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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Where Did It All Go Wrong on Everest This Season

As the climbing season on Mount Everest comes to an end, there is no denying that this year has been historic in more ways than one. Let’s take a quick look: There has been a record-breaking number of climbers and Sherpas reaching the summit this year at more than 825. Records were also broken in the number of permits that were issued by the Nepalese government with 381 being issued. There was also a four-year…

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10 Amazing Ideas for Turning Your Trash Into Treasure

I’m sure you have heard of the saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” but it doesn’t have to be that way. We want to give you some ideas for turning your own trash into your own treasure. This is where upcycling is so effective. What is Upcycling? If you have never heard of upcycling, it is basically the process used to take “junk” and turn it into something of greater value. Don’t get…

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7 Easy Ways to Help the Honey Bees

Bees are rapidly declining in numbers, not just honey bees but ALL bees. Everything you enjoy such as fruits and vegetables all need pollinators which is exactly what bees are. They help the plants to reproduce. It is estimated that around 80% of the crops that we eat need a pollinator such as a bee to thrive. Without them, those crops would die and in turn, you’d starve. Why exactly are bees declining? There are…

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