Perennials For Your Prepper Garden

There is a large problem for city preppers; they can’t plant gardens because their home owner’s association prohibits it. We found a way around it that lets you have your Prepper Garden, and eat it too!

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Creating a mini forest in your garden or at the back of your home is not a bad idea, and it allows you to plant everything you need. Interestingly, you don’t need a lot of land space to plant most of these perennials as all you need is a little creativity, and you are good to go.

Perennials For Prepper Gardens 

However, you may want to check some of the seeds you throw out as it is best to sprinkle edible weeds and trees so you can enjoy them when the time is right. A lot of them do not only taste great, but they do have health benefits when consumed or used otherwise. So, not sure which plants to add to your garden? Here are a few ideas you can consider…

Great For Consumption

These plants are great for adding to your favorite dishes, or you can use them to create some delicious servings for yourself and your family. A lot of these also have health benefits:

Artichokes – When steamed, Artichoke petals, as well as the hearts, can be used to create a delicious dip or sauce for your salads and other meals.

asparagus is great for a prepper garden

Asparagus – There are so many ways to eat Asparagus, thus, planting them is a great choice as they can even serve you for a long time. Doesn’t it sound like it can eat as is? Well, yes, it can. Eating the plant raw is one of the best ways of getting the most of the nutrients compared to when heated. You can even add to your salads.

Dandelions – Dandelions serve a lot of purposes to include complementing your dishes and granting amazing health benefits. The leaves can be used to make a sumptuous salad, while the blossoms can be used for making wines or jelly. I know it seems like a strange item for a prepper garden, but the French brought them over to us for a reason – they are almost a superfood!

Hosta – All varieties of Hostas are edible, but the most common is the Montanas. After harvesting, cooking over low flames in a little honey and soy sauce, or virgin oil will leave your tastebuds desiring more. You can also cut and add it to your salads.

Rosemary – Rosemary has a satisfying flavor and is great to add to any meal you are preparing. Whether you want to let the leaves remain whole or you want to grind, you can use them to marinate your meats or add to your pot while cooking. It helps to lift the flavor of your dish.

Scallions – Scallions can be eaten raw or slightly cooked and help to bring out a great aroma in your meals. When cooking, add Scallions whole or chopped as a last-minute ingredient for your sauce. You can also add it to your salads fresh after harvesting.

parsley for a prepper garden

Parsley – Parsley is great for cooking or even to use as a garnish. You can add it to your eggs, soups, frittatas, pizza, or bread. Interestingly, you can also add Parsley to your smoothies for flavor in addition to the nutrients it provides (rich in vitamins A & C).

Thyme – Thyme is great for cooking, especially when freshly harvested. It helps to bring a great taste and aroma to your dish, whether meat, soup, or sauce (both leaves and stem can be used). Also, you can use dried thyme to make tea or infused water.

Lavender – This flower not only has a great aroma and beautifies your space, but it tastes great and is a great choice to add to your salad. You can eat it raw or have it slightly heated. The plant also has a lot of health benefits and should be a staple in your prepper garden.

Chives – Chives are a great vegetable to add to your dish, also, to be used as a decorative or garnish element. It helps to provide a fresh taste to your meal, whether soups, sauces, salads, stir-fries, or mashed potatoes. If you are looking to add a taste of onion to your dish, Chives are a great substitute.

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Great For Medicinal Benefits

These backyard garden plants are all edible, but not only do they taste great, but they are also rich in medicinal benefits. When considering a plant-rich background, here are a few plants you can add…  

Comfrey – If you have sore muscles, especially after working out, you can apply a comfrey-infused salve to the area. It has also been given the nickname “knit bone” as it is great in providing fast healing benefits to wounds.

comfrey for a prepper garden

Raspberry – Raspberries are rich in multi-functional antioxidants and are known as antioxidant powerhouses. They have been proven to provide anti-aging elements as well as reduce the chances of developing cancer, inflammation, heart disease, and diabetes. It is also great with weight loss and reducing the risks of obesity.

