Salt: A saviour in winter

Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
18 December 2020

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

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Certain aspects of our diet can be really confusing – you wonder whether a particular food is healthy or not; and it often brings in a lot of confusion. Salt most definitely fits in to this group that mystifies practically everyone! Salt is a vital component in our diet and the quantity we take in is very pivotal-too much or too little can wreak havoc. Let’s look in to the oft forgotten and neglected, yet highly beneficial uses of salt. Tata Salt provides an assurance of purity in the market. Using Vacuum Evaporation technology, Tata Salt offers a healthy, hygienic alternative — an iodized vacuum evaporated salt that is pure and untouched by hand.

7 uses of salt

1. Allays a sore, scratchy throat: There are several benefits of gargling salt water; gargling with saline water is the quickest and most optimal way of managing symptoms of a sore throat. Mix 1 teaspoon salt in 1 cup of warm water and gargle, 2 to 3 times daily. You will experience relief within 24 hours. To make the remedy more potent, you can add a spoon of turmeric as well. Salt is a potent anti-septic and anti-microbial that can kill germs effectively.

2. Clears up congested sinuses: Salt helps you breathe easier when you’ve got a stuffed nose and can help tackle sinusitis successfully. It helps decongest and get rid of all the accumulated mucus. Additionally, being a powerful germ-killer, it stops infection in its tracks! You could opt for OTC saline nose sprays or use a neti pot to clean your nasal passages with salt water. Inhaling steam from a bowl of water to which salt has been added is efficacious as well, as it helps decongest sinuses.

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3. Treats mouth sores: A salt water rinse is the best home remedy for mouth sores. Washing your mouth with salt water promotes healing, fights infection and soothes inflammation quickly. This helps mouth sores and cankers to heal.

4. Fixes a stinky breath: If your breath isn’t clean or feels stale, inadequate water intake and a dry mouth along with a buildup of plaque are most likely to be the cause. Salt battles microbes in the mouth and neutralizes bad breath for a couple of hours. You need to gargle a minimum of thrice daily. Also, brush your teeth with a little bit of salt, it helps scrub away stains and plaque making your teeth gleam!

5. It’s the perfect daily mouth wash: The benefits of gargling salt water are immense. It is prudent to use salt water gargles for everyday oral health maintenance. Salt water keeps the milieu of the mouth alkaline, balances its pH, and is fantastic for the health of your oral micro-biome. Stir 1 teaspoon of salt into 1 cup of water. Swish around and spit out. It’s the perfect natural mouth wash!

6. Manages eczema: Salt can help alleviate the scaly patches, swelling and inflammation that are associated with eczema. Importantly, it can also reduce the chances of getting any secondary infection. Add 5 spoons of salt to a big bowl of water, immerse the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes daily; it significantly eases the symptoms of eczema. In conjunct with your other medicines, a salt bath promises to manage eczema wonderfully well.

7. Soothes tired feet: Soaking your feet in hot water to which a generous amount of salt has been added is the best home pedicure and spa treatment that you can give your feet! Two cups of salt in a bucketful of hot water is a very common remedy for tired feet. Soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes and feel the ache melt away. You can jazz things up by adding a couple of drops of Lavender essential oil to the water. Enjoy the soak!

Try these tips this winter to stay healthy. This simple, everyday ingredient promises to help you tackle symptoms of many of the common winter problems at home and with ease.


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