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Thursday, January 21, 2010


by Moggy
Surviving in a world that is in a state of upheaval means knowing how to heal yourself when physical problems arise...or better yet, how to prevent problems from arising in the first place. Any of the states in the Appalachian Mountain Range have a wealth of natural remedies growing in the forests that comprise this range, especially Georgia (Sosebee Cove in the Chattahoochee Nat’l Forest is a botanist’s dream come true) and North Carolina, as the Cherokee Indians have left behind what may be considered an encyclopedia of healing remedies.
To begin, let us explore Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica). It is a nutritive..kidney ally..alterative, antiseptic, anti-diabetic, anti-rheumatic. Natural remedy for the pain of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, tendinitis and bursitis..preventative of prostate problems.
Stinging Nettle is a wonder herb of nourishment and powerful enough to heal damaged tissue. Kidneys, lungs, intestines, and arteries are tonified, strengthened and gradually altered toward optimum functioning. The chemical constituents are mucilage, iron phosphate, potassium phosphate, magnesium phosphate and potassium chloride..and in the fresh plant, formic acid. The chemistry of this plant makes it extremely valuable as a therapeutic agent in inflammatory and catarrhal conditions. Organic iron phosphate is nature’s quickest and best remedy for all inflammation; potassium phosphate is the basic food for brain and nerves; and potassium chloride is nature’s masterpiece solvent of fibrin.
The anti-inflammatory substances join with the rich concentration of the minerals boron and silicon to help ease pain of the above diseases. The fresh leaves can be used raw and applied directly to the rheumatic pain area as they increase circulation and draw out pain.
For the purposes of men’s sexual health, the key ingredients are the sterols that lessen the action of DHT, the form of testosterone that causes the prostate to enlarge.
A cup or more of nettle tea taken daily relieves and helps prevent water retention.
Use two teaspoons of dried nettle leaves per pint of boiling water.
Use three to four teaspoons per pint of boiling water.
HERBAL INFUSION (for energy):
One ounce of dried nettle herb
One quart of filtered water
Place the herb into a quart jar and fill to the top with boiling water. Stir with a wooden spoon and add enough water to fill the jar to the top. Cover tightly and set aside to brew for at least four hours or overnight.
To use: Strain and squeeze the liquid out of the herb. Be sure to refrigerate your infusion, as it will go bad at room temperature once it is done brewing. Drink within 24 hours.
I steam a few handfuls of freshly picked Stinging Nettle (use gloves to prevent being stung) for about 15 minutes and top with a wee bit of butter.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Pioneer Stew

Pioneer Stew
Author Unknown
Makes 8 servings

1 1/4 cups (1/2 pound) dried pinto or kidney beans
3 cups cold water
1 tsp salt
1/2 to 1 pound ground beef ( beef TVP® may be used)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup finely diced green pepper
1 16oz. can whole kernel corn, undrained
1 16oz. can tomatoes, undrained
1/2 tsp chili powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sharp American cheese

In a large saucepan place washed and drained beans, cold water and salt. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 1 hour and 15 minutes. In skillet: cook ground beef, chopped onion and green pepper until meat is browned and vegetables are tender. Drain off fat. Add meat mixture, corn, tomatoes, chili powder, and salt to taste to beans. Simmer 20 minutes.Combine 1 Tbsp flour with 2 Tbsp water. Stir into stew. Cook and stir until thick and bubbly. Stir in cheese.

This is real good while camping or on a rainy, chilly night... SciFiChick, try this an let the possums go...

Monday, January 11, 2010

Food Shortage

I don't know how many of you have seen this:

Government cover-up of food shortage feared
Reports show demand growing, production declines estimated at 30%
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=121378 If you haven't read it it might be wise to do so.

Not only is it wise to grow your own food, or even a portion of what you eat, but at some time it may very well mean the differance in you continueing a free way of life or one of government handouts. I, for one, don't intend to stand in line while armed troops watch my every move just to get food. Even in this cold snap we're having, food can be grown. Convert a storage shed to a "green house", add light and a small heater for climate control. Where there is a will there is a way.

I got a book for Christmas. "How to Survive the end of the world as we know it" by James Wesley, Rawles also the founder of SurvivalBlog.com. It's a good book and has alot of useful info, BUT, I disagree with his accessment of what a person needs to survive. Granted it would be nice to have all of what he say's you'll need but you would also have to win the lottery to buy it all. The "average person" can't prepare that well.

People have "gotten by" with alot less. I subscribe to the K.I.S.S. principal (keep it simple stupid) I believe if you have shelter, water, food and weapons you can "buy" enough time to build on what you need to get by until it gets better (for you) by having these, you'll have more time to prepare for the long haul. Also, alot of People are "loners", I am for the most part. I am also smart enough to know I can't do it alone with a family to worry about. I have developed a group to help with this. Don't rush on picking People to share your "location" with. Living in close quarters you want to make sure you can count on the others to pull their weight. To me, Lazy equals dis-honesty. Your life, your family and others may depend on this...
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