How a Flock of Chickens May Be the Best Bet in the Battle Against Ticks (Videos)

Survival

by N.Morgan 

 

When summer comes around, many people spend more of their time outdoors enjoying  Nature, but ticks can ruin the summer fun.

So what is the most effective and natural tick control in your yard?

Tick control is important.

Tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease and Powassan virus and the fact the tick population is growing and spreading annually in the United States (particularly in the Northeast and the Midwest), many people want to learn more about getting rid of ticks.

One way to control ticks is to let your chicken flock patrol your yard in search of pests and ticks. Anecdotal and scientific evidence suggests your chickens are more than effective at tick and pest control.

Anecdotal Evidence That Chickens Are Good at Controlling Ticks:

  • “After we began raising chickens, Suzanne reported that she was finding far fewer ticks on Sophie the pig,” from Home to Roost: A Backyard Farmer Chases Chickens Through the Ages by Bob Sheasley
  • “We’ve been happy to discover that since having our hens on our little homestead, we’ve enjoyed far fewer flies, mosquitoes, slugs, ticks, spiders, and maple bugs than in previous years.” Charley Cooke
  • “Since day 4 of having just our first chicken, we have never seen another tick in the backyard.” Alicia Barnes
  • Check out this list of reader reports from Mother Earth News on fewer ticks after getting chickens

Scientific Studies on Tick Control with Chickens:

study conducted in 1991 showed that chickens who scavenged for 30 minutes to an hour among tick-infested cattle in Kenya had eaten significant numbers of ticks.

Each chicken had 3-331 ticks in its gizzard, with an average of 81 per chicken.

Although the appetite of each individual chicken may vary, overall, chickens are a good natural predator of ticks on cattle.

It remains to be seen whether chickens can be used for tick control on deer and mice (or moose!) since there are so few studies.

Which are more effective, Chickens or Guineas for tick control?

Guinea hens also have a good reputation for eating ticks, but their main drawbacks are noise and a tendency to wander further. If you are considering getting guineas, watch a video to see what they sound like before you may a final decision. Guineas are known for being very loud.

So You Think You Want Guineas

Chickens may be just as effective as guinea hens in controlling unwanted pests like ticks.

An added benefit is that chickens are very effective at finding and eating grubs and worms, snakes, moles, and mice.

What else can you do to control ticks?

What more can you do to avoid a tick bite in addition to letting your chicken or guinea flock free range in the yard?

Here are some tick management tips:

  • For best results, pick a chicken breed known for good foraging ability. Birds that have good forage skills are more likely to find and eat ticks.
  • Keep grass clipped short on the areas where you spend time
  • Reduce or avoid leaf litter, which ticks love to hide in (clean up yard debris). Clean up, keeping in mind that ticks love high humidity and lurk just above the soil surface or in brushy or taller grass areas, as well as in leaf litter and ground covers.
  • Use a tick spray: specifically a repellent with DEET when you need to go into tick-infested areas; for example, areas with tall grasses, brushy or weedy areas (or avoid this type of area altogether).
  • Have a tick puller or fine-point tweezers handy for tick removal in the event you find an attached tick. Consider a tick kit for each vehicle and the house so you can remove ticks immediately.
  • Consider buying or making tick tubes (these contain the insecticide Permethrin)
  • Know the difference between tick species like the deer tick and other ticks such as the lone star tick, the dog tick, and the brown tick. Not all tick species carry disease (for example, the American dog tick is typically harmless in the Northeast, but carries Rocky Mountain spotted fever further west). You can learn to identify the stages of the tick life cycle, from newly hatched larvae to immature ticks (nymph) to adult stages. Adult ticks are easier to identify and see.
  • Get medical attention if you find a tick attached longer than 24 hours, or if you have a headache, a fever, or joint pain after a tick bite.
  • When you do remove a tick, flush it down the toilet. Why not the trash bin? Ticks can crawl out of trash.
  • Use tick-control products on pets that go outdoors. Check pets regularly to prevent a tick infestation in your house. Ticks feed on pets to get a blood meal, and your veterinarian will be able to suggest an effective tick treatment.

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References:

http://www.wideopenpets.com/tick-control-with-chickens-how-effective-is-your-fowl-flock-patrol/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=partner&utm_term=clife&utm_campaign=clife

http://www.wideopenpets.com/new-tick-borne-disease-on-the-rise-can-pets-get-the-powassan-virus/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1858289

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Bury an Egg in Your Garden and Be Amazed at What Grows (Video)

Environment, Survival

by N.Morgan

 

More and more people are realizing that growing your own food is not only economical, but can also be the healthiest and most nutritious way to feed your family.

Put an egg in garden soil, and what happens in a few days later will amaze you.

Here’s what you want to do: 

Fill the pot with 2 inches of potting soil.

Place one un-cracked raw egg in the pot and cover with soil.

