Salt is a Great Remedy
- Use it for: Sinus congestion, sore throat
- How it works: When you mix salt into water at a stronger concentration than the salt water in our bodies, it helps draw fluids out of tissues.
- Try this: For a sore throat, dissolve half a teaspoon of non-iodized salt in an 8-ounce glass of water, and simply gargle the water. To flush out your sinuses, fill a clean squeeze bottle or neti pot with the solution, lean over a sink, and squeeze or pour it into your nostril. Use only sterile bottled or tap water that has been boiled and then cooled, in your nose. (There have been reports of people dying after clearing their sinuses using unfiltered tap water that contained a dangerous microbe.)