowering and let it go to seed.
  • There are 12 weed species of spurge that are all very similar, varying as little as having a tiny spot on the leaves (Spotted spurge is what I found the most photos of, but was not what was in my yard.)

    The sap of this plant is a mild skin irritant and can cause a rash in some people. The sap is poisonous and considered carcinogenic.

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