I use non-iodized sea salt for these and other health practices.
- Flushing sinuses* Although its use is ancient, modern medical research has shown that flushing the sinus passages with a saline solution can help prevent/relieve sinus infections, relieve post-nasal drip.
- Cleaning teeth Try a mixture of salt and baking soda for your “toothpaste.“ Pulverize sea salt in a blender or crush it with a rolling pin, mix with an equal amount of baking soda, shake, and store in a small glass jar. Mix with a bit of water, and brush as usual. Both salt and baking soda have antimicrobial properties that kill many of the pathogenic bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease.
- As a gargle, mouthwash, or breath sweetener* Mix a teaspoon of this mixture in a cup of warm water.
- As an eyewash* Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and used it as a wash for tire, irritated eyes.
- Reducing under-eye puffiness Dissolve ½ teaspoon of salt in a cup of hot water; soak a wash cloth or cotton balls in the solution and apply on the puffy areas.
- Reducing fatigue Soaking tired feet or your entire body in a warm salt-infused bath has a restorative effect.
- Relieving the pain of insect stings Mix salt with a bit of water and apply to the sting immediately.
- Treating poison ivy Soaking the affected areas in hot saltwater helps relieve the itch and dry up the blisters
- As an exfoliant Mix sea salt half and half with olive oil and rub gently over the body for an exfoliating, moisturizing scrub. Rinse with warm water. For the face, mix one part salt with one part honey.