Plants That Relax You

The last post was on plants that heal. This post will describe a few plants that have the ability to relax or act as a mild sedative. That can be very important in today’s stressful atmosphere.

I’m sure we have all heard of Chamomile Tea being very relaxing and a good night time drink. It’s true, it is. But, what many people don’t know is that it is likely growing in a field near them.

German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) or Wild Chamomile is the most common found in nature.

Roman Chamomile might also be found. There are many varieties but those two are the most common. The easiest way to distinguish it from a Daisy is the center which tends to be flat topped in Daisy’s. The Chamomile center is more mounded. Also the Chamomile petals angle back as the flower matures like a cone flower, whereas the Daisy petals typically remain flat.

 

Chamomile contains the flavonoid apigenin which is known to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. Chamomile has other constituents that promote health as well, but this post is on relaxing. I recommend further study. Chamomile is an excellent healthful plant.

Wild Lettuce (Lactuca virosa) as described in an earlier post can be a powerful sedative if processed. As a tea it is an excellent relaxant. It can be a bit bitter, but with honey and a touch of lemon it is very drinkable. Refer to the earlier blog for more detailed information.

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatumis another herb that reduces anxiety and even depression. The herb is easily found in the pharmacy supplement isle. What many people don’t know is that it is also easily found in nature.

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St. John’s Wort

It is well known and has been used since ancient times. There are numerous constituents in St. John’s Wort that act to reduce anxiety.

I never intend to overwhelm with information and always encourage further study. As with any information on any herb, please verify and study other sources. Make sure your identification is spot on before using any plant in or on your body.

I suggest that you put these three plants on your list of plants to learn. They have many other uses other than what is mentioned here.

Now you have 3 plants that heal and three plants that relax. The next post will describe plants that provide pain relief.

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Plants that Heal

In the following series of post, I will show you some of the best plants that can be found in Michigan for various uses. In this case, 3 Plants that Heal. There are others, but these 3 are very effective, grow in large quantities and are easy to identify.

You never know when you will need to use a wild plant for an emergency situation. Anytime you don’t have immediate access to first aid kits or an emergency room, you are in a position that you might need the assistance of Mother Nature.

My family has used these plants even when modern first aid was available. Why? Because they work…even better than what you can buy. Use common sense please. Some wounds need medical attention…period! No plant can take the place of stitches, proper irrigation, or prescribed antibiotics when needed.

Yarrow: Possibly the best astringent in Nature or on the pharmacy shelves. An astringent contracts body tissue. The result is, it will stop bleeding. Use Yarrow on an open wound to stop the bleeding.

Yarrow is also an excellent anti-bacterial and anti-microbial. It will not only stop the bleeding, but promote healing. It’s been known as a healing herb since ancient times and was even named after Achilles. Achilles was kept safe from harm in battle by being submerged in Yarrow by his mother. The problem was, his mom didn’t submerge his heal which Paris shot him in. Bleeding to death, Achilles left his names sake to your heal…the Achilles Heal. The scientific name for Yarrow is Achillea millefolium named after the man it protected and the water plant, Milfoil, which its leafs resemble. We have used yarrow on a sprained ankle. Yarrow is useful at reducing swelling and bruising. My buddy, Chris, also used it on a blister that resulted from a broken down walking shoe. 7 miles into a 10 mile walk, he was in major pain. Using a Yarrow poultice, held in place by his socks, he was able to walk the final 3 miles relatively pain free. The blister healed amazingly fast according to Chris and it never game him problems after. Available in June through August. If you have a good sustainable patch, pick some to dehydrate for use through out the year. Makes an excellent tea.

Plantain: An extremely good astringent. Maybe second only to Yarrow. Use Plantain (Plantago major or minor) on any open wound to stop bleeding. It is also a very good anti-bacterial and microbial.

