How I Successfully Treated a Venomous Snakebite at Home | Lynette Zang & Marjory Wildcraft


Today on Mantra Monday, I have an incredible returning guest, Marjory Wildcraft from The Grow Network. She’s going to talk about, something that’s really critical, which is if you were in a circumstance, how do you take care of yourself? She talked about a personal experience that she had and how she healed it with Poulticing, and how she took care of the pain levels with homemade painkillers and natural antibiotics, and all the different things that we’re going to need to know, especially in a bug out circumstance

0:00 Marjory Wildcraft from The Grow Network
1:07 Getting Bit by a Copperhead Snake
7:05 Poulticing
24:56 Recovery
29:52 Know Your Hazards & Plan B
37:40 Setting Yourself Up as a Homesteader


Lynette Zang (00:00):

Today on Mantra Monday, I have an incredible returning guest, Marjory Wildcraft from The Grow Network. And she’s going to talk about, you know, something that’s really critical, which is if you were in a circumstance, how do you take care of yourself? And so she talked about a personal experience that she had and how she healed it with Poulticing, and how she took care of the pain levels with homemade painkillers and natural antibiotics, and all the different things that we’re going to need to know, especially in a bug out circumstance. So I’m so happy to have her back. She just brings just so much to this network. Marjorie, thank you for being here today.

Lynette Zang (00:46):

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’ve come to the right place. My name is Lynette Zang. Now it’s time to go Beyond Gold and Silver.

Lynette Zang (01:07):

I’m glad that what we’re gonna talk about today is snake bites and things like that, because I actually had an incident recently with one of my puppies, Juliette, and she got bit by a rattlesnake,

Marjory Wildcraft (01:23):

Right on the nose, right

Lynette Zang (01:25):

<Laugh>, no, right on the right on the leg. And it, it, I had just on the leg. Yes, I had just gotten up there. I had an appointment on, on the computer. So I walked through the door, I did my appointment, I got off the appointment and I’m looking at her leg and I’m like, what in the world happened to you? Because it like blew up like a balloon. And so Angus actually rushed her down to the emergency vet and it was, was quite an ordeal. So I think it’s really important for everybody to know, again, to be as self-sufficient and independent as possible. But when these things happen and there’s really almost no place to go, what if that help isn’t available?

Marjory Wildcraft (02:13):

Yeah. Well, I’ve got a great story. It’s a true story and it’s I think it’s actually chapter nine of the book, but we’ll, we’ll, I’ll tell it to you. And it’s, it’s very empowering and it’s also, I’ve got a lot of practice, like five things you need to have in place before you wanna start treating something as major as a snake bite at home. But it is something that you can do. I mean, you know, as I always say with home medicine, you know, don’t trying to cure cancer. You know, do the coughs, do the, you know, the bruises, do the headache and the sore throat, you know, get familiar with plant medicines and use them. But let me tell the story cuz it’s please. It’s just a really great story. So I was breaking the number one rule in homesteading and in life, and that is don’t put your hands or your feet where you can’t see them. <Laugh>. <laugh>,

Marjory Wildcraft (03:06):

It’s just pretty simple, right? You know, it’s a great rule. And but I’ll tell you what happened was I had had my first crop of tomatoes got hit by frost and I had the backup plants, right? And I put them out and then for whatever reason, I had some ducks that went in there and they didn’t eat ’em, but they sat on all of them. And so I had, I was like, scrounging around. The whole county is looking for tomato plants because everybody got hit by the freeze, and the only thing they have were these beef steak tomatoes, which do not grow well in central Texas at all. But that was the only thing I’d find. So I’d grown these beef steak, tomato plants, and they were like, you know, I was cobbling these babies. Yeah. And they were just like this huge jungle in my garden area. It was amazing. And there was this one on the edge that was just, I mean, this really, you had to have two hands to hold this tomato. Wow. It was the most amazing. I was like, why can’t there be a tomato fair right now? And I could win it <laugh>, like, right, just the most amazing, beautiful specimen of a beef steak, which is almost, it’s, it’s like impossible to grow that in central Texas. And I thought, oh my God, I wonder if there’s more. And that is when I started breaking the rule because I started, you know, put that to the side and I was just going through the foliage, just busting through the, I mean, really these tomato plants were like, you know, six feet high. And it was like a jungle in there. They were just loving it. And and then I felt this bang on my top side of my foot, which I thought at first. And, and when I, when I felt it, I, I jerked back involuntarily and I felt it dig in a little bit more. And at first I thought, oh, you got, it’s a cat claw vine. And I, and I said, wait a minute, I don’t have any cats claw in my garden. Like, that’s not, then I thought, wait, fire. No, it’s way too strong to be a fire ant. And then like, scorpion, I don’t know. And then I’m like, oh, you let me look down. Right? So I looked down and there’s the telltale two holes that were separated by a little less than a half an inch apart. And then there was a third droplet of my own blood in the, in a, like a noshi a Nike swoosh sign. And I was like, oh my God, that’s a snake bite. There’s two holes. And I thought, oh, we gotta go into snake bite mode. So I, I grabbed the tomato, <laugh> <laugh>.

