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Long ago, Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, noticed the healing effects of seawater on fishermen&#039;s injured hands. Salt water has been used as a home remedy throughout the ages. Gargling with saltwater has long been the time-old remedy for a sore throat. A dip in the ocean or a nice warm salt bath just might help acne or dry skin. For home remedy uses, make sure that the salt is a natural sea salt that hasn&rsquo;t been washed.

Sore Throats

A sore throat can cause inflammation and an uncomfortable feeling in the back of the mouth. The throat can become tight, and tonsils might inflame, as well. Gargling a solution of salt mixed with warm water will increase the blood supply to the area. Increasing the blood supply will result in better circulation, by washing away any built-up mucus, and better circulation will bring in "infection-fighting antibodies," according to health 911. Gargling this solution several times a day is recommended.

Itchy Dry Skin

Rubbing salt into your skin after a shower helps to improve circulation, open the pours and remove dry skin. Spend a few minutes while the skin is still wet rubbing the salt over your body. Any dead skin should come off.


Saltwater has been proven to be anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, according to the Acne Assasin website. Although there isn&rsquo;t any research that confirms that saltwater is good for acne, many people affected by acne have found it to be a good cleaner and treatment for the condition. A trip to the beach on a regular basis can effectively clean your skin. A facial scrub can be made by combining salt and olive oil. Gently rub the mixture onto the face. Wash it off with a warm washcloth.


Drinking saltwater can replace electrolytes and balance your energy, according to the Shirleys Wellness Caf&eacute; website. It can balance pH factors in the body, and rid it of heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, arsenic, amalgam and calcium. Put a small amount of salt into a warm glass of water and stir. Adjust the amount to taste.


Salt water therapy helps to rejuvenate cells and induce a healthy exchange of minerals and toxins between the blood and the water. This can often contribute to the improvement of wounds and inflammations on the skin. Fill a bath with warm water. Pour in a cup or so of natural sea salt, and stir. Soak in the bath for 30 minutes.