Blueberry – Not all fruits are low in calories, but Blueberries are an exception and, besides, are high in nutrients. It also possesses lots of antioxidants that help to reduce DNA damage, prevent aging and cancer, lowers blood pressure, and cholesterol levels in your blood.

Strawberry – Strawberries have a lot of antioxidant benefits that help to reduce stress, inflammation, and harmful cholesterol levels (LDL – bad). Eating Strawberries will help to improve vascular function and blood lipid profile. You can also consume this plant in a variety of ways.

Horehound – Horehounds are edible plants that are great for improving digestion and appetite. It also helps with bloating, diarrhea, gas, constipation, indigestion, liver, and gall bladder complaints. Horehound is also beneficial and helpful in treating asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, tuberculosis, and other breathing problems.

Mint – Mint is rich in nutrients, and aside from tasting great, it helps to improve brain function, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and your immune system against colds and touches of flu. Adding Mint to your diet will also help to relieve indigestion, breastfeeding pains, and is a great substitute to lower the chances of bad breath.

mint for a prepper garden

Oregano – Oregano is a known natural antibiotic that may help in reducing cholesterol levels, treating yeast infections, inflammation, and pain. It also possesses properties that may help with preventing cancer and is said to have high antioxidant levels.

Mullein – Do you have a terrible cough or whooping cough? Consuming some Mullein will help a lot. It is also great for treating bronchitis, hoarseness, colds, allergies, tuberculosis, and sore throat. Mullein can also help with migraines, colic, joint pains, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal bleeding.

Bee Balm – Sipping on Bee Balm will help to treat colds and flu, improve your digestive tract as well as treat indigestion. The plant possesses soothing properties that may help with eliminating nausea, bloating, anxiety, and help to relax you.

Chinese Chives – This plant has a lot of health benefits and is said to possess anticancer effects to help prevent and treat various types of cancer. It also has beneficial elements to help against heart defects, depression, preterm birth, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other congenital heart defects. Chinese Chives are also great for improving cognitive function.

Yarrow – Yarrow is great for reducing bleeding caused by wounds as well as help to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding. Consuming this plant will also help to lower high blood pressure, tone varicose veins, and relieve GI ailments for cerebral and coronary thrombosis. You can also use Yarrow to help induce sweating.

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Sage – Sage has a lot of antioxidants, which is great for lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, improving oral health, brain, and memory function. The plant is also great for easing menopause symptoms.

Echinacea – When steeped, Echinacea is great for fighting flu and colds, improving blood sugar and blood pressure levels, managing anxiety, reducing inflammation, and improving healthy cell growth. This is important for your prepper garden as we saw with the coronavirus and how these kinds of meds were wiped off the shelves!

Lemon Balm – If you are looking for an effective way to relieve stress, anxiety, indigestion, and nausea, then consuming some Lemon Balm is a great choice. The plant has properties to help you boost cognitive function, improve sleep apnea, and treat common health issues like colds and flu.

Motherwort – Motherwort could be considered the healing element of the heart as it is great for most heart conditions to include irregular heartbeat, heart failure, and other conditions affecting the heart. It is also great for relieving menstrual cramps, treating intestinal gas, and hyperthyroidism.

Arnica for a prepper garden

Arnica – For those who work out a lot, you may want to have this plant at your disposal. It is great for treating sprains, wounds, joint pain, bruises, and muscle aches. The plant can also be used to treat inflammation caused by swelling (from broken bones) and insect bites.

Skullcap – Take a few sips of Skullcap tea, and your insomnia will be gone. That is what makes it perfect for a prepper garden. Aside from helping with sleeping problems, it is also great for reducing and treating anxiety, risk of strokes, and paralysis caused by stroke. It is great for treating colds and flu, reducing high cholesterol, reducing artery-hardening, and much more. Other known benefits include helping with skin infection, allergies, rabies, and nervous tension.

Hyssop – Hyssop is great for reducing or treating digestive and intestinal problems like gallbladder and liver conditions, intestinal pain, and gas, as well as colic and loss of appetite. You can also consume Hyssop to treat respiratory problems like colds, infections, sore throat, and asthma.

