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The Outdoor Pharmacy, part 5: Oregano

February 7, 2013



Most of us are pretty familiar with the taste of oregano even if we are not too sure what the plant looks like.  It is almost synonymous with Italian foods we adore like pizza and lasagna.  It’s delicious and savory, but it’s a lot more than that.  We should all give it a closer look. […]

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Preparing for Medical Emergencies When There Is No Doctor

July 27, 2012


taking care of yourself after TEOTWAWKI

The following article has been contributed by a fellow prepper named Mike. It has been published with permission of the author. It does not necessarily represent the views of When the SHTF, and it will, there will be enough things to worry about other than staying healthy.  Yet, even in good times we get sick […]

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A Homemade Cure for Dehydration

July 3, 2012


rehydrating yourself

I know what you may be thinking. Isn’t drinking water a good “homemade” cure for dehydration? For moderate dehydration, that’s true. But for more serious cases of dehydration, cases where the body has been significantly starved of the precious fluid or when the dehydration is brought about by vomiting or diarrhea, simply drinking water may […]

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Survival Myth: You Can Get Poison Ivy from Scratching

June 27, 2012


Poison Ivy

Have you had poison ivy? Most of us have at some point. If so this picture probably makes you itch somewhere. Exposure to Poison Ivy Poison ivy and other Rhus plants, like poison oak and poison sumac, contain an oily allergen called urushiol, which causes a reaction in up to 80% of the people who come into […]

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A Natural Cure for Wasp Stings

May 31, 2012


It's not good to aggravate a wasp's nest

My oldest daughter banged her head on the underside of a the chick brooder when she heard the ear piercing scream. It had come from just outside the barn stall where our toddler was standing. Quickly she rushed out to check on him. His face was in anguish. But that wasn’t all that was on […]

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The Outdoor Pharmacy: Basil

May 1, 2012


Basil: a spice of life

On my list of “must have” spices, basil ranks in the top five.  It is one that you just can’t make due without for Italian-inspired dishes.  And just the thought of pesto makes me smile.  It turns out that basil is not only delicious, but it is very healthy and is said to even have […]

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Where the Wild Things Are, part 4: Chickweed

March 29, 2012



It’s been a while since I’ve done an installment in this series.  I took the winter off since many plants are either dormant or not in their most familiar form.  With this spring’s early arrival, I’m almost too late to get pictures of some of my favorites before they take a hiatus. This new one […]

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First Aid Refreshers, part 7: Athlete’s Foot

February 29, 2012

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athlete's foot

Our feet are so taken for granted.  They carry us from place to place, support us for long hours of standing, and endure many a painful fashion statement, yet most of the time they do so without major complaint.  When one does get injured, boy are we ever aware of it, though.  On the whole, […]

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First Aid Refreshers, part 6: Sprains and Strains

February 14, 2012


wilderness first aid: strains and sprains

It seems that at some point, just about everyone suffers from a soft tissue injury from either repetitive motion or maybe an accidental twist.  The first time I sprained an ankle was when I was five.  My younger sister had run off across a grocery store and I tore off after her (to tell her […]

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First Aid Refreshers, part 5: Serious Burns

February 9, 2012


Medical first aid for burns

In the last installment of the First Aid Refreshers, I covered minor burns.  This time, I want to look at the more serious ones that will require very careful attention. Types of Burns, continued 3.  Deep (3rd degree) These go beyond the top layer of skin and destroy tissue.  They may leave exposed raw areas […]

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