I was playing with the hypotheticals and wondered how one would get salt in the wild?
Let's say we are in a cabin deep in the woods for a year...
Salt.. well sodium is essential to keep the heart muscle beating properly. So this would make it an essential nutrient. I know that you can boil down hickory roots. The crystal stuff left over after you've boiled off the water is salt. But, here in eastern Ontario, hickory trees are hard to come by.
I have asked several bushcrafty types of people question and it has only served to make them start inquiring themselves. So though I would run this question by you folks here and see if you have an answer to this question of mine that has my brain gears grind to a halt with a question mark!
I know that blood has sodium in it, so I would think that technically, if you were to use the blood of fresh kill to cook or make sausage... it might help. My folks were in Europe during WWII and I know that not a single scrap was wasted, so they even made blood sausage from the freshly killed animals.
Any suggestions would be most welcome.
Would love to know any natural sources you guys/gals can think of.
One of my friends suggested trying to rinse the gravel at the sides of highways, as salt is put on roads... I was looking for a more natural source.
Are any of you Native? Am trying to figure out how the early Natives, would have gotten sodium in their diet. They obviously lived off the land, so it can obviously be done.