The people have Russia have a rich history, which when examined closely, can benefit survivalists greatly. The Russian people have many secrets to surviving, including how to get by using things found in nature to heal physical and mental ailments. The recipes and holistic tips below all come from Russia, specifically Siberia, where the people have vast experience surviving in cold, barren land.
Using Nature to Survive
Ginseng. Not only does this plant boost your energy and improve memory, it has also been reported that ginseng increases longevity and reduces cancer risk and stress. For diabetic survivalists, ginseng can be used to increase insulin and reduce blood sugar levels, so keep this in mind. The Siberian people have long used ginseng to prevent respiratory illnesses like the common cold and the flu.
Rhodiola rosea. This plant, more commonly known as Artic Root or Golden Root, is commonly used to boost energy and the mood. Holistic healers tend to use rhodiola rosea to treat mood swings and depression, whereas Russian soldiers use it to increase their physical and mental fitness. Rhodiola rosea has a strange quality which is important to note for survivalists. In small doses, it acts as a stimulant, but in larger doses, it acts almost like a sedative, so be careful of how much you consume.
Saltbush. This plant, similar to spinach, is generally used to treat serious illnesses such as kidney, gynecological and liver diseases. Filled with nutrients and vitamins, saltbush aids digestion and improves blood circulation.
Ash From Burning Wood
The Siberian people typically use ash from burning wood in a number of recipes that heal common survivalist wounds, aches, and pains. Siberians believe that combining ash from different woods increases the potency and effectiveness of the ash, with the most powerful ashes being linden, oak, birch and poplar. Here are a few common uses of wood ash:
Muscular pain One tablespoon of cedar ash mixed with boiling water, infused for 12 hours, and then sifted, will help ease muscular aches and pains. Once the concoction is complete, drink two tablespoons three times a day for ten days.
Skin ulcers Mix around 17 ounces of linden or birch ash with 5 quarts of boiling water. Let it cool until it reaches 90 degrees and then sift. Either apply the mixture with a gauze cloth to the affected area, or let the wound soak for around a half hour, immersed in the mixture.
Oral health Before and after each meal, rinse your mouth thoroughly with a mixture of wood ash and water to maintain and improve oral health.
Depression Drink two tablespoons of aronia ash mixed into a glass of water each morning on an empty stomach. Repeat this for 16 days to ease depression symptoms.
Don’t worry about the safety of consuming ash. As long as the wood it came from was not contaminated, the ash is perfectly safe.
Other Natural Recipes
Besides these wood ash recipes used to treat common ailments, the Siberian people also have a number of recipes using other natural ingredients:
For a boost of energy, grab 4 cloves of garlic, 4 fresh ground onions 6 ounces of oats, 1.5 ounces of Valerian root, and mix with 25 ounces of honey. Boil slowly until you reach a creamy, smooth consistency. Let the mixture harden, and then store it in a cool place. After it has cooled, eat 3-6 pieces a day before each meal for the full effect.
Preventing artherosclerosis can be done by creating a tonic of raw potatoes, and drinking every morning on an empty stomach.
If you’re constantly tired, ease the symptoms of chronic fatigue by taking 4 stems of aloe and letting them sit in a bottle of wine for 3-4 days. Once this time has passed, drink a cup three times a day.