The Greeks were some of the first to embrace its benefits. The Romans elevated it to something of an art form. The Japanese, arguably, have the strictest of rules regarding it. And, for centuries, it has been embraced by society in general as an evidence of modern civility.
The activity? Bathing.
For the Greeks, the daily bath began as a way to keep clean. However, they also believed that bathing in the ocean was a way to calm the nerves. This basic belief in the benefits of bathing in salt water was not limited to the Greeks.
The Greeks, along with the Romans, Egyptians, Arabs and those of European descent in the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods all promoted and recorded various medical treatments that centered around salt water. Drinking therapy, topical treatments, inhalations, and salt baths were all part of the treatment regimen recommended by Hippocrates and still recognized today as beneficial.
In the meantime, commerce and greed got the better of most and traditional sea salt was replaced with a chemically blended substitute. That substitute has been used to manufacture designer drugs and blamed for all sorts of heinous activities – all supposedly caused because the person was under the influence of “bath salts.”
So let’s be clear here – while bath “salts” are technically salts because the chemical compounds used to create them might loosely be called “salts” – those are not true, legitimate, natural bath salts any more than Robitussin is a natural expectorant. Those bath salts are cheap knock-offs developed to make a quick buck with absolutely no associated health benefits. And, for that reason, we are grateful that these useless, ineffective imposters that claim to be bath salts are being outlawed in state after state and may soon be entirely illegal throughout the U.S.
If you find yourself looking for “bath salts” we recommend one that is made from a singular component or blend of components that are either mined or evaporated from nothing but sea water. What you really need to be looking for is “sea salt bath salts.” Those are the very same salts that civilizations down through history employed for the treatment of skin diseases like psoriasis, digestive troubles and respiratory diseases.
The most popular and common today (in the last 30 – 40 years) are Dead Sea salt and Epsom salt. The former comes from a well-known inland sea in the Middle East and the latter from a well-known bitter spring in the town of Epsom in Surrey, England. (neither of those comes from or can be cooked in a lab, chemical or drug, to produce amphetamine like stimulants)
Epsom salt occurs naturally as an inorganic salt and is considered a pure mineral. It is also known simply as Magnesium sulfate. It’s treatment benefits include reducing swelling and inflammation in joints and muscles, delaying labor in the case of premature labor or pre-term birth, and the possible prevention of cerebral palsy in pre-term babies because of its known connection to promoting the growth of brain tissue, joint proteins and mucin proteins. (those mucin proteins line the walls of your digestive tract and help with digestion and improved nutrient absorption)
A recent study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health suggests that 68% of Americans are magnesium deficient. Some experts believe that number is low. The irony of this is that while we hear a lot of discussion about the importance of calcium in our diet for building and maintaining strong and healthy bones, without magnesium calcium cannot be properly used or absorbed by the body.
As for Dead Sea salt, its benefits are rooted in the higher mineral salt contents of two salts known as Magnesium Chloride and Potassium Chloride. Magnesium chloride is similar to Magnesium sulfate in that the body can easily break down the magnesium and make use of it to regulate and transport more than 300 enzymes in the body.
Potassium chloride presents the body with a significant source of potassium. This is beneficial during the summer months when we are more prone to sweating that results in abnormally high potassium elimination rates from the body. Potassium and sodium are the two primary electrolytes responsible for normal muscle function. However, potassium is also known to help reduce blood pressure and to help prevent stroke.
There are a number of benefits to regular bathing that go far beyond that good clean feel and smell or the baby soft skin. For that reason, we blend our own unique blend of sea salt bath salts that provide ten times more electrolyte mineral content than a typical sea salts bath. We even share tips for drawing the perfect bath so that you can gain the greatest benefit and enjoyment.
Don’t have a bathtub or you say you aren’t a bath person? No problem – a simple foot soak can give similar, though limited, benefits. Don’t take our word for it, give it a try!
Feeling stressed? Suffering from muscle or joint pain? Need a non-prescription treatment for that skin inflammation? Give all natural sea salt bath salts another look, don’t accept anything that includes manufactured chemical compounds!
Most importantly, consider the health benefits! Maybe, just maybe, you can put that lonely bathtub of yours to good use!