Salt salt salt…even Jimmy Buffet knows it’s good stuff. Salt therapy has been used for centuries around the world and with good reason. From soaking in salt baths, to European style salt spas to Himalayan salt caves, scrubs and detox treatments salt therapy works wonders for the skin, respiratory tract and overall well being.
Since our bodies contain the same concentration of minerals and nutrients as sea water, it’s no surprise that NaCl has the power to restore, soothe, protect and balance our systems.
Breathing in salty air sounds like a lovely day at the beach. It’s also a treatment that can have a sooting effect on asthma, bronchitis, allergies and inflammation of the respiratory system. The ancient Greeks indulged in Halotherapy and Eastern Europeans have been reaping the benefits of salt infused air for ages. Salt caves are popping up like popcorn in the US too, so if the cold air or pollen laden spring blooms are giving you a bit of seasonal grief, go have yourself a relaxing hang out session in a salt cave.
For a little in home salty boost of negative ions that naturally recharge the air, eliminate odors and fight allergens give your room a pinch of pink perfection with a salt lamp. Chic design and well being all in one. Viola!
For the skin, salt is a wonder healer. Bathing in salt water helps to relieve achy muscles and soothe dry, itchy skin. It opens up pores, helps to heal wounds, fights acne, exfoliates, tones, detoxifies and can even reduce wrinkles. Long day at the office or just in need of a bit of pampering? Pour some salt in a bath, turn on some tunes and let it all go. We like French Girl Sea Soak for combining Epsom salts for calming muscles and eliminating toxins, Himalayan salts for relaxation and sleep and essential oils to further soothe the skin and make you smell pretty.
For an added detox add in 1/4 cup each of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Soak for 30 minutes and rinse well in the shower.
You can also do a clay detox with 1/2 cup each of bentonite clay and Epsom salt.
Want to give yourself a good salt scrub like they do at the Korean spa minus a lovely Asian woman in her underwear scouring your nether regions and pouring water on you? Put a little elbow grease into it with Tree Hut Mediterranean Salt Scrub, infused with activated charcoal and fig fruit extract.
Puffy eyes? Salt can save you there too. Mix one teaspoon of salt with hot water. Let it dissolve and reach a comfortable temperature, then soak a cotton pad and apply to the eyes.
With all these benefits its no wonder salt was once used to ward off evil spirts! We can’t attest to that, but we can tell you that our skin has never been softer.
Beauty Coach Team