The Power of Salt Baths – Dead Sea and Epsom

In my quest to regain beautiful skin, I discovered that Dead Sea Salt and Epsom baths can improve the following conditions:

  • Psoriasis
  • Arthritis
  • Dry Skin
  • Eczema
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Muscular Aches and Pain
  • Skin Allergies

The skin is strengthened and blood circulation improves.  Toxins are also removed from the skin. Any chemical imbalances of the skin and body are improved and the skin’s natural PH levels are restored.

Studies show that Dead Sea Salt baths have shown positive results in symptom relief and lengthening remission of eczema and psoriasis sufferers.

Personally, when my skin was at its worst, I took a salt bath every evening, then tapered the frequency to every other day, then evemed off in the bath, gradually.

I chose not to rinse off afterwards as I felt that the salt was still working even after my bath.  I would also add ground oatmeal and olive oil to the bath so that I was well moisturised. I found the baths to be very relaxing and I always had a good sleep afterwards.

You will notice that having a 3-4 baths for 3-4 weeks will diminish the itch, scaling and joint complaints if you have any. Any sleeping difficulties are also resolved.  The spread of inflammation will decrease as well as the redness.  However, as I was on medication for something else, my face took 4 months to heal from chronic scaling and sunburn in 2014.

It was the bowel cleansing and liver flushes carried out every 3 months that finally did the trick.  My skin tone and texture returned to normal.  I also drank plenty of water or cucumber juice to cool down the eczema  body heat.

Only 1kg of salts per bath or more seems to be the most effective for treating skin conditions.

Flotation Tank Experience

In 2013, a friend of mine suggested  going to a nearby beauty salon that had a salt cave and a flotation tank.  Since I didn’t know what a flotation tank was, I did an online search.

Well basically, a flotation tank (or pod) has all the benefits of a regular salt bath except it is contains a very high concentration of Epsom salts.  The temperature of the water is kept to the same as your body while you float in the water.  Soft music is played and the lights are dimmed.

Each session lasts for an hour or more if you feel brave enough, but what I found really interesting about the floating experience is that as I lay perfectly still in the water, my mind went into a dream-like state. This I found was very relaxing.

The only thing I didn’t like was that my eczema patches really stung. I stayed the 1-hour course though as the time seemed to whizz by. This time, I did rinse myself off and oiled up with olive oil after towelling.  When I got home, I had a long nap.  I felt that relaxed.

Having a salt bath, whether or at home or in a tank is a much safer alternative than bleach baths and they also remove bad bacteria from the skin.

There are several flotation tanks in beauty spas throughout the UK and numerous abroad, Sweden having the highest proportion of flotation tanks to people living there.

And The Price?

This flotation experience which lasts for an hour can set you back anything from £45-70 a session.  You can have multiple sessions at a discounted rate if floating tickles your fancy.  The price is high because each tank (or pod) costs between £15,000-40,000, and must be fitted with specially prepared rooms.

However, the experience is worth it and I noted that my skin healed at a faster rate within the following couple of weeks.  That was impressive.

If you are interested in going to a floatation tank spa in London, there is one located at the London Flotation Centre, Isle of Dogs. The nearest station is South Quay DLR. The price? £45 an hour.

If you would like to know more about floating and the effects the salt can have on your skin, feel free to leave a comment or question below.

 

Argiletz Clay Review – It Works!

Argiletz clay is useful in so many ways for people with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.  It is a clay that contains minerals and feeds the skin with them while at the same time removing toxins.

Eczema on my leg healed fast without scars.  I am well pleased and I am sure you will be too as you read on…

 

 

Product Name: Argiletz Clay

Website: Amazon.com

Company and Location: Argiletz Clay, France

Price: Starts from £7  Highest Price: £12

 

It comes in various colours ranging from white to brown. Each colour signifies what it can be used for and the mineral content in the clay, eg, the red clay has plenty of iron, the green clay is for detoxifying the body and the white is for sensitive skin.  Argiletz clay also comes in sizes ranging from 300g to 1.5kg.

You can also buy Argiletz clay impregnated bandages and toothpaste for sore gums and sensitive teeth.

How to Use:              

As a face/body mask: For small to large parts of your body, make 1/2 cup of clay paste.  Simply mix the 1 cup of clay with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and mix with enough water to make a smooth thick paste.  This is best done in the evening.

