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Simple prepping in a topsy-turvy world

Sunday, October 14, 2012 by: JB Bardot
Tags: Armageddon, preparedness, self-sufficiency

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(NaturalNews) Growing up during the Cuban missile crisis taught me the fear of annihilation, and my prepper mentality comes honestly. But I'm not ready for the end of the world any more than you. Prepping for something that may never happen and not knowing the outcome is a little like having sex the first time -- you wonder if you're doing it right and how it's gonna to turn out -- you just have to do your best and pray.

The thought of the power going out, the dollar crashing and empty grocery shelves, is unimaginable, causing emotional paralysis, which prevents action. Most of us were not brought up for this. If you're a typical city slicker, overwhelmed with preparing, here's a road map of small things to do now to prepare for uncommon times.

The basics

Start now to put away food, water and supplies. Allot $10 each time you go shopping to stock your survival pantry. Water, beans, rice, whole grains, dried meat, dehydrated fruits, veggies.

Store in food-grade plastic buckets adding several dried bay leaves to keep out pests.

An unplugged chest freezer stores dried goods, medicines, vitamins, supplements. Pests can't get in and you can lock it for extra safety.

Make sure you have safe water supplies. Allow at least one gallon of potable water per day for each person or pet. Use glass bottles if possible and preserve with 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. per gallon household bleach to kill bacteria.

Sanitation and elimination

Remember, even during Armageddon, certain natural functions will continue and you'll need supplies. Pack away reusable fabric wipes, rags and towels of all sizes and materials. Include soap, detergent, disinfectant, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Add a bucket for washing and a bucket for pooping, several bags of lime to sprinkle, and a variety of trash bags.

Be self-sufficient

Grow your own vegetables in one of many vertical-style gardens. Vertical garden systems are available using aquaponics or hydroponics, eliminating the need for soil. Grow outside or indoors, and year around using grow lights. Vertical systems take up less space, and are invisible from the prying eyes of municipal officials.

Install a wood stove for heat if possible. Consider a rocket stove for cooking outdoors in the summer, especially if you live in a warm climate. Rocket stoves use very little fuel and burn very hot, so make a great emergency heat source.

Medical supplies

Purchase extra medications, supplements and vitamins, storing in a cool, dry place. Buy first aid kits and accompanying books for herbal and homeopathic remedies -- learn how to use them -- NOW.

Stock cream of tartar, organic apple cider vinegar, bottled lemon juice, baking soda and epsom salt. They'll keep indefinitely and help you stay healthy by keeping your pH balanced.


Stash gold and silver coins, packets of sugar, salt and coffee to share.

Make friends

Get to know your neighbors. They may be the only people around. Making friends now is easier than under duress; and you can assess who's capable of doing what when it's important.

Your attitude

The most important thing that will help in an upside down world is how you think. Find it in yourself to be flexible, creative and adaptable along with trusting that all is right -- no matter how wrong things may appear. If you remember what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and stay centered with an outlook of positive expectancy, you'll be able to cope even in what may appear to be a hopeless situation.

Resources and sources for this article include:

Easy guide to create a home security safe room for emergency preparedness and survival

Homeopathic first aid books

Homeopathic first aid kits

Vertical Garden Ideas and Images

Build an herbal first aid kit



About the author:

The JB Bardot Archives: www.jbbardot.com
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JB Bardot is an herbalist and a classical homeopath, and has a post graduate degree in holistic nutrition. Bardot cares for both people and animals, using alternative approaches to health care and lifestyle. She writes about wellness, green living, alternative medicine, holistic nutrition, homeopathy, herbs and naturopathic medicine. You can find her at The JB Bardot Archives at www.jbbardot.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jbbardot23 or on Twitter at jbbardot23 or https://twitter.com/jbbardot23

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