Salt was often given a bad rap in the past when it came to someone’s diet as it was said to cause bloating and high blood pressure. Yet the benefits of salt are numerous, too many to count in one article! Besides being beneficial for our insides, it’s even better for our outsides- our skin. That’s not even including the plethora of ways you can use it to clean your home.
Alchemists referred to salt as the fifth element (the first four being water, earth, air, and fire) because it had the same qualities of ether, the actual fifth element. Salt is used in rituals as a purifying tool, cleansing the body and spirit. Let’s talk about its physical uses, though.
Salt is an excellent diuretic
Some cleanses require people to drink salt water at night to flush out the toxins in their systems. Sea salt is best since the larger crystals have a greater effect than the standard table salt.
Salt clears congested nasal cavities
Salt is known to clear sinus congestion. The Neti Pot, a kettle shaped device filled with salt and purified water, is a tool used to cleanse the nostrils and create better breathing patterns.
Salt gets rid of dead skin cells
A salt scrub gently rubbed over the body sloughs off dead skin cells and promotes a softer, supple skin texture.
So, on that note, here is a 3 step recipe for a homemade salt scrub. Easy as 1, 2, 3!
- Sea salt
- Grapeseed or almond oil (carrier oil)
- Essential oil of your choice. Good picks are Lavender, Vanilla, or Tea Tree Oil. You can also mix different oils together.
- Stick to a 2:1 ratio. 2 parts salt to one part oil. You can make as much or as little as you want. I would start with 1 cup of salt and ½ cup of carrier oil.
- Blend together with spoon or dig in and mix with your hands.
- Add a few drops of your essential oil of choice and mix in.
Next time you shower, rub the salt scrub gently over your skin. Scrubbing it on will irritate your skin instead of heal it. Feel free to share what oils you put in yours to make it a signature scent! Leave a comment on our Facebook page.