Apr 292011

I’m not talking about gold, silver and oil. What I’m going to suggest is that the next time you go to your favorite value store that you consider stocking up on four items: Epsom salts, baking soda, granulated sugar, apple cider vinegar.

These items aren’t terribly expensive and they are extremely useful with lots of applications. Epsom salts has real therapeutic value and can be applied in dozens of ways.   Some people find it useful in the garden as a plant stimulant because of the magnesium. However, as Mother Earth News points out one has to be very careful and only use Epsom salts if a soil test calls for it:

“You should never use Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate), lime or other single-ingredient soil amendments unless you have had your soil  tested, and the results confirmed that you need to add that particular ingredient. Adding Epsom salts would benefit some soils, but it could     be harmful in others. The only way to know which situation you have is to get a soil test.”

Around our house, the Epsom salts bath is considered a big treat.

Dr. Mark Sirius has written an entire book on the medical uses of baking soda.  Dr. Sirius says:

“Baking soda is a neutralizer of many other compounds, which makes it extremely helpful as a medicine in the age of toxicity, which we are all presently passing through.”

Baking soda is, of course, alkaline. Most disease  thrives in an acid environment. Here’s a protocol which I’ve experimented with (with some success) to ward off illness.  Baking soda, as well as Epsom salts, can be helpful in cleansing radiation from our bodies.

“So useful and strong is sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) that at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, researcher Don York has used baking soda to clean soil contaminated with uranium.” Or, you can just use it as toothpaste. My favorite.

Sugar can give us the blues and be addictive as food but is useful as a preservative in the canning process.  One fascinating thing about sugar is that you can use it in emergency first aid to pack wounds, something that used to be done routinely and is now making a comeback.

Apple cider vinegar is one of nature’s medicines and can be used in dozens of ways
plus it doubles as a house hold cleaner. Most of the stuff we can calls for apple cider vinegar.

If you are trying to figure out some inexpensive items that keep well and will have a myriad of uses long term consider stocking big supplies of epsom salt, baking soda, granulated sugar and apple cider vinegar. As it happens all of these items are usually available at Costco in big packages or gallon jugs and at affordable prices.


  3 Responses to “Invest in Commodities”

  1. I have several gallons of vinegar and just got a 25lb bag of salt for curing etc. — these are long range items with no expiration date — I also advocate having lots of peroxide — mouthwash, wound sterilizer etc. Several gallons of bleach is a good idea. They are cheap now but who knows when everyone will wake up to the inflation in consumables.

    What about the shelf life for baking soda?

  2. Good ideas! I also recommend black peppercorns. At one time they were literally worth their weight in gold, if sealed well they last practically forever and they don’t take up much space. I also invest in lead…
    .22 shells are cheap, effective and last a long, long time. The deer here on Orcas are small but tasty…

  3. I have large quantities of spices that I bought from the Monterrey Spice Company. But compared to baking soda, sugar, etc. they are expensive. I agree totally on the .22. Having a variety of calibers is fun but focusing on the .22 is economical and feasible. The “gun guys” would scoff at the lack of firepower but unless you can answer “yes” to the following question the .22 should be the right ammo for most people. The question, of course, is: “Would you enjoy being shot with a .22?”

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