This has been a miserable weather week here on our survival homesteading retreat, fellow preppers. It has been not only extremely cold, but the wind has been so bitter it stings your face and makes your eyes water when outside working. Winter, in all of its wretched glory, has arrived in my little corner of Appalachia.
We did not accomplish many physical preps this week, but did a lot of mental prepping. In an effort to further hone my emerging apothecary skills, I went on a spending spree on Puritan’s Pride. Of course, the day after my box of goodies arrived, the website started a buy one get two deal. I love their nearly constant buy one get one free deal, but still kicked myself for ordering just a little too soon.
I stocked up on a lot of my standard apothecary fare, but also purchased extra ginger root and multiple bottles of Ashwagandha. It is also commonly referred to a winter cherry, Indian ginseng, and poison gooseberry. This ancient Indian natural medicine means, in Sanskrit, “smell of the horse.” It was so named because not only for its seeming ability to increase overall body strength but also due to its rather unique scent.
It stems from a small shrub and its yellow flowers in both North Africa and India. Ashwagandha comes from a plant in the nightshade family. Powder or extracts from either the leaves or roots have been used as herbal medicines for about 3,000 years.
Ashwagandha has been known to help the body better manage stress, aid in relief of neck and back pain, lower blood sugar levels, and enhance brain function. The healing power of the plant is often attributed to it rich withanolides content. Withanolides may be a vital fighter of both tumor growth and inflammation.
The type of cancer Ashwagandha has been most tested to combat include colon, lung, ovarian, and breast.
I also invest a significant portion of this week’s prepping dollars in elderberry and Echinacea immune support gummies. I love these things. Not only do they taste delicious, they give me this natural burst of energy and early morning perkiness that even my morning Coke cannot provide.
My Bobby doesn’t garner the same perky effect when taking two of the gummies each morning, but he has learned to take them without complaint – in the end I always get my way so fussing about something truly just is a massive waste of time.
He has fought what we loosely think has been walking pneumonia since late June. After putting him on a daily dosing of the Ashwagandha, gummies, turmeric, and ginger root – along with doubling the garlic and oregano that I use when cooking, there is an incredible difference in his health.
It took about two weeks, but he no longer has a lengthy coughing fit when he lays down in bed at night, and in the morning his lungs and chest are also far more clear.
Anyone in the Pack know what these berries are? Bobby found them out in the woods somewhere and I am still going through my guides trying to identify them. I had an app for plant, berries, etc. identification, actually several, both they all tend to get things wrong on a fairly regular basis, so I don’t trust them anymore.
Other than my herbal buys, we worked on a bugout list for loved ones, both related and not, that are exterior members of our prepping tribe. These are folks with skills that are not exactly preppers, just normal country folks – and we all grow up with various outdoorsy skills.
We have reached the prepper awareness and courting process with several families that a list of what they need to bring with them to our survival homesteading retreat, was in order. Yep, several are just going to shake their heads and laugh about my devotion to this life assurance plan I have been inching into their lives, but they will take the list, review it, and keep it handy. As I noted above, I tend to get my way using sweet firmness.
Most folks are going to grab medicines, weapons, ammo, and some changes of clothes, but that would be it. On the list I issued are the following:
1. All prescription and over the counter medications.
2. All herbs and spices in your kitchen cabinet.
3. All cleaning supplies you have.
4. All first aid supplies you have.
5. Warm winter clothes (even if it is summer when the SHTF) and every pair of socks, shoes, and shoe laces you own.
6. All important documents (property deed, insurance packets, birth certificates, etc.)
7. Photo albums – these are precious, irreplaceable, and morale boosters.
8. Any hand tools and fuel you have room to pack – everyone here drives trucks, SUVs, and have trailers that hitch up to them.
9. All the food you have – even if it is perishable.
10. Morale boosters – 1 bag per person.
This week’s questions:
1. Have you ever used Ashwagandha? If so, to what level of success, in what kind of treatment?
2. Do you use elderberries and echinacea as part of you natural apothecary?
3. What is your winter prepping routine? Do you also spend this time doing inventories, learning, and honing new skills
4. And last but not least, what did you do to prep this week?