A Personal Acquaintance With Sea Salts - By Kim Walter
Imagine soaking in a hot bath at the end of a stressful day. The tension and worry flow out of your body as the relaxation flows in. As you float there peacefully, vapors in the bath stream carry an intoxicating fragrance to your nose. The salts in the water nourish your skin, leaving it unbelievably smooth and soft. Aside from being undeniably relaxing and soothing, this practice also has health benefits. Depending on the water, the temperature and the time of soak, many different health concerns can be helped or even alleviated. When you consider that our skin acts as a semi-permeable membrane, both keeping things in, like blood and body parts, and keeping things out, like rain and moisture, AND allowing certain tiny particles through, it only makes perfect sense to add things beneficial to your skin, body and overall health to your bathwater.
The belief in the power of special waters is as old as time itself. The Ancient Greeks believed that seawater had health enhancing effects. Greek mythology is full of images of sacred and powerful waters. Their most valued foreseer of the future, the Oracle at
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My own personal acquaintance with sea salts began over twenty years ago. I was given a small sample of exfoliating salts. I didn’t know anything about them, so they remained on my shelf for a long time. When I finally tried them, I was completely amazed at the silken feel of my fragrant skin. Wanting to experience this joy over and over again, I rushed out and bought a vat of bathing salts. Unfortunately (or not?) for me, I didn’t realize that there were different KINDS of sea salts, and I had gotten the wrong kind. There are primarily two types: those for bathing and those packed in oil (or something else) for exfoliation. Seawater nutrients such as dried seaweed, algae and specific minerals, as well as different types of mud and clay in different concentrations for hair and skin types are all also available to buy. At that particular time in my life, I was not interested in bathing for relaxation, so anything that had to be dissolved in bathwater didn’t really appeal. I experimented with mixing the salts with oils and shower gels, and was always happy with the smooth results, but it really was a lot of work.
So, my large container of quality sea salts languished on various bathroom shelves and floors for many years. It was only recently when my shower broke and I was forced to take baths that I saw my salts sitting on the floor, dusty and forgotten, and I realized that they had now been in four different homes in a period of over ten years. I felt the futility and waste, not to mention the chore of always moving and storing them and never benefiting from them. I had taken a few baths with Lavender bath oil before I rediscovered my salts, so I put both the salts and oils in. The result was an amazing combination of softness, silkiness and fragrance that lasted for days. It was only after a month of baths with Dead Sea Salts before I realized that I was addicted. My jar ran empty. I was devastated. Then, my sister gave me a new kind. And, this kind has fragrance in it! Vanilla this time. I am truly in heaven. I think I’ll go take a bath right now.