So here it is. winter time, the perfect time to take baths! So maybe you've heard of people using bath salts, or seen them for sale somewhere, but why use bath salts in your baths? Well, there are several different types of salts people put in their baths but one in particular stands out, and it's this particular one that Dirty Kids Soap sells as well, Dead Sea Salts. Here is why we use Dead Sea Salts:
Dead Sea Salt contains a unique balance of salts that include; magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride and bromides. The following article by Amy K. McNulty PHD explains what each off these ingredients do and why they are so good for you.
"Magnesium is important for both combating stress and fluid retention, slowing skin aging and calming the nervous system. Calcium is effective at preventing water retention, increasing circulation and strengthening bones and nails. Potassium energizes the body, helps to balance skin moisture and is a crucial mineral to replenish following intense exercise. Bromides act to ease muscle stiffness and relax muscles. Sodium is important for the lymphatic fluid balance (this in turn is important for immune system function). So we can see that bathing in high quality sea salt could replenish the minerals which are critical to our skin metabolism.
Studies have been conducted on the health benefits of bathing in Dead Sea salts. One such study was conducted by Dr. I. Machtey on 103 patients suffering from osteoarthritis and tendinitis. Patients were either treated with baths of 7.5%, 2% or 0.5% Dead Sea salt concentration. Improvement was found after as little as one week of treatment for those treated with 7.5% or 2% salt baths. By the study's end, 80% of the patients reported less pain; 70% experienced improved mobility and 60% were able to decrease their use of analgesics.
Dr. J. Arndt studied the effect of Dead Sea salt baths on psoriasis. Fifty patients were treated for 3-4 weeks, taking 3-4 baths each week. In as little as one week, many patients treated with a 10% salt concentration in their baths experienced marked improvement. This improvement included relief from itching, sleep disturbances, and skin scaling. Treatment with Dead Sea salts is not associated with any side effects."
- by Amy K. McNulty, Ph.D.
(1.) Machtey, Dr. I. 1982, Dead Sea Balneotherapy in Osteoarthritis, Proc. International Seminar on Treatment of Rheumatic Diseases.
(2.) Arndt, Dr. J. 1982, Salt from the Promised Land Helps Psoriasis Patients, Arztliche Praxis, 34(48).
I, Rachel Uttecht, am the owner and creator of Dirty Kids Soap. I got interested in making all-natural products when I realized the benefits they would have on my skin. By switching to natural soaps my ezcema and psorisis has cleared up completely. Because of this dramatic change in my skin health I now spend my time teaching others the benefits of all- natural skin care products.