it is time to
learn some basic
survival skills. What with birds falling out of the sky at
beginning of 2011 and fish dying by the
score not too far away from the bird deaths, one realizes that it
doesn't harm to be prepared. This is Gypsy's next blog entry with a
natural home remedy for colds and flu, as well as some survival skills
when times are hard and you run down your emergency survival kits.
A Home Remedy for the Cold
What to do when you feel
coming on and the wind is blowing and someone has to go out in the snow
and do those chores? We
all normally turn to the stand by Chicken soup. I have a soup I call my
Boil 1 chicken skin on. Simmer it until the skin almost melts in the
broth. Skin and de-bone the chicken and put the meat back in the pot.
Break open the bones if you want. The marrow is good
and you won't know its in there. Add parsley, sage,
rosemary and thyme. Use the juice of one lemon, A bit of rice adds
My "sick tea" goes like this. Sing
the Scarborough Fair song... Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme... Then
Hen-of-the-woods dehydrated mushrooms that I
discussed in my last blog. These wild mushrooms
are wonderful on the immune system.
Simmer them as tea
in a pot then strain. The liquid will stay good in the fridge for a
long time with out getting cloudy. In my home, these are staple
ingredients for what ales you and can be used in cooking, teas or what
ever as an added immune system boost.
Basic Survival Skills - The Sky is Falling
Yes it seems like the sky
in some places more then others. This has lead to many people asking,
"What do I do if I can't leave home, or if stores are no longer
available?" Do you have the basic
survival skills necessary in times of crisis?
However, although I don't
think it will
get that bad for a while, I do
think that knowing your surroundings and what's in your own backyard is
a good thing for basic
survival skills. So let's walk through a few simple things that can
help no matter where you live.
The first thing to
remember is the
human race has lived out of their
own backyards for millions of years. It wasn't until about 100 years
ago when we got
electricity, thus the refrigerator, that things changed. Don't make
things harder then they have to be.
Take a deep breath, be
calm, and think.
What would you do if you had no
food? Panic is not the right answer. We are all very over-fed in the
US, so missing
one, or two meals a day is actually not so bad, it is how the body was
made, and is good for you.
We are a fast and famine
like the dog. We can however store
some key nutrients longer then others. While we need some every day, we
need others less often as
it stores in our fat. Being hungry doesn't mean you are going to be
malnourished, it means your body is burning fat like it was made to do.
Basic Survival Skills: Sourcing Vitamin C
Let's look at some things
needs every day, like vitamin C. Not everyone in the
world lives where oranges grow. They never did. The ice age is a
perfect study in this. So how did our ice age ancestors get Vitamin C?
They got it from grass, berries, and the best of all sources rose
Rose is the
very best and grows in many climates today. If you have never had Rose
hip jelly you are really missing something. The thought of
sounds awful, but some can add flavor to cooking and lots of good
nutrients to your foods.
The Prickly Pear
is also a
plant that will grow in very cold
climates and offers a wide variety of vitamins needed daily. Making a
of the flower is a good way to save it through the winter months. Hard
candies are a good way to save a lot of food you don't need
a lot of and it's a fun way to take in those daily needs.
Basic Survival Skills - Alternative for Salt
No salt? Try burning colts
and using the ashes. You will
never want table salt again and it holds more vital nutrients than salt
Basic Survival Skills - Free Seeds
If you grow herbs let
them bolt, or
go to seed every now and then. You can do this by letting them become
dry then watering them. This forces
them to seed. When they do, save those seeds.
I have had people ask about saving seeds from the store. Most of this
is genetically engendered food, do you really want to save that? Also
it is made to not grow well from saved seeds. If you get a good crop
the first year consider yourself lucky, it won't happen again. You will
soon find you have wasted your time.
Basic Survival Skills - Freeze Seeds you are Saving
Freezing seeds is much better then drying them. Drying seeds
allows them a short shelf live. Freezing means they will live longer
then most of us. Studies have shown most will remain 90% or better for
Basic Survival Skills - Free Food
If you have a pond or live by the water, try your cattail
If you like asparagus, you will love these and again, they have
a lot more food value.
One thing most people have in their ponds or stagnant creeks is
Angel Wings, also known as the Lotus flower.
a triangle-leafed plant
( don't worry you can't mess up here) that have edible tubers. You take
off your shoes and wiggle your toes in the water and the tubers will
start to float to the top.
Angel Wings can be dried and turned into flour, or eaten like
potatoes. They are like a water potato. You can use the starch just
like a potato to set biscuits or bread as well. These plants will
multiply very rapidly so leave a few for next time. Only take what you
need, as you need it, and you will be well rewarded.
The Best Survival Skill to Have - A Positive Attitude
The biggest thing I have found about needing, rather then wanting to
do something, anything,especially when it comes to your own survival,
and basic survival
skills, is don't look at it as you have to. If you get upset, you
panic, thinking if you don't do it right you are all going to die, and
you are upset in the process. Well,
nothing ever ends well that way.
Turn your basic survival skills
into something fun. Start with 2 days a week and make it a
family adventure. See what you are really capable of as a team. Take
this time to know, that if the sky ever does really fall, you not only
can do this, you can do it with the style and grace of champions. When
you can smile and laugh, that is what will bring you through.
I hope that dead birds never fall
in your garden and your sky never comes down on you, however if you
know your own backyard, you can
watch the sky and laugh knowing you are now on the best adventure you
will ever be on and it will be a great one, because you know yourself,
and your own backyard. By
resident homestead blogger from One
Wanderings Homestead Blog
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