If this list seems overwhelming, think about this; plant a few each year. I use my dehydrator to help me preserve my herbs for future use and you can too! Blend the edible with the flowering herbs and you will build your prepper garden in no time! If you need to know more about gardening, check out our sister site: Try To Garden.

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What To Keep In Your Medic Bag – with free printable

Emergencies come in so many forms and one of the most critical occurrences are medical emergencies. When it pops up, you tend to start panicking a little bit before you start acting. However, it is important to have your tools on hand when it happens, as this will help to reduce the stress you push yourself into.

As such, it is important always to have a medical kit should anything happen. But, what should you have in the kit to start with? There is a general criterion that can help you get your medic bag together and ensure you have everything you need to have.

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The phrase “Think ABC – Airway, Breathing, Circulation. This will help you to analyze the patient and know if they are breathing properly or whether their airway is clear. It will also allow you to understand whether or not they are bleeding and if it is in control. Being able to determine the solutions to these issues will help you to understand what steps you need to take after.

What To Keep In Your Medical Bag

When packing your bags, here are a few ways to help organize the important items…

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General Items

Safety First – Before you start any medical assessment or treatment, you need to think of safety first. To do this, you will need gloves, sanitizers, and safety glasses. If you are wondering what all these are needed for, then you should take a look at what happened in 2020 – the Coronavirus pandemic. With the virus spreading in multiple ways, it is important to clean up and have protective gear before treating affected patients. It is paramount that you start with YOUR protection when looking at items for your medic bag.

Assessment Gears – After equipping yourself with the necessary protective gear, you need to assess what the patient is going through. A thermometer check is important to see whether the patient is running a temperature or not. If they are, you could pull for any instant ice pack you have to cool them down to do the other necessary assessment and work. Also, you will need to record all the details should you have to take them to a hospital. This will enable medical professionals to know exactly what was happening and the next steps to take.

Workplace Tools – You can never tell what exactly is happening in the case of an emergency, so having somewhere to work and what to work with is important.

You don’t want to have the patient on the ground, so it is important to have a base like a shower curtain, tarp, or towel so you can have a clean and safe ground to work on.

Also, trauma shears might come in handy because you may have to cut through pieces of clothing to get to the heart of the problem. A sharpie pen is also critical to have.

Treatment Tools – After you have prepared the working area, geared yourself, and do the necessary assessment, you may have to perform mild treatments. Having peroxide, rubbing alcohol, and painkillers will help to stabilize the seriousness of the emergency.

After adding the above items to your medic bag, you are probably wondering what the ABCs of the kit should be. We have assessed the necessary tools used in a medical procedure and have identified the following…

The A’s: Airway Items for Your Medic Bag

Flashlight – Medical emergencies don’t always happen during the day, so you will need this tool to help you get through the impossibilities of the night.

Esophageal Airway Pack – Making sure their airway is not blocked is important as you will want them to have enough oxygen going to their system. This pack will help you determine what is going on in their passageway. This pack consists of different tools that will come in handy.

tweezers  for Your Medic Bag

Tweezers – Do you need to pull something out that is causing a clog? You may never know, but we have seen these tools come in handy on so many occasions.

Dental Kit – The mouth is a vital part of assessing a medical emergency, so having an efficient dental kit is important.  

The B’s: Breathing Items for Your Medic Bag

Stethoscope – Make sure your patient is still breathing. If you are unable to detect a pulse movement, a stethoscope will help you get a more defined answer to your quest.

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Benadryl – This is a multi-purpose drug that can be used in many different ways and for different reasons. Whether it is to ease any allergies the patient is experiencing, slight cold issues, or itching.

Epi-Pens – This injector should be on hand as most times, people have near-fatal allergic reactions from elements such as insect bites, drugs, or food, and they need emergency aid. Epinephrine will help to reduce any deeper problems this reaction may cause to the patient.

The C’s: Circulation Items for Your Medic Bag

This is where your kit gets a little more critical, as you will need some creams, drugs, and other items to attend to any medical emergencies. For these items, you may need to add…

Tourniquets – Losing blood in an accident is dangerous and can be fatal for the patient. As such, having a tourniquet will help to stop extensive bleeding to attend to inflicted wounds.

