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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Desert Survival-My Experience Plus Homemade Simple Remedies

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If television is a reflection of our society, we are doomed!

--The Poor Man


   When I was a young man I attended Arizona State University studying anthropology (especially the cultural perspectives of how and why people behave as they do before switching to Mass Communications).


I had recently been discharged from the Navy and my primary source of Prepper knowledge back then was my military experience and the years I had spent in the Boy Scouts.  To this day, I still feel the BSA manual is one of the best overall handbooks around.


I spent a lot of time by myself alone (on one occasion, I did take along a classmate, a Navajo woman whose family lived nearby) in the desert looking for Native American relics (now pretty much an illegal endeavor).  I owned an old pickup truck with a camper shell in which I often rolled out a sleeping bag and slept in at night.  If it was too hot, I’d sleep out on the desert floor. I would head up to Montezuma’s Castle and Well, north of Phoenix.  It was an old cliff dwelling site.


 I always carried a knife and a .38 along with my other supplies.  I never used the pistol but was happy to have it along on those rare occasions when some drifty SOB would come along and poke their nose into my business.  I am one of those who does not mind being alone, indeed, I often prefer it over the company of some humans.


Now that I’m stuck in the winter hinterlands of Michigan, I miss Arizona’s temperate climate and cheaper cost of living!


A number of things I learned along the way about desert survival are worth sharing…


·         Always carry a lot of water and/or know where to get some

·         Always carry a first aid kit and chapstick

·         Canned goods weigh a lot so either use freeze dried or be prepared to hunt small game including snake (tastes like chicken, really)

·         A compass is a handy thing to bring along

·         A small pebble placed in your mouth will keep you from getting too thirsty

·         You can get liquid and even eat parts of several kinds of cacti

·         Dig a hole and bury your waste

·         Wear a hat

·         Don’t sleep in a wash or gulley – a surprise deluge could drown your butt

·         Always empty out your boots and sleeping bag before retiring and upon waking – gets rid of those scorpions and other critters

·         Always let someone know where you’ll be - this was pre-cell phone and GPS days

·         Rattlesnake does taste like chicken!


Needless to say, the earlier you get a start, the cooler it is and it’s a good idea to take a break during the hottest part of the day and find some shade or make your own.  Resume activity or make a camp around sunset.  Finally, Native Americans never let anything go to waste - something we can all learn from!


A few issues back I wrote of the many beneficial uses for Tea Tree Oil.  Here’s another.


Oil for Burned Skin


Relieve pain by applying this several times a day.


1 drop tea tree essential oil and ¼ cup organic olive oil


Using a small bowl, dilute the essential oil with the olive oil and gently massage the mixture over the burned area.


Homemade Butter in a Blender

All you need is cream to make butter. But in our house, salted butter is a must, unless we’re using that butter for baking. So really, you need cream and sea salt. Get the recipe and more here:


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Seed and Plant Sources for Medicinal Herbs and Botanicals


Abundant Life Seed Foundation
P.O. Box 772
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Phone: 360-385-5660
Fax: 360-385-7455
Preserving the genetic diversity of plants by saving rare and heirloom open-pollinated seed

Companion Plants
7247 North Coolville Ridge
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740-592-4643
Fax: 740-593-3092
Catalogue: $3.00

J.L. Hudson, Seedsman
Star Rt 2, Box 337
La Honda, CA 94020-9733

Elixir Farm Botanicals, LLC
General Delivery
Brixey, MO 65618
Phone: 417-261-2393
Fax: 417-261-2355
Certified organic roots. Order online.

Johnny's Selected Seeds
184 Foss Hill Road
Albion, ME 04910
Phone: 207-437-9294
Fax: 207-437-2165

Elk Mountain Nursery
P.O. Box 599
Asheville, NC 28802
Phone: 828-251-9622

Horizon Herbs

We provide you with GOOD LIVE SEEDS. We consider you to be our "virtual neighbor," and strive to treat you like a good neighbor should. The seeds that pass between us are energised with the LIFE FORCE.  The positive nature of this energy helps us promote the plants that serve us so selflessly



By no means is this a complete list but makes a good starting point…Please share and/or send us your suggestions.


Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

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escapeartist said...

Love those photos and the resources - thanks for sharing!

theRAZZ said...

Mighty 'cool' things about the desert and the photos are terrific.

WB said...

I like this site. Lots of good info here .For every one person smart enough to realize something is wrong there are a thousand who simply don't care. As long as they still have their weekend sports shows and beer in the fridge they could care less. Those on the gov’t dole are in even worse shape as they long ago lost their reasoning ability. The only way to save this country is by fighting for it. The feds are not going to back down this time and we could soon be heading for a Ukranian situation of our own. >WB

HotPrepper said...

Exposure to the sun is no joke. A few days out in the sun unprotected is painful.

Prepare for being "out there" by keeping your skin covered up first. Then, should you still get sunburn fix it up :)