Maintaining a positive mental attitude can be difficult during survival situations. So, when things aren't going your way, it's important to have some go-to methods of boosting your morale. You might take some down time to read a favorite book, play cards, draw or write, or enjoy a tasty snack. These activities help you stay productive, and take your mind off the harsh realities of your situation.

Spruce pitch chewing gum teeth candy sugar 6

Chewing gum also falls into this morale-boosting category. It provides a burst of flavor, and keeps your mind and jaw muscles occupied. Scientific studies have even shown that chewing gum can significantly reduce anxiety and fatigue and improve your mood. On top of all this, many varieties of chewing gum can improve oral hygiene and keep your breath smelling fresh.

Spruce pitch chewing gum teeth hygiene bacteria 2

It may not look appetizing, but this spruce pitch can be turned into tasty chewing gum.

Unfortunately, during a survival scenario, you probably won't be able to stroll into the local grocery store and pick up a package of your favorite minty gum. Outdoorsmen in the past couldn't either, so they learned to make their own chewing gum from the sap of coniferous trees, such as pine, spruce, and fir. This natural gum has a refreshing flavor, and its antiseptic properties can also help keep your mouth healthy.

Spruce pitch chewing gum teeth hygiene bacteria 1

After cleaning, melting, and straining the pitch, it can be poured into a container to harden.

In the video below, Lonnie of Far North Bushcraft and Survival shows a step-by-step process for making spruce pitch chewing gum. It's a relatively easy process, but you will need some basic tools: two metal cans, a metal strainer, an oven or heat source, foil or parchment paper, and some corn starch (to prevent sticking).

Spruce pitch chewing gum teeth hygiene bacteria 3

The solidified gum is broken into bite-size pieces, which will be coated with corn starch.

Lonnie also makes an important note: be careful how you chew this gum, as it may stick to your teeth. The last thing you want in a survival situation is to lose a filling or break a crown when no dentist is available. However, with a little caution and an active jaw, this gum can spruce up your breath and keep your spirits high.

STAY SAFE: Download a Free copy of the OFFGRID Outbreak Issue

In issue 12, Offgrid Magazine took a hard look at what you should be aware of in the event of a viral outbreak. We're now offering a free digital copy of the OffGrid Outbreak issue when you subscribe to the OffGrid email newsletter. Sign up and get your free digital copy

No Comments