Is Your Home Self-Sufficient and SHTF Bulletproof?

The general consensus amongst the survival community today, is that it is better to bug in and stay home, than to bug out.

There are several reasons for this, but the top one is that few people have the necessary skills to survive if they bug out to the wild. Besides, your home is a shelter, providing that need; and if you stay there, you have everything you own to help you survive.

That’s not to say that there are times when we should bug out. Torrential rains forced several small communities in our area to evacuate just last week. Staying home in such a case, when your home isn’t going to help you survive doesn’t make sense. But as long as you are better off at home, than you would be somewhere else, there really isn’t any reason to leave.

Of course, the average American home really isn’t set up for survival; its set up for comfortable day-to-day living; something totally different. But that’s not to say that it can’t be an effective survival retreat. All that means is that your home probably needs some work, if you’re going to use it as a survival shelter. How well you set it up to be a survival shelter will have a lot of impact on how well and how easily you can survive, when the time comes.

Stocked to the Gills

The first thing your home needs to have, in order to function as a survival retreat, is a good supply of essential supplies, like food, water and toilet paper. Most people, who start on the road of being preppers, start out by stockpiling food. That’s a process which never really ends, as we are always finding more and more things that we need to stockpile.

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The greater your stockpile, the longer you can survive. This age old wisdom is no different than noblemen had to think of in the preparation of their castles, back in the Middle Ages. Most castles were not defeated in combat, but in the siege, where an opposing army would surround the castle, keeping supplies from getting in and starving the occupants of that castle out. The siege often became a contest between the supply lines of the attackers and the stockpile of the defenders.

Your stockpile is an essential part of your survival strategy. It’s also a good reason to stay at home, rather than bugging out. If your stockpile of supplies is at home, chances are, you won’t be able to move it all. So, bugging out not only means leaving your home behind, but leaving your stockpile of food and other essential supplies behind as well. That’s obviously something that you would want to avoid.

Keep in mind that your stockpile isn’t limited by the item you have the most of, but rather, by the item you have the least of. It is the items you run short of, which you will have to go out in search of. That’s where danger lies, so you want to do what you can to avoid it.

Building a stockpile at home isn’t to say that you shouldn’t have supplies stockpiled elsewhere. You should always have an alternate site prepared and stocked with supplies. But the bulk of your supplies are probably going to be right there where you live, along with the survival gear necessary to go with them.

Self-Contained & Self-Sufficient

Not only do you need supplies, but your home must have everything you’ll need in place, in order to survive. Modern homes depend on electricity, natural gas, water and sewage connections to provide these essential services. But what if those services are no longer available? What will you do then?

Obviously, you’ll have to have your own or do without. But doing without generally means replacing that item with something else that can accomplish the same purpose. Take electricity, for example; while we use electricity for virtually everything, there are other ways of doing just about everything that we use electricity for. So rather than trying to produce enough electricity to power everything we are accustomed to doing, it might make sense to find other ways of doing the same things.

Ideally, you want to be able to survive in your home and property, without having to leave or receive any supplies from outside. That’s really what self-sufficiency is. The better you can do that, the better your chances of survival. Leaving home on a supply run, even if it is to an off-site storage that you have, increases your chances of coming under attack. The party who leaves for the supplies could be attacked along the way and the home base could be attacked as well, while they are gone, as anyone watching it would realize that your defense is weakened by that many rifles.

But sending out search parties to find supplies is risky for another reason; there aren’t likely to be any to find. All those other people out there, who haven’t prepared, will need whatever supplies exist in your community. So unless you need something unusual, that they wouldn’t be interested in, your chances of finding it are extremely slim.

The longer a time a survival situation continues, the less supplies there will be available outside of your homestead. On the other hand, in a true long-term survival situation, durable goods will become available, as people die off from starvation. At that time, scavenging for things like clothing, kitchenware and tools would be possible

However, we’re talking months to get to that point. You’ll have to survive with what you have at home until then. That means, in addition to your stockpile of supplies, you’ll need:

Water

Water may very well become the biggest survival issue for most urban survivalists. The general assumption is that municipal water supplies will be down. If that is the case, you will be limited to water you can harvest from nature, either on your property or naturally-occurring water sources near your home.

While everyone talks about getting water from nearby lakes and rivers, doing so requires leaving your home, with the same risks I just discussed. You would be better off having the ability to harvest water from nature, right there where you live. That means either:

  • Having a stream on your property
  • Putting in a well
  • Using rainwater capture
  • Using fog catchers

Of all the projects you can do to help make your home into a workable survival retreat, building some means of harvesting water is the most important.

At the same time, you need some means of disposing of used water. If you have septic tanks, rather than city sewage, you’re at an advantage. While they will eventually fill, at least you have something to last a few years.

