Discovering or Rediscovering Herbs!

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Our relationship with the herb reaches back thousands of years and at one time herbs were an essential part of life. We used them to preserve food as well as make foods more nourishing. We used them for medicinal purposes and for religious ceremonies. There was hardly anything in our daily lives that herbs didn’t have a role in.

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7 Ways Tin Cans Can Make Your Life Easier

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It seems a bit of a stretch to try and think about cooking and eating with tin cans, but there’s a history to this practice that’s worth considering. During the Great Depressions, many men found themselves not only displaced, but using freight trains for travel. They would hop on open-box cars and ride the rails to the next town or job or anywhere that afforded them a place to sleep, work, live and eat.

They often were referred to as “Hobos.” The term first showed up after the Civil War when many men found themselves displaced and out of work. As this problem continued, a Hobo culture followed that again found men riding the rails into the 1930s.

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For the record, Hobos were not bums. They were men willing to work hard when they could find work, and that was the fundamental challenge.

Eating was the hardest part, and cooking was always a challenge given their need for frequent travel across country in demanding conditions. However, they found unique solutions to this need and it was often defined by using tin cans for a variety of cooking and drinking utensils.

These included:

  1. Tin can cup
  2. Tin can stove
  3. Tin can frying pan
  4. Tin can sauce pan
  5. Tin can toaster
  6. Tin can candle lantern
  7. The tin can knife

The edges of tin cans are sharp, and anyone who’s worked with sheet metal knows how easily you can get a severe cut from a casual glance against raw-cut steel or tin. In fact, I question the need to cut a handle on a tin can cup when an empty tin can offer a clean lip at the top that won’t cut your lips with a casual sip.

You also may have to “temper” any tin can to remove any lacquer or waxy film on the interior. This can be done by boiling water in the can or simply heating it over an open fire first.

Tools to Consider

Tin snips help, along with some leather work gloves. A pair of pliers also comes in handy. You’ll probably also need a can opener. If you’re exploring this idea for the first time, make sure you are wearing the leather work gloves. 

A tin can when opened can be placed into or next to a fire, and the contents will be heated. You can then eat what’s inside directly from the can. It’s as simple as that and was often the first choice for any Hobo on the road who happened to have a can of food. But there were more creative solutions.

The Hobo Stove

There are safe ways to make use of tin cans as cooking utensils, and the Hobos perfected the art. The first is the tin-can stove or “Hobo stove.” It’s usually a large can with cuts made in the bottom by a can opener or “church key” which had a pointed end and would allow you to make various openings in the base of the can.

There also were some “church key” openings at the top of the can to allow the smoke to escape when a larger pan or pot was put on top.

Larger cans were cut to allow a wooden handle to be surrounded by tin for a sauce pan or frying pan. This created a very effective and creative solution that kept the fire hot and could easily and quickly cook a meal. That was often a necessary prerequisite for Hobos who had to avoid the “bulls” or security staff that manned the freight yards and trains.

Hobo Toaster

This is as simple as a large inverted can with vents in the bottom and some at the top to create a hot surface for an inverted can. It could be used to fry a fish or simply to toast some bread. It was another simple and quick solution that could be easily abandoned if the “bulls” showed up.

Tin Can Candle Lantern

A candle in the wind won’t last long, but if surrounded by a cleverly cut piece of a tin can, it will not only be protected from the wind, but the shiny interior will also reflect light. The base of the candle was melted to create a pool of wax at the bottom and the candle was stood in place. The critical part is to make sure the can is taller than the candle or you just have another candle in the wind.

Tin Can Frying Pan

Any #10 sized can is an easy choice for a tin can frying pan. A stick was often used around a cut of the can that was folded around the stick to create a handle. I think the whole handle thing is a lot of extra work that’s unnecessary. Cutting a large can down to frying-pan size works fine and you can always toss it off the fire with a stick after you’re done cooking.

Tin Can Sauce Pan

This is not hard to do. Just use a whole, large can or if needed, cut it down halfway. Personally, I don’t prefer any cuts requiring tin-snips if I can use the basic can in some way. It’s all a question of the size of your can and what you’re trying to cook. I still like the idea of just cooking it in the can.

Tin Can Knife

Anyone who has cut tin or sheet metal knows how sharp the edges can be. That’s a good thing if you’re trying to make a knife; a strip from a tin can in a piece of wood cut with a slight wedge and bound cannot only filet a fish but cut most game and other wild meats.

