Since time immemorial people have been using salt for various therapeutic and curative purposes. Besides curing and healing wounds, used as a disinfectant, a preservative in a variety of foods, pickles, etc. salt also has a tremendous property which many of us are unaware of. Sea salt especially is known to heal and relieve us of our negative energies, cleanse our auras, detoxify our skin and body, flush our internal organs off toxins, chemicals & fecal accummulation and restores good health. Salt is known to be an essential chemical for cellular function. As far back as the Romans, where salt was the coin by which soldiers were paid.
Skin & body
Sea salt is packed with skin-loving minerals like magnesium, calcium, potassium etc. It absorbs toxins in the body and from the skin surface, fights acne-causing bacteria, works to treat infections and speed up the healing process. Sea salt is extremely beneficial in keeping us hydrated. The body needs good, quality, mineral-containing sea salt, such as Celtic or Himalayan salt, that can be got at any health food store. It can be added to drinking water in tiny amounts, like less than half a teaspoon for the whole day, because with increased water intake, we lose salt which is an essential nutrient, so it is good to make up for the difference. Below are some special properties of sea salt that cannot be obtained from normal table salt:
- Keeps you hydrated
- Reduces fluid retention
- A great source of minerals
- Balances electrolytes
- Prevents muscle cramps
- Improves digestion
- Detoxifies the body & skin
- Nourishes the adrenal glands
- Fights acne causing bacteria
- Restores the skin’s natural pH balance
- Clears blemishes, spots & keeps skin healthy
- Provides vitamins, minerals & nutrients to skin
- Exfoliates to remove impurities clogging pores
- Promotes new skin growth
- Promotes blood circulation
- Restores the skin’s natural oil balance
- Prevents skin infections
Sea salt vs table salt
The difference between sea salt and ordinary table salt is essentially the mineral content. Sea salt is rich with important minerals like magnesium, calcium, sodium, potassium, which all play a key role in maintaining and restoring good health. Sea salt water straight from the ocean is one of the best ways to treat the skin of blemishes, acne, spots and clear away toxins and impurities. Therefore it is recommended to take periodic salt baths or take a dip in the sea once in a while to cleanse your aura and detoxify your body, mind and spirit. But for those of you who do not live near the sea or don’t have access to a beach, get yourself some high quality sea salt from the grocery and store in your house for using during baths as a replacement for soap or even to soak yourself in salt water for a while if you have a bathtub.
Sea salt is excellent for deep-cleansing pores, balancing oil production and fighting bacteria that causes breakouts, pimples and acne. Here are some ways to heal your skin especially if you have sensitive and acne-prone skin:
- You can soak your face in sea salt water for a couple of minutes then rinse it off.
- You can create a sea salt spray by mixing sea salt with water and pouring it in a spray bottle. Then spray the water on your face avoiding the eyes, massage for a few minutes in circular motion and rinse it off. Do this daily for consistent results.
- You can create a sea salt mask by preparing a thick paste of sea salt and water then apply it on your face. Leave it on for a few minutes until it dries partially. Then sprinkle some warm water and massage gently with circular motion to exfoliate. Finally, rinse off with cold water to close pores. Apply some kind of moisturizer or face oil afterwards.
- If you have a pimply face then dab sea-salt paste on pimples or specific spots and let it dry for about 10-15 minutes then rinse off with water.
- coarse sea salt scrub is great for removing dead skin from especially dry and calloused parts of the feet, sole, elbows and knees. Salt scrubs are better than gentler sugar scrubs as salt granules are grainier and work a little harder to remove dead skin and impurities, detoxify and restore skin glow.
Make your own exfoliator
Method 1: you can also clear dark spots on your face with a scrub made of natural sea salt, lemon and honey. Add a few drops of lemon juice to sea salt and a spoon of honey to make a paste. Then scrub it gently on the spots and blemishes to wipe them away!
Method 2: take a cup of sea salt and add some glycerin to it to make a thick paste. Then rinse the area of the skin you wish to exfoliate and pat dry. Apply the paste to your skin while it’s still semi-wet, leave it on for a few minutes then take a shower to reveal soft, supple, radiant skin afterwards!
See the sea
If you live near the sea, in coastal areas or have access to a beach, it is recommended to pay visits to the sea periodically. The soothing music of the sea is lulling to our senses and calming to our nerves.
Sea water: salt water healing abilities are profound and well known throughout history. Salt water is an astringent and speeds wound healing. Floating in sea water releases tension and stress, allowing you to float weightlessly in the water.
Sea Air: deep breathing of ocean air helps us to relax our minds, rejuvenate our spirits and release tension. The faint smell of salt in the air can take us to a place of pure joy and help us liberate stuck energy from our bodies. Sea air has a certain vitality to it that cannot be encountered anywhere else. This deep breathing can help us let go and alleviate stress.
Sea sound: the voice of the sea, the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore or breaking into rocks have vibrational frequencies that are extremely comforting to our being and soothes our worries away. It is a natural meditation to just sit by the sea and listen to its waves.
Sand bath: sea sand is loaded with sea salt and minerals. If you visit the sea, make it a point to do a sea sand scrub of your whole body and later take a dip in the sea and watch your dull skin transform into soft glowing baby skin! It is a natural exfoliant.
Watch this video to learn more about the benefits of sea salt and how to take a sand bath.
