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Posted by nwnikkie on April 18, 2012
Did you know that the main ingredients in most commercial bug sprays and repellents, Deet, is a neurotoxin and is harmful to the brain. Yup you read that right, harmful to our brains. If you do use deet it is recommended that the bug spray not be applied to the skin, but rather to the clothes. I have never been a fan of deet before and avoid bug sprays for my family and myself, lucky for us we don’t get many bites these days. Something about a good diet makes you a bad target. For years I have sworn off bug repellants of all sorts. I have instead incorporated plants into the landscape that help to repel the bugs. This works well when we are at home, but now that kids are old enough to go off to camp they need something to take with them. Making your own bug spray is not that hard. It is just as easy as making your own cleaners. My favorite bug sprays are easy to make. You can take some of your favorite essential oils and combine them in a spray bottle for a safe and easy effective bug spray. In an opaque spray bottle combine
- fill about 1/2 full with distilled or boiled water
- fill almost to top with witch hazel
- add 20-30 drops of essential oils of any of the following essential oils: rosemary, lemon eucalyptus, citronella, clove, lavender or tea tree oil. – The more oils you use the stronger the spray will be
Posted by nwnikkie on April 18, 2012
Bees feeding off tea trees native to New Zealand, produce a type of honey that’s known as “Jelly Bush Honey” in Australia and “Mankuta Honey” in New Zealand. Now, scientists at the University of Sydney’s School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences have found this particular type of honey has some amazing curative properties.
Until now, Manuka Honey has been sold in health food stores as a natural medicine. That is probably about to change. New research has shown the honey kills every type of bacteria scientists have thrown at it, including the antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ plaguing hospitals and killing patients around the world.
Professor Dee Carter is one of the research team that made the discovery. She said a compound in the honey called methylglyoxal is the key ingredient to the effectiveness of the honey. However, methylglyoxal on its own is toxic but when it combines with what are, as yet, unknown compounds it causes “multi-system failure” in bacteria.
Manuka Honey Unique to New Zealand
Honey bees collect nectar from Manuka bushes (also known as Tea Trees) which grow in remote areas of New Zealand. According to Manuka Health the discovery of the anti-bacterial properties of methylglyoxal was made by Professor Thomas Henle at the University of Dresden, Germany.
The curative properties of various types of honey have been known to indigenous cultures for thousands of years, and dressing wounds with honey was common before the advent of antibiotics.
Posted by nwnikkie on February 8, 2012
Cheese wax prevents cheese from developing mold or bacteria and it keeps moisture in. Simply use a combination of dipping and brushing with a natural boar’s hair brush to apply the melted cheese wax liberally to your block of cheese let it harden, and store at a mild to cool temperature. Cheese treated with cheese wax will store for up to 25 years. It will continue to age, but, it won’t get moldy (even if it does in parts, you can simply cut off that part, and re-wax over it.)
When preparing your cheese blocks for dipping select/cut cheese block sizes that you and your family can easily consume within 3-5 day period in order to avoid it going bad once you’ve cut into it.
Blocks of cheese or cheese wheels (cut into sizable pieces)
Boar brush (or other brush with natural bristles)
A double boiler set up – the pan you choose to melt the cheese wax in will be your designated cheese wax pan as it is near impossible to clean afterwards
Sharpie for labeling
Masking tape or paper for labeling
Posted by nwnikkie on January 25, 2012
Take this basic skills survival knowledge IQ test. The ideal survivalist should be able to score 90% or higher. The answer key is at the bottom, but try and answer the questions to the best of your knowledge first, you will only be cheating yourself otherwise.
1. To locate Polaris (North Star)
A. Look straight up
B. The two stars that form the handle of Ursa Major point directly to the North Star
C. The two stars that form the outer lip of Ursa Major point to the North Star
D. Find Orion’s belt and look west
E. It’s the brightest star in the sky!
2. The “open treatment” method is the safest way to manage wounds in survival situations.
3. You may use the moon to find the direction of North under certain circumstances. These are:
A. If the moon is half full it always points north
B. If the moon rises before the sun sets, the side which is illuminated will be the west
C. If the man in the moon is looking at you turn around and that’s north
D. This is not true, you can’t use the moon to find any direction, it varies too much
4. If you find yourself with an intestinal parasite problem you may do all of the following to remedy your situation except one. Which one should you NOT do?
