Mar 31, 2015

Herb of the Week - Queen Anne's Lace

I am setting this up on a separate blog that will eventually 
be an easy to use resource down the line.
So click the link below to see it uses and bookmark the blog for weekly installments.

I will be posting an herb of the week every Tuesday. I find it is easy to remember things like this when you get them in small doses.

Queen Anne's Lace can grow 4 feet tall. The leaves are 2 to 8 inches long and fern-like. We all know the flowers, which are tiny and white, blooming in lacy, flat-topped clusters. Each flower has a dark, purplish center.

Mar 30, 2015

Monday Movie - MegaQuake Could Hit North America

U.S. fears overdue 'megathrust' earthquake will trigger tsunami and decimate unprepared cities on north-west coastCascadia fault line has lain dormant for 300 years
Eruption could trigger tsunami, devastating seaside communities - and reach as far as Japan
The north-west coast of the U.S. could be devastated by a huge movement of undersea plates known as a 'megathrust' earthquake, scientists say.
A review of the dangers posed by the Juan de Fuca plate released in the wake of the Japanese quake has raised fears that the Pacific seaboard could be similarly ravaged.
The horrifying possibilities have been brought to light by data researched by the Active Tectonics and Seafloor Mapping Laboratory at Oregon State University.




Mar 29, 2015

Few cheap things I got on amazon today.

Every so often I come across great deals and never really share them.

Figured a random post about them can help people save a few pennies. 

Not really a formal post....just a share in the deals I come across once in a blue moon. 

Just for information I do not make money on these I shared them because they are cheap things that I found on amazon and just wanted to share them. If you look at most of my post I do not have links to amazon (maybe in one or two posts) and that is because again they were just good deals I found.   You should always look around and see if you can find a better deal. These were just the ones I found to be the cheapest. 



Per piece I have found this to be the cheapest deal on Emergency Mylar Blanket 52" x 84"  These are $7.32 for 12, working out to .61 each.  Best deal you can find unless you are getting them by the case. I keep these in my car. They can be used for shelter, warmth. you can even fuse the edges with a hot stick to make a bag for storage or water. I Keep these in my BOB and car.


  Grabbed them because they where even cheaper that Harbor Freights price.  I have them in the car and house. 3M 8000 Particle Respirator N95, 30-Pack   This is cheap for a 30 pack! These are not Ebola certified Click here for list (one in bold type are certified) 


These are a good deal for Ebola and are certified ones  3M 1860S Particulate Respirator and Surgical Mask, Small, Box of 20


  I got a few of these to have one everywhere.  They are cheap enough to do that. MASTER USA MU-A010GN Spring Assisted Knife, 4.75-Inch Closed  I already have a few of these. They are decent cheap ones. 


  And this is just my favorite little key chain :) cuz it is cute and useful! Cat Self Defense Keychain Got one for a friend who loves mine. 

They have dog ones to The Bull Dog Self Defense Keychain


  When I come across other things I will post them...but that will just be once in a while because I am the Queen of deals at the store but any online ones I will share. 




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Song for this post is On call - Kings of Leon 

Mar 28, 2015

Many Ways to Stop Bleeding (or fix big boo boo's)

Lets first start with.... if the wound is really large you need to go to the doctors or find medical help.

-If it is a wound you can handle or have no choice but to handle the first thing you need to   do is clean the wound the best you can.

-Try holding the wound closed and see if butterflying it with a bandage or tape does the trick..and elevate it if you can to.

If this does not work then here are a few things that have worked.  

**Many astringent herbs when applied externally to stop bleeding are called styptics or anti-hemorrhagic for internal bleeding.

To start with here are  a few things that you can use 

Acorn meal -  Aloe Vera -   - Cinnamon powder  - Geranium - Goldenrod root powder  - Horsetail  - Lady’s Mantle  - Marigolds  - Mugwart Dry  - Oak Bark powdered  -  - Paprika  - Pine sap  - Plantain crushed  - Shepherd's Purse  - Stinging Nettle  - White Vinegar -  Witch Hazel

Here are a few more:

Black Pepper
We'll start with the popular black pepper. This only works on small and medium wounds. Black pepper is an antibacterial. It is known to help blood coagulate. This can stop bleeding. In fact it was used for just this purpose before our modern styptics came along. Chefs still use it.
You would pour a good amount on the wound, apply pressure or a tight bandage and the bleeding should stop fast.

Cayenne Pepper
Lets talk about Cayenne Pepper, . And a tea reduce internal bleeding, One teaspoon in a cup of water (only do this if it is a SHTF situation!)
A wound, external or internal, will stop bleeding if the individual drinks a cup of water (preferably hot) with a teaspoon of cayenne pepper (red pepper) stirred into it. The bleeding will stop generally by the time a person can count up to ten after drinking the cayenne tea. The cayenne equalizes the blood pressure from the top of the head to the feet. This keeps the pressure from the hemorrhage area so it will clot naturally, which it cannot do with heavy blood pressure pumping the blood rapidly at the hemorrhage area.

Of coarse! Wrap a small wound with honey and yep it will stop it from bleeding. And the kicker is that the wound mixed with honey actually creates a form of hydrogen peroxide!
But mix honey and Cayenne Pepper for larger wound and it may just surprise you how fast it stops bleeding.  

