The Survival Buzz #155

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jul 4, 2019
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The Survival Buzz is back again for an update on preps as well as news, tips and announcements.  First, though, I do want to apologize for the mix-up this weekend.  I had some technical issues which delayed the article 6 More Uncommon First Aid Items from going out to subscribers. That, in turn, caused a domino effect with the Survival Buzz.

A year ago I would have been over the top stressed about this glitch  Not so much anymore.  As I noted on my Facebook page, there are plenty of other things to stress about. In the big picture, this was just another burp.

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There was not much going on prep-wise in my household this week other than the big mess I have going as a result of trying to get organized.  Why is it that every organization effort takes three steps backwards before going forward?

In the semi-blooper department, I have been trying to determine why many online sources rave about cayenne salve – a salve made with cayenne (aka (Capsicum annuum or frutescens, or red pepper)) infused olive oil and beeswax.  I talked about this last week and still have not been able to determine whether it is useful in the prepper household.

On the other hand, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center:

“Pain may get slightly worse at first, but then may get better over the next few days. Capsaicin should be applied regularly several times a day. It usually takes 3 – 7 days before you notice substantial pain relief.”

So now I throw it back at you?  Are you interested in learning more about cayenne salve and what it reportedly can do?  Or shall I skip it and move on to something proven right here in my own household.

Speaking of which, write down Cedarwood essential oil.  Mine arrived as part of the Oil of the Month Club and I did not have a clue how to use it.  And then Shelly (aka the Survival Husband) had a relapse of his cold.  Poor guy.  Anyway, I did some research and learned that Cedarwood was an excellent expectorant and cough remedy when used topically.  And. It. Works.  No tease this time around; I will be writing about my own version of a DIY topical cold and cough rub on Tuesday.

That about covers it for my preps, such as they were, this week.


This tip from Steve came in and it is very important.

One of your readers pointed out that the Airsoft pistols are a less expensive alternative with which to practice.

You need to tell you readers that these pistols should have BLAZE ORANGE barrel parts to identify them as air guns. If there is an issue and the Police arrive, the Police will not be able to tell the Airsoft pistols from the real thing. That’s what makes them good for practice.

We have seen a number of “accidental” deaths because the person raised the pistol at the policeman and the policeman returned fire killing the person. ALL weapons should be treated as loaded and dangerous ALL the time. Remember to follow good shooting range rules whenever shooting, Airsoft or not. Others will NOT know it is only a BB gun.

Here is an extremely interesting tip from Hendrik:

My 2 cents worth regarding dead batteries appearing not to be dead when checked a while later.

Many years ago we were investigating why our new low power parking meter design was actually using a lot less power, but the batteries were not lasting as long as in the older higher power design. After much research we discovered that the pin running from the negative terminal down the inside of the battery appeared to oxidize when there was not enough current being drawn through it.

By simply ‘knocking’ the batteries we were able to brake the oxidation layer and the batteries where good for another few months. So there is merit to ‘banging’ your torch when it is dim or putting batteries in the sun to get another life out of them. We never explored the actual science behind the discovery and needless to say the big battery corporations didn’t bother responding when we enquired, so we changed to LiFePO4 rechargeables.

So those ‘dead’ batteries are very often only ‘dormant’ and a good knock will ‘wake’ them up.


The following article includes a giveaway for a copy of Prepper Pete’s Twelve Days of Prepper Christmas by Kermit Jones.  I am surprised there has not been more interest in this one; yes, it is February but most certainly, it will make a great gift for a special kiddo in your life come December.

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As a reminder, the deadline for all giveaway entries is 6:00 PM Pacific on Tuesdays.  In addition, 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.


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It is not often that I call out another blog in the Buzz since it is more timely to do that on Facebook.  This week, though, I want to tip my hat to my friend Lisa Bedford who is known as The Survival Mom.  Her website, aptly named, The Survival Mom, is one of the best sites out there for sane prepping advice applicable to everyone who is a mom at heart, regardless of age or gender.

Last week she featured the Backdoor Survival Miracle Healing Salve as one of her February Skills of the Month.  Jump on over and take a peek at Skill of the Month: Switch from store-bought to homemade.


In case you did not notice, I am really trying very hard to re-categorize my articles so that it is easier to find some of the evergreen content.  For now, I have set up a page for Prepping and Survival Basics and while still incomplete, at least it is a start.


That about covers things for this week.  I have a great article on body language and trust coming up this week along with the DIY cough remedy I mentioned earlier.  Plus, I know how you love Mountain House, so, as I like to do:  hint hint, wink wink, be sure to check back in next Friday.

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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The ALMOST FREE Department

It has been awhile since I have done a Survival Buzz “Almost Free” item. Shelly found these on sale again a couple of days ago. It is a great deal given that the match holders alone are worth the cost.

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Wind & Waterproof Survival Matches: 2 Packs of 20 + Holder

When I tested these matches last summer, I tried to drown them in salt water first; both inside and outside the waterproof plastic case. They really are waterproof!  As of this writing, $2.85 with free shipping.


Bargain Bin:  You may be wondering why I promote the same old stuff, week in and week out.  The simple answer is that I will not recommend something unless I have used it personally or a Backdoor Survival reader or blogging colleague has convinced me of it’s value.  S,o not to be boring, but this is the stuff I own, use, and feel comfortable recommending.  If there is something you would like be to purchase and test for you, by all means, let me know.

