Archive for June, 2012

Wild Edible Plants: Chickweed (Stellaria Media)

Chickweed is another plant of Eurasian origin that’s made itself quite at home in the States and everywhere else that European people have traveled. It is now a common weed almost world-wide. Chickweed is an annual, but is somewhat unusual in that it often germinates in the fall (though it also germinates year-round), and hangs […]

Emergency Food & Water Supplies

If an earthquake, hurricane, winter storm or other disaster ever strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water and electricity for days, or even weeks. By taking a little time now to store emergency food and water supplies, you can provide for your entire family. Water: The Absolute Necessity Stocking water reserves […]

Wild Edible Plants: New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus Americanus)

New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus Americanus) is probably one of our most famous of the native substitutes for oriental tea, and many writers speak of it as admirable, while others find it inferior. It contains no caffeine and is, therefore, not “bracing.” According to a tradition at least, this tea was in great demand during the […]

Food Storage Shelf Life & Nutritional Adequacy

What can I do to maximize shelf life? Your food will store better if kept away from Humidity (moisture), Air (oxygen), Light and Temperature (heat). All of these factors cause food to lose its quality (flavor, appearance, texture, vitamins) more quickly. Although all of these factors are important in preserving food, storage temperature is the […]

Edible Wild Plants – Violet (Viola Odorata)

Wild violets are not only pretty, they’re edible and they’ve been used for their medicinal properties longer than the United States has been a country. All members of the Viola family are edible-I’m sure at some point you’ve seen the fancy fragile looking candied violets on a wedding cake-but there are a variety of other edible ways to use violets. […]

Natural Remedies To Get Rid of Ants in Your Home

There are many natural ways, instead of using dangerous products, to get rid of ants, some work better than others, but in the battle against ants all weapons are valuable. The more weapons you have in your arsenal, the less likely the ants will be coming back. Don’t settle for the over the counter products […]

Edible Wild Plants: White Oak (Quercus Alba)

The White Oak (Quercus alba) is one of the pre-eminent hardwoods of eastern North America. It is a long-lived oak of the Fagaceae family, native to eastern North America and found from southern Quebec west to eastern Minnesota and south to northern Florida and eastern Texas. Specimens have been documented to be over 450 years […]

6 Dangerous ‘Urban Survival Myths’ About Water

1. Running water is safe to drink Don’t count on it. Remember it came from somewhere and the source or what it came in contact with between the source and reaching your location could be suspect. Typically if you have to choose between running water and stagnate water always default to the former but make […]

Wild Edible Plants: Purslane (Portulaca Oleracea)

The common Purslane or “Pusley”, made famous by Charles Dudley Warner, is no familiar that most people despise it as a mere weed. As a matter of fact, however, in many “victory-gardens” the crop of Purslane has more potential value for food than the ignorantly nursed or neglected planted crops. When cooked and seasoned like […]

Emergency First Aid: Guide To Masks & Respirators

Introduction One of the most overlooked item in many business and personal preparedness gear is face masks and respirators. Dusts, gases, fumes, mists and vapors are common hazards in workplace air. These can seriously affect the health of workers. Breathing in asbestos fibers can lead to asbestosis and lung cancer while crippling lung diseases can […]

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