Finely ground clean moss
I stress clean. Some moss's are better than others.
Dry moss finely ground will stop bleeding and some moss even has a form of penicillin in it. If you do not or can find dry moss to grind. The top part of the moss can be placed on the wound and wrapped it will stop bleeding and help keep the wound clean. 

Is a great wound healer, it is sterilize because of the heat that creates it. It will also disinfect the wound.  Remember lye is made from ash. 

 Turmeric does the same, but personally I do not have this in my herbal medical stash. 

 "The nosebleed herb" got its name for that very reason the leaves act like an astringent swab. But for wounds you just crush the leaves and same as above apply pressure till it stops bleeding. ( I have tons of yarrow....just cuz it is pretty and grows like crazy.)

Purple coneflower  and other species of echinacea has been used for at least 400 years by Native Americans to treat infections and wounds.

Next my moms favorite boo boo fix. Salt!!  When we had a cut my mom would take us to the beach and have us stay in the helped heal them faster and kept them from getting infected.  But right now we are talking wound care. Soaking a small wound in salt water will stop the bleeding and help heal it.
I am a big fan of salt. It really does heal, and it heals fast. Also keeps infections at bay.

Garlic power
YAAAA ohhhhh...Can't forget about da garlic! Garlic power is the real deal, same as above apply to the wound and then apply pressure. (I grew up in little Italy so garlic HEALS EVERYTHING! kinda like salt does).  

Flour or Cornstarch 
You just  place on a wound and it will stop it from bleeding. They will basically absorb the blood and stop the bleeding

Next is gram's trick, coffee. Never really bought into that one. But while doing my research it appears others say it works to. Just apply the grinds to the wound (the finer the better). 
She has to be sending me the the "I told ya so vibe right now".

absorbs all the moisture and blocks the blood from coming out of the infected area. - See more at:

Tea Bags
They say tea bags...but I have tried it on a small cut and it did not work...I of course grabbed the salt water and bam...I was good.

Ok now we go a little astray ....Glass,  yes glass. Not broken glass but a bottle or a window. Glass is known for electro-negatively charged surface. It helps in the stopping the blood by activating the clotting process of the blood vessels.  Ok I have done this...not because I thought it would stop the bleeding but because it was cool and took some of the pain away..and the bleeding did stop...did the glass do it? I don't know.

Cattail pollen 
You can put the pollen on the wound and or drink in cold water.  Or the ash from the leaves will stop bleeding. This will help stop bleeding and bonus to this plant is that there in a numbering agent that grows on the plant to. Click here  to learn about the plant and what part of the plant the numbing agent is.

Spider Web
Ok and I read about the spider web..and saw it on duel survival...well not sure how or if there are webs available that are big enough for most wounds. But hey ya never know.

Chapstick, or vasaline.
If you put that on a small cut it will immediately stop bleeding bythe time it rubs off the cut will have stopped bleeding. For small wounds.

Crazy Glue
 Dermatologists and urgent care physicians use this why shouldn't you? What they use is called Dermabond. (it is almost the same but it is a little more flexible).  this is for cuts and gashes not full open wounds.

The perfect song for this post is  Garbage - Bleed Like Me

Mar 27, 2015

Fantastic Friday - Surviving Open Waters in a Bug-Out Boat

Every Friday I will be sharing a post that I came across on my journey's for the week.

One's that impress me with  information, ideas, or just a great read. 
Have any suggestion message me on FB 
This weeks post is by

Safety-conscious people prepping for a survival situation usually have a bug-out bag and vehicle packed and ready to go on the quick. The ideal choice for a bug-out vehicle is a small RV with enough power and versatility to provide adequate shelter and transportation in an emergency scenario. And sometimes, a more compact and affordable version—think converted van or bus—can be equally as effective. But what about a bug-out boat? In some cases, it’s the perfect solution.

Click Here to Read More

This is a childhood favorte when would go out sailing so it has to be the song for this
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young -Southern Cross

Mar 25, 2015

Things you can make with Cattail

While doing research on on cattails for medical and edible uses for my herb section
I learned that this is an amazing survival plant. Starting from the fact the different parts taste different, from cucumber to corn to asparagus taste. The roots can be made into flour. and the list goes on. Its medical uses are amazing to.

But to my surprise the other uses the plant has are very useful in survival...the Indians took full advantage of it and in a survival situation this can come in handy.

First you can go here to read about its medical and edible uses
Click Here

The fluff from the fully bloomed flower head is water repellent  it can be used in bedding and as winter insulation in clothes and shoes.


This can be made into green and brown paper

It is still used as weaving on furniture 
My gram has a very old set of chairs that have the original weaving and used daily. That is had strong it is.

You can make fish and crab traps out of it.

Cattail cord used for fishing (this one is a video)

What about roof tops if you layer it and mud it it could be really soild.

Mats for the inside of your shelter

Cattail baskets

Walls and window covers


the mature flower makes great touches and tinder

Indians made toys for their kids

Cover bottles to given them some insulation..(and make them pretty)

An old Indian vest, so you can make some clothing stuff from them

Flip flops and shoes

Hunting decoys

Song for this post has to be Pussywillows, Cat-Tails |-Gordon Lightfoot