Five of the UK’s Most Poisonous Plants

Serious poisoning by plants is very rare in the UK so the death of a gardener in Hampshire after brushing against a deadly flower was extremely unusual. Despite the British countryside’s genteel reputation there are a surprisingly large amount of poisonous plants growing both in the wild and in gardens. Some just cause discomfort, but others have the potential to kill. Here are five to watch out for. Wolfsbane Wolfsbane belongs to the plant genus Aconitum, a group…

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Should Cayenne Pepper REALLY be Used to Stop Bleeding?

I have seen quite a lot of websites (including some of my favorite prepper sites) claiming that cayenne pepper can be used to stop serious bleeding in as little as 10 seconds. All you do is pour the cayenne pepper directly on the open wound….apparently. This is a false claim. Cayenne pepper powder is produced from capsicum peppers and contains capsaicin, the chemical responsible for a pepper’s spiciness. This active ingredient causes vasodilation (blood vessels…

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Home Security 101: Securing the Windows

Looking back through some of our older posts I realised that I had started the Home Security 101 series of posts but had never got further than discussing the front door. So today we are going to carry this series of posts on and continue with securing the windows. Securing your windows is a simple and effective way of keeping the thieves out of your home. While most burglaries happen after the criminal gains access through…

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How to Survive a Riot

Mob Mentality and Staying Safe in the Crowds

Mob mentality, herd mentality, pack mentality or gang mentality, whatever name you choose to give it describes how us as humans behave in certain ways, buy certain products, and follow certain trends based on the circle of influence. It’s becomes so “normal” to do that most of us aren’t even aware when we are doing it. But what force is it that can turn an otherwise calm crowd into a potentially violent mob? What is…

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4 Easy Self Defense Tactics to Protect Yourself

Basics of Unarmed Self-Defense

You may think that by having weapons in the home you somehow don’t ever need to understand unarmed self-defense. The thing is, you can’t guarantee that you will always be near your weapon when someone attacks you. You also can’t guarantee that you won’t drop a knife or other weapon or that they won’t function correctly when you need them. The best weapon that you have is your own body and it is all that…

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