Are Salt, Pepper, Lemon Remedies All Just Fads? Scientists Finally Explain

Mar 23, 2016 05:40 AM EDT | By Anita Valensia


The salt, pepper and lemon for remedies have been known long ago. But is it just some celeb fads or is there any scientific proof?

Although it might be suitable to pour the mixture in your cooking, according to experts, there are incredible benefits that you can opt from the ingredients. People still look for alternatives when it comes to curing illnesses. In a matter of fact, natural ingredients are best known for their benefits with no side effects like pharmacy drugs may have.

Sore throat

WebMD shares a useful method to relieve a sore throat by mixing lemon juice with two cups of warm water and adding a pinch of salt. The mixture soothes a sore throat once you gargle a few times daily.


Lemon scent calms the nerves. Researchers found that the smell of aromatherapy contributes to relieving nausea significantly. For a more potent remedy, try using a mixture of pepper and fresh lemon juice in a glass of lukewarm water.

Asthma attack

Red peppers promise a better-breathing phase for asthma sufferers. Pepper contains a powerful substance called capsaicin that blocks asthma triggers like shortness of breath. 17 people did the fiery therapy and found that the treatment reduced airway inflammation.


Citrus fruits like lemons and oranges, when combined with chili peppers are a potent source of vitamin C on your food. It is the key to boost body immune system that also feeds your cold. When mixed with a glass of warm water, it opens breathing passages as you salve it under the nose.  


An article in Men's Health mentioned the benefits of saltwater in reducing dental bacteria. Saltwater creates an alkaline environment that's not an ideal place for bacteria to breed. Dentists suggest using saltwater rinse for an emergency before you reach out to your doctor. By swishing half a teaspoon of table salt in a glass of warm water, focus rinsing the sore spot for a few seconds before spitting the water out.  

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