Archive for September, 2012

Edible Wild Plants: American Wintergreen, Checkerberry, Tea Berry (Gaultheria Procumbens)

The Wintergreen (Gaultheria Procumbens) plant was the original source for the favored wintergreen oil. It is also known as Checkerberry and Tea Berry. It was once extracted from the plant to use in candies and as a spice. With the risk of over-harvest of this slow growing plant a second source was found. This new […]

Winter Preparedness Tips For Your Home

A winter storm can isolate you in your home for several days, especially if you are in a rural or country setting. Be prepared to be without conventional forms of heating and cooking for at least a one week period, preferably be prepared for one month without these luxuries. Keep a battery powered radio and […]

Edible Wild Plants: Yellow Birch (Betula Alleghaniensis)

Yellow birch (Betula Alleghaniensis) is the most valuable of the native birches. It is easily recognized by the yellowish-bronze exfoliating bark for which it is named. The inner bark is aromatic and has a flavor of wintergreen. Other names are gray birch, silver birch, and swamp birch. This slow-growing long-lived tree is found with other […]

Winter Survival: If A Storm Traps You In Your Car

Keep calm if you get in trouble. If your car becomes stuck or you become lost, DO NOT PANIC! Think the problem through, decide the best thing to do, and then do it slowly and carefully. If you are on a well-traveled road, indicate you are in trouble and need help. Remember the signaling devices […]

Edible Wild Plants: Labrador Tea (Ledum Groenlandicum)

Labrador Tea (Ledum Groenlandicum) plant grows to be 4 to 5 feet tall. It will grow up straight in the southern latitudes of the tundra, but in the colder northern latitudes it will creep over the ground forming a carpet. I has woolly branches with narrow 1 to 2 inch leaves which are smooth on […]

Emergency Water Collection, Transportation and Storage

Cistern Collection Rigging your house for water collection is the most secure way to deal with your emergency water supply. Not only will you have a sizeable reserve of water but its constantly topping off your tanks either by dew or rain. Even if your house suffers damage in an earthquake you will still have […]

Edible Wild Plants: Tulip Prickly Pear (Opuntia Phaeacantha)

Tulip Prickly Pear (Opuntia phaeacantha), also known as the Mojave Prickly Pear, is a low-growing, spreading cactus with flat stem segments (pads). The pads are relatively long and broad, and the spines are usually confined to the upper 70% of the pads. Areoles (where the spines originate) usually spread about 3/4-inch apart, and areoles without […]

Indoor & Outdoor Emergency Water Sources

What if I don’t have enough stored water, and run out when I need it? If supplies run low, never ration drinking water. Drink the amount you need today, and try to find more for tomorrow. You can minimize the amount of water your body needs by reducing your activity level.   Hidden Water Sources […]

The Many Uses For Pumpkin Seeds

Over a century ago, American farmers noted that when their livestock munched on pumpkin seeds, they seemed to urinate more often. They weren’t the first to notice the seeds’ effects. The Iroquois had long used pumpkin seed as a diuretic, and the Cherokee gave it to children to control bed-wetting, since it seemed to help […]

How To Deal With a Downed Power Line

Winter is coming and that means ice storms for most of us. And one thing that is an almost certain during ice storms is down branches, trees and even power lines. Knowing what to do when you are driving home or leaving the home during an ice storm (if you absolutely must), is how to […]

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