15 Healthy Uses Of Common Table Salt You Didn’t Know

15 Healthy Uses Of Common Table Salt You Didn’t Know

Salt is a discovery we never really think about even though it’s most of the time in front of us. We eat it daily and some even sprinkle it over their shoulders to ward off bad omens. Matter of fact, salt was once used as currency because of its value. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 15 healthy uses of common table salt

So, let’s begin with our list of benefits:

Some health related uses of common table salt 

Stops Heat Cramps

When you do any form of physical activity or exercise for a long period in excess heat, you sweat a lot and end up losing a lot of fluid and salt. This causes sharp pain in your belly, calves and arms. To avoid this discomfort you need to intake lots of fluids with salt. You can eat salty food or drink sports drinks also. You can also make your own sports drink by adding a teaspoon of salt to a quart of water and keep on drinking to retain the fluid level of your body. 

Use common table salt to soothe your tired feet 

If your feet are aching or you feel you can’t take another step, add two cups of Epsom salt to a gallon of warm water. Dip your feet in this water and see how the pain flies away. Epsom salt contains magnesium which keeps your muscles from getting stiff with pain. Though we’re not sure your skin absorbs the salt as there’s no proof of that, still the warm water will definitely make you feel relieved. So, go on and try using Epsom salt. 

Get relivement from sore throat 

If you have a sore throat you can ease the swelling and get relieved from the scratchy feeling by gargling some lukewarm salt water. Add ½ teaspoon of salt to a cup of lukewarm water and mix till salt dissolves. 

Mosquito and bug bites

If you or someone gets bitten by a mosquito or a bug and it turns itchy and red, dip your finger in water and dab on some salt. Apply the salt on your finger onto the bite. The itching and swelling will go away. You can also use common table salt to  relieve hive rashes, angioedema and poison Ivy. 

Uses of common table salt to relieve Heartburn 

Baking soda also falls in the category of salt and happens to be a natural antacid as well. Stir a teaspoon of salt in a glass of cold water and drink it after your meal. But if you suffer from heartburn often then do not treat with remedies by yourself rather go consult a doctor. Remember baking soda is a type of salt that means it contains sodium. Therefore, if you’re on a low-salt diet, your doctor will change it to another antacid. 

Sanitizing cutting boards at home

We all find it easy to cut vegetables on a cutting board and time to time again studies have proven wooden and plastic cutting boards harbor germs inside the grooves made by the knife while cutting, the reason many think twice before using it. Luckily, now you don’t have to think twice. Just wash the board with a salt scrub followed by your regular washing routine. If you use plastic boards for cutting meat, sprinkle some salt and bleach on the board and scrub with a stiff brush. Rinse with hot water. As for wooden boards, first sanitize the board by rubbing salt by using a lemon wedge and then rinse normally. 

Treat Psoriasis and Eczema with common table salt 

Places like the Dead Sea in the Middle East or the Blue Lagoon in Iceland are mineral rich in salt making them an ideal places to soak in as the salty water acts as a moisture for your skin and reduces redness as well. Soaking in mineral rich salty water is beneficial in removing the scaly patches and the inflammation if you have psoriasis or eczema. But you don’t have to go to the Middle East or Iceland, you can soak right at home. For this all you need to do is add Dead Sea Salt or Epsom salt to your bathtub and soak in it for a maximum of 15 minutes. If you can’t get Dead Sea salt or Epsom salt, a cup of common table salt added to your bath water also helps ease eczema symptoms. 

Relivement from Constipation

Do you feel irregular at times? If yes, then mix 2-6 teaspoons of Epsom salt in a glass of water daily and drink it. If the taste doesn’t appeal to you, add lemon juice. This will help you go in between 1/2 hour to 6 hours.

Get rid of Teeth Stains by using salt

If you are still using regular toothpaste instead of salt toothpaste, it’s time to change your toothpaste. According to some studies salt helps whiten teeth. The salt actually scrubs away the stain without damaging your pearly whites. 

Get rid of bad breath 

If you feel your mouth is not fresh or has some smell, it’s probably because your mouth is dry or there’s some plaque buildup in your mouth. Using salt helps in fighting microbes and neutralizes bad breath for at least for 3 hours. You can make mouthwash at home also by mixing half a teaspoon of salt to a cup of water. You can use this mouthwash 5-6 times a day. 

Uses of common table salt for treating canker sores

Is a canker sore making your day a hell, well now you can ease the pain and have those sores heal faster than expected. For this you’ll need to rinse your mouth with salt water. Take a teaspoon of salt and mix into a half-cup of water. Swish in the mouth and spit it. Follow this procedure several times a day. In a matter of days, your sores will go away. 

Reduce eye puffiness with salt 

Sometimes when managing multi-tasks we don’t get adequate sleep and end up having puffy eyes. To make the puffiness disappear, mix a teaspoon of salt to two cups of hot water. Soak pads in the water and apply them on the puffy areas. 

Use salt to relieve fatigue 

Are you suffering from fatigue and want to feel fresh again? Place several handfuls of salt in your bathtub and soak yourself for at least ten minutes and relax. 

Remove dry skin with common salt 

After you take a bath, massage dry salt on your wet body. This will help in removing dead skin and also helps in circulating blood. 

Uses of common table salt for facials

Yes, with salt. No more need to spend money at parlours for facials. All you have to do is mix equal parts of olive oil and salt. Gently massage the paste on your face and throat using long upward and inward strokes. Remove the mixture after five minutes and wash your face regularly. 

Though the uses of common table salt don’t end here!

Though we have listed 15 healthy uses of common table salt in this article, it’s not the end as there are more uses of salt and matter of fact, even some hacks that can help you in your daily life. But as we can’t list our all of them, still the main healthy benefits are listed above. 

All of them are natural but in some cases (where pointed) please consult with the doctor.