We taught Mr. Junior how to gargle when he was about 2 years old and since then, he does it too.
These are the possible reasons why it is good to use salt gargle:
- SALT SUCKS: A salty water solution can draw excess fluid from inflamed tissues in the throat, making them hurt less,
- SALT CLEANSES: gargling also loosens thick mucus, which can remove irritants like allergens, bacteria and fungi from the throat.
- gargling tends to attenuate bronchial symptoms
- you come back home from a place where you were likely to be contaminated with a bacteria or virus (eg. from a doctor's clinic-waiting areas are likely to contain quite a few types of germs and can pose a risk especially during winter)
- you experience some respiratory infection symptoms such as a cold or a sore/itchy throat
- especially during cold times when there are many people affected by respiratory infections, even if you don't experience it at the time, use this remedy for prevention purposes.
Below are some suggestions by an article that was published in NYtimes (here) on September the 27th in 2010:
- dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a full glass of warm water and gargle the solution for a few seconds before spitting it out.
- It is also suggested that for a better result, gargling three times a day is recommended.