Tin Can Cup

This is where I depart from most of the popular and historical culture about tin can cups. If I have an empty tin can, I have a cup. The idea of cutting it in half and creating a handle is idiotic. All you’re doing is creating hard, sharp edges to cut your fingers and lips. It looks good in pictures but makes no sense in actual practice. If you have an empty tin can, you have a cup usually with a band at the top that protects you from hard and sharp edges. I like that.

Be Creative 

Once you start fashioning utensils from tin cans you’ll get the idea and can it to new levels. Tin can arrowheads come to mind. The key is to avoid getting cut by the sharp edges and to temper the cans to remove their waxy or synthetic coating before your cook or eat out of the can. If you can manage that, you can manage anything — including cooking and eating from improvised tin cans.

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Wild Edibles & Poisonous Plants of the Poison Ivy Family

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poison_ivy_treesThe Poison Ivy plant family, Anacardiaceae, is well known to those who spend time outdoors. Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is one of the most notorious weeds of the wild, feared by campers and other outdoorsy folk because of the nasty rash it can produce with contact. While poison ivy is largely reviled, Anacardiaceae yields enormous benefits for humanity. The family, often known as the Cashew Family, also produces several well-known edibles like Cashews, Mangos, and Pistachios. Moreover, poison ivy itself has a number of medicinal uses.

By Nathaniel Whitmore a Contributing Author to SHTFBlog and SurvivalCache

Anacardiaceae (Ending with -eae indicates a family name. The Cashew genus is Anacardium.) is more a tropical family and in the north we only really have the Sumacs (Rhus spp.) as edibles. Since the family produces potentially irritating oils, even in species producing edible portions, it is good to learn to recognize the various species in the Poison Ivy Family. In “5 Poisonous Plant Families the Survivalist Should Know” I discussed some details regarding identification of plant families and general information regarding toxicity. Here, we will explore species of Anacardiaceae, starting with the two genera of my area – that of Poison Ivy, Toxicodendron, and that of the Sumacs, Rhus. (1)

On Botany & Plant Names

journal_binomial_nomenclatureSince this is the first article to expand on the above-mentioned blog regarding major families of poisonous plants, we should review basic taxonomy for field identification and discussion of plants. Species are named through binomial nomenclature, which consists of the genus name and the species name. Together, these two give each plant its formal name. Since species names, like names of people, are often used for different plants and the genus name represents a collective of species, only the two together identify a certain individual species. (Similar to the first and last name for people, except human names are often repeated while each species, in theory, has its own unique name formed by combining genus and species names.)

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For instance, there is a Blue Sumac called Rhus glauca. “Rhus” refers to the genus for Sumac and “glauca” means blue. (“Glaucous” plants are those with a powdery or waxy bloom, often bluish in color.) The species name is applied to other genera. Festuca glauca is Blue Fescue and Echeveria glauca is Blue Hen-and-Chicks, for example. Picea glauca is White Spruce, but it is not uncommon to have scientific and common names include names of different colors, which can be confusing. To add to the confusion, Blue Spruce is Picea pungens. This is the case too with Birches. Black Birch is Betula lenta while River Birch is Betula nigra (since “nigra” means “black” you might assume the scientific name for River Birch would be applied to Black Birch). (To further the confusion even more, many colors in names don’t correspond to popular perspective, like in the case of Red Clover and Purple Loosestrife, which might both be considered pink.)

kiowaSmooth Sumac is Rhus glabra. The genus name is Rhus, which is capitalized. The species name is glabra, which means smooth. This is an example of the scientific name and a common name having the same meaning. Of course, common names are highly variable. Rhus glabra, for instance, which was known as an edible to many Native tribes, has many names in various languages. The Kiowa name refers to “smoking mixture” (similar, I assume, to the well-known name “Kinnickinnick” that is used for both a mixture of herbs for smoking and to name specific ingredients.), “Maw-kho-la”. “Chan-zi” (“Yellow Wood”) is used by Dakota, Omaha, and Ponca, while the Pawnee say “Nuppikt”, meaning “Sour Top”. (2) Because common names are so variable their use in literature is often followed by the scientific name, which is italicised.

A genus is a group of species. Rhus is a collective of species mostly known as Sumacs. Toxicodendron includes Poison Ivy and related species.   There has been significant discussion of Toxicodendron related to the differentiation of Poison Ivy species, including that Poison Oaks (usually Toxicodendron pubescens in the east and Toxicodendron diversilobum in the west) are variations rather than a distinct species. Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix (notice not Rhus)) is quite distinct.

