Sea salt has long been considered an ancient remedy for improved health, beauty and skin care. Cleopatra herself wrote of the healing powers and skin enhancing properties of bathing in sea salts from the Dead Sea. In earlier times many people took pilgrimages to the Dead Sea as it was considered a cure all for some of the greatest diseases and illnesses. Today the salt from the Dead Sea is still considered to be a powerful cure for many skin irritations and body ailments, however no longer is it required to travel the great distance to Israel to enjoy the healing and beneficial qualities of sea salts from the Dead Sea.
The healing and health benefits of sea salt
Today, sea salt is produced by evaporating the salt from the sea water. These salts can be purchased in many health food stores and pharmacies for personal use. Sea salt makes a powerful healer as it has many natural minerals within it such as magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc. The minerals from the sea salts are absorbed it the skin when one soaks in a sea salt bath or uses the natural sea salt products on their body or even in their food. It has even been found that breathing in fresh sea salt air can boost one’s immune system and reduce the level of histamines related to allergies. Although there is no complete cure for psoriases and eczema, soaking in sea salt baths has proven to be a great way to relieve skin irritations and manage skin outbreaks. Sea salt baths also help to remove toxins from the body through the skin, which makes it an effective skin treatment for those trying to detoxify their body or for losing cellulite and fat. Regular use of sea salts and other natural forms of salt such as Himalayan salts has also proven to guard against the moisture loss in the skin which helps with anti-aging. Beyond the skin healing benefits of sea salts, sea salt has also been shown to reduce headaches, relax the muscles and help reduce or eliminate aches and pains from gout and arthritis.
When buying sea salt from a health store or pharmacy, be aware that not all salts are created equal. Salt from the Dead Sea is still considered to be one of the best, most natural and therapeutic sea salts around. Other sea salts from France and Europe can also be purchased. Many also have the therapeutic qualities for improving skin, cleansing, remineralizing and purifying the body. But because so much of the worlds oceans are now polluted, there is still a degree of processing that is required for many salts before they are sold on the market. This processing which removes some of the toxic metals from the sea salts also removes some of the natural minerals that are so beneficial for our skin and bodies.
Other salts available for bathing and consumption
Himalyan sea salts are also a highly recommended salt to use for re-mineralizing, cleansing and energizing the body. Again these can be used simply in a bath as a body soak, sprinkled on food, used in body scrubs and even bought in solid chunks or sold as salt rock lamps and cleansing energy crystals. Himalayan sea salts are a natural, pure salt source that comes from the Himalayan Mountains found in Pakistan. These salts contain over 84 natural minerals.
Epsom salts are also largely sold in pharmacies and health food stores. These salts are also therapeutic for the body, especially as a muscle relaxant and to improve the amount of minerals and particularly the amount of magnesium in the body, but are unsuitable for food consumption.
The other salt that is readily available and sold in supermarkets is table salt. Unfortunately, table salt is highly processed, with many of the natural minerals drawn out and only iodine is replaced back in. Table salt will do little for helping the body to re-mineralize or to help heal skin irritations although to some degree it still helps cleanse the skin. Instead of adding table salt to your food or bath water consider replacing it with any natural source of sea salt.
If you are using a high quality salt such as the Dead Sea salt or the pink Himalayan Salts, that often have a coarser grain and are often more expensive it is best to use them on their own in a bath soak and simply enjoy the pure minerals. If however you are using a finer grained sea salt consider combining them with a favourite carrier oil or with honey to make a body scrub for use in the shower. Scrubs help to cleanse and exfoliate the skin as well as add in moisture. Some people feel that adding essential oils can take away from the natural mineral source of the sea salts, however I find that adding a few drops of essential oil to a srub is a pleasant addition. Sea salts or epsom salts are also nice when mixed with a tablespoon of herbs or spices and used for a bath or added to a basin for a relaxing foot or leg soak. A variety of sea salts as well as Himalayan salts are found at Noah’s Natural Food Market on Yonge street. Salt products can also be bought at spas and spa distributers such as Beddington’s Bed and Bath. Epsom salts are available at most drug stores including Shopper’s Drug Mart and Pharma Plus drug stores