Bathing In Dead Sea Salts, Epsom Salts, Himalayan Rock Salt and Baking Soda
Salt baths can be very healing. They not only sooth and relax, but they can also cure a good number of persistent and uncomfortable conditions. Bathing In Dead Sea Salts, Epsom Salts, Himalayan Rock Salt and Baking Soda, either individually, or as a blend of salts, can deliver an incredible array of healing benefits. This is mainly due to the trace elements contained within the salts, that are either absorbed through the skin (trans-dermal absorption), or have a direct action on the skin (dermis) itself.
In short, bathing In Dead Sea Salts, Epsom Salts, Himalayan Rock Salt and Baking Soda is an inexpensive, safe, and effective way to treat a good number of health concerns and care for your skin.
At Wild As The Wind we almost invariably advocate a less is more approach to living, but salt bathing is one of the few exceptions. We don’t advise people to go crazy, however, (even though some producers of salts recommend placing an entire kilo of salts in a bath, whilst quite a few others feel comfortable with the idea of using 1/2 a kilo per bath). Some recommend a 5% solution!
Whilst there is, no doubt, a very real benefit to doing this, we at Wild As The Wind still consider it more than a tad excessive.
The salts we sell at Wild Is The Wind are from ancient sources and are thus in pristine condition. When these salts run out they will never be replaced.
We are very conscious that we don’t want excessive consumption to be our personal legacy. It is bad enough that the world population will have used up most of the exploitable minerals, (like oil for example), in just over a century, leaving our progeny a very uncertain future, but definitely one where natural resources from the ground will be in short supply.
But, on the bright side, we envision a future where the sun will replace solid fuels and where glass will be the building material of choice.
We like the idea of Crystal cities bathed in light.
So, we advocate using smaller amounts of salt in a shallow bath, adding hot water when the temperature becomes too low, and bathing longer to enhance absorption. Baths are way more relaxing this way anyway!
On this basis, 200g of bathing salt should be sufficient, especially if you start with a really shallow bath to increase the level of salt solution when you first begin your bath. We also advocate adding a little water and perhaps even some Castile Soap, and using it as a scrub before immersing yourself in your bath. This will have immediate ionizing effects on the body and will provide a deep-cleanse for the skin.
Alternatively, it is a lot easier to achieve a 1% solution if you take a foot bath rather than a full body bath. However, this approach will mean missing out on other benefits that can be obtained through full body immersion.
A minimum of a 1% solution is required for osmosis to take place. So we advocate a minimum of a 1% solution for foot baths.
It is estimated that the first 20 minutes of a bath, or foot bath, with healing salts, is when the toxins are drawn from the body, with the following 20 minutes of the bath allowing the minerals in the salts to be absorbed.
Mineral Bath Preparation
To optimise the healing benefits of taking a salt bath you can do the following
- Always drink plenty of water to hydrate yourself and ensure maximum detoxification.
- Light a candle (natural beeswax or equivalent – most commercially produced candles are highly toxic*) to set the mood and enhance a sense of relaxation.
- Use a natural fiber body brush to dry brush before getting into your salt bath, or you can use it to wet brush during your bath to stimulate blood flow and optimise the detox process. Skin brushing, (always in single strokes in the direction of the heart), helps exfoliate and remove dead skin cells.
- Allow yourself a minimum of 20 minutes to soak in the bath to ensure optimal uptake of the healing minerals present in the salt, and to give your body time to detox.
- Shut out the problems of the day by playing uplifting and relaxing music and allow yourself to be transported to a much more relaxed state of mind.
- Shower down with fresh water after your bath to rinse away toxins and other residues.
- Dry yourself gently with a soft towel to avoid skin irritation. Ideally, use your towel to pat your skin dry instead of using a rubbing action.
- Moisturise immediately after bathing with an healing body and face oil to lock in the moisture whilst your skin is still a little damp.
*The vast majority of mass produced candles are made using paraffin wax, which, when burned, emits highly toxic smoke containing benzene and toluene, both of which are carcinogenic. In fact, these toxins are the same as those found in diesel fumes.
Bathing in Mineral Salts and Baking Soda is very safe for most people. The salts and soda are usually well tolerated as they have a soothing effect on the body.
