Welcome to Mantra Monday! I have such a special guest today. It’s Marjory Wildcraft from The Grow Network. You know that food is the single most important thing, and I always put medicine in that same category. Marjory’s going to talk a lot about how to get your medicine for free and conveniently too. It’s an amazing discussion. It’s so different than what I thought we were going to have. I think you’re going to find this discussion really interesting!
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2:24 What is Poulticing?
10:36 Chaparral Plant
24:13 Pine Needles
26:53 Hygiene & Cleanliness
33:46 Local Medicinal Herbs & Plants
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TRANSCRIPT FROM VIDEO:
Marjory Wildcraft (00:00):
It is vital right now that you start growing your own food. In some way, even if you’re in a condo, because it is happening, there is a very organized demolition of everything on the planet. The financial systems are imploding. This whole FTX thing is just part of the plan. What people don’t know about, cause our grocery stores still mostly look full, is there’s a complete demolition of the, you know, the food supply and the food chain. Our energy systems are, are being shut down. What this means is your ability to get food is going to become much more difficult. The whole hyperinflation thing, right? I mean, food of all the dozens and dozens of survivors of collapse that I have interviewed, food is the main thing. Yes. Security, yes. Medicine. Yes. All the other stuff. But starving to death is the biggest issue.
Lynette Zang (00:54):
So welcome to Mantra Monday. I have such a special guest today. It’s Marjory Wildcraft from The Grow Network because you know that food is the single most important thing, and I always put medicine in that same category. And guess what? Marjory’s gonna talk a lot about how to get your medicine for free and convenient too. It’s an amazing discussion. I’m, it’s so different than what I thought we were gonna have. I think you’re gonna find this a really interesting discussion. Don’t miss it coming up.
Lynette Zang (01:32):
If you think that the world is headed in a direction that makes you a bit concerned for the future, and you’d like to be as self-sufficient and independent as possible, then you come to the right place. My name is Lynette Zang. Now it’s time to go Beyond Gold and Silver.
Lynette Zang (01:53):
Let’s just jump right in to the medicinal garden because the point that you made about everybody making sure that whatever little things that you’ve been postponing medically, that you stop postponing it and just get them taken care of is such a good point. So we’ve got that, that you can’t do for yourself, but how do you start a medicinal garden? Like, how do you know what to plant?
Marjory Wildcraft (02:24):
Yeah. Well, actually I was, yeah, <laugh>. Well, actually, honestly, a lot of the best medicines are already growing around you in the form of weeds. You know, for example, dandelion and the leaves, and you know, in the spring they’re a great bitter tonic. I take just a little bit of a bite of a dandelion leaf before I eat a meal. And that bitter will help your whole digestive system help you to get way more nourishment out of the food. The roots of the dandelion, which you dig up in the, in the fall, you roast them and it’s a great coffee substitute, but it’s also helps to strengthen the liver. So there’s, and um, oh my goodness. You know, prickly pears, so you’re over there in the southwest, although prickly pear grows everywhere. We just had a discussion in our forums that there’s a variety that grows in Alaska.
Lynette Zang (03:14):
Marjory Wildcraft (03:16):
Yeah, I know, right? Great plant
Lynette Zang (03:18):
We’ll have to let the Alaskan Prepper know that.
Marjory Wildcraft (03:21):
Yeah. Um, head over to the grow network, send them my contact and I’ll get ’em hooked up with it. But, um, I have used fruit pear. That plant is amazing for so many things. First of all, you can eat the tunas, right, the fruit mm-hmm. <affirmative> fairly tasty fruit, but the pads, make an incredible poultice material. And for people who don’t know what a poultice is. So one of the biggest concerns I’ve always, I’m gonna jump around a little bit. I’m one of those kind of people, but it all comes back to answering your question. I became very, very concerned over the overuse of antibiotics. Right? Yeah. And even the director of the World Health Organization has said that we’re gonna enter into a time very soon, or even just a little cut on your finger can kill infection is a real deal. Right. And we’ve had the luxury of these antibiotics for decades now, but they are waning, they’re not good, , medicine. They, they, the, and I’ll get it more into that, but I was looking at what are alternatives to antibiotics? Plus when you take them, it just destroys your gut intestinal bacteria, which are,
Lynette Zang (04:23):
Marjory Wildcraft (04:24):
Super important for your health. , and so especially for things like wounds or lacerations, snake bites, poulticing is a technique that has been used for millennium. I mean, you think about back in the days when the, you know, those Romans and the whatever, the Greeks, and they were bashing each other with swords and running around spearing each other from their horseback and all that. Right. You know, a lot of them had major, major wounds. Now, some of them did die, but a large majority of them were healed and went back into battle. You know, , you know, if warfare was that, you know, if that, if it were that lethal that you were gonna get cut people, we wouldn’t have had that many wars. I mean, that was kind of a thing. These guys would be all scarred up in that they had healed from so many things.
Marjory Wildcraft (05:13):
And the primary technique that they use is ping. And, , what, what ping is, is, you know, so for example, I’ve got bit by a copperhead snake. It’s kind of a famous story, <laugh>, I didn’t actually didn’t think that much about it when it happened. And, , we immediately, you know, started ping the, the ankle with, um, particular bear pads. So we, you know, you take two rocks while the pad is still on the plant, and you use these two rocks to scrub off the, you know, the prickles and then you snap that pad off and, you know, a pad, I don’t know, you know, eight, 12 inches big, and then maybe a half, you know, an inch in diameter of Texas. We have big ones like you probably do, you know, toss that, that in the blender, maybe two of those. Put it in a plastic bag and put that on my foot and wrap it all up.