Without question Plantain is a good plant to know in an emergency. My family has used it on open wounds with great success. Not only to stop the bleeding but to promote healing. We have used it after a pulled tooth to stop the profuse bleeding. We have also used it on bee stings. It works very good. The pain and itching was relieved almost immediately and the relief was permanent. We also use it in a sun burn solution that eases the burning pain very quickly. You can find that recipe in earlier posts. Because of its effectiveness, but also its availability, Plantain is actually my number one healing plant. It was so important to the settlers that the Native Americans called it “White Mans foot print”. They knew that where ever white man was, Plantain would soon be growing. Available most of the year. Narrow leaf can even be found under the snow. A very good and nutritious edible.

Purple Dead Nettle: Lamium purpureum, resembles nettles and therefore it’s namesake. It is actually a Mint. Purple Dead NettlePurple Dead Nettle is probably best known as an anti-allergen, but it is also an effective astringent. Press the succulent stems between your fingers and drip the juice into the wound. It is also an effective anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Available in abundance in the Spring, dry some for later use. My family loves it as a tea, so I dry extra for that reason. That way, I have some on hand for emergencies and just to relax with a nice pleasant tea.

As mentioned above. Use common sense when it comes to treating wounds. If the wound is serious enough, use these wild plants as a temporary solution. Get the injured to a medical facility ASAP. Make sure you know 100% that you have the right plant. Also before applying any plant to an open wound, make sure the plant is as clean as possible. Don’t use contaminated material on your body.

 

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Wild Lettuce for Food and Medicine

If I were to tell you that Wild Lettuce (Lactuca virosa) has 8 times the Vitamin C as does domestic Iceberg Lettuce, you might be impressed. You should be anyways. Maybe you would be interested to know that rubber can be made from the white latex in the stem and roots?

The fact is, the docile, normal, average, bland lettuce from the store, that graces our salad dish and adds a bit of crunch to a sandwich, came from the vitamin packed nutritional power puncher.

I find it interesting that Wild Lettuce was bred to be less bitter and more palatable. They succeeded, but the results was that it is also less healthy and less medicinal…a lot less. But, here is the interesting thing, while the bitter was bred out of Wild Lettuce, to make it more palatable, bitter greens are a very popular addition to a salad. Kind of an oxymoron to me. Lactuca_virosa_-_Köhler–s_Medizinal-Pflanzen-213

Wild Lettuce drawing by Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler’s Medizinal-Pflanzen 

Thankfully, lettuce in Nature is still the good ole power packed vegetable that our ancestors took advantage of. I get the attraction to a mild leaf or head lettuce. I enjoy it myself, but take a minute the next time you are out doors and run across some Wild Lettuce to pick some of the tender leaves. Add a leaf or two to your sandwich or salad. It’s even good in a soup. The nutritional benefit will be worth it.

Wild Lettuce is also a great sedative. I can get into the details, but sometimes its easier for people to just remember the basics. It is known as Opium Lettuce for a reason. It takes some processing to get the more powerful effects, but I don’t really advocate doing that and therefore won’t supply that information here. If you are interested in the process for survival reasons, use the contact page and request it. I’ll send it to you directly.

As a survival tool, the tar resulting from the process can be smoked to put an injured or severely upset person to sleep. But I think it would be better for a young person to leave alone unless medically needed.

That being said, a tea from the leaves can be an effective sedative. I would recommend not drinking the tea if you are about to drive or operate machinery. The effects are different on everyone. Some people it is just relaxing, others can become quite sleepy.

Wild Lettuce can be effective against urinary tract issues, coughs, asthma, restlessness, menstrual pain, and muscle and joint pain. The latex can be applied topically to kill germs.

Good organic domesticated vegetables aren’t all bad. But, the original is almost always better. It takes a little effort, but the benefits are worth it. Consider this though. If things get bad for you and life becomes an exercise in survival, having wild edible knowledge in your bag of tricks will make life much easier. Knowing about Wild Lettuce would be a pretty good start.

 

 

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Feed the Poor with Purslane

Walking down the sidewalk near downtown Grand Rapids Mi, my wife and I saw large amounts of beautiful, healthy Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) growing along a fence line.

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On the same walk, we saw a couple homeless men shading themselves under a bridge and a woman on the corner panhandling. I don’t know their stories and I’m sure they have many. One story of which I’m sure they can tell has to do with finding food. I can hear people now talk about their bad choices, alcoholism or that the panhandler makes more money then they do. Maybe, I don’t know, but this I do know. Most Americans are just one financial disaster away from shading themselves under a bridge or asking strangers for handouts.