As the egg decomposes, it will serve as a natural fertilizer.

Your backyard can produce an amazing harvest without leaving you broke and penniless.

References:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUppezqI3yc

https://brightside.me/inspiration-tips-and-tricks/15-cool-handmade-items-for-your-garden-175255/

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Is the US Ready for the ‘Big One’? Simulations Set to Prepare California for Megaquakes That Could Have 30 Times More Energy Than San Andreas (Most Devastating Quake in US History) – Videos

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Guest Contributor John Rolls

The Giant, Underestimated Earthquake Threat to North America

The enormous fault off the coast of the Pacific Northwest has been silent for three centuries. But after years of detective work, geologists have discovered that it can unleash mayhem on an epic scale.

Now scientists are calling attention to a dangerous area on the opposite side of the Ring of Fire, the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a fault that runs parallel to the Pacific coast of North America, from northern California to Vancouver Island.

This tectonic time bomb is alarmingly similar to Tohoku, capable of generating a megathrust earthquake at or above magnitude 9, and about as close to Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver as the Tohoku fault is to Japan’s coast.

Decades of geological sleuthing recently established that although it appears quiet, this fault has ripped open again and again, sending vast earthquakes throughout the Pacific Northwest and tsunamis that reach across the Pacific.

What happened in Japan will probably happen in North America. The big question is when.

Experts say an event of this kind occurs roughly every 400-600 years, and the area is now overdue for a similar quake that could leave thousands dead or displaced.

Worst-case scenarios show that more than 1,000 bridges in Oregon and Washington state could either collapse or be so damaged that they are unusable.

The main coastal highway, US Route 101, will suffer heavy damage from the shaking and from the tsunami.

Traffic on Interstate 5 — one of the most important thoroughfares in the nation — will likely have to be rerouted because of large cracks in the pavement.

Seattle, Portland and other urban areas could suffer considerable damage, such as the collapse of structures built before codes were updated to take into account a mega-quake.

The last time the region faced a ‘Big One’ was in 1906 when San Andres unleashed an earthquake that killed roughly 3,000 people.

This summer’s drill, dubbed Cascadia Rising, will test to see how local and state emergency responders, Fema, and a number of military groups work together.

At the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) lab in Menlo Park, seismometers peg the quake at magnitude 8.1, and the tsunami detection centers in Alaska and Hawaii begin waking up the alarm system with standby alerts all around the Pacific Rim.

Early morning commuters emerging from a BART station in San Francisco feel the ground sway beneath their feet and immediately hit the sidewalk in a variety of awkward crouches, a familiar fear chilling their guts.

 

Then another little rough spot on the bottom of the continent snaps off.

The chances of a 9.0 earthquake slamming the Pacific Northwest are disturbingly high. Introducing a novel way to engage the threat: reported science fiction.

There is a 22 percent chance that by the time you finish reading this sentence, there will have been an earthquake somewhere on earth.

This is a probability that is hard to grasp—it seems both obvious and diffuse. The world is a big place, and most earthquakes are relatively small.

But consider this: Geologists put the chance of a full rupture of the Cascadian Subduction Zone—that’s the fault line off the coast of California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia—at 7-15 percent over the next years.1 This would result in a 8.7 to 9.3 Mw earthquake. The biggest quake in recorded history, the 1960 Valdivia quake in Chile, weighed in at 9.5 Mw; and the recent 2011 Tōhoku earthquake off the coast of Japan measured at 9.0 Mw. Relatively speaking, there is a significant chance the Pacific Northwest region will see an earthquake of historical magnitude in the not-so-distant future. 

EXTREME DANGER of another, even larger earthquake than the massive 7.1 which struck south of Mexico City earlier this week.

Roads in the area have begun OUT-GASSING . . .  they appear to be Breathing . . .  meaning the earth below is being squeezed so hard, it is venting gas from deep in the earth.  This is a major warning sign of a pending, Extremely Large earthquake!

I cannot over-state the danger of what we see taking place in the video above.  The fact that this road is moving up and down, and hissing as underground gas comes out, is an absolute warning sign that another  Extremely Large earthquake is pending in that region.

What’s taking place to cause this gassing is that the earth is being squeezed with so much pressure, gas is venting out of the surface.   All that squeezing means something very big is building underground.

Because Portland has been my hometown for nearly nine years, I went looking for answers about this chance event, if and when it were to happen here. I found thousands of pages worth of studies and reports, written by hundreds of public employees who’ve long been working on this very question.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Oregon State Office of Geology and Mineral Industries, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, the city Bureau of Transportation and even the Parks Department—all of these agencies and more have taken a crack at telling parts of the story about what might happen during a Cascadia Subduction Zone event.

The accounts, informed by geologists, seismologists, geographers, engineers, transit experts, and city officials, are detailed, compelling, and often exhaustive.