Lynette Zang (06:04):
Even with the plastic?
Marjory Wildcraft (06:06):
Well, no, the poulticing material, the prickly material, the prickly pear pad is in the plastic bag and I’m shoving my foot into the plastic bag.
Lynette Zang (06:17):
Marjory Wildcraft (06:18):
I just, we’re just using the plastic bag to be able to hold it, that material. Mm-hmm. <affirmative> in a, cause it’s a weird, you know, your foot’s a weird shape, right? Yeah. Um, and the two rules about ping are, um, one is you gotta go big. So if you’ve got, you know, a small laceration or a small thing about the size of a quarter, then you’re gonna want a poultice that covers, you know, at least a softball size or more of area around it. , and, you know, God bless plastic bags and what is that other clean wrap? And I mean, that stuff is great for helping you get this material in a weird body position. Right? Right. Yeah. So the first rule is go big and the other is go long. So a lot of people do poultice in 15 minutes. None that, that’s no work. We, we kept that foot in cased in that material, eight hours, then we took all that off, washed everything, cleaned everything, let the foot, you know, breathe a little, you know, air out. And then for, you know, just 20 minutes or so and then encased it again in, um, material. And we did that for a good, um, I would say four or five rounds. And the swelling went down, the thing went down. And actually within two days I was walking around again. Um, and I have seen poulticing work with huge lacerations, , snake bites, spring ankles, you know, even broken bones or limbs. I mean, if you have access to the medical system, yeah. Go get them to straighten that bone out, put it in a cast. But if you don’t, you know. Right. It’s just a, it’s a fantastic, , I’ve used it, um, had some other dental surgery and I was poulticing the whole area. And they were saying, you’re gonna grow, you’re gonna look like a squirrel. It’s gonna swell up really big. And my daughter was like, mama, send me photos. I wanna see you look like a squirrel. And everybody was so disappointed because there was hardly any swelling at all because I was using this poulticing and these other techniques. Um, poulticing is just an awesome way to treat, especially, you know, external. , and even if something is deeply, deeply infected, you start poulticing. And I don’t know what it is with the magic of this plant material. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, yes, sucking out the whatever and doing whatever, but it works. and there’s lots of different poulticing materials. My favorite is the prickly pear, just because it’s a super hearty plant. You can plant it and it’ll grow. And the next, when you need it, you’ll find there’s a whole patch there. You don’t have to tend it or anything. Um, but, you know, lots of other things come free leaves, um, plantain, , you know, some of those aren’t available in the, in the wintertime you can drive them out and keep them on on hand. Again, you’re gonna need a lot of material, but poulticing is great and a lot of times the material that you need is already growing wild in your yard. There’s a philosophy among herbalist that says, you know, a lot of times what’s growing wild in your yard is exactly the medicine you need. And some people go, ah, that’s hocus pocus, hippy dippy. But there is some practical, pragmatic explanation for that. And one thing is, is you are living in an environment like where you are in Arizona. It’s hot and dry and it’s cold and dry. You know, you’ve got, you are exposed to a certain climate. Well those plants are also living in that same climate and they’re adapting and growing to it. So they’re going to have constituents and properties to deal with that environment. So, you know, if you’re having troubles, very likely those plants who are thriving in there have figured out how to live well in that environment and have nutrients or constituents or, you know, um, micro whatever <laugh> that can help you, um, , you know, adapt or heal from what you need. So a lot of times the wild stuff like people go, do you have a medicinal garden and actually often not because
Lynette Zang (10:29):
You already have it.
Marjory Wildcraft (10:30):
You already have it, it was great. You just learn how to learn how to forage and wildcraft a little bit and learn a little bit about medicine.
Lynette Zang (10:36):
Well, how can, you know, there were a couple things that came to mind. One was bee pollen. Cause I have bees up here, but they also say that you should eat the local pollen because for the same reason that you were talking about. So if you have allergies, you can start with what’s it like an eighth of a teaspoon of local beE pollen and then build up to, I think a teaspoon or something like that. Correct me if I’m wrong please.
Marjory Wildcraft (11:06):
Because Yeah, no, that, that sounds great. And then it’s kind of delicious. So, you know, you’ll, it’s, it’s got an interesting taste, but, , you’ll kind of like taking it cause it’s got a real nice sweet tang to it. But yeah, it’s the same idea of your taking in a small part of the plant material that might otherwise be aggravating you. And you’re getting your body and your immune system going, oh, hey, I know this stuff. I know how to deal with this. So that way your, your immune response, , is already built up and it doesn’t have to get exaggerated when you meet that plant material later in the air. Maybe for example, during, during, , pollen season, so, right. Yeah. It’s a real simple,
Lynette Zang (11:43):
Let’s go back to talking about, you know, foraging and what you can do since you don’t have to have a specific medicinal garden. What else? I know here, there’s lots of purse lane, um mm-hmm.