Usually when species of a common genus are listed or written about the genus is abbreviated with an initial after the first mention. So, if we were to list the species of Toxicodendron in North America, rather than write out the genus name each time as in the previous paragraph we would list them as: Toxicodendron diversilobum, T. pubescens, T. radicans, T. rydbergii, T. succedaneum, T. vernicifluum, and T. vernix.

If several species of a genus are lumped together for discussion, “spp.” might be used for plural tense, as in Toxicodendron spp. If the species name is unknown in reference to one plant (singular tense), “sp.” is used.

Poison Ivy

poison_ivyAlthough Poison Ivy and its relatives have distinct medicinal uses, the genus should be regarded as poisonous and not consumed nor even contacted. Most people will react to Poison Ivy if they come in contact with the plant’s oils (which often is not the case by merely brushing up against the leaf). Some people lose sensitivity to the plant through desensitising protocols that use gradual contact. Some methods include eating the plant, though this is often strongly encouraged as a dangerous practice. Usually to desensitise the young buds and leaves are consumed. One man who attended a plant walk I was leading insisted that the trick was “white bread and mayonnaise sandwiches” per the Appalachia tradition he knew of through his uncle and others. It is also important to keep in mind that people who have never reacted to Poison Ivy can suddenly react with the typical red, itchy, and blistering rash. Such a change is often the result of a potent exposure.

Be careful cutting firewood that has Poison Ivy growing on it. Or even that had, as the toxic properties are quite persistent in dried plant material. It is also important to know that one can be poisoned through the smoke of burning Poison Ivy. Also take care when digging near Poison Ivy to avoid getting juice from the roots on your skin.

Treating Poison Ivy Rash

jewelweedBy far the most impressive Poison Ivy rash remedy in my experience is Jewelweed (Impatiens spp.), or Touch-me-not. It is best when fresh. The plant can be crushed and rubbed onto the affected parts. If timely, such use of the plant’s juice can stop a Poison Ivy reaction with one application. The Iroquois (who believed the rash was sure to occur if one jumped when they touched Poison Ivy) used Jewelweed. I have met countless people who depend on Jewelweed. As a child I got a pretty bad Poison Ivy rash pretty regularly. Fortunately, I learned to recognize the plant in order to avoid it and learned to apply Jewelweed if I did contact it or begin to experience the itching, redness, or blistering of the rash. Although I occasionally get a small skin reaction, it has been many years since I have experienced a severe Poison Ivy reaction.

There are many other remedies, though often not as seemingly miraculous as Jewelweed. Herbs like Plantain (Plantago spp.) and Yellow Dock (Rumex spp.) are used to sooth irritated Poison Ivy rashes. Astringents, which are indicated for redness and inflammation as well as watery discharges, are used for the rash. Such herbs include Oak (Quercus spp.), Pine (Pinus spp.), Raspberry and Blackberry leaves (Rubus spp.), and many others.

The Iroquois used White Pine (Pinus strobus), particularly the boiled knots, for Poison Ivy. They also used Black Locust leaves (Robinia pseudoacacia) and a formula with Cleavers (Galium aparine). The powerfully medicinal (and potentially toxic) Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) was also applied by the Iroquois to Poison Ivy rash. (3)

Medicinal Uses of Poison Ivy

Although mostly regarded as a toxic plant, Poison Ivy does have medicinal uses. It is especially used to “ripen” skin disorders, such as for sores and rashes. Iroquois, Delaware, Meskwaki, Potawatomi, Kiowa, and Cherokee used Poison Ivy in this way. Interestingly, the Cherokee also used Poison Ivy internally used as an emetic (induces vomiting); and they used Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix) to treat fevers, asthma, and other diseases.

Pacific Poison Oak (T. diversilobum) was used for eye problems by the Diegueno. Mendocino Natives used it for warts and ringworm, and the Yuki applied it to rattlesnake bites. (4)

Sumac-Ade

sumac_poison_ivy_usesIt seems that the best-known use of Sumac (Rhus) as a wild edible is to make Sumac-ade, which is so-called because its sour taste allows it to be used to make a beverage like lemonade. The berries of various species can be soaked in water and then squeezed and strained. A sweetener is then added to the liquid. I prefer maple syrup. People often worry about Poison Sumac, but it has white berries instead of the red berries of Rhus species. Poison Sumac was once classified in the genus, but is now in Toxicodendron. Plus, Poison Sumac typically grows in bogs not near species of “true” Sumacs.

