Therapeutic Uses of Sea Salt

Hippocrates discovered the medicinal and therapeutic properties of sea water after noticing that it helped to heal injuries on the hands of fisherman. Sea salt is becoming more popular due to its reported therapeutic benefits. Sea salt contains more than 100 minerals. High concentrations of magnesium found in sea salt and magnesium have been known to maintain skin hydration and reduce inflammation. Sea salt can be ingested, used as a body scrub and even applied as a bath salt.

Psoriasis

Dr. J. Arndt conducted a study on Dead Sea Salt and its effects on 50 psoriasis patients. The patients were treated with salt from the Dead Sea. Within the first week, the symptoms of psoriasis were significantly less. Patients also noticed relief from itching. More than 50 percent of the patients in the study were completely healed, and 22 percent showed significant improvements. Psoriasis sufferers have been known to travel to the Dead Sea to gather some of the salt for themselves.

Rheumatologic Conditions

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and osteoarthritis find relief in sea salts as the minerals stimulate blood circulation. The minerals in sea salt are absorbed when soaking in them during a bath. Dr. I Machtey conducted a study on patients suffering from osteoarthritis and tendinitis. Patients were treated with baths that contained controlled amounts of sea salt. At the end of the study, 80 percent of patients had less pain, 70 percent reported improved mobility and 60 percent were able to reduce the amount of pain relievers they were taking.

Weight Loss, Hair Growth and Concentration Levels

In a study conducted by the Inter-University of Graz, Austria, patients were required to drink FIJI water and Original Himalayan Crystal Salt. Positive changes in respiratory, circulatory, organ and nervous system functions were recorded. Quality of sleep improved, along with energy and concentration levels. There was also noticeable hair and nail growth among patients.