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Valued as gold. Used as money. Used in IV drips.   
[trx_dropcaps style="2"]T[/trx_dropcaps]There is no more indispensable agent of nature than salt.  The need for salt is well established throughout all of human history. There have been wars over salt.  Saltworks, an American sea salt supplier, states in it's History of Salt, that salt and history are inextricably linked. They trace salt back more than 6000 years before the birth of Christ. [trx_quote style="2" author="The History of Salt, Saltworks" link="http://www.saltworks.us/salt_info/si_HistoryOfSalt.asp"]Salt was in general use long before history, as we know it, began to be recorded. Some 2,700 years B.C.—about 4,700 years ago—there was published in China the Peng-Tzao-Kan-Mu, probably the earliest known treatise on pharmacology. A major portion of this writing was devoted to a discussion of more than 40 kinds of salt, including descriptions of two methods of extracting salt and putting it in usable form that are amazingly similar to processes used today. Chinese folklore recounts the discovery of salt. Salt production has been important in China for two millennia or more. And the Chinese, like many other governments over time, realizing that everyone needed to consume salt, made salt taxes a major revenue source. Nomads spreading westward were known to carry salt. [caption id="attachment_5509" align="alignleft" width="200"]Salty Facts: Salt is Featured Image Sea salt on old wood[/caption] Egyptian art from as long ago as 1450 B.C. records salt-making[/trx_quote] There is no period in recorded history that one cannot link to salt. Human beings could not survive without it. At one time in history indeed, salt was more valuable than gold and used in trade across Asia and Europe. The Phoenicians and Egyptians traded salt along with their other most precious possession, incense.  Empires developed around salt. The suffix "which" in Britain meant that salt could be found in a location.  Norwich is an example of such a place. Even some of our favorite words like "salary" and salad have their origin in salt.  Laborers were paid in salt during the Roman Empire era. Also, "Salting the Earth" was and is a popular military tactic that began with the Assyrians.  China was one of the first great civilizations to document salt wars Great misunderstandings about salt that have led to deaths, but the fact is salt – even table salt – is essential to life.It is regulated by the pituitary gland (not floating around in the body aimlessly causing high blood pressure), and selectively controlled by kidney function. Salt is nature’s purifier. We use it to clean up our water and other elements in the food, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries.  It must be used in and on food to allay or avoid nausea.  Whenever you feel nauseous, placing a bit of salt on the tip of the tongue will soothe the discomfort. Salt is a unique compound of nature. It is comprised of as many as 80 - 90 different minerals and trace elements.  It is generally in a hyper-state of existence, meaning that it is an electron donor, which attributes to its corrosive effect. Table salt contains only 2 minerals: sodium and chloride – totally inadequate for bodily sustenance.   The FDA established a minimum daily requirement for salt: 1 teaspoon Salty Facts: Salt Is Salt and Fresh ingredients for baking Imageper day.  However, we recommend fully mineralized, unprocessed salt – such as Celtic or Real Salt - as the best for the body.  It supplies vital minerals as well as the aforementioned attributes. Although, salt by and of itself is not a primary provider of minerals.   Theoretically, it’s very difficult to overuse salt.  Why?  Salt is eliminated constantly throughout the day in the form of perspiration, urination, defecation and the tearing process.  Salt has to be in the blood as a barrier against organism overgrowth. The human bloodstream has to be the same salinity as seawater in order to inhibit the growth of organisms.   Contrary to what’s been taught, salt does not contribute to high blood pressure.  The connection between salt and high blood pressure was extrapolated from laboratory experiments with salt.  The thinking was transposed to the human system, which doesn’t correlate with the laboratory model.  In the human body, salt is dynamic and essential to life.   [trx_infobox style="success" title="Read More" closeable="no"]For more information on other uses for salt read Be Salty Naturally Boost Immune System [/trx_infobox]