Unsurprisingly, given the number of people who have sung the benefits of the Israeli beach vacation cure, the benefits of Dead Sea Salt have been the most scientifically researched and tested of all the bath salts. And, the results have meant that the cynics have had to cast their cynicism to one side as studies from across the globe have demonstrated the positive effect that Dead Sea salts can have on inflammatory diseases, including eczema, psoriasis and arthritis. Indeed, many hospitals, health bodies and dermatologists are advocates for Dead Sea salts as a natural remedy for these conditions. So, sceptics – beware! Our Dead Sea goddess is not just a pretty face. Dead Sea Salts can soothe, nourish AND assist with a number of ailments.
Inflammatory diseases (eczema, psoriasis, allergic reactions, rashes, dry and ageing skin)
Dead Sea salts have been linked to successfully reducing the effects of inflammatory diseases such as eczema, dry skin, roughness and skin redness. This is thought to be linked to the high magnesium content in Dead Sea salts which binds water, influences epidermal proliferation and differentiation and enhances permeability barrier repair. The high bromide and magnesium in Dead Sea salt can relieve allergic reactions by cleansing.
A number of Eczema bodies, hospitals and dermatologists, including the National Eczema Association in the U.S.A. and the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, recommend bathing in salts to reduce the symptoms of eczema. In Australia (and other countries) there are dedicated therapy rooms that provide ‘salt therapy’ to assist adults and children with skin conditions such as eczema.
One of the most interesting studies to back this up is one by Dr J. Arndt, from Germany, on the effect of Dead Sea Bath Salts on patients suffering from psoriasis. Dr Arndt showed that most symptoms of the illness diminished within one week of treatment i.e. notable itch, scaling, joint complaints, and sleeping difficulties. Other parameters, such as the spread redness and infiltration decreased more slowly, but after four weeks the majority of the patients were essentially free from complaints. Pretty remarkable we think.
Interestingly, one study into Dead Sea salt benefits has shown a 40% reduction in the depth of wrinkling. However, this is one you will have to prove yourself as it isn’t backed by enough independent scientific studies … We know bath salts are good, but even we can’t claim that they can turn back the clock.
Dead Sea Salts are known to assist with rheumatic arthritis. Studies in Germany and Israel have proven that bathing in a 2% bath solution at home can deliver significant benefits to sufferers of arthritis. These include reduction in morning stiffness, improvement in walk time, hand-grip strength, activities of daily living, circumference of proximal interphalangeal joints, number of active joints and serum levels of amyloid A, rheumatoid factor, sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.
Stress and insomnia
A good old soak in Dead Sea salts (we recommend 20 minute plus) is an excellent way to achieve deep relaxation. The combination of the warmth of the bath and the Dead Sea salts (which are a feast of minerals for the skin) assists with reducing stress, calming the mind and balancing emotions. A relaxation solution that is cheaper than a massage, a yoga or meditation session … what is there not to love?
Muscle aches and pains
The minerals from Dead Sea salts can help improve blood circulation which reduces inflammation and serves as a general muscle relaxant – this is mainly due to the potassium and bromide in Dead Sea salts. So for your sporty ones out there – it may be worth incorporating a salty bath into your regime. Hey – you may even become the next Hussain Bolt (or maybe not).
People with autism, and parents of children with autism, have offered anecdotal support to the benefits of bath salts (both Dead Sea and Epsom) to help relax their children. This is due to the sulphur and magnesium contained in these salts which help relax and promote calmness.
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(Sourced from https://www.thesaltbox.com.au/about-bath-salt/)