Technically, the fruits of Sumacs are not berries, but drupes. Drupes are fruits with a hard inner seed surrounded by the fleshy fruit. In common language, such as in the previous paragraph, Sumacs fruits and others that are not technically berries are still referred to as berries. In many cases the flesh of drupes, or stone fruits, are quite edible, like Peaches and Plums. With Sumac, however, the flesh is rather insignificant compared to the seed and we generally squeeze the juice from them rather than eating the fruits. With Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) the hairs on the fruit are also quite flavorful. So, by soaking the fruit clusters in water (cold infusion) you can extract the flavor from the hairs and then crush for full flavor from the juice.

The hairs should be carefully removed from the beverage because they can be quite irritating to the back of the throat. This can be accomplished by straining well or by letting the hairs settle to the bottom of the vessel before carefully pouring the clarified liquid off. It can then be heated in order to mix in the sweetener. However, if it is heated with the plant material still in the liquid you will extract more of the astringent properties. Much of the medicinal use of Sumac is from these astringents, but it will be particularly drying because of the astringents and the sour flavor of the fruits will be tainted with the bitterness of the astringents.

If the fruit clusters are picked before they are ripe (although they may be quite red and appear ripe), they will be too astringent to make Sumac-ade. The taste is so water soluble that you can collect drops of red rain water with your finger from drupe clusters that is pleasantly sour. If collected too late the sourness will be faded and washed from the fruits. With a little practice, you will learn just when to harvest for Sumac-ade. And you will become familiar with the medicinally important astringency of Sumac. Astringents are used for rashes, diarrhea, and other damp, inflamed conditions requiring a cooling, drying remedy that restores tissue tone.

Additional Foods from Sumac and Bushcraft Uses

euell_gibbonsYoung shoots of Sumac species can be peeled to reveal a tender core that serves as a delicious raw or cooked vegetable. Though seasonal, this is an important vegetable. It can be eaten raw, which is not true of many wild edibles. Plus, it might be found in abundant populations in the wild. Like the fruits, the “shoots” can be astringent if not harvested at the right time. Learn to recognize the more tender edible portions. Euell Gibbons, in his classic book Stalking the Wild Asparagus discussed using Sumac-ade to make Elderberry (Sambucus) jelly. (5) The fruits are a well-known culinary spice in the Middle East. “Wildman” Steve Brill gives a recipe for a Sumac Hollandaise sauce (7).

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Another important trait of Sumac is that the wood is relatively soft and has a low moisture content, which enables it to be burned green. Because of its size, it is often easy to cut firewood size pieces. Sumac also has a central pith, which allows branches to be hollowed out easily. The bark and wood can be used to make baskets.

A beekeeper friend of mine uses the hairy Staghorn Sumac fruits to smoke her bees to sedate them while working in the hives. In this way, like punk, the smoke can be used as an insect repellant. Stinkbush Sumac (Rhus trilobata) leaves can rubbed on the skin as an insect repellant, as done by the Hualapai.

A Range of Benefits from Anacardiaceae

It is clear that the survivalist has much to learn about Anacardiaceae, the Poison Ivy family. From knowing how to avoid Poison Ivy and its relatives that can cause a terribly itchy, blistering rash… to knowing that even with these poisons are obscure medicinal benefits. Maybe forgotten by the modern man, but there is a reason Native people knew the plants so well and how to use them.

The survivalist can enjoy many benefits by becoming familiar with Sumac species, from vegetables and beverages, many craft applications, fire-starting potential, to medicinal uses. These plants are within reach for the prepper, because of their size and their common occurrence.

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9 Reasons You Should Stockpile Lemon Essential Oil (Got A Wood Stove? Try No. 5)

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With its fantastic, fresh aroma and multiple uses, lemon essential oil is truly a favorite oil. I use it for everything from boosting my mood to clearing my head to deodorizing my home and keeping those pesky bugs off of my window screens.

Lemon essential oil is extracted from the fresh rind of the fruit from the citrus tree. Like all citrus species, lemon trees are evergreen, producing several crops of fruit in a year. The fruit’s peel is full of tiny sacs that contain the essential oil, and the fresh aroma is intensely fruity, tangy and citrusy, with wonderful light, fizzy top notes.

The History Of Lemon

Lemon was used by the ancient Romans for upset stomachs and to sweeten the breath. In southern European countries such as Spain and Italy where lemon trees have thrived for centuries, the fruit was, and still is, regarded as a cure-all, especially for fevers and infections. Later, it was also used by the British Navy to prevent scurvy and is now used all over the world for almost everything.

