By Ki West

Long ago, Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, noticed the healing effects of seawater on fishermen'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’t been washed.

Some acne sufferers say that salt water helps with the condition

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’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 Café 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.