Lynette Zang (05:40):

Well, let’s keep our priorities straight, Marjory.

Marjory Wildcraft (05:45):

Oh my God, I ate that thing like two days later. I had a dinner party. And anyway, that’s another story, but a part of it, we’ll get to that at the end. How I managed to actually have a whole dinner party after those two days later. Anyway, so I go to the house and I walk in and my husband’s there. We were married at this point, you know, 15, 18 years, and you don’t need to say a lot to each other at that point. And I, I said, hun, I have a snake bite, and he, the first thing he does is look at the clock and, and I both, and he book notes the time. And we both know that, that, and he’s gonna start a journal. And at this point in time she comes and, and she’s been snake bitten, right? And we’ll, we’ll, he’ll keep track of events not only for us to keep track of it, but in, in the, our plan B is to go to the hospital and he knows I am not going to the hospital, right? <Laugh>, he knows his hard headed wife. And I have been through a lot of crazy stuff and I know how to take care of myself. And so he goes the next question, which is very important, he says, what is the what, what, what, what was it? And when I had in the patch, I had looked, I’d squatted down. And when I looked at the bite, the other next thing I did was look around to see if I could see the snake anywhere. Right?

Lynette Zang (07:05):

So you’d know what it was

Marjory Wildcraft (07:07):

So I would know what it was. And I didn’t, didn’t see it. And that’s another really important thing is to know the hazards in your region. So a lot of people think living in central Texas would’ve been a rattle. But we know, I know from living in that re we in like that a hundred mile area where we a hundred square miles, we were in kind of a unique bio region mm-hmm. <Affirmative> that was mostly a sand, and there were no rattlesnakes there. The rattlesnakes like <inaudible> crops and the copperheads, like the sandy forested area. And so I know the, the hazards and the two most difficult snakes you’re gonna run into is gonna be a copperhead or a what is the one red and yellow killer fell? Coral snake. Okay. Yeah. Which is absolutely like, you’re gonna die, you get bit by a coral snake. Yeah, that’s dead. The great thing about coral snakes is, is their mouth, they’re so small, they can very rarely, I mean, you’d have to shove your pinky into it or something. I mean, they very rarely can bite you. And in the location where it was on the top, I knew that it wasn’t a coral snake. Now the question was, was it a copperhead or not? And and he says, well, are are you feeling any pain? And I, and it was starting to kick in, and I said, yeah. He goes, okay, copperhead then. So I, you know, he is writing that down. And you know what, if we were going strictly by the rules, I would’ve immediately laid down right then there. But this is Texas, late June, you know, June 21st hot, I’ve been working all day and I am not going into this experience sweaty and stinky <laugh>. So I’m like, I’m gonna take a shower, I’ll be right back.

Lynette Zang (08:52):

Only you Marjory, only you <laugh>.

Marjory Wildcraft (08:55):

