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Pandemic Realities and More Give Rise To a New Prepper Movement

As a prepper, you know there is a certain stigma attached to what some deem paranoia. While legitimate preppers know there is nothing irrational about preparing for worst-case scenarios, the general public has been skeptical of the practice for decades until now. Recent stresses to national, global, and physical wellbeing have provided evidence of inadequate governance, healthcare, and economic systems. The things people considered bedrock to their existence shifted in a single year, allowing perspectives to change and for instinct to take the helm. 

The COVID-19 pandemic provided the entire global population with a view of what is possible when you do not prepare: food and supply shortages, job loss, economic instability, etc. While preparation will not end a pandemic or divert a natural disaster, it is paramount to your survival and level of comfort during such events. The growing popularity and interest in prepping is proof that stigmas of lunacy or paranoia are in the past, that prepping is and always has been a sound survival strategy. 

COVID-19 Led the Charge

You cannot deny the influence COVID-19 has had on the recent momentum in the prepper community. The pandemic created and took advantage of gaping holes in national strategy and global governance. While the interdependence of states is something the U.S. prides itself on, the lack of cohesion and the explosion of political unrest allowed for a potentially containable situation to be marred in personal interest and baseless crusades. 

Upon entry into the U.S., COVID-19 flourished and caused mayhem. Workers were laid off, losing wages and health insurance because of mandated government shutdowns. Small businesses and companies went bankrupt because they did not have the necessary infrastructure to cope with forced digital conversion. Food and supply shortages ran rampant as supply chains and logistic sectors struggled to keep up with rising demands and worker shortages. Though 2020 is in the rearview, the pandemic is still cruising along with no predictable end in sight. 

While the pandemic demonstrates the need for preparation, it is certainly not the only reason for people to embrace prepping. COVID-19 provided a glimpse into global catastrophe and highlighted some of the pervading weaknesses in government, infrastructure, and current economic theory, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. To get a glimpse of the whole glacier, you need to deep dive into socioeconomic, sociopolitical, and even ecological theory.

Government, Inequality, and Climate Change Continue the Pressure

The ongoing threat of climate change, rising inequality, the ailments of late-stage capitalism, and the failing of post-World War II systems are all examples of threats to the status quo. While previous decades could sit idle and bask in the rise of industry, current generations are left holding onto rusting economic strongholds, hoping they last until a solution or alternative option is found. 

Traditional systems are no longer capable of sustaining the exponential growth of populations, and capitalism can no longer deliver on the dreams of wealth and equality — if it ever did. Prepping is about the only thing a sane individual can do to survive in the predictable struggles to come. It is the only way to hold onto hope as the nation and world attempt to right the unstable foundation created through several past generations of abuse and complacency. 

After years of stereotypes, preppers can now feel vindicated, but that is about the only thing to celebrate. The world is upon a great reckoning, and hopefully, leaders and governments will come to their senses in time to avoid an even greater catastrophe than the ongoing pandemic. 

Do you agree or disagree? Comment below.

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Go-Bag Pitfalls: Top 3 Mistakes That Novice and Experienced Preppers Alike Make

As a prepper, you know that one of the most important tools in your arsenal is your bugout bag. In its simplest form, a bugout bag — also known as a “go-bag” — is a bag of the survival gear you will need to overcome whatever obstacles post-apocalyptic life throws your way. Though preparing a bugout bag is one of the first and most basic of all the prepping steps, even the most experienced preppers get it wrong. On one end of the spectrum, you have preppers who overthink things and end up packing way too much. On the other end, you have the over-confident preppers who pack too little. It’s important that you learn from both types of preppers’ mistakes and get your bag just right. Below are the top three go-bag mistakes to avoid.

Mistake #1: Packing Too Little Food or Water

The amount of food and water you will need depends on how far from your bugout location you are, in days. A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water and 3,500 calories of food per day per adult. Though water is non-negotiable, if you know that there is a fresh water source along the route, you may be able to get away with slightly less than one gallon per day. However, carry along with you collapsible water bottles for extra storage and a water purification system.

