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Bush Medicene Stories
#1
Hello good people

My wife and I just got back from our annual rock and roll vacation, a 4 day classic rock festival in northern Minnesota. Four days of my favorite things, camping, drinking, and rock n roll. Anyway she managed to burn three fingers (blisters)on each hand pretty good in a cooking accident. Iced them until I remembered there was a small package of burn ointment in my survival kit. She sat down and we applied the ointment, she was in some pain. There was enough ointment for maybe three applications. So I went out looking for some balsam trees. Years ago I had used the sap of the balsam as a burn ointment, so I knew it worked. That was for a much smaller burn than the situation we were in now. I looked for quite awhile before I found one lonely fair size balsam tree. Lots of oak, birch and poplar in the area, and I was beginning to fear that there were no balsams. I was literally praying to God to show me a balsam when I spotted the triangular shape typical of balsam sticking above the other trees. I collected some sap in a cider can and Amy dabbed it on her fingers. The pain reduced dramatically, and after 3 days the blisters disappeared! This worked better than I could have hoped for.

Anyway this is my most recent bush med story, I was hoping you all might have some to share.

Bill
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#2
Father-in-Law said two or three sweet gum buds were the medicine for diarrhea. The wife usually keeps some in the refrigerator or freezer during the off season.



We do use manufactured preparations, but when taken, the sweet gum buds routinely produce results, so I will have to give them a <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbsup:' />



If you try the sweet gum buds, go light, rather than take to many and create a very different problem.
Jimbo
Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. - Theodore Roosevelt 1907 
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.  - Theodore Roosevelt 1918
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President right or wrong, is not only unpatrotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. - Theodore Roosevelt

The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity. - Harlan Ellison

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former. - Albert Einstein
I fear the day that technology surpass our human interaction.  The world will have a generation of idiots. - Albert Einstein

The optomist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears that this is true! - James B. Cabell
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#3
Good info folks!
Message of Insight and Unity 

We go into the wilderness to fulfill our hearts and empty our minds of life's garbage.
The gear we leave behind and the challenges we encounter, 
Are methods we use to cleanse our spirits.
Of Survivalists and Bushcrafters, Primitive Technologists too, we are one.........

It is the wilderness within, we strive for first and always.
Not everyone can have a cabin in the mountains.
The thread that connects us, is fine like silk and strong as steel.
Together, the song of the wilderness is the song we sing!

"And can I say something else?"
Bushcrafting is "doing what you want to do." 
Survival is "doing what you have to do"
Primitive Technology is about all of the above........

By TNRR aka "Survival Sully"
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#4
[quote name='Jimbo' timestamp='1469671642' post='609378']

Father-in-Law said two or three sweet gum buds were the medicine for diarrhea. The wife usually keeps some in the refrigerator or freezer during the off season.



We do use manufactured preparations, but when taken, the sweet gum buds routinely produce results, so I will have to give them a <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbsup:' />/>



If you try the sweet gum buds, go light, rather than take to many and create a very different problem.

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I assume you don't swallow the buds but boil them and drink the tea?
{  "Trust in Jesus but carry a sixgun in the bathroom."€  Phantom  }
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#5
[quote name='alukban' timestamp='1469716220' post='609386']

[quote name='Jimbo' timestamp='1469671642' post='609378']

Father-in-Law said two or three sweet gum buds were the medicine for diarrhea. The wife usually keeps some in the refrigerator or freezer during the off season.



We do use manufactured preparations, but when taken, the sweet gum buds routinely produce results, so I will have to give them a <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbsup:' />/>/>/>/>



If you try the sweet gum buds, go light, rather than take to many and create a very different problem.

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I assume you don't swallow the buds but boil them and drink the tea?

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Swallow them with a liquid just like a tablet. Naturally, they should be washed like any fruit planned to be eaten raw.



Drinking a tea made from the buds might work equally well, but I do not know. To my knowledge no one, we know, has ever tried that approach.
Jimbo
Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. - Theodore Roosevelt 1907 
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.  - Theodore Roosevelt 1918
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President right or wrong, is not only unpatrotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. - Theodore Roosevelt

The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity. - Harlan Ellison

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former. - Albert Einstein
I fear the day that technology surpass our human interaction.  The world will have a generation of idiots. - Albert Einstein

The optomist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears that this is true! - James B. Cabell
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#6
I'm glad I asked! <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbsup:' />
{  "Trust in Jesus but carry a sixgun in the bathroom."€  Phantom  }
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#7
The wife keeps a couple of Aloe Vera potted plants around the house. For minor scrapes and burns sustained when working or cooking she will break a tip off one of the plants longer shoots and rub the scrape or burn with the plants flesh and fluid (Aloe). If memory serves me correct the Aloe Vera plant is considered the "Miracle Plant" by many people, and consider if useful or beneficial for many other purposes.
Jimbo
Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. - Theodore Roosevelt 1907 
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.  - Theodore Roosevelt 1918
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President right or wrong, is not only unpatrotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. - Theodore Roosevelt

The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity. - Harlan Ellison

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former. - Albert Einstein
I fear the day that technology surpass our human interaction.  The world will have a generation of idiots. - Albert Einstein

The optomist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears that this is true! - James B. Cabell
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#8
I was hunting moose in the Stikine in northern British Columbia.