But what if you have city sewage? What then? You’ll need some means of waste disposal, such as building an outhouse. Another option might be to use a humanure process, turning that waste into fertilizer. Whichever you choose, you’ll need to have the necessary materials in place, before the disaster strikes.

Heat

Modern home heating draws its energy either from natural gas or electricity; neither of which is will be dependable in a post-disaster world. Electric power is the first service to suffer damage in any disaster, leaving people in the dark and cold.

While electric companies are accustomed to dealing with this problem and providing quick repairs, that quick repair time is because they only having to repair one or two broken lines. That’s not the same as a major disaster. It took over six weeks to restore electric power to everyone after Hurricane Katrina and six months after Puerto Rico was plastered by back-to-back hurricanes, there were still people without electric power.

The most common solution looked at by most preppers is to heat their homes with wood, in the event that they lose electrical power. But is your home prepared for heating with wood? Do you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove? If you don’t, do you have a plan for temporarily installing one in an emergency? Do you have a sufficient stock of cut and split wood to see you through the winter?

What about the next winter? Assuming that you won’t be able to drive your pickup truck to some remote location to cut wood, where are you going to come up with enough firewood to burn? Is there forest growth nearby that you can use? Are there enough trees for you and everyone else in the area?

Solving the problem of heat will also solve the problem of cooking, as whatever means of heating you manage to create, using wood, will also serve to provide you with a means of cooking over the fire. Even so, you want to make sure that you have the necessary cooking utensils for cooking over a fire. Not all modern pots and pans will handle that well.

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Food

No matter how much food you stockpile, your food supplies will eventually run out. If all you’re concerned about is a short-term survival situation, such as surviving the aftermath of a hurricane, that’s not a problem. But if you’re also planning for surviving a long-term disaster, such as the loss of the electrical grid, then you’ll need much more than just your stockpile.

This means growing food on your property; essentially gardening for vegetables and raising small animals for meat. You’ve probably seen stories about people who grew all their own food in their backyard, so you know that it’s possible. But do you know how to do it?

Gardening is actually much more complicated than most people realize, especially if you’re trying to grow enough to feed your family. You’ll need a lot more food than you can grow in a small vegetable garden. Rather, you’ll need to convert your entire backyard into a vegetable garden, like those people who are growing all their food now.

Are you ready to do that? When the time comes, that’s going to be a lot of work. It’s also going to require a lot of supplies; specifically fertilizers to enrich the soil and seed to plant. Without everything you need, in order to grow that much food, your family is going to be hungry.

Then there’s the issue of growing animals for protein. While it is possible to get protein from beans and some grains; we humans are omnivores. We need our meat. But just like the issue of growing vegetables for food, growing animals for food is much more of a task than you would expect. Not only that, but those animals require special enclosures to keep them in, food to eat and even medicines to care for them.

Defensible

There is also a fairly high chance that your home will come under attack in a long-term, post-disaster scenario. We’ve already seen how looters come out of the woodwork after even small disasters. But this will be nothing, compared to what happens when people become desperate because they are hungry.

Obviously, modern homes don’t hold a candle up to the castles of the Middle Ages, at least not when it comes to being defensible. But there are things you can do, to make your home at least more defensible than it is. I’m not talking about the common security measures that are normally talked about to keep criminals out, as those aren’t enough. I’m talking about things that are good enough to keep out people using a battering ram to try and break in.

There are a number of measures that you can take, both to create a defensible perimeter around your property and to harden your home against being broken into. If you are the only one in the area who has food and water, it only makes sense that some people will try to take it from you.

But home defenses can only go so far, if you aren’t able to take up arms in defense of your home. Any passive defense can be defeated, if someone wants to. Since you can’t turn your home into a bank vault, you can be sure that they will find that way. But those passive defenses will buy you the necessary time, so that you can put your defensive plan into effect and stand ready to defend your home.

Discreet

Somehow, you’ve got to be able to do all of this, without making it too obvious to any nosy neighbors, so that they don’t know that you’re the one person in the neighborhood who is ready for a disaster. If they know, then they’ll probably come knocking on your door, looking for you to help them out.

It’s virtually impossible to totally hide what you are doing from your neighbors. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t at least try. You can also use deception to your advantage, giving them other reasons for what you do and diverting their attention away from the idea that you are preparing your home to be a survival retreat.

I’ve done a fair amount of this with my neighbors. They all know that I’m a retired engineer who likes to tinker. So they don’t think anything of my homemade solar panels, wind turbine or extensive vegetable garden. Rather, they just see all that as part of my eccentricity and ignore it.

Granted, they may realize what all those projects are for once a disaster strikes, but that’s not quite the same thing. Since I can’t hide those things, the best I can do is to create a reason for their existence to delay their thinking that I am in fact preparing for a disaster.

 

Source : www.survivopedia.com

 

 

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Boost immunity and enjoy better sleep with plants in the bedroom that are recommended by NASA

Scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) say that you need plants in your bedroom to beat certain ailments like colds, insomnia, and difficulties in breathing.

