Our own Daryl was a guest speaker on Clothed & Confident.Read More
This is a review of our Extreme Pouch and an idea for what to do with the bag once you’ve used all the tinder.
This Common Driveway Weed is One of Nature’s Most Powerful Survival Plants
Identifying medicinal plants can be tricky and darn right dangerous sometimes!! But this one is a Very common plant that many a homeowner has tried to eliminate and there are no poisonous “look-alikes”. Plantain is good for internal as well as external uses. And if it can help us survive 1/2 as well as it does, we will be very well off indeed. Here is a GREAT article from http://beforeitsnews.com
Plantain, not to be confused with the banana type fruit, also called Plantain, is a plant which can be found almost anywhere. In fact, if you’re not living in the city, it’s kind of hard not to bump into it.
Plantain it’s super nutritious, easy to identify, has no poisonous look-alikes and it is used as medicine.
The leaves contain some interesting bio-active compounds:
Allantoin: This chemical is an anti-inflammatory good for wound healing and auto-immune diseases. (Source) Interestingly still, allantoin is an ingredient in a few cosmetic creams because of its cell growth stimulation properties and can also be found in creams for nappy rash in babies (see recipe section later in this article).
Flavonoids: Studies have found a variety of medicinal uses of flavonoids, including anti-microbial (including anti-virus, bacteria and fungus), and anti-diarrheal (Studies)
Phenolic compounds: These are another group of chemical compounds which have anti-oxidant properties useful for a wide variety of conditions (such as prostatitis).
The compounds in Plantain make it a highly viable plant for medicinal purposes when no modern medicine is available.
Dishes and Medical Recipes With Plantain:
A Plantain Poultice
This recipe uses the anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial activity of the Plantain. It is great for cuts, sores and insect bites, including the bite of the brown recluse spider.
- Take a handful of Plantain leaves
- Mash the leaves (or better still chew them, our saliva can help release the active ingredient for the poultice – if you do this, don’t swallow the juice as you need that for the poultice)
- Warm the resulting mash in your hand and place this on the affected area
- As an alternative, you can use the leaves from a Plantain tea (see Plantain tea recipe below) and use this instead as the poultice
Herb tea is nothing new and Plantain can be used to make an infusion which can be used for a wide range of digestive problems including diarrhea. As mentioned above, even the left over leaves from the tea can be used as a poultice for cuts, wounds, stings and bites.
- Take a large handful of Plantain leaves
- Chop the leaves up roughly and place in a vessel that can handle very hot water
- Boil two or three cups worth of water
- Add the boiling water (it must be boiling) to the leaves in the vessel
- Leave to brew for as long as you feel is right (take the odd sip as it does to get the flavor right for you
- Strain the liquid through some cloth (retain the leaves for a poultice)
- Drink the liquid
- If you have anything citrus, such as a lime or lemon, add this as it offsets some of the more astringent flavor of the Plantain
Plantain Rabbit Bake
As well as having bioactive ingredients that can help us fix injuries and disease, Plantain, like Dandelion, contains all sorts of vitamins and minerals, including iron, vitamin A, B6 and C. These vitamins are essential in helping to keep your immune system functioning well and fighting off infection.
Plantain can be used in much the same way as spinach, although eaten raw it is a bit stringy and tough. So use it cooked, but not over cooked, just lightly blanched; this is the ideal way to cook with it, to retain the minerals and vitamins.
This recipe is very simple and uses the plantain leaves to create a wrap for the rabbit.
- Prepare your rabbit for baking
- Cover the rabbit breast, leg, etc. with fresh plantain leaves
- Bake in an oven until rabbit is thoroughly cooked
- Serve with various other herbs such as wild lettuce, wild garlic, wild asparagus, wild onions, burdock and chicory
Plantain Ointment for Nappy rash (and any other sores)
- Take some Plantain leaves
- Finely chop and dry the leaves
- Place the leaves in a jar or similar lidded vessel
- Pour oil into the jar until about ¾ full
- Shake and let sit for several weeks
- After this strain the oil through some cloth and put the infused oil into another vessel
You can use like this from the jar, or if you have any beeswax available (or similar organic wax) you can mix molten wax with the infused oil and let it cool and set before using.
And a quick one…
Toothache, oh boy, we all hate it and the thought of no dentist to deal with the pain makes me want to learn an alternative fix which I can quickly put my hands on and use. Plantain, again, comes to the rescue. Chewing plantain leaves can help with toothache and if you can’t chew, as it’s just too painful, then mash the Plantain up with a mortar and pestle, or if not available use stone on stone and put the mash on the affected tooth for about 30 minutes. Not only will it help soothe the pain but the anti-microbial properties of the plant will help remove or prevent infection.