Marjory Wildcraft (11:58):
Lynette Zang (11:58):
And some other things, but, but I’m not an expert at this. You are.`
Marjory Wildcraft (12:04):
Well let me first off, say you don’t need to know a whole lot. Like, sometimes I’ll be on a radio show like this and somebody will call me in and say, Hey Marjory, can you tell me what the properties of a <inaudible>? And I’m like, , no <laugh>, I can’t, you know, I’m a home medicine maker and really, you know, knowing five plants or 10 plants and how to use them is gonna be plenty to take care of. You know, probably 90% of what comes up in a family situation, which is what, you know, this is medicine for, for the people. It’s, it’s family medicine, you know, I mean, if you have cancer, you go deal with that in a different way. And yeah, herbs will be a component of that. But I’m talking about the headaches, the tummy aches, the flu, the congestion, the, the, maybe the, the laceration or the burn or stuff. You know, those kind of things. You really only need five or 10. And, um, there are so many plants often that will serve the same purpose. So it depends on where you live. , you know, for you example, or some plants are multidimensional, they’ll be all over the place. And I try to focus on those plants specifically when we teach people. But, you know, there’s also, um, kind of a trans magic thing about, you know, falling in love with the plant. I used to travel to, um, , southwest of Phoenix once a year for a big primitive skills gathering. And this is where we would practice. We would practice the skills of the paleolithic era, like how to start fire by friction and how tan a deer hide with just the brains of the animal and that kind of stuff.
Lynette Zang (13:39):
I love you Marjory!
Marjory Wildcraft (13:39):
And they were out in the middle of the southwest desert there, <laugh>. It was a great bonding thing. My daughter and I did it. And we’d get to play cave women for a week. You know, when you homeschool you get to do the coolest stuff, right? Totally. Um, there was a plant called Chaparral out there. I mean, this is hardcore Sonoran desert. Like all there is is basically this chaparral and there’s one chaparral bush every 10 feet. Like, and then there’s hard pack ground in between. This is a, this is a badass plant. And I really learned how to fall in love. I started learning like you could, we would make a, just take some of the leaves and put it in a little pot of water and it would make that water, you know, antibacterial, antimicrobial. And then when you went in and out of the tent before you went in, my daughter and I, we would just dip our hands in it and just rinse our hands off just regularly when, whenever we went in and out of the tent. Because hygiene is so important, especially in a grid down situation, the vector for disease is so high. And so something as simple as just rinsing off your hands every now and then, you can do the same thing like with pine needles or almost all of the evergreens. You know, you just put a little bit of them in a pot of water, let it sit. And the chaparral, we’d let it sit for about 15 minutes or so, and then it would just sit in that pot for a day and then we’d throw that water out and do it again. And that way we always had clean hands.
Lynette Zang (15:11):
Did you heat the water up or just regular tap water?
Marjory Wildcraft (15:15):
Nope. Just take just whatever water we had. Yeah. If it was tap water or, or , you know, whatever they would bring in because of the gathering. They’d bring in a big tank. Yeah. They’d bring in a tank of water for the community to use. Another thing about Chaparral is you could use that same water to if you had sunburn skin or you were worried about too much sun exposure. I mean, you think about this plant as like really good at dealing with the sun, right? And we would just wipe it all over our skin. And if it was a bad sun exposure, we do it like every 15 or 20 minutes, it immediately cools that down. It’s very, very helpful for the skin. And we have done that. I often carry with a bag with me, small bag, , in my suitcase cause I can just take that little teaspoon or half teaspoon full and put it in a bowl with a half. It almost doesn’t matter. It’ll just get darker and darker and then it gets kind of funky after a day or two. So, you know, you change it out. But we’d go on, you know, when we went on s family, we’d go on ski trips and you were high altitude at the top and everybody’d get a little sun or at the beach at Galveston or all the different things that we would do. Being an outdoor family, we’d often get into situations and, and Chaparral was a game changer for feeling great the next and getting out there again. You can take her internally for a lot of things. So again, that’s just one plant. And, um, I don’t necessarily live where Chaparral is.
Lynette Zang (16:50):
That’s what I was going to ask
Marjory Wildcraft (16:50):
But I love her so much and I’ve made, yeah, I live with, with I live loved her and learned so much about her from spending time in the desert. She, I have a <inaudible> a thing forever. And, you know, maybe something doesn’t grow very well in Arizona and I can, you know, we can do trade back and forth. If trade completely shuts down, I’ll find some other alternative.
Marjory Wildcraft (17:17):
But again, you sometimes you just find a, a medicine that you really like and you almost all of them do have multiple uses and you just begin to use them. You know, just, and well, we can go over what is probably the best one to start with, especially now as we’re headed into the holiday seasons. And, this is one you’re probably already familiar with, and this is one I do grow on my own because it’s not as easy to find in the wild. And that is garlic.