For the face, leave the paste on for 5 minutes just before it dries.  For other body parts especially with eczema, wrap with cling film followed by bandages and a cotton top you don’t mind getting messy. Tubifast bandages can be prescribed by your GP and are excellent for holding the cling film in place and keeping the clay paste moist.

Rinse off the clay with warm water the following morning. Then moisturise with either olive oil or raw shea butter. You only need to apply clay paste to your body until your body heals.

You may see a dramatic change for the better almost immediately.

As time goes on, apply a thinner paste.

As clay water: Mix one tablespoon into a glass of pure water and leave overnight.  Next morning, drink the clay water but not the clay.  It is highly mineralised clay water and helps to firm the gums and get rid of parasites in the body.

Personally, I used the green clay daily when I suffered from wet eczema on my leg. It was extremely itchy and sore, to the point I was limping.

I made a  big batch of clay paste and applied it thickly to my leg.  Then I wrapped it in cling film followed by bandages.  The bandages were held in place with leggings and then I wore trousers. Seems like a lot of hassle, right?  Extreme skin conditions call for extreme action.

Pros

  • Fast and effective
  • Can be used on all skin types including sensitive
  • Cheap price
  • Safe to use and is edible

Cons

  • Can be really messy and time consuming to apply, depending on how large the  eczema patch is
  • Can be hard to find as very few shops stock the entire range
  • Quite drying to the skin hence the need to mix with an oil and a little water  to make it easy to rinse off.

Conclusion:

Argiletz clay is very soothing for skin conditions and is very effective for healing scars. The price ranges from £7-12 and is extremely cost-effective.

You also do not need any special skills to apply the clay and it is useful for all skin types.

These days, the clay only seems to be found online at Amazon. It is rare to find the entire range of clay pack sizes and toothpaste in health food stores. However, the large clay pack sizes (1.5kg) last a long time so you won’t have to go and buy it every week.

Overall Rating: 9/10

Yes, you may say I’m biased, but hey, I don’t limp anymore! If you suffer from eczema or any other chronic skin condition, which can be very demoralising, I suggest you buy Argiletz clay for yourself.  It is worth it.

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to leave them here…I will be pleased to answer them.

Wheatgrass Juice – Not the Powder!

Many people are on the juicing bandwagon these days and are making all sorts of juice cocktails.  Wheatgrass juice is in a league of its own and is best consumed as juice and not the powder you see sold in most health food stores.

It is very similar to aloe vera benefit-wise except that you only need to start on 1-2oz a day to see the benefits of it.

 

Wheatgrass Juice

What is Wheatgrass Juice?  

It is the baby grass of wheat and is gluten-free.  You can normally buy it at health food markets and even some health food shops. The juice should only be taken on an empty stomach and can take some getting used to.

Personally, I like it flash-frozen straight from the field.  This bumps up the price to £54 a packet for 28oz of individual 1oz parcels. Quite expensive if you are on a tight budget.

Trays of the grass are easier on the pocket and are between £7-10 a tray.  Each one yields about 9oz of juice.

You will need to have a juicer that can juice wheatgrass as it is quite stringy – even more so than celery.

The good thing about wheatgrass juice is that you should see the effects on your body within a week as it is so powerful.

Personally, I found wheatgrass:

  • Toned my skin
  • Restored elasicity
  • Contributed to weight loss
  • Enhanced my vision
  • Made my hair thick and bushy
  • Made my nails strong

 

What is Wheatgrass Made Of?

It is one of the few grasses that has a complete protein profile.  All essential amino acids are included.  Chlorophyll – plant blood – is similar to our own haemoglobin and serves as a blood enricher.  This means that it can raise low blood counts of invalids back to a healthy level. All minerals and vitamins are included.  Wheatgrass is a complete food.

As the taste is quite acquired, you may have to lick a slice of lemon afterwards to take the wheatgrass juice taste off your tongue.  The good thing is that the benefits outweigh the taste.

The sicker you are the more juice you will need – up to 8oz daily.  Depending on your weight.  I am 12 stone – 75kg and take up to 4oz a day when drinking this.

You only need to take wheatgrass when you are in need of an extra boost of nutrients and trying to reverse symptoms of illness.