Clot Reducers – You want to have an item that will help with reducing the chances of excessive bleeding and clotting.

Bandages – Bandages of all types are needed in your kit from a minor cut to sprains and even a brace to support possible broken limbs while the patient is being transported to the hospital. Going for high-quality bandages is better as they hold and secure wounds much better.

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SAM (Structural Aluminum Malleable) Style Splint – This tool is critical to helping the patient keep bones and soft internal tissue injuries immobilized to prevent further damages.

Antibiotic Cream/ Disinfectant Spray with Bactine – Reducing the chances of developing bacteria of infection is important, so having antibiotic creams is important.

Self-adhesive Water-proof Bandage – This item is similar to that which is used to wrap a horse’s ankle. It sticks on its own, provides firmness, and does not soak.

Electrical Tape – You might be wondering why to have this in a medical kit. Well, it works on all surfaces and does not soak easily.

Sterile Water – Before you treat a wound, you need to ensure you clean the area properly to remove any potential dirt or bacteria which may have been picked up. You can also give it to the patient to drink.

Aspirin – Aspirin is important as medical emergencies do involve heart attacks, and this drug is effective in helping. However, not everyone can take aspirin, so making checks before administering is important.

aspirin for Your Medic Bag

Peroxide/Rubbing Alcohol – Aside from cleaning, it can also be used as a source of preventing infections and ridding wounds of potential bacteria contraction.

Glucometer; Glucose – The medical emergency may involve fainting or low energy, and a little glucose will help to revive. The glucometer will help you in assessing the status of a patient’s blood sugar levels as well as other details.

We made a list for you to print out –

There might be a few other items you wish to add to your kit, so we have a few blanks on the second page of our checklist for you. Every home and office should have an emergency medical kit on hand because no one knows when the unexpected will strike. Amidst all…stay safe! 

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Different Ways to Use Witch Hazel

If you have wondered what people use witch hazel for, then keep reading! I have some different ways to use witch hazel when it comes to your lifestyle! This can be found by rubbing alcohol at most mass retailers or you can even buy it online, it is very affordable! So that makes it a really great multi-purpose product to have on hand! 

Ways to use Witch Hazel

I don’t know about you but I love things that are non-toxic and able to do multiple tasks. Witch Hazel is one of those gems – it can be used for oh so many things, is inexpensive, and keeps a long time for your storage.

What is Witch Hazel?

Witch-hazels or witch hazels (Hamamelis) are a genus of flowering plants in the family Hamamelidaceae, with three species in North America (H. ovalis,[1] H. virginiana, and H. vernalis), and one each in Japan (H. japonica) and China (H. mollis). The North American species are occasionally called winterbloom.[2][3]


That is a lot of fancy speak to say it is a shrub. A shrub with very pretty and vibrant yellow flowers, but still – a shrub. The leaves and bark were used by Native Americans in herbalism / fold medicine.

Now the claims of everything it can do have been challenged by the FDA as it was starting to sound like a side-show medicine man act to the point that in 2017, one manufacturer of skincare products containing witch-hazel was warned for making unsubstantiated claims.

Don’t ingest Witch Hazel

There are many suggestions about how to use witch hazel as a method to reduce a sore throat. Um, don’t do that. Even Web MD says that if you take high doses by mouth, it may cause kidney or liver damage.

Add in the fact that high amounts of Witch Hazel are toxic as it is a known carcinogen? It is just a bad idea to put it IN your body. You should be more than fine with occasional uses on the outside of your body.

Witch Hazel Benefits

Let’s just take a peek at some of the things that witch hazel has been known to help.

Diaper Rash:

If you have a little one at home, you can use it to relieve diaper rash. Simply get a little on a soft cloth and pat it on your baby’s bottom.

It will help heal up the diaper rash! This is great to use all the time, or when you are out of cream and need a quick fix for your fussy baby! 

Let’s face it, who wants and itchy/sore tushy?