Some of it is quite alarming. One study declared the possibility that of 2,671 bridges in the “strong” shaking zone, 399 would be at least partially destroyed, and 621 heavily damaged.4 That means 38 percent of the region’s bridges, out of service, all at once.

There are systemic vulnerabilities affecting Oregon as well. Nearly all the petroleum products for the entire state are imported through one particular area of Northwest Portland.5 Despite being a modern state, Oregon is still cut off from the rest of the country by its terrain, and connected by only a limited number of roads, railroads, and sea lanes.

I read hundreds, if not thousands of other facts, possibilities, probabilities, and potentialities like this, which remind me how amazing it is that our society holds together even in the best of times.

But these reports, too, are strictly in the language of estimates, in scenarios, in potential plans. And naturally so; there are no guarantees in engineering, let alone in emergencies.

It is impossible for anyone to say exactly which bridges will collapse, which roads will be blocked, and which buildings will have electricity and sewer service.

Similarly, there is no way to predict exactly how many people will die: either immediately, or in the long and difficult rebuilding process when water and electricity may be scarce. But there are estimates. There are scenarios.

I took to telling myself, if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. But fate is a solipsistic wall erected between oneself and the world—a world which is always comprised of confounding, frustrating, and mysterious facts.

With a time line of 41 events the science team at OSU has now calculated that the California–Oregon end of Cascadia’s fault has a 37 percent chance of producing a major earthquake in the next  years. The odds are 10 percent that an even larger quake will strike the upper end, in a full-margin rupture.

Given that the last big quake was 312 years ago, one might argue that a very bad day on the Cascadia Subduction Zone is ominously overdue. It appears that three centuries of silence along the fault has been entirely misleading. The monster is only sleeping.

Being prepared always is a perfect move towards living an enjoyable life.

You need to prepare for both success and failure simultaneously.

Being alert could save the lifestyle of your friends, relatively and more importantly your valuable life.

Bad things that are anticipated to occur need to be prepared for perfectly because they are inescapable, such as global warming. 

(SOURCE)

Reference:

http://www.mydailyinformer.com/is-the-us-ready-for-the-big-one-simulations-set-to-prepare-california-for-megaquakes-that-could-have-30-times-more-energy-than-san-andreas-the-most-devastating-quake-in-us-history/

Learn How to Unlock Your Car in 30 Seconds (Video)

Survival

(N.Morgan) Many of us have experienced the embarrassment of losing our keys and being unable to gain enter into our car.

Wouldn’t be great to know how to unlock your car without keys, in case you do lose them?

The video below gives step by step instructions on how to unlock your car without keys and skipping the embarrassment of having to call a locksmith.

Learn How to Unlock Your Car in 30 Seconds

Instructions:

Pull your shoelace out of your shoe.

In the middle of the lace, make a small noose knot that can get tighter as you pull on both ends.

Hold your shoelace gently from both ends, and fit it over the closed door in the crack between the door and the car’s frame.

Pull the shoelace down and try to get the loop around the car’s lock.

Once the loop is around the lock, pull on both ends to tighten the noose.

Once the loop is secure, pull the shoelace up from both ends.

The lock will be pulled up, allowing you access to your car.

 

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Reference:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxLQeN1-p4A

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The One Vitamin That Can Help Repel Mosquitoes All Summer (Video)

Health

(N.Morgan) Mosquitoes are considered to be one of the of the most annoying bugs on the planet.

The red, itchy, bites can cause pain, scabs and can even lead to Infantigo, which is a bacterial skin infection.

It can be caused by two different types of bacteria: strep (streptococcus) or staph (staphylococcus).

Typically, these bacteria will infect skin that is broken or damaged by cuts, scratches, bites, eczema, or other skin conditions.

There are several ways to ward off biting bugs, from using Vicks VapoRub to garlic, and there is one thing these all have in common – to produce an odor that mosquitos simply don’t like.

There is also one vitamin that when ingested, produces an odor on our skin which is repellent to mosquitoes but undetectable by humans.

Here are 5 great tips to have a mosquito-free summer:

1) Take a B1 supplement. The one vitamin is Vitamin B1, otherwise known as thiamine.

Although not scientifically proven, many people attest to the effectiveness of Vitamin B1 as a mosquito repellent. It also has a plethora of other fantastic health benefits, so why not give it a try?

The recommended dosage is 25-50mg, three times a day. There are concentrated supplements available from the pharmacy, but there are also common foods which are high in Vitamin B1, and adding these delicious foods to your diet may make you less appealing to mosquitoes! Sunflower seeds, beans, whole grains and yeast make the list, as well as kale, cauliflower and broccoli.

And why is B1 so good for us? Here’s what we found:

According to Organic Facts, it plays an important role in maintaining a healthy nervous system, as well as healthy skin, hair, eyes, mouth and liver. It also helps our bodies to withstand stress, which we can all use a little help with sometimes!

