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How to collect birch sap

29 Jan

This is a description how to collect birch sap from your own birch as a beverage for a family of four.

During the summer, the birch tree stores nourishment for the next period of growth in its roots. The following spring, this nourishment rises as sap through the trunk up to the branches.
The birch tree emits sap only for a short period of time (about four weeks) during spring. That period starts when the snow has melted away and the day-temperature reaches some degrees above freezing point. The rise of the sap stops immediately when the tree comes into leaf.
During sap-rising, a big old birch can give 15-20 liters per day, but this requires a tapping-hole of 5 cm diameter and 10 cm depth. The birch will endure such treatment only once, maybe twice in its lifetime.

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Home Remedies For Poison Ivy

27 Jan

Poison ivy is a skin related problem. Common symptoms of poison ivy include skin rashes, redness, itching, blisters and so on. The problem of poison ivy can last for 3 to 4 weeks. Different home remedies can be used to treat the problem of poison ivy. If desired results are not obtained with the use of home remedies, an individual should consult a dermatologist.

Remedies for Poison Ivy

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How to Treat a Brown Recluse Spider Bite

3 Jan

The Brown Recluse is the most poisonous spider in North America. There is a ton of misinformation being spread about the Brown Recluse – including that the Brown Recluse is not found in Florida.

This is untrue, however.

Here are some facts about the Brown Recluse spider that you will need to know if you are to properly treat the Brown Recluse spider bite during SHTF:

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Homemade Cough Drops and Cough Drop Lollipops

28 Dec

Fall is officially here and with it came the beginning of my family’s cold season. Sigh. I was hoping we wouldn’t get sick quite so soon. However, with three kids and multiple kid filled events per week it was bound to happen.

There is one advantage to getting sick so early in the game; I now have an excuse to start making all kinds of home remedies. Some home remedies make the cut and some don’t but the ones that do I am going to share with you!

Cough drops can be a wonderful thing. Anyone with a sore throat or nagging cough will tell you that they love a good cough drop. The funny thing is that many cough drops are full of ingredients that aren’t good for you. Sugar, food dyes, soy can all be found in common cough drops. Do you really want to be using a cough drop with those ingredients?

The good news is that cough drops are incredibly easy to make! I found the original recipe at Little House in the Suburbs and when I saw someone mention lollipops and idea was born. Naturally kids need cough drops too but I don’t like giving my kids itty bitty pieces of hard candy. Cough drop lollipops are a logical solution. Cough drops on a stick.

Cough Drop Lollipops

½ cup to 1 cup honey (honestly any amount would do probably)

Candy thermometer (optional)

Lollipop sticks

Lollipop mold (although if you do not have a mold you could make free form lollipops by pouring the honey over the stick on a non-stick surface)


Pour honey into small saucepan and cook over low heat. Stir constantly and bring honey to a boil. If using candy thermometer, insert in and continue to stir the honey until it has reached a temperature of 300 degrees. Remove from heat and move to test phase. If not using the candy thermometer then continue cooking and occasionally test. Just don’t wait too late to test; testing too early is better then testing too late.

Test –

To make sure your honey has reached the right consistency, place a drop or two of honey into a cup of ice water. If the honey turns and stays hard (like a hard candy) then you are good to go. If it is still soft then you need to keep cooking a bit longer.

Making the Lollipops –

With Molds- Grease lollipop molds and insert sticks so that they are ready in the mold. Pour honey into mold and let cool at room temperature. (No cheating and putting them into the fridge. It won’t work)

Without Molds- Lay lollipop sticks on a greased non-stick surface such as a silicone mat or parchment/wax paper. Carefully pour honey over each stick, creating a free form lollipop.

Making Cough Drops sans sticks-

Instead of making lollipops, you can of course make regular cough drops. You can purchase cough drop molds or any small mold will work. I used my lollipop mold to try out my cough drops and it worked fine. You could also create free form cough drops just like the free form lollipops. Same instructions apply; pour honey into mold or onto a greased non-stick surface and let cool.

Add Ins-

Now just plain honey is great but you can get really creative with these! I have made cinnamon cough drops as well as a ginger variety. I am also interested in trying herbal cough drops my steeping herbs in the honey (you’d probably want to strain the herbs before making the cough drops) Think chamomile, thyme, or mint. I have also heard of using some essential oils such as lemon or menthol. I’d also be curious to see how a dash of elderberry syrup would do in these cough drops. I’ll have to try that out once I make some elderberry syrup.

Note: Babies under the age of 1 year should not be given honey.

How to Make a Wormer for Cats

26 Dec

Things You’ll Need

1/4 tsp. food grade diatomaceous earth

Canned cat food

1 tbsp. raw pumpkin seeds

  • Coffee grinder
  • 2 tsp. oat bran

  • 1/4 tsp. wheat germ oil

  • Dropper

  • Grater

  • Garlic clove

  • Gelatin capsule

  • Instructions

    1 Mix 1/4 tsp. food grade diatomaceous earth in your cat’s canned food once daily.

    2 Wash and dry 1 tbsp. raw pumpkin seeds. Grind the seeds in a coffee  grinder. Mix 1/4 tsp. ground seeds in your cat’s canned food once daily.

    3  Add 2 tsp. oat bran to your cat’s canned food once daily.

    4  Put 1/4 tsp. wheat germ oil in a dropper. Open your cat’s mouth with your index finger and place the dropper in the side of its mouth. Squeeze the liquid in its mouth and make sure it swallows the oil.

    5 Grate 1/2 a clove of garlic and place it in a gelatin capsule. Open your cat’s mouth with your index finger, then place the capsule as far back into its mouth as possible. Allow your cat to swallow it, then check its mouth to make sure it has ingested the capsule.


    25 Dec

    Odds are, if things ever get hairy, most of us will be in some sort of urban environment. As such, would it not make sense to build a survival kit ideally adapted to this environment?

    An urban survival kit should be geared towards scenarios city-dwellers would most likely run into in an

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    25 Dec

    Here is a guide to scavenging for food and supplies during a disaster. Most of the ideas stem from me wondering what I would do during a zombie apocalypse, but as we’ve seen lately in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, these are skills that could benefit anyone, even in the most developed of the developed world.

    I will talk about the tools that are needed, as well as a step-by-step guide to where and how to scavenge.

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    Surviving Winter Weather

    21 Dec

    COLD 300x194 Surviving Winter WeatherIn cold climates, you cannot survive outdoors without shelter or fire. Water may not be a concern because of heavy snows and you can survive weeks without food. In frigid temperatures, your survival is measured in hours, without adequate shelter. Clothing can be considered shelter, as well as a tree or heavy foliage that breaks the wind. However, these are temporary measures and would not be considered adequate shelters to survive the night in cold temperatures.

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    How (and Why) To Prevent Pregnancy if the SHTF *graphic

    18 Dec

    It’s a rare individual that doesn’t have a wife, girlfriend, mother, daughter or granddaughter that isn’t of childbearing age (say 13 to 50 year old).  Even if they aren’t related to you personally, they could be in your survival group.  Remember that, even if you have a little girl that’s 5 years old now, one day she will come of reproductive age.

    In a long-term survival situation, society will be unstable and organized medical care will be spotty at best and nonexistent at worst.  When we reach the point

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    Suturing Introduction

    3 Dec

    You have decided to stock sutures in with your emergency medical supplies, but while looking at the vast number of suture products available, you’re not sure which products to purchase. Let’s cover the information you need to know about sutures so you can make a more informed choice. Article submitted via Pinterest Board.  

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