The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way: By Joe and Amy Alton, this book will teach you how to deal with all the likely medical issues you will face in a disaster situation, and including strategies to keep your family healthy even in the worse scenarios. It covers skills such as performing a physical exam, transporting the injured patient, and even how to suture a wound. This medical reference belongs in every survival library.

Chemical Light Sticks: Pick your size (length) and pick your color. Just be aware that if color does not matter, some colors are cheaper than others. Be sure to read Lighting Your Way With Chemical Lighting.

Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite: Don’t let the price lead you to think this wireless flood light is wimpy. I have two of these and feel that these lights are worth double the price.  Using D-cell batteries, the Dorcy floodlight will light up a dark room or a dark stairway in an instant.  I can not recommend these enough.

Diffusers:  You are definitely going to want to consider a diffuser to mist healing essential oils into the air that you breath.  I keep one in my office next to my desk, one in the bedroom and one in our main living area. The diffuser pictured below is the ZAQ Dew Aromatherapy DiffuserNote that you will receive an additional 10% off all items from Spark Naturals when using code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.  Shipping is a flat $5 or free on orders over $55.

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Bicycle Canasta Games Playing Cards:  This timeless classic will keep the entire family occupied when the power it out.  Playing cards or board games should be in everyone’s preparedness kit.

Ticket To Ride: This my favorite board game, bar none.  Family friendly, you will spend hours in front of the fireplace playing Ticket to Ride with your favorite people.  This is worth the splurge.

US Forge 400 Welding Gloves Lined Leather: These well-priced gloves provide complete heat and burn protection. Perfect for use while cooking outdoors over an open fire.

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12 Responses to “The Survival Buzz #155”

  1. I take cayenne capsules daily, (which I make) so I would love to have information on cayenne salve.
    Preparedness? This week I will be traveling to Front Sight fire arms school in Nevada for another course. I love that place. I will be stopping in Las Vegas for a friends’ wedding. I figured I should go shoot before I visit sin city.

  2. I also take cayenne capsules with meals. It warms the body, lowers heating cost and speeds things up. I would be interested in the cayenne salve.

  3. This week I made the Healing Lotion Bars and they turned out beautifully. I bought the rose silicone molds, so they are yellow roses, which is perfect since I’m a 7th generation Texan (back to the Battle of San Jacinto days, post-Alamo, if you know your Texas history). Last week I made the Healing Birch Oil in a roller-ball bottle for my bursitis in my right knee and IT WORKS!! I can’t thank you enough for the recipe, Gaye. I also joined the Seeds of the Month club and the Sparks Oil of the Month club and when I got the cedarwood oil, I didn’t know what to do with it, so I Googled it, and found it has lots of uses. It made me wish Sparks would include an info sheet with the oils.

  4. Gaye are you aware that Wal Mart sells 100 hour candles by Sterno For 4.95 with the diffuser included?

    • No I did not. We only get to a Wal-Mart about once a year. I am going to jump over to their website and see if they have them online. Thanks for the tip.

    • I failed to find the Sterno 100 candles. Were you successful, Friend Gaye Levy???

    • Negative. I did not find them online. Wal-Mart is 5 miles away which explains why Amazon and Ace Hardware are my department stores of choice.

    • I don’t see them online, but can attest to having seen them in the camping section at my local Wal-mart. I just saw them there a couple of days ago.

  5. Hi Ms. Gaye~

    While I have never taken cayenne internally, I have used various salves containing it. I must say that I am unimpressed with it’s effectiveness at relieving pain. To those of you who make your own capsules, what size & how much per? I would be interested in trying it to raise my body temperature during the winter months, as I tend to be the only one who is cold in my house.

    Also, Ms. Gaye, I made some Birch & Lemongrass salve … I LOVE IT!!! It works wonders on charley horses and the like. 🙂

  6. I would be interested in learning more about using the cayenne peepers in a salve as well. We currently buy stuff that has the peppers in it and a carrier oil. It’s expensive but it only takes a few drops that you rub in. It certainly works on the pain and it warms the area as well. You have to be careful with it though, if you get some on your hands and them rub your eyes you will be very sorry. We put a baggie on our hands to apply it and then just throw the bag away. Being able to create my own would be great and as far as using it in your preps, it can be a great alternative pain reliever in some cases.

  7. Definitely want to learn more about cayenne please. All these natural remedies are useful and may be our only resource sooner then we’re ready.
    Thank you.

  8. Cayenne has been used all around the world throughout history. It doesn’t mean it works for all. Like anything else, what works for one may not work for another.
    I have a unique form of arthritis which challenges me everyday with pain. At one time, cayenne was my only natural option. It still is my go to when intense pain and flareups occur. Now, I also have found other options because I also discovered that like anything else, our bodies adapt to this or any other form of pain reliever whether chronic or acute pain. Yes there is a difference. I suggest learning about this so you can have it in your stores because when something does happen, this is one you can grow yourself to have on hand. Gaye has just introduced me to the salve which I am using now as an augment to what I do internally. As with prepping, if you are dealing with chronic pain, then having a low amount already in the system helps instead of taking large doses.
    Now, 2 things which people should know: 1. Cayenne works to relieve pain but it’s also a blood thinner internally, so if you’re anemic, this isn’t something you should take w/o consulting with your doctor. If you’re on some form of blood thinner, again, consult with your doctor. 2. For those who produce too much iron in the blood (hemochromotosis) this will ease that condition because cayenne binds iron to it as it passes through the body.
    For those interested, here’s an article to help you understand better then consider what Gaye is offering to inform you about.

    O and prepping this week. I’ve been learning how to archive in hard copy and digitally those important documents we all have and keep special.


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