B1 is a key player in converting sugar into usable energy, and it works as a powerful antioxidant which can slow down the aging process. It is even good for our mental health. Just taking B1 isn’t the only thing you can do. 

2) Be prepared. Got a holiday coming up? Start taking the B1 supplements two weeks in advance – Love to Know advises that this is roughly how long it takes for the vitamin levels to build up in your body. And on that note, Vitamin B1 is water soluble, meaning it can be flushed from your body very quickly. Keep up your stores of B1 by continuously taking it in supplement form, and by snacking on the vitamin-rich foods listed above.

3) Use less bug spray. Most bug sprays contain neurotoxic chemicals such as permethrin and DEET. Love to Know explains that we absorb a lot through our skin and those chemicals go straight into our blood stream – so do we really want those harsh chemicals pumping through our bodies? There are some occasions when those bug sprays may be the safest option, but for places where mosquitoes don’t carry serious disease, it could be worthwhile trying natural alternatives, such as Vitamin B1.

4) Supplement with a natural repellent. If the mosquitoes are out in force, you can add another layer of protection by making your own repellent. Try this recipe, by David Wolfe – it uses only two ingredients! He recommends crushing fresh parsley with apple cider vinegar and leaving to sit for a few hours. Or you can try these recipes which use a simple mixture of olive oil and essential oils, the scent of which is known to deter bugs. Be sure to dilute the essential oils so that they’re safe to use on your skin, and follow the usage instructions carefully – essential oils are not right for everyone.

5) Stop giving mosquitoes a home. Pediatric Insider explains that mosquitoes breed in standing water, so try to empty any empty flowerpots, birdbaths or gutters that might be proving an ideal breeding place. Mosquitoes don’t venture too far from their homes, so if they can’t breed in your backyard, chances are you’ll see a lot less of them.

In the video below, Ranger Kooky puts the B1 suppliment to the test check out the results:

In conclusion, there are many ways to repel mosquitoes and you don’t have to put harsh chemicals on your skin to do it.

Try using natural bug sprays and being aware of where mosquitoes are breeding around your home, and of course, dose up on that Vitamin B1!

It is a safe and naturally-occurring part of a healthy diet, so you’ll notice other great health benefits too.

Another thing to consider is that if you are traveling somewhere with risk of malaria, yellow fever, or other serious diseases carried by mosquitoes, consult your doctor to discuss more stringent ways to deter mosquitoes.

However, if you’re looking for a healthy, toxin-free way of deterring mosquitoes and it is safe to risk an occasional bite, stock up on Vitamin B1 – it’s a healthy alternative.

[SOURCE]

References:

http://remedydaily.com/2017/04/08/the-one-vitamin-that-helps-repel-mosquitoes-all-summer-long/?src=wom_59415&t=syn

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_sOtRl9Jeos45_c2GLjpJg

http://vitamins.lovetoknow.com/Vitamin_B1_for_Bugs

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vitamins/vitamin-b1-or-thiamine.html

https://pediatricinsider.wordpress.com/2010/06/02/mosquito-bites-prevention-treatment-and-vitamins/

28 Must Have Medicinal Plants in Your Survival Garden (Video)

Health, Survival, Uncategorized

 

(N.Morgan) With all of the information coming out about how most pharmaceutical drugs have ongoing and devastating long term side-effects, many people are turning back to nature treat and in some cases, cure diseases or ailments.

Another reason people are turning back to natural remedies is because it is cost effective and is easy on the budget.

In these times of financial crisis and political upheavals, being prepared for disasters, whether natural or not, has become imperative.

Here is a list of 28 of the most vital medicinal herbs to have in your medical arsenal.

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera grows best in a highly sunny area with dry or moist soil.

Aloe Vera doesn’t taste very good, but it is still edible and can be consumed in juice form.

The sap from Aloe Vera is extremely useful in speeding up the healing process and reducing the risk of infections and can be used to treat:

wounds

cuts

burns

eczema

reducing inflammation

Aside from its external use on the skin, aloe vera can also be taken internally in the treatment of :

ulcerative colitis (drinking aloe vera juice)

chronic constipation

poor appetite

digestive problems

2. Marsh Mallow

This is the plant that marshmallows were once made from.

The root of the plant can be taken internally to treat :

inflammation and irritation of the urinary tract and respiratory mucus membranes

counter excess stomach acid

peptic ulceration

gastritis

For external application the root is applied to :

bruises

sprains

aching muscles

insect bites

skin inflammations

splinters

The leaves are very edible and have a pleasant taste, unlike Aloe Vera.

They can be added to salads, boiled, or fried. It is also known to help out in the area of cystitis and frequent urination.

3. Great Burdock

This plant requires moist soil and can grow without much or any shade.

The great burdock is well known in detoxification in both Chinese and Western herbal medicine.

