It’s the time of year when everyone I talk to is in the middle of severe allergy attacks or is downright sick, either with a cold or the flu.
If you are looking for natural remedies for your discomfort, salt is your answer. You can gargle with it to relieve a sore throat, use a neti pot to clear your sinuses or take advantage of the dry salt therapy offered at your local salt room.
One of the properties of salt is that it is naturally anti-microbial. Broken down, this means that salt will stop the growth of, or even kill, bacteria, fungi, viruses or parasites.
Should you go to the physician for a cold or flu, they may give you an antibiotic. This is designed to kill bacteria and, depending on which bacteria you have, it may or may not respond to the antibiotic. Without actually being able to identify the bacteria, such as identifying Streptococcus from a throat culture, it really is difficult to identify which particular antibiotic will work best for your situation. In addition, your discomfort may not even be caused by a bacteria to begin with.
Frequently, your physician will tell you that you have a “virus.” There is truly nothing they can do for you other than tell you to go home, drink plenty of fluids and rest. Very sage advice since your immune system is working hard to fight the invader and your body does not want to have to deal with the other stressors you put on it during a normal day to deal with this other issue.
Exposure to salt will naturally help you heal. It’s been used for millions of years to stop the growth of bacteria. Just one example is in the preservation of food.
That being said, do not be afraid to use salt to help manage your cold and flu symptoms. Certainly gargle with salt. Taking baths with Epsom salts can help with the aches and pains since Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate. Your skin will absorb the magnesium through your skin and help alleviate achy muscles and improve your sleep.
Also, take advantage of your local salt room. Each one has different rules, so call ahead. At Just Breathe, as long as you do not have a temperature, you may sleep in one of our zero gravity chairs and enjoy the benefits of the pharmaceutical grade salt being sprayed into the air. And, if you are well and want to enjoy the multitude of other benefits dry salt therapy offers, do not worry. You will be given a fresh blanket and the salt will help prevent you from getting someone else’s cold.