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Episode-70- TSP Rewind – Making and Using Herbal Medicines

Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-1769- Making and Using Herbal Medicines and was first published on April 19, 2016.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Comfrey - A Proven Medicinal Herb, With a Undeserved Bad Reputation.

Comfrey is an Amazing Plant.

Today we are going to cover Making and Using Herbal Medicines.  Note the making and using are not 100% connected.  What I mean is not only will I cover how to make your own and use those but also some off the shelf stuff you can buy and use as well.

Sometimes you can’t get a certain herb, sometimes a more professional preparation of extraction is better, sometimes well you just need it and don’t have the time to make it.

In addition to this show you may want to go back and listen to my previous Four Part Series on Herbal Actions  Understanding the language of herbs is highly beneficial, that also shows you their capabilities and makes it easier for you to do your own research.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why I love herbs
  • What herbs can and can’t do
  • How to Make Herbal Preparations
    • Water and Oil Infusions
      • Hot
      • Cold
      • Eliminating the risk of botulism in oils
    • Decoctions
    • Herbal Syrups
    • Herbal Salves
    • Tinctures
  • Things I Prefer to Just Buy
    • Capsules
    • Essential Oils
  • My Favorite Book for Learning about all of this stuff
  • 10 Herbs I Love to Work With and What they Do
    • Plantain
    • Comfrey
    • Lemon Balm
    • Garlic
    • True Cinnamon
    • Turmeric
    • Rosemary
    • Ginger
    • Valerian
    • Dandelion
  • Final thoughts, this is all as safe as you make it

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Episode-69- TSP Rewind – The World Won’t End but Your World Could

Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-1468- The World Won’t End but Your World Could, and was first published on Nov 19th, 2014.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Monday I took a question on “economic collapse” and tried to explain that no that isn’t going to  happen, not the way many think about it anyway.  That the collapse is here, it is on going and it will have both chronic and acute symptoms.

In short instead of prepping for TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) many should be prepping for TEOYWAYKI (the end of your world as you know it)

Just Because the World Doesn't End, Doesn't Mean Your World Won't End.

Just Because the World Doesn’t End, Doesn’t Mean Your World Won’t End.

As usual when you try to explain this some people feel that means, well, “it isn’t so bad” so do we even need to prep beyond say basic readiness.

Also after doing this for so long I often forget that many of the core concepts of modern survivalism might be foreign to even people who have listed (especially selectively) for say two years or even more.  That the ground work I laid in the formative years may never have been heard by many listeners, at all.

So today I will combine a bit of the fundamental modern survival thinking with current modern threats and considerations.  I will try to explain the balance between Doomsday Prepper nonsense and all I need is a flash light and some candles thinking.  Humans by and large are binary creatures with an internal binary code of ones and zeros, this is why the political dichotomy is so effective.

We literally think in two dimensions.  Safety and danger, democrat or republican, Pepsi or Coke, rich or poor, sick or healthy, alive or dead, etc.  The absolutes are indeed black and white but life is a million shades of gray, today my goal is to bring you out into the spectrum and let you see some of those shades.

Join me Today as I Discuss…

  • The disaster probability factor
  • The disaster impact scale
  • The inverse relationship of impact scale and probability
  • How the circles of influence and concern fit into this
  • The six primary needs and a new way to think about them
    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter
    • Energy
    • Health and Sanitation
    • Security
  • What exactly is a
    • Recession
    • Depression
    • Economic Collapse
    • Currency Default
  • What I consider BASIC common sense preparedness
    • Food for 30-60 days with out complete boredom
    • Ability to deal with initial power loss in 5-10 minutes
    • Power for 14 days with basic needs and comfort
    • Ability to deal with wastes for 30 days if you have to
    • Ability to treat basic injuries and illnesses
    • Ability to keep your home sound in any damage that isn’t catastrophic
    • Water for at least 30 days for all needs, drinking, cooking, bathing, etc.
    • Money to pay all expenses for 90 days with no income without RRA!
    • Security for your home and person’s (ETPP)
      • Equipment
      • Training
      • Procedures
      • Protocols
    • The ability to help neighbors
    • The ability to communicate and get information
    • The ability to move out, survive away from home and get back home
    • A full info and documentation kit
    • Situational Awareness and a Positive Mental Conditioning
    • Basic phyical fitness and reasonable activity
    • A network of friends and contacts you can count on
  • Do that and you are ahead of most of the Doomsday People
  • Don’t think everything is swell just because everything isn’t burning

 

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-68- TSP Rewind – How Taxation Enslaves Society

Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-379- How Taxation Enslaves Society, and was first published on Feb 16th, 2010.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Today we discuss taxation from the view of the modern survivalist.  We examine the non partisan truth of taxation, the reality that the only constant in taxes for over 100 years is more taxation which have created more spending.  We now have an unsustainable government and that government has created sustainable poverty.

The long term consequences of this system are easy to see, understand and if we are not careful feel overwhelmed by.  I am here today to tell you that you are not controlled by the system, it is you and your fellow American’s that power the system.  Unlike a battery though you control your power, where is focused,  home much is used etc.

