Are you worth your salt when it comes to prepping?
Hello my friend and welcome back! In yesterdays post, we talked about Corn Starch and all of the great things you can do with it and today we are going to talk about Salt and why you really need to have a lot of it in your preps. Without it, your chances of survival in a worst case disaster will be very small to say the least, so Grab a cup of coffee my friend and have a seat while we visit.
Salt has been a part of mans survival for thousands of years, and yet today, we really don’t think much about it. Salt is necessary if you want to be healthy, in fact, not so long ago, Salt was considered more valuable than gold. In many kingdoms it was the currency of choice. In fact, this is where the expression of being “worth your salt” comes from.
Wars were fought over salt and if you had it you were considered wealthy. Now fast forward to today when they have so many varieties of salt on the market. There is everything from the table salt with added iodine that most people use, to smoked salt and everything in between.
So why is salt so important? Your body needs salt to function normally. A few of the things it does for your body is to help stabilize your heart beat, balances sugar levels in the blood, helps clear your lungs when your congested, and it is a strong anti-stress element for the body. In fact, many mental disorders are actually caused by not having enough salt in your diet. It is truly the blood of the earth as many say.
Besides just having salt for eating, there are many of other uses for it such as drying hides, and killing weeds. Tanning hides uses a lot of salt, and in a post-SHTF world, you will be drying a lot of hides for your personal use.
Salt is one of the oldest forms of preserving food for long term use. People have been using it to preserve meat for thousands of years. Fish is just one such meat which is commonly preserved using salt. Cleaned fish were often packed in barrels of salt for long term and they simply took one out, washed it off and prepared it however they choose.
Pork is another meat that is often cured with salt. If you want to make bacon, you will definently want to keep a lot of salt on hand. Salt cured meat has been around for thousands of years and is still done and you can still by salt pork in many stores to this very day. Many people brine their meet with a mixture of salt and water to help tenderize the meat. When it comes to cooking, salt is king.
Did you know that salt is also great for cleaning things as well? Make a slurry of salt and a little water and use it to clean grease and dried food from your pots and pans. It’s also good for your complexion as well. Many people use it with a little water to remove dead skin cells from their face and arms. It has many beauty uses for the woman in your life.
Salt makes a great tooth paste as well. It helps remove stains from your teeth and can also be used to kill germs that cause bad breath. If you have a tooth infection or you just lost a tooth, rinse your mouth several times a day with strong salt water and spit it out when you’re finished. Dentists have been recommending it for many years and many people still do it regularly to this day. Sore throat? Gargle with warm salt water. We all know the benefits of mild salt solution used for sinuses.
If you have 5 or 10 pounds of salt in your preps and you think your good to go, then you better think again. Salt is one of the items that you want as much of as you possibly can. Once you start curing hides, and preserving meat, it will go fast, and there is a good chance that it could, once again, become the currency of choice in a Post SHTF world so you better stock up on as much as you can get your hands on. Fortunately, it’s not expensive to buy now, so I would take advantage of that if I were you.
Well I guess that is it for today and I hope you have found this post interesting and informative? Until next time, stay safe, stay strong, and stay prepared. God Bless America!