Salt – a valuable commodity since ancient times
Salt has been a valuable commodity since ancient times. In the past it was as worthy as gold, and for those who lived in the deserts the consumption of salt was vital for their survival. To them the salt mines were just as precious as the gold mines. People went to war because of salt. It was used as common currency. In Ancient Rome, for example, a slave was worth his weight in salt, and Roman soldiers were paid in salt. Salt was far more valuable for human survival than gold.
Salt can be found in every household. Do you know how many applications it actually has?
You can use it to remove bad smells from your hands when you cook fish, or chop onions, or garlic. If you mix salt with a little vinegar and wash your hands with this mixture, we guarantee the bad smell will be gone!
Here is one excellent tip for when you finish cooking: make a mixture of water and salt, and use it to wipe the oily pan. You can use salt to drive away ants from your home by sprinkling salt on your thresholds. Coffee and tea stains can be easily removed from your cups. Just mix some dishwashing liquid and some salt, and voila! Have you been wondering how to keep your flowers fresh in a vase for longer? Just put a pinch of salt in the water.
Natural salt is indispensable for the normal functioning of the human body:
- If the body is deficient in salt, it undergoes all kinds of anomalies, such as nausea, fatigue, nervous disorders, muscle cramps.
- The salty taste activates salivation which is very important for digestion. Apart from making your food salty, salt also improves and enhances its taste.
- Salt plays a vital role in the absorption of the food elements in the intestinal tract.
- Sodium and chlorine are essential elements of gastric acid.
- Sodium is a vital part of the structure of many transport proteins which carry various nutrients to the cells.
- Salt regulates the circulation of liquids and is responsible for the dilution of blood and lymph.
- It is also the best diuretic. It plays a vital role in the elimination of acidity from the cells and in particular the brain cells (protecting us from Alzheimer’s disease). Without sufficient amounts of salt our body becomes more acidic. Never take up a diet which excludes salt!
- Salt has an important role in the maintenance of serotonin and melatonin levels in the brain. When water and salt combine to make the natural anti oxidizing process and remove toxic waste from the body, the necessary amino acids are not used as chemical antioxidants.
- Natural salt, in my opinion, helps our immune system and our healthy cells to fight back.
- Salt has a vital role in the maintenance of muscle tone and strength. Inability to control one’s bladder as a result of which urine cannot be retained is a possible consequence of salt deficiency.
- Salt is effective for the stabilization of heart arrhythmia, which is exactly the opposite of the common misconception that is causes hypertension (high blood pressure).
- Salt is a vital element in the treatment of diabetes. It helps balance the level of blood sugar and the production of the necessary insulin.
- Salt is of vital importance for the generation of hydro energy in all human cells.
- It has a vital role in the treatment of emotional problems (depression).
- Salt is very important for the communication and information processes in nervous cells. The distribution of nervous impulses through signal transduction is regulated by sodium ions.
- Salt is very important for the removal of mucus deposits and phlegm from the lungs especially in people with asthma, emphysema, or cystic fibrosis.
- Salt is of vital importance for the elimination of upper respiratory and sinus obstructions.
- Salt is of vital importance for the treatment of gout, arthritis and muscle cramps.
- On many occasions osteoporosis is a result of the deficiency of water and salt in the body.
- Salt is very important for the maintenance of bone structure.
- Salt is essential for sleep regulation.
- Salt is of vital importance for sexuality and the libido.
- Salt is of vital importance for prevention of varicose veins in the lower and upper legs.
As a rule, remember to put 3 g salt in every 10 glasses of water, which is ½ teaspoon.
Table salt may be used successfully in the treatment of some diseases. We offer you some home remedies which are often recommended by medical professionals.
- For runny nose: Dip your feet in hot water mixed with a handful of salt.
- If it is a chronic problem: Dilute one teaspoon of sea salt rich in iodine in a quarter glass of warm water. Clean your nose with this solution by spraying it in one nostril and letting it flow out the other.
- In inflammation of the lungs and a bad cough: Place a salt compress on the back in the area of the inflammation.
- Acute respiratory diseases and pharyngitis: Clean your throat every day with a mixture of one tablespoon of salt and a glass of water.
- In headaches: Place salt compresses on your forehead a few times a day.
- In poisoning: Drink 2 to 3 glasses of water with a little salt and then reach with your fingers to the back of your tongue to induce vomiting. Repeat at least 10 times. As a laxative, drink 20 g sulfur acidic magnesium salts diluted in 400 g of water.
- To eliminate bad breath, at night rinse your mouth with salt diluted in water – one tablespoon to a glass of water.
- In small purulent wounds: Dilute 2 tablespoons of table salt and 2 Furacilin tablets in a glass of hot water. Stir well, dip a multi-layer bandage in it and then place it on the wound and keep it there for 8 to 12 hours. About 2 to 3 later the pus will be gone and the wound will heal.
- In rheumatic pain: Rub water with salt into your inflamed joints for 15 minutes 3 times a day. Also, place salt compresses on the joints every 4 hours – cover the joints with warm water with salt and put a dressing. –
In ailing joints: Make salt baths – 2 kg table salt per 200 l water – for 10 minutes every day. The water temperature should be 36 to 37 degrees. The course of treatment should include 10 baths. –
- In mycoses and fungal lesions of the skin and nails: Mix salt with the same amount of ground mint leaves and place the mixture between the toes for an hour, then rinse the nails and dry them up with a towel.
- Repeat this until full recovery.
- For sweaty feet: Add 100 g salt to one litre of hot water and dip your feet in for 10 minutes, then rinse them with tepid water. Do this before you go to sleep.
- For thinning hair: Every night for a week wet your head and rub salt into the roots of the hair. Massage your head for 10 minutes.
- Then wash thoroughly. Do not use shampoos during the week of treatment.
- To clean and rejuvenate the skin: Twice a week rub your skin with a mixture of salt and ayran. Salt has excellent hygienic properties and keeps the skin firm and supple, while the ayran nourishes and softens it.