The reality is we are our own solutions and it is only by first changing ourselves that we can ever hope to change our system.  Tune in today for the horrible truth about taxation and the empowering reality of your ability to control it.

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Episode-67- TSP Rewind – Turning a Home into a Homestead

Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-128- Turning a Home into a Homestead, and was first published on Jan. 23rd, 2009.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

This is a topic we discussed in the past and I thought it was time to do it again.  Time to ask yourself a question, “does your home provide for you or do you provide for it”?

Tune in today to hear….

  • What is the main difference between a house that owns you and a home stead
  • What to look for when buying a home today
  • Things you had to buy before leaving back during the hay day of homesteading
  • Thoughts on gardening and permaculture
  • A 48 Hour ‘What If’ project
  • Thoughts on energy efficiency in the home
  • Thoughts on solar and wind energy
  • The real difference we have lost in how we view our homes and the one thing that will NEVER let your home become a homestead

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show.

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Episode-66- TSP Rewind – Container Gardening for the Urban Survivalist

Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-99- Container Gardening for the Urban Survivalist, and was first published on Nov. 25th, 2008.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Today’s show covers ideas and options for various forms of container gardening to allow production by urban survivalists that rent, have an apartment or need to garden in winter.

Tune in today to hear…

  • An announcement about the Listener Appreciation Contest
  • Thoughts on some of president Bush’s pardons (a slap in the face)
  • A unique concept for a cinder block based raised bed
  • A growing container is anything that holds enough dirt
  • Unusual options for containers in green houses
  • Using indoor growth lights
  • Using tires to grow potatoes
  • Easy ways to grow onions, garlic and other crops with what you are already doing
  • The first goal, 5% of the produce you use produced at home
  • How to grow one salad a week all year long in only 4 pots
  • Growing pole beans in a greenhouse
  • Thoughts on dwarf (patio) fruit trees (taking them with you)
  • Why we say things like “I have to put food on the table”
  • How growing food can double your stored foods longevity
  • Solving Americas net food importation problem one family at a time
  • Combining a few container grown items with your stored preps
  • The continuing cycle from container, to ground to compost

Resources for today’s show,

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show.

Episode-65- TSP Rewind – The Perfect Survivalist Homestead Retreat

Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-80 The Perfect Survivalist Homestead Retreat and was first published on Oct. 24th, 2008.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Today we will explore some of the often considered as well as the often over looked characteristics that make up a perfect homestead for the survival minded individual in modern times.

Tune in today to hear…

  • How “perfect” is possible but different for each family or individual
  • The system of checks and balances that applies to all real estate choices
  • The difference between a home with a job attached an just a homestead
  • The importance of water availability on property and thoughts on ponds, wells, etc.
  • Considering potential for both permaculture and argriculture
  • Small Farm, Hobby Farm or Just a Garden -think about it
  • Calculate your total cost of ownership before you buy
  • Evaluation of the potential for annexation and increased taxes
  • Considering insurance costs and requirements
  • Distances from services, support and friends and family
  • Off grid advantages and disadvantages
  • The potential to run or operate a business or work from home
  • Realistic cost reductions and unrealistic ones as well
  • What is your version of my “back yard rifle range” – make sure you can have it
  • Thoughts on being a good neighbor when moving to a new community

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show.

Episode-64- TSP Rewind – Finding Your Version of Freedom

Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-1712- Finding Your Version of Freedom and was first published on Jan. 19th, 2016.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

free

Yesterday was honestly a bit of a clunky show for me.  Sorry if it seemed that way, you can’t always bat 1,000 you know.  Anyway it ended up in a good place, it forced me to ask some hard questions and to realize a few things should be discussed here.  Specifically in regard to freedom.  Things we discussed many times but now we should discuss with a direct personal application.

Some things we must understand about freedom in order to have it

  • First – no one can define freedom for you nor can you for another.  This is actually anti freedom.
  • Secondly – what some would consider total freedom others might consider total slavery and vice versa.
  • Third – if you have to withdraw to a place you don’t want to be in order to be free you are not free.
  • Fourth – if you are to have other people in your life your freedoms must be balanced with theirs.
  • Fifth – if you are to have freedom, others must be able to do things you don’t like, do not approve of, etc.
  • Six – the current state of the world is not freedom, so you will have to fight for every piece of it you take back, or you have to be strategic.  There is no third option.