However, seek the advice of a medical professional before taking a medicated bath if you fall into any of the following categories:
- You have open wounds or serious infections
- You are pregnant or breast feeding
- You suffer from low or high blood pressure and are prone to fainting
**Our Psoriasis and Eczema Salts (Epsom Salts + Bicarbonate of Soda + Geranium + Benzoin) are very unlikely to cause an adverse reaction. They are blended with soothing skin conditions and open sores in mind.
The main constituent of Epsom Salt is magnesium, which is actually helpful for wound healing. It does not trigger an uncomfortable sensation in an open wound. Instead, it provides the opposite effect, gently soothing irritation and discomfort, allowing it to be used for enhancing wound healing and inhibiting infection.
For legal reasons we have to state that a second opinion, from a medical practitioner, is advised, particularly for those suffering from diabetes, the chances of experiencing a negative effect from salt bathing is unlikely.
Himalayan Rock Salt
Himalayan Rock Salt is a gorgeous pink colour owing to the iron content. But, the iron is only one of 88 minerals and trace elements to be found in Himalayan Rock Salt. Others include: calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper etc. (See the full list at the end of this description.)
Because of the broad spectrum of minerals contained within Himalayan Rock Salt it is able to create an electrolyte balance, improve hydration and regulate water levels in and outside the cells. The calcium can help strengthen bones and this, with magnesium and potassium, will help lower blood pressure. The magnesium also helps with the prevention of muscle cramping and all of the minerals and trace elements together improve metabolic function and helps to balance the bodies pH. A body that is too alkaline will not function correctly, and a body that is too acidic will eventually begin to fail. Many health professionals cite acidity in the body, along with inflammation, as being the culprits behind all major illness.
So, restoring the bodies natural pH levels, where alkalinity and acidity are balanced, is critical for long term health. Not only do we advocate bathing in Himalayan Rock Salt two or three times a week, but we also support the ideas behind the thinking that adding Himalayan Rock Salt to our drinking water is very beneficial also, especially when endocrine disruption, long-term stress and hormone imbalance are becoming an issue.
Adrenal fatigue is becoming quite a pandemic along with endocrine disruption, particularly in women, so it is imperative for us to take steps to redress the balance. Putting Himalayan Rock Salt in our drinking water can go a long way to helping with these endocrine issues, allowing the hormones to become more regulated and for stress levels to be somewhat normalised.
Follow the links provided for further information on re-hydrating and improving adrenal function with Himalayan Pink Salt.
Himalayan Rock Salt, when used for bathing can also have a dramatic impact on health and stress levels. Not only will you feel like your stress is seeping away, allowing you to feel rejuvenated and more able to deal life in general, but you will also have been detoxified on a profound level. The electrical charge within the salt water, along with the dissolved minerals, helps to draw out toxins from the body, and cleanses the skin on a deep level, whilst also cleansing the body energetically.
Whilst drawing out impurities from the skin the rock salt is also delivering nutrients back to the body to replace the toxins it is eliminating for us. This process is known as dermal absorption, whereby the skin absorbs minerals from the water when they come into direct contact with the skin. Some minerals prefer to be absorbed via the skin, or trans-dermally. Magnesium is a case in point. The stomach has a hard time digesting magnesium, and so a trans-dermal dose allows the body to cut out the middle man!
Pink salt contains really healing minerals like Iodine, Selenium, Gold, Zinc and Magnesium, but not all of the minerals present in this pink rock salt are good for us, such as; Uranium, Aluminum, Lead, Cadmium, Arsenic and Fluoride.
The full list of minerals include:
Hydrogen, Magnesium, Lithium, Beryllium, Aluminum, Silicon, Phosphorus, Hafnium, Sulfur, Chloride, Potassium, Calcium, Radium, Actinium, Thorium, Scandium, Titanium, Boron, Carbon, Iron, Cobalt, Nickel, Copper, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Vanadium, Bromine, Rubidium, Chromium, Europium, Dysprosium, Gadolinium, Silver, Palladium, Cesium, Cadmium, Manganese, Zinc, Thallium, Osmium, Gallium, Francium, Germanium, Arsenic, Ytterbium, Bismuth, Zirconium, Indium, Tin, Antimony, Tellurium, Iodine, Selenium, Strontium, Niobium, Molybdenum, Technetium, Terbium, Holmium, Ruthenium, Praseodymium, Wolfram, Neodymium, Gold, Promethium, Neptunium, Platinum, Mercury, Samarium, Rhodium, Fluoride, Uranium, Lead, Sodium, Barium, Lanthanum, Cerium, Erbium, Thulium, Ytterbium, Lutetium, Tantalum, Rhenium, Iridium, Polonium, Astatine, Protactinium, Plutonium.
