Salt baths have been used for medicinal therapy for thousands of years, called “balneotherapy” it detoxifies your body whilst nourishing your skin. The many beneficial effects are relaxing and rejuvenating:
- A hot bath is known to help you sleep, add in the stress relieving and anti-inflammatory properties of Himalayan pink salt and you have great sleeping aid, especially useful for children.
- Your skin soaks up minerals from the water, sometimes even better than eating them. There are numerous minerals in Himalayan pink salt, including calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc.
- The salt bath pulls toxins out of your skin through reverse osmosis. We come into contact with up to 2 million toxins a day through our food, air and water, most of these end up in the fatty tissue beneath our skin.
- Reduces inflammation which makes it good for arthritis, stiff joints and muscles. Also soothes bites and blisters.
- Salt has antibacterial and antiseptic properties making it effective against eczema, acne and psoriasis.
- A salt bath will cause your veins and arteries to expand combating poor circulation.
Inhaling steam from a salt bath will clear your sinuses and help with respiratory conditions.
The best temperature for a salt bath is close to body temperature, so around 37°C/97°F, use 400g of salt and rest for at least half an hour afterward.