Noniodized table salt can do more than spice up a bland dinner. Salt can also help take the itch out of bug bites, calm sore throats and relieve sinus congestion from colds or allergies.
Itchy insect bites are soothed in a pinch with salt: Mix salt and water to form a paste and apply to the bite. Add a little more water to that mixture and use it as a multi-purpose solution.
One of the simplest comforts for a minor sore throat is gargling with warm saltwater. A similar saltwater concoction also works for minor sinus stuffiness. Saline nasal drops ease sinus congestion in infants, kids and adults.
Adults can also try clearing congestion with salt and a neti pot. Mix 1/2 cup warm water with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Using a neti pot, pour the mixture into one nostril. Let it flow out the other and repeat in the opposite nostril.