Natural sea salt is rich in minerals. When showering, our skin, through osmotic pressure, absorbs natural mineral salts and expels toxins.
Sea salt bath helps to reduce pain and soreness, relax tense muscles, soothe inflammation, improve circulation, and hydrate tissues.
For skin diseases (e.g. eczema) you can apply salt water locally with the help of a spray bottle. Add 2 drops of Tea Tree oil, a powerful antiseptic.
- Take a bucket of water. Water should be about 36-37 degrees C (body temperature).
- Add a handful of sea salt. Dissolve the salt.
- Add 3-5 drops of essential oil(s) and swirl the water.
- Use a dipper to pour water over your body. Simultaneously gently massage the skin with your other hand.
- After bathing allow your skin to air dry, wear a cotton gown, and rest for 20 min. Thereafter wash off the salt coat from your skin with fresh water. The fresh water should be cooler that the salt bath.
A salt bath is beneficial in:
- Skin diseases
- Gynecological diseases
- For convalescing patients
- To stimulate the immune system
A salt bath is contraindicated in fever and other conditions. Please consult your physician or other health care professional before attempting to take one.
Essential Oils for Salt Water Bath
What oils to use? It depends upon your personal preference and the emotional effect you want to achieve. Here are some suggestions:
- Soothing, calming bath – Rose, Lavender, Sandalwood, Neroli, Bergamot, Orange, Chamomile.
- Romantic bath – Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli.
- Energizing bath – Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Peppermint, Basil.
- Mood-uplifting bath – Lemon, Lemon Grass, Tangerine, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Cedar Wood, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Geranium, Bergamot.
- Grounding bath – Patchouli, Cinnamon, Spikenard.
- Spiritually purifying bath – Spikenard, Sage, Sandalwood.
- Spiritually uplifting bath – Frankincense, Myrrh, Lavender.
- Healing bath – Cedar Wood, Juniper Berry, Tea Tree, Sandalwood, Patchouli.