Razor Burn: 

I think we all have had razor burn one time or another. You can use it to relieve the burning sensation from the razor burn. Just apply with a soft cloth and it will subside the painful burn!

This will come in handy fore everything from arm pits to that more sensitive bikini zone.

Poison Ivy:

Leaves of three, let it be is only good when it is daylight and you can see it. Camping in a dark area like Peninsula State Park of Wisconsin might be a challenge if your flashlight bites it on your way to the outhouse and those flip-flops do a poor job of protecting your skin.

Once that pesky poison ivy attacks, use witch hazel to get rid of the itch! It has natural ingredients that help soothe that itch and doesn’t dry out your skin in the meantime. Just apply as needed on the troubled areas. 

Witch Hazel for Acne:

Ideally added to products for oily skin, witch hazel acts as an astringent, causing your tissues to contract to help shrink pores, while also soothing your skin and relieving inflammation.

It can be applied directly to your face after cleansing or steaming for maximum effectiveness.

Hemorrhoid Relief:

If you have hemorrhoids, you can put some witch hazel on some toilet paper and lightly dab it on your hemorrhoids. It does sting a little right at first for some people, but it goes away pretty quickly. This is a really great natural relief.

If you have never had this problem, you won’t understand why dogs drag their hineys across the carpet for relief.

Depuff Eyes:

Wake up with some bags under your eyes? Take equal parts of water and witch hazel, soap a cloth, and press it under your eyes for 10-15 minutes. This is great at de-puffing your eyes.

Stop Bleeding From Cuts: 

If you have a minor cut, you can use witch hazel to stop the bleeding. Dip a cotton swab in witch hazel and press it over the cut. It is a quick and sanitary way to stop the bleeding. If it is a pretty big cut it will not work, but works great for small nicks and cuts. 

As you can see, witch hazel can really come in handy for different situations! It is a great product to buy and have on hand for when you need it! Do you use witch hazel? If so, tell me your favorite way to use it! 

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The Best Natural Prepper Antibiotics To Stock

Natural Prepper Antibiotics? Since the beginning of time, it has been known that food has healing powers and strengthens the body’s immune functions. We all know that foods high in vitamins and minerals protect our body and helps prevent infection and disease.

Prepper Antibiotics

When planning your stockpile for an emergency it’s so important to think of natural antibiotics you will need to help keep your body strong and free of sickness. It’s important to note that these items are healthy for you as part of an ongoing health regimen and not just for an emergency.

Natural Prepper Antibiotics

We all know that when the SHTF we most likely won’t be able to just call our family doctor and then waltz down to the pharmacy to pick up what was ordered for us. That is why we have to look at alternatives.

Apple Cider vinegar is a natural antibiotic and antiseptic, its also inexpensive so you can afford to stock up. It can be used to aid in the help of cholesterol, arthritis, skin disorders, clearing up sinuses, weight loss and much more.

Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil makes for wonderful Prepper Antibiotics and the best part is it can be used for cooking and provides a fast boost of energy. Coconut oil is best used on your skin because it has lauric acid in it and it’s the closest form of oil naturally made by your body.

It works to take the sting out of sunburns, alleviates itching from skin disorders, and helps to clear up acne.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Peppermint Oil:

Peppermint oil aids in digestive problems, freshens breath and is a natural pain relievers. Peppermint oil is antibacterial and helps get rid of lice and helps bruises heal more rapidly. You can also use it to help with colds and allergies by sniffing or applying a couple of drops under the nose.

Fish Antibiotics:

If you are in a situation where a doctor is not available, fish antibiotics are worth considering. Fish antibiotics are simply amoxicillin, that is prescribed for humans, it is hard to find however you can find it online.

Animal antibiotics are often safe for human consumption and great for preppers since they do not require a prescription. It can be used to treat any bacterial infection such as step throat, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, sinusitis, colds, and more. You will want to research dosing amounts for children and adults.

Activated Charcoal:

Activated charcoal is similar to grilling charcoal however it is oxygenated, which makes it safe for consumption. Hospitals often give patients with severe food poisoning and drug overdoes activated charcoal because traps toxins in the body and allows them to be flushed out without being absorbed into the body.

