Did you know sea salt grows in a salt garden? The largest are located in Southern Europe along the coastal regions of the Mediterranean.
Sea salt is the by-product of an evaporation process that is purified, disinfected and sea water is evaporated leaving behind a mineral mixture that is later ground and enriched with minerals known as sea salt. You can also opt for deep-sea salt which is more coarse but is almost completely free of pollutants because it is collected from sea water from the coast at a depth of almost 1,000 feet. Sea salt serves many health benefits that go beyond just enhancing your culinary cuisine.
Sea salt minerals include iodine and fluoride which can help prevent cavities and thyroid disease. It is also healthier than table salt which is pure sodium chloride.
Uses of Sea Salt:
Scrubs – You can mix sea salt and coconut oil together to create a body and hand scrub for smooth skin. Sea salt is coarse so avoid using on your face or on sensitive skin. Hands and feet work best, if you are going to use on the body, scrub gently.
Thyroid Gland – Sea salt contains iodine and having about a 1/4 oz in your diet daily can prevent iodine deficiency which may cause a malfunction in your thyroid creating thyroid disease.
Sweating and fever – We tend to sweat a lot when we have a fever or when we are perspiring often from working out or on hot days. It is important to drink beverages with a lot of these minerals as our body loses a significant amount of water and important minerals as a result.
Cold and stuffy nose – In a warm glass of water dissolve about 1 tsp of sea salt and carefully drip a few drops o the liquid into the nostrils, one at a time. The salt reduces swelling of the mucous membranes and has an antiseptic effect. If your nose is bleeding or is chafed on the inside or outside from tissues be weary of using this treatment as it can sting a lot but will disinfect the cuts.
Psoriasis and neurodermatitis – Add sea salt to your bath water (the more the better) to help with chronic skin disorders as the sea salt has a calming effect on the skin.
Dental care – Using a sea salt that contains myrrh will have a positive effect for dental care. You can create a sea salt paste by sprinkling some on your toothbrush and moisten slightly with water. You can use as you would a toothpaste to clean your teeth. The salt can also tighten gums, stimulate blood flow and fight harmful bacteria.
Blemishes – Add a mixture of sea salt about a 1/2 lb and 1 qt buttermilk to bath water. Bathe for about 10 minutes, do not rinse the salt off when leaving the bathe, simply wrap yourself in a towel and rest until your skin dries.
The best sea salt to acquire is enriched with iodine and fluoride. Sea salt naturally contains traces of other helpful minerals.