In a recent article we outlined the proper method of taking a salt bath.
In this article, we will look at some of the profound health benefits a salt bath provides, whether it’s at home in the tub, at a spa, or even at the salt-water beach.
When we bath in salt water (be it Himalayan bath salt, Epsom salt, or natural sea salt), we reap several health benefits:
Besides the obvious benefit of keeping our bodies clean, a salt bath offers the following benefits:
- detoxes the skin (eliminates pathogens and kills harmful microbes)
- eliminates impurities from the skin
- gently exfoliates skin surface
- helps with softening and smoothing of the skin
- facilitates the removal of scar tissue and blemishes
- promotes healing for acne, eczema, psoriasis and various other skin conditions.
The minerals inside a high-quality salt soak promote healthy, more youthful skin, and when taken often, leaves you with a healthful glow and skin feeling supple and soft.
Naturally occurring minerals like magnesium and potassium found in Epsom salt, sea salt and Himalayan salt, which is drawn into the bloodstream during a warm bath can help eliminate toxins from the circulatory system, which can in turn reduce stress on the kidneys, liver, and promote a healthy heart beat.
A salt bath decreases congestion. Allergies and respiratory or sinus infections can lead to a buildup of mucus, which limits breathing capacity. Not only does a salt bath help to eliminate existing mucus buildup, but it can also help to prevent it.
Salt therapy has effectively been proven in clinical trials to help with conditions such as allergies, asthma, chronic bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, emphysema and various other conditions to help you breathe better.
Our nervous system is comprised of a system of nerves that carry electrical impulses throughout the body in order to perform various functions, such as movement or involuntary actions through our sympathetic nervous system such as digestion or triggering hormone response.
Signals in our nervous system are carried via electrolytes, which are mainly potassium and sodium. Both are components readily available in sea water or various type of salt baths.
Magnesium, a mineral rich in bath salts, is responsible for managing stress response, which helps regulate sleep and muscle fatigue.
Muscles and Joints
The most common reason for a warm salt bath, as we all know, is to ease our sore, aching muscles.
The minerals rich in bath salts are absorbed through the skin and improve the function of our nervous system, which in turn helps to relieve us of muscle and joint pain, and physical stress.
Bathing in salt water can also help your body to heal faster after an injury or surgery, and can also help relieve pain for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
Healing power of a relaxing salt bathBathing in salt water triggers an anti-inflammatory response that is vital for increasing our body’s ability to ward off diseases. It also helps to boost our immune response.
Mood and General Well Being
Finally, as we all know, a warm salt bath calms the mind. There is nothing more relaxing after a day of work than a warm salt bath with dim lighting, some candles, and a glass of wine.
It’s a wonderful way to relax when we feel anxious or tense.
So, besides all the amazing health benefits a salt bath provides, sometimes it’s just the best way to relax, improve your mood… and find your zen.
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