The cold air can trigger health problems such as asthma, sore throat, sinusitis etc. and such ill conditions lead to a lot of unnecessary medical attention during the season. Home remedies and the usage of salt for immediate relief have been around for centuries.
Halotherapy or ‘salt therapy’ is clinically proven to help clear mucous build up from the lungs and allowing you to breathe easier. Salt therapy takes the healing properties of salt deep into the respiratory system. It supports and enhance the immune system and provides a natural resistance to disease and reduces susceptibility to colds and flu.
Sore throat: Sore throats are common in winter and are almost always caused by viral infections. One quick and easy remedy for a sore throat is to gargle with warm salty water to soothe the throat and the infection in the process. Add 1 teaspoon of mineral salt or sea salt to 8 oz. of warm water, gargle the solution and then spit it out. Repeat 4-6 times a day until symptoms subside.
Flu: Some are prone to the flu in the winter months, which means at least 3-4 days of bed rest. The common symptom of flu is blockage of nasal passage that creates difficulties in breathing. Treat your stuffy nose with warm salt water.
While its effectiveness for colds has proven valid, daily rinsing can actually end up depleting the nasal cavity from mucus necessary to keep harmful viruses and contaminants out of the body. Skip this daily deed and instead only rinse when you are symptomatic for the best results.
Salt-water rinsing helps break nasal congestion, while also removing virus particles and bacteria from your nose. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in 8 oz. of warm water.
Some people use a neti-pot, which looks like a miniature teapot. When using a neti-pot, the solution is poured, rather than squeezed, into the nose. While tilting the head to the side, pour the salt water into one nostril and let it drain out the other. Repeat two times if necessary and then treat the other nostril.
Sinusitis: During the cold, dry winter months, sinus infection is quite common. The sinuses produce mucus that serve various functions, mainly filtering inhaled air. The nasal cavities become blocked when they are filled with mucous, and trapped mucus causes an uncomfortable sensation of pressure and providing an excellent environment for the growth of infection-causing bacteria. Saltwater drops help keep the nasal passages open by washing out thick or dried mucus.
Ear infection: If you suspect you have an infection, heat one cup of salt in a hot pan for three to five minutes. Pour the hot salt inside a towel or sock. Seal the open end with a rubber band or tie a knot. When it is bearably hot, lay down and put the cloth on the affected ear for 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat this remedy daily as many times as required. The heat generated from the sock will help draw out fluid from the ear and relieve swelling and pain.
Dry skin: Dry skin is a common condition and is often worse in winter; one can feel the chapped skin with lines. Bathing in warm water enriched with sea salts is a wonderful way to hydrate and soften dry skin.
Mineral-rich Epsom salt bathwater can also help turn rough, dry skin into smooth, soft skin, especially if you use partially dissolved salt crystals to exfoliate dead skin cells and rough spots away. Taking Epsom salt baths regularly may help keep your skin soft, but the key is to remember to rinse away any salt that is left on your skin after your bath. To keep your skin moisturized, use warm water in the tub and limit your time in the water — too much water or heat can take away moisturizing oils from your skin. Within three minutes of getting out of the bath or shower, pat your skin dry and apply a moisturizer to lock in water and prevent it from evaporating and taking your skin’s natural oils along with it.
Thanks to preventdisease.com