The plants can also decrease anxiety and stress, improve mood, and get rid of airborne pollutants in your room, thus making the environment better for asthmatic patients, scientists add.

According to NASA, the following plants should serve to bring a sense of calmness and order into your sleeping area, and hopefully into your life, too.

  1. Areca palm – Endemic to Madagascar, the areca palm is very effective at removing airborne pollutants; thus it should be the plant of choice for people who are prone to getting colds and have sinus problems. Areca palm releases moisture into the air, making the air more breathable and causing the bedroom occupant/s to fall asleep quickly.
  2. Aloe vera – Because of its small size, it can be easy to keep aloe vera in the house. It is aesthetically pleasing and is deemed as one of the best plants for air purification by NASA. It releases oxygen nonstop, making it an ideal bedroom plant decoration. It also negates the air effects of benzene (which is found in plastics and detergents) and formaldehyde (found in varnishes and floor finishes) for that extra purity that your bedroom air needs. (Related : The Surprising Natural Remedy Most Commonly Used In America)
  3. Boston fern – This pretty plant has been beautifying indoor landscapes since the Victorian era. It is number nine in NASA’s list of 50 air-purifying plants; as its uses extend to the removal of formaldehyde in the air. (Related : Five old remedies that are still healing us today)
  4. Spider plant – This plant is a fast grower. It can get rid of up to 90 percent of the toxins from the air in your bedroom in just two days, making it the plant of choice for people with dust allergies.
  5. Dwarf date palm – This houseplant is “independent” in the sense that you can forget to water it for two days and it will still be okay – it doesn’t need that much tending after. It is great at removing airborne pollutants such as xylene.
  6. Lady palm – Another air pollutant-remover, it can be counted on to remove ammonia, formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene from the air.

Other benefits of houseplants

People who frequent urban areas are found to spend an average of 90 percent of their time indoors; researchers from the Royal Horticultural Society are of the opinion that “bringing the outdoors inside” can offset the loss of whatever natural benefits that being outdoors have that are lost in the process of staying cooped up most of the day.

Studies show that office workers become more productive and are more energized to do their daily tasks when their work areas are filled with greenery; hospital patients are even said to have better tolerance against pain when there are plants in hospital rooms and hallways.

“Indoor plants can also elicit a number of physical health benefits, including the removal of airborne pollutants, both particulate and gaseous, which lead to better indoor air quality and associated improvements in physical health,” the Royal Horticultural Society said in an article that was published in the journal Plantsman.

 

Source  : www.greenlivingnews.com

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Five old remedies that are still healing us today

This article was originally published by Chris Pitt on  www.bbc.com

One of the recent winners of the Nobel Prize for medicine discovered a breakthrough drug after poring over 2,000 ancient herbal recipes.

Dr Tu Youyou’s discovery, the anti-malarial artemisinin, derived from wormwood, is credited with saving millions of lives.

From opium in poppies, to quinine derived from the cinchona tree, to digoxin from foxgloves, there are many gems unearthed from the past that have true testable medical benefits.

In fact, there is now a whole branch of science dedicated to the study of traditional medicine, ethnopharmacology.

But it is not as simple as isolating the active ingredient from a plant.

Apart from the fact lots of these plants in their raw form are poisonous, making useful drugs for a population requires planning and sufficient raw material.

“We have to develop drug strategies, and considerations of treating large numbers of people have to be taken into account,” Michael Heinrich, professor of pharmacognosy (medicinal plant research) at UCL, says.

Milkweed

The white sap from this common weed, also known as petty spurge, was described by Nicolas Culpeper’s Complete Herbalist (1826) as “a good treatment for warts”.

Don’t try this at home, however, as its also an irritant.

Milkweed made its way from its native Europe to Australia, where biochemist Dr Jim Aylward had it in his garden.

“My mum grew it for 20 years and swore by it,” he says.

“She always told me to put it on my skin to help sunspots.”

In 1997, Dr Aylward isolated its active ingredient, ingenol mebutate, which he discovered was toxic to rapidly replicating human tissue.

And recent clinical trials of Picato, a gel derived from milkweed sap, suggest it is effective at stopping lesions turning into skin cancer.

Leeches

Leeches were one of the more civilised methods of bloodletting, a popular cure for disease.

For the Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, any imbalance in the four bodily “humours” (blood, black bile, yellow bile, and phlegm) would cause disease.

And the best way to correct this was to drain the excess – often blood.

Fast-forward to 1830s Europe, and bloodletting was big business.

Use of leeches to treat almost all ailments had reached its peak, with France importing about 40 million every year.

With the rise of “rational” science, and no evidence to back it up, bloodletting died out.

But recent advances in surgery mean leeches are back on the wards.

