Salt is a household item that many of us take for granted. In ancient times it was traded like gold, along with other spices and in some cultures today salt is still regarded as valuable and in limited supply.
Salt is a natural healer, its natural antiseptic properties have been used for centuries and is still used today in modern medicine (saline). Salt has over 80 trace minerals that our bodies need to function properly, we can’t live without it. It regulates the water in our cells and body, helps the muscles and nerves work.
Which kind of salt to use
There are different kinds of salt, but for most of the uses listed below normal table salt is all your need. However I don’t advocate eating white refined salt. When eating salt I recommend a natural unrefined salt. Refined table salt that you buy from the supermarket that is used excessively in processed foods is harmful to our bodies and causes many health problems.
We need to eat good natural salt and these are becoming more readily available in grocery stores. Celtic Salt, Sea Salt, Himalayan Salt, just to name a few. There are so many great eating salts out there that your body and health will benefit from and they taste amazing.
If there is one thing you change in your diet, change the salt you eat. It’s simple, it’ll taste great and your body will love you for it. Use your common table salt around the home and buy yourself a wonderful natural eating salt.
There are many uses for salt that you may or may not know about around the home, here are some of the uses and wonders of this basic household item.
- Gargling with salt water is known to relieve the discomfort of sore throat. Add one teaspoon to 100ml of lukewarm water. Swish this solution in the mouth.
- If you have a toothache, this is a short-term quick remedy to tide you over until you reach the dentist. Mix together one tablespoon of salt, two tablespoons of vinegar, and 100ml of warm water. Swish this mixture in the mouth.
- Make a paste with salt and water then place the moist mixture directly on bug bites and stings. Let the paste dry. Some relief should be experienced.
- If you just got burned by eating something too hot, rinse out your mouth with salt water to get a quick ease.
- Mix lukewarm water and salt to make a refreshing mouthwash.
- Rinse sore eyes with a mild solution of warm salt water.
- To make your old “yellowed” linens look brighter you can boil them in a solution with water, baking soda and salt.
- Extinguish a grease fire by throwing salt directly on the flames.
- Sprinkle the salt where you see ants and these pesky insects will stay away.
- Shining Compound – Mix flour, salt and vinegar to clean and shine pewter, brass and copper.
- Add a pinch of salt to the water in the vase with your cut flowers and they will stay fresh longer.
- Clean your drain pipes and get rid of odours with a strong hot solution of salt water and pour down the drainpipes.
- Mix salt and water in a bottle and spray the weeds. They will dry up and die. Do not allow this mixture to get on your plants.
- Add salt to the wash to reduce the amount of suds.
- Soak toothbrushes in salt water before first use, to make them last longer.
- Clean your iron by rubbing salt with a damp cloth on the iron surface. (Not recommended for Teflon-coated irons.)
- Use a mixture of salt and lemon to clean piano keys.
- Cover wine stained fabric in salt, leave and rinse in cool water.
- Remove grease stains in clothing – mix 1 part salt to 4 parts alcohol.
- A mixture of salt and lemon juice removes mildew.
- Sprinkle salt between pavers and path bricks where you don’t want grass to grow.
- Remove blood stains by soaking in cold salt water, then wash in hot soapy water.
In the Kitchen
- The temperature of water increases when salt is added to it. To reduce your cooking time and save on energy, add a pinch of salt to the water.
- Rinse your vegetables in salt water, this will remove dirt and pesticides, and keep your veggies fresher longer.
- Add a pinch of salt to your milk and it will keep fresh for longer.
- Eggs boiled in salt water peel easier.
- Poaching eggs over salted water helps set the egg white.
- To see how fresh your eggs are place an egg in a cup of salt water (2 teaspoons), a fresh egg will sink and a bad egg will float.
- Cleaning a greasy pan will wash easily if you sprinkle it with salt and wipe it with a paper towel first.
- A pinch of salt added to your coffee will enhance the flavour and remove the bitterness of overcooked coffee.
- Soak fish in saltwater before descaling and the scales will come off easier.
- Add salt to green salads to prevent wilting.
- A tiny pinch of salt in egg whites will make them beat up fluffier.
- Soak wrinkled apples in salt water to perk them up.
- Use salt to clean your discoloured coffee pot.
- Get rid of onion odour from your hands by rubbing them with vinegar and salt.
- Use salt to clean stained coffee mugs and tea cups.
- Soak your nuts in salt water over night and they will crack out of their shell, just give them a tap in the morning and the shell will break open.
- Salt improves the taste when cooking apples.
- Freshen sponges by soaking in salt water.
- If stews and soups are too salty, add raw potatoes which will absorb the salt.
- Soak enamel pans in salt water overnight and boil the next day to remove burned-on stains.
- Gelatin sets more quickly when a pinch of salt is added.
- Fruits put in mild salt water after peeling will not discolour.
- Sprinkle salt in your oven before scrubbing clean.
- Soak discoloured glass in salt and vinegar solution to remove stains.
- Clean greasy pans with paper towel and salt.
- Add a pinch of salt to whipping cream to make it whip faster.
- Sprinkle salt into milk scorched pans to remove odour.
- A pinch of salt in your water will hydrate you faster than just water alone.
Now that we have seen the many uses of this common item, we now realise that it is not common after all.
There is one more great benefit of salt, often called ‘The Natural Healer’, that is becoming recognised – salt therapy. The inhalation of salt in salt caves has been used for centuries to treat respiratory and skin conditions. In more modern times specially designed salt rooms are becoming popular throughout the world.
At The Salt Spot we have combined ancient knowledge and the latest technology to reproduce the atmosphere of a salt cave with a monitored, allergen-free and intensely therapeutic microclimate.
Inhalation of salt has been clinically proven to aid in the relief of symptoms from respiratory tract diseases. The anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties of salt naturally reduce congestion and inflammation through the airways, allowing you to breathe easier.
The skin also benefits from the dry salt air, the natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties make it ideal for eczema and psoriasis sufferers.
Salt therapy is a gentle treatment that can support the body, strengthen the immune system, and helps the body:
- Relieve inflammation through the respiratory system
- Clear mucus
- Clear airways
- Cleanse skin
- Improve sleep
- Improve health and wellbeing
- Improve stamina for sports performance
- Speed recovery after exercise
- De-stress and relax
Who knew there were so many different uses for salt.