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How To Make Infused Oil 5 Different Ways

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Infused oils from medicinal plants, ‘weed’, and herbs are a shelf-stable way to preserve the medical preps growing in your apothecary patch. The infused oils can be used as a wound wash, to make poultices, and turned into salves, tinctures, and even healing teas. There are multiple ways to make …

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46 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

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When SHTF, you will be dealing with multiple threats to your life and the lives of your loved ones. On top of the chaos, you may find yourself in a situation where traditional products and medicines are inaccessible, simply unavailable, or cost-prohibitive even if you could get to them safely. …

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Quick Trucker’s Hitch Knot – Step by Step How to Tie It

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This is a quicker-to-tie version of the standard trucker’s hitch, which affords a mechanical advantage for pulling a load (like a pulley or a winch might). It’s really useful for things like tent guylines or cinching down lashings (like for bundles of kit on the back of a truck) really …

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The First 7 Things You Should Do After Buying a Gun

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So you did it: you finally bought that shiny new gun you meticulously researched. A hundred YouTube videos and enough advice from gunslinging friends and family to fill an encyclopedia. If it is just another gun in the safe or you are finally one step closer to taking responsibility for …

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Top 21 Best Dog Camping Gear Items

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Taking along camping items for your dog has a two-fold purpose – it makes the dog’s trip more comfortable and your own trip hassle free so you can enjoy exploring the outdoors together without glitches. The food your dog eats is not on this list – just make sure you …

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Poldo Tackle Knot – Step by Step How to Tie It

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The Poldo Tackle is a mechanical advantage system made of rope, specifically for drawing two objects together. In practice, only one object has to actually move, as this is enough for the two to get closer: a load drawn up towards the ceiling, the sides of a backpack being compressed …

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Jewelweed – How To Use This Medicinal “Weed”

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Jewelweed poses as a useless weed along the edges of the woods, but is definitely a wild medicinal plant you should never walk by without gathering. The two species of this tall plant are also commonly referred to as “garden balsam”, “whistle weed”, and the “touch-me-not. The seed pods that …

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How to Survive a Knife Attack

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Knife attacks are freaking scary. Knives are available anywhere, easy to hide, quick to put into action and extremely effective in close quarters. A knife is every bit as lethal as a gun once someone has closed the gap with you, and that part is often something you can count …

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The Top 10 Most Overlooked Preps You Need to Get ASAP

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Part of being prepared means having the right supplies, tools and equipment to face whatever disaster befalls you head on. While it is true that the more you know, the less you need, having the right stuff close at hand sure helps! The less you have to fashion, build, scavenge …

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How To Make Red Clover Salve

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Red clover may most often be taken in liquid form as a detox tea or lemonade in our modern era, but it has also been used as a primary base ingredient in salves for centuries. Salve made from red clover is commonly used to treat dry or chapped skin, acne, …

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How to Start a Neighborhood Watch

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Is starting a neighborhood watch a huge breach of OPSEC for preppers? Not necessarily. Many preppers have yet to take advantage of all being a part of such a community watch program can do to benefit their own families. We are all in this together, even if non-preppers fail to …

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Checklist of Things to Do When Disaster Strikes

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Prepping for disaster garners us the tools, supplies, and most vitally, the skill set needed to survive any man-made or natural disaster that strikes. Practice runs help ensure you and your tribe are ready for anything from a short-term regional natural disaster to a full scale nationwide apocalyptic event. In …

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The Top 5 Best Pocket Holsters

Pocket pistols are often the butt of jokes all around the gun world. It’s easy to see why that’s so: tiny, underpowered, low capacity and generally lacking in the attributes that you want in a proper fighting handgun. Even when you can excuse their lack of firepower, you’ll often see …

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Paraffin Fire Discs Firestarters: How to Make Them

Paraffin Fire Discs

Fire is life. This mantra is widely accepted as accurate, and even those who have a counterpoint will agree that fire is crucial to survival. So having a way to start a fire is a pretty high priority. Firestarters come in all shapes and sizes. I have used so many …

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Goldenrod – How To Identify And Use This Healing ‘Weed’

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Goldenrod gets a bad rap, fellow preppers. It is far too often associated with hay fever nastiness – usually without just cause. The plants Latin name is Solidago – which means “to make whole or heal”. This hardy yellow “weed” grows amid ragweed, so it has been long associated with …

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Barrel Hitch Knot: Step by Step How to Tie It

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The Barrel Hitch is a knot for lifting a bucket, barrel or similar container straight up, as for moving equipment in. You are unlikely to need it often, but will be very glad of it when you do. This knot was often used by sailors for hoisting barrels or buckets …

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No Upgrades, No Problem: Making the Most of a Stock Gun

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People have been upgrading and personalizing their weapons since, well, since weapons were. Better wrapping on the grip, a keener edge, stronger materials; anything that would help (or hopefully help) the wielder to win in whatever fight was worth pursuing. Today, stock guns seem to be little more than a …

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