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Ten Tips To Be The Salt Of The Earth

December 18, 2011  by: Paulose  Points: 20   Category: Others    Views: 995

Salt is essential in life. You are also essential on this earth. You can be the salt of this earth by adding the virtues of salt in you.


Salt is an essential commodity that is inevitable to our life. We use it not only in cooking but also in various ways. It has many virtues. I have enlisted here ten important virtues of salt and also the lesson it always reminds us.

Ten important tips to be the salt of the earth

1) Salt gives taste

The chief virtue of salt is giving taste. It adds flavor and taste to food without which it becomes very difficult to consume. That is why it has been an inevitable ingredient in every food to add taste.

2) Prolongs survival

The salt is a necessary element for survival of all, both animals and human beings. Salt removes the excess of acid from the different body cells especially the brain cells. It balances the level of blood sugar in our body. Salt can give us longer life. For example, if you add a pinch of salt to your flower vase water, you can see the cut flowers having a longer period of life.

3) Salt heals

Salt has many healing virtues. It is used in a lot of medications both conventional and alternative. For example, slightly salted warm water will make a very effective and inexpensive mouthwash. If you have a sore throat, make the water slightly warm with salt and use it as a throat gargle.

4) It preserves from decay

Salt is a sustaining substance used in most of the preservation processes. From time unknown it has been used for preserving foodstuffs like meat, fish, vegetables and even dead bodies. It can protect them safe from decay for a longer time. That is why salt is inevitable in countries of low temperature where they cannot get any food in winter and have to use the salt- seasoned -foodstuffs.

5) It protects as an insecticide

Salt protects things from insects, bacteria and even virus. For example, to get rid of ants and insects, just sprinkle salt on the shelves, window sills and other places.

You can notice that they will never cross the salt line and disappear soon.

6) It purifies

Salt can cleanse and purify. It has the power to remove dirt, stains and even bad odor. Salt is used as a polish the old kerosene lamps and other vessels. You can easily remove the nasty bad smell in your sink, with the addition of a strong, solution of hot water and salt.

7) Salt can adjust itself

Salt teaches us the virtue of adjustment in life which is an essential virtue for survival. Salt can adjust easily to any situation as we find it dissolve in water. That is why salt is given great importance in most of the religious ceremonies.

8) It is a commodity of transactions

In olden days salt was treated as money or a commodity of transactions in many countries. We can find many references in South Indian Tamil literatures that salt was used as money in exchanging commodities and bartering. There are evidences in history that the Roman soldiers were paid with a salt allowance as a part of their wages. Even the term salary, which we use now for a regular payment for work, comes from this custom and the word 'salt'.

9) It has the virtue of value

If the salt loses its salty taste it becomes useless and has to be thrown out. Salt represents the value of a person or thing. Every creation has got its own merit and value and if it is lost it is despised by all and 'trampled under feet'.

10) Salt is used everywhere

Salt is available everywhere, dissolved in water and deposited in rocks as mineral salt. The uses of salt are innumerable. It is estimated that there are more than 16000 uses for salt. It is used in the manufacture of medicines, dyes, pottery, paper, and leather. It is sprinkled on roads and pavements that are covered by ice and snow in the winter months in order to help melting of ice.

You are the Salt of the Earth

All of us called to make our lives fruitful and lovely by being the salt of the earth. The above virtues of the salt should always remind us the words of Jesus Christ, "You are the salt of the earth. But if salt has lost its strength, how can it be made salty again? It has become useless. It can only be thrown away and people will trample on it".(Matthew 5: 13)



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