Lynette Zang (17:47):
Marjory Wildcraft (17:47):
So going, yeah. So going back to, um, antibiotic resistance mm-hmm. <affirmative> and the absolute declination of the effectiveness of antibiotics and more and more people dying of infections. They throw all the antibiotics they have at it and the person just still dies. The reason that is like, let’s take tetracycline a really strong one. Penicillin, any one of them just, you know, like tetracycline, we’ll use that one. Well, tetracycline is just tetracycline, right? And so eventually of all the millions and billions of bacteria that hit that tetracycline, well some of them figure out how to deal with tetracycline and then they start working their way around it, right? And that’s how we get antibiotic resistance is eventually there’s enough, bacteria to figure out, oh, fack tetracycline, no problem. You know, and that’s what antibiotic resistance is. And then they just keep going and doing whatever damage they do to you. Well, garlic has, I think it, last count it was like 35 antibacterial, antiviral, you know, antimicrobial properties in it. And so, you know, when that bacteria may hit one of them, but then it can’t, they just can’t hit 25. You know, it just, you know, it just, you know, the bacteria or the microbes just have never figured out how to beat garlic. And that’s why garlic has been used. There was this guy they dug up in the Andes, I think it was, and he’s like, his body is like five or 10,000 years old. I mean, way before written history, right? I forget his name, I should remember his name. But, um, on his pouch, you know, he had like mushrooms and I think he had garlic in his pouch. You know, he’s like, people have been using this stuff for years. So garlic is also really especially good for lung stuff, which you can tell. Cause when you eat a bunch of, yeah, when you eat a bunch of garlic, you know, it, you kinda like breathing it and that means it’s going through your old respiratory system. So let me tell you how to use it medicinally because unfortunately when you cook it, it doesn’t have the medicinal properties we’re hoping for. Although I will say for those of us who love garlic, all those beans and rice, appetite, fatigue is a real deal. And so having some garlic on hand <laugh> and having some culinary herbs is gonna make your life wonderful. So to me it’s almost a survival food because of that flavoring. But the way to use it medicinally is you take one of the cloves and then you smash it with the broad side of a knife. If you have a garlic smasher, that’s great. I’m a minimalist in my kitchen. So you want pressure on there and then you chop it up, chop it up, chop it up really, really fine, and turn it over and keep chopping it. And what you’re trying to do is aerate it basically. And when the raw garlic hits the air, the oxygen, there’s a connection in there. And I believe it’s the halogens get created and formed and that is the most potent medicine. And so what you would do is take just a teaspoon of this minced up garlic. Do not do this on an empty stomach because garlic’s a really potent medicine and it will upset your stomach. You’ll regret that. Um, I like to take it with like, you know, having eaten something on my, have something on my stomach and then maybe mash the garlic in a little butter and then just take it down in a gulp like that. Some people take it with honey. I’m not a big fan of taking in so much, sugar, but honey’s, you know, it’s a fantastic, medicine also. And if you have, if you feel something coming, we all know when we can feel something coming on, you know, start taking the garlic proactively, you know, like three times a day, once in the morning. And you know, with meals, if you have something like you’ve really got a respiratory infection going on or you’ve got, or like for example, when you’re dealing with an internal infection, like you’ve just sliced your leg open because you’ve accidentally, you know, moved the chainsaw in the wrong way and you cut your leg instead of the tree, which, you know, happens. Yeah. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, will probably start happening more as people start using wood for fuel instead of the exploding energy prices we’re about to hit. Right. People in Europe will be doing soon, um, take the garlic internally to help stave off infection. And in that case you can use up to eight times per day.
Lynette Zang (22:29):
A teaspoon of mince garlic. You know how, you know, how I always take my garlic is I make what I call my tonic and it’s garlic with tumeric, ginger mm-hmm. Which are all also very medicinal and some black pepper and a little coconut oil and, cinnamon. And I just blend the Hades out of it then just put that in a, in a cup of bone broth. And it’s, and I mean, and I use it to flavor things too. So all that’s medicinal.
Marjory Wildcraft (23:04):
Absolutely. Yeah. A lot of, all of our culinary herbs have strong medicinal components. That’s why there are culinary herbs. Like, cause people knew this stuff, you know? Mm-hmm. <affirmative> and you only need a little bit here and there, you know, so yeah. So garlic, I really recommend that as your, as your first home medicine, garlic is fairly easy to grow too. And it’s great. But the reason Yeah, and the reason I’m bringing it up now is cause we’re fixing to get into holiday season where you’re gonna be in a, probably a small place with way more relatives from God knows where without proper ventilation. And, you know, your immune system is gonna be challenged so often at, at this time of year, especially before Thanksgiving and Christmas, I’ll be just proactively doing garlic, you know, three times a day just to kind of, and by the way, raw garlic taken this way does not make you nearly as odiferous as cooked garlic <laugh>. So, um
Lynette Zang (24:01):
Oh! That’s a very good point to bring up.
Marjory Wildcraft (24:04):
Lynette Zang (24:05):
And parsley after you eat the garlic too will help with that, won’t it?
Marjory Wildcraft (24:10):
Is it? You know, I haven’t heard that. I bet it would. Oh yeah.
Lynette Zang (24:12):
Okay. Actually, parsley is great if you know, if you’re on a date or if you’re, if you don’t want the smell of garlic, parsley will take that right down. So that’s, and it’s also really good for you. Can we, can we go back cause I want to, you know, the, the Chaparral is not easily available for everybody, but you mentioned pine needles and especially again we’re going into the holiday season, but, but um, I think pine trees pretty much grow like
Marjory Wildcraft (24:42):
Everywhere, don’t they?
Marjory Wildcraft (24:44):
Pretty much. Yeah.