I’m not, you know, like we’re not going into this stinking So in, in our family, you know, we had kind of a, a, a modest home, which we loved. We’d had a big, we’d had big houses and we found it was just a whole lot of housework. So we, we had actually built this house together. It was kind of small. And so the, the living room, dining room area was kind of the, everything happened area. And the living room rug was where everything you know, arts and crafts, wrestling projects, you know wrestling matches, you know, Christmas presents. So whatever, it all happened on the living room rug. And when somebody was really ill, that was where it happened also. So I laid down on the, on the rug, because you know, if you’ve got venom in your system, you don’t wanna be out running around and getting it all through your system. So he says, and he, Dave turns to me, he says, well, what do you wanna poultice this with? Because that is the the, the first part of the treatment. There’s, with herbal remedies, usually you’re gonna hit it with a bunch of different things and I’ll talk about more of them. But that’s, the poulticing is gonna be the main thing. Now, for me, there was a huge lesson here, and that is when it’s, I know this, you can ask me anything right now backwards and forwards, and I can give you answers, right? But when it’s you, that hasn’t been bit, and you’re kind of in a bit of shock, you’re right. <Laugh> your brain. But that’s why when you’re using your handgun, you train it over and over again to mess with muscle memory. Cause when you’re in that situation Yeah. You know, your vision heroes down. Your hearing you, it changes, right? So yeah, I’m like, well, wow, what are we gonna poultice it with? And I’m thinking of the narrow leaf plantain, but there’s not enough out there that growing. And then I’m, oh my God, I think I might have some nettles in the thing. And you know, and I’m like, oh, wait a minute, I do remember now. And I said, hun, you know, behind the cow shed where I planted the prickly pear cactus is like one of the best. There are many things to poultice with, but that’s one of the best medicines ever. And I said, on the corner of the, and there’s this one cow shed we had, and one side of it was like, really, really dry and nothing’s gonna grow there. So I had rescued a bunch of prick pear from Craigslist where somebody said, we’re gonna destroy this if you want ’em, come get ’em. And a girlfriend and I went and got ’em. They’re supposed to be thornless, I’m gonna tell you, there really is no such thing with most prickly pear, but they’re less thorny. Okay? And I had planted them. Yeah. And you know, you get, you get food off of it and medicine off of it. And the, the, the tunas are delicious, the fruits. And then the little dried flowers are great medicine for opening the capillaries and in your body. And then the pads themselves. And I said, hon, on the, on the northeast corner of the cow shed, there are two rocks, and the rocks are, you know, about fist size. And what you do is you take those two rocks with the pad still on the plant, and the plant’s gonna hold the pad for you. Then you take those two rocks and you kind of rub all the thorns off and, and you know, all the edges, you can rub all the thorns off of that pad while it’s still on the plant with these two rocks. And then just snap the pad off. And that way you’ve got, you don’t have to deal with thorns and don’t forget trying to cut it and all that and everything. So I said, get, use those two rocks. And, and I explained it to him and he went out and got, got the prickly pair. And I, he’s never, he’s seen me do stuff, but he is never really done it. And he comes back and he kind of slices it up and he’s trying to like, fit it onto my foot as a big pad and which is incorrect. And now when you’re, you know, we all know marital dynamics about how we do meet

Lynette Zang (12:47):

<Laugh>. I haven’t been married in 37 years, so <laugh>

Marjory Wildcraft (12:52):

Yeah, you don’t say hon, you’re doing it wrong. <Laugh>, you know Dave, when, when we do this, we really need to get coverage all over the foot. And it, you can’t just take a pad and like tape it on. And I said, normally we, you know, either mash it up or, you know, just toss that blender and make a slurry. And so he did that. And we, what we did is we put it in a, in a you know, you know, like a, a plastic grocery bag. You put that slurry in there and then I can put my foot into the bag and then we tape it up. Now the two rules about poulticing that you wanna do, and one is you want to go big. So we had my whole foot encased with prickly pear from the toes to up above the ankle. You wanna go big. So if you have a small thing like the size of a quarter, you’re gonna wanna have a, you know, a, a poultice all around that. That’s, you know, at least a couple of inches in diameter beyond the injury, right? You want, you gotta go big. I don’t know how, you know, this is one time when your megalomaniacal tendencies are good, <laugh>, <laugh>. The other thing is you wanna go long, right? So people put on a poultice on like 15 minutes later, it’s not working. They’re like, I had to work. You have to go long. And so for example with this, Dave found two prickly pair pads that were like, you know, 12 inches high by six or eight inches wide in a, in about a thick ink an inch thick two of those thrown in the chopper up, thrown in the blender would make enough slurry to really encase that foot. Mm-Hmm. <affirmative> as well as it needed to be. And so we put it in a this bag and put my foot in there and taped it up and then put another layer on it so it doesn’t all ooze out and everything. And my daughter Kimber, I’m like, Kimber, you really wanna treat things internally as well as externally. And my, my daughter’s actually really pretty good with home medicine. I said, Kimber, can you get me some garlic? It’s, we, you and I talked about garlic as your first homeless and it’s just such a great internal antibiotic. Yeah. So she did the thing, you know, she gets the, the, the you know, the, the clove of garlic and smashes it on the, on the flat side and chops it up to aerate it and then gives it to me in a tablespoon with a lot of butter or something. Cause you don’t want it on an empty stomach. Once I take the garlic and I, I wish I had a bunch of echinacea, I would’ve taken that. And now the, the pain is <laugh>, it’s coming immensely. I’m like, oh my god. You know, it’s coming on hard. And, and I said, Kimber. So there is a way to make a home homemade painkiller out of wild lettuce. And we offer a lot of resources on The Grow Network on how to do that. It’s a really good homemade painkiller.

