Bathing with Himalayan Salts
Posted on March 27 2017
This beautifully coloured natural salt is hand mined from the mountainous regions of the Himalayas.
It is thought that hundreds of millions of years ago crystalised sea salt beds, which are deep within the Himalayas, were covered by volcanic lava. Now covered by snow and ice much of the year, it is said that the salts of the Himalayas are in pristine condition. Protected from modern day pollution by the ancient lava that covered it so many years before has earned it the reputation of being the purest form of salt on modern day earth today.
So what’s wonderful about Himalayan salt?
Well aside from its purity, its pink hue is attributed to its high mineral content. In fact, Himalayan salt contains the same 84 trace minerals that are naturally found in the human body. Many don’t realise that you that you can reap the benefits of these minerals by incorporating it into your bathing routine. The therapeutic and medicinal properties of salt baths and sea water were first discovered by Hippocrates (circa 460-370 BC). Cleopatra herself would bathe in the clear waters of the Dead Sea and the ancient Greeks often frequented sea resorts to cure skin ailments, they found that salt water was extremely effective at soothing pain and quelling infection. These historical figures were all onto something! Modern science and countless well-documented health benefits recently confirm what Hippocrates believed to be true.
We’ve already highlighted the therapeutic properties of baths in a previous post, but our focus in this post is on the specific benefits of incorporating Himalayan salts into your bathing routine.
Most of us factor in some sort of a soak into our bathing routines, be it once a month, fortnightly or even weekly. It’s a great way to de-stress and unwind after a challenging day. So if you do already soak yourself regularly, why not add some Himalayan Salts into the mix? Himalayan Salt in extremely mineral rich, hence soaking in a warm bath with these salts will help your body to absorb these vital minerals through the skin. Some argue dermal absorption is far more effective in helping your body to absorb minerals than consuming them. Either way your body could benefit from a mineral boost while you lie back and relax!
Wherever you live in the world, be it a large city or rural village, you will be exposed to countless chemicals through the air that you breathe, the food that you eat and the products that you use on your skin. Not wanting to scare you, but conservative estimates claim that we are exposed to 700,000 toxins daily! Bathing in a Himalayan Salt Bath is extremely effective at drawing out harmful toxins from the body through a process known as reverse osmosis.
A Calm Restful Night’s Sleep
Hectic schedules and stress filled lives have led to an increasing number of the population struggling to sleep adequate hours. Insomnia, whether long term or occasional, can lead to other problems during the day. Salt baths have a proven record in their ability to relieve stress and incorporating one as part of a bed time routine can work wonders in helping to de-stress and relax. The edition of lavender essential oil in our Lavender & Lime Himalayan bath salts will help to prepare you for bedtime simply because of lavender’s sleep promoting power!
Great for skin irritation
Most people who have very dry, flaky skin will avoid bathing simply because of the drying affect baths can have on skin. But the high mineral content of Himalayan salt actually helps to create a protective barrier for the skin, thus allowing your skin to hold onto hydration instead of lose it. If you take into account salt’s natural antibacterial, antiseptic & anti-inflammatory properties, you'll see why it's a particularly good option for those who suffer from skin infections such as psoriasis and eczema. These properties also make salt baths extremely effective in soothing painful insect bites and blisters.
Soothe sore muscles and cramps
Researchers and scientists found that those who suffer from painful joints and arthritis noted improvement in mobility after soaking in salt water. It was found that regularly bathing in salt baths reduced swelling and the associated pain. A natural drug free relief for those who suffer from such conditions. But also particularly helpful post your gym work out!
We have THREE different Himalayan Bath Salts to choose from, with each collection boasting its own essential oil blend and dried flowers to add a touch of luxury and therapeutic boost to your bath. Now making it even easier to harness the numerous health benefits of a Himalayan bath coupled with the soothing aromas of essential oils.
Top tips for creating a salt bath at home
- To really harness the benefits that we’ve discussed, it’s crucial that you get the right salt:water ratio. Dr Mercola has said “To get the full benefits of a natural crystal salt bath, the right salt concentration is critical. The salt concentration has to be at least the same as the one of your body fluids (approximately 1%) to activate the osmotic exchange ratio. The formula for a 1% solution is 1.28 ounces of salt per gallon of water.”
- As tempting as it may be to have a hot bath, your salt bath should in fact be warm, ideally body temperature (37 degrees Celsius).
- 20-30 minutes bathing time is more than enough to reap the benefits of a salt bath.
- You don’t need to shower afterwards, simply dry off with a towel.
- It is important that you REST for at least 30 minutes after your salt bath.
IMPORTANT HEALTH NOTE
Whilst we recognise the benefits of having a bath in salt water, they can be demanding on your circulatory system. It is there recommended that those who suffer from weak or poor heart circulation should consult their doctor beforehand. We would always ask that you also seek medical advice before soaking in a salt bath if you’re diabetic, suffer from blood pressure, heart disease, liver or kidney disease, adrenal exhaustion, nervous system deficiencies or any serious illness. Likewise, if you’re pregnant, also seek advice first.