Bath salts are a natural alternative to salt used in shower water. They are also called “salt water” or “baking soda.” A product like bath salt is not salt in the true sense of the word, but instead a product made by combining various elements, usually sodium or potassium, into a brine solution. This solution is used to treat everything from sore muscles to sunburns.
Dead sea salt is hailed as the world’s most natural source of salt. The Dead Sea salt deposits stretch for over a thousand kilometers inland, from the West Bank of Israel to Jordan and Egypt, stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Caspian Sea. It is believed that the Dead Sea salt was formed by ancient oceans millions of years ago. In recent years, the Dead Sea has experienced what scientists describe as a “slowdown,” resulting in a decrease in the amount of salt in the ocean. Still, many believe that the constant evaporation process going on in the ocean’s depths makes the Dead Sea salt even more depleted than other salts.
So what exactly is a Dead Sea salt bath? A dead sea salt bath is a brine solution containing various minerals like magnesium, calcium, potassium, bromine, iodine, sodium, strontium, and zinc. Many experts believe that the minerals in the water react with each other in the water, creating a chemical reaction which ionizes the water. The presence of oxygen in the water further stimulates this reaction. The result is an alkaline environment that pulls toxins from the body and produces positive ions, cleansing the body of impurities.
The most commonly used therapeutic bath salts are made from seawater. While the Dead Sea salts have been found to be quite beneficial in some instances, there is controversy over their safety. For one thing, bath salts made from seawater are highly volatile, can burn the skin, induce diarrhea, and aggravate respiratory ailments. Also, many people are allergic to seawater. For these reasons, as well as others, it is safer to make your own bath salt.
Homemade bath salts have the same healing properties as commercially available sea salts. For example, when made from seawater, they tend to be more alkaline, due to the presence of various minerals from the sea floor. They can be used for conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions. Another advantage is that you can make your own salt and use it in bathing, or in your cooking, so that you get all the benefits of having a salt-free water.
Of all the bath salts that you can make, the Dead Sea bath salts are the most famous. These bath salts come from the Dead Sea, located about 45 minutes north of Jerusalem. However, they are far more costly than commercial sea salts. In fact, the very best bath salts are handmade, from the Dead Sea mud. To make them, you need to add various natural minerals found in the Dead Sea mud to regular table salt.
As far as types of minerals, the most important minerals to add are magnesium, sulfur, potassium, copper, bromine, manganese, zinc, iron, and sodium. These minerals have a synergistic effect in increasing the water’s permeability, softening, cleansing, detoxifying, and strengthening the immune system. Therefore, this type of sea salt is beneficial for anyone with a weak immune system or has arthritis, or chronic fatigue syndrome. On the other hand, a person with a high blood pressure or heart problems should not use this type of salt.
A regular bath soak provides many health benefits to your skin, including purification, exfoliation, anti-aging effects, rejuvenation, antibacterial properties, healing of wounds, reduction of swelling, elimination of toxins, stimulation of the blood flow, and the stimulation of certain brain functions. Furthermore, bathing with this type of sea salt will help you reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your skin. This bath soak is also beneficial for cleaning the pores of the skin, as it is very effective in removing dead skin cells. As a result, your skin will become more radiant, softer, smoother, clearer, and moisturized.