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Jewelweed – How To Use This Medicinal “Weed”


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

Red clover salve

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’


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

S&W M&P 9c

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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11 Ways to Avoid Prepper Burnout


Irregardless of why you start prepping, after several months or years, you may find your enthusiasm for prepping is waning. If you find yourself procrastinating about the things you know need to be done for you to be prepared, you may be starting to burn out. Just like with job …

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Using a Tactical Pen Effectively

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Tactical pens are a niche but effective self-defense tool with one major advantage over all other weapons: they can go, quite literally, anywhere. This one attribute makes tactical pens a worthwhile addition to any prepper’s tactical options but using one requires its own skillset. Sure, you can grab hold of …

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The Best Concealed Carry Holsters

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Effective carry of a pistol is more than just stuffing it in your pocket or waistband, and requires more equipment. A good concealed carry rig is one where all components- belt, holster, ammunition pouches and clothing- all work together properly to allow you to carry your pistol and equipment comfortably, …

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24 Uses for Q-tips for Survival


Just about every doctor will tell you that Q-tips aka cotton swabs are NOT recommend for cleaning your ears but did you know they were invented for exactly that purpose? And, the idea was inspired by a mom. It’s true. In the early 1920’s, Leo Gerstenzang, an immigrant from Poland, …

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