Survival Uses for Pine Resin

Pine_Resin_UsesSurvival Uses for Pine Resin

Pine resin or pitch is the secretion from pine trees caused by cuts in the tree trunk or from broken limbs. The trees secrete the resin to seal up any cuts or damage to the tree. If you find yourself lost or stranded in a wilderness environment one of the best-case scenarios is that there are pine trees in the area.

5 Signs You Might Be A Prepper

It is a pretty common stereotype to picture preppers as 50-year-old men hiding out in bunkers with a bunch of guns and ammo. Shows on tv that focus on these types of extremists as well as news reports about people labeled as preppers who have committed crimes haven’t helped to negate this stereotype either. The truth of the matter is, however, that you don’t have to be preparing for doomsday or the destruction of mankind to be a prepper. In fact, if any of these traits number 5(1)sound like you, you may be a prepper too.

Make your Own Sugar at Home!

Sugar-Beets-e1352246339808-224x300It started like this. In my quest for self-sufficiency, I wanted to have the ability to produce my own sugar if need be. I planned on adding bees to the farmstead this last spring – but ‘we’ spent money on a new chainsaw instead. My next thought was maple trees? Not unless I could pay to put in a bunch of 10 year-old sugar maple tress, hope they all lived, then maybe in another 10-15 years I would have some young smallish trees I might be able to tap. Stevia plants? I found out, not only do they not grow in my zone, but I have noticed through watching my friend’s attempts that they are rather finicky to grow indoors and don’t like big shifts in temperature. That wouldn’t work in our house with wood heat. Then I found my answer through my grandma.

Whats going to sweeten life after a collapse? – It’s honey, honey!

HoneyHoney, a sugary-syrupy nectar made by honey bees from beautiful flowers, has been used since thousands of years. Humans have used honey both as a medicine as well as a food source. Besides an organic source of sugar, honey has many medicinal properties and is the staple ingredient of various medications.

Composition of honey

Honey, as we know, is manufactured naturally by honey bees in nests perched atop high trees. Pollination, the process of reproduction of flowers, is a result of honey bees migrating from one plant to another in search of food. The composition of honey has revealed that it’s relative sweetness is similar to granulated sugar. Moreover, harmful micro-organisms are unable to grow in honey bottles. Honey can easily be stored at normal room temperature making it a part of many home foods.

The #1 thing a prepper should grow – and you’ve probably never heard of it

August_2011_Moringa_Trees_front_of_house_005 (1)Less than a year ago I was watching a YouTube video on gardening and agriculture and I came across the plant known as the Moringa Tree. Found primarily in the foothills of the Himalayas, this plant is a true “Super-food” and is slowly becoming described by some medical professionals as “the Miracle Tree.” This tree has been used in Indian and Malaysian medicine for years and it’s nutritional qualities are almost unbelievable!

9 Great Survival uses for Chapstick (Lip Balm)

chapstick-590-1284143820In my EDC (Every Day Carry) I have a small but mighty selection of items that are helpful each day or could be very helpful if faced with a serious emergency. My Sypderco Tenacious G-10 knife, a trusty BIC lighter, a Keltec pf9 9mm, a parachord bracelet, a Leatherman Wave multi-tool and… Chapstick??? Yep, my father’s side has a genetic predisposition for chapped lips and dry skin, so each and every day I carry a little tube (or two) of Chapstick. (Sometimes Burt’s Bees)

Diabetes and Survival

When it comes to dealing with medical issues in a survival situation, one of the most frequent questions I get has to do with treating diabetes when drugs are no longer widely available. Since I am not a medical or a healthcare professional, I have always had to beg off answering, because I simply do not have the knowledge to address this topic with any degree of credibility.  Because of this, I was delighted to see  the issue of diabetes in a survival situation finally addressed by an experienced physician who is well versed in emergency and medical preparedness.

SURVIVAL-MEDICINE-DiabetesDoctor Joe Alton, who is also known as Dr. Bones, has written a series of articles that not only describe diabetes and its causes and symptoms, but also shares some steps you can take now to prevent getting this affliction in the first place.

Survival Basics: 10 Steps for Preparing a Family Emergency Plan

DPpic1Sometimes it is the simplest things that are overlooked.  Case in point?  The Family Emergency Plan.

Here we are, so diligently putting away food, storing water and purchasing gear when perhaps one of the most important aspects of emergency and crisis planning has to do with having a plan to get in touch with family members and loved ones after disaster strikes.  Equally important is having a plan for meeting up at a safe location as well an evacuation plan for getting there.

Whew!  Sounds like a lot of work pulling this all together.  But it does not have to be difficult.   Below you will find ten easy steps for creating a family emergency plan as well as on online tool to get you started. 

DiY Fire Starter in a Drinking Straw

This is one of the best and most convenient fire starters that I’ve come across in a long time.  Many of us know that cotton balls rubbed with petroleum jelly make great fire starters, but they are messy and not real convenient to carry.  This method makes it easy to carry these little fire balls and they won’t leak and get on your clothing or other gear.  All you need to make these is some cotton balls, petroleum jelly, a plastic drinking straw, a pair of scissors, and a small stick.

Survival Crop: Corn

SweetCorn01Would you believe me if I told you this is the first year I’ve ever grown corn in my garden? It’s true. In spite of it’s time tested homesteader friendliness, I’ve never grown it before.

Corn is so ubiquitous up here in Iowa, that there’s really no reason to grow my own corn. The trucks full of sweet corn in the hardware store’s parking lot are there all season, and it’s hard to beat the 4$ a dozen price tag.  I am growing some this year, but it’s proving right all the reasons I gave myself for not growing my own.

5 Easy To Carry Foods For Your 72-Hour Kit

When something unexpected happens and your family needs to evacuate your home, either by car or on foot, a proper 72-hour kit can provide everything you need to sustain yourself for up to three days.  Many people tend to overburden their kits with food—forgetting that they are for survival, not gourmet dining.