Lynette Zang (24:45):
So can you talk a little bit more to the pine needles, cause that might be something that’s easier for people to get their hands on.
Marjory Wildcraft (24:54):
Yeah. <laugh>, oh my gosh. We just had a blog on the Grow Network website of like nine ways to eat pine trees. And um, your website is great and you know, of course we’ve got the links, um, both here below and also on our blog, so yes. Awesome. Yeah. Well anyway, I’m gonna say I have tried eating pine trees and they taste terrible other than the delightful pine nuts. So, that is definitely what you would call a survival food. Right? But you know, there’s a joke, um, in the home steading circles about the guy who died of scurvy and they buried him under a pine tree. Pine needles are, you know, high in vitamin C, right? And, , I often used to in the spring also just like the eat called the catkins or kind of like the precursors to they’re the flour type thing. Um, just nibble on those or just nibble on the green tips of a pine needle from time to time. And you’re, you’re gonna be getting a lot of vitamin C people make pine needle tea and that’s actually, you know, it’s, it’s, it’s kind of yummy, you know, don’t make it too strong. Vitamin C does tend to get destroyed by heat, so it’s more effective to just eat the, you know, the needles, you know, or just chew on ’em a little bit raw. But if you wanna make a tea, that’s, that’s also a good way to do it. It’s, you’re not gonna get as much vitamin C, but you will get some benefit out of it. If you take a whole bunch of pine needles and you kinda simmer them. The oil that comes to the top is pinesol. Right. Which is a great disinfectant. So, you know, know, again, you know, that’s, most of those, conifers are antibacterial antimicrobial, so they, they make excellent, um, cleansing type things. And, , in fact, um, yeah, when we didn’t have the chaparral, if we were camping somewhere, I just take a cedar or a juniper or pine and just rub the needles and get that oil all over your hands and boom, you got, you got clean hands.
Marjory Wildcraft (26:53):
Um, I do again, wanna emphasize, hygiene is so important. I did an interview with, um, who’s that guy? Aguirre, Fernando Aguirre, who went through the collapse in Argentina. Yes. And, one of the stories Yeah, I think you’ve interviewed him, but one of the stories, yeah, he told me was, his brother came to visit him and was shocked at all the crazy diseases that were showing up in Argentina. Like Argentina is like Buenos Aires is like a modern, I mean, at one point in time it was potentially going to be bigger than the United States and it has a beautiful European styled city. I mean, you know, fairly modern. But they were having all these crazy diseases like you’d expect to see in Africa or India, you know, some third world not even developing nation. Right. And the reason why was as city budgets deteriorated as the money collapsed, they could not do the maintenance on the water system and hygiene was deteriorating the sewer system, everything was falling apart and people could not maintain cleanliness. And that’s where this disease vector really, and of course there’s stressed, their immune systems are down. So that’s where the vector for disease comes in. So I’m talking about very simple things are actually life saving things. And that’s the great thing about a lot of this medicine Yeah. Is it is very simple.
Lynette Zang (28:21):
Marjory Wildcraft (28:22):
Lynette Zang (28:24):
That’s what we need. We need it simple because we don’t really know. And we’re coming into a period of time where cleanliness, hygiene and being able to take care of yourself when those pharmacy shelves go barren. Right. Which always happens during hyperinflation. This is, you know, Mantra Monday I put medicine with food because they’re both that critical.
Marjory Wildcraft (28:51):
Yes. Yeah. You know, I’ll go back to the simplicity of this and give you an explanation of why and hopefully empower people to think about it throughout history, medicines like this have been used. This was the medicine. And it had to be simple because these people did not have blenders or Cuisinart or electricity, you know, I mean, they had knives, you know, like a lot of people, the way they would eat, they’d have a neck knives and that would be it. You know, you just use your fingers and your neck knife to cut your food and eat. Right. , they didn’t have fancy things. You know, a lot of this you can actually just pound with a rock on a, you know, a flat rock on a, with a round rock. I mean, a lot of this medicine is unbelievably simple at its essence. I mean, you know, I love tinctures and I love, you know, you know, infusion. I love all these different ways that you can do things, but that’s actually fairly sophisticated. A lot of this medicine is just mm-hmm. <affirmative>, you know, down and dirty simple. So, and it’s effective. Right. And that I think is the saving grace. Right. Garlic is still the best, you know, um, antibiotic that we have.
Lynette Zang (30:08):
Marjory Wildcraft (30:09):
I know. I’m, it’s still effective <laugh>, you know,
Lynette Zang (30:11):
You know, I have the big pond and I have the fish and um, I’ve been told, and we do it sometimes, I don’t know if we do it all the time to be honest with you, but you’re, we’re supposed to chop up a bunch of garlic like you’re talking about and feed it to the fish. And that way it prevents a lot of diseases. We do that with the chickens and the ducks as well. We’ll put some of that in their food and because it is such a strong antibiotic. But it’s funny that I didn’t really, cause I do eat a lot of garlic, but I didn’t really think about it in that way. And that’s I think part the point, right? Yeah.
