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Bowl of lavender spa bath salt
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The benefits of salt baths may date back centuries, yet they are being discovered newly by spas across the world. They are increasingly used for their beauty, healthy and therapeutic value. These days bath salts are also readily available at cosmetic stores and you can enjoy its benefits even at home. All you have to do is soak some bath salt in a bucket of water and bathe with it once a day. Bath salts are rich in macro and trace minerals that are found in sea salt and even our bodies! These salts are greatly beneficial to our health, too. Bath salts contain minerals such as magnesium and potassium that can be drawn into the bloodstream during a warm bath. This eliminates toxins and balances the entire body. Find out what other health benefits you can avail by bathing in bath salts!
Heals skin ailments
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The minerals in bath salts can give you healthy and youthful skin. The salt also gets rid of impurities from the skin and restores moisture levels in the skin. Bath salts are also used to treat psoriasis, itchy skin and acne, and prevent fungal infections of nails and skin.
Can help you sleep better
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A warm salt bath relaxes your body, loosen muscles and induces sleep. It is also known to prevent the need to urinate during the night, which helps you sleep without disturbance.
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Bathing in bath salts exposes our body to highly absorptive minerals that boost increase our immunity against diseases and infections Bath salts also have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Bath salts can also fight pathogens and kill harmful microbes.
May alleviate chronic pain
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Bath salts can make chronic pain manageable. Warm water baths can provide relief from lower back pain and even rheumatoid arthritis.
Helps you relax and unwind
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Bath salts can also promote mental well being. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to your bath. The soak will help you relax and unwind after a long day of work. The soothing aroma and warmth can wash off the tiredness of a long day in no time!
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Today, when popping pills seems to be the answer to all our ailments and the doctor’s word is taken as gospel, there are some who still swear by simpler, more natural ways of healing. In many parts of the world, people resort to natural baths to cure afflictions of all kinds. From everyday folks to professional athletes, many are considering baths as a popular alternate healing method. Click through as we take a look at some such baths from around the world.
Sand bath – Egypt
Even the scorching desert conditions are no deterrent for people who believe in the healing powers of the sands of Siwa near Dakrour Mountain in western Egypt. According to locals, the sand baths here have the powers to cure many ailments, such as rheumatism, infertility, and impotence.
People are submerged in hot sand up to neck for not more than 10-15 minutes.
The entire treatment takes between three and nine days and costs around $38.31–51.08, including accommodation and food.
Mud Baths – Dalyan, Turkey
Every year around 25,000 tourists visit the western Turkish resort of Dalyan for natural mud bath therapy. Mud baths are believed to heal rheumatism, stress, improve blood circulation and make your skin glow. Many famous personalities, such as Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson and Prince Felipe de Carlos of Spain have also been here.
Volcanic Hot Springs – Santorini, Greece
Located at a volcanic island in the middle of Santorini caldera, these hot springs full of minerals, such as iron, manganese and sulfur and are known to provide relief from skin conditions as well as arthritis and other aches.
El Totumo Volcano mud bath – Santa Catalina, Colombia
Tourists flock to this mud volcano for its renowned natural mud baths known for their therapeutic properties. The 50-feet (15 meters) high mound is accessed by a staircase that leads up to the crater. According to legend, the volcano once spewed fire and ash due to devilish influence but a priest banished him by sprinkling holy water, turning it into mud.
Healing Salt Water – Safaga, Egypt
The highly saline waters of the Red Sea Riviera have 35 percent more salt than average sea. Locally known as the “Healing Zone”, the waters surrounding Safaga are rich in minerals and are known to strengthen immune system, relieve fatigue and stress and heal skin conditions such as psoriasis.
Puchuldiza Geysers – North Chile
Situated at a height of 13,780 feet (4,200 meters), the geysers of Puchuldiza are part of the Isluga Volcano National Park. The place is remotely located and is best enjoyed in the morning when the weather is chilly outside and the warm water works to improve blood circulation in the body.
