Bath salt has long been the ultimate spa experience, but bath salts from the arid and desert lands of the Middle East have long been a favorite with people in hot climates. Dead Sea salts come from the Dead Sea and have been used for hundreds of years by Bedouin tribesmen in the Israeli area and the Palestinian area. The salts come from the searing springs that pour down from the steep cliffs and are used to ease aches and pains and to help people stay away from the sickle-shaped parasites they often pick off rocks with. The salts are a rich source of potassium, and many have grown to become very popular in the diet of people who live in the Middle East.
Bath salt is an ointment that you apply to the skin. It is not meant to be taken internally, and it is applied topically to alleviate ailments of the skin, hair, and nails. In some countries, you can use bath salt as a home remedy for a variety of ailments.
How does bath salt work? So, let's explore.
Baths are warm. Hot baths induce the human body to release a flood of chemicals called endorphins. These are naturally-occurring chemicals that relieve pain and stress. The pain relief is so effective that the bathing water itself becomes the source of relief. A good bath is an enormous relief, and the chemical rush continues until the water is no longer warm.
As you may know, salt is used in the production of bath salt. The crystals of the salt mimic the effects of being bathed in warm water. You may think of bath salts as little mud baths. Many people use the salts to clean out their hair, or their skin, after a bath.
Not only do bath salts make a great deal of sense when it comes to treating ailments, but they also make a great deal of sense when it comes to diet. The benefits of healthy eating are manifold. One of the best things about eating healthily is that it will actually help you feel better. People who eat well tend to sleep better, exercise more often, and generally look and feel better.
Drinking a lot of water helps too. When people go on a fast, they lose weight. But they are not likely to suffer from asthma or diabetes. The same is true of people who drink a lot of water, on a regular basis.
The benefits of healthy eating are manifold. One of the best things about eating well is that it will actually help you feel better. People who eat well tend to sleep better, exercise more often, and generally look and feel better.
Some people take bath salt as a natural cure for allergies, and many of the salts contain added herbs that can help. The effect is most noticeable with eczema, and with colds. I'll tell you what the first time I used bath salt for this purpose.
I was in a hospital for a workup. The doctor gave me a little bottle of bath salt and told me to just rub it into my skin before bed. I did and was thrilled. I'm a big fan of bath salts and was thrilled that I was getting something to relieve my allergy symptoms without having to take any prescription drugs.
Eczema is a skin disease that I have. The doctor recommended that I keep a little bottle of bath salt in my car at all times. While the bedtime ritual that I had in mind would certainly be a hassle, I decided to carry the bath salt.
Now, two years later, I no longer use bath salt to cure my eczema. I know that the endorphins I was exposed to while I was bathing were probably helpful, but my symptoms did not improve that much. If I were to try again, I would try a different brand of bath salt.