As for food … Try to select foods that have a high caloric content but that take up very little space. Think protein bars, MREs, dehydrated meats and nuts. Food items should also have long shelf lives and be easy to prepare.

Mistake #2: Stuffing Your Bag With Unnecessary Items

Overpacking a bugout bag with non-essentials is one of the biggest mistakes that both novice and experienced preppers make. When packing, follow the rule of the five Cs:

  • Combustion: Pack a portable stove, lighter, lighter fluid and fire starters.
  • Cutting: Carry a knife for both tactical reasons and self-defense.
  • Cover: Pack a form of shelter and enough clothing to protect yourself from extreme weather conditions.
  • Cordage: Paracord — preferably 550 strength — can be used for everything from pitching a tent to hanging a hammock.
  • Container: Multi-purpose containers will come in handy for water storage, cooking and more.

Other than food items and items that fall within one of the above five categories, the only other essentials you will need are personal and legal documents. Keep these documents safe in a waterproof bag.

Mistake #3: Picking the Wrong Bag

When it comes to the bugout bag itself, there are several mistakes you want to avoid. The first is buying a bag before you gather its contents. Identify what you need first and then select a bag big enough to hold just those items. If you buy a bag that has room to spare, you will be tempted to overpack it, as many preppers are.

The second mistake is buying a bag that is too conspicuous. Much of your survival will boil down to your ability to blend in so as not to attract unnecessary attention. Though tactical and camouflage bags are best suited for survival situations, they may draw attention in urban areas. Consider your surroundings and select a bag based on what you know about them.

Finally, make sure that your bag, once full, does not weigh more than 25% of your body weight. If it does, re-evaluate its contents and either eliminate items or trade them out for lighter alternatives.

Getting your bugout bag just right will greatly increase your odds of success in a survival situation. Though much more goes into preparing your go-bag than what is mentioned here, avoiding the aforementioned mistakes is a great start.

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6 Tips To Avoid Prepping Regrets

Whatever your reasons for getting into prepping, it is necessary to take a breath before rushing into building a stockpile. Many first-time preppers dive in headfirst and eventually find themselves in the deep end without floaties to keep their head above the proverbial water. 

If you rush into prepping without a plan, you will end up making significant and costly mistakes, leading to regrets and possible family disagreements. Therefore, when starting, follow six tips to avoid future regrets.   

1. Build Slow and Save Money

It is common for newcomers to feel overwhelmed and like they are miles behind other preppers on the journey to home defense and efficiency. Those anxious feelings are dangerous because they often lead to impulse buying and building a massive inventory over a short period.  

Building fast means spending money quickly. You do not want to use all your cash or take on credit card debt to build a stockpile. You want to save money and build an inventory slowly. The key is to do each sustainably. 

2. Store More Water and Store It Proper

The general rule regarding water is to store at least one gallon of water per person for each day of an emergency. However, you might want to keep more to be on the safe side. It would also be best if you did not store the water in old milk jugs. While these containers are convenient, it is nearly impossible to get all milk residue out, and the plastic is likely not meant for long-term storage. 

3. Buy Food Your Family Will Eat

Too many beginners focus on the shelf life of food that they do not bother to think about what their family likes to eat. While MREs and other shelf-stable foods might taste good to you, they are an acquired taste. Make sure you consider other family members when you make food purchases, or you might be bunkered with some hangry individuals.  

4. Buy a Variety of Food

Many preppers assume that the only shelf-stable food items are canned goods. However, there are several things you can buy, from canned to dry to freeze-dried foods. Also, you can have a more convenient stockpile of items that last a couple of months, allowing you to have even more variety. Too many canned goods are also not good for you because of the sodium and preservatives.  

5. Rotate Your Inventory

When designing your emergency pantry, make sure you have an inventory system in place. You want to keep detailed records of expiration dates, allowing yourself time to use items before they expire. If you do not have a thorough inventory, you risk wasting a lot of valuable food and leaving your family ill-prepared in a legitimate emergency. 