Lynette Zang (16:03):

Yeah. I mean your site is such a resource.

Marjory Wildcraft (16:08):

And so I said, Kimber, can you get the you know, we, I normally, I label everything, but that is in a, in a jar that’s unlabeled in the back corner and only Kimber I know about it. And I said, can you get me, get me the, you know, the homemade painkiller? And honestly we do that cause my son don’t get me started with teenage boys, <laugh>. Anyway,

Lynette Zang (16:28):

Look, don’t get me started with teenage boys. I could probably match some stories, but

Marjory Wildcraft (16:35):

Yeah. So, you know, I’m getting a couple of tablespoons of that. And this pain is coming in waves. And so, and I, you know, every now and then I’m, I’m seeing like Dave coming and he’s hovering over me and he’s looking and I know he is looking at my pupils and he’s looking at my responsiveness and he’s trying to gauge do I need to go to the hospital or is she okay right now, we do know, we all know what goes on with a copperhead, right. And it is painful. And, but he’s trying to gauge that and I’m trying to let him know. And so you’d ask me something like, how are you feeling on a level of, of one to 10 of pain, which is what they always ask you in a hospital. And it’s kind of a ridiculous question. So we, we said, all right, a a a fire ant bite would be like a two or a three and know giving birth it was like a nine or a 10. Right. You know, and I, and I’d give them numbers and, and, and and sometimes I would just kind of get way out so far in the pain and then would come back and, and I would just, whenever I saw him hovering over me in his blurry face I would just let him try to let him know I was all right, that was really okay that I didn’t need, I can handle this. I didn’t need to go, you know, because he’s, you know, he doesn’t have the skills to handle this really. This is a potentially a fatal thing. Yeah. Which I didn’t mention. You know, about five people a year die of copperhead snake bites, which, you know, and of the thousands of people who get bits. So I was kind of like, know my odds are pretty good.

Lynette Zang (18:12):

You’re brave

Marjory Wildcraft (18:14):

