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The Versatile Stinging Nettle Plant

Stinging nettles grow throughout most of the United States. They are common and easy to identify and pick as long as you wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants and have a good pair of gloves. Of course a good quality, authoritative book on foraging like this one goes a long way to insure you’e picking the right plant.

How to use stinging nettles as an edible

This edible plant has a flavor similar to spinach when cooked, and they are well worth harvesting when you can as they are rich in vitamins A, C, iron, potassium, manganese, and calcium. Native Americans harvested stinging nettles and used them as a cooked plant in spring when other food plants were scarce.…

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Free Manuals to Download on Survival and Edible Plants


Free Manuals to Download on Survival and Edible Plants via Preparedness Advice

Everybody likes to get something for free and here’s a huge collection of free manuals for you to download. I have not had a chance to review all of them so I can’t say that everything they suggest is accurate. Many of them are hundreds of pages long, so take your time reviewing them and making note of the books or pages in books that you may want to print out.

Urban Preparation Kit, Part 1, On Body Kit

Traps and Snares

Wilderness Survival Skills

Surviving Terrorism

Wilderness Survival

Survival Water Purification

Preserving Game Meats

Nuclear War Survival Skills

How to Build a Debris Hut

HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan

Combat Survival Evasion

Cold Weather Survival: A Way of Life

Cold Weather Survival

Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making

Alpine Living for SAR

Aids to Survival



Survival In Cold Weather Areas

Survival, Evasion and Recovery

NEWER US Army Survival Manual

Marines Individual Terrorism Survival

USMC Winter Survival Course

Wilderness Evasion: A Guide to Hiding Out and Eluding Pursuit in Remote Areas

USMC Summer Survival Course

Free Manuals on Edible & Medicinal Plants

WHO Monographs on Selected Medicinal Plants

WHO Monographs on Selected Medicinal Plants Volume 2

WHO Monographs on Selected Medicinal Plants Volume 3

WHO Monographs on Selected Medicinal Plants Volume 4

Useful Wild Plants of the United States and Canada

Survival Medicine

Survival: How to Make Herbal Preparations

Edible Medicinal Plants

Medicinal Plants in Folk Tradition

PDR for Herbal Medicines

Healing Pets With Alternative Medicine

Ethnobotany of the Forest Indians

Edible Wild Plants

Edible and Medicinal Plants

Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herb Craft

A Taste of Heritage: Crow Indian Recipes & Herbal Medicine

Common Edible Mushrooms — Be careful here.…

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15 Helpful Hints that Will Make Your Food Storage Taste Better

Make Food Storage Taste Better (1)Here are some helpful hints on food storage that may help some new preppers and hopefully some seasoned ones. We all need to learn how to make our food not only look good but it needs to be appetizing. Try and keep your food storage as close to what you normally eat as possible. This will help you rotate your foods and be easier on your family when they have to live off of the food storage.

Helpful Hints on Food Storage

  1. Store the best quality foods you can afford. Thrive Life is one brand that has never disappointed in its quality.
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Drying Herbs

Buying herbs in the grocery stores are very expensive and you don’t get a very large amount.  So now is the time to start planning what you want to grow and dry.  Are you planning on using herbs for cooking, teas, or making potpourri?

Herbs are the easies to dry, because of the low moisture content.  Spread them out on the shelves of your dryer, drying rack outside or by bundling and hanging them in a warm place inside.  If drying outside be careful they don’t blow away when dry.  Cover with cheesecloth or netting.

If well preserved the flavor will last 6 to 12 months, you usually don’t need to wash them if you grow them organically.  …

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Nature’s Medical Chest

I have a box of 4×6 plant identification cards that was sold under the name Nature’s Medicine Chest.  The set contains approximately 250 cards with many color photos.  Each card has photos on one side, a description of the plant, and the use on opposite side.  They were published in the mid 1970,s by LeAtra Moulton.

The box I have contains sets 1-6 which cover medicinal and edible plants and their uses.  Additional cards cover various illness and provide information on the herbs used to treat them and how to gather and prepare the herbs





I have used the cards for many years to help identify plants and have found them to be of great benefit. …

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Medicinal Plants, Learn how to Use Them.

I know we have done several articles on medicinal plants and their uses in emergencies.  If you have any ideas of utilizing these plants in the future, you need to start learning how now.

An emergency is not the time to start hunting for the plants you will need to make some of the remedies. The times of the year will have a lot to do with it, not everything is in bloom when you want it.  Also just finding the leaves, berries, roots, or flowers in a strange area would be stressful.