6. Pack Several Bug Out Bags

Aside from having an emergency shelter with a stocked pantry, it would be best if you packed several bug-out bags. Each family member should have their own bag, and the bags should be filled with items specific to each member’s needs. The packs should include food, water, first-aid, medication, and entertainment. Store bags in several locations so they are always accessible, regardless of the emergency. 

The above list is not extensive, but it is a start. For more information, check out more prepping and survival blogs. Additionally, look to the BlackOpsTac community. Do you have any advice for your fellow preppers? Leave a comment. 

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6 Ways To Keep Your Supply Chain Localized and Thriving Amid Disruptions

The pandemic saw many companies and customers running out of essential supplies, and in many ways, it is still affecting supply chains and production. While you might not be as invested in corporate inventories as your own, you can take a few lessons from business owners and managers.
As a prepper, you never want to be at the will of business owners, inflation, or other issues that can drain your survival stockpile. Therefore, you need to find ways to protect your supply chain during a pandemic or natural or manmade disaster. It would be best if you looked at the six-step supply chain survival playbook of big businesses.

1. Build an Inventory

Regardless of the amount of work you put into designing the perfect individual supply chain, it will be susceptible to error and outside influence. Supply chains are dependent on numerous people and production lines, meaning any chain can fall victim to various issues. Therefore, the first thing you need to do to protect your supply is to build an inventory.
Your stockpile should include between three and six months of supplies, including paper, medical, and food goods. You will also need a supply of drinkable water or tools for cleaning and sterilizing it.

2. Conduct a Vulnerability Audit

Where do you buy your supplies from? Do you use a local grocery store, a friendly farmer, or do you depend on something else? Are any of these people, places, or sites vulnerable to supply loss; for example, how can outside actors or situations affect the logistics of local operations? Knowing the vulnerabilities of the people and places you depend on can help you prepare for future threats.

3. Locate Backup Suppliers of Essential Goods

It is best to find backup suppliers when it comes to essential goods — food, water, medicine, etc. Most likely, you have several grocers in your area. You likely also have access to multiple pharmacies. Creating a list with all the potential backup suppliers can help you avoid future issues should one of your trusted stores have empty shelves.

4. Diversify Your Supply Base

Businesses typically diversify their supply base, meaning they do not depend on one supplier for every piece of their inventory; doing so increases the odds of maintaining normal operations during emergencies. You can do the same thing; for example, finding multiple grocery stores with comparable prices can protect you against low inventory concerns. Essentially, you do not have to be a one-store, loyal shopper. Spread out your business.

5. Look for Outside Supply Options

While localization is key to keeping your inventory healthy, sometimes it pays to reach outside the local market. Many online businesses have fantastic savings opportunities for repeat customers. Suppose you sign up for repeat deliveries with manufacturers or businesses. In that case, it means your shopping needs are a priority, meaning when supplies are low, you often get the first dibs on products and merchandise because you are a consistent customer.

6. Create a Backup Plan for Your Backup Plan (Prepping 101)

As with any prepping strategy, you need to have a backup plan for your backup. Having a list of dependable local suppliers is an excellent first step, but it is not enough to keep you stocked during a pandemic or disaster. Build an inventory, and don’t be afraid to look for other local options, even looking beyond if necessary.
How would you protect your local supply chain? Leave a comment below.

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The Best Portable Water Purification Gadgets for Your Go Bag

Every living thing needs water to survive. Unfortunately, some disasters might lead to contaminated water supplies, making fresh, clean water a limited resource. In such situations, a prepper or survivalist knows the importance of water purification. While many preppers might have a freshwater stockpile, it is hard to take that on the move. For emergencies that require travel, it is best to have water purification options in your go-bag.

The Importance of Water Purification

If you are in a dire situation without access to a freshwater supply, you can boil water to kill off bacteria and eliminate some contaminants. Sometimes, survival situations require the consumption of whatever water source you have access to. You have to weigh the pros and cons, acknowledging the health risks with the survival options. 