Something else I’m aware of. 1 of 7 people in Kent County, where Grand Rapids is located, and 1 in 5 children, are nutritionally hungry. On our walk, not only did we see Purslane, but also Wild Lettuce, Dandelion, Chicory, Lambs Quarters, Wood Sorrel, Wild Grape Vines and Plantain. Probably more that I don’t remember, all of which are nutritionally superior to most vegetables at the grocery store.

So why are people still struggling with the most basic of needs? I would surmise that most of the reasons have to do with lost knowledge. Our ancestors knew about those sources of nutrients and they took advantage of them.

Look at the following chart that shows the nutritive value per 100 g of Purslane. That equals about 3.5 oz for those of us not familiar with grams. I challenge you to find better results for the same amount of any vegetable in the store.

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Table 1: Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) (Nutritive value per 100 g).


Principle Nutrient value Percentage of RDA

Energy 16 Kcal 1.5%
Carbohydrates 3.4 g 3%
Protein 1.30 g 2%
Total Fat 0.1 g 0.5%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Vitamins
 Folates 12 μg 3%
 Niacin 0.480 mg 3%
 Pantothenic acid 0.036 mg 1%
 Pyridoxine 0.073 mg 5.5%
 Riboflavin 0.112 mg 8.5%
 Thiamin 0.047 mg 4%
 Vitamin A 1320 IU 44%
 Vitamin C 21 mg 35%
Electrolytes
 Sodium 45 mg 3%
 Potassium 494 mg 10.5%
Minerals
 Calcium 65 mg 6.5%
 Copper 0.113 mg 12.5%
 Iron 1.99 mg 25%
 Magnesium 68 mg 17%
 Manganese 0.303 mg 13%
 Phosphorus 44 mg 6%
 Selenium 0.9 μg 2%
 Zinc 0.17 mg 1.5%

Source: USDA National Nutrient data.

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5 Top Survival Plants

There are a lot of plants that could be in the top 5, but I think its important to narrow it down. Knowing 5 plants that are useful for food, medicine or utility can save you in a survival situation. So Iv’e thought about which ones I would choose to study if I were limited in time. Knowing these 5 plants extremely well will get you through.

Here is the criteria that I used. The plant had to be very recognizable, safe, multi purpose, easily attainable, and had a long season.

Perhaps the most recognizable plant is the Dandelion. 20160421_161406One of the earliest blooms in the Spring, it is the most prolific early in the season, but, it is available all summer and most of the fall as well. Every part of the plant is edible. Early in the year, the fresh leaves are even delicious boiled. Dandelion roots make a very good coffee substitute. The flowers make a wonderful syrup and the leaves are extraordinarily nutritious. Remember this is survival. So even if the plant you find is past it’s prime, it is still edible and very good for you. Extremely high in Vitamins C and K, Dandelion is great for detoxifying the liver, gall bladder, bladder and kidneys. Cooking it will help take the late season bitterness out, but in a pinch, eat it raw, flower blossoms, stems, leaves and roots.

The second on my list would be the Plantain. Not the banana, but Plantago Major and Minor, or Broad Leaf Plantain and Narrow Leaf Plantain. Both are very easy to recognize.

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Broad Leaf Plantain

Note the major veins that run from the stem to the apex of the leaf.  Pull the leaf from the stem and notice the fibers that stretch out and break. Both varieties will do this.

Plantain is crazy good for you. Boiled like collard greens, it can provide a delicious meal. Narrow Leaf Plantain can even survive the winter if it is mild enough. Both are plentiful through out the warmer months.

Medicinally it is considered a panacea meaning its a cure all. Especially good to stop bleeding, it also has anti bacterial and microbial properties. It’s also very good at relieving bee stings. Basically, if you are suffering from something, Plantain is worth a try. It’s a major reason Native Americans called it “white man’s foot print”. The settlers depended on it so much that where ever there was a white man, Plantain was sure to be there as well.

This one might surprise you. The Common Purple Violet. The reason is that it is available all year. You can dig through the snow in forest areas and still find green edible leaves that are very high in vitamins.