My partner took two teenage boys and a 900 pound moose carcass into Prince George to get processed and frozen due to extremely warm conditions. It was an 800kilometer trip and took two days.

I swear they were just out of sight when I put the tip of my Case folder into the first knuckle of my left hand and I could see the point under the skin of my second knuckle.

We had a Grizzly situation in camp the previous morning and here I was bleeding like a stuck pig in Grizzly country....alone. <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/huh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Huh' />

Knowing that sphagnum moss has antibiotic properties I slapped some on and applied direct pressure.

Then I got my rifle.

Knowing also that super glue was developed to close facial wounds during the Viet Nam war, I went to my repair kit and got it out.

After a couple of checks the bleeding had stopped and I applied the glue and pinched it shut...and glued my hands together.

Great! Here I am in the middle of Grizzly country with my hands glued together, the smell of blood and a bolt action rifle.

I finally got my hands apart and had to apply a bit more glue....this time using sphagnum moss to pinch it together. After a couple of minutes, the bleeding was totally stopped and going into my repair kit covered the glued cut with duct tape.

Then I burned all traces of blood and kept my rifle near to hand for the rest of the day.

It did not get infected and healed with virtually no scarring.

Sphagnum has been used for thousands of years by natives for wounds, lining cradle boards and as lady parts curse control.

Duct tape glue has anti bacterial properties and closing the wound so quickly and permanently didn't hurt the healing process either.

So if you are out all alone in bear country and deciced to do that dumbass Griz hand cutting thing...make sure there is Sphagnum, crazy glue and duct tape near to hand. <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Rolleyes' />/>/>



Griz
Hopefully the S won't HTF and I pray every day that it won't. It would not be fun.



I have a high art..I wound with cruelty, all who wound me...Archillocus; 650 B.C.
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#9
[quote name='Grizzly Dave' timestamp='1469775181' post='609414']

I was hunting moose in the Stikine in northern British Columbia.

My partner took two teenage boys and a 900 pound moose carcass into Prince George to get processed and frozen due to extremely warm conditions. It was an 800kilometer trip and took two days.

I swear they were just out of sight when I put the tip of my Case folder into the first knuckle of my left hand and I could see the point under the skin of my second knuckle.

We had a Grizzly situation in camp the previous morning and here I was bleeding like a stuck pig in Grizzly country....alone. <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/huh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Huh' />/>

Knowing that sphagnum moss has antibiotic properties I slapped some on and applied direct pressure.

Then I got my rifle.

Knowing also that super glue was developed to close facial wounds during the Viet Nam war, I went to my repair kit and got it out.

After a couple of checks the bleeding had stopped and I applied the glue and pinched it shut...and glued my hands together.

Great! Here I am in the middle of Grizzly country with my hands glued together, the smell of blood and a bolt action rifle.

I finally got my hands apart and had to apply a bit more glue....this time using sphagnum moss to pinch it together. After a couple of minutes, the bleeding was totally stopped and going into my repair kit covered the glued cut with duct tape.

Then I burned all traces of blood and kept my rifle near to hand for the rest of the day.

It did not get infected and healed with virtually no scarring.

Sphagnum has been used for thousands of years by natives for wounds, lining cradle boards and as lady parts curse control.

Duct tape glue has anti bacterial properties and closing the wound so quickly and permanently didn't hurt the healing process either.

So if you are out all alone in bear country and deciced to do that dumbass Griz hand cutting thing...make sure there is Sphagnum, crazy glue and duct tape near to hand. <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Rolleyes' />/>/>/>



Griz

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Griz,



I'm sure it wasn't very humorous at the time, but from a safe distance, it has all the makings for an excellent humor story. <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/whistling.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':whistling:' />
Jimbo
Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. - Theodore Roosevelt 1907 
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.  - Theodore Roosevelt 1918
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President right or wrong, is not only unpatrotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. - Theodore Roosevelt

The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity. - Harlan Ellison

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former. - Albert Einstein
I fear the day that technology surpass our human interaction.  The world will have a generation of idiots. - Albert Einstein

The optomist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears that this is true! - James B. Cabell
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#10
You might be onto something, I know Mrs. Griz laughs her a$$ off every time I tell it. <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Rolleyes' />





Griz
Hopefully the S won't HTF and I pray every day that it won't. It would not be fun.



I have a high art..I wound with cruelty, all who wound me...Archillocus; 650 B.C.
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#11
Women. My grandfather said, "You can't live with them and you can't live without them. And if you try to figure them out they'll drive you crazy." He was pretty smart.
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

  John Stuart Mill
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#12
The wife says all it amounts to, is women keep life from becoming bored.



Sometimes I think bored would be nice. <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/whistling.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':whistling:' />
Jimbo
Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. - Theodore Roosevelt 1907 
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.  - Theodore Roosevelt 1918
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President right or wrong, is not only unpatrotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. - Theodore Roosevelt

The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity. - Harlan Ellison

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former. - Albert Einstein
I fear the day that technology surpass our human interaction.  The world will have a generation of idiots. - Albert Einstein

The optomist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears that this is true! - James B. Cabell
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