Salt was essential for centuries as a means of preserving food. It was such a huge commodity that the trade surrounding the stuff formed empires and shaped the world as we know it today. To all you salt lovers out there, it’s time to celebrate because the science is out and the news is good.
There are even studies that back up some of our grandma’s claims about using salt in healing remedies. On top of that, it appears as though salt may have an undeserved bad reputation, and may be better for us than we thought. So, look out, because it’s time for salt to make a delicious comeback.
No, we are not advising you to run out and grab every salty snack you can find. But we are suggesting that it’s definitely time to take a second look at salt and its many surprising benefits — both internally and externally. Before we tell you all about this powerhouse’s list of healing remedies, though, let’s talk briefly about the science on salt that is making waves around the globe.
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The Science Behind Salt as a Healing Remedy
Some studies now show that not only was grandma right about the healing properties of salt but that consuming it may not be as dangerous as we thought.
First, let’s talk about grandma and gargling with salt water as a healing remedy. A new study conducted by a team of international researchers, published on PLOS, proved without a doubt that rinsing with salt water promoted healing at a much faster pace. The salt amazingly caused the injury to pull healing cells from surrounding areas and formed proteins to help the healing cells attach to the damaged ones.
And we aren’t done yet, either. Nutritional epidemiologist Andrew Mente conducted a study on 130,000 people from 49 different countries where he found that it could be dangerous for people to cut salt from their diet. The study, published by The Lancet, also found no association between salt intake and an increase in blood pressure in people who didn’t already have high blood pressure — as well as proof that if you don’t get enough sodium (salt), it could affect your cardiovascular health.
A third study, published by Cell Metabolism, showed the healing properties of salt through diet. Scientists used mice for the study and split them into two groups. One group had a diet that included more salt than the other group. Scientists injected both groups of mice with bacteria that caused a wound to appear on their skin. The wounds on the mice that had a diet higher in salt healed more quickly than the group with the limited salt intake.
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Healing Remedies That Use Salt
It should come as no surprise then, considering what you just learned, that there are a ton of healing remedies you can make yourself using salt. It’s healing, it’s delicious, and salt is also pretty affordable — increasing the appeal of this do-it-yourself option even further. Salt is a global phenomenon, though, and there are a ton of different kinds. Let’s take a look at some of the most common and talk about them a little bit before we dig into all the healing properties and recipes.
The many different kinds of salt
There are at least 12 different kinds of salt that you can find in your local store. It would take too long to go into them in detail, but here is a brief rundown.
- Table salt: The most common, highly refined, minerals (which can be good for you) removed, anti-caking agent added
- Kosher salt: Coarser grains than table salt makes it perfect for meat, dissolves quickly, no added iodine
- Sea salt: Evaporated sea water, usually unrefined, contains additional beneficial minerals from where it came from
- Himalayan pink salt: Purest salt in the world, rich in minerals, bolder flavor than other salts
- Celtic Sea salt: Harvested from mineral-rich seawater, chunky, grey in color, briny flavor, great on fish and meat
- Fleur De Sel: “Flower of salt,” most expensive salt, retains moisture, delicious and bold flavor
- Kala Namak: “Black salt,” Himalayan salt packed with herbs and charcoal, reddish black in color, adds “eggy” taste and smell
- Flake salt: Harvested from salt water, thin and irregularly shaped, dissolves quickly so excellent as finishing salt
- Black Hawaiin salt: Black sea salt harvested from volcanoes, activated charcoal added, coarse-grained and chunky
- Red Hawaiin salt: Unrefined, gets color from iron-rich volcanic clay alaea, used in ceremonies for cleansing, robust flavor
- Smoked salt: Salt slow-smoked up to two weeks, intense and smokey taste
- Pickling salt: Used for making brines and pickling, no anti-caking agents or trace minerals (they discolor the food)
The healing remedies we are talking about today don’t require that you know all of those different kinds of salt. So, don’t worry, there won’t be a quiz later. However, if you are curious and you want to learn more, there’s a full guide right here.
The many benefits of salt
We already briefly touched on some of the studies that prove salt, when used properly, is a powerful healing agent. For centuries people have used salt to cure sore throats, bug bites, skin conditions, allergies, and even emotional upset through ritual baths. There are hundreds of healing remedies that use salt. We dug on the internet and found some of our favorites.
Where to buy your supplies
Obviously, for most of the common types of salt, you can go directly to your local grocery store. There are a few; however, that may require a trip to the gourmet grocery store. Additionally, let’s never forget that you can find any of the salt mentioned above online, of course.
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Healing Remedies for Allergies and Sinus Infections
Do you suffer from frequent stuffy noses or sinus infections? This healing remedy may be for you. Studies show that even allergy sufferers have found relief by using this method. Baylor College of Medicine says that salt water irrigation of the sinuses can speed healing and dry things out up in there.
Irrigating your nose has many benefits, besides just getting some people off of allergy medication (as if that isn’t awesome enough). This healing remedy also keeps your nostrils clean, lowers the number of bacteria in your nose and sinuses, and flushes all those nasty irritants out of there.
