A Healthy Obsession With Salt

Ever since I experienced a thalassotherapy sea salt water therapy pool years ago, I have been interested and a bit obsessed with learning more about the healing benefits of salt and salt therapy!

I remember feeling so incredibly relaxed after emerging from the thalassotherapy pool on a transatlantic crossing I took in my 20’s.  The warm sea salt water made my skin felt and look noticeably smooth and toned.

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Not as well known in the United States, Thalassotherapy pools are heated sea water “hot tubs” with jets… the warm sea water has many benefits.  It’s basically like a huge hot tub filled daily with pure ocean water and then heated.  It is a popular form of natural therapy in many countries for its benefits on the body.

Natural therapies like salt therapy are becoming more popular as people are looking for more natural remedies as a way of natural health care. Mother nature has gifted us with loads of natural ways to take care of ourselves.

The gym where I live in Gainesville Florida recently added a Pink Himalayan salt sauna! Thank you Gainesville Health and Fitness!!  For someone obsessed with the benefits of Salt therapy, I was excited to try it out!

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I noticed some pretty awesome benefits after being in the salt sauna.  My skin felt so soft!! My breathing felt super clear, and I also felt a lot less stiffness in my body and completely relaxed.

Sitting in the salt sauna and hearing others share the benefits they were noticing from frequent use,  prompted me to look a little deeper and learn more about the benefits of this pink Himalayan salt in particular and why it is  beneficial to our bodies.

A Little History About This Ancient Salt

Pink Himalayan sea salt is known as the cleanest, purest and one of the most beneficial salts on the planet.  This salt is hand mined from the Khewra salt mine located near the Himalayas in Pakistan. Formed some 250 million years ago from an ancient primal ocean.  

Geologists believe that the Great Salt Range was formed when tectonic plate movements formed a mountain range that trapped a shallow inland sea.  The sea slowly dehydrated and buried deep in the earth mineral rich sea salt deposits.

Pink Himalayan Salt and Essential Minerals

Pink Himalayan sea salt contains 84 minerals and trace minerals.  Getting minerals into our bodies is essential for optimal health! It’s super important for building strong bones, teeth, blood, skin, hair, nerve function as well as muscle and metabolic processes.  While relaxing in a salt sauna, or warm bath with pink Himalayan salt added, the minerals are absorbed into the skin.

Benefits of regular use of a Pink Himalayan salt sauna

Clear Breathing

The use of salt as a health remedy has been around since the Greeks, when Hippocrates recommended salt inhalation as a respiratory treatment.    

One of the most notable benefits of a salt sauna is the effect it has on the respiratory system. Salt saunas can help eliminate excess mucus and help those suffering from colds, the flu, and in some cases, and even asthma.

SKIN BENEFITS

In addition to entering the body through the respiratory system, salt is also absorbed through the skin. The warmth of a sauna opens the pores of the skin, allowing easy absorption of many of the approximately 84 beneficial minerals present in salt.

Many adults who suffer from acne use salt saunas or a home variation of halotherapy (salt therapy) in the treatment of their condition. Many people who regularly visit salt saunas see an improvement in skin breakouts.

As far as skin health goes, regular use of salt saunas has also proven to be invaluable with relieving the symptoms of Eczema. Salt sauna sessions increase blood flow in the skin and, much like in the lining of the lungs, works to reduce inflammation, redness, swelling, itching, and drying.

While it is not a replacement for appropriate medical care, halotherapy can greatly reduce the frequency and severity of Eczema flare-ups.

No Salt Sauna, No Problem

If you don’t have access to a Himalayan salt sauna, therapeutic salt baths are extremely healing and also very  beneficial.

For thousands of years, salt baths have been highly prized medicinal therapies. Hippocrates first discovered the therapeutic qualities of seawater and salt baths when he saw their healing effects on the injured hands of fisherman – curing both infection and pain.

Our bodies contain the same concentration of minerals and nutrients as sea water.

Taking a mineral bath is a kind of therapy. This type of therapy is much more well known and very popular throughout Europe.  Balneotherapy is the treatment of diseases by bathing in mineral water.

Since Pink Himalayan sea salts are so rich in minerals,  soaking in a solution of salt and warm water helps to instill the skin and body with minerals.  

Baths are a wonderful way to de-stress and relax the worries of the day away. To make your bath a therapeutic experience, just add pink Himalayan salt.

Containing numerous minerals that are important for our health – including calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc – Himalayan pink salt is one of the best things to soak in.

Salt has antibacterial and antiseptic properties making it a useful therapy for those with eczema, acne or psoriasis.

How to Prepare a Relaxing Therapeutic Salt Bath

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Take full advantage of the profound relaxing benefits of a salt bath by taking your bath close to bedtime.  A warm bath before bed will help you relax and fall asleep more quickly.

If you would like to create this therapeutic bath at home you can purchase Pink Himalayan sea salt here.

Just add 1/2 a cup of fine Himalayan sea salt to a warm bath.  Relax in your salt bath for at least 20 minutes.  Notice how your skin feels and looks afterwards.  

Create a relaxing atmosphere by lighting some candles or making a cup of your favorite relaxing herbal tea. Traditional medicinals makes teas that help soothe and calm the mind like organic chamomile with lavender. For a super relaxing tea that will help you fall asleep try my personal favorite, Nighty Night Tea with Valerian. 

Adding Essential Oils

To add even more therapeutic benefits to your salt bath, you can stir in a 5-6 drops of pure essential oils.  

Lavender, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus are wonderful choices for bath therapy.

Lavender has calming properties and both Eucalyptus and Rosemary are excellent oils for helping relieve muscle tension if you have tired achy muscles.

Essential oils

 Aromatherapy essential oils

If you would like to learn more about therapeutic essential oils, please go here.

-Katherine Stromick

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