I was doing a simple experiment with my class to demonstrate the boiling point of water.Two of the students wanted to see what would happen when we added salt. So, the students added about 50 ml of common table salt to less than 200 ml of boiling water. The temperature of the water immediately jumped from 215 degrees Fahrenheit, to 226 degrees Fahrenheit. I read in another thread that salt lowers the boiling point of water. Is that true? Or does it increase the boiling point? And why is this? Please use simple language as I am years past my high school chemistry class and was never very good at chemistry anyway (in college I passed only thanks to the wonderful curve!).