So, the next time you see a Plantain weed, growing out of a concrete slab, or the edge of a carefully mown garden, don’t pull it, cultivate it and try out a few of the recipes here to see what a powerful medicine it can be.
Everything Dragon Fire puts into their Tinderbox, Pouches, Balms and handcrafted items have been thought out and thoroughly tested. Every piece of plant life was given a fire test prior to being included into the Tinderbox or the Tinder Pouches. Each piece of hardwood has been combined with softer woods and flash tinder to ensure a nice solid burn that will last long enough for you to get an established burn going.
The packaging was picked out to either be biodegradable or to be reused again. Nothing we did was by accident or happenstance. Instead, we’ve tried each of these products ourselves in various ways before giving them to consumers. During our most recent order of Tinderboxes, we did test burn after test burn to make sure each box would deliver a nice clean and hot burn.
You may see a difference in the way our products burn, but that is the way natural fire works. It is slow to build, long to last and pleasant to smell. It is not made to burst into flames, like maybe you are used to, but instead, it is feeds upon the materials and once it takes hold, it is hard to put out. It will last longer than material that has been soaked in fuel which can burn out quickly. You may need to blow on it, give it oxygen. Fire is almost a living thing that needs air and fuel to “live”.
If you have questions or doubts, please email us at DragonFireTinderbox@gmail.com! We’d love to answer any questions or concerns you might have.Read More
A renewable resource is an organic natural resource which can replenish to overcome usage and consumption, either through biological reproduction or other naturally recurring processes. Renewable resources are a part of Earth’s natural environment and the largest components of its ecosphere. A positive life cycle assessment is a key indicator of a resource’s sustainability. (Definition from Wikipedia)
Dragon Fire Tinderbox products are hand crafted from renewable resources that are often overlooked. We have walked many miles upon many trails and sampled a large variety of possible tinder. Arborvitae, dried flowers, different pine needles & cones, plants we have yet to fully identify, different wood and even sampled the bits left behind by a squirrel or two. 🙂
We never chop down live trees or ripe up living plants, instead we use the plentiful bounty already provided by deadfall and recycle wood already being used.
If you have any questions about what might be in your box or pouch or the balms, please ask. Meanwhile, happy fire starting!
If you’re a city person who just hasn’t had the opportunity to go on a camping trip, you’re missing out! Here are seven great reasons to discover the great outdoors at least once in your lifetime. You never know—you may just love it and turn it into an annual vacation!
1. Camping Lets You Escape the Hectic City Life
Camping is one of those vacations where you literally do almost nothing for a weekend or a few days. Once your tent can camping area is set-up, you don’t have to worry about cleaning, laundry, putting on your best outfit for an evening out, grocery shopping or any other tasks that seem to consume our everyday lives. And it’s a chance for you to turn off the smartphone, computer and other electronics to just sit back and relax.
There’s so much beauty in the outdoors and we city folk rarely get the chance to appreciate it. From gorgeous mountains perfect for hiking to freshwater lakes ideal for canoeing, kayaking and swimming, you’ll have your pick of outdoor activities to engage in. And when was the last time you lay down on the grass, admiring a pitch black sky dotted with brightly shining stars?
3. You Get to Spend Quality Time with the Family
Make it a rule to keep the electronic games and gadgets at home—or at least, ban them for certain periods of the day while on vacation. This will give the entire family a chance to have some true, quality time together whether it’s playing sports, cooking or simply talking to one another—without the usual distractions.
4. Have Fun Cooking Outdoors
Cooking outside means even if you make a mess, there will thankfully be little clean-up to worry about afterwards. Another bonus: you can get away with eating less nutritious foods for a few days straight such as hot dogs, hamburgers, and of course, every camper’s favourite—S’mores!
5. You Can Teach and Learn New Skills
Living outdoors gives you the opportunity to pass on some survival skills to the kids, as well as hone some new ones for yourself. After a camping trip, you’ll likely have learned how to build a fire and teach your kids how to be safe around one, how to protect yourself from mosquitoes and other insects, as well as experience how little you really can do without.
6. It’s a Pet-Friendly Vacation
Camping truly is a vacation for the entire family—including the four-legged members of your household. Pets are often permitted at camping facilities (verify this during the trip-planning stages), so there’s no concern of having to leave Fido behind with a pet sitter or in a kennel.
7. Camping is Affordable
When it comes to budget vacations, a camping trip is one of the most economical choices for a family getaway. Groceries can be bought ahead of time and once you’ve settled into the camp site, there’s no need to worry about purchasing more food, filling up the car with gas, buying souvenirs, or paying for tourist excursions. So if you’re looking for a trip that’s going to give you the most bang for your buck, get out there and pitch that tent. Happy camping!
Read more at http://www.readersdigest.ca/travel/tips/top-7-reasons-go-camping/#7WwOg584AUmhrGDe.99