The root is is used to treat ‘toxic overload’ that result in throat infections and skin diseases like :

boils

rashes

burns

bruises

herpes

eczema

acne

impetigo

ringworm

insect bites

The leaves and seeds can be crushed and applied to bruises, burns, ulcers and sores.

4. Pot Marigold

This plant is able to grow in almost any type of soil.

It can tolerate nutritionally poor, very acidic or very alkaline soils, so long as it’s in moist conditions.

Well known as a remedy for skin problems, the deep-orange flowered pot marigold variety is applied externally to :

bites

stings

sprains

wounds

sore eyes

varicose veins

If used internally it treat fevers and chronic infections.

The tea made of the petals, improves circulation and if taken regularly, eases varicose veins.

Applying the crushed stems of the pot marigold to corns and warts aid in their removal.

5. Gotu Kola

The gotu kola acts in various phases of connective tissue development and stimulates healing of :

ulcers

skin injuries

decreases capillary fragility

stimulation of the lipids and protein 

necessary for healthy skin

The leaves of this plant are thought to hold the secret to the Fountain of Youth.

Crushed the leaves to treat open sores.
The gotu kola can also be used to :
treat leprosy

revitalize the brain and nervous system

increase attention span and concentration

treat venous insufficiency

6. Camomile

With its sweet, crisp, fruity and herbaceous fragrance, this plant has long been used medicinally as a remedy for problems regarding the digestive system.

It has a soothing and calming effect in the area of aromatherapy and can be used to end stress and aid in sleep.

The entire herb is used to treat common aches like toothache, earache, shoulder pain and neuralgia.

7. Globe Artichoke

A bitter tasting plant that requires a lot of sun, the cardoon has become important as a medicinal herb in recent years following the discovery of cynarin, the biologically active chemical constituent of artichoke.

The cardoon leaves are best harvested before flowering, helps to :

improve liver and gall bladder function

stimulate the secretion of digestive
juices

lower blood cholesterol levels

treat chronic liver and gall bladder
diseases

jaundice

hepatitis

asteriosclerosis

early stages of late-onset diabetes

8. Chinese Yam

This type of yam that can be eaten raw and can be easily grown, succeeding in fertile, well drained soil in a sunny area.

It is sweet tasting and soothing to the stomach, spleen and has a tonic effect on the lungs and kidneys.

It is used internally to treat :

tiredness

weight loss

loss of appetite

poor digestion

chronic diarrhea

asthma

dry coughs

uncontrollable urination

diabetes

emotional instability

Externally, it is applied to :

ulcers

boils

abscesses

The leaf is used to treat snakebites and scorpion stings.

9. Echinacea

Considered one of the world’s most important medicinal herbs, echinacea can raise the body’s resistance to bacterial and viral infections by stimulating the immune system.

It also has antibiotic properties that helps relieve allergies. The roots are beneficial in the treatment of sores, wounds and burns.

It was once used by Native Americans as a treatment for insect bites, stings and snakebites.

Echinacea grows on any well drained soil, as long as it gets sunlight.

10. Siberian Ginseng

Siberian ginseng has a wide range of health benefits, mostly as a powerful tonic herb that maintains good health.

Its medicinal properties are used for :

menopausal problems
geriatric debility
physical and mental stress
treat bone marrow suppression caused by chemotherapy or radiation
angina
hypercholesterolemia and neurasthenia with headache
insomnia
poor appetite
increasing endurance
memory improvement
anti-inflammatory purposes
immunogenic purposes
chemoprotective purposes
radiological protection

11. Great Yellow Gentian

The great yellow gentian root is a bitter herb used to treat digestive disorders and fatigue from chronic diseases. It stimulates the liver, gal bladder and digestive system.

Internally, it is taken to treat:

liver complaints

indigestion

gastric infections

anorexia

12. Sea Buckthorn

The sea-buckthorn has been utilized throughout the centuries in China to relieve cough, aid digestion, invigorate blood circulation and alleviate pain.

The branches and leaves are used in Mongolia to treat gastrointestinal distress in humans and animals.

The bark and leaves are used for treating diarrhea, gastrointestinal, dermatological disorders and topical compression for rheumatoid arthritis.

With this versatile plant, even the flowers are used as a skin moisturizer.

The berries are used together with other medications for pulmonary, gastrointestinal, cardiac, blood and metabolic disorders.

Fresh sea buckthorn berry juice is known to be taken for:

colds

fever

exhaustion

stomach ulcers

cancer

metabolic disorders

liver diseases

inflammation

peptic ulcer

gastritis

eczema

canker sores

general ulcerative disorders

karatitis

trachoma

13. Tea Tree

Aborigines have long been using the tea tree leaves for medicinal purposes, like chewing on young leaves to relieve headaches.

