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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 tapered off the baths, gradually. This means as my skin improved, I took them every other day, then every 2 days, then twice a week.

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. I would clean hairy parts daily with a kind soap like Turkish Olive oil soap or Black soap. And rinse off of course!

You will notice that having a 3-4 baths weekly for 3-4 weeks, will diminish the itch, scaling and joint complaints if you have 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.

Here is my skin bathing method which is useful for preventing skin infection:

You will need olive oil, shea butter, 1kg packet of Dead Sea Salts and also 1 cup of ground oats.

The Method:

  1. Put some olive oil in your hand with shea butter and massage into your skin.
  2. Run your bath with lukewarm water.
  3. Add all the contents of the salts packet to the bath water.
  4. Add the oats.
  5. Put 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in the water
  6. Soak in the bath for up to half an hour.
  7. Do not pat dry after your bath – allow your skin to air dry.
  8. Repeat Step 1.

The sea salts clean, disinfect  and moisturise your skin too. Note that you should not use soap on eczematous skin as it will dry out your skin and leave it very itchy.

The oats has a quality about it that relieves your skin from itching.  It also calms red, inflamed skin.

Shea butter prevents your skin from scarring as well as moisturises your skin.  You will be able to find shea butter from either African shops or online.

If you have scratched your skin til it bleeds, you may need to massage your skin with aloe vera gelly that will heal your wounds and prevent from scarring.  It also has the added quality of relieving the itch.  Remember, aloe gelly first, then olive oil and shea butter.

If your clothes wick off the oil, you may need to ask your doctor to prescribe Tubifast bandages for your arms, torso and legs.  It comes in different sizes, so you may need to check with the chemist to order the right size. These bandages are washable and can be used over and over.

Personally, I made a moisturising butter with melted coconut oil and shea butter instead of olive oil. You may have to do a small patch first to see whether you are allergic to coconut oil. My face was sensitive to coconut oil, but the rest of my body was fine.

If you have wet, oozing skin, dry your patches with Argiletz clay paste. Then apply aloe vera gelly to them.  This can be applied as often as you need to during the day.

This may seem complicated to do, but it really is simple as long as you have these staple items in your kitchen at all times.  Then whenever your skin flares, you have everything you need rather than panic.

 

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.

 

Drink Alkaline Ionized Water For Eczema

I too used to think that all water was created equal, until I switched to drinking alkaline ionized water for my eczema.

photo of water being poured into a glass from a jug

There are many types of water depending on the environment it is in and also what has been added to it to change its composition for various recipe purposes.

For example;

  • soft water
  • fresh well water
  • spring water
  • ionised water
  • grander water
  • distilled water
  • reverse osmosis water
  • mineral water
  • sparkling water
  • glacial water
  • and the list goes on.

Ionised water is one of my favourites from this list and actually tastes sweeter and wetter than ordinary bottled water.

I found out about it while researching how to restore my skin to its former glory.

 

What Makes Ionized Water Special?

I would like to point out that this section goes into minute detail as to what this water is and why it is important for you… So hang on tight!

Dr Hayasaki, MD of Water Institute, Japan says this – “A high percentage of living things, both plant and animal are found in water.  All life on earth is thought to have arisen from water… Also, about 70-90 per cent of all organic matter is water.

The chemical reactions in all plants and animals that support life takes place in a water medium.

Water not only provides the medium to make these life sustaining reactions possible, but water itself is often an important reactant or product of these reactions.

In short, the chemistry of life is Water Chemistry.

So What Has This to Do With Eczema?

In his scientific report, Dr Hayasaki states that “living things are extremely sensitive to pH and function best (with certain exceptions, such as certain portions of the digestive tract) when solutions are nearly neutral”.

Most interior living water in homes has a pH of about 6.8.

And??

“Oxygen is essential to our bodies, but when too much is absorbed into the  body, it can become active, unstable and has a tendency to attach itself to any biological molecule, including molecules of healthy cells.

The chemical activity of these free radical is due to one or more pairs of unpaired electrons”.

“Free radicals with unpaired electrons are unstable.  They also have a high oxidation potential.

When too many of these free radicals turn loose in the body where they can damage normal tissue.”

“Putrefaction sets in when molecules in the air invade the proteins of eggs, fish and meat. And so you get unpleasant toxic substances like:

  • Hydrogen Sulphide
  • Ammonia
  • Histamines
  • Phenols
  • Seatoles

So when you are quite toxic or even moderately, you will smell of the type of toxins in your body due to the oxidation and fermentation of such animal protein as eggs, fish and meat.

