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The Flavors of Salt

July 28, 2008

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Salt is not inherently bad. The kind that is found in refined, processed foods can lead to health problems, but good quality sea salt contains minerals which can assist in regulating cell function. Besides eating salt, you can also use it around the home. Here are some ways to clean your house and help save the environment:

Clean stained cups by rubbing the area with salt.

Prevent food from sticking to skillets, waffle iron plates or griddles. Sprinkle a little salt on the washed pan, heat in a warm oven and dust it off. The next time you use them, food will be less likely to stick.

Soothe sore throats by gargling with a mixture of ½ teaspoon salt in an 8-ounce cup of warm water.

Whiten teeth and promote healthy gums with a mixture of one part ground salt to two parts baking soda.  

Reduce puffy eyes. Mix one teaspoon of salt in a pint of hot water, soak pads and apply to your eyes. 

Relieve tired feet. Soak aching feet in warm water mixed with a handful of salt. Rinse in cool water.

Keep cut flowers fresh. Add a dash of salt to the water in a flower vase.

Check out the Salt Institute for more uncommon ways to use salt.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.