Hospitals such as UCLH in London use these bloodthirsty worms to drain excess blood after microsurgery, which helps to promote natural healing.

They can be used in postoperative care of skin grafts, or after lost fingers and ears have been reattached.

They produce a protein that stops blood clotting – and this gives tiny veins time to knit themselves back together.

Wales is now the centre for leech therapy and home to a farm supplying tens of thousands of medicinal leeches to hospitals around the world.

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Willow

Both the Ancient Egyptians and Hipocrates recommended using the bark of a willow tree for pain relief.

Its effectiveness was eventually proven in a study by the Royal Society in 1763.

But it was not until 1915 that drugs giant Bayer started selling it over the counter as aspirin.

It is now the subject of between 700 and 1,000 clinical studies each year.

And recent advances have shown it is far more than just a painkiller.

From reducing the risk of strokes to indications it could help prevent cancer, aspirin is the traditional remedy that keeps on giving.

Snowdrops

Galantamine, derived from snowdrops and now used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, was first investigated by the Soviet Union, – but folk law tells of Bulgarians rubbing the flowers on their forehead to cure headaches.

Prof Heinrich says: “They were almost certainly used in traditional medicine before the Soviet’s started investigating in the 50s.

“Why would you go into your garden and investigate your snowdrops?

“There must have been a reason for them to look at snowdrops in the first place”

‘Cow’s Stomach Juice’

A recipe for “eye salve” from 1,000-year-old Anglo-Saxon medical textbook Bald’s Leechbook states onion, garlic, wine and cow’s bile should be crushed together and left in a bronze vessel for nine days and nights.

Now, tests have shown the eye salve kills MRSA in the lab faster than the best antibiotic.

“Anglo-Saxon remedies don’t have the best reputation, but the idea that Anglo-Saxon medicine is superstition has clouded our judgment,” says Dr Christina Lee, associate professor in Viking studies at Nottingham University, who translated the recipe.

“We need to get rid of the whiff of homeopathy and give old remedies the credit they deserve.”

 

Source : www.bbc.com

 

 

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34 Beneficial Epsom Salt Uses You Never Knew Before

Do you enjoy a nice long soak in your bathtub? What about finding relief from a painful headache?

What if I told you there is one item that could bring you both relaxation and relief from a headache? Plus the same item can be used for cleaning and to boost your garden.

This frequently overlooked item is tucked away on most store shelves – and you might have guessed it – it is Epsom salts. It is inexpensive and extremely handy. I’m going to share with you many unique uses for Epsom salts.

Hopefully, you’ll find them as useful as I do. Here’s what you can do with Epsom salts:

1. Add Oomph to Your Hair

I enjoy a little extra volume to my hair. If you struggle with flat or fine hair, you’ll have an appreciation for Epsom salts.

Mix ½ Epsom salt and ½ conditioner in a bottle. This mixture will remove any excess oil from your hair which could potentially weigh it down. You should notice a nice boost of volume to your hair after use.

2. Relieves Pain from Sunburns

Sunburns can be extremely painful. They’re no fun, and you’d probably like the pain to leave you as quickly as possible.

Well, you’re in luck. Epsom salts have an anti-inflammatory property. If you mix two tablespoons of Epsom salts with one cup of water and spray it on your sunburn, it should provide relief.

3.  Moisturizes Lips

Are your lips continually feeling dry? Are you tired of purchasing lip moisturizers which cost a great deal of money but don’t work in the long run?

Give Epsom salts a try. Mix three tablespoons of Epsom salts with one teaspoon of Vaseline. It should remove the dead and dry skin from your lips.

4. Itchy Bug Bites

When summertime rolls around, the bugs come with it. Bug bites leave us feeling itchy and uncomfortable.

Don’t live with it. Instead, mix two tablespoons of Epsom salts with one cup of water. Dip a cotton ball in the mixture and apply to your bug bites.

5. Soothes Sore Muscles

Achy muscles occur when you do labor-intensive work, have a good workout at the gym, or if you do something you haven’t done in a while and your body isn’t used to it.

The next time you have sore muscles, soak in a warm bath with Epsom salts. You can also make a paste of one cup of warm water and one teaspoon of Epsom salts. Apply the paste to the sore muscles.

6. Foot Soak

I enjoy soaking my feet when I’ve been on them all day. I also enjoy having dry skin exfoliated from my feet while they soak.

All you need to do is soak your feet in soapy, warm water with ½ cup of Epsom salt. It soothes achy feet and exfoliates dry skin simultaneously.

7. Soothes Bee Stings

Bee stings hurt. There’s no way around it. They also swell and itch after the initial sting. The next time you have a bee sting, turn to Epsom salts.

Mix one tablespoon of Epsom salt with one cup of cold water. Place a cloth in the mixture and apply it to the sting as a cold compress. It should help soothe the pain and reduce swelling because of Epsom salt’s anti-inflammatory properties.