Not all water sources provide clean drinking water. The bacteria and contaminants in these areas can make you violently ill, and in some cases, leave you battling infections without access to antibiotics or treatment.

Because of the risk of drinking from many natural sources, it is best to have a water purification option with you at all times. There are many options available that provide you with enough filtration for hundreds or thousands of gallons.

Top Portable Water Purification Options

While you can set up a water purification system at your homestead, that system will not do you much good if you need to evacuate. For evacuations, you will need a purification method that fits into your go-bag. There are at least three portable purification methods for the savvy prepper.

1. Straws

One of the most popular products on the market is LifeStraw, and it is considered a personal water filter. The original straw version is a decent filtration system, it removes 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.9% of protozoa, and it lasts for 1,000 liters, filtering down to 0.2 microns. Unfortunately, it will not remove all viruses, minerals, and chemicals. 

There are other options that make drinking easier, and some even filter down to 0.1 microns. The main takeaway is that a filtration straw — or bottle for that matter — is an easy filtration option that can fit easily into any go-bag.

2. Tablets

Tablets are another option for water purification on the go. The tablets are fairly straightforward: you gather one to two liters of water, filter it through a cloth, and drop the tablet in. After approximately 30 minutes, you can safely drink the water without worrying about dangerous microbes.

According to some research, purification tablets, such as Aquatabs, provide a similar result to many municipal water treatment centers.  These tablets can eliminate 99% or more of the biological content in water if you follow the directions.

3. Chemicals

While you can use chemicals like chlorine or chlorine dioxide to clean drinking water, you will need to use caution. Unless you have significant experience treating water with such chemicals, it is best to stick to either tablets or filtration bottles and straws.

Water purification is essential to survival in the wild or when other water sources are contaminated. Without adequate filtration, water can contain thousands of potentially hazardous microbes in every drop. What are your favorite filtration methods? Leave a comment below.

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SHTF Money: Creating a Plan for When the Unexpected Happens

The general rule for an emergency fund is six to nine months’ worth of expenses — although some experts believe it should be six to nine months’ worth of net income — but only 25% of Americans, according to a recent Bankrate.com study, have the minimum requirement. Additionally, only 39% have enough savings to pay for a $1,000 emergency before acquiring a loan or using credit. That is not good enough.  In an actual SHTF economic situation, how long would you last? Do you have enough money to survive and wait out the crisis or prepare for your next move?

The SHTF Money Plan

Creating a money plan is a straightforward process, but it takes discipline and commitment. Before you can start planning for savings, you need to take a hard look at your finances. How much money do you have coming in, and where does it go? 

To keep track of your money, you need to create a spending log — don’t worry too much about making cuts at first. Record every dollar you spend, even for that $1.50 candy bar at the local gas station. A thorough spending log will help you understand how you spend money. For many people, logging their money is enough to curtail some bad habits.

Continue to log your spending habits for a month. After you have a month’s worth of information, go through your logbook and divide your spending into two categories: needs and wants. Needs would consist of mortgage payments, rent, insurance, gas, food, etc. Wants would include spending on entertainment, clothing accessories, eating out, etc. 

With the final calculations, you want to look at your wants and needs lists to determine if there are any areas you can cut spending. For example, if you are eating out a lot, consider limiting such occasions to once or twice per week.

The idea is to make necessary cuts to create a surplus of available cash. The excess should be put back into a savings account. Every month you will contribute to this savings until you build your emergency or SHTF reserve. Saving takes time, and it can and likely will require patience. Obviously, the more you sacrifice, the quicker you can save, but remember that you need to live, too.

Why You Need an Emergency Fund

Emergency funds are paramount to survival and preparation. No one knows when financial troubles will arise, whether personal, national, or global. You can experience job loss, or the economy can collapse, war can lead to shortages, etc. An emergency fund means you can better survive the temporary or more permanent threats.

The Right Amount of Savings for Your Situation

The right amount of savings varies from individual to individual. Your SHTF account might only require a few thousand dollars to get through six months, especially if you have a live-off-the-land mindset and a stable inexpensive homestead. 

