I thought I'd ask this because I haven't found a lot of info on it thus far...
A post I read on PaNu mentioned tribal people chewing on leaves and bark etc., which made me think of asking this, and it just seems that humans like chewing on things for entertainment, from what I've read about people in ancient civilizations and tribes chewing different types of wax and tree gum and stuff. I dunno about everybody else here, but I like chewing on stuff! But even "natural" chewing gum has artificial sweeteners or sugar in it, which I want to avoid.
So, what would be a good natural thing to chew on, that would be accessible for someone today? I've read stuff about birch and spruce resin being chewed but I have no clue where/how I would get them. Maybe beeswax? Thoughts?
We have this mint leaf bush in my backyard that overgrew extremely, so to take it down I will daily grab 5 leaves chew on them like a gum and spit it out. Leaves my mouth refreshing and curbs my appetite.
Pine pitch makes good chewing gum. But before you chew it, put it into a clean, empty glass jar and put it in boiling water for about an hour.
It boild off some of the flavor, but all of the germs, etc. also gets rid of some of the nastier stuff in it....
Freezeit to store it.
Thaw b4 you chew.
frozen, it loses all stickyness, and is quite easy to handle, a bit like very weak, brittle glass.
Mastic gum. Frankincense. Myrrh. All were/are used as chewing gum, though normally known as resin to burn for incense. Mastic still widely used as chewing gum. Chewing some right now. Slight piney-lemony taste. Taste lasts forever. I've been chewing this piece for 8 solid hours. Mouth still piney.
Ever tried chia seeds soaked in water until they form a gel? You can chew on a mouthful of those for hours. As for commercial products, you could try xylitol-based gum. By all accounts I've ever heard, xylitol is healthy or neutral in small quantities.