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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Natural Remedies Cheat Sheet

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543


The Brain on the brain…

Some they use it

Some they don’t

And some, you just can’t tell!


From The Smiling Dog Saloon Files


In This Issue:

1.        Natural Remedy Cheat Sheet

2.       Food storage secrets

3.       Ronald Reagan TV commercial about socialism

4.       Cheap justice-Broken Laws

Natural Remedy Cheat Sheet
Useful DIY remedies can save money and they work just as well...


Dab tea tree essential oil onto acne for a quick-healing spot treatment. (Find 100% pure essential oils here.)

Dab frankincense essential oil onto acne scars to reduce appearance.



Apply multipurpose herbal healing ointment to the bruise a few times a day.



Apply 100% pure lavender essential oil to a fresh burn to ease pain and speed healing. (Find it here.)


Apply a layer of herbal healing ointment to reduce pain and inflammation.


Chest congestion

Whip up some homemade vapor rub and use a few times a day and apply before bed.



Brew a cup of tea with elder flower, marshmallow root and plantain. Use ½ teaspoon of each herb per cup. (Find organic bulk herbs for this tea here.)

Use this natural cough syrup (for kiddos over one year) every few hours.





Sprinkle on yarrow flowers before applying pressure to quickly stop bleeding. (Find organic dried yarrow here.)

Wash fresh cuts with a strong calendula infusion (how to make an infusion) to prevent infection and soothe skin.


Diaper rash

Make a multipurpose healing ointment and apply at every diaper change.

Apply a drop of pure lavender essential oil to speed healing. Dilute in a tablespoon of coconut oil. (Find 100% pure lavender EO here and organic coconut oil here.)



Drink a strongly-brewed cup of peppermint tea. (Find organic dried peppermint leaves here.)

Dilute a drop of peppermint essential oil in a tablespoon of coconut oil and rub on the lower abdomen. (Find pure peppermint EO here.)

Brew a cup of red raspberry leaf and lemon balm tea. Use ½ teaspoon of each herb. Drink throughout the day to stay hydrated, soothe the stomach and stop diarrhea. (Find these bulk herbs here.)



Have a glass of water; you might be dehydrated.

Apply peppermint oil to your forehead and feet. Dilute with a little coconut oil first.

Layer one drop lavender essential oil and one drop frankincense essential oil on the temples and forehead. (If peppermint doesn’t work or you don’t have any.)


Insomnia/trouble sleeping/crazy kids

Give kiddos a cup of sleepy tea an hour or two before bed. Lemon balm soothes the nervous system.

Apply a drop of lavender essential oil to the bottoms of feet. Add a drop to the pillow as well.

If lavender doesn’t work, mix a drop of vetiver essential oil with a drop of a citrus essential oil. Apply to the back of the neck.


Nose bleeds

Roll half a square of toilet paper so that it resembles a tampon (for lack of a better description), roll in herbal healing ointment and insert gently into the bleeding nostril. (We use this remedy quite often.)



Gently clean with herbal bar soap and water.

Apply a layer of herbal healing ointment every few hours.



Add one drop each of lavender and tea tree essential oils to a tablespoon of coconut oil. Apply to the rash every few hours.


Sore or scratchy throat

Rub a drop or two of lemon essential oil on the throat.

Drink a cup of marshmallow root tea. Add a little raw honey, too (don’t use raw honey under 1 year of age).


Upset tummies

Have a cup of lemon balm and red raspberry leaf tea – steep ½ teaspoon of each.

Dilute a drop of peppermint essential oil in a tablespoon of coconut oil and rub on the abdomen.



Apply anti-fungal coconut oil to affected area several times a day.

Add probiotics to the diet. If possible, apply the probiotic, like homemade yogurt, to the affected area.


This list is by no means a comprehensive natural remedy guide, but rather a quick cheat sheet for the person who wants to use natural remedies for common issues, but doesn’t want to dig through an herbal remedy book every time something comes up. Feel free to print it off (using the print button at the end of this article) so you have your most-used remedies in one place! You can use this list for your own family and add or take away from it so that it’s most useful for you.  Find more useful natural living ideas here:




PM’s Roundup of Useful Resources…

Here’s some people who have taken the plunge, purchased some rural land, and a tiny house to put there. Remember, if they can do it you can too! Here’s the video (oh, and they’re open to suggestions if you have any)…



Food Storage Secrets
When dinner's over, does the leftover soup go straight into the fridge right in the pot rather than into a plastic container just so you can save a few minutes on clean up? Here are some alterations in food storage, though they might take an extra five minutes, that will save you considerable time and money later.



Watch this 50-year old commercial with Ronald Reagan about Socialism




The Nanny State- Your Freedom at Risk!


Law enforcement agencies around the country are using the International Mobile Subscriber Identity locator (IMSI catcher), known as Stingray, to track cellphone users for the purpose of assisting criminal investigations. Stingray masquerades as a cellphone tower, tricking phones into sending it a signal that law enforcement can later use to identify the serial number of the phone and track the subscriber or cellphone user. Privacy advocates are worried about widespread police tracking of cellphones and violations of privacy.


There are thousands of federal laws and many more coming from the states. So many, that at the national level the government doesn't even try to add them up anymore…No one can keep up with our laws.  The US has more laws, rules and regulations THAN ANY OTHER NATION (and we’ve been around a lot less longer than most).


United States of Unfair Taxation You know that broken-record mantra that Democrats have about the rich paying their fair share? That load of BS should get tossed out of the window with the most recent study undertaken by the Congressional […]



The Parting ThoughtNothing to worry in the land of the free!


Cheap Justice, Bad Law = Broken System

Many blogs have been written here that deal with the phony “War on Drugs” and the negative effects it has on society, particularly those lacking resources, or being people of color. This piece is not about the “War on Drugs”, but this ridiculous “war” has actually driven the abuses of our criminal justice system that is my topic today. Because the “War on Drugs” provides context for this subject I’ve included links at the bottom that supply the context behind my opinions here. Human Rights Watch produced a report this week about how most defendants in Federal drug cases are forced to plead guilty under the threat of the imposition of a mandatory sentence. I read an article in Huffington Post referencing this study and it immediately brought to mind two aspects of law enforcement and prosecution today that raise my ire.


The first is the process of plea bargaining, which I believe makes a mockery of our Criminal Justice System. The second is the concept of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MMS) which in my opinion leads inevitably to miscarriages of what we would like to call justice. The idea of negotiation, bargaining if you will, is that each of the two sides has the ability to provide enough of value to be able to establish a mutually beneficial contract. Clearly though when it comes to a Prosecutor bargaining with a defendant there is, except in the case of the wealthy/powerful, an unequal negotiation. The Prosecution has the authority and resources of the State backing it up.


Most defendants and indeed most people in prisons, have little resources. In the public’s (thus jury’s) mind, most defendants are really guilty until proven innocent, despite the “presumption of innocence” that is supposedly a hallmark of our legal system. Adding immeasurably to the Prosecution’s resources are “Mandatory Minimum” sentences (MMS). They were instituted by legislators who wanted to appear “tough on crime” and so represent drastic solutions to punishment needs, in order to appear as “tough” as possible.


With the trump card of MMS prosecutors are in a position to threaten a defendant to “cop a plea” to avoid a more draconian prison sentence. The Human Rights Watch study shows how these two procedures have become a feature of American Criminal Justice that in my opinion makes a mockery of it. Read more of this post



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1 comment:

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