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Violets also contain Salicylic Acid. The same compound that Aspirin was developed from. Violet leaves and flowers can be eaten raw making for a very recognizable, available edible. You can also use it to treat stomach ailments as well as gargle a tea for sore throats. The main reason I chose it though, as there are other plants that might be a better choice if available, is the simple fact that you can find it in the dead of winter in sufficient quantities to make it worth digging for.  Look for dense patches in small wooded areas. They tend to thrive in areas that the growth isn’t too mature. Though you can find it on the mature forest floor as well.

The forth plant is the Mullein. The reason for this is, the leaves are available year around. In a clearing, look for the tall spikes from last years bloom. winter MulleinLocate them and nearby will be the rosettes on the ground. Just dig around the snow East of the plant stalks that you have found. You should find some nearby.

Mullein is not edible, but it is drinkable. The leaves fuzziness renders them unpalatable as a vegetable, but as mentioned it makes a pleasant tea. One that is full of nutrients. Just what you need any time of year in a survival situation.

Drinking the tea is also a very effective decongestant. Even smoking the dried leaves is thought to be an effective treatment for a cough.

The seeds should not be consumed as they contain Saponins. A compound the Native Americans used to kill small fish in calm pools. Another survival tool.

Maybe one of the most important traits of Mullein is in the dead stalks. The pithy center burns for a very long time allowing you to carry fire from one location to another. That can be a life saver if fire is difficult to obtain.

The final plant to know might also surprise you. The Birch Tree. Yes, it is a plant. What makes birch so valuable is it’s versatility. You can eat the spring leaves or make a very nice tea from them. You can tap the tree like it were a Maple in the spring and drink the sap. The sap can also be boiled to make syrup and sugar, though not as efficient as the Maple. The sap was drank by Native Americans to detox their bodies after a long hard winter of a poorer diet.

The dead bark can easily  catch fire and burns hot enough to get other tinder burning. It will even light somewhat wet. The importance of that is an understatement when you are wet and cold. The bark can be scored into rectangles around the tree and stripped off. The bark is water proof. Heating it makes it pliable and the bark can be used to make containers and shelters. Heck, Native Americans even make canoes out it.White Birch 2

The Birch was likely the most important plant to the Great Lakes Tribes. The reason was is that it helped them survive. Get the hint?

Note: Stripping a Birch Tree of its bark will likely kill it. Don’t do that unless it is a true survival situation. Find downed trees to use the bark in non survival conditions.

As I said, there are other plants that could be your main study. The point is, pick out 5. Study them…know them. Have them in your survival plan. I chose the ones above for good reason. Choose your own that works for you in your area.

 

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Why are we sick?

People live longer these days. At least potentially, as the average life span is certainly longer than it was 100 years ago or even 50 years ago. So why the title; “Why are we sick?” Because, even though we live longer on average, I believe the average person lives sick for all those years.

Broad Leaf Plantain

Broad Leaf Plantain is extremely nutritious and a medicinal powerhouse.

People live longer because modern medicine is good…very good at prolonging life. They are excellent at repairing injuries that would have been certain death 100 years ago. Props to emergency medicine. No complaints here on that avenue. Plus, they are always getting better.

Doctors are also getting better at curing different diseases that was certain death just 20 years ago, like cancer. Though I’m not convinced they could not have done so earlier if the money was more prolific for actually curing cancer than it is for treating it. Just my opinion and not a criticism on the doctors treating cancer but more of one on those researching the cures. Again my opinion.

Here is where I think Doctors are failing miserably and our lifestyles are failing us as well. That is keeping us healthy while we live. Health maintenance is horribly deficient, thus, we are living long, sick lives.

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Cats Ears are packed with nutrition and fiber our bodies need.

