Colds and cough can be irritating. One of the best ways to help reduce common symptoms of a cold is to gargle with salt water. I often gargle with salt solution whenever my throat feels irritated.
According to Dr. Philip Hagen editor in chief of MAYO CLINIC Book for Home Remedies, “ a saline solution can not only draw excess fluid from inflamed tissues in the mouth.” Dr. Hagen further points out that “ gargling also loosens loose mucus, which can remove irritants like allergens, bacteria, and fungi from the throat.
A randomized study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in 2005, showed 400 volunteers who were observed for 60 days during the colds and flu season.
Some of the subjects were actually told to gargle salt solution for 3 times day. Interestingly, the group who gargled regularly had a 40% decrease in upper respiratory tract infections compared to the control group. There have been other studies that found that gargling was helpful versus sore throats and congestion.
1 /2 to 1 teaspoon of rock salt ( or Himalayan pink salt).
8 oz water
Mix until the rock crystals are melted.
Gargle solution and spit out after a few seconds.
Recommendations: Gargle regularly for best results.