That the reason that few die is cause they go get treatment right away. But I was getting treatment right away <laugh>, you know, so, so you know, I mean the perception is like, I’ve told people this story and I’m like, oh my God, you were gonna die. And I’m like, no, I don’t think it was quite that bad. It was pretty bad, but it wasn’t quite that bad, you know? And we did have the backup of, we would go to the, the medical system, which, which we never did end up using. So anyways, you know, this, we’re tripping. And, and, and I said, Dave, I made a video about this. I said, remember when Doug Simons was here and he taught me all this poulticing? I said, I made the video about it. It, it’s on my, in my account and I get him my password and my looking for The Grow Network account. I’m like, do the treating infections without antibiotics video. And that will teach you everything you need to know about poulticing and how to do this. How to, you know, he treats snake spider, mild broken bones, sprains, you know, most kind of things that break like that. And so I heard that running in the background. He and Kimber were watching it, you know, like he was really paying attention this time <laugh>. But I was going and I was so grateful to have those resources because I’m the one who’s normally doing that. Right. And I’m the one now who’s bitten. And so I heard them listening to that and I knew that that was giving him comfort because he wants directions and he wants to know that this is gonna, yeah. He wants to know that this is gonna be you know, that this is a process that, that we’re gonna go through and she’s gonna be all right. So I’m really going into pain now. And then the next thing you know, I’m like, Kimber, and, and I’m like, I gotta throw up, you know, oh my God is fixing to come, you know? And so she runs and she gets me the, the stainless steel bowl we normally have for compost. And I, I’m having a really hard time and then I hear this voice, I, I wouldn’t say it was a voice. It was a, it was a knowing, right? And it said, mm-hmm <affirmative> just relax and breathe deeply. What has to happen is we need to eliminate everything out of your stomach because we need to focus your body energy on healing this. And we don’t have time to digest food, so we’re gonna get rid of food right now. And I was like, oh, that, that makes sense. I mean, I don’t necessarily believe in listening to voices just cause voices come to you, but I mean, that made sense. So I’m like, ok. So I calmed down and I’m like, oh my God. It just kind of, the came out and it was a lot easier. I mean, like, than, than if you’re fighting it and you know, all that. So right. So Kimber fix the ball away and cleans it and brings it back. And I ended, I ended up going through about three, three phases of that to just get everything purged out. And and I’m, you know, still in, in this, I mean we’re, I don’t know, two hours into this or three hours into this. I mean, it’s, it’s, it’s been going on. They’d watch the full video and you know, Dave is still checking in on me. And then, and then I was like, oh my God, you can, can you get me to the bathroom? And again, the voice was like, we just gotta get everything out of you because we, we don’t have time to process this either. We’re just gonna have it, we’re just gonna get rid of everything. And then you just, it was just, everything came out that end <laugh>. Like, it’s like, but again, there was this, you know, a snake bite venom, and it must have been, we’re figuring it was a lot later on we talked and we, apparently the adult snakes can adjust the amount of venom that they inject into you. And, and the, the story is, is that the, the smaller ones, if you get bitten by a younger snake, which this would’ve been with only, you know, the less than a half inch fang defense that they can’t, they send everything in as, you know, young snakes, they just send it all in. So you get, often get a bigger dose. And I’ve, I’ve heard that before, regardless the way when I jerk my foot back and I felt those fangs go in deeper, you know, I’m sure I got a full dose. And it, you know, to some, there’s definitely hallucinogenic properties in, in the venom. And so this presence came to me again, was really reassuring me that this was okay, that I just needed to mm-hmm. <Affirmative> just get all of this out of my body. And we did. And at this point, and, you know, that took a while. <Laugh>, That’s one of those details you don’t really wanna share with people. But it took a while and I got relatively cleaned up and at this point I’m just exhausted, you know, just shattered. And Dave helped me, helps me get, get to bed and we have my foot a little elevated on some pillows and I’m just absolutely exhausted. And the pain is now much more manageable, two or three or whatever. And I’m, I’m laying there and then this, this presence comes to me again and says, it wasn’t really words, but it was just a knowing and said, there are two things that you can do that will vastly improve your life. And one is to work on your breathing and learn how to breathe better. You know, just work on your breathing, get, get to where you can breathe better. And if you need wear a bracelet to help you to remember to breathe, you know, and if you see that bracelet, just think of your breath and, and notice it and all that. And I was like, wow, that, that makes, that makes a lot of sense. You know, actually it does on a lot of levels. Yeah, actually. Yeah. Yeah. So it was just like, yeah, you know, the breath is the, is the, is the foundation of life. And so I was like, wow, yeah, that, that makes sense. And then the other was just to, to you know, be more flexible and stretch and be more relaxed, which, which also makes a lot more sense. And I had this very comforting, you know, feeling your guiding, guiding guide your guardian angels mm-hmm. <Affirmative>, whatever you wanna say. This presence came to me and after that I was able to sleep and I, I slept probably a good 12 or or 14 hours and woke up in the morning. Now the poultice had been on for a long time at this point. And so we, you know, Dave comes in the morning and, and we open it up and Dave was joking. He is like, smells pretty good, you know, cause these are actually basically nopalitos those <laugh>, you’d cook them, you know, <laugh>. Oh by the way, one other thing we were doing when the, as the swelling was starting to go up, Dave took a, a magic marker and he would mark a timestamp on my leg mm-hmm. <Affirmative> for approximately where the swelling was. So we had a record in just on my physical body of where the swelling had gone. Yeah. And the whole fuss was smart. Pretty, pretty dang big. So in the morning we changed out the poultice, he, we took that one off. You know, we let the foot, you know, cleaned it and, and wiped it down and, and let it air for, you know, I had 20 or three minutes or so and then applied a whole another poultice.

Marjory Wildcraft (25:51):

And basically we kept that poultice on, we rotated them out about every eight hours for that full, you know. And that day I was just in bed the whole time resting, you know, and he was getting me fluids or gentle things to, to digest. And then we, you know, we just kept doing that. And I was sleeping a lot and by the next morning I was actually feeling a lot better. And the swelling was going down significantly. Wow. And so we kept halting for you know, basically another day. And then, you know, the, the next day after and I actually said, well, you’re not feeling pretty good in the afternoon. I’m like, why don’t you give the, the riding lawn mower <laugh> get on the riding lawn.

Lynette Zang (26:44):

I’m gonna get rid of that whole tomato area <laugh>. No, no, no,

Marjory Wildcraft (26:49):

No, no. I’m gonna use it to, to drive around the farm so I can go do my chores <laugh>. Cause I couldn’t walk, you know, drive over here to the chicken goo and check on the chickens and drive over here and check on this, you know, cuz I couldn’t walk around that well and you know, so we just did that. And, and, but I was starting to get a little mobility. And by the way, one of the most useful things you can have in your first aid kit is a set of crutches. You go to go to any thrift shop, $2.