The paperbark itself is extremely useful to them as it serves to line coolamons when used as cradles, as a bandage, as a sleeping mat, as material for building humpies, as an aluminum foil, as a disposable rain coat and for tamping holes in canoes.

The leaves and twigs can be made into tea tree oil, which possesses anti fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic properties.

Tea tree oil can be used to treat :

cystitis

glandular fever

chronic fatigue syndrome

thrush

vaginal infections

acne

athlete’s foot

verrucae

warts

insect bites

cold sores

nits

minor burns

14. Lemon Balm

The reason this plant is called lemon balm is because of the lemon minty scent of the leaves.

The flowers, which appear during the summer, are full of nectar.

The crushed leaves can be used as a typical for:

mosquito repellent
herpes
sores
gout
insect bites
Infusion of the leaves with water are known to treat:
colds

fevers

indigestion due to nervous tension

digestive upsets in children

hyperthyroidism

depression

mild insomnia

headaches

15. Peppermint

Peppermint is regarded as ‘the world’s oldest medicine’, with archaeological evidence placing its use at least as far back as ten thousand years.

Peppermint is naturally high in manganese, vitamin A and vitamin C.

Crushed leaves rubbed on the skin help soothe and relax the muscles.

Infused peppermint leaves are used to :
reduce irritable bower syndrome symptoms

against upset stomachs

inhibit bacterial growth

treat fevers

flatulence

spastic colon

16. Evening Primrose

The young roots can be eaten like a vegetable, or the shoots can be eaten as a salad.

Poulticed roots of the evening primrose is applied to piles and bruises.

Tea made from the roots have also been used in the treatment of obesity and bowel pains.

However, the more valuable parts are the leaves and bark, which are made into evening primrose oil, which is known to treat:

Multiple Sclerosis

premenstrual tension

hyperactivity

eczema

acne

brittle nails

rheumatoid arthritis

alcohol-related liver damage 

17. Ginseng

As one of the most highly regarded medicines in the Orient, ginseng earned its reputation for its ability to promote health, general body vigor and prolong life.

The roots are used to:

stimulate and relax the nervous system

encourage secretion of hormones

improve stamina

lower blood sugar levels

lower cholesterol levels

increase resistance to disease

treat debility associated with old age

treat lack of appetite

treat insomnia

18. Turkey Rhubarb

Widely known mainly for its positive and balancing effect upon the digestive system.

It is gentle enough to use in the treatment of children.

The roots act as an astringent tonic to the digestive system while larger doses are used as laxatives.

It is also known to treat :

chronic constipation

diarrhea

liver and gall bladder complaints

hemorrhoids

menstrual problems

skin eruptions due to accumulation of toxin

19. Sage

Salvia, the Latin name for sage, means ‘to heal’.

A very important herb to the Native Americans was Sage, which was said to not only heal multiple problems of the stomach, colon, kidneys, liver, lungs, skin, and more.

It was also believed to protect against bad spirits and to draw them out of the body or the soul.

Internally sage can be used for:

indigestion

flatulence

liver complaints

excessive lactation

excessive perspiration

excessive salivation

anxiety

depression

female sterility

menopausal problems

Externally it can treat:

insect bites

skin infections

throat infections

mouth infections

gum infections

skin infections

vaginal discharge

20. Wu Wei Zi

Low doses of this fruit are said to stimulate the central nervous system whilst large doses depress the central nervous system;

It is also beneficial in regulating the cardiovascular system.

The seed is also used in the treatment of cancer.

Externally, it is used to treat irritations and allergic skin conditions/reactions.

Taken internally it will treat :

dry coughs

asthma

night sweats

urinary disorders

involuntary ejaculation

chronic diarrhea

palpitations

insomnia

poor memory

hyperacidity

hepatitis

diabetes

21. Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle protects and improves liver function.

Taken internally, Milk Thistle helps to treat:

liver and gall bladder diseases

jaundice

hepatitis (liver inflammation)

poisoning

high cholesterol levels

insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes who also have cirrhosis

the growth of cancer cells in breast, cervical, and prostate cancers

the effects of a hangover

22. Comfrey

Comfrey contains allantoin, a cell proliferant that speeds up the natural replacement of body cells.

It is reputed to have teeth and bone building properties in children.

Safer to use externally than internally, comfrey is used to treat a wide variety of ailments ranging from:

bronchial problems

broken bones

sprains

arthritis

gastric and varicose ulcers

severe burns

acne

cuts

bruises

sprains

sores

eczema

varicose veins

23. Feverfew

A tea made from the whole plant is used in the treatment of arthritis, colds, fevers etc.

It is said to have a sedative effect and can regulate menstruation.

An infusion can be used to relieve swollen feet.

Applied externally as a tincture, the plant is used in the treatment of bruises.

Chewing 1-4 leaves a day has proven to be effective in the treatment of some migraine headaches.

