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SALT (Sodium Chloride)

Categories: Medical Uses of Some Common Household Articles

This common household article is used in a great
many different ways. In cooking it is used to season foods. The absence of

salt gives rise to a bad state of the system, with the formation of

intestinal worms. If used too freely, it produces in some persons excess

of blood and corpulency. Salt renders the food more palatable in many

instances and thus increases the flow of the gastric juice. Salt increases

the flow of saliva
lso. For pin-worms, solution of salt injected is often


Constipation. One teaspoonful to a glass of water taken on arising is

very good for some people troubled with constipation. For dyspepsia it

tones the stomach and aids in digestion in some cases. Salt alone in

teaspoonful doses will produce vomiting and is good after a spree or to

empty the stomach in convulsions and poisoning. Mustard given with it

makes it more effective. A salt solution is frequently injected into the

rectum to keep up the strength after operating and it is also frequently

put into the breast for same purpose.

A gargle and astringent in sore throat. For this purpose it is often of

use and successful. Taken dry in teaspoonful doses it is often given in

bleeding from the lungs. It is often used as an antiseptic to cleanse

sores and wounds. Teaspoonful to a half pint of water. On bites of insects

strong salt water or applied dry is often very good. In bites of snakes

and animals dry salt applied freely upon the wound is often of value. It

draws away some of the poison and also helps to burn out and cleanse the


Fomentations. Used in this way it is good for sprains and bruises.

Baths. One pound of salt to four gallons of water forms a suitable salt

water bath acting as a tonic and excitant to the skin.

Ague. Homeopathic doctors claim that salt in the attenuations will cure

some cases of ague.

Abuse of Salt. Too much use of salt will cause a great many troubles. It

produces a peculiar eruption on the skin, sore eyes, etc.

Want of Salt. Domestic animals need it and may die for the want of it.

Some animals may become sterile if deprived of it.