by Robert Pelton
It doesn't take a genius to understand the one most important aspect of surviving. It's having access to drinkable water! Without water a person can't live more than three days.
The second most important thing is food! Men have been known to live more than a month without food. But there's absolutely no need for any person to be deprived of something to eat.


It doesn't take a genius to understand the one most important aspect of surviving. It's having access to drinkable water! Without water a person can't live more than three days.
The second most important thing is food! Men have been known to live more than a month without food. But there's absolutely no need for any person to be deprived of something to eat. Nature is and always has been a good and reliable provider. Everyone should know how to properly use her. Learn to live off the land. It really isn't that difficult. Medicinal and Edible Plant Handbooks tells you all you need to know.
Various authorities estimate there are approximately 300,000 plants (those that have been classified) on the surface of the earth. Of these, 120,000 varieties have been determined to be edible.
A person should know what edible plants to look for when in the wilderness. He or she should also be able to properly identify these plants and to properly prepare them for eating.
Such an individual will undoubtedly find enough plant food out there to keep alive over an extended period of time. And he or she may even surprise themselves with a delicious meal.
Ferns are abundant in moist areas of all climates. They are especially easy to find. Look in gullies, on stream banks, in forested areas, along the sides of hiking trails and on the edge of woods.
Ferns, by and large, are a safe plant to cook and eat. Some are distastefully bitter and certainly not palatable. Yet, no fern is known to be poisonous.
The inner bark of some trees — the layer next to the wood -- can be eaten raw or cooked. Avoid the outer bark. It contains large amounts of tannin and is extremely bitter.
Flour can be made by pulverizing the inner bark of a number of trees – aspen, birch, cottonwood, pine, slippery elm and willow.
One outstanding example of a tree food source is the pine.
The inner bark is high in vitamin C. The nuts, needles, twigs and sap are all edible. The nuts (eaten raw or roasted) grow in woody cones hanging near the tips of the branches. When mature, they fall out of the ripe cone.
There are many misconceptions about mushrooms and their imagined food value.
In reality, they offer absolutely nothing in the way of nutrition.
And they’re terribly difficult to digest.
It’s hardly worth the effort required to bend over and pick one up!
It’s certainly ridiculous to waste time and energy hunting for, cooking and eating mushrooms.
On the other hand, the U.S. military takes another approach to the identifying, collecting and eating of mushrooms.
The official Army survival manual FM 21-76 gives this warning: “Do not eat mushrooms in a survival situation! The only way to tell if a mushroom is edible is by positive identification. There is no room for experimentation. Symptoms of the most dangerous mushrooms affecting the central nervous system may show up after several days have passed when it is too late to reverse their effects.”
Need more be said?
More than 2,000 years ago, Cleopatra used freshly cut aloe vera leaves as a soothing burn ointment.
People of that period in history also commonly sipped tea brewed with white willow bark to relieve the pain of gout.
Why did it work?
Because we now know that white willow bark contains a natural form of aspirin!
Modern medicine borrows heavily from plants in the never ending quest for improved remedies.
Of all the prescription drugs sold in the United States, an astounding one-third are derived from plants.
Approximately 80 percent of the world's people rely on folk medicine for treatment of their illnesses.
People in developing areas of the world depend wholly upon the sometimes strange practices of a local healer, medicine man or witch doctor.
Many of their unique plant concoctions are as effective as modern medications in the civilized world.
American Indians, by necessity, developed a vast expertise in plant medicines.
And early settlers from England and Western Europe brought to the New World their knowledge of medical treatment with plants.
Herbal home remedies were handed down in those families over many generations.
In Colonial days, no drugstores could be found on street corners and few, if any, trained doctors.
People were forced to rely on homemade medicines.
It goes without saying that the greatest pharmacy in the world is found in plants scattered throughout the countryside.
When properly used, these plants have incredibly effective medicinal properties.
Plants can and should be utilized when faced with an emergency medical situation or where survival may be in question.

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Freedom & Liberty Foundation Press
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Survival Series , #6
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Meet the Author

Robert W. Pelton is considered to be one of the most respected survival experts in the country. He has published a series of four outstanding pocket survival manuals which were the result of 45 years of intense data collecting and firsthand experience, both in and outside the military. These unique survival guides have been widely proclaimed by many leading authorities to be the best and most practical of their kind in the world.
Pelton has been much in demand as a speaker to diverse groups all over the United States on a great variety of survival subjects – pertaining to both urban and wilderness survival techniques and especially. such topics as long-term food storage for the home, and edible and medicinal plants. Tom R. Murray offers this: “Mr. Pelton puts together rare combinations of intellectual energies as a writer and speaker that will captivate all levels of an audience.”
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