Himalayan Rock Salt
For thousands of years, salt baths have been a highly praised medicinal therapy. Hippocrates (460370 BC) first discovered the therapeutic qualities of seawater and salt baths when he saw the healing effects on the injured hands of fisherman – quelling both infection and pain.
The healing powers of salt baths are still valued to the present day thanks to countless well documented health benefits. Some of the benefits you can expect when you immerse yourself in a Himalayan salt bath/foot spa:
Relax & De-Stress:
Soothing warm baths are one of life’s little pleasures. They help melt away the day’s worries and pressures, allowing you to switch off your mind and enjoy some peace. It encourages profound relaxation, resets your physiology, regulates some stress hormones, helps with concentration and reduces tension.
Because Himalayan pink salt is so mineral rich, soaking in a solution of salt and water helps to instil the skin and body with minerals. In a process known as dermal absorption, the skin soaks up minerals from the water – sometimes even better than if we consumed the same minerals!
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.
Detoxify Your Body:
Every day we are exposed to countless toxins – from our food, our air,
our water and our personal care and household products.
It’s estimated that we come into contact with anywhere between700,000 and
2.1 million different toxic chemicals a day! When we bathe in a Himalayan pink
salt solution, we help to pull some of these toxins out of our skin through a
process called reverse osmosis.
Ease Your Aches & Pains:
Those who suffer with painful arthritis, sore or pulled muscles, stiff joints or a variety of other aches and pains will benefit enormously from a Himalayan pink salt water bath.
In 2012, scientists found that regularly bathing in this saline solution can help reduce the inflammation, and therefore the pain, associated with arthritis and similar conditions. You could also add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to the bathwater to treat both muscle pain and arthritis. And unlike conventional drugs for these ailments, there are no unpleasant side-effects!
Have you ever experienced a ‘dead leg’, numbness of the limbs, a feeling of coldness in your extremities or one of these other warning signs of poor circulation?
If so, a warm salt bath could be just what you need. It will cause your arteries and veins to expand, which gives more space for blood to flow. It’s just a temporary fix but, when used in conjunction with these other circulation-boosting ideas, it can get you on the path to full health again.
It’s also a useful trick for those who want to get rid of their cellulite – another problem which is caused by poor blood circulation.
Soothe Bites & Blisters:
With antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it’s not surprising that a Himalayan salt bath will soothe painful or itchy insect bites and blisters. Research has also documented relief from poison ivy and poison oak.
The next time a rogue mosquito gets the better of you, or your feet are blistered from new shoes, take a quick dip and experience near-immediate relief.
How to Have a Himalayan Salt Bath:
A 20 to 30-minute bath is all you need to realise many of the benefits listed above (although if you’re just looking to reduce bloating, ten minutes will do). When you get out of the tub, just dry off with a towel – there’s no need to rinse the salt solution from your skin.
It’s recommended you rest for at least 30 minutes after bathing – which is why a bath before bedtime is such a good idea. For added hydration and relaxation, make sure to sip on a glass of water or herbal tea.
Add some Essential Oils:
While some salt bath purists insist, the tub should be free from oils and further additives, others experience a therapeutic boost when they add certain essential oils to the mix.
If you’d like to add a few drops of oil to your Himalayan salt bath choose your oil based on the result you are after.
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Relaxation & Stress Relief – lavender, angelica, jasmine
Soothe Aches & Pains – peppermint, rosemary, thyme, clove
Sleep Aid – lavender, chamomile, cedar wood
Skin Health – tea tree, geranium, rose
Circulation – lemon, orange, grapefruit
Respiratory Relief – eucalyptus, thyme, rosemary
The team at The Jade Healing Centre can help to elevate the pain before a good bath.
Fixing the cause not just treating the symptom !