24. Fenugreek

Fenugreek seeds are high in nutritional value and can be taken to:

encourage weight gain 

inhibit cancer of the liver

lower blood cholesterol levels

treat inflammation and ulcers of the stomach and intestines

drain off sweat ducts

for body building

for late onset diabetes

poor digestion

insufficient lactation

painful menstruation

labor pains

freshen bad breath

restore a dull sense of taste

25. Slippery Elm

The inner bark of the slippery elm can be ground into nutrient-rich porridge-like soup that serves as an excellent remedy for sore throats.

It can also be used to soothe the digestive tract.

26. Stinging Nettle

Long known as a nutritious addition to the diet and as a herbal remedy, the stinging nettle leaves have been traditionally used to:

cleanse the blood

treat hay fever

arthritis 

anemia

excessive menstruation

hemorrhoids

rheumatism

eczema

nettle rash

chicken pox

bruises

burns

27. Agnus Castus

Beneficial to female hormonal system, the agnus castus seeds and fruits are used to rectify hormonal imbalances caused by an excess of estrogen and an insufficiency of progesterone.

It acts upon the pituitary gland, reducing the production of certain hormones and increasing the production of others, shifting the balance in favor of the gestagens, hormones that ‘secure’ pregnancy.

Thus it has a wide application of uses in issues of the feminine reproductive system and has been used regularly in :

restoring absent menstruation

regulating heavy periods

restoring fertility caused by hormonal imbalance

relieving premenstrual tension

easing the transition of menopause

28. Marijuana 

This comes with a disclaimer to grow where it is legal.

There are marked differences in the knowledge on the medical uses of cannabis and cannabinoids in different diseases.

For nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy, anorexia and cachexia in HIV/AIDS, chronic, especially neuropathic pain, spasticity in multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury there is strong evidence for medical benefits.

It is used in treating:

Nausea and Vomiting

Anorexia and Cachexia

Spasticity

Movement Disorders

Pain

Glaucoma

Epilepsy

Asthma

Psychiatric Symptoms

Autoimmune Diseases and
Inflammation

Miscellaneous, Mixed Syndromes

The video below is Kathleen Halloran, N.D. discussing how herbs can be used medicinally and how simple it is to grow them in your own garden.

 

References:

http://odyb.net/discoveries/27-medicinal-plants-worth-your-garden-space/

http://www.legendsofamerica.com/na-remedy.html

http://www.theholisticcare.com/cure%20diseases/Images/alternative-medicine.html

Kathleen Halloran, N.D.

http://www.businessinsider.com/health-benefits-of-medical-marijuana-2014-4

Burn Coffee Grounds in Your Backyard, the Results Are Amazing (Video)

Survival, Uncategorized

(N.Morgan) One of the major complaints about being outdoors during the summer are bugs. From mosquitoes to wasps and bees, these pests can ruin a good time and in some cases cause painful bites or stings that can lead to allergic reactions.

Many of us have tried every thing to make the bugs go away without much success.

In this amazingly simple life hack, Thierryoutdoors explains his idea of burning coffee grounds to drive all insects away.

Insects, especially mosquitoes, can transmit diseases and viruses, such as in the recent Zika Virus epidemic.

Commercial repellents also tend to have more than a few harmful chemicals that can cause other health issues from breathing them in.

The solution? Believe it or not, coffee grounds.

The Environmental Protection Agency says coffee grounds work as a very effective natural repellent that will keep many insects – including mosquitoes, wasps and bees – away.

Many insects have a very strong sense of smell and coffee grounds possess a strong odor when burned that drives insects crazy.

So how do you use them?

First take your used or fresh coffee grounds, put them in a bowl and cover it with aluminum foil. Leave this bowl in a dark, cool place  and let the grounds dry completely.

Then, place the grounds (either in a bowl or on a sheet of foil) on a flat area outdoors and burn them like you would incense. If you’re indoors and trying to keep mosquitoes out, open your windows.

If you’re using this method at an outdoor gathering, just leave the bowl burning in a central place.

Still too many mosquitoes plaguing you? Add some fresh bay leaf to the coffee grounds and burn them together.

If it’s a windy day or the area you’re trying to de-bug is large, you may wish to place as many as 5 of these burning bowls around to make sure the area is well covered.

In the video below, Thierryoutdoors shares this trick he learned in Lebanon.

 

Midges and mosquitoes natural repellent [VIDEO]

References:

http://www.davidwolfe.com/burns-coffee-grounds-backyard-genius/

https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/02/climate-for-action/

http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2012/09/ants-have-an-exceptionally-high-def-sense-of-smell/

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002763.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/about/

Thierryoutdoors

http://video.beforeitsnews.com/midges-and-mosquitoes-natural-repellent_10b62d372.html

Inexpensive and Healthy Way to Make Your Own Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (Video)

Health, Survival, Uncategorized

(N.Morgan) The innumerable health benefits of apple cider vinegar are undeniable.