8. Add to Your Bath Water

Soaking in a nice bath is a great way to relax. Add Epsom salt to your bath to keep your skin healthy and exfoliated.

Two cups of Epsom salts to the bath water should be enough, and you need to soak for 15 minutes or more. Do this three times per week for best results. Candles help too.

9. Clean Pores

Do you struggle with blackheads? Who knew they could be cleared up by applying Epsom salts? If you have a favorite facial cream, add Epsom salts to it.

From there, rub the facial cream on your face. Rinse your face with cold water and pat dry. Your face will stay clean and help you get rid of any embarrassing blackheads.

10. DIY Bath Salts

Bath salts are a great addition to a nice bath. They can be expensive when you go to purchase them, though. Therefore, you should make your own.

They can be made by adding two cups of Epsom salts to a container. From there, add food coloring and a splash of vanilla for added scent.

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11. Splinter Relief

Splinters are a part of life but can be painful. The next time you get one, reach for Epsom salts for relief.

Remove the splinter, create a compress with cold water and Epsom salts, and finally apply it to the sore area to reduce pain and swelling.

12. Exfoliation Post-Shower

I’m all about having healthy skin, but it takes work. The next time you feel like your skin needs some extra attention, use this method.

When you step out of the shower, don’t reach for the towel. Instead, reach for the Epsom salts. Rub your skin with handfuls of Epsom salts until you feel you’re thoroughly exfoliated, ridding your body of any dry skin.

13. Soothes Stubborn Skin

We all have areas with dry skin which seems it won’t go away. I used to struggle with this on my elbows and heels.

However, I learned if you place two cups of Epsom salts in Vaseline and rub it on those tough areas, it exfoliates the skin. Be sure not to use this on skin which is irritated or opened.

14. Soothes Poison Ivy Rash

Poison ivy rash is painful, but you don’t have to live with the discomfort. Instead, make a compress with Epsom salts.

Mix two tablespoons of Epsom salts with a cup of water. Soak a washcloth in the mixture to create a compress and apply it to the poison ivy rash to reduce itching and swelling.

15. Cold Water Plunge

It makes me shriek thinking how athletes soak in an ice bath after they’ve worked out. They do this to help with sore muscles.

If you also do this, try adding Epsom salt to your ice bath. It adds additional anti-inflammatory properties to aid in healing sore muscles.

16. Doctor Your Feet

Do you struggle with foot odor or foot fungus? Do you work in a job where you’re on your feet all of the time and come home with sore feet?

Well, you need to soak them in Epsom salt and warm water for 20 minutes. It will help soothe sore feet, kill foot or toe fungus, and eliminate foot odors too.

17. Use in the Garden

Everyone who gardens want to have a beautiful lush garden which produces like crazy. Epsom salts can help you with this.

If you apply one tablespoon of Epsom salt to the base of each plant, it gives the plant a boost of magnesium. The plants will grow better and produce more. Tomatoes do especially well with this. Epsom salt also helps them to produce sweeter tomatoes as well.

18. Cleans Tiles and Grout

Do you struggle to get your tiles and grout clean? You won’t have to struggle anymore. Mix equal parts dish soap and Epsom salt together.

Apply the mixture to your tiles and grout. Use some elbow grease to scrub them with a brush to remove any dirt and stains.

19. Constipation Relief

If you’ve ever been constipated, you know how uncomfortable it can be. You don’t have to reach for expensive medications to soothe your ailment.

Instead, reach for Epsom salt. Because they’re high in magnesium, it helps get your bowels moving. Be sure to follow the instructions on the package.

20. Give Houseplants a Boost

As much as you’d like to grow a lush garden, we all want our houseplants to be gorgeous too. If your houseplants look droopy, or you want them to look better, give Epsom salts a try.

Apply a small amount of Epsom salts to the soil around your houseplant. You can also add Epsom salts to your water. Giving your houseplants approximately one tablespoon per month should be adequate. You should notice the plants growing fuller after application.

21. Sprinkle in the Garden

Part of growing a garden is dealing with the pests which want to dine in your garden as well. Epsom salts can help with deterring garden pests.

Sprinkle Epsom salt throughout your garden and around your plants. Slugs will dry up when crawling over them and other garden pests will be sliced by crawling over the salts.

22. Give Your Roses a Boost

Roses love magnesium. It helps them to bloom and grow extraordinarily. If you have rose bushes, you need Epsom salts.

Apply the Epsom salts around the base of the plants. You should use approximately one tablespoon per month. The number of blooms will increase and it will help the overall growth of the plant.

23. Great Cure for a Hangover (And Other Headaches)

Whether you have a headache because of the way you slept, the weather, or because you drank too much, Epsom salts can help.

You can consume the Epsom salts or soak in them in a warm bath. The increase in magnesium to your system should help soothe and reduce a headache.

