Welcome to the first Survival Buzz of 2015. This week I tried to keep things brief since I am up to my neck in alligators with all of the projects that are a work in process. Alas, that did not happen.
To be honest, I feel bad teasing you with a mention of the projects without closure in terms of how-to articles. I apologize but these things do take time. That being said, this weeks preps are more of the same.
1. I am using Shelly (aka the Survival Husband) as a human guinea pig as I experiment using essential oils to bring down his blood pressure. Since he currently takes three different meds, the plan is to see if we can bring the BP down with EOs then eliminate one of the meds.
Results so far are mixed. The first few days there was a remarkable drop in BP but then it rose back to its pre-EO level. Today I changed the protocol and it is falling again. Stay tuned as I report on our progress.
Important Note: I am not a health care professional and am doing this at our own risk. I am not in any way suggesting that you do this yourself. That said, if the time comes when prescription drugs are scarce, it will be good to know if EOs or other natural remedies can be used as a replacement.
2. I milled five pounds or hard white wheat to use in baking and bread-making. I am working on a project for WonderMill and will be posting three articles on their Grain Mill Wagon blog demonstrating how I am using home ground grains. The first article will post after January 15th and I will post a link after the fact.
3. After comparing prices with our local market, the cost was less than half, for twice the amount of product. The arrowroot will be used to create a batch of mineral makeup and the cheesecloth to strain the herb and spice oil infusions that I have going (both oregano and cayenne). I plan to use the oils in healing salves that are made without essential oils.
4. Something I learned during that spell without running water is that hair-clogged drains are a real problem when water is precious. Having a sink full of grey water is useful but then, when you release the plunger and it does not go anywhere, well, that is an issue. This week we cleared the drains with a plumbers snake. For sure this is something you should have on hand in your toolbox.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
The Survival Buzz #150
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
This week’s tip comes, once again, for Learner:
“Did you know that you can subscribe to the Space Weather Prediction Center SWPC to receive email notices about solar storm watches and warnings?
It’s a similar concept to the National Weather Service watches and warnings about tornados and hurricanes. Oh and yes it’s FREE. The idea is that you could have some advanced warning if a solar flare was shooting an EMP at us with few hours notice maybe…:”
Here is a link to the subscription page: //www.swpc.noaa.gov/content/subscription-services.
I have two active giveaways at the moment. Note that the deadline for entries for both giveaways is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday.
As a reminder, all winners are notified by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate will be selected. Once selected, the names of winners are also displayed in the Rafflecopter on the original giveaway article. This usually happens on the Friday following the end of the giveaway.
Are you having a problem using the Rafflecopter? If so, chances are you are using an outdated browser, you are behind a company firewall, or have a pop-up blocker running. I reached out to the folks at Rafflecopter and they suggested that if you have a problem and are using a personal computer, send me an email with your exact computer data and they will make an attempt to troubleshoot.
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Please, though, make sure you do not have a pop-up blocker running first.
ESSENTIAL OILS: TIP OF THE WEEK
Heartburn is something that happens to all of us from time to time. Many find relief from Peppermint EO others you can try to include Lemon EO or the Spark Naturals “Digest” blend.
I happen to use the Digest blend but whatever you use, mix a few drops into a carrier such as a coconut oil, DIY healing salve, or plain ole’ salve. Rub your diluted essential oils onto the chest area or tummy. You will be amazed at how well this works.
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THE FINAL WORD
2015 is off to a great start.
For the first time ever, I have an entire month of articles planned out in advance so all that I need to do is sit down and write. I also have written some guest articles that will appear on prominent sites, thus furthering the message of preparedness. And finally, and have lined up (so far) three additional giveaways and hope to run them every other Friday. Giveaways, to me, are the best way for a blogger to pay it forward.
So what about you – what did you do to prep this week?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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\For your discernment, here are items related to today’s article.
Lifesource UB-351 Automatic Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor: We have the more expensive UB-512 model but I don’t see why this more basic and less expensive unit would not work. A must for your survival first aid kit!
FlexiSnake Drain Millipede Hair Clog Tool for Drain Cleaning: To be honest, the snake we have is not very good at removing a hair-clogged bathroom drain. After reading tons of reviews, Shelly had me order this one which is cheap, but effective. As soon as it arrives, I am going to learn how to use it myself.
Wonder Junior Deluxe Hand Grain/Flour Mill by Wondermill: I am very excited about my manual mill since it can also be used to grind coffee beans, nuts, and other oily bulk food items. I also own the powered/electric WonderMill Grain Mill.
Arrowroot Powder Organic: I will be using this to create DIY beauty products. Sorry if this is offensive but it the SHTF, looking good will be important to keeping my spirits up and boosting my self-esteem. I will be using recipes from this book: Kick Chemicals to the Curb!: All-Natural Makeup & Beauty Recipes
Regency Natural Ultra Fine 100% Cotton Cheesecloth: Cheesecloth is needed to strain oils that have been infused with herbs, spices, and flowers. I am in the process of experimenting by making salves with infused oils instead of essential oils.
AT-A-GLANCE Monthly Wall Calendar 2015: This calendar has worked out great. The boxes are large enough that I can populate them with post-it notes then move them around as I make schedule changes. Great price, too.
Preparedness Planner: Both Shelly and I are impressed with how easy this planner is making our inventory and organization process. As with my wall calendar, a tool like this was long overdue.
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