Say What, why gargle with salt?
Some things are oldies but goodies and now more than ever we need to look at the benefits of gargling with warm salt water. Recently I was chatting with a friend who recently came down with good ol’ Mononucleosis. This moved on to the recent viruses that are pandemic and the topic of salt water gargling came up. He said, “Gargle with salt water.”
Those words set off a bunch of research and also prompted me to try gargling with warm salt water. Now recently I had been experiencing what could be seasonal allergies but I did gargle and I have to say I started to make this a daily habit. My throat felt so much smoother and as a singer, who wants a to hear a voice full of scratchy throat? Nobody!!
Per the Web MD article that is linked above, Segal-Maurer stated, “You’re creating a high-salt barrier and you’re pulling out a lot of fluids from the tissues in the throat area, so you’re washing the virus out. The salt functions as a magnet for water. It’s good for symptomatic relief.”
Mi Abuelita used it
My Grandmother, Guadalupe, used to have her children, My mom, gargle with salt water when they had a scratchy throat. My mother said she used to say, “Toman este vaso de aqua con sal y vas a sentir alivio en tu garganta.”
All in all, it has become a daily ritual and my throat feels all the better. And who doesn’t want to create a protective barrier in their throat? This is a great inexpensive old world remedy. Other alleged benefits of salt water rinse
- Maintains PH
- Clears Nasal Congestion
- Reduces Risk of Upper Tract Infection
- Gives relief from tonsillitis
- Eliminate Bad Breath
- Bleeding Gums and Toothache
- Relieves pain from Canker Sores
How do you Gargle with Salt Water?-
-Add half a teaspoon of table salt to a cup of warm water. Stir until it dissolves completely.
-Take a big sip of the salt and hold it in your mouth.
-Tilt your head back and gargle the salt water in your throat for about 30 seconds and then spit it out.
-Repeat the same process until you have finished the whole cup.
If you accidentally drink some, no big deal but if you have high blood pressure, consult with your physician.