Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. ~Colossians 4:6
Negative Ions are positive for the body :D Negative ions are oxygen molecules with an extra electron What the what??! ( anyone feel like they're back in 5th grade science? () ) Negative ions attract positive ions and they both exist in the air that we breathe daily. Negative ions breathed into our body provide us with a sense of well being from the inside out. An example of this would be breathing in In these places the air is charged with these negative ions.fresh ocean/sea air, or the air after a rain, or in the mountains. [ I can attest to that mountain air, when my hubby and I were at the Grand Canyon, I breathed better than I ever have! My lungs wanted to move there! :D
[ Looks like Willow & Roxy are ready for a little spa tub time to de stress with an Epsom Salt bath soak! ]
Negative ions can aid the body in dealing with health afflictions like Asthma, stress, allergies, mood swings, and others. Salt therapy, healing with the use of sea salt provides us with more of those ions that our bodies crave.
One way to 'get in the salts' is to have an Epsom Salt soak. Epsom salt is somewhat of a 'superstar', because of all it's health properties. The power source of this salt stems from where it's grown, from a Saline Spring in Epsom (hence the name :D) in England. the difference between epsom and other salts is that epsom hails from a mineral which contains Magnesium and Sulfate both of these minerals help the body to naturally detoxify.
[ Lol! Roxy's done with the chit chat, she really needs this soak for sore muscles, remember she also lives with Osteoarthritis as well as asthma. ]
For the highest benefits try taking salt baths up to 3 times a week and to a tub of warm bath water add 1 to 2 cups of epsom salt and soak from 12 to 40 minutes. By adding a half cup of olive oil to the bath is great for the skin because the polyphenols soak into the skin to provide extra antioxidant benefits as well as being a moisturizer. It's important NOT to use soap with an epsom salt bath because it interferes with the salt minerals and the detoxification process, the very reason your'e taking a salt bath!
Generations of people swear to the benefits of these salt baths, and the fact that they feel better right away is the motivation in their consistent salt bath habit. :)
[These are the Magnesium chloride Flakes I've ordered from Amazon. A couple of the Crew members and I will make a Magnesium spray in lieu of a bath (you know..with my aversion to soaking issues, the very thought of soaking in a tub of anything grosses me out LOL!) and I'll have an up coming blog post on it and I'll keep you updated on the results for myself and my hubby. ]
[ Yep! That's Me :D Maybe it's Tubphobia LOL LOL!! ]
But wait! What if you don't have a tub, or (Despise) sitting in a vat of anything!! My issue exactly :D There is another alternative and that is an epsom salt body spray that's made from equal parts water and epsom salt.
*In a pot heat 1/2 cups of water, preferably distilled water
*Add 1/2 cups of epsom salt (or Magnesium Flakes)
*Boil the water, Distilled water extends the shelf life of the product
*In a bowl, add in the Magnesium Chloride or epsom salts if that what's on hand (the Magnesium Chloride flakes are suppose to dissolve better ing the water for spraying stir until dissolved
*Add the spray mixture to your spray bottle,
*This mixture can be stored in a cool area for up to six months ( hence the use of distilled water :> )
After the mixture has cooled, apply all over the skin for absorption of the healing minerals. This spray mixture may have an oily feeling and that's why it's often referred to a a Magnesium Oil Spray, and it's because when Magnesium Chloride flakes are mixed with water it has an oily 'feel'. *In the beginning for some people if you're not used to having this type of mixture applied to your skin, it can sting but it's just your body getting used to the magnesium. To help with this issue, you can dilute the spray solution. There are magnesium spray solutions that are sold pre made if you don't have the time or the inclination :D [ there are many on Amazon.com ] The Magnesium Flakes are a Magnesium Chloride and Epsom Salts are Magnesium Sulfate, and is said to have a more temporary effect than the magnesium chloride, though both are healing and powerful detoxifiers for the body.
[ We are natural born adapters, and are capable of doing so even in today's uncertain world. Remember: But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. ~Isaiah 40:31 ]
I don't like to toss around the word Detox as some key word, as it's become so 'trendy'. However, I do believe that in the toxic environment we live in partnered with the fleeting nutrient qualities of our current food supply, and added stressful climate negative and combative climate we live in, our bodies do require some extra help in this area though through natural whole body care. :)
Both of these minerals can be absorbed through the skin and the bloodstream, and that's why an epsom salt bath is so nourishing. Our pores open to allow the magnesium to be absorbed into our body. Magnesium helps with the function of our nerves and muscles, is anti inflammatory and also increases the oxygen production throughout our body. Being deficient in magnesium can lead to many other health complications such as heart disease, arthritis, stroke, STRESS and the illnesses it causes, muscle tightness joint pains and stiffness to mention a few. Whew! I think everyone should make getting in this mineral ( Magnesium ) a priority!
Generations of our past were right, a soak in a epsom salt bath is good for you! So in actuality, most of us are (with today's changes in modern soil for food production that's severely lacking most all nutrients) deficient in our minerals and that especially includes magnesium. A 30 to 40 minute (or as long as you can spare!) in the tub is an easy way to get in this all important mineral.
