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Natural Cordage - Nettles

Natural Cordage - Nettles
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Deodorant Recipe Thank you for visiting Little House in the Suburbs. Please subscribe and you'll get great simple living tips and how-to articles delivered to your inbox, for free! In the DIY world of home health and beauty products, deodorant seems to be the the most feared replacement. Stinking is NOT OKAY in our culture, right? But aluminum crammed in your pores cannot be good for you, and it seems in recent years that store-bought deodorant is becoming less and less effective anyway. So, here’s what I suggest….make this stuff ahead and use it on SATURDAY, or a sick day, or any day you aren’t going to see anyone special, so you’ll feel secure and not look like a nut obsessively sniffing your underarms all day. Homemade Stick Deodorant 1. 2. 3. 4. When applying this deodorant, use a lighter hand than you would with normal stick deodorant, especially the first couple of days or it’ll drop little balls on your bathroom rug.

Do-it-yourself Survival Kit The Do-it-yourself Coffee Can Survival Kit This is a compact kit that can be carried in the car, on the boat, or in a pack for hunting, hiking, exploring, etc. Most of the contents will fit in a one-pound coffee can which doubles as a pot for melting snow and device with which to dig an emergency snow shelter. (However, if you can carry it, include a small shovel. It is far, far better than trying to use a coffee can.) You should be aware that if this kit is carried while on hiking or hunting trips, you still need to carry the other Ten Essentials not included below. Keep three points in mind when putting together a survival kit. Thirdly, bring enough to enable you to spend at least one night out. Thanks to Allan Priddy who helps teach the Wilderness Survival class for putting this list together. General Items Repair Kit Sewing kit Dental floss (It's strong and useful as thread for sewing, or a fishing line or for lashing branches for improvised shelters.) Nourishment Optional

Homemade Lamps from Everyday Objects Having the ability to create light without needing electricity should be part of everyone’s emergency essentials. While flashlights are certainly helpful, batteries quickly die out so having a store of candles on hand can provide the light and morale boost that one needs to make it through a dark night or two. But what if you didn’t have any candles available? Fortunately there are very simple ways to make homemade lamps from everyday objects found around the house. How a Lamp Works Both oil lamps and candles are able to continually burn their fuel (wax or oil) through a process called capillary action. Understanding this is the key to creating many different types of wicks for your homemade lamps. Making a Tuna Fish Can Oil Lamp Here’s a simple example of how to make your own oil lamp using a tuna fish can. Tuna CanVegetable Oil, Olive Oil or any other cooking oilOld Cotton T-Shirt, Rag, or SockNail (or something sharp to poke a hole through the top of the tuna can) Light the wick.

Snares And Traps Disclaimer: Traps are presented for information purposes only, they are dangerous, some lethally so. Using them is also illegal in all likelihood. Don't use them except in a survival situation. SPRING SNARE: Game running through the snare disengages the trigger bar,and the prey is flung off the ground. Use on game trails or in gaps through rocks or hedges. BAITED SNARE: Construct as for spring snare but using the release mechanism shown. LEG SNARE : Push a natural fork or two sticks tied together into the ground. PLATFORM TRAP: Site over a small depression on the game trail. FIGURE 4 DEADFALL : A simple and effective deadfall trap, can be made to any size. TRIPWIRE DEADFALL : A heavy log is suspended over a busy game trail, trips the wire and pulls a retaining bar from under two short pegs secured in a tree trunk. SPEAR DEADFALL : Same as tripwire deadfall but utilizing rocks to add weight and sharpened sticks to add trauma to the crushing blow.

Harvesting Wild Nettles One of my goals in recent years has been to better learn how to “forage” the wild food around me. Not only is it free, but they are often very good for you as well. Nutrient rich nettles are perfect for picking right now in my area, as they are young and tender. I need to say from the beginning that I am just a beginner at this and if you would like to do the same I encourage you to get expert advice on what to pick and what not to pick. But I figured that nettles were not only very easy to identify (if in doubt, touch it and you will soon found out!) “Nettles are a rich green color revealing its extremely high iron and chlorophyll content. Now, you may be thinking of the time you ran through a stinging nettle patch with shorts on in the summer as a child. And yes, it’s completely edible (and I found delicious too). Since we don’t have any growing at our house, I drove over to my in-laws house, where they have a whole “garden” of stinging nettle. 1-Pick when the plant is young.

A Practical Guide to Antibiotics and Their Usage for Survival Preparing for Biological and Chemical Terrorism: A Practical Guide to Antibiotics and Their Usage for Survival by Leonard G. Horowitz, D.M.D., M.A., M.P.H. Tetrahedron, LLC Sandpoint, Idaho Disclaimer and Background This information is for educational purposes only. The author, publisher, and distributors of this work accept no responsibility for people using or misusing the potentially life-saving information in this text. Individuals suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should, as Hippocrates prescribed, "learn to derive benefit from the illness." The antibiotic applications against germ warfare discussed herein are not well-established medical practices. Furthermore, though certain antibiotics are customarily prescribed to kill certain strains of bacteria, germ warfare presents unique challenges. Near the beginning of a widespread biological attack, it may be extremely difficult to determine precisely the causative agent, and thereby select the proper antibiotic. Ampicillin

Bacon in Every Survival Kit Let me explain... Before you run away laughing at the title and opening of this article, let me go into a bit more detail so that you can see just where I'm coming from. The idea came to me while we were discussing various fuels that you can find or make to use for fires when you're in a survival situation. One of those fuels that can be very useful for it's flammability, storage and portability was - Cooking Grease & Fats. Ordinary cooking grease and oils that we would normally just chuck aside, could easily be saved and stored in case you ever needed to use them for starting a well needed fire in a survival situation. That got me to thinking... Why bacon? Well, it's simple really... Be prepared Bacon also has the added convenience of being very compact in it's packaging, so there is no reason every person could store up to ten packages (or more) of bacon in their freezer, just in case.

Compass Alternatives Compass Instructions and Alternatives ( or How to Find Your Way With or Without a Compass ) Copyright © 1999,2004 by Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E. All Rights Reserved. Click Here for a Microsoft WORD printer friendly copy of this article. A good compass has been a valuable asset to explorers, travelers, and hunters for many centuries. Let's begin be examining the primary function of a compass. On some compasses the letters are on a dial on the outside border of the compass. In the picture of the black compass below, the N, E, S, and W are printed on a floating dial inside the compass. Regardless of which type of compass you have, the relative position of N, E, S, and W in relation to one another is always the same. Many camping supply stores, including WalMart, sometimes carry a small compass that is part of a multi-function unit that usually includes a miniature thermometer and a whistle (and sometimes a folding magnifying glass). The Sun The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

Hobo Stove | Practical Survivor Urban survival is a tricky subject to discuss. There are advantages to urban survival. Anywhere you look there are items in trash cans and dumpsters that can be used to improve a survival situation. Cardboard boxes can be used for shelter, newspapers can be used for insulation and to the practical survivor another persons trash can be a treasure. In this case we will use a coffee can to build a stove. Whether you call it a hobo stove, can stove, or just a survival stove, this is a cheap effective way to both cook and stay warm. Keep an open mind during any survival situation. Whether backpacking, camping, or surviving, having a way to cook can make a huge difference. A coffee can or large vegetable/ravioli can will allow you to build a stove and cook. Items used to build this stove: * Coffee can * Can opener * Tin snips * Drill and drill bits * Metal coat hanger There are many methods that could be used to build this stove. The top side of a coffee can is already opened. Materials:

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