“Salt is the only rock directly consumed by man. It corrodes but preserves, desiccates but is wrested from the water. It has fascinated man for thousands of years not only as a substance he prized and was willing to labour to obtain, but also as a generator of poetic and of mythic meaning. The contradictions it embodies only intensify its power and its links with experience of the sacred.”
Margaret Visser, 20th century author
Considered a gift from the feng-huang, or phoenix, salt has been a documented part of Chinese medicine since 2,700 years B.C. History has seen salt used as currency for trading and even given as wages, called salarium, to Roman soldiers, which is where we get the term salary. Many folktales and superstitions feature salt. There are thought to be over 14,000 uses of salt, including a myriad for use in the home.
Salt is a precious life-supporting ingredient of nature. Needed by animals to balance their diet, used by farmers to aid in the health of crops and found in nature from seawater to dirt, it is an ever present and ever essential ingredient in our lives.
So what does salt do?
Internally, salt helps our bodies regulate water retention, electrolyte levels, muscle contraction, digestive system and so much more.
Salt also reduces inflammation, soothes and promotes healing; because of this, dentists will suggest a salt water rinse after tooth extraction or a particularly harsh cleaning. Doctors too, often suggest salt water gargles for a sore throat.
Salt on our tongue naturally stimulates our salivary glands to producing saliva; not only essential for taste sensation, saliva helps fight bad breath bacteria, prevent tooth decay and protects your tooth enamel.
While too much of anything can be a bad thing, salt is definitely an ingredient to be used in moderation, but the health benefits of its use are astounding.
It's no wonder we love this ingredient. Combine these amazing benefits with sodium bicarbonate (Baking Soda), a natural tooth cleaner and whitener; Myrrh extract, naturally antimicrobial and astringent; and Ratanhia root extract, naturally high in tannins that tone and ease inflammation, for a whole-mouth health boost each time you brush. Hence our Salt Toothpaste was born. Don’t believe us, check out what others have to say about it. Or try it out for yourself with 10% off our entire Oral Care line for the month of July; just use promo code SMILE at checkout. Here's to your happy and healthy smile!