“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:5-6 NIV
Salt is one of the oldest and most used products in existence. Our Grandmothers used it for almost everything around the house, from cleaning, to medicinal uses, to preserving food and even as a health and beauty product! Let’s take a look at some of them.
- Salt lowers the melting point of ice, Grandma would take some salt and sprinkle it on ice to help set her gelled salads more quickly. It’s the same principle that causes ice cream to freeze in a container surrounded by rock salt and ice or to melt the ice from sidewalks in the winter.
- Salt is an abrasive agent, making it a great household cleaner as well as a facial scrub or tooth enamel whitener.
- Salt soothes when used as a soaking agent as in a foot bath or even as a paste to remove the pain from a bee sting.
- Salt is a preservative. Pickles, meats – especially jerky and sandwich type meats are preserved with salt
- Salt enhances the cooking and preparation of foods. To make a lighter, fluffier meringue, use a pinch of salt. Salt in boiling water helps make hard-cooked eggs easier to peel and a little salt in frosting helps prevent the sugar in it from crystallizing. It is also important for yeast baking enhancing the color, flavor and aroma of the bread.
- And of course, salt makes food taste better!
Check out these ideas and more at the Salt Institute.
If we were to “season our words with salt,” we might find ourselves
- speaking patient, gentle words to melt frozen hearts
- speaking the truth in love to help change hearts,
- speaking soothing words to those in pain,
- speaking words of comfort and strength to those who feel like they can’t go on
- speaking encouraging words to those who need building up
- and speaking loving words to all we meet to enhance our relationships with everyone around us.
Lord help me to add some conversational salt to every word I speak today!