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 Post subject: Uses For Wood Ashes.
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Uses For Wood Ashes.
1. For removing fur from animal skins.
2. As lye for making soap.
3. I have washed my hands using water and wood ashes.
4. Spread around plants to stop slugs and snails.
5. As garden fertilizer.
6. For controlling mites on chooks and other fowls.
7. Charcoal as a water filter.
8. For protecting dry foods.
9. Using in the toilet pit.
10. For testing wind direction.
11. Laying down to catch animal tracks.
12. Bury a fire in ashes to keep it in at night.
13. Charcoal will attract moisture.
14. Charcoal as an antidote for poisons.
15. For drawing, writing, and marking patterns on animal skins.
16. For camouflage on your face and hands.
17. Charcoal used as a slurry in a poultice for insect bites.
18. Charcoal for controlling Diarrhea


http://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/255/1/Uses-for-wood-ashes.html

http://afrisciheroes.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/grandma-found-a-lot-of-uses-for-wood-ash

http://www.frontierfreedom.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=105

http://www.diylife.com/2010/02/12/unusual-uses-charcoal/

http://healingtools.tripod.com/thn5.html

http://healingtools.tripod.com/char3.html

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Mix the wood ash with water stir well and allow to settle. The liquor can be used as a dye modifier instead of ammonia. It works well with dye made from the flowers of the ubiquitous sour-sob (Oxalis cornuta) and produces a fluorescent orange.
It can also be used for removing the fleshy parts from plants to be used for papermaking, and spinning into thread - (nettles, gladiolus leaves, iris leaves etc) Not tried this yet, but it should also work on native species with strap-like leaves.

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Excellent post weaver, thank you.
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