Sea Salt Bath Detoxification by Dr. Christie Smirl

Are you looking for an easy, inexpensive way to improve your health and well being? Try taking a detoxification bath. Sea salt baths have been used for centuries to promote health, healing and beauty. Hippocrates (460-370 BC) first discovered the therapeutic qualities of seawater and salt baths when he saw their healing effects on the injured hands of fisherman reducing infection and pain. Sea salts carry benefits that affect your entire body. Try adding 1 cup of sea salt to your bath and feel the benefits.


  • Sea salt water contain sodium chloride and minerals that help the body remove toxins and metabolic byproducts.
  • Improves skin texture, skin tone and skin moisture. Sea salt contains magnesium which improves skin hydration.
  • Detoxifies skin of fungus and bacteria to help reduce acne, eczema or dermatitis. Sea salt soaks is an excellent disinfectant for healing minor cuts and wounds.
  • Promotes increased blood circulation and reduces pain associated with arthritis and chronic pain.
  • Reduces vata aggravation.
  • Reduces body swelling, bloating as well as joint and muscular inflammation and pain.
    • The osmosic shift caused by the sea salt bath reduces interstitial fluids and reduces swelling.
  • For deep relaxation add 20 drops of your favorite organic essential oil such as lavender, orange or frankincense to enhance the relaxing effects of a detoxification bath.
    • Relaxation & Stress Relief – lavender, angelica, jasmine
    • Soothe Aches & Pains – peppermint, rosemary, thyme, clove
    • Sleep Aid – lavender, chamomile, cedar wood
    • Skin Health – tea tree, geranium, rose
    • Circulation – lemon, orange, grapefruit
    • Respiratory Relief – eucalyptus, thyme, rosemary

A word of caution

While salt baths have some very beneficial effects, they can place extra pressure on the circulatory system. Those who suffer from weak or poor heart circulation should always consult their doctor first.

Likewise, those with diabetes, low or high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney or liver disease, adrenal exhaustion, recent illness, pregnancy, nervous system deficiencies and severe fatigue should all seek advice on salt water bathing.

Finally, if you feel dizzy, sick or otherwise unwell when taking your bath, slowly get out and rest until you recover. Sipping on a cool glass of water should also help.

Dr. Christie Smirl has over 25 years of medical experience. She completed a Doctorate of Ayurvedic Medicine from American University of Complimentary Medicine as well as Nurse Practitioner and Master of Science from Loma Linda University. Dr. Christie is also an E-RYT 500 Yoga Teacher Trainer YACEP, Reiki Master/Teacher, Tantric Energy Healer and Musician.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. karen selke says:

    love your healthy info

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