Wheatgrass Powder

Powdered wheatgrass is not as potent as the juice as it is missing the full chlorophyll factor.

It is possible to grow wheatgrass at home, however that would take another blog post or two to describe and you might get bored with all the details so I will spare you!

For those of you who do want to try growing wheatgrass at home – you can try the soil-free method as well as the soil method. You will need trays and wheatgrain (seeds). There is also the option to buy special equipment to grow wheatgrass at home.

 

Sprouts – High Protein Skin Boost

Beans and lentils and seeds can sprout….before they grow to fully grown plants. Sprouts are a high protein skin boost, bringing it back to being normal.

They are full of nutrition and I found out about them from one of my friends who eats a lot of fresh salads and smoothies.

Puy Lentil Sprouts

Benefits of Sprouts

The main benefit of sprouts is that their protein content multiples at least 3 times whilst the bean germinates.  The good thing is that they are meant to be eaten fresh.  They are absolutely delicious in avocado salads and are quite crunchy, but softer than unsprouted beans or seeds.

You can add them to soups, salads, smoothies, sandwich fillings, and even curries.  They are very versatile and easy to grow.

As a deficiency of only one amino acid can cause allergies, low energy levels, poor digestion, lowered immunity, and premature aging, it is best to always have sprouts in your meals for lunch.

As time goes on, you can add bean sprouts to any savoury smoothies for breakfast.

Remember this – The replacement of the missing amino acids can result in a complete reversal of symptoms.

Eat a variety of sprouts as each kind has different levels of amino acids in them.  Personally, I like alfalfa, sunflower seeds sprouts, mung bean, puy lentil, black-eye beans,  lentils and almond sprouts.

They also contain minerals,  trace elements and chlorophyll.   When I first started growing and eating sprouts with my food – I noticed that my skin was an even tone. The chlorophyll – that is the green juice in most green plants – is effective in building up your blood.

The reason for this could be that the cholorophyll molecule is similar to haemoglobin.

Sprouts are also full of enzymes which make them easy for us to digest.

What Minerals And Vitamins Do Sprouts Have?

Here is a short list of a few:

  • Alfalfa      –  Vitamin B complex, Vitamins A, C, E, K

Minerals – Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Seleniim,  Zinc

  • Almonds  – Protein, Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Fats

Vitamin B, E

  • Chickpeas – Carbohydrates, Calcium, Protein, Magnesium, Potassium

Vitamins A and C

  • Black-eyed Beans – Protein, Vitamins A, and C, Magnesium and Potassium
  • Lentils – Protein, Iron and Vitamin C
  • Mung Beans – Protein, Vitamin C, Iron and Potassium

I could go on and on, but I believe you have got the message now.

I have told a few of my friends how to grow sprouts and sometimes they mix up the process.

Dear friends, it is soo easy…Here’s the method:

  1. In the evening, soak half a cup of beans in a glass jar
  2. The following morning, drain the beans and rinse
  3. In the evening drain the beans and rinse
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3
  5. You should see a little tail growing from your sprouts by now.  When sprout tails are half an inch long, you can add them to your meals.

An Exception:   Please note that alfalfa seeds take up to 5 days to grow and become green. So this means 4 days of steps 2 and 3…If you need any help on this, please let me know and I will oblige.

Like all plants, the warmer the weather the faster your sprouts will grow.  Most beans take only 2 days to grow after soaking.  Kidney and adzuki beans are slightly harder to sprout, so I suggest mung beans or sunflower seeds to start with.

I use sprouting jars to grow mine.  You can get them on Amazon.

You also do not need much space for them to grow, neither a garden.

They are very good cost-wise.  How?  1 cup of beans grows to 3 x their size after soaking in water overnight – so 500g of beans will last at least 2 weeks.  A packet of beans only costs £1.17-£2.00 in the store. You can get 3kg for £3.00.  That could last you for 2 months!

I make sure I always have black-eyed beans, different kinds of lentils, alfalfa and sunflower seeds in my kitchen cupboard to enliven my salads or green juices.  Yes, you can even put them through a slow juicer – and with a touch of lemon juice, ginger root and 1 green apple – the taste will go well with whatever other vegetables you put in your juice.

Try it – I bet you’ll like it!  Let me know how you get on by commenting down below.