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[Video] Documentary On Mobile Living

Mobile Off The Grid Lifestyle

Without Bound: Perspectives on Mobile Living by Michael Tubbs is a video essay of folks whose off-the-grid lifestyle is totally mobile.

Be it life circumstances or a Henry David Thoreau Walden mindset, each person now chooses their own vision and version of mobile living. They literally weave their way through society, cherishing a fluid lifestyle over a static place.

Check it out and comment:

[Here’s a Reddit thread with a couple of comments]

Kitchen Ingredients For Simple Home Remedies

Already In Your Pantry

You step inside your home after a long day in your overgrown garden. You’re a suburban casualty:  two bee stings, minor scrapes and cuts, possible poison ivy (don’t touch your face!), and your lips are chapped. Damn!

garlic and olive oil

In The Pantry

Committed to a more natural and self-reliant lifestyle, you’re determined to use common kitchen ingredients as home remedies for your ailments. Can you do it? Need a little help? DIY home remedies in the pantry?

Well, here you go:

(A word of caution: If your symptoms persist, you should consult a medical professional.)

Simple, Natural Home Remedies

Problem: Bee Sting
Solution: Baking Soda

Applying a baking soda and water paste to the site of a bee sting or other insect bites will neutralize the pain and itch. Just remove the actual stinger first, and smooth on the baking soda paste for instant relief.

Problem: Canker Sores
Solution: Honey

Researchers at a Saudi Arabian university tested three groups of people suffering from canker sores.

The first group treated their sores with plain old commercial honey, the second used an oral corticosteroid cream, and the third got an over-the-counter product that forms a protective paste to cover sores while they heal.

The honey users reported fewer days of pain and faster reduction in size than the other two groups due to the natural anti-inflammatory properties in honey.

In fact, some honeys have strong anti-bacterial qualities, and many are shown to promote tissue growth in wound healing.

Problem: Chapped Lips
Solution: Olive Oil

It’s rich in anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. And the fat in the oil moisturizes. Rub it on like you would lip balm whenever your lips feel dry.

You can even make your own lip balm by mixing olive oil and melted beeswax in a 1:1 ration, adding some essential oil if you’d like a nice scent. Or, there are many store-bought lip balms using olive oil ….

Problem: Poison Ivy Rash
Solution: Brewed Tea

If you need to dry a weepy poison ivy rash, try strongly brewed tea. Simply dip a cotton ball into the tea, dab it on the affected area, and let it air-dry. Repeat as needed.

Problem: Sore Throat
Solution: Fresh Garlic Juice

Squeeze the juice from six garlic cloves into a glass of warm (not hot) water. Mix and gargle with the solution twice a day. Garlic contains allicin, which is thought to help the body to heal the infections that cause a sore throat while fighting the germs that cause the pain and the irritation.

Problem: Sunburn
Solution: Vinegar, Oatmeal or Aloe Vera

A bath with one cup of apple cider vinegar added can help balance the pH of sunburned skin, while an oatmeal bath can help with the itching. Splitting an aloe vera leaf and applying the sap can help with the burn as well as moisturize the skin …

Source:  For the remaining 9 home remedies, consult Bill Osuch’s post on the Self Reliant School blog. It’s a great resource.

Image:  Bella RaKo

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