Balneotherapy, Mineral Soak, Detox, Healing, Natural Stress Relief, Herbal Bath Teas
The Himalayas – the tallest mountains in the world – span 2400 kilometers across Asia at the joining of the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates. Where these proud peaks now stand, 250 million years ago was a primordial sea.
Within that ancient body of water existed a perfect, pristine ecosystem. As the plates of the earth moved and over the ages pushed the Himalayas toward the heavens, the sea evaporated and all of its life-sustaining minerals crystallized under the heat of the sun to form what we now know as Himalayan pink salt.
Because of the conditions by which it was formed, this purest of sea salts one of the best sources of natural minerals on the planet and exponentially healthier than the bleached and processed table salt that most people use daily. In this post, we take a look at some of the incredible benefits of Himalayan pink salt (HPS) and how you can use it boost your health.
Compelling Reasons To Have A Himalayan Salt Bath Today
For thousands of years, salt baths have been highly prized medicinal therapies. Hippocrates (460-370 BC) first discovered the therapeutic qualities of seawater and salt baths when he saw their healing effects on the injured hands of fisherman – quelling both infection and pain.
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The ancient Greeks recommended seaside health resorts to cure skin diseases and the revered 16th century doctor and alchemist Paracelsus even proclaimed that salt baths were ‘better than all the health spas arising out of nature’.
The healing powers of salt baths are still valued to the present day thanks to countless well-documented health benefits. And when choosing a salt to soak in, the pure pink Himalayan variety reigns supreme!
Here are some of the benefits you can expect when you immerse yourself in a Himalayan salt bath:
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. They’re also the perfect excuse to enjoy a glass of wine, or finish off that novel you started months ago!
Research backs up the stress relieving effects of bathing. In fact, enjoying a mineral bath is a type of therapy – known as balneotherapy. And what is full of minerals? Himalayan pink salt of course
Dr. Michael R. Irwin, director of UCLA’s Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and the Mindful Awareness Research Center says that just thirty minutes of relaxation can greatly affect how you’re going to deal with the rest of your day. Irwin claims there are huge benefits to stillness in the moment when bathing – 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 instill 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.
Salt and mineral baths are a great way to relax at the end of the day while simultaneously infusing the skin and body with minerals and hydration. Through the process of dermal absorption, skin soaks up minerals from the water – often better than if the same minerals were consumed internally. Because it contains so many of the different minerals our bodies need to stay healthy, when it comes to the best things to put in your bath water, Himalayan pink salt is at the top of the list.
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.
Thirty years earlier, Israeli researchers discovered that soaking in salt baths gave those with muscle pain both relief and greater mobility – something to keep in mind the next time you do one squat too many!
You could also add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to the bathwater – approved by the German Commission E scientific advisory board to treat both muscle pain and arthritis.
And unlike conventional drugs for these ailments, there are no unpleasant side-effects!
Soothe Away Soreness
A warm bath infused with Himalayan pink salt is also great for relaxing cramped muscles. The magnesium and some other trace minerals found in HPS absorb through the skin to help heal damaged muscle and other soft tissues. Minerals in HPS also work to fortify bones, skin, and connective tissues that may contribute to body soreness in other ways.
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 between 700,000 and 2.1 million different toxic chemicals a day!
A 2012 study, carried out at the University of California, indicates that the average person is regularly being exposed to cancerous levels of toxins like arsenic, dioxins, and DDE – with 100% of children tested exceeding cancer benchmark levels for these chemicals.
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.
When HPS is added to a bath of warm (preferably about the same as body temperature) water, it not only provides much needed nutrients to your body. Himalayan pink salt also works as a powerful detoxifier. When dissolved in water, HPS becomes an ionic solution that helps to draw the toxins out of skin and adipose tissues. This process combined with the healing mineral infusion offered by a good Himalayan pink salt soak will leave you feeling refreshed and energized.
Sleep Like a Baby
If you’re one of the 60 million Americans who suffer from occasional or long-term sleep problems, you should give Himalayan pink salt baths a go.
Because of their proven stress relieving and inflammation fighting abilities, a salt bath can help you relax and wind-down before bedtime.
And a 1997 study conducted by New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center highlights even more reasons to take a bath before bed. Because body temperature naturally drops at night – beginning two hours before sleep – a soak in a hot tub causes body temperature to rise. This leads to a rapid cool-down period immediately afterwards which serves to relax you and prepare your body for sleep.
Choose the Pampering Blend option to add to your bath teas for even more sleep-promoting power.
Deep Clean Your Skin
Hippocrates was on to something when he noticed that fishermen’s damaged hands avoided infection after exposure to salt water. Salt has antibacterial and antiseptic properties making it a useful therapy for those with eczema, acne or psoriasis.
The mineral content of a Himalayan salt bath can help maintain the protective barrier of the skin, while allowing it to hold in hydration – as is evidenced by the fact that your skin won’t wrinkle or prune after a salty dip. This is especially good news for those who avoid baths due to flaky or tight skin!
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.
(Speak to your doctor before undertaking any kind of balneotherapy if you suffer from weak or poor heart circulation).
Clear Your Sinuses & Experience Respiratory Relief
In both balneotherapy and thalassotherapy, inhaling steam from salt water is an established treatment for acute and chronic respiratory problems.
So if you’re suffering with sinus infections, a blocked nose, allergies or a chesty cough, run a nice warm bath and sit back and enjoy the healing vapors.
For added relief, choose the Sinus Relief Blend or Colds & Flu Blend option listed to add to your bath teas and the blend will act as a powerful decongestant, and even help control a cough.
While Epsom salt baths seem to get all the credit for helping combat water retention and stop bloating, Himalayan pink salt baths are just as effective.
These salts work by drawing water (along with toxins) out of the body resulting in a temporarily slimmer waist and reduced thigh size. A quick ten-minute bath with added Himalayan salt before an event or big occasion should be all you need to see the inches come off…Dr. Oz and countless celebrities all recommend it!
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.
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How to Make your Himalayan Salt Bath:
Fill your tub with water that is about 98-100 degrees, just at or slightly above body temperature. This allows for maximum absorption. Add tea bag to water as the tub is filling. The Himalayan salt should dissolve. You may see pink minerals and clay at the bottom of the tub. This is normal, as this is a natural product. Soak in the tub for as long as feels comfortable, 40 minutes is generally recommended.
Remember to stay hydrated! Drink a lot of cold water, as the hot bath with dehydrate the body as you soak. When finished, drain the tub and get out slowly. Some weakness is to be expected. It is best to air dry, letting the mineral-rich water soak into your skin.
If you added an herbal blend, the herbs will steep while you relax and soak up its nourishing health benefits.
The Herbal blend can be used multiple times, however each time will reduce the strength of the tea and health benefits.
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