Salt is one of the main ingredients used in day to day cooking. Other names used for this basic ingredient are ‘Common Salt’ and ‘Table Salt’. Saltiness is a part of one of the five basic taste sensations, i.e. sourness, savory, bitterness and sweetness. Previously, salt was declared hazardous for health by the American Health Association. However, the latest research illustrates that salt is not risky, only if used in small amounts. There are several reasons which comply that common salt is beneficial for health.
What is Unusual and Healthy Uses of Common Salt
Some uses of common salt are described below:
- Cures Nasal Congestion
Apart from giving flavor to food, common salt can also be used to treat a running nose. It basically works as an antiseptic, which tends to fight against the bacteria causing infection. All you need to do is mix ½ teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water, and gargle with this solution for a number of times. Doing this with regular intervals of time is the most convention method of treating sore throat.
- Relaxes Foot Pain
Common salt can be used to ease pain in ankle, heel, toes, sole, or arch. It involves a basic method of dipping the feet in warm water carrying salt. Keep the feet immersed for about 10 to 15 minute. Then pat dry them and massage for 5 minutes.
Salt is considered as a natural ‘Antihistamine’. It is stated that sprinkling a pinch of salt on the tongue counteracts an allergic reaction, or even some sorts of allergic reaction.
- Enhances Sleep Quality
Salt is said to improve the quality of sleep, by boasting anti-excitation and anti-stress qualities. This affects the metabolic rate. As a result, normal amount of common salt enhances sleep quality.
- Cures Insect bite and Stings
Common salt can be used to neutralize the venom or sting of bees. Its antiseptic property makes it useful to disinfect the site of injury. It aids in reducing inflammation and pain. First, wash the injurious site with an anti-septic soap. Then apply a thick paste of salt and water on it for a few minutes. Then rinse it off. If required, repeat the procedure.
The contradictory research on ‘Common Salt’ creates a chaos as per the usage of this ingredient in daily cooking. However, it should be used in accordance with one’s bodily cravings. An adequate amount of table salt in any dish surely makes its extra lavishing!