Let me give an example. To avoid embarrassing this person, I will not use her real name, but the example is important to demonstrate what goes on. I will call the person Sherry. Sherry, a friend of mine mentioned that she was put on a very strong anti-depressant. She thought it was weird because she went to the doctor for stomach aches that just would not go away. The doctor insisted her stomach ache was a symptom of depression. She said she didn’t feel depressed, but he’s the doctor. On that day when visiting, I excused myself to use the restroom. Later that same visit, hours later, I did so again. My wife thought nothing of it, but Sherry asked if I were OK. Long story short the personal conversation of how often we all used the bathroom came to light that Sherry had a bowl movement about 1-2 times a week! Ouch. Of course she had stomach pain and discomfort. We talked her into taking fiber pills. A month later, she was using the bathroom 1-2 times a day and was talking to her Doctor about weening her off the anti-depressant, which they did. Her stomach issues have diminished considerably. Why her doctor never asked about diet and her bowl movements is beyond me. Other than I believe medical training is geared more towards prescriptions than lifestyle changes.

That is just one of many many examples of how medicine and our life styles has it wrong. Food has everything to do with your health. Even cancers can be prevented and fought with proper food. Our bodies are not designed to thrive off of canned, processed, hydrogenated, soft, mushy, salty, greasy, fiber-less food that has been GMO’ed, pesticided, herbacided and grown in nutrient stripped soils.

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Young Lambs Quarters. All the nutrition of Spinach minus mans influence.

Even our green leafy vegetables are not as nutritionally powerful as they should be. So, what we are eating, is making us sick and the Doctors don’t seem to be making the full connection to that fact. Yes, even skinny people are nutritionally sick.

Things like diarrhea, constipation, Crohn’s disease, obesity, headaches, heart disease, cancers, high blood pressure, etc etc etc, are all due at least in part to what we put in our bodies.

Our ancestors may not have lived as long but I believe they lived healthier while they were alive. I know there were diseases they had that are now cured thanks to medicine, but I refer to people who didn’t have a disease and lived to a typical age of the time. They, on a day to day basis, lived healthier.

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Stinging Nettle is highly nutritious.

Their diet was purer and closer to how our bodies were designed to thrive. High fiber vegetables untainted by Round Up. Genetically pure with all the micro nutrients still intact. Nutritionally full of vitamins and minerals that our bodies need minus the chemicals that are plugging our thyroids and livers.

Those vegetables  our ancestors ate are still available. You just need to look in the fields and woods around you. What we call weeds our great, great grandparents called dinner. You might consider that the next time you have an emergency run to the bathroom or have a headache that just lingers for ever. It just might be because of what you are putting into your body. It is possible that if you put more of the plants in the pictures shown here, in your body, you might need to put less pain relievers and other drugs in your body.

You might just find that you can not only live longer, but healthier as well.

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Nature’s Access…What is it all about?

What is it about? Obviously, it’s about Nature. But, it’s really about our connection to Nature. What does it provide for man? How do we take advantage of Nature, while not destroying it? What all is Nature? Let me try and explain my take. Aryn

Most people consider Nature to be some serene place away from the influence of man. The woods, the un-plowed fields and quite lakes and streams. They would certainly be correct, that is Nature, but I look at Nature as being the earthly, living realm of God.

People seem to think that living in a city removes you from the realities of what we are, a natural animal with natural survival instincts. We, in fact, are as much a part of Nature as any creature. The difference being, we create our own habitat and rules of conduct within our herd, or what we call society. But our desire to obtain the basics of life such as food, water, shelter and to reproduce is no less ingrained into who or what we are, than it is in a wolf or a deer. Threaten a person’s ability to have those things and you can create a very dangerous animal.

That’s not to say God didn’t create us to be at the top of the Natural World, he did, but still a part of the Natural World, just the same. Which leads me to the very top of the Natural World…God himself. Yes. God is Natural. He encompasses all things Natural and all that is. In fact, as a creature of God, we are a creature of Nature.

So Man, all living creatures, and God are what makes Nature…Nature. Whether in a city or the most remote places on earth. cropped-picture-079

So why the “Access” part of Nature’s Access? Because even though everyone lives in Nature, people have lost contact with the fact that they are apart of the Natural World. Most people don’t realize that when they walk down a dark street at night and the hair on the back of their necks stand up and they feel uncomfortable, they are experiencing a Natural Survival Instinct. Instead, they were “freaked out”.  People have lost the connection as to what they were experiencing. God’s gift of the ability to sense danger.

