The History of Medicinal Salt

Updated: Aug 2, 2019

Salt has been hailed for its medicinal benefits for thousands of years, and was referenced in Egyptian medicine as early as 1600 B.C. Throughout history, healers and alchemists have used salt internally and externally to help with a variety of ailments from skin diseases to constipation. In the 19th century, spa therapy became a popular treatment for headaches, skin disease and painful joints or muscles. (1) 

Hot springs and other bodies of water rich in minerals, like the Dead Sea, have long been sought after to support health. The effects have been mostly anecdotal, citing that the mineral soaks improve circulation, metabolism, digestive issues, diabetes, and gout. (2) 

Some of the most popular spots to soak?

Bath, England. Home to 115°F hot mineral springs. In 50 A.D., Bath caught the attention of Romans who built a temple around the springs. In the centuries following, Bath was claimed by different rulers who each added infrastructure to the city to suit their needs. Today, Bath, England still benefits from tourism because of its healing hot springs, with a new spa opening there in 2006. (3)

Hot Springs National Park. For hundreds of years, people have been flocking to these 143ºF springs for relief from bunions, rheumatism, and other illnesses. In fact, several professional baseball teams hosted spring training in Hot Springs, Arkansas from the 1880s to 1940s so that they could soothe their sore muscles after practice. Today, the park still thrives by providing healing services to health seekers. (4)

The Dead Sea. Located between Jordan and Israel, the Dead Sea is the lowest lying body of water in the world and is known for it’s incredibly high salinity levels. People have flocked to the Dead Sea for thousands of years, and continue to seek out the healing waters for skin issues, allergies, and chronic inflammation. (5)

In the last few decades, researchers have started to study the healing effects of the Dead Sea. One study in particular found a positive correlation between the use of Dead Sea water and improvements for people suffering from arthritis and skin conditions. (2) 

Because taking a trip to visit a hot spring or the Dead Sea isn’t always in the cards, we’ve managed to bottle the healing properties of the Dead Sea for at-home use!

We use pure magnesium chloride from the seabed of the Dead Sea and combine it with purified water. You can add our magnesium oil to a foot tub or hot bath for soaking. Or, if you’re short on time you can simply spray it directly to skin to absorb magnesium on the go!


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