Lemon essential oil is not only stimulating and invigorating but also is a natural astringent, deodorizer, diuretic, antiseptic and bug-deterrent.

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The oil is non-toxic and non-sensitizing but can be a mild irritant, so perform a skin patch test before using it in massage blends or baths. Furthermore, lemon essential oil is phototoxic, so avoid using it on your skin if you will be going out into the sunlight.

Lemon Essential Oil And Aromatherapy

In aromatherapy, lemon essential oil can clear a dark mood, renew zest for life, and restore focus and aid in problem-solving. Furthermore, it is useful for clearing the head ─ whether you have a cold or are mentally exhausted ─ as well as for energizing an aching body, boosting circulation, treating cellulite and warming hands and feet. It certainly is an oil that should be in your stockpile.

Home Use For Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil is fairly inexpensive and has tons of home usages. Here are a few of my favorites, with included recipes:

1. Massage and diffuser blends

Add these mixtures to 4 teaspoons of a carrier oil as a massage blend or to your room diffuser to spread the aroma through your home:

To revive energy and fight fatigue

  • 3 drops lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil

Or:

  • 4 drops lemon essential oil
  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
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2. Baths blends

To relieve fatigue, improve circulation and to warm the body:

  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil

Uplifting and stress-away blend

  • 1 drop lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop clove essential oil
  • 1 drop orange essential oil
  • 1 drop pine essential oil

3. Inhalation

To fight a cold or the flu, place a drop of each on a tissue and inhale, or add this blend to a room diffuser:

  • 3 drops lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil

4. Relieve nausea

  • Place a drop of lemon essential oil on a tissue and deeply inhale until the symptoms cease.
  • You also can combine lemon essential oil with peppermint essential oil to help with morning sickness and motion sickness.

5. Fireplace/wood stove aroma

  • Drop several drops of lemon essential oil onto the logs of your fireplace or wood stove and let the oil absorb before lighting. It will release a wonderful aroma.
  • You also can add lemon peels to your fire to release the natural, lemon essential oil from within the fresh peels. The fresh scent is amazing!

6. Disinfectant and deodorizer

  • Add 1 drop of lemon essential oil to ½ ounce water in a spray bottle. Spray as a disinfecting cleaner and as a natural deodorizer.
  • Add several drops of lemon essential oil to a cotton ball and place in vents or drawers and cabinets to maintain a fresh and deodorizing

7. Laundry

  • Place 25 drops of lemon essential oil to each load of laundry.
  • Lemon essential oil can also eliminate unpleasant odors from clothes and rugs, such as perspiration, cat urine and petroleum.

8. Dishwasher

  • Add a few drops of lemon essential oil per load as an extra disinfectant and lemon scent.

9. Insect repellent and deterrent

  • As a natural repellent, blend a few drops of lemon essential oil with a carrier oil and apply to the skin. Be sure to keep the blend out of your eyes!
  • To deter bugs from screens, doorways and outdoor areas, blend 1 drop essential oil to ½ ounce water in a spray bottle and spray on screens, around doorways and in outdoor areas.

Just as a note, the indigestion of essential oils is not recommended. However, remember that freshly squeezed lemon juice is a natural diuretic and can help detoxify your system. Add fresh lemon slices to your water and tea every day to boost your health in many ways.

Enjoy!

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15 Surprising & Practical Off-Grid Uses For Olive Oil

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You probably already know about the health benefits of olive oil. Rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, olive oil is loaded with antioxidants that help our bodies fight inflammation.

However, olive oil also is useful for a wide variety of other purposes beneficial to the homesteader or off-ridder — from skin care to furniture care. Here are 15 amazing uses for olive oil.

1. Skin care

Olive oil works well as a skin moisturizer, and, despite what you may think, it does not leave your skin with an oily, greasy feeling. Apply it to rough, dry areas on your face and body or add several tablespoons of olive oil to your bath water.

Olive oil also soothes itchy, irritated skin, including diaper rash.

2. Eye makeup remover

You also can use olive oil as a gentle eye makeup remover. Simply dab a little oil on a cotton ball and wipe makeup away.

3. Shaving lotion

Treat your skin to a layer of olive oil before your next shave. Not only will your razor glide along smoothly but also you will get a close shave with fewer nicks.

4. Sore throat remedy

Soothe an itchy, scratchy throat by swallowing a tablespoon of olive oil. It coats the back of your mouth, which also may decrease snoring.

5. Hair treatment

Forgo the commercial hot oil treatments and use olive oil instead. Apply several tablespoons of warm olive oil to your damp hair and massage into your scalp and through the ends.

