Onahwe-ta: The “Preppers’ Pal”
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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