How will you survive when there is no doctor around? 

24. Mix in the Soil

Before planting a garden, it’s essential to adequately prepare the soil. The soil will feed your plants. It’s important that the soil has the nutrients they need.

By adding Epsom salt to your soil, it gives it a magnesium boost. Magnesium is great for increasing the quality of your soil and ultimately your plants.

25. Great for Your Heart Health

Epsom salt is suitable for many different things, but did you know it can help the health of your heart as well?

Because of Epsom salt’s anti-inflammatory properties, it improves circulation and helps your arteries to stay flexible. Soak in a bath with Epsom salt three to four times per week to enjoy these benefits.

26. Regulates Blood Sugar

Regulating your blood sugar can be tricky. Anything you can add to your diet or routine which will help could be a great idea.

Epsom salts can help with regulating healthy blood sugar levels. You can soak in it or consume it, but the magnesium helps the body to both make and use insulin. This lowers your risk of diabetes and increases your energy too.

27. Cleans Dishes

We all have specific recipes we love, we continue to make, but we know the dishes are going to be a nightmare when it’s over.

Well, the next time you have caked-on grease, put Epsom salts in the dish. Their abrasiveness helps to remove the dirt from the dishes with less effort required.

28. Hand Wash

Are you looking for a DIY option for hand soap? Look no further than Epsom salts for this solution. It’s easy to make and practical too.

Place equal parts Epsom salts and baby oil in a handpump container. This mixture will clean your hands while exfoliating them as well.

29. Rids Raccoons

Raccoons can wreak havoc on your home. Whether they try to eat your small poultry, or they dig through your trash. It can be frustrating.

The next time a raccoon hangs around your property, place Epsom salts around the area they’re targeting. Raccoons don’t like the smell of Epsom salts, and this deters them from returning. Be sure to reapply after a heavy rain.

30.  Perks Up Your Lawn

Does your lawn need a boost? Add two tablespoons of Epsom salts to one gallon of water. This will add both magnesium and iron to your soil.

The added ingredients will give your lawn the minerals it desires, leading to a fuller and lusher looking lawn.

31. Reduces Bruising

I hate when I get a big nasty looking bruise. No matter how cute of an outfit you wear, people don’t notice the outfit for the bruise.

Well, you can diminish the appearance of bruising by creating a cold compress containing water and Epsom salts. Apply it to the bruise, and it should help the discoloration to fade.

32. Ditch Frizzy Hair

The same conditioner idea I had mentioned above (1/2 conditioner, ½ Epsom salt) will help to reduce frizz to your hair.

If you live in a humid area, your hair will quickly turn into a giant ball of poof. This conditioner mixture can help contain some of the frizz caused by humidity.

33. Say Bye-Bye to Fertilizer

Fertilizing your garden and other plants is necessary. It can also become expensive if you purchase store-bought fertilizers.

One popular ingredient in fertilizers is magnesium. You can sprinkle Epsom salts on your garden in the place of fertilizers as a way to boost magnesium when needed.

34. Stop Plant Shock

When you transplant a plant, it’s common to be concerned if the plant will make it initially. The reason being, the plant will go into shock in some instances.

Epsom salts can help plants avoid going into shock. Add a sprinkle of Epsom salts into the hole where it’s being transplanted or into the soil. It can help the plant make it through the transition with ease.

Well, you now have over 30 different uses for Epsom salts. They can be helpful in the garden, in your home, for your health, and for your beauty regiment as well.

Hopefully, this will be an inexpensive way for you to care for many areas of your life and to feel better all the way around.

 

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Forgotten lessons of Yesterday – Food Independence Guide

My Surviva Farm – Auto-Pilot Garden

Spec Ops Shooting Brian Morris  – Defensive skills

Smart Solar Box – DIY Home Energy system that will drastically cut your energy bills

Mega Drought – Makes Water Out Of Thin Air

Survival MD – Lifesaving information about surviving when doctors, pharmacies and hospitals are shut down

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The Surprising Natural Remedy Most Commonly Used In America

 

Low maintenance and quite simple to grow at home, it’s easy to understand why Good Housekeeping magazine considers Aloe Vera the most commonly used natural remedy in America.

Aloe Vera’s uses include small skin burn and sunburn treatment, skin moisturizer, and even detoxification drinks.

A favorite herb of many nations, Aloe Vera’s origins are commonly believed to be in North Africa. The name Aloe Vera is derived from the Arabic word “alloeh,”which means “bitter,” and “Vera,” which means “real” in Latin.

A brief history of Aloe Vera tells us that while there are more than 300 species of Aloe, only 4 types of the species contain medicinal properties. The only plant considered “true aloe” is Aloe barbadensis miller. The brief history also states that the antiquity of Aloe is confirmed by Egyptian papyri dating back to 1500 BC. The Egyptians called aloe the “plant of immortality” and used it to treat infections, kill parasites and treat skin diseases.