This common kitchen staple can boost your health on a multitude of levels.

It has incredible benefits for the body,both on the inside as well as on the outside.

Although often times added in cooking recipes,such as soups and salads, apple cider vinegar can also be used in many natural remedies to treat a number of ailments including indigestion, heartburn, inflammations, infections.

This is one of the main reasons you should always keep some ACV on hand and in your pantry.

You can always go to the supermarket and buy a bottle of organic ACV, the best and safest option is to make your own raw organic vinegar at home.

This way you’ll reap most of its health benefits and not have to be concerned about unwanted or unhealthy cheimcals and other ingredients being added.

The preparation is extremely simple and as well as easy on the wallet.

Ingredients:

organic apples
water
sugar

Directions:

Wash the apples thoroughly then either cut them into cubes or slices, whichever is your preference.

Place the apples in a glass jar adding a bit of sugar (1% sugar of the apple weight, i.e. 10g sugar to 1kg apples).

The sugar is essential for the fermentation process and will completely be lost in the final product.

Fill up the jar with water, cover with gauze and leave in room temperature of about 20°C.

In 7-10 days the jar will start releasing a sour odor.

As the smell grows stronger, it is suggested to keep the jar in another room besides the kitchen.

In one month your homemade ACV will be ready.

You will be able to taste the sourness of the vinegar.

When the AVC is ready, strain the liquid through gauze and store in sterilized glass bottles.

If you prefer your ACV a bit more sour, leave it to sit a few extra days before straining.

The video below also gives instructions on how to make AVC at home.

 

How To Make Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar ~ Raw, Vegan, Paleo, AIP Recipe [VIDEO]

References:

periscope.tv/wholehealthdana

http://www.healthyfoodteam.com/make-raw-organic-apple-cider-vinegar/

http://video.beforeitsnews.com/how-to-make-raw-organic-apple-cider-vinegar-raw-vegan-paleo-aip-recipe_cbefa7204.html

When You See A Black Dot On Someone’s Palm, Call The Police Immediately

Survival, Uncategorized

(N.Morgan)  A new domestic violence campaign was started on Facebook and its purpose is to recognize the victims of domestic abuse. The Black Dot Campaign is if you see anyone with a black dot on their palm, you should call the police immediately. The black dot is a sign that the person is in serious trouble and needs immediate assistance. The black dot on the hand is a silent cry for help.

From the organizers behind the Black Dot Campaign:

“The black dot on the hand lets professionals know you’re a really vulnerable domestic violence survivor, and that you need help but can’t ask because your abuser is watching your every move. In just 24 hours, the campaign has reached over 6,000 people worldwide, and has already helped 6 women. Please spread the campaign, and post a picture of your hand with the black dot, to show your support to all survivors of domestic violence.”

A survivor of domestic violence gives her testimony:

“I’m heavily pregnant and the baby’s father is very abusive. With words, his hands. I’ve been petrified for so long and even more with the baby coming soon. I was at the hospital yesterday, he was with me, he never leaves my side anymore. I had to have an examination so the consultant asked me to lie on the bed and drew the curtain. I learnt over and took the pen out of his pocket, pulled his hand over to me and wrote HELP ME. I didn’t have to say a word. This campaign gave me the strength and the idea how to ask for help. I am now safe somewhere else thanks to that consultant and the black dot campaign. Thank you, 1 week to go until my due date and I am finally safe.”

References:

http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2015/12/if-you-ever-notice-a-black-dot-on-someones-palm-call-the-police.html

Top 10 Barter Items Every Prepper Should Have (Video)

Survival, Uncategorized

(N.Morgan) When considering prepping and preparing for disasters, economic collapse or civil unrest, one must also think about how they will purchase or obtain the different items they may need.

Bartering is one way to ensure you will have all of your needs met, should a crisis occur.

Some items will be more valuable than money and in the inforgraphic below, there are 10 examples of what the most sought after items may be.

Infographic by http://www.successstory.com/

When you are stockpiling items and supplies while preparing a survival kit, be sure to include extras of these which you can use to trade and barter with others.

Let this short list open your mind to the possibilities.

Food – spices – coffee and tea – chocolate – people must eat, and will crave luxuries
Water Filters – clean water is a key component of healthy survival
Ammunition and firearms, other weapons
First Aid supplies and medicines, especially antibiotics
Toilet paper, tissues, feminine napkins
Candles – matches – lighters
Batteries – all types and sizes
Hand tools for building and repair
Propane fuel
Alcohol – Cigarettes
Books – resource/DIY books – fiction books – blank journals & ledgers

 

We all may face a situation where either we have no money or money has been rendered useless.

Bartering can help to keep you and your family well cared for during adversity.

Bartering is a vital skill that can mean the difference between life or death.