7 Reasons You Need To Use Himalayan Salt In Your Bath
The Himalayas, the world’s tallest mountains, extend approximately 2,500 kilometers across Asia, along with the border between India and Tibet. Two-hundred-fifty million years ago, when the planet was a pristine ecosystem, a primal sea existed where these iconic mountains now stand. The Himalayas formed approximately 40-50 million years ago when, due to plate movement, India collided with Eurasia.
As the plates clicked into place, the sea evaporated, and its life-sustaining minerals beautifully crystallized beneath the sun’s rays—forming what is known as Himalayan pink salt. Due to these unique conditions, the purest form of sea salt was produced. Himalayan pink salt is believed to be one of the best sources of natural minerals on earth and gets its pink shade from the high mineral and iron content.
When Himalayan salt dissolves in water, it creates a concentrated, electrically charged blend containing 84 trace minerals that match those found in our body. These traces are not found in commonly used refined, bleached and processed table salt. The reason this ionic, mineral-rich solution is so nourishing is because the sole solution that is created makes the salt the right size to be easily absorbed and metabolized by the cells in the human body.
Rejuvenating salt baths have been known for their therapeutic benefits for thousands of years. The first known account was between 460-370 B.C.E when Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine,” noticed that seawater and saltwater naturally cleansed, soothed, and healed the infections on fishermen’s rough, cracked, and swollen hands. Soon after, Hippocrates began to advise his patients to bathe in warmed seawater and called the therapeutic treatment Thalassotherapy. It is common in thalassotherapy spas for several people to share the same bath, as salt is a disinfectant.
1) Improves Sleep
Pure salt, such as Himalayan salt, can increase oxytocin levels, which in turn will enhance sleep. Oxytocin is a naturally produced hormone that helps you feel calmer and more relaxed so you’ll snooze off faster.
2) Improves Libido
Low libido may be the cause of the lack of minerals that help increase your sex drive such as zinc, magnesium and selenium. The good news? Himalayan salt contains over 84 important minerals, so it’s pretty darn helpful in making sure you’re getting those minerals. Maybe you’ll get some added stamina.
3) Clears the Sinuses
Saltwater works wonders to clear up stuffy sinuses. Himalayan salt kills bacteria and binds to other contaminants that may be blocking your nasal cavities from polluted air. Try using a Neti pot sinus rinse with Himalayan pink salt. This will clear and cleanse, getting rid of any gunk that’s making you congested.
4) Eases Muscle Cramps
A warm Himalayan salt bath is great for soothing your sore and achy muscles due to its high content of magnesium and other trace minerals. These minerals are absorbed through the skin and immediately start to sooth damaged muscles and other soft tissues. They are great as a recovery method for athletes or those who are on their feet for most of the day.
5) Beats Bloating
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!
6) 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!
7) 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 Use
At least once a week, at the end of the day, soak in a Himalayan salt bath for around 20-30 minutes—the experience is known to be similar to soaking in an ocean of energy. Don’t rinse the skin in the shower at the end of the bath, just lightly towel dry to achieve the optimum benefits. After this therapeutic body, mind, and soul experience, your muscles will be relaxed and may feel a little weaker than usual, so indulge in some well-earned rest, with a good book and a cup of warm herbal tea, and relax for at least 30 minutes.
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