For most people, however, a minimum of six months’ worth of expenses is a good starting point. It is crucial to understand this is a bare-bones strategy; you will not have any extra money for entertainment or unexpected expenses. Therefore, while a decent strategy, it is better to plan for six months’ worth of your net income — better still, nine months. 

There is no quick path to building an SHTF money stash; it requires patience and discipline. Take a hard look at your spending habits and make cuts you can live with. Commit to putting back a specific percentage of your income toward your emergency fund. You can do this.

Got any pointers? Leave a comment below.

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Life Is Risks: The Dangers Lurking Behind Everyday Tasks and Activities

As a prepper, it is natural to think about the big prospective disasters, like wildfires, hurricanes, economic collapse, etc. Unfortunately, when always looking at the larger picture, it is easy to forget that danger lurks around every corner.

Every day, people put themselves in harm’s way by performing everyday tasks; for example, driving is one of the most dangerous things you can do. However, despite the dangers you face, you still — more than likely — make it to tomorrow. To help ensure you remain safe, note the activities you routinely perform because, more often than not, complacency is the real threat.

Dangers of Driving

You have likely heard that driving your car is more dangerous than traveling by plane. Several things make driving hazardous, including:

  • Road conditions
  • Blind turns
  • Music
  • Outside distractions
  • Other drivers

Additionally, using your cellphone while driving puts you at an incredibly high risk of an accident. The National Safety Council estimates that cell phone use is responsible for 1.6 million car accidents per year.

Dangers of Childcare

Even taking care of your family can lead to accidents and injuries. Carrying your child around the house or lifting them out of the crib can result in back injuries. Additionally, with children around the house, you might slip and fall on a toy.

Children are also susceptible to injuries when in daycare. It is common for children to experience minor bumps, bruises, scrapes, and cuts.

Dangers of Cooking

Cooking is necessary. Unfortunately, most recipes require a source of heat, making meal prep a legitimate fire hazard. 

Using grease or cooking oil can result in pan fires, and if you do not put them out correctly, the fire can spread quickly to other parts of the house. Aside from a house fire, you might end up with several burns when cooking dinner for the family.

You can also injure your back moving heavy dishes from one space to the other. Additionally, you might find your knees and hips begin to hurt because you are forced to stand for long periods.

Dangers of Household Chores

When you think of household chores, what comes to mind:

  • Dishes
  • Vacuuming
  • Mowing the lawn
  • Appliance repair

Any household tasks can result in electrocution, dismemberment, broken bones, and other severe injuries. Mowing the lawn, for instance, requires the pushing around of a high-powered blade. Depending on the type of mower you have, there are several potential safety risks. A riding mower can slip into gear without the operator. A push mower can shoot debris into the operator’s face, resulting in eye injuries or blindness. 

Using appliances or attempting appliance repair as a novice or expert can lead to electrocution. Any time you are trying to fix an electronic device, it is crucial to double-check the power source to the device, ensuring it is off.

Dangers of Walking, Running, or Exercise

Fundamental exercises, like walking and running, can also lead to injuries. Many people take walking for granted, thinking they are experienced enough to try and multitask, but that is a mistake. Walking and talking on your phone or texting can and does result in several deaths per year.

Regardless of what you choose to do with your free time, make sure that you are entirely in it. Complacency leads to accidents, injuries, and deaths, even doing the most basic everyday tasks.

Can you think of an everyday activity that is dangerous or an example of when you injured yourself doing something routine? Leave a comment.

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The Effects of Extreme Weather Patterns on Your Home: Protect Your Family From Natural Disasters

Whatever your take is on climate change, you cannot deny that weather patterns are changing: from historic heatwaves to record-shattering wildfires, the weather is getting more severe every season. Without adequate preparations, your family might be in the dark literally and figuratively when a natural disaster strikes.

Thankfully, as every prepper knows, there are strategies you can implement to prepare for disaster. With the right amount of preparation, you can reduce the risks of damage from changing weather patterns on your home and family.