Lynette Zang (27:16):

That’s a good point.

Marjory Wildcraft (27:18):

Put it in your first aid kit. I, you know, we always have a sling. We have a pair of crutches. You can buy those boots.

Lynette Zang (27:25):

I have the boots. Oh

Marjory Wildcraft (27:27):

Yeah. One year we were on a vacation to Hawaii and my son sprained his ankle and we, my husband and I were looking at each other and we’re like, let’s go to ther shop <laugh>. We didn’t go to the doctor or anything. We go, we get ’em a boot, we get ’em g crutches. They don’t want, you know, they don’t, they can’t do anything for a sprain. Right. And they really can’t, you know, so you just isolate it, take care of it. When we kept on vacationing, you know, <laugh>,

Lynette Zang (27:50):

Is that your teenager?

Marjory Wildcraft (27:52):

<Laugh>? Yeah. <Laugh>. And we’re like, by the way, Ryan, don’t tell somebody you, you like just stepped off the sidewalk in your flip flops and sprained your ankle. You gotta tell ’em the story. Like, you know, you fell out of the helicopter or

Lynette Zang (28:10):

<Laugh>. That’s a much better story than falling out of the though though I’ve done that. Not the helicopter stepped off of.

Marjory Wildcraft (28:17):

But really just some basic medical stuff that you can buy at a, at a thrift shop is just super useful. Cause a lot of those things like sprains, you know, they really can’t do that much or, you know, fracture, there’s not much they can do. So you might as well if you, especially if you don’t have access to it. Access. Absolutely. And that’s that, you know, once you’ve used that medical stuff, nobody wants it. And they, it’s in thrift shops. So anyway, we did, you know, and then the, the next day I was actually feeling pretty good. So I was hobbling around on on, on crutches and, and getting around and doing stuff. And then really by, by, you know, the, by the third day it, there was a little bit of swelling in my foot, but I was fine. And in fact I’d had a dinner planned with some guests coming over and I said, well, let’s just have dinner <laugh>. Like why not? You know, I feel pretty good. And we got this incredible specimen of a tomato <laugh>,

Lynette Zang (29:13):

You have pictures of that incredible specimen of a tomato.

Marjory Wildcraft (29:17):

Oh my god. You know? Yeah. Actually one guy that was there was like a master gardener from forever and he was like, this is impossible. I said, yeah,

Lynette Zang (29:26):

Yeah. You know, I will say this. It, it is amazing what you can grow. And people are always amazed when they come on my urban farm here, because I’m in Arizona. I didn’t know you could grow plums or peaches or all of these things. Yeah. So that amazing tomato.

Marjory Wildcraft (29:46):

So there were a couple of other things that really contributed to this that I want to point out. And one is I do know the hazards, right? So go find out what snakes or spiders. Yeah. And we do have black widow spiders there, you know, I mean we know about Scorpio. Find out what’s in your region that and what do they look like? You know, there’s tons of resources.

Lynette Zang (30:06):

Such on a good point.

Marjory Wildcraft (30:07):

The other thing is, is you know, have a plan and then have a plan B, and then have a plan C if you can, you know you know, and, and have work that out ahead of time. And, and a rough procedure for how you’re gonna handle emergencies like this.

Lynette Zang (30:27):

Another well having, having you as a resource, because all of this is in, I think it’s in chapter nine in The Grow Book, right?

Marjory Wildcraft (30:35):

Yeah, yeah. The Grow System book. Yeah.

Lynette Zang (30:38):

So it’s, it’s, it’s to have those resources too so that you can go to and refresh your memory like your husband was able to do was huge!

Marjory Wildcraft (30:46):

In the moment. Yeah.

Lynette Zang (30:48):

Yep. Huge.

