- Bath Salts
salt consists of two elements, sodium and chlorine. Its chemical name is
sodium chloride and its formula is NaCl. Its mineral name is halite.
Table salt is a chemically simple combination of these two components,
sodium and chlorine. The basic components of salt are, by themselves,
potentially dangerous. Sodium will ignite immediately if it is exposed
to water, and chlorine is poisonous if ingested. In combination, though,
the two elements form sodium chloride, commonly known as salt.
Sodium chloride crystals are cubic in form. Table salt consists of tiny
cubes tightly bound together through ionic bonding of the sodium and
chloride ions. The salt crystal is often used as an example of
crystalline structure. It can be modified by temperature. Different
types of crystal have different uses. It varies in color from colorless,
when pure, to white, gray or brownish, typical of rock salt (halite).
Chemically, it is 60+% elemental chlorine (Cl) and 39+% sodium (Na).
has become inexpensive and is so readily available that we take it for
granted. However, historically, salt was a commodity that was heavily
taxed and wars were fought for possession of it and its mines or
factories. In some ancient
civilizations, salt was so important that it served as currency. Where
salt was scarce, it became very valuable, even as valuable as gold.
"Do not seek gold, find salt for there lives not a man who does not
need salt." Salt was traded ounce-per-ounce with gold —. Everyone
craves salt, rulers going as far back as the Chinese emperor Yu in 2200
B.C. have tried to control and tax it. Salt taxes helped finance empires
the body, salt is as important to humans as water or air, in fact each
of us contain from four to eight ounces of salt. Salt helps maintain the
normal volume of blood in the body and helps keep the correct balance of
water in and around the cells and tissues. It is also necessary for the
proper function of nerve fibers, and plays an important part in the
digestion of food and is essential in making the heartbeat correctly.
sodium found in salt is an essential nutrient. Sodium, together with
calcium, magnesium and potassium, helps regulate the body's metabolism.
In combination with potassium, it regulates the acid-alkaline balance in
our blood and is necessary for proper muscle functioning. Salt is
essential to our well being.
The Source of Salt
salts come from a sea. The oceans that once covered the earth left a
generous supply of salt beds and underground deposits which provide pure
salt unpolluted by modern humankind. Crystalline salt deposits are found
on every continent and in many different compositions.
Salt's Many Uses
about five percent of the world's annual salt production ends up as
seasoning on food. The vast majority goes to chemical plants, and is
utilized by industry. The top five are salt, sulfur, limestone, coal and
has thousands of uses, more than any other mineral. Salt is essential.
In humans, it is a basic component of taste, along with sweet, sour and
bitter. In cooking, salt acts as more than seasoning highlighting
flavors and accenting them. As a dry crystal, it preserves meat and fish
by drawing out the moisture. During the
lifetime of the average American, he or she will use 28,000 pounds of salt.
as a Healing Agent in the
Not all salt is the
same. The ordinary table salt that most of us eat is too refined; it
lacks the minerals we need. Salt cures are not new. For thousands of
years sick people traveled to rudimentary spas to soak in salt springs.
SPA means salve per aqua or ‘health through water’. Moreover, that water
was salt water or salted water using any number of a variety of Bath
salts. Today's spas that are more luxurious offer salt baths, salt
glows, salt rubs and salt polishes to exfoliate dead skin, stimulate
circulation and relieve stress. Use a pound of
salt per bath. Soak 20-30 minutes. Add hydrosols to acidify the water to
the pH of your skin and to add fragrance.
The waters of the
Dead Sea Bath Salts can also be used as a raw material in the cosmetic industry.
Chemical Composition of
Organic Grey Sea
1500 years, salt farmers have harvested the Noirmoutier Sea Salt by
hand. Harvesting the salt is a cottage industry where the only
ingredients are the sea, the sun, and man. Breton from SaltWorks organic
sea salt from the Isle of Noirmoutier undergoes no treatment after
from being mere sodium chloride, Noirmoutier sea salt concentrates
countless benefits taken from the sea. As the seawater slowly moves from
ocean to salt pan, exposed to wind and sun, its salt content keeps
rising and the salt crystals are enriched with health-enhancing
minerals. The lower sodium content allows for more available magnesium
(in chloride form), calcium and potassium, as well as trace elements
such as copper, zinc, iron, manganese, and even minute amounts of iodine
and fluoride to be included. Being very natural - it is unrefined and
unwashed and contains no additives- this sea salt retains all these
Use a pound of salt per bath. Soak
20-30 minutes. Add hydrosols to acidify the water and to add fragrance.
analysis demonstrated that Breton™ Sea Salt contains a wide variety of
minerals and trace elements. The following lists the most predominant
elements revealed by this analysis.
Composition of Breton™
Seaweed Baths – As
an herbalist and aromatherapist, I (Jeanne Rose) have taken a variety of
baths using fresh and dried seaweed and many kinds of sea salts.
Since fresh seaweed harbors millions of tiny creatures, my
suggestion is to only use dried Seaweeds with no creatures.
Use Seaweed that does not break up like Dulce or giant Kelp.
Simply put a dried piece in your bath, add rubber duckies and cute play
toys, watch the Seaweed grow and expand in the water until it gently
unfurls and wraps around your body, add a cup of
A favorite formula is to take 1 oz
each of Dulce, Bladder wrack and Irish Moss and add to your bathtub
along with 1 cup of sea salt. Have
a nice soak. Rub your body
all over with pumice stone or with the inside of an Avocado peel. This
will exfoliate off the dead skin. After 20 minutes, have a rinse, wrap
in a big linen towel and give yourself a facial or foot massage with
gentle herbal oils.
Shower Bath - A shower bath is simply that - taking a shower. Showers are to clean the skin, baths are to relax and refresh the mind. Precede your bath with a shower and use the bath for relaxation. Use aromatic showers in the morning to wake up and herbal baths in the evening for sleep.
For the aromatic shower, wash with a good, handcrafted soap and pure water. You may precede the last rinse by applying several drops of essential oil to the clean, wetted skin, rub into the skin with your hands while standing under the warm shower. The room and your skin will smell good and you will improve the function of the immune system and may even aid your body in the defense against disease. Here is the time to use earthy oils such as Patchouli and Vetivert with herbal scents such as Rose Geranium and sweet Thyme.
Today I went to Vichy Hot Springs. It
is a spring in northern
Try a bath like this. Pour in as much
club soda water as you want in the bath. Then add hot water to heat it
up. Add 2 cups of
Source: SaltWorks. .
Jeanne Rose Aromatherapy carries essential oil
kits, books, hydrosols and more. Education is her raison d’etre. Take
an Aromatherapy class. The
SPA booklet is available for $15.
Mark. Salt A
World History. Penguin,
Ph.D, Amy K. The Benefits of
Jeanne. SPA, a special handout.
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for 1 bath is 4 oz to 16 oz salt mix:
Ceara or Rio Salts, XXL or jumbo which are 99% sodium chloride or
Epsom salts, medium size and which are Magnesium sulfate
Baking Soda is sodium bicarbonate
the salts together.
the salts – For every bath or 4 oz of salt mixture,
add …….10 drops of
the salts with vegetable food colorings. Add a few drops ……of the
color on the salt and roll around in
a small plastic …….bag.
the salts attractively and tie with a ribbon.
oz XXL size
oz Epsom salts
oz large size
oz Baking Soda
all together. Bag. Label. This is one really nice bath.
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