Gargling salt water has been used successfully since before modern medicine. Its valuable for blocking viruses and bacteria, reducing the chance of inflammation and mouth and throat infections.
Making a salt water gargle is inexpensive, takes little to no time, is safe and super easy as it only requires two ingredients – water and salt. Here are some amazing benefits of doing salt water gargles.
It happens like clockwork. Summer ends, the weather turns frigid—insert eye roll here—and you get the first of many sore throats. Believe it or not, salt water rinses might be the cure you’ve been seeking all these years. As we spend more time indoors in close quarters, we encounter harmful bacteria and some of those little microbes can cause sore throats. Rinsing regularly with warm salt water balances the pH—the acidity level—of your mouth. Bad bacteria, unsurprisingly, don’t like a healthy pH balance, so rinsing with warm salt water can, um, flush them out.
Help Mouth Ulcers
Mouth ulcers are possibly one of the smallest and frustrating little tereres that just pop up out of nowhere. Speed-up healing by gargling salt water due to its antibacterial effect which removes bacteria from the affected region. It can even relieve the pain and increase the process of healing.
Banish Bad Breath
If you are conscious about bad breath then a cheeky salt water gargle can be an effective way to get rid of it, by flushing out oral bacteria which leads to bad breath.
Help Bleeding Gums
If your gums start to bleed when you floss or when you visit the dentist’s office, you guessed it, bad bacteria are likely to blame. Rinsing regularly with warm salt water can improve your overall oral hygiene and stop the bleeding. While the concept of ‘throwing salt on the wound’ conjures up painful images, in the case of bleeding gums, a little salt can provide a lot of relief.
Clear Nasal Congestion
Gargling with salt water also helps to remove the mucus build-up in your respiratory tract and nasal cavity. The concoction reduces inflammation and relieves pain in the throat. Apart from that, it flushes out the bacteria and virus, which if left unattended can lead to congestion.
Steps To Gargle Properly
Mix ½ to ¾ teaspoon salt in 1 cup cold or warm water
Take the solution in the mouth
Gargle this mixture so that it reaches the back of the throat
Rinse thoroughly around the mouth, teeth and gums
Spit out the mixture (do not swallow)
Repeat as needed
Can be done everyday or periodically.
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