We are very much familiar with Himalayan pink salt and have read plenty of articles about them from different sources. From salt lamps to edible salt and bbq blocks we have seen it all. But you must be wondering how Himalayan salt is beneficial during this escalating outbreak, here are 7 ways people are using Himalayan salt during this Pandemic:

Table of content:

  1. Why people are using the Himalayan salt during COVID-19?
    1.1. Himalayan Salt Water Gargle
    1.2. Washing vegetables and fruits
    1.3. Ease Respiratory problems
    1.4. Relief Body Stress
    1.5. Dental Health and hygiene
    1.6. Improve immunity
    1.7. Purify Indoor air quality
  2. References

1. Himalayan Salt Water Gargle

Salt water gargle is an easy and home-made remedy which is used to help with sore throat, sinus and allergies. Let’s be honest, salt gargle has been our first go-to treatment before we consider any other medications or visit a doctor. Even after visiting a doctor, we are told to salt gargle three times a day at least. Himalayan salt contains all the essential minerals to kill the bacteria in the throat or avoid it from coming back. It is known to help dissolve the thick mucus built in the throat and soothe inflammation according to Dr. Philip T. Hagen, MD, editor of Mayo Clinic.
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2. Washing vegetables and fruits

During this pandemic, while you may think people are highly germ-phobic and paranoid for cleaning their groceries with Lysol or Dettol. You will be surprised how important it is to ensure our food is not contaminated and it is safe before consumption. People have become more aware of their food safety and hygiene than ever before. Cleaning vegetables or fruits with pink salt kills almost 80-90% of the germs and pesticides from the surface. According to the Centre for Science and Environment, pesticides can be toxic and cause many health problems that disturb our immune system. Just a normal water rinse is not enough to clean the vegetables and fruits, adding a handful of salt in the water and soaking it for a few minutes can be much more effective to eliminate the risk.
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3. Ease Respiratory Problems

We all know how COVID-19 is declared as a respiratory virus that attacks the lungs and kidneys. This is already bad news for people who are suffering from Pneumonia, bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses. On top of that, there is no vaccine or medicine available to stop the spread. This leaves us with only limited options to self-care to improve our health with natural home remedies including saltwater steam. 

Traditionally, after catching flu or sinus, we all have a habit of taking steam. We usually take hot water steam as a form of natural remedy to help with a blocked nose and nasal cavities. However, mixing the Himalayan Salt in water is proven to be a healthier cleanse. It does not only help to cure blocked nasal cavities, but also aid with other respiratory problems such as Bronchitis, Asthma, Sinus, and Allergies. As it is anti-inflammatory, it helps loosen up the mucus and removes harmful germs from the respiratory region which slows down the self-clearing mechanism of the airways in our system. The fine particles of this salt, penetrate deep into the lungs to cure damaged tissues and stop the infectious germs from reaching the sensitive tissues of our lungs. 

4. Relief Body Stress

The outbreak of an infectious disease can be very stressful. People are experiencing a worsening in their mental health as well as chronic health problems according to the CDC. Stress itself is enough to cause health issues, and hearing about pandemic repeatedly from social media is quite upsetting. Stress can build toxins in our body and as these toxins build up, we experience symptoms like fatigue, anxiety, high fevers, nausea, and low mood. Apart from doing exercises, eating healthy, taking breaks from watching TV, and getting plenty of sleep. We also need to detox our bodies from the toxins. 

Taking a hot bath can help pull out the toxins from our system and relax our body muscles. Adding salt to our normal bath sessions can be a hundred times more beneficial for our bodies. As it is rich in minerals our bodies soak the necessary Magnesium and Calcium Ions in the muscle and remove the toxic lactic acids that are built over time. 

How to make the bath solution for effective detoxification:

  1. Add 1 or 2 pounds of Himalayan salt in the tub filled with water
  2. Soak yourself in it for 15 to 20 minutes
  3. Repeat this 2 or 3 times a month

5. Dental Health and Hygiene

During this lockdown, everyone has become more conscious of their overall health including their dental health. We can not have our dentist checkups as before but we can take other measures to ensure our teeth are healthy and safe. The mouth hygiene is equally important as bacteria reside in steamy and acidic places such as the mouth. If you have a problem finding a mouthwash and toothpaste, do not worry! You can use the saltwater rinse to kill any toxins in the mouth.

As bizarre as it may sound, Pink Salt is good for your teeth and gums. It cures various dental issues such as bad breath, cavities, Gingivitis and bleeding of gums. The potassium in Himalayan salt stops the gums from bleeding, and the calcium ions strengthen them. The pink salt has antibacterial and antiseptic properties which help to avoid the growth of bacteria in the mouth.

How to make a simple therapeutic mouthwash:

  1. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in water
  2. Swish it around in your mouth for a few minutes
  3. Repeat this two more times
  4. For effective results, use it twice a day

6. Improve Immunity

We know the importance of a healthy and strong immune system by now. One thing that people have learnt through these Crono-virus times is the importance of a healthy immune system and hygiene. One can not talk about a good immune system without talking about our food or water intake. We are well aware that our immune system is connected to our gut health and what we consume. 

Our bodies are up to 60% water and dehydration can disturb our whole body function which can cause other major health issues. As we age the body fluid start decreasing and to stay healthy we have to keep ourselves hydrated the whole time. One can not emphasize enough about the importance and benefits of water intake. However, you can take the benefits to another level, by adding Himalayan salt and lemon in your drink.

As previously mentioned, Himalayan salt has plenty of different minerals which is essential for the operations of our brain, muscles, nerves, and new tissue. These minerals are very helpful in keeping our bodies hydrated. While Lemon adds vitamin C, pink salt is 85% sodium chloride, and the rest of the 15% contain Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, etc. These electrolytes are quickly absorbed by the body and are necessary to boost our immune system. The minerals in salt help with the overall health of our bones, teeth, immune system, digestion, nerve and muscle functions.

7. Purify Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality has become a safety concern as we are spending 24 hours a day inside our homes during this lockdown and self-quarantine. The only best thing about this lockdown is a decrease in air pollution worldwide. People are doing every best thing they can to keep the indoor air fresh and clean from any dust or contamination. There is a sudden increase in humidity, room temperature, and the concentration of Carbon dioxide after we are spending the majority of the time indoors. According to 

The Himalayan salt lamp is one of the things that has been on high demand since the breakout. Besides, they are the best natural air purifiers. You can place the Himalayan salt lamp in your room and any corner of the house. It pulls the moisture from the air and traps it in the stone. A bulb placed inside the stone helps to evaporate the moisture retained inside quickly. 

References

Soothing Sore Throat

Stress and Coping

Acute Respiratory Infection

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