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High blood pressure? Heart issues? Try Kudzu: An edible, plentiful medicinal weed

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Kudzu is edible and can be used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease, even though it is classified as an invasive “weed. Here is how to recognize and use the Kudzu plant.

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How to make medicinal mullein tea

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Some “weeds” have medicinal properties that can be very useful. Mullein is one of those useful plants you should consider finding and using.

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Try these easy hydration sources from the grocery store

600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

So there is an opportunity to go on a quick, not planned hike. But you’re away from most of your gear, and need to carry some water. Before you go, stop at the grocery store and looks for these drinks and containers.

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Recipe: How to make frontloader washing machine laundry soap

600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

I’m not buying laundry soap again. This recipe is too easy and cheap, and it works too well to go back to buying commercial laundry soap products.

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Don’t make these deadly wilderness mistakes

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Every year, people get lost in the wilderness areas and are rescued. But some vanish and are never found. The statistics are frightening. Don’t become one. Learn from these common mistakes to keep from dying in the backcountry.

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Top 5 wilderness survival skills you need for urban survival

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How valuable are the wilderness survival skills in an urban disaster environment? Very. Here are five basic skills you need to know.

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A GPS makes a nice addition, but NEVER take a GPS and depend on it for navigation without a map and compass.

Stay found: Orient your map before heading out into the backcountry

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The best way to keep from getting lost in the wilderness, is to always know where you are. This starts with orienting your map before going anywhere. Here is how to do it.

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Survival food : A morale-booster lesson from World War II

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“The day may have gone to hell, but if you think there’s a hot meal coming, that may be the high point. It gives you something familiar in a really bad situation.”

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Peter Kummerfeldt: Finding Water in the Desert

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Always take lots of water along, and never depend on being able to find it! But it’s a really good idea to know where to look for water in the event of an emergency. Here are some desert water tips from survival expert Peter Kummerfeldt.

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Staying Found: Making sense of the topo map declination diagram

500 375 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Topographic map users are familiar with the small declination diagram at the bottom of the map. Here is how to use it.

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