A very precious item in survival preparation is salt. Since the beginning of recorded time, salt has always held great importance to humans, and it has nothing to do with making food taste better. Other than the obvious—the human body’s need for ingestion of salt, the substance also has other beneficial uses. Salt, especially natural sea salt and mineral salts, were once as valuable as gold. Wars were fought over salt mines and other sources in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Roman soldiers were often paid in salt. But they weren’t looking at the culinary benefits; they were concerned more with their very survival. In a survival situation, salt can save your life. Pastes, poultices and salt-water soaks have proven curative powers because it fights infection and promotes healing. It is a natural food preservative because if fights spoilage, which will help stretch your fresh food harvests through difficult times. The vitamins and minerals in natural salt provide the extra nutrients and trace minerals (84 of them) the body requires in order to function properly. And on a lesser note, most beauty aids are salt-based, allowing you to keep your vanity intact, promoting a good sense of well-being and increased self esteem. Building your stockpile of salt. The most important consideration is to shop smartly. Since it is a natural preservative, salt will keep indefinitely. However, you must ensure that you are getting good quality salt. Whenever possible, purchase all natural clay salts, sea salts, or other salts which have been organically collected. When storing your salt stores, seal in tightly closed, air-tight containers to reduce the possibility of contamination and clumping, especially in humid climates. If you find your salt has hardened over time, it can be easily broken apart with any clean, hard utensil. Extract what you need and seal the container tightly once more. The time and effort you put into finding and storing quality salt will be worth it in the long run. In a survival situation, dehydration can be a killer. If a pre-mixed solution, such as power drinks containing electrolytes is not available in an emergency situation, we suggest the following for an easily mixed oral rehydration solution: ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 liter of safe drinking water. The measurements must be accurate, otherwise the solution will be less effective and maybe even harmful. Have the victim drink as much as possible at one time so rehydration can be accomplished. However, if the victim is vomiting, small amounts of the solution should be given at frequent intervals. So, as you make your preparations for future, unknown events that could occur at any time, don’t forget the salt… and lots of it. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ I am considering buying a product like this if the price is right and if I get mostly positive feedback from the folks here at monkey.... . Morton® White Crystal® Solar Salt Link no longer works - admin .