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Table salt, also known as sodium chloride, is an important ingredient used in preparing and preserving food. But in addition to these, there are other benefits of salt, especially in curing minor ailments.

To Treat a Sore Throat

Salt is a simple and effective remedy for a sore throat. It draws the excess fluid from the inflamed throat and eases the pain caused by the toxins. Mix a teaspoon of salt with warm water and gargle all through the day.

As a Treatment for Minor Eye Infections 

Salt is also an effective treatment of eye infections, according to a post by Family Life Goals. Simply mix a tablespoon of salt in already boiled water and let them cool together. Use this saltwater mix to rinse infected eyes  3-4 times daily.

As an Effective Remedy for Blackheads

Blackheads are caused by a build-up of an excess amount of oil and sebum in the skin glands. Using a home remedy mix of saltwater naturally dries out any excess oil in the skin, clearing out the blackheads, says Natural News.

To Cure Sleep Apnea

Mayo Clinic defines sleep apnea as a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly, and you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep. There are, however, home remedies and cures for this disorder, one of which includes a salt water gargle. Enlarged tonsils can contribute to sleep apnea, but gargling consistently with salt water can cause your tonsils to shrink. Apnea Treatment Center suggests to mix a teaspoon of salt together with a glass of warm water, tip the head backwards, gargle the mixture, then spit out, taking care not to swallow.

If the above symptoms persist for more than 3 days, see a doctor.

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This article was first published on 27th June 2018


Amara Adanna Ogbonna is a Christian, foodie, and lover of arts. She spends most of her time on Facebook.

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