We have also lost the dependency on Gods survival gifts of Natural Medicine, Food and Utility plants, animals and materials. The fact is, God created an amazing amount of Natural Resources that are useful to man that people don’t take advantage of. In other words, they don’t “access” the gifts all around them.

CAM00152God has provided absolutely everything we need to survive in generous quality and quantities. Just how did people survive over the centuries before modern “everything” if those things weren’t provided?  But man has drifted away from the gifts that are provided and now depends on the ingenuity and creations of man himself. No, it’s not lost on me that God provided man the ability to create, but it is man that must decide what to do with that ability and make wise choices with that ability. Just because you can build something, it doesn’t mean you should.

By stepping away from the awareness of our part in Nature, I believe we are stepping away from our awareness of who we are and what Nature is, which is…God. As we look towards Man as the answers to our every need, we forget that God himself is the answer to our every need.

That is Nature’s Access. It is an attempt to reintroduce people to the beauties of God’s creation. To educate people (and myself) about the Natural World around them. To offer survival knowledge and sometimes an off beat opinion about why that knowledge is more and more important everyday. The most important thing of all is to instill in people that we must reconnect with who we are as a creation of God and thereby reconnect with God himself.

Sometimes I get wrapped up in the botanical education, political and societal atmosphere and business end of Nature’s Access and forget why I started this journey. So this post is a reminder to myself as much as an explanation to my readers about what is important.  To reconnect with God the Father by excepting his blessings and gifts and being thankful and humbled for his generosity.

Thanks for being a part of Nature’s Access. Have a blessed day.

Jeff Yenior

 

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To Prepare or not to Prepare, that is the Question?

So you aren’t a Conspiracy Theorist. Great, me neither. At least I don’t think so. Which conspiracy? Obama is not a natural born citizen? What difference does it make? No wait, that’s a Hillary line when Americans died in Benghazi. How about that one? Obama and Hillary purposefully hung the Ambassador and our men out to die to hide their activities. Theory or fact? How about One World Order? Is that real? I don’t know. Was the Euro one of the stages to bring that to reality? How about the Amero? Is it real?

You be the judge. Ask yourself. Are you prepared if the dollar collapses? Do you think that is impossible? What is the dollar based on? Not Gold. Nothing tangible that I’m aware of. Promises, bank notes, shady iou’s??? I don’t know, you tell me. Exactly what does value our dollar or any other currency? Hopefully something more concrete then the bundles of sub prime loans that collapsed the housing market in 2008. Thanks for all those Bill. It was nice of you to set up millions of Americans for years of hardship. Maybe your wife can one up you and collapse the entire economy?

Don’t worry, Donald will fix it. Or will he? I have serious doubts that he can and even more that he wants to. But that’s another conspiracy now isn’t it?

OK, it appears that I might be a Conspiracy Theorist. But these things aren’t conspiracies. The fact is, we are in gargantuan debt. Our military is weakened. Our economy is not nearly as good as the media loves to report. We are not respected globally. We are amidst social decay. Civil distress is becoming common. Our law enforcement officers have bulls eyes on them. We are inviting and allowing enemies of the State into America everyday….by the thousands. Our schools are more interested in teaching social (in)justice rather than factual history. The Bill of Rights and the rest of the Constitution is under attack. Christianity is under attack. Much, much, much, more and the thing that is on the top of everyone’s list is catching Pokemon’s.

So, you think about it and judge for yourself. Prepare or not to Prepare? That is the question. Are you ready to feed your family in the event of civil distress across America? Still not convinced it can happen? Ask the citizens of Ferguson and Boston. Those were caused by local events but they spread across America with (sometimes violent) protest. What do you think it will be like if there is a National event? What if people stopped getting welfare checks? Think that will end well?

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Can you eat this? NO! Why not? Contact us and find out.

My guess is, the fuse is lit and nobody in power really wants to put the fire out. In other words, it’s more a matter of when, then if, we are in for major life and society changing events. Are you prepared? You need to be! If you think there is no chance of a civil uprising in America than contact us for a fun, natural course on wild edibles. If you think there is a chance things are going to go horribly wrong, use the contact page right away. Gain the knowledge you will need to survive. “Surviving the Times” is a course that will provide you the knowledge you will need for you, your family and friends to survive.

