Episode-837- Matthew Stein on Prepping, Herbals, Self Reliance and More — 18 Comments

  1. The inert ingredients in Vicks Vaporub or a generic brand of same also works to cure toenail fungus.

    MMS is also anthelmentic, kills internal parasites.

    • Orlov is another good author to read with respect to the Soviet collapse and potential similarities & differences to expect in a US collapse.

  2. This episode was really helpful. I have been battling some kind of respiratory issue all year. I just can’t seem to shake it and my doctor says it’s asthma. I immediately ordered some Hyssop. I hadn’t heard of it prior to today and to be honest I’ve always sort of poo poo’d herbal remedies as hippie stuff. Mr Stein convinced me otherwise.

    I am also going to look into the diffuser and tea tree oil thing. Jack, you may have saved my life!!

    • hippies are cool, but don’t rely on hippies to be your brain surgeons or research pharmacists. take unproven remedies at your own risk.

  3. Very interesting episode. It would be good to make a summary of which herbs/meds are good to store & which ailments they are for from this episode.

    A thought: Wrt gold & silver in your portfolio, if you’re like a lot of us and actually have negative net worth in real estate, I think 5-10% in PMs is too low – that’s an awful lot of paper! If on the other hand you have significant real estate pieces of net worth, that is reasonable.

  4. I’ve had hyssop tea before. There is a book that I have that makes all kinds of wild claims about Hyssop. At first I believed it, then I had some doubts. It’s hard to find hyssop tea. I had to special order it from whole foods. I used it for awhile because it is supposed to help with anxiety. It seemed like it helped, but I also wondered if it could be one of those what do you call it sugar pill effects. I see sand mountain herb sells seeds for hyssop. Maybe I should get some.

  5. Excellent show!!

    Regarding the diffusers, would it work the same to use a misting humidifier? I thought about making a “tea” using some lavender I have then adding that to the humidifier tank along with some tea tree oil.

    I am constantly battling sinus infections, 3 or 4 times a year. I hate having to take meds to clear it up.


  6. Jack,

    Great show. I’d love to see you go in depth sometime about Colloidal Silver. I’ve heard everything from it’s a cure all to it being nothing more than snake oil. Maybe an alternative health mythbusters type of episode with homeopathy and other more controversial methods.

    • Roger that, it would be a good show. Jack did cover the six basic herbs and growing them in conjunction with the medicinal/anti-viral attributes of them a few months back. That might be a good show to look up in the archives.

    • There’s a Peterson’s Field Guide out on wild edible plants. I take it with me when I hike sometimes and try and identify edible plants. It’s a really great guide and very durable. They also have a medicinal plant guide.