Hello Pack. This week on the homestead we have been getting crop and herbal seeds growing indoors in the hope that spring will one day arrive. I am hoping the groundhog was right and we are going to have an early spring this year, I have had about all of the snow I can stand.
We are still battling mud and ruts on our farm road. One thing that won’t change when spring finally arrives is the mud. Maybe we won’t get a really wet spring this year. A prepper girl can dream, right?
I have also spent some time doing an inventory in my apothecary. I have used up a lot more of my healing herbs and essential oils taking care of the sick over the winter and for disinfecting that I would like. I am just about ready to make one massively long order to ensure my stockpile is up to snuff.
We grow a lot of my herbs, but relying on a harvest that is not yet in is preparing to fail. Some herbs that I use a lot of simply cannot be grown in my little patch of heaven in Appalachia – like turmeric. I buy it almost literally by the bucketful and still deplete my stockpiles every winter.
Recently I gave a lot of turmeric in gel capsules that I made with my handy dandy manual pill making machine, to a dear friend and cousin-in-law. She is battling one of the rarest forms of cancer – neuroendocrine. The chemo treatments she has been taking are showing some positive results, but she is having trouble keeping her platelet and white blood cell counts up. The turmeric should help with both.
Educational preps have kept us busy when the weather was too nasty to go outside expect for essential chores. I spent some time learning about kaolin clay. It is pretty awesome stuff. I had heard of it but have never used it.
The clay has often been used to treat diarrhea, dysentery, and even cholera. It can be used on the skin both dry and after being softened with water or another liquid substance in an herbal remedy recipe. People have eaten kaolin clay to combat morning sickness and nausea, but it is not recommended to do so by the FDA.
The clay, also commonly referred to as white clay, China clay, French green clay, and Kaolinite, is often used in cosmetic products now, but was used by our ancient ancestors to make pottery.
The color of the mined clay is supposed to directly reflect its quality, something I took into consideration when browsing listings for it online. Kaolin clay can be found with a pinkish coloration due to the iron oxide in it, or a green shade caused by decomposing plants. Clay that is white or nearly so is considered the purest and hence, the best and most potent version of the clay.
After discovering a DIY recipe to make my own QuikClot style bandage, I became intrigued. Upon learning more about kaolin clay, it is now at the top of my apothecary ordering list. I had no idea the clay mixed with cayenne peppers, and raw honey if you have any (what self-respecting prepper doesn’t?) will create the homemade version of QuikClot.
This Week’s Questions:
- What prepping projects are you looking forward to tackling this spring?
- Have you started seeds yet? What kind and why?
- Have you used kaolin clay or make your own quick clotting bandages?
- How did you prep this week?