Dead Sea Salts
Like Himalayan Salt, Dead Sea Salts come from an ancient source and are, therefore, purer than other sources of the same minerals contained in this mineral rich salt. This is because the Dead Sea is a salt lake that is more than 15 million years old and Dead Sea Salt is mined from the ancient mud of the sea bed.
Dead Sea Salts is predominantly composed of magnesium which has been shown to improve chronic inflammatory conditions whilst improving skin barrier function and hydration.
Dead Sea Salts also contain potassium and sulfates which also provide very healing benefits.
Potassium is an electrolyte with a positive charge. It conducts electricity via the fluids in the cells and it is vital for ensuring healthy hydration levels, muscular contractions, a constant heart rhythm, and the correct pH balance. Dead Sea salt contains a very significant amount of potassium; anywhere between 20% and 30%.
Sulphates are generally found in mineral springs and volcanic ash. Sulphur aids the body to synthesise proteins, supports connective tissues and cartilage, whilst helping the body to fight off bacteria. It also helps the body to detoxify.
Dead Sea Salts are an excellent exfoliator and have an incredibly hydrating affect on the skin.
The composition of Dead Sea Salt is unique, compared to other sea salts, as it only contains circa 15% sodium chloride, (table salts), give or take two or three percent. The concentration of salts in the Dead Sea is much greater than other oceans and seas, which tend to average a 3% to 4% concentration, as opposed to the Dead Sea levels of minerals which weigh in at approximately 37.5%.
Dead Sea Salt is predominently composed of magnesium, bromides, potassium, calcium oxide, iron oxide, trioxides, and pentoxides (amongst many other oxides).
Epsom Salts are perhaps the best known bath salts in the UK.
Epsom Salt is predominantly comprised of magnesium sulphate, which has a very healing effect on the body. It relieves deep tissue pain and cramps and it reduces inflammation. This makes Epsom Salts beneficial for the treatment of aching muscles, bronchial asthma, congestion and colds as well as migraine headaches.
But aside from releasing tension and relaxing the nervous system it also alleviates pain and cramping.
Magnesium plays a vital role in many enzymatic functions, helping to regulate fluid retention in the cells, and facilitates the use of calcium to transmit chemical signals via the nervous system.
Epsom salt baths treat issues such as circulatory health by preventing the hardening of the arteries and blood clots, thereby reducing the risk of strokes and heart attacks. It also reduces blood pressure, and improves nerve function. Its rejuvenating actions keep arteries working well and reduces inflammation throughout the body. The improved elasticity of the arteries helps lower blood pressure to ensure cardiovascular health.
Epsom Salts also regulates blood sugar and relieves constipation.
On a more superficial level, however, it is great for treating skin conditions, healing cuts and drawing toxins and foreign objects from the skin, like splinters etc, exfoliating the skin, a process that keeps us looking younger, and it also acts as a natural facial cleanser. it is particularly good at removing a build up of skin and hair products that can congeal and be difficult to shift via other means.
Magnesium absorption is said to relieve stress, reduce depression and anxiety and alleviate menopausal symptoms.
Bathing in Healing Salts Two or Three times a Week
All of the salts mentioned are great for supporting general health and keeping us looking and feeling younger. An ideal approach to using these salts is by interchanging them regularly. But, another way to enhance their healing powers is to blend them with essential oils.
Here at Wild As The Wind we like to enhance our bath salts with beautiful aromas from essential oils, which also add their subtle healing energies to the mix.
We offer six different essential oils infused with the full range of bathing salts mentioned above:
- Clary Sage
- Ylang Ylang
The first three oils in this list are adaptogenic and are therefore great for supporting hormone function, particularly in women.
All of these oils offer extensive healing properties, and provide the body the opportunity to enjoy profound relaxation and rejuvenation when coupled with ancient healing bath salts.
Four of these six oils are present in our ultimate anti-aging FACIAL OIL No. 2. You can read about these four oils in much more detail on the FACIAL OIL No. 2 page.