[ Clawdie believes she's ready for a salt gargle for her throat, she's been snoring some and her throat is dry and sore in the mornings. Ann tries to explain to Clawdie that she's NOT supposed to use a Whole cup of sea salt! She's a bit exasperated with the maturity levels of some of the ladies :O I think Clawdie is confusing a simple salt water gargle with a Salt Brine Solution discussed below!! ]
We all carry bacteria in our mouth and and there is definitive support that the ecology of the mouth directly effects disease and illness in the body. Gargling with salt water attracts water out of the bacteria in the mouth ( which are concentrated with water), thus helping to destroy most of the germs in the mouth and some in the throat.
A solution called Brine is a concentrated salt mixture that's more powerful than just tossing a little salt into a cup of water. ( it aids in decreasing inflammation particularly Himalayan Salt) To prepare a therapeutic salt solution:
*In a pot add 1 cup of water and heat until lukewarm
*Add 1 teaspoon of salt (sea salt preferably) and mix until diluted
*Gargle with this solution and remember to expel it (Spit it out :D) and repeat a few times This needs to be done consistently if you're working to clear up a oral irritation or infection.
[ Nikita, Clawdie's buddy teases her about her 'bowl of salt'! Ann is not amused, she doesn't see the humor in Clawdie's actions! Clawdie doesn't see the problem because her throat is really sore! LOL!!!! I think Ann's just a little 'salty' about the whole situation :D!! ]
[ Addy's busy mixing up a Sole solution so everyone can begin using it! ]
Sole; (pronounced Solay which means Sun, sole means liquid sunlight, beautiful!) mix is a blend of water and salt. In this mixture the water has been completely saturated with salt, and this produces an brine that's rich in Electrolytes that is used as a supplement. If you've added enough salt into the sole mixture there should be a salt layer at the bottom of the container you use. This mixture, because it's made with Himalayan Sea Salt, Celtic Sea Salt or any natural sea salt contains 84 trace minerals and affords us a balanced nutrient boost with healing benefits including regulating fluid balance in the body; we couldn't function without it! It's important to use pure water, so as purified as you can obtain .[ The difference between a Brine solution and Sole is Sole is injested, the Brine is not.]
[ The salt gathered at the bottom of the jar shows that the Sole solution is completely Saturated and electrolyte balanced and ready to ingest! ]
[ Melody's excited about her adventure into Sole :D Her mixture is so pretty because her sea salt is naturally pink! ]
[ Meanwhile, Mel sneaks a peak at the some of the ladies to see if her Sole was well received, it looks like Clawdie likes it! Clawdie's remembering her 'incident' with Ann and the bowl of salt! She confused a simple sea salt gargle with taking Sole for her health! :D Frieda's acquired a new dress and she just wants a second opinion! ]
[ Mel shows off her Sole Mixture to Addy! :D ]
To make s Sole Brine Mixture:
*Use a Glass Jar and fill it with 1/4 cup natural sea salt
*Fill the jar with clean Filtered water and mix with a non metallic utensil
*Allow to sit overnight If there's salt at the bottom of the jar it's ready, if not add more salt until it stops dissolving. (Remember if a layer of salt forms in the bottom of the jar you've added enough :)
*Take 1 teaspoon of the Sole mixture mixed in room temp water in the morning, that's it!
*Wait for 20 minutes or so before eating after consuming the sole mixture.
*Continue to refill the jar with water and salt as it runs out.
*If you have blood pressure or other health issues that may be impeded with the addition of salt please, check with your doctor first :)
[ Anyone willing to try this one?? :D ]
Salt lamps, which are lamps made from large sea salt crystals that are lit from within using a candle or light bulb are another option, though it hasn't been proven that they actually work, ( though they look cool LOL!) but the idea is that they are placed in our homes to help clear the air of electronic muck muck that we get from all of the items we use that carry electricity. Back to those negative ions :D these salt lamps are said to release these ions which are responsible for health boosting benefits. These are sold in many stores and venues like Bed & Bath. You'll gain far more value fryer dollar though if you stick with the generations old salt therapies mentioned above! If you're curious, go ahead and give it a go! :D
Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.~Nelson Mandela
Salt is part of who we are, we have it in our body fluids, our blood, most of the minerals in our body require the right amount of salt levels for them to perform their functions. Sea Salt is not the enemy. Moreover, sea salt and table salt have the same amount of sodium chloride but it's Sea Salt that that keeps all of it's trace minerals TABLE salt contains chemical additives, bleached for it's bright white color ( notice all of the beautiful colors of natural sea salts, from soft get to pink), also, table salt contains aluminum that is now linked to so many health disorders. Sea salt is found pretty much anywhere now days, in most markets, online, because of it's widespread popularity and great taste ( not to mention the different textures of the salt grain sizes and even naturaly flavored sea salts like smoked sea salt! What?! I have to try that one!!) you shouldn't have to hunt for it.
Thanks to Melody, I now have my first Sole mixture, she saved me the effort and I appreciate that :D When my Magnesium Flakes arrive I'll do a blog post on the making of a Magnesium Spray and what I think of it. There's so many ways to get in healthy salts for assisting our body with it's health maintenance. As long as we are using a non bleached chemical free sea salt that retains it's minerals, our body will respond as natural salt is something it recognizes and actually utilizes. I can't imagine going back to traditional table salt because my hubby and I enjoy the bright taste of those chunky grains of sea salt!!!
"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. ~Matthew 5:13
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