For centuries, salt has been known for its many wonderful properties. Not only was it considered a vital nutrient for all mankind and animals alike, it is also one of nature’s great healers.
There are many different kinds of salt found around the world. Some of the best known salts come from the sea.
Ingesting sea salt on your foods is a great way to get trace minerals. In aromatherapy the best use is when used in applications as applied to your skin.
One of the most healing salts comes from the Dead Sea. It is actually a blend of a variety of salts. Sodium Chloride is the main salt found in Dead Sea Salt but due to its high mineral content there are many other ‘salt’ combinations.
Dead Sea Salt is used in many applications in aromatherapy. We suggest it for use in soaks, especially those used with a variety of skin conditions. Acne, eczema, psoriasis and other skin irritations benefit from salt soaks. If there is any type of infection present, start with a sea salt soak.
Epsom Salt is also known as Magnesium sulfate. It is well known for its anti-inflammatory property when dealing with soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains. It helps muscles to relax so the body can heal the traumatized tissues.
Salt packs made using Epsom salts and or Sea Salts have been used for years as a natural remedy for swelling and relief of pain. It is known when salt is used to make warm compresses or used in soaks it will help reduce inflammation and infection.
Both of these salts have a ‘drawing’ action and can help the body remove toxins and infections to the surface with this ‘drawing’ action.
It is also known that your body can absorb beneficial minerals present in the Sea Salt and of course the magnesium from the Epsom Salt.
Minerals are very necessary for health and what more enjoyable way to get necessary minerals but by soaking in a tub of warm mineral rich salt water.
Sodium bicarbonate also known as baking soda is a wonderful healing mineral combination. It has been used for treating many ailments both internally and externally.
As Aromatherapists we will comment for its use on the skin, oral rinses, including its cleaning and deodorizing properties when used around a home.
When added to your bath, it will help your body to detox and deodorize. You can use it to brush your teeth and deodorize your mouth.
It is great to help with itching, dry skin. It will help soften your skin. It can help with insect bites and sun burn. The advantages to using sodium bicarbonate are many.
Now add these to the powerful properties of essential oils and you have an even more powerful remedy.
For any variety of ailments, always remember that you can usually start by using a ‘Salt’ or blend soak. And then add the appropriate and complementary essential oils or synergy blends for the situation you are working to resolve.
The salts listed are natural ingredients with few side effects. When they are used topically or in a bath, salt has many healing properties that can benefit you and your family.
Plan ahead and make a blend of the above mentioned salts so they are ready for next bath or soak. You only need a handful or two in each bath.
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