And while you are at it, soak in some natural sunlight to get the very essential Vitamin D3 Sulfate in your body from the sun’s UVB rays. To learn more about this vitamin, read my article titled: did you know sunshine reduces cancer risk? Also sit or lay on bare ground/sand to get some natural free electrons from the earth’s surface. To learn more about this read my article, the healing nature of grounding.
Sea salt bath
If you don’t have access to the sea then adding some sea salt to your bath water can do wonders for your health, cause deep relaxation & rejuvenation of your senses. Sea salt contains traces of minerals like magnesium, bromide and potassium, which give your body a soothing feel and relieve aches, pains, lumps and bumps. You can also soak yourself in a bathtub of salt water while listening to relaxing music or even the sound of the sea and visualize the salt water engulfing you, clearing negative energy from your aura and restoring your wellness.
Thalassotherapy, derived from the Greek word thalasso, meaning “sea” is the medical use of seawater. Sea water helps relieve clogged pores, fight acne-causing bacteria and clear the skin by detoxifying it off impurities. Thalassotherapy was developed in towns located near the sea in France during the 19th century. Healing occurs when trace elements of magnesium, potassium, calcium sulfates and sodium, found in seawater are absorbed through the skin. This therapy can be employed in several forms, such as taking showers of warmed seawater, utilizing marine mud or algae paste or inhaling sea fog. There are sea spas that make hot seawater and provide mud and seaweed wraps to clients.
Sinusitis: sea salt can help treat chronic and acute sinusitis. A sinus wash can be done by inhaling warm salt water through a Netti Pot into your nose to cleanse your sinus and open up the air passage or use a non-iodised salt water spray.
Mouth care: gargle warm sea-salt water a few times a day to relieve painful throat, mouth sores or ulcers, bleeding gums and toothache. For bleeding gums you can also make a sea salt paste by mixing sea salt with half its quantity of baking soda and brush with this mixture instead of toothpaste.
Broken skin: the trace minerals in sea salt help soothe and heal inflamed or broken skin, rashes, or itches. Again adding sea salt to bathwater is recommended in order to alleviate the pain and speed up the healing of skin lesions caused due to acne, eczema, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac or psoriasis. Do this twice or thrice a week, then pat dry and moisturize the skin.
Sea salt flush
Finally, you can drink sea-salt water to flush out toxins from your system and detoxify your body inside-out. You see every day we eat food, a lot of which is not nutritional to the body, fast food, junk food, snacks, beverages loaded with preservatives, suppressed emotions, carbon dioxide inhalation etc. The body excretes whatever is not needed, however, not all the waste matter manages to leave the body. Especially when we eat food with little or no roughage, the waste that cannot exit the body accumulates in our intestines, lines our colon and then a lot of it is absorbed into our blood. Impurities inside our bodies can show up as breakouts, pimples, acne, fever, diarrhea or even severe and chronic illnesses. Hence it is important to flush out these toxins and chemicals from our bodies. While there are many ways to detox like fasting, doing an enema, etc. a sea-salt water flush is the easiest and the most harmless to do, with almost no side effects.
How to do it: When you wake up first thing in the morning, take about a liter of lukewarm water in a glass jar and add about 2 teaspoons or 1 tablespoon of pure organic non-iodized sea salt to it then stir until the salt fully dissolves in the water. Now drink this mixture fast. Because of the salt in the water, the organs in our stomach will try to digest the “food”. This way the salt goes through the digestive system, into the intestines to clear old fecal matter and other toxins in the body stored inside for years, chemicals that did not pass through excretion thus got accumulated inside.
Note: this does not work with just water, as the body does not recognize water as food. There has to be salt in it for the body to consider it as food thereby pass it through the digestive system, but ensure it is non-iodized salt, else the body will absorb it. The idea is for the salt water to flush through the body without absorption, as the salt cleanses the excreta in the intestines and colon.
The salt water does not taste good. So if you like, you can add some lemon juice to it. When you drink this concentrated salt water, you may feel like throwing up if you’re not used to drinking so much salt water at one go, like a little nauseous (so adding lemon is a good idea), or get slight stomach cramps, but nothing major really; you may not feel anything at all if you maintain good health in general. After drinking the salt water, wait for about 30-45 minutes then when you feel the pressure, go to the toilet and pass your stool. You will be amazed at all that comes out. You may have to go to the toilet a few times, to flush out everything as the salt water forces bowel movement. The latter visits to the toilet can bring out more liquid stool than solid stool, as you see lumps of debris flushing through your system. This method is also a great way to lose some weight. Weigh yourself before and after the flush and see the difference!
Do this on a holiday or the weekend, so you can spend half a day clearing out your system. Don’t schedule important appointments or dates within a few of hours of the flush. You know why! Haha and don’t do this every day. You can do this once a fortnight or once a month depending on how much toxin your body needs to flush out. You can definitely do this after a party night of junk food and unhealthy binging!
Warning: Do not drink sea water! You are asked to mix organic non-iodized sea salt which can be acquired at your local grocery store with pure fountain water, filtered water or distilled water for this process. Sea water may be contaminated hence never recommended to drink it! It can cause severe dehydration and even death from drinking too much sea water.
Medical precaution: If you have a medical condition like cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure, consult your doctor before doing the sea salt flush. Generally it is a safe practice, still prevention is better than cure. Don’t do this if you’re pregnant.
And lastly, as we leave 2018 and move on to 2019, take a symbolic plunge in the ocean today to release all that is old and dirt, the debris and the accumulated garbage from the past, and welcome the new and positive change into your life. Start with a commitment to nurturing good health and wellness. Happy new year folks! 😍