Does Sea Salt Really Heal Wounds?

sea salt in wounds

Soaking a nasty cut in a sea salt solution will speed up the healing process and keep the wound clean

Whats the first thing you do when you get a nasty cut?

Do you wash it first, or apply pressure? Or maybe you go straight for the antibacterial cream and bandaid. I know some people that go directly to the phone to call someone else and ask what to do….

We all know the first thing we need to do is

  • Stop the bleeding,
  • clean the wound.

But what to clean it with?

Putting salt on a wound sounds painful, but its actually quite effective.

Recently I began using sea salt for many different ailments such as joint pain, constipation, better sleep, and even sore throats. There are so many more uses than just these, every person has different problems that can be solved.

Healing power of Sea Salt

Ever hear the expression, “throwing salt in the wound”?

This may sound like a painful remedy, but the reality is sea salt is a natural anti-inflammatory and antibiotic.

For thousands of years people have been using salt to heal the body, and recently it is becoming more popular with people looking to avoid the drug store.

Ancient Egyptians had recorded its effectiveness, and the Roman doctors used sea salt in ointments and various drinks for healing purposes.

Even our first president, George Washington, bought some land in West Virginia so he could “take on the waters” more frequently.

Fast forward to today and our nations top soldiers, Navy SEALS even say that if they have a scrape or cut, they know that being in the sea water will clean them up and speed up the healing process.

What happens when the sea salt enters the wound is it forces the moisture out of the cells that are causing the swelling. By removing this moisture, the cells shrink up, and take bacteria with them. All of this is a natural, painless process.

Even though the “salt in the wound” expression sounds painful, it really isn’t if you use the right amount. I’m not telling you to just shake the salt shaker into a cut, of course, there is a small solution making process that is very easy and affordable.

The solution that i use is called Sole, pronounced (so-lay).

Learn more about making Sole at home here.

Sea salt for cuts

We’ve all had many different small cuts to major slices and abrasions. Sea salt can help all of them including

  • small cuts
  • abrasions
  • scratches
  • rashes
  • skin conditions (psoriasis and eczema to name some)
  • large cuts and slices
  • piercings
  • cold sores

Pretty much any open sore or skin condition and many more!

Using sea salt as a soak is the best way to get the solution into an infected area. You can make a Sole solution, which is easy to do with this recipe.

Salt soak in a bath for healing

To use the sea salt in a bath soak, use about a cup of the unprocessed sea salt in a very warm bath.
You can also use some lavender oil, or other scented oils to help condition the skin.

Hema Sundaram, M.D., a board certified dermatologist practicing in Washington DC, recommends salt water bathing for dermatitis and various skin conditions because of its bacteriostatic properties. She suggests people at home can “try salt water compresses for skin irritation or inflammation but if the symptoms persist for 48 hours, a board-certified dermatologist should be consulted.”

Dr. Sundaram recommends sea salt because of its trace minerals, but make sure it is a non-iodized and preservative free salt.

Sea Salt Soaks for Piercings

Have a new piercing or just an infected or angry one?

Try this solution:

1.  Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and anti-bacterial soap.

2.  Put a small pinch(about 1/8 teaspoon) of ground, unprocessed sea salt (or Sole) in the bottom of a small dixie cup

3.   Add some warm water to the cup, about 5 oz.

4.   This is the tricky part, where is your piercing? If you can, try to press the cup up against the piercing tight enough to just hold it there for about 5 min. If this is just impossible, then use some cotton balls to soak up the solution and apply

5.   After repeating a couple of times, rinse the piercing with warm water.

Make sure to use pure unprocessed sea salt, NOT table salt. Real Salt is commonly carried at most grocery stores. This salt is already fine ground and can dissolve fairly quickly.

If you have piercings that are not infected or swollen, you can still use this process to clean and maintain them once a week or so.

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Hema Sundaram, M.D., board certified dermatologist,

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