Marjory Wildcraft (30:51):
Another great use. And again, like, just think about one thing, having multiple, multiple purposes. And I really wanna empower people to just pick, you know, just start with one thing, really get to know it really well. Use it in a lot of different ways. Start to really see like, oh my gosh, you know, you know, one of the first times I was doing poulticing, it was a little boy in our community that had sprained his ankle and I poulticed it up and we kind of put it in a boot and I was talking to his mom through the procedure. We were neighbors and everybody was just shocked at how effective it was. And I was like, wow, <laugh>. I was shocked too when, when you first start to see the medicine and the power of it and, and become empowered, it really helps you. But start with one and another use for garlic is, so my family’s kind of sporty, you know, we’re out there and when we come back from a vacation, usually somebody, we’re all a completely exhausted and somebody has broken something, you know, cause we just <laugh> you know, <laugh> and, and we love water stuff, right. We were living in central Texas, of course we loved water. So, um, you know, and after a day on the lake and you’ve been slammed off of that inner tube, cause of course we never go slow, you know, and you had that lake water jammed up into your ears and, you know, so I would just take some of that garlic and that had been chopped and minced, and then let it sit for a few minutes in a little, a gentle oil, like an olive oil that’s not heated, but it’s gently warm. And then take a dropper and put that into everybody’s ears and just massage it and let it sit in there. And again, you’ve got the antibacterial antimicrobial work going on there to counteract whatever the heck just got injected in there from your crazy pursuits on the lake <laugh>. Right. It was fun. We had so much fun though. So I mean, that would be a standard part of, you know, what I would do for the family in the evenings when we, when we got off the water. So again, there’s a lot of use of, so we’ve already talked about, you know, bronchial infections, ear infections, , preventing illness during the holidays, making your food taste great in a survival. So any, any situation, but especially a survival situation, you know, there’s so many uses for garlic. So pick one thing. And the way I learned almost all my medicine was by what happened next. Right? Right, right. Oh my God, I’ve got a sore throat. Let me see. How would I deal with this if there were no drugstore? Hmm. You know, break open a few books, , go on the internet, talk to friends, maybe visit with an herbalist and ask her or him what what they do. And start learning what local plants can help you with that. And that’s how I’ve learned all my medicine. And that’s why when I go on the radio and somebody asking me some bizarre situation, I can’t help them. Cause you know, it’s like I know most of the plants where I live and for my family. Right. So, you know, <laugh>,
Lynette Zang (33:46):
So you’re, so are you saying, you know, go out and experiment, see a weed in your yard, figure out what that is. And there’s, there’s a lot of ’em that, that aren’t really weeds like purslane. I love purslane in my salads. I don’t know what you would do with that medicinally, if it has any benefits.
Marjory Wildcraft (34:05):
You know, I know that they’re high in omega three but they also are high in oxalate. So, yeah. I have not used purslane as a medicine. You know, another really good, piece of advice is if you do have a local herbalist in your community, a lot of the times they will do a free herb walk. Or even if it’s not free, these guys don’t make much money. And and in fact, if you, there are, there are several different, I found out, I always went with herbalist that new plants grew plants, wild crafted plants, it turns out there are some herbalist that don’t do that and they just buy all their stuff and make formulations. But a lot of them, and generally these are the people you wanna know. Um, yeah. Ask around, do a couple of herbalist and say, Hey, , do you do any plant walks? I’ve learned so much, from my local herbalist. And, and one of mine, Nicole, a very dear friend, I said, Nicole, why do you, why are you just you doing ’em in Austin? And we’d go on the, on the, they have all these hiking bike paths and, and trails, you know, nature trails mm-hmm. <affirmative>. And I’d say, why Nicole? Why are you doing these herb walks? And she wasn’t challenging anything and she’d have 30 or 40 people every weekend. And she just kept doing it. And she said, look, when people realize that that plant is my medicine, that like that helps me with my diabetes and keeps my blood sugar low and it’s growing here, then they become defenders of the land. It becomes a natural thing. Yeah. And her dedication was to protecting the earth. And, when people begin to get that connection again to like, Hey, my basic needs are being sourced directly from this land, from this ground, from this planet. Yeah. You have a different relationship. It’s a wonderful one. It’s one we used to always have.
Lynette Zang (35:55):
And you know, in the other part of it is, it’s free. Right? That’s right. I mean, you’re out in nature. You know, you’re not having to spend any fiat money that’s going away on what is readily available right outside your door. And I think it’s a great point to get with a local herbalist that grows and say, do you do herb walks? That that is, that is huge. That’s priceless. That little bit of advice I think is absolutely priceless. Marjory, thank you so much for that
Marjory Wildcraft (36:31):
<laugh>. You’re welcome. You know, honestly, it’s a whole another occupation. Possibly. I know so many, it seems women are often called to this profession, but you, you experience the power of the healing with the plants mm-hmm. <affirmative> and it’s addictive. And this absolutely will become a major profession here as we undergo this change. Yeah. So I I’m like, wow, you know, start learning about it now and start going for it. There’s, there’s tons of resources out there now that are available to help you systematically take you through a program to where this, this can become a new profession for you and a much more meaningful and rewarding than being a cashier at Walmart or whatever, whatever else, you know, <laugh>,
Lynette Zang (37:13):
Right? Cause you’re doing good for people. You’re doing good for the land and you’re doing good for yourself. That’s, that’s a whole lot more satisfying, I would think.
