For most of us, 2020 has come thick and fast with changes and challenges. It’s been the most fun and rewarding year that I can remember.
Those viral virus videos have led me from one great opportunity to another. The people I’ve met this year have given me new faith in humanity, and the Bears are a big part of that.
Several people told me about Owen Benjamin sharing my video not long after posting and about his story which I resonated with. Some months later, since meeting Owen I’ve spoken and dealt with several Bears, all of whom express all of the traits of people I want to be around. There’s something very powerful about a collective all sharing commonalities and coming from the right place, and I’m stoked to be part of it.
My personal goal in life is to help as many people as possible find the right tools to create the life they came here for and escape the clutches of the system.
I hope to share enough articles that will help readers find what works for them in strengthening body, mind and soul. In my experience, when someone unifies their own field they become impervious to attacks and are able to create with complete freedom.
What will we create? Together I hope we create something epic, that we can all be proud of and that will enrich all our lives, as well as those we come in contact with and beyond.
As individuals, what we create is up to us. It will be different for each of us because we each have our own spark of life. When we unify our bodies (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) – our field – we can’t go wrong when we create from the right place with the right tools. Those tools are what I hope to provide.
I’m very honoured and very happy to support Beartaria in this role and look forward to creating with you all.
– Tom Barnett
Wellness Editor, The Beartaria Times.
Pine Tip Tea
A Favorite Seasonal Remedy for the Whole Family
As a child growing up in Wyoming, my family would go hiking and camping every summer in the Medicine Bow National Forest. One of our favorite camping spots was a place named Vedauwoo (pronounced Vee-duh-Voo). Vedauwoo is known for its strange piles of boulders. This is also a great place to find various types of evergreen bushes and trees, and even to this day I still go hiking there to forage for items I use regularly in my natural remedies.
Surrounded by all the various types of pine trees as a child, I had no idea that when I grew up I’d discover they contained one of the most fascinating natural medicines. There is an age old remedy I have discovered that has worked wonders for me and my family in repeatedly beating the common cold and flu, sometimes even in the harshest of conditions.
Field Tested Pine Remedy
During a 19-day course on POW training and wilderness survival while in the Army, I gained some valuable practical experience using these evergreen trees to treat various ailments. The chief ailment I used it for was a common cold/flu.
It was November in North Carolina, when I came down with a fairly severe cold. Staying as silent as possible in our small hide site, piled next to 5 other team mates, I must have also reached a fever since I was shivering while huddled in my 3-layer sleeping bag. Not wanting to be medically dropped from the course, and also just wanting to try ANYTHING to make me better, I began making cups of pine needle tea. This is before I was aware of what terpenes were and how they worked in breaking down mucus and other buildup in the body. All I knew was that my SERE instructor told me it had lots of Vitamin C in it.
I would take water from a stream, boil it, and add the pine needles. I also shared some rose-hips I’d found with my teammates. My cough was barely noticeable after the first night. A cough can often worsen when exposed to cold air. I was cautiously observant in case my conditioned worsened. It did not. My fever also quickly subsided after the first night. Quite surprisingly, nobody else on my team came down with any illness despite our close proximity sleeping in our cramped hide site. The hide site was literally in the nook of a hill where we piled branches and leaves over a few logs and made a makeshift cave. It blended in nicely with the surrounding landscape, but it was like sleeping in a sardine can. Nevertheless, I quickly beat the flu just in time for us to be thrown in a van with bags over our heads, headed to the more brutal part of our training. The rest of my time in that course could have been a disaster had it not been for the application of pine needle tea.
10 Years Later
Since I left the military, I have used this cold and flu treatment every year and have passed it along to my family with similar results. I decided this year to further refine my plant based medicine bag. After a brief search, I found three great tasting combinations you can try that will further boost the already reliable homeopathic treatment of Pine Tip Tea.
Just as it sounds, the tips of the pine boughs can be harvested and simmered in hot water. Although any green pine needles will make an effective tea, the new growth at the ends of the pine boughs hold the freshest and most readily available nutrients. These can be harvested throughout the year, but are perhaps most potent when gathered in the spring. If properly dried, the pine tips can be kept for over a year and still maintain their potency. Keeping the dried bits in a cool, dark, dry area like a root cellar is probably the best condition for their preservation.
