What do Mineral Baths Really Do for You?
Living in rural Northern Japan for years, I easily became accustomed to the timeless ritual of relaxing in outdoor hot springs. One of my favorite winter activities was to snowshoe for miles through mountain forests to natural springs that, while in the summer were unbearably hot, had been adjusted to the perfect temperature by the melting snow around them.
The workout of the hike, and occasional coaxing away of monkeys, made the soak all that more rewarding when you finally eased yourself into the warm weightlessness of the pool. The frigid air outside the spring sweetened the water's welcoming embrace.
For those inclined to more domestic settings, there is no shortage of established Hot Spring Resorts all over Japan. Most of these Hot Springs will proudly display the mineral content of their pools, which varies from area to area. And, depending on the content and percentages of certain minerals in the water, they will claim to benefit specific ailments, and parts of the body. There are a few Hot Spring resorts in Japan that are hailed as miracle waters for specific illnesses, not the least of which being cancer, and people will travel from all over the country to reap their benefits.
You can actually buy packets of the minerals from famous Japanese Hot Springs to add to your bath. The natural, unscented ones cost a very pretty penny in Japan, and even more in America when you can find them. I have found packets on Amazon that claim to be from some of these Hot Springs, but they are heavily (almost sickeningly) perfumed, and I am skeptical of the actual source.
But, What Really are Those Benefits?
Since, at this time, Japanese Hot Spring mineral powder was not a viable option to include in our Bath Teas, we went looking for another all natural ingredient to produce these benefits. After analysis of several different sources, we were very pleased to find that one stood out as, not only an incredibly healthy option, but the most consistent one, as well... Dead Sea Salt
Here is what's in it:
Magnesium: Promotes quick healing of skin tissue and provides the skin’s surface with anti-allergic elements, also essential for cell metabolism.
Bromide: Soothes skin, relaxes body muscles, and calms nerves.
Iodine: Important for the correct functioning of the thyroid gland and aids in the body's metabolic exchanges.
Sulfur: A natural disinfectant (constituent of certain vitamins). Known as a powerful detoxifying agent, as it works closely with the liver to rid the body of toxins.
Potassium: Helps balance moisture in the skin and body, aides in the reduction of water retention and in the nourishment of cells, and regulates the nervous system.
Calcium: An essential mineral, known to strengthen bones and teeth, also strengthens cell membranes and cleanses pores.
Sodium: Relieves stiffness and muscle cramps. Sodium is also a powerful detoxifying agent, helping cells retain nourishment and expel waste.
Zinc: When applied topically, it is known to protect the skin against sunburn and windburn. Also known to boost the immune system. Internally, it is a key factor in enzymatic regulation of cell proliferation.
And some of what it does:
Anti-Aging Properties of the Dead Sea
For centuries, people have been searching for ways to look younger and defy the ravaging effects of Father Time. Wrinkles and fine lines appear as a result of many factors including stress, heredity, climate and sun exposure, and a general lack of skin nourishment. Our skin is the first victim in the aging process, and as we age, our skin becomes less resilient and elastic, due to a natural decline in collagen and elastin in our skin cells.
Research into general Dead Sea benefits and the minerals found in Dead Sea Salt has shown a 40% reduction in the depth of the wrinkling. The minerals also moisturize, detoxify and soften the skin and enhance relaxation of the body – making us not only look younger, but feel younger as well.
Treating Common Skin Disorders With Dead Sea Salt
Acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, dandruff, scabies, and seborrhea are some of the most common skin disorders in the world. Psoriasis alone is said to affect 3% of the population to some degree. Traditional treatment for skin conditions can be temporary and expensive at best, and painful and ineffective at it's worst; many prescribed creams and lotions contain steroids or coal derivatives, which are not always effective and can have harmful side effects.
Acne is one of the most common skin disorders – 80-90% of all adolescents suffer from some level of acne. Acne is caused by many factors and many involve internal processes such as stress and hormone fluctuations. Dead Sea salt is high in sulfur, which is a powerful cleanser that has been proven to treat acne effectively.
Dry skin is also all too common. Our skin becomes parched because of climate and lack of moisture, especially in the cold, dry months of winter. Dead Sea water is a wonderful treatment for dry skin, as it nourishes the skin and replenishes much-needed moisture.
Research has proven that soaking regularly in water enriched with Dead Sea salt can provide relief from these unpleasant skin disorders without any known side effects. In fact, Dead sea salt is recommended by the international psoriasis community and the National Psoriasis Foundation as an effective alternative treatment for the disorder.
Cellulite & Water Retention
Dead Sea salt water contains potassium, which is an important mineral in the treatment of water retention. Cellulite is the result of fatty deposits that have broken through holes in the inner layers of your skin and have risen to the surface, creating a dimpling effect on your thighs and buttocks – and sometimes on the stomach and lower back. While diet and exercise can help the condition, bathing in Dead Sea salts works from the inside out, helping your body rid itself of toxins. The minerals released from the salt help break down deposits of these toxins that get trapped below the skin’s surface, making your skin look smoother.
Arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, back pain, bursitis etc. can be effectively treated with Dead Sea salts. The Dead Sea minerals are absorbed while you soak in a bath and are known to provide effective relief from joint swelling, soreness and stiffness. This is due to the minerals improving blood circulation, which is necessary in reducing inflammatory response. This is combined with powerful detoxifying agents and general muscle relaxant properties. When the water containing the salt has been heated, the ability of the elements to penetrate and be absorbed into the system is increased.
All of our Bath Teas contain enough Dead Sea Salts to disperse effectively in large soaker tubs. When combined with all of the other relaxing, detoxing, moisturizing ingredients we offer, you'll see why we claim to provide the absolute best, healthiest, most beneficial bath additive on the market today!
And you don't have to snowshoe up mountains, or traverse deserts to get them
We'll send them right to your door!