Marjory Wildcraft (37:25):
It is. , and I honestly see this transition as, , kinda like the Covid experience was a big wake up call. And it was a big change for a lot of people who said, you know, one of the good things that came out of it is like, oh my God, this job I’ve been working at sucks and I’m now got it. This is, it’s in my face, I can change. And they did mm-hmm. <affirmative> we’re gonna have a lot more of that going on. And that was only a little toe tap into where the massive amounts of changes that are gonna happen. And I think everybody should look at that as a great opportunity to do something that your heart really resonates with. And there’s so much opportunity coming. There’s gonna be a lot of chaos, no doubt. But, um…
Lynette Zang (38:08):
But this is one way too to help your family, help yourself, help your community. So I mean, I love this and where I was thinking we were gonna talk about planting, I think this is so much better because it’s just right outside your door. I’m gonna take your advice. I’m going to see if we can find a local herbalist that grows and, do an herb walk. I’ve been wanting to do some things on foraging too, so it kind of all ties in because I think that’s gonna be a critical part for most people to survive this in a reasonable manner when you don’t have access to what you think you need. And that’s the thing. We’ve been trained to think that we need this, that, and the other thing, when in reality maybe we don’t really need that. And when you don’t have access to it, that’s when you learn how much you needed something or you really didn’t, or, um, you get to be creative and figure out how to get what you need on your own.
Marjory Wildcraft (39:17):
Right. Absolutely. Yeah. And you know, Lynette, you being in that Arizona area in February, I think it’s usually the second or third week of February as a, the paleolithic skills gathering is called winter count. And there will be many fine herbalist that attend that, that will know the plants in your region. Um, and it’s just a really fun event. It’s, for anybody watching this, it’s also just wonder, like my daughter and I used to go for like about a decade. We would go to that one and then another one that’s in Idaho. And you can, there’s all kinds wonderful multi-generational activities. You know, there’ll be your daughter and you and I’ve often seen like three or four generations of family working together to make a little leather, you know, pouch or make a hat out of cattails or, you know, something crazy, whatever. Just fun stuff. But, um, they’re wonderful gatherings to go to. And especially if you can find one, regionally. I know, I know they’re starting to be more and more of them, , when times get hard, these gatherings usually get real popular <laugh>.
Lynette Zang (40:23):
I would think so. And that is also, also part of creating a community, because I would imagine that the contacts that you meet there, some of them are also going to be local, right?
Marjory Wildcraft (40:36):
Lynette Zang (40:37):
We have a global community, but we also need a local community as well.
Marjory Wildcraft (40:42):
I tell you, I have met some of the most extraordinary people and, um, at these events, and I mean, I’ve, I personally know some people that like live in the wilderness most of the year. Um, and then they, they just maybe come into these gatherings to do a little bit of trade, to get some federal reserve notes for something. , and honestly extraordinary people with extraordinary skills. And they’ll come and they’ll teach and they’ll share and hang out. And, um, and then of course you have everything like from that to, you know, the guy who’s the computer programmer in, Silicon Valley who’s coming out for a week to, to play caveman, but <laugh> and everything else in between. But, it really is, so wonderful to gain these skills. And I tended to mostly focus on food and medicine, but these, these events are, um, really well worth attending, especially that, that one winter count is a lot of fun. And since it’s in neck of the Woods, I’d really recommend going by the way, when you go, everything is welcome from the person with the tiny little, you know, the minimalist with the sleeping bag and a little tiny backpacking, um, tent to somebody who rented, you know, a gigantic five bedroom rv, you know, <laugh> like, everybody’s welcome. So, you know, you can come and then there’s no attitude about it. So everybody’s just there to, learn skills and share and, and explore.
Lynette Zang (42:12):
I think that’s phenomenal. So is there, I mean, we’ve gotten a lot out of, I’ve gotten a lot out of this and I hope our viewers have also gotten a lot out of this, but is there anything other tips or anything else that you wanna let people know that they should just be, you know, aware of? I think, um, these kind of community, the winter count, I’m definitely gonna look into that and see what that looks like.February, will be here before we know it.
Marjory Wildcraft (42:39):
Um, oh my gosh. Yeah.
Lynette Zang (42:41):
But I feel like we have to get really, really local on so many different levels and this being one of them, I love the fact that we aren’t, well the garlic you’ll have to plant cause that you don’t really find in the wild. , but, and I use a lot of garlic, so that’s, that’s good to know. I mean, I knew it was really good for you and good for your heart and good for many other things, but, um, yeah, the antibiotic, this has been great. Is there anything else that you wanna impart?
Marjory Wildcraft (43:11):
I do. And it is vital right now that you start growing your own food. Yes. In some way, even if you’re in a condo, because it is happening, there is a very organized demolition of everything on the planet. The financial systems are imploding. This whole FTX thing is just part of the plan. What people don’t know about, cause our grocery stores still mostly look full, is there is a complete demolition of the, you know, the food supply and the food chain. Our energy systems are, are being shut down. What this means is your ability to get food is going to become much more difficult. The whole hyperinflation thing, right? I mean, food of all the, the, the dozens and dozens of survivors of collapse that I have interviewed, food is the main thing. Yes. Security, yes. Medicine, yes, all the other stuff. But starving to death is the biggest issue. And so I also wanna say that learning to grow my own food has been the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. I feel so content, so much healthier, peace of mind. And I’ve condensed basically about 20 years of looking at this problem of what is the fastest and easiest way to take somebody who knows absolutely nothing. Maybe they’re older or outta shape, and how to get them producing food very, very quickly. I’m talking about high quality calories and nutrition, you know, that you can live off of. Not salad for salad, right? I’m talking about food you can eat in a very short period of time. And I’ve condensed that into a short webinar that’s available for everybody at bgsfood101.com. , and if you head over there, it’s free when I send you that, we’ll also get you connected up with The Grow Network and all the resources and the forums and the blogs and everything like that. Take that webinar, it will, it will empower you on how to grow half of your own food right away very quickly and then open up the doors to almost everything else. But it’s a really great proactive step that you can implement. I promise you, regardless of the season or where you’re located, you can get started today and after watching that webinar, you’ll have clear steps to take.
