Onahwe-ta: The “Preppers’ Pal”

The following plant is the “Preppers’ Pal”. That is right I am talking about the cattail. Here are some of the things that it is good for.

1. Cattails  contain (pound for pound) ten times the starch of potatoes.
2. Early  spring new shoots can be picked, peeled, cooked, or ate raw.
3. Harvest  young flower heads and boil. Then eat like corn on the cob; or pickle for the  long SHTF winters.
4. Collect  early summer pollen in a bag, add to other flours. High in protein and vitamins.
5. Winter  rootstocks: pick mash rinse, dry, and grind into flour. Mix with your other  flours for added nutrients.
6. Use  fresh, pounded root directly as a poultice on infections, blisters, &  stings.
A) Tie over problem area over night.
B) Replace poultice the next day.
7. Sticky  substance at the base of the green leaf is antiseptic, coagulant, and a  little numbing.
8. Boil  leaves for external skin wash.
9. Starchy,  mashed root can be used as toothpaste.
10. Pollen can  be used as a hair conditioner.
11. Drink  root flour in a cup of hot water or eat the young flower heads to bind  diarrhea and dysentery. That alone is a plus post-SHTF.
12. Use the  fuzz from mature female flower heads for scalds, burns, diaper rash and place  in diaper to soak up urine.
13. Down  makes excellent tinder.
14. Dip  brown head of a dry stalk in animal fat for a torch.
15. Leaves  excellent for thatching, basket weaving, cordage (one of the most important  aspect of outdoor survival), and doll, toy, figurine making.
16. Dry  stalks use for hand drill, arrow shafts with added hardwood nock and fore  shaft. (Good Bushcraft tip)
17. Pollen  is hemostatic & astringent. Place directly on cut to control bleeding.  Take internally for internal bleeding, menstrual pain, chest pains, &  other forms of blood stagnation.
18. Mix pollen  with honey; apply to bruises, sores, or swellings.

Take care. SYOTOS. – Jiske-h (Ghost)

 

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