Salt Bae


*Irfan Aziz talks about how salt can prevent the health woes ensued by winter

Winter is almost here (Sorry Winterfel, looks like Dhaka beat you to it). While this marks the start of a three-month spree where we don’t have to endure excruciating heat waves, the sudden drop in temperature can cause a fair bit of suffering. Cold air is known for triggering various health problems. These problems include sore throats, sinusitis, asthma, as well as skin trouble. Such conditions are highly inconvenient as they disrupt work/school life and often lead us to frequent trips to the doctor’s. However, we can easily overcome these situations with one simple ingredient. Salt. Believe it or not, salt can fix much more than just bland food. Here are a few examples:

Sore throats: A sore throat may seem relatively harmless but it can indeed be a true pain in the butt. A quick gargle with warm water infused with salt will not only sooth our throat but will mitigate any kinds of throat infections.

Blocked nose: The more annoying cousin of the sore throat, a blocked nose is the absolute worst. We need oxygen to survive and a blocked nose prevents us from having that. Feels like the end of the world, right? This is where salt steps in once again as rinsing our blocked nasal with salt water will free it from congestions.

Dry skin: Dry skin is a commonly seen condition during winter as lack of moisture makes the skin feel chapped. It may not sound like much but let us assure you that this is not a predicament that you would want to find yourself in. To prevent this, all you need to do is bathe in warm water saturated with salt as it is a wonderful way to hydrate dry skin and cure it of any dryness.

Sinusitis: Winter can be especially cruel to people suffering from sinusitis but good old salt will rid your nasal passages of excess mucus. All you need to do is simply wash the nasal passages with salt water which can be easily done with the use of a syringe or a dropper.

Irfan Aziz is a Sub Editor of ICE Today magazine. He is a pug enthusiast who loves looking at memes, writing and sketching.