Marjory Wildcraft (30:49):

I have used my own resources, myself. Like one time my daughter comes in the middle of the night with a fever and my mind goes completely blank and I can’t remember anything. And so I go look at my own stuff and I’m like, okay, you know, because you’re a mom, you’re freaking out. This your baby, you know, in the moment you, it, it’s crazy. Right. So a and a couple of other things that was really important about this one is I eat really good quality food. Mm-Hmm. <Affirmative>, I know my body, I trust my body. You know, I, I had a sense of, I knew when I would have to call and go, okay, let’s go to the hospital or when not mm-hmm. <Affirmative>. Right. And I knew that I would communicate that and my husband knew that I would, would communicate that. There have been times when I’ve been in weird situations and I said, we gotta go, you know, <laugh>. Right. So, you know, he knows that I will and, and everybody should know that you, you there, there are a lot of things you cannot handle at home and you kind of really have to you know, but I also, I’ve worked with my body enough, I heal enough. I know my immune system is very, very strong. I eat really well and I get lots of vitamin D three, all the good stuff, right. So I, that’s another very important component. The other is, you know, the other, you and I can do a thing on the six forms of wealth one time, but family, <laugh> having family, right. That, you know, my daughter actually, this story is really, I, I gave, I used to publish the story just as a little bo ok and I gave it to some school teachers one time. And the, the feedback was that book, the fourth graders checked that book out year after year. It got dogeared. I ended up having to give them more copies. Nice. And I think what that is, is they resonated with Kimber as playing a very significant role mm-hmm. <Affirmative> in, in my treatment. And how important that even as a young person, you know, as, I don’t know how old she was at that point in time, you know, 11 or 12 or something like that. But she was very important to that whole process. And the, and the young kids are very inspired like that, that fourth graders are about nine years old, but they, they really looked up to Kimber in the book, in the, in the story. So that, that chapter nine is a story that you can read to your kids and, and, and they’ll, they’ll like it <laugh>. So,]]

Lynette Zang (33:07):

And they may retain some of it too. I mean, because you, you, you know, you kind of have these experiences or you, you read these things and you kind of keep ’em in the back of your mind till you need to pull ’em out. Mm-Hmm. <Affirmative>. So you don’t know where, where that you’re planting a seed, which is an important seed. I’m glad you’re here,

Marjory Wildcraft (33:28):

<Laugh>. Yes. And then the other thing is, so you know, you know, know your hazards, have a plan B, you know have family, you know, have resources. Know your own body and your own strength and your limits and when you’re gonna, when you’re gonna execute plan B or C. And, and, and you know, the final, the final thing is, is practice on small things first. Right? Now you, you could do this with a snake bite right outta the box if it’s a downright emergency, but you don’t start with a small laceration. You know, somebody cuts themselves and, and experiences. This actually, one of my team she’s since moved on. She had a she before she worked for us was kind of checking us out and I forget what she had. Was it a staph infection or something on her nose? Right. And, and really bad. And she didn’t have insurance, you know, couldn’t afford to go to the hospital. And she was like, well, yeah. I’m like, I’m thinking about working for this Marjory, you’re talking about poulticing thing. Like, I could poultice this for one day and see what it’s like and then go to the hospital. You know, you know? Right. I could just try this. Right. And so she poulticed it up and I forgot what she used. I think she, she, I forget what she used, but she was like, she was amazed within 24 hours it got so, you know, more than significantly better. And she’s like, forget it, I’m not going to the hospital. You know, so practice on, on smaller things. You know, some of my attempts was a, a little boy who had a, like a sprained toe or something like that. And I made a poultice for him and we kept it on him and showed his mom what to do, and she was blown away that, you know, within, within, you know, a day or so this, this thing was showing significant progress. It, it’s, you know, so practice on small things that are not gonna be lethal if you screw it up. Right.

Lynette Zang (35:28):

You know? Right, right.

Marjory Wildcraft (35:29):

And, and, and you’ll develop a relationship with these medicines and you’ll, you’ll develop a relationship with these plants and you’ll develop a relationship with yourself to trust yourself, to know how to handle things in an emergency. So, you know, practice Practice and Yeah. And do it on, and there’s all kinds of small things that happen. I promise you <laugh>

Lynette Zang (35:50):

<Laugh> there is, and it’s so important to have the ability to count on yourself in these circumstances, but I love having Plan A right. And plan B and plan C so that regardless of what happens, you’re going to be okay. You know, I think this is critical and, you know, getting the, well, we have the free webinar right at So that’s a great place to start The Grow Network chapter nine. I mean, you’re just a phenomenal resource and I really appreciate you and I know our viewers do.

Marjory Wildcraft (36:30):

Yeah, thank you. You know that, that, that will get you because having high quality food and nutrient density, you know, if I’d been eating a diet at McDonald’s or something, there’s no way. Right. You know, you really have to have high quality. You, you need to be eating that food. Well, you’re not gonna be able to afford to eat pretty soon anyways. You need that <laugh>.