Why is it so Effective?
You may also be aware of turpentine, which comes from distilled pine tree sap. There is a small amount of this age-old medicine all throughout the tips of the branches as well. The plant terpenes (after which Turpentine is named) are known to prevent infection in cuts and may even help break down lymphatic buildup in your body that lead to various other illnesses. They also help break down mucus in the body which is amazing when you have a chest cold.
Pine Tip Tea pairs nicely with many other herbal remedies including thyme (used for digestive issues as well as treating coughs), camphor (a powerful cold remedy), and even onion (same). These are all useful not only in the treatment of the symptoms of a cold or flu, but they contain the ingredients your body can use to heal itself far more rapidly than it would if you just gave it drugs. The more we examine nature based medicine, we see how man-made chemicals that are engineered by billion dollar companies really only mask the symptoms of an illness yet do very little to help the body heal itself. We will do better.
Try These Three, Tea-hee
Feel free to expand on these three simple Pine Tip Tea recipes. Your sense of smell will let you know if your body needs or wants any of the properties in the concoctions. As a bonus, these are all safe to give to children, and have been used for many centuries in both early western and native medicine. I have given this to my own daughter throughout her life with good effect. Note: I like to mince the pine a bit if using the long needles, and simmer for 10-20 minutes. You can even let it sit overnight. This is to draw out the maximum amount of nutrients from the pine tips. You can try steeping it like a normal tea as well, as I have not scientifically tested which method is better.
Thanks for reading! If you have any natural remedies you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them and perhaps publish them as our next featured article! Submit completed articles and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org Check out more remedies at our Wellness page.
That One Thing
Tom Barnett shares where to find “that one thing”.
We’ve all been there. It’s marketing’s best asset: We believe “that one thing” will solve our problems.
It sounds like it was made by God himself, just for us. It’s exactly what we’ve been looking for!
Despite evangelistic praises of Product A or Lifestyle B, fortunately for you, it doesn’t exist.
If life were that easy, it would be boring. “That one thing” always comes with a price tag. Buy this powder, that course, this program, this procedure, that pill, this pilgrimage, and these magic beans. Your problems will dissolve when you hand over money.
“If you don’t take responsibility for yourself, someone else will and it won’t be to your benefit.”
The paradox is that we have “that one thing” all the time. It’s called intuition.
A friend of mine ate nothing but grapes for a month, because she read an advertorial written by a ‘doctor.’ That was a great experience. It wasn’t because of the abundant quantities of grapezoids that she consumed (a compound found only in grapes, essential to every process in the body*). It was a great experience because she learned she has the discipline to eat only grapes for a month.
If you asked a child (who hasn’t unlearned intuition) if it was a good idea to eat only grapes for a month, what would they say?
– Tom Barnett
*I made grapezoids up, but doesn’t it sound like every marketing blurb you’ve read?
Tom Barnett opens some doors to divergent thinking.
It’s said that all children are born with divergent thinking. Within 5 years of the schooling system, it’s all but gone. If you ask an adult how many ways they can close a door, they might say, “you can do it hard, soft or medium…so three.” A better thinker might say, “you could close it with your hand or foot, or you could bump it with your hip or your butt…so four.” A better thinker again, might say, “I can think of at least ten different ways. Half of those involve closing it from the outside (pushing), and the other half from the inside (pulling).”
How would a divergent thinker respond? They wouldn’t jump to conclusions, as if a door is a door. They’d think for themselves, and ask questions. “How big is the door? What is it made of? How heavy is it? Does it have a handle? What kind of handle? Is the door suspended from hinges or does it slide? If it slides, does it slide horizontally or vertically? Is it automated or manually operated?”
Guarding your mind is an important part of life. It is the difference between heaven and hell, a prison cell or a life of freedom. Before deciding what it right and wrong, it’s good to make a habit of exploring a topic in a divergent way.
More than anything, it’s good to think for yourself, especially when it comes the trillion dollar industry known as Wellness.
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