If the fourth sounds like socialism to you (as in the statist way) check your perception bias at the door.  Here I am talking about close voluntary associations like a spouse, a family or perhaps may be an intentional community.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • A story of freedom, that may not be your freedom
  • Why what you do matters, is only half the equation
  • The way moral people are divided by those in power based on morality
  • Why we can’t change the system with the system, nor should we
  • The modern system is actually anarchy absent the non aggression principle
  • Ways we can begin to break the programming
    • Non reactionary discussions
    • Focusing on morality over facts and issues
    • Focusing on morality over feelings
    • Building teams, coalitions, co-ops you name it
    • Following the lead of the Free State Project
    • Not going away quietly all the time
    • Yes going away quietly at times
  • What you have to ask yourself
    • What do I actually want, do you even really know
    • What do I have to sacrifice for that
    • How much sacrifice will cause me more harm than good
    • What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses
    • What direction are you headed in
  • Final Thoughts

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-63- TSP Rewind – Alternative Ways to Evaluate Property

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-62- Episode-342- Alternative Ways to Evaluate Property and was first published on Dec. 22nd, 2009.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

If you talk to most good real estate agents you will get great advice on buying property, IF, you want buy a typical house in the city or suburbs with the intent of moving every 5 years.  Yet if you want something to sculpt, to create something unique with, a place to really LIVE, here are some alternative things to consider.

Tune in today as we discuss…

  • If you have paid for real estate that you live in it doesn’t matter if property values drop
  • Growing areas are NOT good places to buy a home
  • Why you want natural water on property and some alternative ways to get it
  • What are micro climates and how can they be utilized
  • Thoughts about wildlife on your property the good and the bad
  • Evaluating things on property that would take 10 or more years to create
  • Flat land is not always good land, some slopes are desirable
  • Evaluating the micro and macro community before becoming a part of them
  • The advantages of near by public lands like national forests, state game lands, etc
  • Is the area live stock friendly, do you want it to be
  • No HOAs, HOAs are evil creations that avocate your liberty
  • What is a community covenant, the anti thesis of an HOA
  • What can a property become is more important that what it is right now

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show.  Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-62- TSP Rewind – The How, What and Why of Saving Seeds

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-1054- The How, What and Why of Saving Seeds and was first published on Jan. 10th 2013.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

There is Magic Within Seeds but Saving Them Isn't Mystical

There is Magic Within Seeds but Saving Them Isn’t Mystical

I was talking with Ben Falk of Whole Systems Design yesterday about how more and more small seed companies are now buying at least some seed from companies associated with the ilk of Monsanto.

Ben was pretty shocked to hear the Johnny’s Selected Seeds is buying some of their seeds from Semanis, which is owned by Monsanto.

There is a lot of fear about GMO contamination both legitimate and ridiculous specifically when the word Monsanto comes up.

The best solution is to save your own seeds but we are going to also discuss how to know who you can trust when buying seeds and times where you simply do not have to worry about GMO at all.

Join me today to hear about…

  • What is “the safe seed pledge” and why should you care
  • Why we need to be saving seeds in the first place
  • Breeding improvements vs. hybrids vs. GMO (all three are different)
  • Exchanging seeds – a great form of barter
  • The easy plants to save seed from – beans, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes
  • Separation rules – why they exist and not stressing them
  • Staggering pollination times to create effective separation
  • Herbs and unusual plants are often easy to save for and over looked
  • Storing your seeds once they are harvested (is cold storage a good idea)
  • How to clean your seeds, what you need, what you don’t need
  • Growing your own hybrids – hybrids are not always bad
  • How to hand pollinate and ensure purity with squashes and melons, etc
  • Saving root crops like garlic, potatoes, sweet potatoes for replanting
  • The rewards of regionally adapted plants
  • Breeding for any and all traits, it really isn’t hard

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-61- TSP Rewind – Permaculture Misconception vs. Reality

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-802- Permaculture Misconception vs. Reality and was first published on Dec. 13th 2011.

 

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

The Forest is the Teacher, Not the End Goal

The Forest is the Teacher, Not the End Goal – Photo Credit to Axel-D via Flickr

I keep quite a few things set up on Google New Alerts.  That is where you run a search for a term on Google News and ask them to send you an email when ever a given word or phrase pops up in the news.  So as you might imagine I do this for terms like “pandemic”, “economic collapse”, “natural disaster” and many others related to the preparedness industry.

I also have terms set up that are more on subjects connected to basic self sufficiency and homesteading.   As you might imagine I include the term “permacuture”.  The other day that alert sent me a link to an article called, “Traditional Farming in the Rain Forest”, it led to an article that was a scathing retort on permaculture calling it basically useless.

The author gets almost every single part wrong.  It wasn’t that we disagree mind you it was that his claims and assertions were simply 100% inaccurate.  Despite this it  has helped me to better understand many of the objections I hear about permaculture.  Today I plan to discuss them and try to answer some of these objections, hopefully with a now better understanding of what the objection is really all about.

Join me today as I discuss…

  • 1 Prime Directive + 3 Ethics = Permaculture
  • Common Objections to Permaculture (none of which are based on reality)
    • The Rain Forest can’t feed as many people per acre as a farm
    • If we don’t do anything and let nature take its course we will starve
    • We need annual crops too not just perennials
    • Permaculture only produces weird things no one eats
    • Permaculture is limited to forest gardening
    • All permaculture amounts to is good organic gardening
    • Permaculture is all about growing food and plants
    • We can’t have productivity with out fertilizer and irrigation
    • We have to till soil to plant modern crop

Resources for Today’s Show…