Wilderness Survival Hygiene
Toilet Paper: So you're out in the wilderness and you've gotta go. What will you wipe with? Basically whatever you can find that's soft and not poisonous. Some good suggestions are: Moss, a soft pinecone, Fungi, a hand full of grass or leaves, smooth river rocks, snow, or smooth sticks.
Bathing: Soap? Saponins are plants that have properties that produce a lather that penetrates oil and fat. Many have other uses as well.
Some plants that will produce a lather when smashed are:
Amole (also called "soap root")
Dr. Brent Bauer, a Mayo Clinic intern wrote, "Manufacturers of colloidal silver products often claim that they are cure-alls, boosting your immune system, fighting bacteria and viruses, and treating cancer, HIV/AIDS, shingles, herpes, eye ailments and prostatitis. However, no sound scientific studies to evaluate these health claims have been published in reputable medical journals." Why has no one done any "sound studies" on silver to officially evaluate health benifits it might possess?
in 1938 the federal Food and Drug Administration established that from that point forward, only those "drugs" which met FDA standards could be marketed for medicinal purposes (1). In 1999, the FDA banned the use of colloidal silver or silver salts in over-the-counter products. Silver products can and are sold as "dietary supplements" in health stores only if they make no health claims, but many advertisers ignore the last restriction and still promote the benefits of the use of colloidal silver.