Common salt is a crystalline compound with chemical formula NaCl. Its chemical name is chloride of sodium. Common salt is obtained by evaporation of sea water and used in preparation, seasoning of foods and as a preservative. It is always available in our kitchen as food article. It is added in small amounts to food for taste.
In various food products salt is used as preservative viz. Cheese, butter, pickles etc. It inhibits growth and survival of bacteria. Saline solutions are antimicrobial as these causes loss of water from cells of organism, limit oxygen availability and prevents further growth. You can also use common salt to get relief in some common health issues such as sore throat, nasal congestion, cough etc.
Medicinal uses of Common Salt
- Nasal Congestion
Prepare a saline solution, by adding salt in water. With help of dropper but few drops in each nose. This causes loosening of mucus and thus easy removal. This is very beneficial in case you are suffering from common cold and have felling of stuffiness.
- Sore throat, Pain while swallowing
In a glass of lukewarm water, add salt and pinch of turmeric powder. Now gargle with this. Do this few times a day. You will definitely get relief in painful and difficult swallowing.
- Weak Gums
Mix salt in few drops of mustard oil and massage gently by applying on finger tips. Do this regularly for a week.
- Insect in ear
Prepare a saline solution and with help of dropper, put 2-3 drops in ear.
- Wounds, cuts
Use saline water to wash and soak injured body part.
- Exfoliate skin
Rub salt on facial skin in circular motion.