Saltwater Cure for Sore Throat and Poison Ivy

Aunt and neighbor share knowledge of the health benefits of saltwater.

| Appeared in March/April 2013 Issue of GRIT Magazine

  • Poison Ivy
    An old-fashioned cure for clearing up the rash of poison ivy involves smearing the affected area with paste made of salt and water.
    Photo By Fotolia/Riverwalker

  • Poison Ivy

When I was young, my aunt told me to gargle with saltwater when I had a sore throat. It really helped. Many years later, my teenage son went to the doctor for a sore throat, and the doctor told him the same thing. When my son told me what the doctor said, we both laughed, as I had suggested that many times over the years. Recently, I broke off a tooth and had to have the rest of the tooth removed. As I left the dentist’s office, his last words were that I should rinse my mouth several times a day for several days with a teaspoon of salt mixed into a glass of warm water. I did, and it helped ease the soreness and made my gums heal more quickly.

Another good cure using salt is for drying up poison ivy. When my son was young, we lived on a farm. One year, he got a severe case of poison ivy. We ended up having to take him to the doctor, where he got a shot. It cleared up the rash, but a couple of weeks later, it was back. This time it wasn’t as severe, and when I mentioned it to a neighbor, who happened to be the mother of 12, she told me of this home remedy.

Put salt in a small bowl and add enough water to make a paste. Smear the paste on the affected areas and let it dry. As the salt dries and falls off, the rash dries up as well. It’s a simple and amazingly effective remedy.

Lawndale, Illinois

Read about more interesting homemade remedies in Stories of Natural Cures for Common Ailments.  

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