Crude oil bath – Naftalan, Azerbaijan
A bath in warm crude oil may not feature on the top of your spa treatment list but it’s immensely popular in Naftalan. A typical session includes heating a barrel of crude oil to 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) followed by a 10 minute dip in the oil-filled bath tub. After the bath the body is then rubbed roughly for 40 minutes. Oil contains 50 percent of naphthalene, a hydrocarbon used to treat psoriasis.
Hay bath – South Tyrol, Italy
A typical session of hay bath includes lying down tightly wrapped in hay that has been soaked in water heated to 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius). The whole point of the treatment is to make the body sweat and open up pores for improved circulation, weight loss and body revitalization.
Ice bath – Worldwide
A dip in ice-cold water doesn’t exactly sound appealing but it’s a common practice among athletes for treating muscle pain, soreness and stiffness. Pictured: Manny Aulakh of Canada has an ice bath during the ICC World Cricket League Division One match in Schiedam, Netherlands on July 09, 2010.
Sand bath – Ibusuki, Japan
Ibusuki is famous for its steam sand bath where you are buried in sand to get a sound sleep by the sea. It helps increase body temperature resulting in better blood circulation and ridding the body of waste through sweat. Pictured: Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi seen relaxing as he takes a sand bath in Ibusuki, japan on Dec. 17, 2004.
Hot-spring-water-infused sand bath – Beppu, Japan
The city of Beppu in Japan is known for its natural hot springs and mud baths. The mixture of sand and warm spring water is known to relieve the body from everyday stress.
Pamukkale Terraced Chalk Ponds – Turkey
Pamukkale is perfect for those looking for a therapeutic bath in a picturesque setting. The calcium rich water cascades over limestone cliffs and forms beautiful white terraces. These chalk ponds are perfect for a relaxing dip while enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
Pamukkale was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 1988.
Blue Lagoon (geothermal spa) – Iceland
One of the most visited places in Iceland, the Blue Lagoon boasts water enriched with minerals such as silica and sulfur that are known to cure many skin conditions, such as psoriasis. The site also has a research and development facility to find cures for many other skin diseases.
Chena Hot Spring – Alaska, U.S.
The water remains a comfortable 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) even as the air temperature remains frigid cold. A popular tourist attraction in Alaska, Chena Hot Springs was founded 100 years ago by two gold mining brothers, Robert and Thomas Swan, with one of them suffering from rheumatism.
Kangal Hot Springs – Turkey
Kangal hot spring is famous for its doctor fish also known as Garra rufa. The site has become famous for the treatment of psoriasis as the tiny fish munch on dead skin.
The tiny Garra rufa live in mineral rich hot spa pool which nibble away the diseased skin of the patients and aid in the healing process of the lesions.
The Dead Sea – Israel and Jordan
The Dead Sea is a salt lake bordered by Jordan on the east and Israel and Palestine on the west and is deepest hyper-saline lake in the world. The water is so dense that you can float on it with ease. It nourishes the skin, eases rheumatism, improves circulatory system, relaxes the nerves and helps clear chronic skin conditions.
People cover their body with mineral mud on the beach of the Dead Sea.
Warm Mineral Springs – North Port, Florida, U.S.
This warm water mineral spring in Florida is full of 51 essential minerals such as magnesium, potassium, sulfur, sodium and strontium. Its water is believed to alleviate skin conditions, arthritis and gastrointestinal illnesses.
Hot spring – Bath, England
The geothermal springs in the historic city of Bath served as bathhouse pools during the Roman Empire. One of the ancient pools still exists today and tourists can take a dip in the new Thermae Spa, a state-of-the-art complex in the vicinity.
Hot Springs Cove – British Columbia, Canada
Hot Spring Cove consists of natural streams of water flowing over rocky pools. The springs are perched at water’s edge overlooking the ocean and is accessible only by boat or plane. Pictured: A shot of the stream and waterfall coming over the rocks at Hot Springs Cove near Tofino on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Cascate del Mulino – Saturnia, Italy
Even before you step into the water, the beautiful and serene landscape of Cascate del Mulino will ease your mind. One of the most famous natural springs in Tuscany, Italy, Cascate del Mulino boasts of natural pool of warm thermal water.
This hot spring of sulfurous water are open to the public and free throughout the year.