Salt is a necessary mineral required in our diet, but why is salt so important, how salt can help your body and what is the relevance when applied as part of wellness practice?
The scientific name for salt is sodium chloride. It contains potassium, magnesium and calcium, which are all needed to absorb key nutrients in your diet. Salt can be found in many sources from the Himalayas to the sea, they come in varying forms. Some can be eaten, some can be used for self-care and some can be used in multiple ways.
So let’s take a closer look at what the benefits are when you use different types of salts as part of your self-care rituals.
Sea Salts: (edible)
Sea salt tends to derive from warm climates with higher evaporation rates and little rainfall. It’s produced by flooding man-made pools with salt water from the ocean and waiting for the water to evaporate under the sun.
Some of the benefits of Sea Salt include:
- Reduces fluid retention
- Balances electrolytes.
- Prevents muscle cramps
- Great for skin health
- Improves digestion
- Nourishes the adrenal glands – (which produce hormones that help regulate your metabolism, immune system, blood pressure, response to stress and other essential functions)
- Regulates blood pressure
Himalayan Salt: (edible)
Himalayan salt was actually formed around 200 million years ago, near Pakistan.
Crystalized salt formations from dried sea beds were flooded by lava eruptions, buried under ice and rock and away from external disruptive elements like pollution. This kept the salt in a very pure state. When the Himalayan salt mines were eventually discovered the miners found that the salt was a rich pink colour this was due to its high iron content.
Some of the benefits of Himalayan salts are:
- Improves lung diseases
- Balances your body’s pH
- Reduce signs of aging
- Improves sleep quality
- Regulates blood sugar
- Increases libido
Epsom Salt (edible- as a laxative)
Epsom salt it gets its name from the town of Epsom in Surrey, England, where it was originally discovered. It was originally obtained by boiling down mineral water to release magnesium sulphate a compound of magnesium, sulphur and oxygen. Today Epsom Salts are produced naturally from mines and limestone caves.
Some of the benefits of Epsom salts include:
- Reduce arthritis pain and swelling.
- Helps alleviate bruises and sprains.
- Helps with Fibromyalgia, (condition that makes your muscles, ligaments, and tendons hurt, and causes tender points throughout your body)
- Helps alleviate ingrown toenails.
- Reduces insomnia.
- Reduces Constipation
- Helps with psoriasis, a disease that causes red, itchy, scaly skin
Dead Sea Salts: (inedible)
There is a difference between the sea salts and dead sea salts, that’s because the latter is from the Dead Sea region only and contains ten times more minerals than sea salt with a higher content of magnesium and potassium. Therefore, the benefits are the same as the Sea salts yet amplified even more.
So, if you tend suffer from back pain, rough or dry skin or acne the dead sea salts are for you. Place 1-4 tablespoons in running water and soak for 20 minutes ideally twice a week.
So what are you waiting for run that bath and get some minerals through that biggest organ your skin!