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Saline and its relatives from the health food store are true multi-drug remedies. As a bath additive, in tinctures and masks they help with complaints of allergies to stress.


A stuffy nose, sneezing attacks - hay fever can spoil the most beautiful spring day. The most common causative agents, flying pollen, attach themselves to the mucous membranes, irritate them and cause them to swell up. Seawater nasal drops cleanse them, and the symptoms improve or disappear altogether. Formulation: Dissolve 1 g of sea salt in 100 ml of warm water and pour the mixture into a pipette vial. If necessary, use as often as needed, the agent does not dry out the mucous membranes. Allergy medicines can usually not replace salt therapy, but in many cases (check with the doctor) can reduce the dose.

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"Brine is like sunscreen to the skin for the bronchi, " says Professor Dr. Wolfgang Petro. He is head of a brine study conducted in the salt spa town of Bad Reichenhall. According to this, coughing irritation and pain improve when one inhales the vapor of a one to two percent salt solution (brine). It has anti-inflammatory, decongestant and antispasmodic effects on the respiratory tract. It facilitates coughing and can even relieve asthma. The doctor also recommends inhalations as a preventative measure: "They generally boost immune function. Especially when you are prone to colds, exercise and simply feel free to breathe freely, inhaling with brine is advisable. "Application: Pour 800 ml of hot water into a large saucepan or bowl, add 1 tablespoon of cooking salt. Put the towel over your head and inhale the steam for about 10 minutes.


Salt has excellent defense. Beginning signs such as sore throat and dysphagia can be dealt with quickly with a gargle solution. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of cooking salt in a glass of lukewarm water and gargle with it - in the morning and in the evening. Also helps with stressed vocal chords and hoarseness. For a snuffled nose, nasal douches have proven (in pharmacies, about 10 euros). As a washing-up liquid, dissolve 1 g of sea salt in 100 ml of warm water and use as described in the morning and in the evening. By the way, nasal douches can also prevent sinusitis.


Gravity demands a lot from them. Saltwater lifts it in a certain way: It "carries" our weight and makes us float. This also relieves muscles and tendons and helps the body to regenerate overall. That's why spa treatments in warm brine are so good at treating rheumatic diseases. In the usual bathtubs at home, the effect of taking off and reading leave not mimic. But a saltwater bath at home can work wonders against overstrained joints and hungover muscles: it relaxes the muscles, stimulates the metabolism and thus accelerates healing. For the bath, add 3 kg of cooking salt to the bath and dissolve in pleasantly warm water. Do not stay longer than 25 minutes to save the circulation.

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