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Leave the oil on for 30 to 45 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Your hair will be soft and conditioned.

6. Ear ache relief

Place a few drops of warm olive oil into the painful ear for soothing relief.

7. Paint/sticky substance remover

You can remove paint, sap, chewing gum and other sticky substances from your hands by scrubbing them with a little olive oil and salt. Pour one teaspoon of olive oil and one teaspoon of salt into your dry palms and rub the mixture vigorously through your palms and fingers. Rinse with water.

8. Furniture polish

Olive oil gently and effectively cleans wood. When you add a teaspoon of olive oil to a quarter cup of lemon juice, you can create a non-toxic polish for your furniture.

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9. Leather cleaner

To clean and shine your leather shoes, belts and boots, apply a little olive oil and then buff with a soft cloth.

10. Hinge lubricant

Wipe a little olive oil onto squeaky door hinges. It works just as well as WD-40!

11. Stainless steel and brass cleaner

You can clean stainless steel and brass surfaces with only a soft cloth, some olive oil and a little elbow grease.

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First, wipe off any debris. Next, apply a little olive oil onto a clean, soft cloth. Then, buff the metal well in circular motions with steady pressure.

12. Sticker remover

Remove annoying stickers and sticker residue by dabbing olive oil onto the area and then letting it sit. After a few minutes, you should be able to peel the sticker and its residue right off.

13. Hairball prevention

Is your cat bothered by hairballs? You can help prevent them by adding a quarter teaspoon of olive oil to your cat’s food each day.

14. Lice treatment

Olive oil helps kill lice. Pour a tablespoon or more of olive oil onto dry hair. Using a nit comb, comb out any visible lice and then cover the head with a shower cap for six to eight hours.

Next, comb a tablespoon or more of apple cider vinegar into hair. Cover again with the shower cap and leave the mixture on the hair overnight. In the morning, shampoo hair and comb out any remaining eggs with the nit comb.

15. Lamp fuel

In an emergency, you can use olive oil for lamp fuel. Pour olive oil into a glass jar and poke a hole in the jar’s lid. Insert an oil lamp wick into the jar and light.

Homer called olive oil “liquid gold” and Thomas Jefferson once described it as it “the richest gift of heaven.” Now that you have learned some of the many ways olive oil can benefit your life, you can understand why it has such an illustrious reputation, and you will want to keep a spare bottle or two in your pantry.

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20 Survival Uses for Pantyhose

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20 Survival Uses for Pantyhose If you or your wife have been throwing away old pantyhose, stop right now. And if no one in your home uses pantyhose, you should definitely buy some. Pantyhose has all sorts of survival-related applications such as first aid, gardening, hunting, shelter construction, and even food storage. Because of this …

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21 Situations Where Paracord Can Save Your Life!

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21 Situations Where Paracord Can Save Your Life There are simply hundreds of little things that can go awry on any given day. This is especially true following a SHTF event when resources are scarce and things are chaotic. When you begin to understand this, you realize that you cannot possibly carry every piece of … Continue reading 21 Situations Where Paracord Can Save Your Life!

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Crossbow… The Bow Pt 3

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Crossbow… The Bow Part 3
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crossbow 617r0Ss08rL._SL1181_In the past couple of shows I talked about the long bow, the recurve bow, and the compound bow, and touched on the cross bow, this episode will be all about the crossbow, whether it is a formidable weapon in today’s standards, or is it a toy?

I will talk about the history of the crossbow, the types that existed in the past and modern day, and the uses for modern day crossbows. We will look at the power they produce, and whether or not we should be prepping them. Who in the world still uses them (you will be surprised).

12-14-15 51-XmId2P2L._AC_UL115_What kind of crossbow should you look for and what kind should you stay away from, along with the maintenance and care will be discussed. We will also take a look at the various style of bolts (arrows) used in them, and what you should get. From my preps I’ll talk about what I personally use and what I prep for using them, how I maintain my own, and how I practice.

We will also go over the rules and regulations in various states and the pricing of the bows. I will go over the age group and the ability for those that cannot pull the bow back and a resolution to fix this. I will talk about the modern day advancements, materials and which you should have.

Practice makes perfect, how to shoot, and the learning curve are important to know and will keep you on track not wanting to give up. How about the optics needed and where to find them, locally, and on the internet? We will go over that and the parts of the bow itself. What makes a crossbow a crossbow and not a standard bow? The differences and similarities between the two. All this and more.

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