It’s important to take with lots of water so that it will flush the toxins from the system. Activated charcoal can be used for alleviating gas, treats alcohol poisoning and hangovers, emergency toxin removal, skin health, and reducing high cholesterol.

Tea Tree Oil:

Tea Tree Oil is a very powerful immune stimulant and works to help fight bacteria and viruses, It can be used to treat fevers and kill bacteria in wounds. When applied topically it helps clear acne, heals skin infections, helps remove ticks, treats ringworm, psoriasis and helps soothe asthma symptoms.

Other options:

I know I mentioned fish antibiotics, here are a few more pet/vet gems you might want to stock up on.

All of the medications are on the WHO essential medications list. This is a list strictly for informational purposes, I not your doctor giving you a prescription.


Bacteria come in different forms that are susceptible or resistant to antibiotics based on if they are gram + or -. Due to this, in an SHTF scenario unless you have a microscope and gram stain you will not know what you have.

Examples of broad-spectrum: amoxicillin, imipenem, pipericillin, Levaquin, Cipro, moxifloxin, streptomycin, and tetracyclins.

Prepper Antibiotics

Ciprofloxacin {Cipro}:

A good antibiotic for adults, not children. You have to go based on dose/kg dosing.

This is a very strong antibiotic. ls used for UTI, pneumonia, skin infection, bone/joint infection, sinus infection, plague, and anthrax. Cipro covers both gram + and – bacteria,

ln a survival situation, unless you have a microscope and the appropriate stains, you will not know what type you are dealing with. Do not take within 2 hours of calcium-based antacids.

Dosing: adult 500mg po q 12h, and the length of treatment depends on infection type, usually 7 days, with Anthrax being 60 days.

Metronidazole (Flagyl):

This is an antibiotic that is used for anaerobic bacteria, ameba, and protozoa. Metronidazole is primarily used to treat: bacterial, fungal, and protozoan infection: amoebiasis, giardiasis, trichomoniasis which are mostly Gl infections.

This is an important antibiotic due to the risk for c-diff and giardiasis which can cause severe diarrhea which can kill a person in a survival situation.

important to only use for conditions indicated because may be carcinogenic.

Dosing: tricomoniasis 500mg po bid x 7 days. For c-diff 250-500mg po qid x 10 days. For other infections: 500mg po tid x 7 days.

Cephalexin (Keflex):

This is an antibiotic that is effective against both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. lt is effective against middle ear infections, strep throat, bone and joint infections, pneumonia, skin infections, and urinary tract infections. This antibiotic can be used in pregnant women, children, and breastfeeding women.

–>lf person is allergic to penicillin should not use this medication.

Dosing: 500mg po bid x 7-10 days

Prepper Antibiotics

Be careful playing doctor

When you are looking at medications that you are going to have in your go-bag or in your first aid kit, you have to take into account any allergies that people in your group may have. you also need to make sure that you are giving the correct dosage to the person.

Some of these medications come in powder form, and should only be used in an emergency due to having to calculate the appropriate amount. When giving medications, they are best taken on an empty stomach, but if stomach irritation occurs, you can take the medication with food. it may not be as effective.

Be very sure of your diagnosis:

When giving medication, you have to be careful to make sure that the person actually has a bacterial infection and not a virus, the medications will only work on bacterial infections.

Symptoms of bacterial infection are:

A fever of over 101 degrees, tachycardia, tachypnea, hypotension, weakness.

Symptoms of an Abdominal infection are:

Distension, tenderness, bloody stool, puss in stool.

Symptoms of UT infection are:

Urgency, burning pain, foul smelling urine, cloudy urine, altered mental status.

Symptoms of skin infection are:

Warmth, redness, swelling, drainage from cuts/pus.

Where to get these antibiotics

A few different sites that have them are California Veterinary Supply, Camping Survival, and Thomas Labs are a few that I have found that carry all of the above at a decent price.

This is a list of my favorite natural antibiotics and I am always looking for more. I would love to hear from you all, what naturals antibiotics do you recommend?

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