Lynette Zang (45:25):
I’m so glad that you brought that up because it is critically important that we do grow our own food and that this is such an incredible resource. I hope everybody out there really takes advantage of it because it is, it’s food is the single biggest issue for most people during these transitions that we’re already in.
Marjory Wildcraft (45:49):
We are. Yeah.
Lynette Zang (45:50):
You know, I mean it’s, and that’s the thing people are, the good part is that I really do think that people are starting to wake up. So you can find this, all this information in the webinar on www.bgsfood101.com and that also,
Marjory Wildcraft (46:06):
I forgot the 101 <laugh>.
Lynette Zang (46:08):
Okay? Don’t, don’t forget the 101. We want people to access it.
Marjory Wildcraft (46:10):
It’s important. Yes
Lynette Zang (46:12):
It’s important. But I encourage everybody to really take advantage of the wealth of knowledge and experience that Marjory brings to the table. I’ve just been playing with it for 10 years and I have, you know, really honest, if I’m gonna be honest about it, which I have no problem with. I do have other people that do it for me, but I am a hundred percent agree with you that eating the food that you produce yourself, there’s something else that happens because it’s also the love and the everything, the energy, the effort that you put into this production, and then you’re eating that and there’s, aside from needing to just you know, put nourishment in your body, emotionally, psychologically, energetically, it feeds you in so many different ways, wouldn’t you say?
Marjory Wildcraft (47:09):
Absolutely. It absolutely is. You know, I first had this really rude wake up call, which you and I did on another mm-hmm. <affirmative>, , the story of that. And it shook. I mean, literally I was shaking for hours and had panic attacks and, um, and, but I am so grateful that that happened because this has really been the best thing I’ve ever done. I mean, I cannot imagine, it doesn’t matter what happens in the world, I’m gonna always be producing some or most of my own food and definitely most of my own medicine. Um, and it, it’s just been so wonderful. It’s just,
Lynette Zang (47:44):
Marjory Wildcraft (47:45):
It’s empowering and it’s delicious <laugh>, you know? Yeah. It’s a wonderful thing.
Lynette Zang (47:53):
I’m with you. I mean, it is life changing. So we have life that is changing as we know it. Let’s mold it together to what we want it to look like. Not what somebody wants it to look like for us. And going to this, to the webinar and learning how to grow your own food. I wish I had this when I first started this farm. It would’ve saved me a whole lot of time, aggravation and money. But I’m very glad that we can offer this to everybody cause it’s so critically important. It really is. It’s what BGS Beyond Gold and Silver is all about. Yes, you need the gold and the silver to protect your monetary system and to make sure that your wealth is intact and put you in a position to take advantage of what’s happening. But you wanna be healthy and feel good and take care of your family, which is really knowing the system died 2008. That’s exactly why I started my urban farm because I knew food, the single biggest issue for most people. And I just didn’t want that to be our issue. And let me tell you, March, 2020, I’m walking outta my gardens when you couldn’t really get anything. And I just said, thank goodness, thank goodness I did this. So that’s what I want everybody to say. Thank goodness they watched this. Thank goodness they went to www.bgsfood101.com and they took advantage of this phenomenal offer and started growing your own food.
Lynette Zang (49:32):
Marjory Wildcraft (49:33):
No, that’s great. Thanks for having me on Lynette. We’ll do some more. There’s, there’s a lot to learn and it’s wonderful to be on your show and, and share.
Lynette Zang (49:42):
We appreciate it.
Marjory Wildcraft (49:44):
You know, I, for a lot of years I took a lot of heat from a lot of really close friends and relatives that, that I was insane. And I said, look, you guys, I know there’s something coming and I don’t care. Like this is something that I need to do in my life to be whoever I am. And, um, and this is what I’m here for. So thank you. And, um, yeah, <laugh>,
Lynette Zang (50:08):
I’m so glad you brought it up because how many people that are watching this right now have been in that same position where their friends and family think that they’re crazy. That’s okay. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, let them think they’re crazy. You just get yourself in the best position because you might just have to help those people that think you’re crazy now.
Marjory Wildcraft (50:29):
Yeah. You will, you will have to help them <laugh>.
Lynette Zang (50:33):
We will, we will. And so I hope you got as much out of this as I did. I mean, I took, I took copious notes on this that I’m gonna have to go ahead and execute. I’m very excited to do that and I hope you got something out of this too. And until next time, please be safe out there. Bye-bye.
Marjory Wildcraft (50:53):
See you later.
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