Understanding the Risks of Extreme Weather

Extreme weather can lead to several types of disasters, the worst of which are flooding, hurricanes, wildfires, and tornados. With flooding and wildfires, the best thing you can do is take your family and go; sheltering in place is usually the last thing you want to do, especially if local governments are calling for evacuations. Wildfires are typically the result of severe droughts, but a lightning strike can also cause the initial spark.

With hurricanes and tornados, you can often shelter in place, depending on the severity of the storm. Tornados typically give little warning, meaning staying on your property is likely the only option. 

A storm shelter, bunker, or basement is the best form of protection against high wind storms. Since hurricanes can often last several days, it is best to have shelf-stable food and clean water stockpile. Having a generator is also a worthy investment for short-term disasters.

How To Prepare Your Home Against Natural Disasters

Preparing your home against natural disasters depends on where you live. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, you might want to invest in permanent storm shutters, sandbags, and landscaping. 

Landscaping can seem a bit strange when talking about wind storms, but you will want to clear the immediate area around your house from tall trees. Hurricanes, tornados are both strong enough to uproot mature trees, turning branches into projectiles.

If you live in an area prone to wildfires, you will want to create a fire barrier around your home. Keep plantings away from the foundation. If possible, keep your yard and plants watered to avoid dry grasses and plantings.

If you live in a flood zone, it is all about grading your landscape and sealing your foundation. While sealing the structure might not protect against every flood, it can help delay water damage, providing enough time to protect your property with sandbags.

The Importance of Emergency Kits

Sometimes, you will need to take your family and evacuate to someplace safer, away from severe weather. You will not always have time to pack essentials, which is why having prepared emergency kits is crucial to survival. 

Emergency kits are bags or packs that include food, first aid, water, clothing, medication, etc. Each package should be unique to each family member, ensuring medications and supplies are not forgotten or misused.

How To Stay Safe During a Disaster

When in the midst of a storm or disaster, there are several things you need to do and keep in mind to ensure your and your family’s safety. You will want to stay informed by tuning into local authorities, have an evacuation plan, avoid unnecessary risks, etc.

With the warning of future volatile weather patterns, it is necessary to prepare for the worst. While a full-scale bunker might not be a requirement, some things, like emergency kits, are a must. What do you consider a must when preparing for natural disasters? Leave a comment below.

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RFID Technology and Using Wallets To Protect Yourself

Technology is advancing exponentially, so much that companies and the consumers they serve are struggling to keep up with all the changes and innovations. Unfortunately, tech-savvy thieves are lurking around every corner, ready and waiting to pounce.

The most vulnerable and valuable asset people have is their identity and financial data. As technology moves faster towards convenience, RFID chips are being integrated into much of what people carry every day, especially credit and debit cards. The chips are helpful, making transactions quick and painless, a simple tap on a reader, but with the right tools, thieves can steal your information without you even noticing.

RFID scanners or skimmers are not only used by stores, but thieves also use these devices. The problem is the portability of the devices and the lack of protection on cards and card carriers. However, with the right tools, you can protect your information.

RFID wallets essentially wrap your credit cards and other at-risk information in an RFID protective sleeve. The sleeve blocks scanners or skimmers from reading your information. There are at least three reasons to purchase an RFID wallet.

1. Lower the Risks of Identity or Information Theft

The primary reason to purchase an RFID wallet is to protect your financial information and identity against theft. Fortunately, RFID theft is relatively rare at the moment, but that does not mean it is safe. As a prepper, you know that safety and survival come down to preparation; purchasing an RFID wallet is preventative.

While the current risks of theft might be minimal, the growing pool of tech-savvy criminals means it is never 0%. Owning an RFID wallet ensures your information remains yours and limits points of access only when your card is out of the sleeve.

2. Protect Against Future Threats

Experts explain that RFID threats could increase in the future, meaning that buying a wallet now is more about future defense. As RFID technology becomes more integrated into shopping and essential tasks, thieves will have more motivation to find unique and innovative ways to steal information.

