Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Beneficial Healing Effects of Sea Salt Soaks and Baths

Containing over 80 minerals, sea salt soaks are very nourishing and soothing to both the skin and the elimination system. Sea salt soaks help remove lactic acid from the muscles, which is one of the reasons that sea salt baths are so relaxing. Lactic acid can cause stiff, weak and tired muscles.

Salt soaks can be taken as an entire body soak, using about a cup of sea salt to a hot bath (as hot as your body can take it comfortably), or use a localized salt soak - using a cotton ball and two tablespoons of sea salt to a cup of hot water, wet the cotton with the hot water and soak the affected area. Localized sea salt soaks are used to disinfect small cuts and bruises, as well as to keep piercings from becoming infected.

Herbal ingredients added to the sea salt bath can promote the soothing effects, or the invigorating effects, depending on your needs - or mood. For example, adding lavender will add relaxation and promote healing. Sea salts are often pre-packaged with floral, citrus, or herbs for added benefits.

Sea salt soaks increase blood circulation and stimulate the natural release of toxins through the body's largest organ - the skin. The salts kill bacteria and germs from the surface of the skin, leaving it soft and clean.