Six edible plants that will help you survive in the wild

(NaturalNews) Most of us have seen one of those “survival shows” on television, in which ordinary people become “stranded” in the wild and are forced to live off the land. Yes, it’s true, many of those shows are “staged,” but what would you do if you were ever seriously lost or stranded and all you had to live off of until you were found or made it back to civilization was what Mother Nature provided you? Could you do it? Could you survive?

Well, regardless of where you are in the world, says Serusha Govender, editor of The Daily Meal website, “knowing what plants are edible and which ones could kill you is a critical survival skill.” Because, depending on your lifestyle, you could get stranded at nearly any time — stranded by an act of God or Nature, getting lost on a fishing or camping trip, or any one of a dozen other ways. And when you do, having the knowledge of what you can pick and eat right off the ground can save your life.

“There are some important facts about plants to know which end up keeping you alive by swallowing a few bitter stalks,” Govender wrote, “like knowing the difference between plants that look good but are actually poisonous, which plants that look and smell awful but are really delicious and nutritious, and what plants smell bad, and taste worse, but may really have enough nutrients to keep you going.”

Here are some warning tips right off the bat: Plants with leaves that grow in a pattern of threes; with seeds or bulbs that are found inside pods; have a bitter or soapy taste; contain sap that is milky or strangely colored; has a grainy head that has spikes, hooks or spurs; or has “a kind of bitter ‘almond’ smell to the leaves or bark,” should be avoided.

Here are some of the most common, edible plants growing in the wild, depending on your location

— Amaranth: This is a weed that looks a lot like pigweed. It is tall, upright and broad-leafed, and it is a plant that grows year-round. It comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. Amaranth seeds have a high content of proteins, essential amino acids and minerals. The leaves can be round or lance-shaped, measure from 5 to 15 centimeters long, and have a light-green, dark-green, reddish or variegated color. The seeds may be white, yellow, pink or black, and the flowers can be huge tassels or tiny globes, with a red, pink, yellow or cream color.

— Burdock: This is a is mostly a stout weed that has annoying burrs which stick to clothing and animals. But it is a biennial plant that consists primarily of carbohydrates, volatile oils, plant sterols, tannins and fatty oils.

— Cattail: This plant is easily recognizable by its cigar-shaped head. Also known as bullrush, it is one of the most important and most common wild foods that also boast a variety of uses at different times of the year.

— Chickweed: Plentiful and common, chickweed is hearty, edible and prevalent.

— Clover: A field of clover would be your friend if you were alone in the wild and hungry. Clover is tough to digest raw, but clover leaves are delicious in salads or as juices and are also a valuable survival food, as they’re high in protein, widespread and plentiful in most parts of the world.

— Dandelion: You can use dandelions for more than making some wine. And while lawn perfectionists like to have them chemically removed, Govender writes that a better solution is to eat them, because “dandelion leaves are packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, and beta carotene.”

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How A Coal Company Can Realistically Help Its Coal Miners

This is brilliant, but it won’t work without gov’t subsidies for renewable energy. That’s where the Obama administration shines.
Let’s hope Trump sees the light!

Gronda Morin

Image result for PHOTOS OF TRUMP AND GOV BEVINThe below story demonstrates how a coal company can diversify its products base while providing good paying jobs to coal miners who are unemployed. The state of Kentucky is leading with the idea of utilizing stripped mining areas, already depleted of its coal to develop huge solar panel farms on the same land.

This is what the republican U.S. President Donald Trump should be backing instead of what he has been doing in propping up the fossil fuel industry with the false hope that he has  promised former coal miners, coal jobs will be returning.

Image result for photo of a solar farmOn 4/19/17,  Steve Hanley of penned the following report,  “Kentucky Coal Company Plans To Build State’s Largest Solar Farm.”


“Berkeley Energy Group is a coal company located in eastern Kentucky, one of the areas of America hit hardest by declining coal production. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, coal extraction in Eastern Kentucky fell from…

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The lymphatic system – How it works and why cleansing it matters

(NaturalNews) The lymphatic system is made up of glands, lymph nodes, and a network of vessels. The tonsils, spleen, thymus, and adenoids are the glands of the lymphatic system. This system plays three major roles in the body: Immunological defense, fat absorption, and fluid balance. If the lymphatic system isn’t working properly, our bodies can’t fight disease or remove toxins. For this reason it’s crucial to keep the fluid of the lymphatic system (lymph) moving. Slow moving lymph can lead to disease, even cancer, in some cases.

What is lymph?

The heart pumps blood throughout the body in such a powerful manner that some fluid gets squeezed out via the capillaries. That fluid is known as extracellular fluid and is comprised of varying components such as proteins, water, glucose, electrolytes, enzymes, and hormones. When extracellular fluid enters the lymphatic vessels it’s then called lymph. Lymph travels via the lymphatic vessels to the lymph nodes where it is filtered. Bacteria swept up by the lymphatic system is deposited to the nearest lymph node where specialized white blood cells, known as lymphocytes, destroy them. The increased number of lymphocytes fighting the infection will cause the lymph node to expand. Swollen lymph nodes are typically an indication of ongoing war between lymphocytes and pathogens. In rare cases, swollen nodes are caused by lymphatic cancer.

Why is improving lymph flow important?

Filtered lymph eventually returns to the blood. Unlike the heart to the circulatory system, the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump. Instead, lymph relies on smooth muscle and skeletal muscle to propel it through the vessels. This isn’t very much movement so exercise is the best way to keep lymph moving. Lymph flow can decrease by as much as 94 percent in people with sedentary lifestyles. Stagnant lymph thickens until it becomes the consistency of cottage cheese. This prevents the lymph from being properly filtered; as a result, disease may manifest.

How to improve lymph flow

The best way to improve lymph circulation is through movement. Running, jumping, walking, and stretching will help keep lymph fluid flowing. It doesn’t take much effort; any of the aforementioned exercises performed for 15-20 minutes a day will help keep lymph flowing. If you can’t get outside, stretching will also help. A quick 15-minute yoga session is a convenient, healthy, and relaxing way to start or end the day. Massage is also a great way to get lymph moving.

Drink plenty of water to help your lymphatic system do its job properly. Lymph, blood, glandular secretions, and cerebrospinal fluid possess water as their primary ingredient. Water is used across the body for a variety of essential functions. Water holds nutrients in a solution while transporting them into our cells. Waste products from cells, the lymphatic system, blood, the bowels, and other body tissues are also held in a water solution while being transported to be eliminated from the body.

Raw fruits and vegetables are rich in enzymes and acids which are powerful lymph cleansers. Specifically, beets, dark leafy greens, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cranberries, and citrus fruits are fantastic foods for cleansing the lymphatic system. Leafy greens are saturated with chlorophyll which help purify blood and lymph. Astragalus, chaparral, echinacea, ginger, goldenseal, lemon or yarrow can be made into tea to support lymphatic function. These foods improve circulation, fight infection, and help cleanse lymph.

Click here to read more about the lymphatic system written by the author, Jeanette Padilla.


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Jeanette Padilla is an experienced herbalist, writer, and co-creator of Sunshine Natural Healing. Read more of her work at Sunshine Natural Healing, or follow her on Facebook