The portability and concealability of RFID skimmers will improve. As society has seen time and time again, complex tech can fit into smaller and smaller packages, especially when remotely linked to other devices. Therefore, buying an RFID wallet today is about preparing for future threats more than anything, which is precisely what preppers do.

3. Storage

An RFID wallet is, more than anything else, a wallet. The functionality of newer models is as thin and capable as any other standard wallet. With the increased protection, why wouldn’t you buy an RFID wallet? You need a place to store your credit cards, identification cards, cash, and family pictures. Instead of settling for a standard wallet, pick up an RFID wallet to prevent even the minimal risk of digital theft now and the near-guaranteed threat of the future.

While there is something to be said about living off the grid and minimizing your dependence on technology, you always have to realize society will not bend to your will. Therefore, you have to protect yourself against outside threats, including RFID theft.

Will you buy an RFID wallet? Leave a comment below and keep the conversation going.

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Backyard Plantings That Can Be Used Medicinally

With a growing dependence on technology and modern medicines, people often forget that most medications are based on herbology — the use of botanical knowledge, plants, and herbs to medically treat patient symptoms. While there is no denying the complexity and efficacy of many modern medical practices, there is also no evading the truth that medications are often deeply rooted in ancient herbal teachings and practices.

That said, seeking modern medical attention rather than using a poultice made from herbs is likely preferable in emergencies. However, as a prepper, being aware of the potential healing power of backyard herbs is a must. While there are many herbs and mixes with healing qualities, five, in particular, are easy to grow and relatively common in the wild.

1. Sage

Salvia officinalis or common sage is a perennial herb that typically grows in dry, hot climates. It requires full sun and does best in sandy soil. Preppers and survivalists will find this herb most beneficial for treating fevers and excessive sweating because of its phytosterol properties. Additionally, you can use sage to treat other problems, including:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive phlegm
  • Throat inflammation

You use sage for medicinal properties by using the leaves in a tea or drying and eating them. If you choose to use the leaves in tea, you will need to avoid evaporation. Cover the tea for at least ten minutes before drinking it to protect the critical ingredients.

2. Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis or rosemary is a common herb that thrives in dry, well-drained soil and humid climates. It is an anti-inflammatory, which means it helps maintain antioxidant levels and improve circulation. To use rosemary, you should brew it into tea.

Beyond its anti-inflammatory properties, rosemary is a capable herb. The carnosic acid in the herb means it is a preventative for many conditions, including:

  • Headaches
  • Neurological degeneration
  • Strokes
  • Memory loss

3. Peppermint

Mentha piperita or peppermint is an excellent remedy for gastrointestinal problems because it helps relieve intestinal muscle strain while improving bile flow. You can use peppermint to treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Gastric emptying disorders
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • Colonic spasms
  • Dyspepsia

Additionally, as the active ingredient in peppermint is menthol, it can work as a decongestant or expectorant, even soothe sore throats. To get the most out of peppermint, it is best to extract the essential oil. Removing the oil will require steeping the crushed leaves with vodka inside of a covered jar. The potency of the extract will depend on the duration of the steeping. When you finish steeping the leaves, you can strain them, leaving the extract behind.

4. Hyssop

One of the most effective plants for survival is Hyssopus officinalis or hyssop. The plant has natural antiseptic properties and is quite helpful as a poultice for treating scrapes, cuts, and bruises. You can also boil the leaves, straining the mixture to soak bandages.

5. Catnip

In survival situations, it is not uncommon for people to get anxious or suffer from other psychological conditions, like insomnia. Nepeta cataria or catnip can help. The plant acts as a natural sedative and can help calm and relax the body. You will first dry the leaves. Then, you can either coat them in honey and eat them or use them in tea.

Sometimes, in survival situations, you might have to rely on what is available in your backyard for medical treatment. The five herbs above are excellent and common plants; there are many more for the interested prepper. What are some other plants with medicinal purposes you know about?

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