Himalayan Salt Bath Benefits
For thousands of years, the Himalayan salt bath benefits have been greatly valued and very well documented. Early civilizations used salt to promote rejuvenation and rest, helping to calm their mood. Hippocrates, who lived between 460 BC and 370 BC, was the first person who discovered the therapeutic qualities of seawater and detox baths by noticing the healing affects it had on the injured hands of fisherman. The salty seawater not only restricted the risk of infection, but also provided pain relief. We now know that there is a link between salt therapy, the rejuvenation of cells and an exchange of minerals and toxins between the body and the salt. With all of the natural healing and detoxing powers of the Himalayan salt rocks, it’s time for everyone to get back into Himalayan salt baths!
Many people believe that the detoxifying effect of the salt bath is equivalent to that of a 3-day fast. When you sit in a salt bath, the Himalayan salt detoxes your body and energy field, releasing toxins and negative energy into the bath water. At the same time, the beneficial minerals of the salt are absorbed through the skin. The salt contains over 84 minerals and elements to help reduce acidity and inflammation in your body. Using these Himalayan salt rocks helps to balance the pH level of your skin, increases blood circulation and improves the look and feel of your skin—your skin will be glowing after your bath! You would think that after bathing in salt, your skin would feel very dry, but it is actually quite the opposite. The salt promotes cell regeneration and moisture retention, helping to repair dry and irritated skin.
Himalayan salt bath benefits include energetically purifying and rejuvenating your personal energy field and aura, repairing any holes in the aura and removing any blockages. It promotes spiritual, mental and emotional balance by purifying your body of negativity. The Himalayan salt bath benefits can also help to regulate sleep and relieve stress, which will encourage an overall sense of harmony within your day to day life. When you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, stressed and energetically heavy, try a Himalayan salt bath! You will feel much lighter and calmer afterwards.
What you need for your Himalayan Salt Bath:
- Pink Himalayan Salt Rocks—we recommend placing 2-4 salt rocks in your bath
- Glass of water (to drink during)
- Candles, if you would like
Since this is an energy cleansing bath, we recommend showering before so that you are not mixing any soap or shampoo in your bath. Fill your bathtub with 4-5 inches of water, and then add your Himalayan salt rocks. Stir the bath water around until the salt is mostly dissolved. Fill the tub up fully. When you get into your detox bath, you want to submerge as much of your body as you can for around 20-30 minutes. Sip your water throughout your bath so you do not feel dehydrated afterwards. After your time is up, make sure that you do not rinse off; just allow your skin to dry naturally or gently pat dry. We also recommend that you rest for 20-30 minutes after your bath, as these baths are quite powerful!
Some people like to sync their salt baths with the lunar cycle, as they are said to be the most powerful during a Full Moon and New Moon. Bathing with Himalayan salt rocks during a full moon is very healing, as the healing potential is at its max and mineral absorption is optimized. During a new moon, the cleansing energy is at its peak, so your body has a higher potential of completely detoxifying itself. But salt baths are healing and detoxifying at anytime!
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Heather Askinosie is a crystal expert and leading influencer on the power of crystals, Feng Shui and holistic healing. For nearly 30 years, she has been researching the scientific and spiritual aspects of energy. After studying with the best healers from all over the world, she has used the past three decades of her career to translate ancient wisdom into simple tools that anyone can use to transform their life. In 2000, she co-founded Energy Muse with business partner, Timmi Jandro. Energy Muse provides tools of empowerment and inspiration in the tangible form of jewelry and crystals. Her crystal teachings can be found in her book Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune into the Real You as well as mindbodygreen, Well+Good, The Chalkboard Mag, and more. Learn more about Heather at energymuse.com.