Lynette Zang (36:54):

Well, you can’t eat as long as you grow your own food. Right. You save back your seeds and you have fish tanks for fertilizer, I mean, and ducks and chickens. Actually you can keep eating

Marjory Wildcraft (37:09):

You. Absolutely. Yeah. Yeah. So, and of course once you do that, the, you know, you’ll get introduced to the Grown Network, we’ll introduce you to the forums and, and we have a wonderful group of homesteaders that can help you there and lots of other resources. And and of course at the end of the webinar, we’ve give you an offer for the book and a, a training package so you can pick up the book, which storytelling is so much more powerful than just saying, here’s what you need to do. You know, like, you know,

Lynette Zang (37:40):

So Well, it’s real life experience. But you know, you make such a good point too about practicing, you know, and that’s what you’re, that’s what you really do provide is you’re, it’s like an open book and then go out and practice and learn how to be independent and self-sufficient. And I am a hundred percent with you on the food because if you eat a lesser quality food, it impacts every single area of your life. You know? I’ve read a lot where you can work with hypertension or ADHD or absolutely anything. We talked about teenage boys, <laugh>.

Marjory Wildcraft (38:23):

Yeah. And then they’re just, they’re just boys. So let’s not talk about ’em. They’re, oh my God, they’re so fun. Kids are, kids are great.

Lynette Zang (38:31):

Yeah. They keep you on your toes.

Marjory Wildcraft (38:33):

Oh my God. That was a quick training for the Olympics, knowing you are never going to win a medal. <Laugh> <laugh>.

Lynette Zang (38:41):

Really good point. Well, this has been phenomenal and I know I’ve gotten a lot out of it and really going to and start that journey because, you know, people would always say, oh, but it takes so long, it’s this and that. Guess what? The sooner you start, the sooner you start and you practice, the sooner you start to learn those skills and the sooner the more confidence in your own abilities that you have so that, you know, God forbid, but things happen. I mean, it’s, it’s life. Things happen and we all, you know, we may be super smart, but sometimes we all do little things that are not real smart and then we have to deal with the consequences. So I’m glad you, I’m glad you did. I’m glad you’re still here. Really. I wish I had, you know what I mean, when that happened with Juliette, I just kind of blanked and Anguss is like, I’ll take her down to the emergency. Okay. But I would’ve rather done that.

Marjory Wildcraft (39:49):

Yeah. There’s another example of where you can can practice on.

Lynette Zang (39:53):


Marjory Wildcraft (39:54):

Yeah. Yeah. I learned suturing actually when we were cutting pigs <laugh>, he was like, you don’t actually really need to suture up the pig when you cut them, but cause they heal up just fine. But we were doing it. Yeah. I mean,

Lynette Zang (40:08):

It’s good practice.

Marjory Wildcraft (40:09):

Yeah, well we, we gave ’em lidocaine and, you know, they weren’t, it wasn’t really that bad. So anyway, but yeah. Practice. Absolutely. And, and Lynette on that They’re, you know, we get you producing significant amounts of calories and nutrition, like even just in, in two or three weeks. I mean, it’s not like you have to wait months or years. We, we get you going right away. So

Lynette Zang (40:38):

That goes back to what we were talking about in the beginning because so many people, you know, whether it’s time or or confidence or for whatever reason, they haven’t started this journey on food yet. So we may be in a position where you need to grow food and you need to do it as quickly as possible. Probably having some seeds, even if you’re not planting them, having some seeds like in the freezer or something like that so that they hold is part of that.

Marjory Wildcraft (41:09):

Right? Yeah. I wouldn’t, wouldn’t recommend ’em putting ’em in the freezer, but somewhere cool. Dark and dry. Yeah. And, and you know, we’ve seen runs on seeds back in 2020 when, when, when the grocery store shells were empty. So Yeah, it would, would behoove you. I mean, if you don’t know anything, just grab one of those survival cans, you know, <laugh>, right. There are, there are much better ways to do it, but that, you know, it’s something,

Lynette Zang (41:32):

But it works. Right, right, right. It’ll get you started. This has been phenomenal and you’ll be back again soon and we’ll talk more about how to get prepared, how to set up yourself as a homesteader, which, you know, I never, I really never thought of myself as a farmer or a homesteader, but I’m both so, and I’m glad because it really gives me a sense of security knowing that regardless of what happens out there, I can take care of my family. And I love feeding myself good nutritious food. And everybody else. I had a neighbor that came by this morning and she had picked one of my little cutie oranges off the tree. And I love that because that’s part of community and developing all of this. So until next we meet. Thank you so much for joining us today. Thank you for being here, Marjory, and please be safe out there. Bye-Bye.


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