History

Before we jump into the benefits of dead sea salt baths for eczema, it’s important to realize how long humans have been taking baths in sea salts. The first known account was between 460-570 BCE, when Hippocrates noticed the benefits for skin conditions. It has been said that King Solomon presented Dead Sea Salt as a gift in biblical times for its healing properties. Even Queen Cleopatra in Ancient Egypt incorporated sea salt baths into her ritual. So why aren’t we doing the same? Clearly, they were on to something!

Types of Salt Baths

Epsom Salt

There are actually a handful of different types of salt baths you can bathe with. Epsom salt, aka magnesium sulfate, is the most common and popular one. Epsom salt is beneficial for:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Digestive problems
  • Arthritis, muscle and joint pain
  • Detoxifying and cleaning the skin

Himalayan Salt

Himalayan Salt is another type of salt you can add to your warm bath. It is made up of two electrolytes, sodium, and chloride. It also contains up to 84 trace minerals which can easily be absorbed through the skin, during a bath. The benefits of Himalayan salt are:

  • Helps extract toxins from your skin and tissues
  • Provides relief for cramped and aching muscles
  • Helps heal and provide relief to skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis

Dead Sea Salt

The last salt we are covering for today is dead sea salt. The Dead Sea is actually a salt lake bordered by Jordan, Israel, and Palestine. It is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water containing magnesium, calcium, sodium, zinc, potassium, and sulfur. All of which are beneficial for your skin and overall health. The benefits are:

  • Natural exfoliator
  • Purifies your pores
  • Replenishes skin moisture
  • Antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial
  • Helps calm skin allergies and inflammation

This is why dead sea salt baths for eczema needs to be a part of your weekly routine.

1. Replenish Your Skin

The beneficial minerals found in salt baths help to replenish your skin. Your body is constantly using all the vitamins and minerals throughout the day for various functions. So when you take a bath with salts, you are able to quickly restore the lost minerals into your skin.

One of the minerals, zinc, is known to be beneficial for the skin. It supports wound healing. This we know is needed for eczema and topical steroid withdrawal. Zinc also has the ability to reduce redness and inflammation.

2. Skin + Detox

Magnesium is involved in the cell repair and regeneration process. It helps to speed up the healing time involved when the skin has been damaged. Magnesium is also needed for your body to produce collagen and fatty acids. Both of these help to keep your skin moisturized. So by taking a bath, your body can quickly absorb magnesium through the skin to help support it.

Magnesium also supports detoxification by supporting the liver in this process. We know that the liver is an important organ when it comes to processing and filtering toxins. Magnesium helps the liver by helping toxins attach to nutrients so they can be flushed out.

3. Mental Health

How does taking a salt bath help my mental health? First of all, the act of taking bath itself is self-care. You are telling yourself that you need to take a break and take care of yourself. By adding Epsom, Himalayan or dead sea salt into your bath, you’ll be able to support your mental health even more.

The mineral composition of these salts will automatically boost energy levels. Not only will it help you with your energy, but it also helps you relax and de-stress to help you with anxiety and depression. It even decreases symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.

4. Joint and Muscles

Last but not least, salt baths can also help with joint and muscle pain. The magnesium content found in these salts acts as a muscle relaxant for the body. This is why Epsom salt is usually recommended for sore muscles.

Because you are dealing with eczema or topical steroid withdrawal, your sleep quality has most likely suffered. Poor sleep can result in achy joints and muscles. So by taking a bath with salts, not only will it make you feel better, but it will also help you relax and promote a better night’s rest.

How to Use Dead Sea Salt Baths for Eczema

So now that you know the different types and benefits, how do you actually use them?

There are many ways to use dead sea salt baths for eczema. The easiest is to draw up a warm bath and pour a cup of your preferred salt into the water. Once it dissolves, all you need to do is, sit in the bath and relax. Keep in mind though, if your eczema is flared up, this will sting you. However, once you finish the bath and step out, you’ll feel a lot better and so will your skin. Don’t forget to moisture with some oils or natural body butter or balm.

You can use it as a face scrub or foot scrub too. With this method, you’ll only be drawing out the impurities underneath your skin where your scrub the salt product. You can find sea salt scrubs in the form of soap at your local natural food health store. This is a great way to incorporate dead sea salts into your routine and get comfortable with it.

Last but not least, you can also use it in the shower. You can find products that have blended sea salt into the body scrub or soaps. However, this is the least effective way to use it. Soaking in dead sea salts gives your body a chance to soak in the beneficial minerals while exfoliating and detoxing impurities from your skin.

Now What?

You might be wondering will this cure my eczema? Unfortunately, no. But as you can see, dead sea salt baths for eczema has many benefits.

BUT it is an extremely important practice to help your body heal. Dead sea salts are an excellent exfoliator while replenishing your skin & body with vital minerals. It is also antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial which will keep your eczema skin clean and help it heal faster.

However, while you add this into your weekly routine, you should also be taking a look at your nutrition. This is another key avenue to provide your skin and body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to heal. Another place to look at is your lifestyle. You’ll need to take a step back and evaluate, how is your lifestyle contributing to your eczema.

The hardest but simplest thing you can do is focus on the foods you eat and the thoughts you consume. When we start making changes to eat healthier and think positively, healing can happen.

Your mind and body are telling you through eczema that it’s time to make a change.
 
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