To cut a long story short, I will briefly explain that histamines contribute  to allergic disorders, such as atopic dermatitis (or eczema!), hives, asthma, etc.

Indoles and phenols are considered carcinogenic, (meaning – able to cause cancer).

In other words, the type of water we drink is very important.  One way to protect healthy tissue from oxidation ravaging caused by active oxygen  is to provide free electrons to active oxygen radicals. Thus, neutralizing their high oxidation potential and preventing them reacting with health tissue.

Moving on…

So if you have excessively offensive stools caused by the molecular action in your body caused by fermentation of the food and drinks you consume, you are very toxic and need the type of water  that has an excess of free electrons to donate to active electrons.

Juices are especially rich in antioxidants such as Vitamins C, E, beta-carotene, etc.  However, the best source of free electrons to block oxidation of healthy tissue is;

Water Treated by Electrolysis

That is, reduced or ionized water is the best solution.

Why Is Ionized Water the Best Solution?

The reduction potential of water can be dramatically increased, surpassing the antioxidants in food or vitamin supplements.

As the molecular weight of reduced water is low, it acts faster and is able to reach all tissues of the body in a very short time.

 

Ionized water is the product of mild electrolysis which takes place in the ionized water unit.

It is treated tap water that is not only filtered, but has also been reformed – providing reduced molecular water.

This has a large mass of electrons that can be donated to active oxygen  in the body to block the oxidation of normal body cells.

 

Tap Water; What it Is and What it Isn’t

Normal tap water has pH of 7 which is neutral on a scale of 0-14.

When measured with an oxidation potential measuring device or meter ORP, it’s redox (reducing potential is approximately +400 to +500mv.  Because the tap water has a positive redox potential, it is apt to acquire electrons and oxidize other molecules.

Ionized (Reduced) Water

On the other hand, has a negative redox potential of approximately -250 to -350mvs

Meaning it has a large mass of electrons ready to donate to electron-thieving active oxygen.

News Flash: Here is  short video highlighting the importance of choosing a good brand of ionizer.

I am not a dealer and do not receive any commission from this company.  This is strictly for information purposes only.  Please ignore the part towards the end recommending you buy this brand of ionizer.

 

…. As I was saying, an ionizer gives you access to both acidic and alkaline water that can permeate your body quickly.   You have the best of both worlds and certain conditions you have may ease due to its use.

My ionizer is a Jupiter brand, and it gave our family lovely, sweet water to drink for a number of years.  But unfortunately, I did not know what kind of warranty it had and now it is fossilising in my kitchen – well loved, but unused for a couple of years now…

During the time I used my ionizer, I had much better skin.  I also did not have a furry tongue anymore.  I noticed a big difference to my taste buds when I reverted back to bottled water after the ionizer stopped working properly.

So yes, I would encourage you to research and find an ionizer that suits your budget, kitchen countertop size, and, also has a satisfactory warranty.

Benefits include:

  • Softer hair when washed with the acidic water from the ionizer
  • Less itching when the skin is cleansed
  • Cleaner tasting tea or coffee when the alkaline water from ionizer is drunk.
  • Overall improved health

UPDATE:

TyentUSA have produced ionizers with a lifetime warranty for part, labour and service.  For that reason alone, I highly recommend them for your use.  Their support is second to none and you will save money in the long run.  That is, on washing your vegetables, skin and drinking water.  Remember – you drink the alkaline water and switch the ionizer mode to acidic for washing your skin or vegetables.

If you have any questions or comments about this little piece of rocket science, please let me know! 

Only after you are making full use of these do I recommend going the extra mile to buy an ionizer which can be as expensive as $4500.

If you  need to be on a tighter budget, I recommend starting with a juicer first.  Use an Omega Juicer as it is strong and stands the test of time.  It also works out cheaper than centrifugal juicers.  As they tend to break after less than 3 years of heavy use.  Besides that, you will have to buy less produce as the Omega juicer churns out drier pulp from your vegetables and fruit.  For you, this mean more juice and less waste.  

And we need to go heavy!  At least 6 glasses daily when dealing with chronic eczema.  And then 3 glasses for breakfast to maintain clear skin.  If this is too much to start with – drink 1 glass before or after every meal.  Then week by week add an extra glass to the mix until you are drinking 6-8 glasses a day.  Halve the amount for children under 12.    And halve the amount again for babies and toddlers.

As for ionizers, you will find that the water is wetter than bottled water and so hydrates your body more thoroughly.  Even animals love it!  You will have less hassle when it comes to cleaning and you will have no parts to separate and clean compared to a juicer.