Egyptian queens credited aloe as their beauty source and Egyptian pharaohs took aloe with them into their afterlife.

Today, Aloe Vera is so abundant, useful and adaptable, that it is found growing wild in almost every tropical region all around the world. If you don’t live in a tropical environment, or you simply want to manage the growth of your own Aloe Vera, here is our guide for growing this amazing plant both indoors and out.

First, keep in mind that Aloe Vera is incredibly tolerable, so breathe easy. While it prefers lots of sunshine, it will still tolerate low light and thrives best with infrequent watering. In fact, overwatering aloe is much more likely to kill the plant than underwatering will.

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Here are a few tips for keeping your plant plump, green and steadily growing:

Tips For Growing Aloe Vera Plants Indoors

Soil

Indoors, your aloe plant needs to be in sandy, well-drained potting soil. You can make ideal soil yourself by mixing equal parts potting soil with sand or use an organic cactus and succulent mix.

Planters

Ideally, terra cotta pots work best with aloe because they let soil dry quicker than glazed or plastic pots will. You’ll need a container that is just big enough to contain the roots and support the weight of the plant’s leaves without toppling over.

Light Conditions

Sunny, bright lighting conditions are ideal for your aloe plant, although it will tolerate with even just a little bit of sunshine. Your plant may go dormant and stop growing if left in extremely low lighting conditions, until more sunlight is available.

Watering

Watering heavily, then allowing the potting soil mix to completely dry before watering again is most ideal for this dryland plant. Limp, brown leaves are a symptom of overwatering. You may only need to water about every other week or less, especially during winter or in low lighting locations. Watering aloe every day, or keeping the soil mix moist will rot out your plant’s roots.

During the Summer, feel free to move your potted Aloe Vera plants outdoors. Put them in a shady location to avoid overexposure to sun at first, then move them a little more into the sun every day until they are able to handle full days of full sun.

Tips For Growing Aloe Vera Outdoors

If you live in a warmer climate, your Aloe Vera will thrive all year long outdoors. Begin by finding out your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone.

Aloe leaves will burn or die in freezing temperatures, but as long as the soil does not freeze, the roots may survive and new sprouts will appear. Cover your aloe plants with blankets if temperatures threaten to drop below 40 degrees. As long as it is growing in soil with proper drainage, your aloe plants will continue to thrive.

Again, there is no need to water it every day, as overwatering aloe will rot the roots and kill your plant. If you do water between rains, give the plant a good soaking and let the soil then dry completely.

Flowering

Every now and then, your Aloe Vera plant may sprout up a nice, tall stalk of little, bell-shaped flowers. After the flowers have faded, you’ll want to snip off the flower stalk from near the base.

Repotting

Aloe Vera plants prefer snug conditions rather than roomy ones, so there is no rush to repot your plants. If your plant grows big enough to tip the pot over, however, it’s time to move the plant into a slightly larger planter. Your aloe plant may begin to get “leggy” as it grows and older leaves at the bottom of the plant dry out, causing it to develop bare stems.

If this is a problem for you, dump out the plant’s root ball and shake off the potting mix. If you find that the bottom roots are dry and brown, snip those off, and leave the light-colored, plump roots alone. Then, repot your aloe plant in the same container (or a deeper one if necessary) and cover the bare stem with the potting mix. The stem will eventually sprout its own roots.

Propagation

It’s common with aloe plants for smaller plants to develop next to your main plant, if the roots have filled up its current pot. When this happens, you can dump out the root ball onto a workspace and carefully tease apart the roots of the different plants. Then, repot each new plant in its own pot. It is also possible to start more plants using a few 3 inch long leaf tips. Save the remainder of the leaf to harvest aloe vera gel. Take the 3 inch long leaf tip, and place it with sliced end down into its own pot filled with potting mix. You could also let the cut leaves sit out for a week or so to give the end time to dry out and improve its chances of developing new plants.

Dipping the dried sliced end in honey before planting it also improves the chances of new plants growing. Keep an eye on your new plants. Some of the leaves will dry up or rot – these, you’ll want to pull out and discard. Others will be firm, with tiny new leaves forming around the base. Once the newly formed plants reach a couple of inches in height, again, carefully tease apart the roots, and plant them in small single containers.

Putting Your Aloe Vera To Use

To treat small burns or sunburns, the simplest way to use your Aloe Vera is just to snap or slice off a leaf and rub the wet end on the burn. If you find you don’t get enough juice that way, cut a leaf off from as near to the plant’s stem as possible. Then, cut lengthwise slits in each leaf. Using a spoon, scrape the gel out from each half. You can then use it right away or store it in the refrigerator for up to a week. For longer storage, freeze the gel-like juice in ice cube trays.

Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, a certified doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist discusses the many uses of Aloe Vera in his work “Food Is Medicine”. In 2009, a systematic review summarized 40 studies that involved using aloe vera for dermatological purposes.

The results suggest that oral administration of aloe vera in mice works effectively to heal wounds, can decrease the number and size of papillomas (small growths on the skin), and reduce the incidence of tumors by more than 90 percent in the liver, spleen and bone marrow. The studies also showed that Aloe Vera effectively treats genital herpes, psoriasis, dermatitis, frostbite, burns and inflammation. It can be used safely as an antifungal and antimicrobial agent.

Dr. Axe also lists the following fascinating nutritional facts about Aloe Vera:

Aloe Vera contains many vitamins and minerals vital for proper growth and function of all the body’s systems. Here’s an easy explanation of Aloe Vera’s active components:

  • Aloe Vera contains antioxidant vitamins A, C and E — plus vitamin B12, folic acid and choline.
  • It contains eight enzymes, including aliiase, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, bradykinase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulase, lipase and peroxidase.
  • Minerals such as calcium, copper, selenium, chromium, manganese, magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc are present in aloe vera.
  • It provides 12 anthraquinones — or compounds known as laxatives. Among these are aloin and emodin, which act as analgesics, antibacterials and antivirals.
  • Four fatty acids are present, including cholesterol, campesterol, beta-sisosterol and lupeol — all providing anti-inflammatory results.
  • The hormones called auxins and gibberellins are present; they help with healing wounds and have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Aloe Vera provides sugars, such as monosaccharides (glucose and fructose) and polysaccharides.

Dr. Axe also recommends the following doses:

  • For constipation take 100–200 milligrams of aloe vera daily.
  • For wound healing, psoriasis and other skin infections, use 0.5 percent aloe extract cream three times daily.
  • For dental plaque and gum disease, use a toothpaste that contains aloe vera for 24 weeks
  • For high cholesterol, take one capsule of aloe vera containing 300 milligrams twice daily for two months.
  • For inflammatory bowel disease, take 100 milliliters twice daily for four weeks.
  • For skin burns, use a 97.5 percent aloe gel on the burn until it’s healed.
  • For dry scalp or dandruff, add a teaspoon of aloe gel to shampoo.
  • To protect your skin from infection and bacteria, add a teaspoon of aloe gel to lotion.

And cautions against these possible side effects:

Aloe latex should not be taken in high doses because it can cause side effects, such as stomach pain and cramps. Long-term use of large amounts of aloe latex might also cause diarrhea, kidney problems, blood in the urine, low potassium, muscle weakness, weight loss and heart issues.

Don’t take aloe vera, either gel or latex, if you’re pregnant or breast feeding. There are some reports of aloe causing miscarriage and birth defects. Children younger than 12 years old may experience abdominal pain, cramps and diarrhea, so I don’t recommend Aloe Vera for child use either.

  • If you have diabetes, some research suggests aloe might lower blood sugar, so if you take aloe by mouth and you have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar levels closely.
  • If you have intestinal conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or obstruction, don’t take aloe latex if you have any of these conditions because it’s a bowel irritant.
  • Don’t take aloe latex if you have hemorrhoids because it could make the condition worse.
  • High doses of aloe latex have been linked to kidney failure and other serious conditions, so don’t take aloe latex if you have kidney problems.
  • Aloe might affect blood sugar levels and could interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking aloe at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.
  • If you take digoxin (Lanoxin), don’t use aloe latex because it works as a stimulant laxative and decreases potassium levels in the body; low potassium levels can increase the risk of side effects when taking this medication.

Before taking aloe vera, consult your doctor if you take the following medications:

  • Diabetes medications
  • Sevoflurane (Ultane)
  • Stimulant laxatives
  • Warfarin (Coumadin)
  • Diuretic medications (water pills)

So, as you can see, Aloe Vera is a wonderful plant filled with seemingly countless benefits to the human body, and is super easy to grow.

Do you have more ideas for Aloe Vera uses? I want to hear from you! Let me know in the comments below!

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OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES : 

Easy Cellar – A multipurpose cellar

Meat 4 Life – Ancient food preservation methods

The Lost Ways – Pioneer Survival Lessons

The Lost Ways 2 – Forgotten Recipes That We Lost To History

Forgotten lessons of Yesterday – Food Independence Guide

My Surviva Farm – Auto-Pilot Garden

Spec Ops Shooting Brian Morris  – Defensive skills

Smart Solar Box – DIY Home Energy system that will drastically cut your energy bills

Mega Drought – Makes Water Out Of Thin Air

Survival MD – Lifesaving information about surviving when doctors, pharmacies and hospitals are shut down

Backyard Liberty – Aquaponic Systems – Food Independence

BulletProof Home – How To Make Your House Invisible To Looters

Other Survival Solutions(This are the most reliable survival books that you can find)