Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wild ginger soap and shampoo

Squeeze these ginger bulbs (Costus spicatus) to make a natural soap or shampoo. It's actually fairly common and easy to find in the jungle.

Wild ginger soap and shampoo
Wild ginger soap and shampoo

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Natural fire starter - Kapok tree pods

It's Kapok season (genus Ceiba) again. This is, in my opinion, the absolute best natural fire starting material available in the jungle. It doesn't stay lit very long, but it catches very easily and puts out good flames. You have to have something else ready, like grass, as soon as you get a flame as this only lasts a few seconds.

Of course, you can always make a massive pile so it burns a bit longer. You can also split the pod in half and burn it in the pod. If the pod is dry, it should burn nicely too.

survival campfire natural fire starter material
Kapok for starting a fire

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Wild edible and medicinal food - Tropical Almond

The Tropical Almond tree (Terminalia catappa) is extremely common and prolific. They are on every coastline and most islands. The seed (nut) is edible,though it's a bit tedious to peck out the meat. It has a substantial amount of oil and thus, much-needed calories if you're in a survival situation.
The inner bark can be used to treat oral thrush.
The leaves are a common treatment for skin conditions and rheumatic joints. The leaves or tea from the leaves is used to fight internal digestive system parasites.

Tropical Almond wild edible food
Tropical Almond (Terminalia catappa)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Wild Edible Plants - Tamarind

Something that is available all the time in this region is Tamarind leaves. I like the very young light bright green leaves, but the older leaves are also edible. The leaves are quite 'tangy', which is likely because these leaves are loaded with Vitamin C. You can crush the leaves and put them on a wound. The leaves have antiseptic properties. In addition, Tamarind leaves are good to apply on tooth aches and mouth sores. If you find a Tamarind tree, which is quite easy to do, give these leaves a try. They're quite tasty. If you're in a coastal survival situation and you've found some shells (Limpets, black Mangrove Snails, etc) or some crabs, add a few Tamarind leaves to make a nice sour seafood soup.

Tamarind leaves are edible
Hands-free dining on wild edibles. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Making tinder shavings

During the rainy season everything is damp and it's damp much of the time. Don't risk not being able to get a fire started by not having dry tinder. One thing you can do is us a pencil sharpener to make fine shavings. Do this from the convenience of being at home. Find a dry stick and shave away. You can carry your new tinder in an old pill bottle. 

Keep the desiccant pack that was used to keep moisture out of whatever pills/medicine was originally in the bottle in the bottle. I actually save them up and add more than one usually... just to play it extra safe.

DIY fire tinder idea
Pencil sharpener tinder shavings