Purple Dead Nettle

What is the Purple Plant? Can you eat it? How can it help you? Learn what this member of the Mint Family can do for you.

God has the ultimate wisdom. He knows whats going on…before it even happens. In God’s wisdom, he saw to it that we have all the natural materials needed to survive long term. Learn what to eat. Learn what to avoid. Learn how to treat wounds or cure a stomach ache. Learn how to make survival tools, like rope.

Don’t find out you lack survival knowledge when you need it most. Contact us today. We will start you off as basic as you need and take you to a point that you have sound survival knowledge. Don’t worry, this isn’t a grueling physical course. Rather an educational one. Don’t wait until the day after you need this knowledge. That is one day too late.

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Michigan Preppers…be prepared!

You don’t have to be a Prepper to see that the future is likely going to be bumpy.  Is the stock market reflecting the truth? Is our foreign debt too far gone? Is the housing market reflecting the truth? The economy is certainly not what the government claims it to be, but then, what is? Can we trust Uncle Sam about anything? Add all that on top of a dependent population that seems to be morally bankrupt, which is almost as morally bankrupt as the government and many corporate leaders, what do you get? Not a smooth ride that’s for sure.

Preparing for the rough road ahead can be expensive. Shelters, extra fuel, survival equipment, defensive weapons, food, medical supplies, generators, etc, etc, etc..

Having a supply of food and medicine is a great idea. I recommend it. However, there is something that is, if not as important, more important than supplies, that can run out, be contaminated or God forbid, taken. That something is knowledge.

Visit the contact page and request an estimate for a one day Edible/Medicinal/Utility wild plant course for you, your family and fellow Preppers or just concerned people.

You will learn to identify what plants can feed you and what plants can kill you. You will learn to identify what plants can help cure you and which ones you wish you left alone. You will learn how to make rope, thatching and containers. You will also learn which plants hold fire for a long time and how to light a fire without a lighter.

Its time you store the most important survival tool you have…Knowledge. Contact us soon.

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Realtors and Home Owners: Get a Flora Report

I know Real Estate Agents are familiar with Home Inspections. They can give a potential buyer piece of mind. There is nothing worse than learning that your new home has a cracked foundation or a leaky roof.

Well, maybe there is. What about finding out your new property has Poison Ivy along the back fence? You found out when you weed wacked it and had to be taken to the hospital. Hopefully they are relieved to discover what they thought was Poison Ivy is really fairly harmless Virginia Creeper.

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Can you identify? Safe? Edible or harmful? Maybe both?

Maybe you discovered that plant with the little berries (that your child is proudly showing you a handful of) is related to Tomatoes. Except that the berries on this newly discovered tomato relative are poisonous ones from Night Shade.

So you just bought a house and 2 acres. You are fondly walking the property along the creek front and suddenly…What the HECK? Ouch! You just brushed aside Stinging Nettle. Bet you wish you knew it was there before you moved it with your bare forearm?

Stinging Nettle close up

Close up of Stinging Nettle

Maybe your property is well maintained with domestic cultivars? Are you familiar with Safe Gardening? Do you have a 3 year old youngster that is curious about everything? Is that plant growing beautifully in your beautiful new garden Fox Glove or Mullein? Fox Glove is poisonous. Mullein is safe.

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Poisonous Fox Glove or Harmless Mullein?

Not only will Nature’s Access walk your property with you, but we will also take the time to study any unfamiliar plants (there are 2600 species in Michigan. I wish we could boast knowledge of all of them, but alas, we do run into ones we have yet to study. We are gaining on them though). Within a week, we will supply the client with a report of all noted species of consenquence. We will not only note the danger level, how it is dangerous and a recommended course of action, but we will also report on safe, edible and useful herbals as well.

Realtors… gain the advantage. Have a property Flora Report available for your potential buyers.

Home Owners…gain piece of mind. Learn about the Flora on your property. The good, bad, beautiful and ugly.

Use the contact page or text your inquiry at 616-337-1015 for a free quote.

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