A. Add a tablespoon of salt to 1 liter of water
B. Eat 1 to 1.5 cigarettes
C. Drink 2 tablespoons of kerosene
D. Eat hot peppers
E. Eat ½ tablespoon topsoil
5. If you are in a survival situation and have a serious laceration, the best thing to do after cleaning would be:
A. Suture the wound
B. Use a tourniquet
C. Leave the wound open
6. In a survival situation you may be forced to do things that are dangerous to your health, yet help you to survive. If you are extremely dehydrated you CAN:
A. Drink the blood of a dead animal
B. Drink your own urine
C. Drink Sea Water
D. Drink an alcoholic beverage
E. None of the above
7. You can eat worms raw after dropping them in water for a few minutes.
8. You may eat any plant after boiling it for 30 minutes.
9. You can boil water in a plastic bag or container.
10. Smoke from your fire can be a weather predictor.
11. To treat sea sickness:
A. Look at the horizon and close your eyes
B. Drink water
C. Rock back and forth in order to counter act the rocking motion of the vessel
D. Sing a song
12. All North American reptiles are edible.
13. All birds are edible.
14. To treat diarrhea:
A. Make a solution of handful of charcoal and treated water
B. Drink lots of water
C. Apply a cold compress to the lower abdomen
D. Eat dry foods such as crackers or bread
15. If you have a firearm you can use it signal distress. Choose the correct sequence for signaling.
A. 1 shot wait 2 seconds then 2 more shots consecutively
B. 3 shots with 2 second intervals
C. 10 shots with 1 second intervals
D. 2 shots fired simultaneously
16. The dandelion grows in Arctic regions.
17. Wool clothing or blankets will keep you warm and safe even when wet.
18. The square knot is used to join 2 pieces of equal diameter rope together.
19. 38 rounds for a handgun also work in:
A. 357 magnum
C. 45 ACP
D. 12 Gauge shotgun
20. It’s cold and you have no fire. In order to keep warm you would?
A. Remain motionless to conserve energy
B. Exercise vigorously
C. Cover you head
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Posted by nwnikkie on December 8, 2011
In emergency situations you may need to know how to siphon gas out of a tank. In other instances you may need to know how to siphon water. You just never know, that’s why I am adding this skill to SharedSurvivalKnowledge.com
What you need:
Tube or hose (ideally a clear tube works best so you know what is going on, and you don’t end up with a mouth full of liquid)
A bucket, can or other vessel to catch the liquid
How to do it:
Position the bucket lower than the tank you are draining.
Place one end of the hose into the tank as far as possible until you hit the bottom at least.
Start with the dry end of the tube higher than the water source, and suck water into the hose. Fill as much of the hose as you dare with liquid. Even with an opaque hose, you should feel the liquid approaching your mouth and have plenty of time to stop before you get a mouthful.
If you are using a hose that is too long, it will create a problem – an air bubble. To avoid bubbles from forming, keep the hose flat or running up towards your mouth, like a drinking straw.
Maintaining mouth suction on the liquid, crimp the hose or slip your thumb into your mouth over the (lips) end of the hose. You are trying to prevent air from getting back into the hose and ruining your hose-full of liquid.
Next, drop this (lips) end of the hose into your target bucket, gas can or front lawn. Release the crimp (or your thumb) and water should immediately start flowing out of the hose.
A good siphon is quiet. If there is a lot of gurgling and bubbling, you have some air in the hose, which will slow or stop the siphoning. It usually isn’t worth the trouble to re-start a slow siphon unless the water flow has completely stopped.
Once the liquid is flowing, your attention should turn to the wet (source) end of the hose. Keep it submerged. The longer you can keep air from getting in, the more liquid will be removed.
Eventually, air will get pulled in and will interrupt the path of the water, stopping your siphon.
If you follow these easy steps then you should be able to siphon without getting a mouthful of liquid.
Posted by nwnikkie on November 28, 2011
The answer is right under our noses. How much information can you handle in 3 minutes about health, wild and local medicinal plants? Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for a serious brain fill. This is all about natural healing from weeds and wild edible plants in your area. If I or my parents knew all this when I was young, things would be a lot different !