The essential oils used in our bath salt range are largely sourced through Star Child, a Somerset based business. At Wild As The Wind we adopt the philosophy of thinking globally and acting locally. However, please note, some exotic essential oils can only be obtained from far flung places, but because they are often distilled or processed in the country of origin, much has been done to bulk-reduce the final product. A lot of natural plant material is use to make very small amounts of essential oil, thus making the export of the processed essential oil a much more environmentally sound option than shipping the raw material itself.
In addition to using essential oils within our blended bathing salts, we also use bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, in our ultra healing dermal bath blends.
Baking Soda baths are incredibly helpful in dealing with a whole host of difficult to treat and uncomfortable conditions, and it is particularly good at easing the discomfort associated with chronic skin conditions.
Because Bicarbonate of Soda is used to treat topical conditions it is often blended with other minerals, such as Epsom Salts, if a trans-dermal action is also desired alongside the skin healing benefits of the Baking Soda.
Conditions that can be treated by Bicarbomate of Soda and the Wild As The Wind Eczema and Psoriasis Bath Salt blend include:
The itchiness, swelling and burning sensation caused by yeast infections, as well as having a positive effect on vaginal pH. Candida Albicans is responsible for vaginal yeast infections, but Baking Soda has been shown to have a broad spectrum anti-fungal action that can treat athletes foot and fungal infections commonly found in other hot and moist areas of the body, (armpits, under the breasts and between the buttocks etc). For this reason it is a great natural remedy for nappy rash, but a much smaller dosage should be used for babies and young children: 2 tablespoons of Baking Soda per bath. Exceeding this can cause alkalosis which will lead to the disruption of the pH balance of the body and leave it prone to other other health conditions.
Using Apple Cider Vinegar in your bath will enhance the efficacy of the Eczema and Psoriasis Bath Salt blend in treating Candida.
Eczema & Psoriasis
Bathing with Bicarbonate of Soda can significantly reduce the itchiness of eczema and psoriasis, as well as any other skin irritation that causes extreme itching.
Exposure to irritants can also be contained by immediately bathing with Baking Soda. Bicarbonate of Soda removes oil based poisons and other potentially hazardous contaminants from the skin, thereby reducing the risk of further contamination. (For this reason it also a great way of removing toxic substances that have been spilt on carpets, clothing and furniture.
Place up to a cup of baking soda in your bath to relieve itching, or 3 cups of the Wild As The Wind Baking Soda and Epsom Salt with Essential Oils blend. Soak for at least half an hour.
Psoriasis sufferers can also benefit from adding oatmeal to their baths in conjunction with using the Eczema and Psoriasis Bath Salt blend from Wild As The Wind.
As the primary healing action of Bicarbonate of Soda is to reduce itching, bathing in the Eczema and Psoriasis Bath Salt blend can also provide relief for people suffering from Shingles, Hives (Urticaria), Chickenpox etc. Higher concentrations of the bath salts will be required in relation to the seriousness of the condition.
As a rule of thumb, use approximately two cups of the Eczema and Psoriasis Bath Salt blend per inch of bath water, and soak for thirty minutes at the very minimum.
Urinary tract infections and Rectal Discomfort
Urinary tract infections, or UTIs and rectal discomfort caused by constipation (including piles / hemorrhoids) can really benefit from soaking in a Baking Soda bath. The alkalising effect of the baking soda can help neutralise the acid in your urine, whilst also remove other contaminants and toxins, such as germs etc. It may also help in the relief of painful urination.
Constipation can also be alleviated by helping the anal sphincter to relax making a bowel movement more possible.
The Wild As The Wind Bath Salt Range
The Wild As The Wind bathing salt range has been formulated to provide optimal health benefits at affordable prices and is packaged in entirely reusable and recyclable materials.
The bath salts are placed in an ultra-fine degradable plastic bag and then wrapped in an all natural heavyweight muslin that can be used for making nut butters, condiments and straining soups etc. It can, of course, also be used as a facial cloth to perform an anti-aging action on the skin.
The labels are vintage style luggage tags made from brown card and tied with cotton string. These are hand printed and hand written.
The Wild As The Wind Bath Salt Range is available from a number of outlets:
Wild As The Wind supply a number of shops in North Somerset and Bristol.
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