By Rob Hanus
Salt. Sugar. Baking soda. Though these three items are usually considered cooking/baking essentials, they have more uses than just for cooking.
Salt – Salt can be used for anything from putting out grease fires to preserving meat, but there are other important aspects of salt that we’re interested in. Salt is a vital nutrient and without salt in your diet, your body loses the ability to regulate critical functions. Of lesser importance, it also can flavor wild and foraged foods to make them more palatable.
Sugar – We all know the value of having sugar, and having some of this in your pack can make the instant coffee or tea taste much better. This also comes in handy when making pine tea or other foraged herb. According to this study (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1220316/Cut-Sprinkling-SUGAR-wound-help-heal-faster-lessen-pain.html) sugar may also heal wounds faster, as it has antibacterial properties.
Also, Marjory has an article about treating ear mites in rabbits using honey, which is a form of sugar. Check out that article here: http://www.growyourowngroceries.org/home-remedy-for-rabbits-with-ear-mites/
Baking Soda – Baking Soda probably stands out as the oddest thing to pack in your Go bags. There are scores of household and cooking uses for baking soda, but a few uses you may not be aware of include using is as an antacid or to relieve itch and irritation from insect bites, stings and rashes.
Individually, these three items have enough merit to include in your evacuation and survival kits, but there are also some great uses for these ingredients.
- Salt and baking soda mixed together makes a good toothpaste that is very shelf stable. You can leave out the store-bought toothpaste and simply brush with this old-fashioned mixture.
- Probably the most important use is when you combine all three of these ingredients together to create an electrolyte mix. When you’re sweating a lot or have a diarrheal illness, you need to replace the electrolytes that you’re losing. By mixing these components into 1 liter or quart of water creates an electrolyte replacement drink: 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 2 tablespoons of sugar.
Separately, any of these three items would be a valuable addition to your pack, but mixed together, they can become a life-saving mixture.
For those that are the curious type, here is some information on how valuable salt has been in US history: http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/trans-p/images/he3.html
Rob Hanus is the author of the book “The Preparedness Capability Checklist” which is an easy to read book with the absolute best method for intelligent and deliberate prepping. Rob is also host of the Preparedness Podcast.
You can get the Rob’s book here http://www.thepreparednesspodcast.com/capability-checklist/
and tune into Rob’s podcast here: http://www.thepreparednesspodcast.com/preparedness-podcast/
Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of “homegrown food on every table.” Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.