BDS Book Festival: Home Remedies + Interview with Alex Smith

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
BDS Book Festival: Home Remedies + Interview with Alex Smith

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Today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  I am pleased to welcome back Alex Smith as I introduce his latest book, Home Remedies.  In addition to answering a few prepping questions for us, Alex will be giving a copy of his book to one lucky reader.  More about that in a moment.

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Home Remedies – A Primer for All of Us

Oh my gosh you are going to love this little book!  Alex refers to the book as “an excellent primer for the individual with limited experience in the application of home remedies”.  In a word, he is being humble.

Home Remedies is much more than a basic primer if for no other reason than the solutions use common household ingredients and not a bunch of weird exotic items that are difficult to find and expensive to buy.  There is a great section on making oils from dried herbs that looks so easy that I plan to try it myself.  These will not be essential oils, mind you, but useful oils none-the-less and a good alternative for those that may not have the budget for a wide variety of pricey EOs.  You will also find easy, peasy instructions for making tinctures, poultices and salves.

Something I like about Home Remedies is that the ailments are organized alphabetically.  This makes it quick and easy to find a solution to your minor first aid woes.  In many cases, there is more than one remedy for a particular problem.  For example, there is a page devoted “Cold Sores” with a variety of remedies listed so that you can pick and choose what to use based upon the ingredients on hand.  Hint: he recommends real licorice!  There is also a section on home remedies for pets.

There is one thing that is puzzling.  Vinegar is listed as a “Super Plant”. I will need to look for one of those vinegar plants the next time I go to the nursery!

Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

An Encore Interview with Alex Smith

1. To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?

My wife and I are a team, though I tend to lead on the subject. We complement each other very well, however. Her perspective definitely helps further our goals. Having someone to bounce ideas off of is huge. We’ve also started working out together, which has helped both of our routines. I’ve always tended to favor strength training over cardio, but having her alongside me is helping me create a more balanced program for us both.

2. What are your favorite survival or pepping book or books? (They can be fiction or non-fiction.)

Perhaps not a candidate for all-time favorite, but The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight definitely deserves some sort of consideration for perhaps the best use of a few bucks I can remember in a long time.

3. Do you have anything else (announcement, message, personal experience) that you would like to share with the readers on Backdoor Survival?

The next year sure seems to be shaping up to be an interesting one. If you’re lacking anything, I’d suggest you fill in any gaps in your preparedness plan. Quickly.

The Book Giveaway

A copy of Home Remedies has been reserved for one lucky reader.  Here is this week’s question:

What is your all-time favorite home remedy?

To enter the giveaway, you need to answer this question by responding in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 AM Pacific next Thursday and the winner will be selected at random using tools on the website.  Also note that the winner will be announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz and he or she will have 72 hours to claim the winning book.

Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.

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The Final Word

Sometimes the best things come in small packages.  That is definitely the case with Home Remedies.  Although it is available for the Kindle, I heartily recommend having a print copy on hand.  This is a book you can keep in your first aid kit for those times when a home remedy is the solution to what ails you.

I hope you will enter the giveaway to win your own copy of this great new book!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight Item:  Home Remedies

This little book is an excellent primer for the individual with limited experience in the application of home remedies. In addition to listing common home remedies, it includes instructions for making infusions, salves, poultices and more.  There is information about super plants everyone should have on hand and guidelines for starting your own home remedy garden.

Bargain Bin:  Today is all about books.  Listed below are all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone.owl reading book


Backyard Cuisine: Bringing Foraged Food to Your Table
Home Remedies
Living on the Edge: A Family’s Journey to Self-Sufficiency
Make It Last: Prolonging + Preserving the Things We Love
Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills
The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms: Helpful Tips for Mushrooming in the Field
Good Clean Food
The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight
Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living
The People’s Apocalypse
Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better


Going Home: A Novel of Survival (The Survivalist Series)
Surviving Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)
Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse
The Border Marches
Rivers: A Novel
After the Blackout
The End: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)
The Long Road: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)
3 Prepper Romances:  Escape To My Arms, plus 2 other e-books (your choice)
Prepper Pete Prepares: An Introduction to Prepping for Kids


The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
Escaping Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)
Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival


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69 Responses to “BDS Book Festival: Home Remedies + Interview with Alex Smith”

  1. tea tree oil. My kids probably get tired of me saying, ” Use the tea tree oil”. For an all natural household cleaner I really like apple cider vinegar and baking soda. Cleans the grease off my stove and it’s fun to watch it bubble!

  2. Not really a remedy but a preventive. Proper hand washing! Got dreadful sick a few months back and it gave me a wake up call how “dirty” people can be. I’m very selected if I eat homemade foods or store bought food that many people have touched at work and wash my hands often, especially before eating. I guess for a remedy, not really a problem solver but it is for dry skin, daily I use coconut oil and olive oil mixed together for my dry skin. Works wonders.

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