- Salt containing no anti-clumping agent or preservatives (these can irritate the eye)
- Baking soda
- One cup (eight ounces) of water (the water must be boiled or distilled)
How to prepare the solution:
- Put 1 rounded teaspoon of baking soda and 3 heaping teaspoons of salt in a container (like a ziplock bag)
- Add 1 teaspoon of that mixture to 8 ounces of lukewarm water
How to irrigate your sinuses:
You can get one of those soft nasal syringes that you use on an infant like this one:
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Or you could go with one of the many kits, like this one:
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In the end, the delivery system is up to you. Then follow these steps we found from Dr. Adappa and Dr. Palmer on YouTube (they found out a handy way to keep the solution out of your ears):
- Get a bulb syringe (or the delivery system of your choice)
- Put all 8 ounces of solution into the bulb
- Bend over at a 90-degree angle (over the sink or in the shower)
- Continue to face the floor or sink (do not turn your head to the side)
- Stick the bottle in the left nostril (continue to face the floor)
- Say the letter “K” in an exaggerated and extended way (Kaaaaaaay)
- As soon as you start to say “Kaaaaaay” squirt half the solution in the left nostril
- Let the solution drain out and then repeat on the other side
- Gently blow your nose
Keeping your face down as instructed in combination with saying the letter “K” could relieve some of the ear pain that results from tilting your head like the other method instructs. If you are using other nasal medication, make sure not to do so right before you irrigate, or you will wash it away. Here’s a video to help out if you are still a little fuzzy on the process.
As the doctor said in the video, you should check with your own physician before you do this at home.
Healing Remedies for Your Mouth and Throat
Now, we already talked about how rinsing the mouth with salt water was proven to help heal cells. Let’s dig a little deeper and look at all the different little ways the healing benefits of salt can help with everyday stuff.
- A sore throat: Mix 8 ounces of water with 1 teaspoon salt, gargle several times a day
- Burn in your mouth: Mix 1/2 teaspoon salt with 8 ounces of warm water, rinse out mouth several times to relieve the burn
- Bite inside the mouth or ulcer: Mix 1 teaspoon salt with 8 ounces of warm water, rinse several times
- Postnasal drip: Mix 1 teaspoon salt with 8 ounces water, drip a few drops in your nose
- Sore gums: Mix 1 teaspoon salt with 4 ounces warm water, rinse mouth for pain relief and to kill the infection
- A toothache: Mix 4 ounces warm water, 2 tablespoons vinegar, and 1 tablespoon salt, rinse mouth for pain relief
Top Healing Remedies for the Skin
You are going to be shocked when you find out all the healing remedies for your skin you have right there at home — provided you have some salt on hand. Whether you want to energize tired joints, exfoliate dead skin, or treat a bug bite, keep reading because salt does way more than you think.
- Bee stings and bug bites: Work equal parts baking soda, salt, and water into a paste and apply to the bite
- Itchy bug bites: Mix equal parts baking soda and salt, dissolve with water, brush onto the sting
- Mosquito bite: Soak a few minutes in salt water, apply an ointment made from salt and lard
- Poison ivy and poison oak: Soak irritated skin in hot salt water
- Acne: Make a saltwater solution of 1 cup water 3 tablespoons sea salt, soak a washcloth with it and let it rest on the affected area
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Salt for exfoliation and baths
Let’s talk a minute about salt water and its many benefits outside of all those nasty things that go wrong, like bug bites. Salt can and should become part of your beauty regimen as well. You can make a lovely exfoliant using coarse sea salt and olive oil. Just use equal parts of each, mix it all together, and rub it gently over your body and no one will believe you didn’t spend the day at the spa. You can even add some of your favorite essential oils to make it smell good if you want.
After you exfoliate, you should certainly think about adding a bath to your list of healing remedies. Some people believe a ritual salt water bath will help dispel negative energy and energize your body from within. If you want to learn more about that, just click here. If you aren’t interested in the ritual side of things, a bath in salt water still has many health benefits. For example, we know that it will heal any cuts or wounds you may have. So there’s no reason not to have a nice salty soak after you scrub your skin.
There’s even a healing remedy for people who suffer from Excema. There are no scientific studies on this one, but nurses and caregivers are already using this method and the reports are primarily positive. Obviously, you can take a dip in the ocean for this effect, but you can also do it at home in your tub. Here’s how:
Make sure you use sea salt. Mix 20 ounces of sea salt with every 3 gallons of warm water. It’s easier to dissolve the salt in the bucket of water before dumping it in the bath. Soak in the bath every day if you want. If you are in a flare and have open wounds, it’s okay to get in, and it will only sting for a second, I promise. After you finish in the bath, rinse the excess saltwater off.
The salt water will make your skin feel softer and does not dry it out like you think it would. Additionally, the antiseptic properties of the saltwater are incredibly beneficial for this condition.
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Now Grab That Salt Shaker and Start to Heal Your Life
Wow, you just learned a lot about salt. Make sure you bookmark this article so you can come back and reference everything we talked about here. Don’t forget, either, that there are hundreds of healing remedies that use salt. We just covered a few of them here today. So, we encourage you to do more research on the topic. Now, grab that salt shaker and start to heal your life.
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