Because of the stress of the situation and prior medical conditions, many people will die from lack of proper medications.  …

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Culinary and Herbal Uses of Rosemary

My wife uses Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) as a spice when cooking.  She uses it in fruit and green salads, marinades, sauces, pork and beef roasts, and many vegetables.  A friend of ours grows it and my wife takes the fresh rosemary and grinds it up for use.  It adds a good flavor to a lot of dishes.

It is also used for its fragrance in soaps and other cosmetics.  In the past, rosemary was used medicinally to improve memory, relieve muscle pain and spasm, stimulate hair growth, and support the circulatory and nervous systems. It is also believed to increase menstrual flow, act as an abortifacient (causing miscarriage), increase urine flow, and treat indigestion.…

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The Many Uses of the Herb Plantain

There are several varieties of Plantain, but today we will discuss the two most common,  broad leaf and narrow leaf.  They are a perennial.  The broad leaf plantain has leaves over 1 inch across that grows close to the ground. The flowers are on a spike that rises from the middle of the cluster of leaves.  The narrow leaf plantain has leaves up to approximately 5 inch long and less than a 1 inch wide, covered with hairs.  The leaves form a rosette.  The flowers are small, brown, tinged with green and they grow on a spike.  The flowering period lasts from April to November.…

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About Spices and Gardening

raised-bedLearning about herbs and spices and their use, I am really surprised at how fast they lose their flavor after you pick them.  The one thing that our storage is short of is hard to store spices.  We have quite a variety but it is hard to keep them fresh.  I can’t go into all the types you will need, because people have different taste, but try planting an herb garden that will flourish in your area.

We all know that salt is very important; the maintenance of a proper salt balance is vital to the system.  (I have high blood pressure so don’t use a lot of salt)  With all the packaged foods we have to make life easier for the working mom, sodium is over used so you rarely need to add it.  …

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Herbal First Aid Kit

This is a list of supplies for a herbal first aid kit sent to me by my friend Diana.  I think it is a great list.

Colds, Flu & Chest Congestion – Echinacea/goldenseal/myrrh combo as a natural anti-biotic, elder/yarrow/peppermint tea for sniffles; mullein oil for earaches, lavender or eucalyptus steams or hot ginger compresses for chest congestion

Coughs & Sore Throats loquat syrup or licorice/wild cherry/slippery elm tea for coughs, zinc source herbal extract for sore throat, herbal throat drops, aloe vera juice or tea tree oil gargle

Cuts, Wounds, Scrapes – Ginseng skin repair gel, pau d’arco/calendula gel, witch hazel compresses, comfrey/aloe salve, aloe vera gel, tea tree oil

Fungal Infections (athlete’s foot, ringworm, nail fungus) – tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract, black walnut extract, goldenseal/myrrh solution, pau d’arco/dandelion/gentian gel

Minor Bacterial & Viral Infections – Echinacea/golden seal/myrrh combo, white pine/bayberry capsules for first aid, osha root tea, usnea extract, St John’s wort/lomatium extract

Rashes, Itching, Swelling from insect bits or other histamine reactions – Antihistamine marshmallow/bell pollen/white pine capsules, calendula/pau d’ arco gel, comfrey/plantain ointment, tea tree oil, aloe vera gel, echinacea/St John’s wort/white willow capsules

Pain, Cramping, Headache – lavender compresses, black cohosh/skullcap extract, peppermint oil rugs, comfrey compresses, rosemary tea or steam, ginkgo biloba or feverfew extract

Strains, Sprains & Muscle pulls – White willow/St John’s wort capsules or salve, Tiger Balm analgesic gel, Chinese white flower oil, tear tree or wintergreen

Periodic Constipation/Diarrhea – fiber & herbs butternut/cascara capsules, senna/fennel laxative tea, milk thistle seed extract to soften stool, Ayurvedic Triphala formula, aloe vera juice

Sleep Aids – rosemary/chamomile/catnip, or passion flower/spearmint tea, hops/rosemary sleep pillow, wild lettuce/valerian extract, ashwagandha/black cohosh, skullcap capsules

Calming Stress & Tension – ginseng/licorice extract, rosemary/chamomile tea, Bach Flower Rescue Remedy drops, lemon balm/lemongrass tea, valerian/wild lettuce extract, chamomile aromatherapy

Indigestion, Gas & Upset Stomach – ginger tea or capsules, catnip/fennel tea, mint mix tea or extract, comfrey/pepsin capsules, aloe vera juice with herbs, spice mix tea or extract

Eye Infections & Inflammations – aloe very juice wash, eyebright/parsley/bilberry capsules or wash, Echinacea/goldenseal wash, chamomile/elder compress, witch hazel/rosemary solution

Toothaches & Gum Problems – tea tree oil, apply clove oil directly onto tooth or gums

I recommend you think about adding these items to your storage. …

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