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October 14, 2011

Flu Symptoms? Salt Does the Body Good

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Raw weather brings on cold and flu season. The expense of OTC meds can add up. Many of our mothers and grandmothers were brought up to fashion DIY remedies out of cheaper and more wholesome items generally found around the house. One is salt.

Gargling. Gargling with salt water is an age-old remedy for sore throat and helps get rid of the thick mucus that can collect at the back of the throat, especially after you've been lying down. It can also help ease stuffy ears by opening clogged eustachian tubes.

Nasal irrigation. To ease stuffiness and post-nasal drip and hopefully cut down on sinus infections, some doctors recommend nasal irrigation. You can pick up a neti pot with salt packets or choose a saline squeeze bottle. You pour salt water into one nostril and let it run out the other, clearing out your nasal passages. You can also pick up some pre-made saline solution or make your own by mixing salt and warm water.

Epsom Salt. Many people, including some physicians, recommend a healing soak in Epsom Salt to relieve stress, improve circulation and soften the skin. Epsom salts are also used as a laxative, so there may be some undesired consequences if your child likes to drink bath water. We are not physicians here at Weather Snob, so as always, consult with your own physician about any remedies for yourself and your family.

[via 10 Home Remedies for the Flu | WebMD]

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