Sea salt has been used for a variety of therapeutic purposes for centuries. Bathers flock to the Dead Sea to soak in the healing salt waters. It is believed that sea salt can soothe sore muscles and achy joints, relieve flu and cold symptoms, and promote restful sleep. It is also reported that sea salt can effectively treat skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema. Let’s discuss how sea salt for eczema works.
As a disclaimer, while we do our best to make sure all info is accurate, check with your healthcare provider before attempting any new treatment.
What is Eczema
Eczema is a fairly broad term for a variety of skin conditions. The most common form of eczema is atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis refers to irritation and inflammation of the surface of the skin. The affected areas can become red, dry, scaly, and itchy. This rash often appears on the face, hands, knees, and feet.
Eczema is common among infants. Children often outgrow eczema. Adults with eczema often have an underlying condition, such as allergies, autoimmune diseases, or even stress.
Eczema is often treated with dietary changes, moisturizing creams, and sea salt applications.
Properties of Sea Salt
Sea salt contains magnesium chloride. Magnesium is a mineral that is known to have antibacterial properties. This quality makes sea salt a good option for reducing infections of the skin.
This salt is also rich in sodium, copper, calcium, zinc, and potassium. All these minerals are beneficial for overall health. Since the skin is our largest organ, exposing the surface of the skin to sea salt is an excellent way to absorb minerals into the body.
While sea salt has the appearance of coating and drying the skin, it actually forms a barrier that helps to moisturize the skin. It also balances the PH level.
Ways to Use Sea Salt for Eczema
Sea Salt Bath
The most common method to treat eczema with sea salt is to soak in a warm bath with the salt added to the water. The recommended ratio is adding 2 cups of sea salt to a bathtub filled with warm water. Soak for 20 minutes in the bath. After the bath, rinse off, moisturize, wrap yourself up in soft clean clothing, and relax. Taking a sea salt bath before bedtime is a good practice, as it can promote restful sleep.
If a bathtub is not available, you can soak a clean washcloth in a sink filled with warm water and some sea salt. Gently wash the affected areas with this solution. Repeat daily until you notice results.
You can prepare a spray with a cup of water that has been boiled. Add 1 tablespoon to the hot water and stir to dissolve. You can add a drop of healing essential oil to the mixture for added benefit. Lavender or lemon oil are good choices. Once the solution has cooled, store it in a spray bottle. Spray the affected areas periodically to moisturize and refresh the surface of the skin.