Using Salt For Skin Health & Therapeutic Benefit
Previously, I've spoken a lot about the healing powers of Salt for dietary use, but what about for external body health and therapeutic benefit?
The first thing to realise is that salt is the earth's most effective, restorative, preservative and natural healing substance both inside and out.
It's been revered for centuries for multiple uses ranging from preserving food, as an electrolyte for the body's cells and warding off infections and inflammation both internally and externally.
In addition to these important benefits, there are significant therapeutic qualities of salt that not only cleanse and re-mineralise the skin and body, but relieve stress and relax the mind.
Firstly, the top 3 salts I'd recommend for therapeutic use are:
- Celtic Sea Salts
- Epsom Salts
- Himalayan Sea Salt
And here are my top 5 benefits and how to use salt to cleanse your skin, improve circulation, fight cellulite, reduce mental and emotional stress and eliminate toxins within your body.
- Natural Exfoliate - Salt beats any chemical-based exfoliate you'll find on the market, hands down! When you lightly scrub the skin with salt, it penetrates the outer layer to reduce dead cells that make your skin look tired and flaky, revealing the moist, shiny skin underneath to make you look and feel fabulous - it's called 'skin cell regeneration' and this penetrating process also stimulates circulation which helps alleviate *cellulite and is extremely anti-ageing for the skin. Lightly scrubbing with salt is particularly useful in the colder months when you're skin tends to lose moisture and dry out, and in the hotter months to facilitate an opening of the pores, aid skin venting (sweating which eliminates toxins) and to absorb nourishment from good oils (like cold pressed coconut oil) before you tan. You can make your own non-toxic, hydrating exfoliate at home by combining Celtic Sea Salt with Olive Oil, Almond Oil, Essential Lemon Oil and Aloe Vera Gel in a large mixing bowl, or for convenience, get your hands on my handcrafted Re-New Body Scrub. *Coffee scrubs are also powerful for fighting cellulite;
- Pain and Joint Relief - Salt is mineral rich and anti-inflammatory so it naturally soothes, nourishes and rejuvenates tired and aching muscles and joints. Bathing in hot salt baths, particularly Epsom salts are very effective for reducing aches and pains due to their high magnesium content - essential for replenishing muscle and joint wear and tear - which is why they're a key ingredient in my hand prepared Detox Bath Salts range. To make your own healing salt bath or foot soak at home, simply combine 1-2 cups of Epsom Salts (or blend half/half with Celtic Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt), add to a hot running bath or foot tub and add 20-40 drops of Essential Lavender Oil;
- Reduce Stress - Particularly when combined with essential oils like Lavender, salt baths will not only relieve pain and reduce swelling that commonly accompanies sprains or bruises, it will help calm the mind, promote relaxation and relieve emotional stress. Light a candle that has been infused with essential oils when you're bathing for extra mental relief;
- Eliminate Toxins - Remember, your skin is cytophylactic, meaning that it not only 'eats' whatever you put onto it, it's also the largest and one of the most vital organs of elimination of your body. This means that your skin's porosity allows for detoxification - including the release of heavy metal residues - to take place when you support it with effective cleansing;
- Healing and Disease Prevention - Incorporating nature-made salts into your daily body and mind care routine is a key to your ongoing health and longevity and for avoiding sickness and disease from the outside in. The cleansing, detoxification, relaxation and re-mineralising qualities of quality salts like Epsom, Celtic and Himalayan will help arm your body with the anti-infection and anti-inflammatory powers to ward off and fight a long list of ailments and poor health conditions that include, chronic fatigue, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, digestive disorders and a host of skin problems.
Learn to love salt and make it a big part of your self care journey and you'll be honouring it's qualities in the same way that the ancient healers did, who came up with the significant phrase, "To be worth your salt".