A natural salt detox has been part of Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Often called “the salt peel” this involves covering the netire body in a paste made from coconut oil and salt and generating a sweat which pulls toxins from the tissues. Some natural health practitioners claim that this technique has the equivalent detox benefit to a full week of fasting and yet the practice takes just 40 minutes and is so much easier than starving for a week !
The Salt Detox involves the following:
– Make a paste by combining 2 parts coconut oil with one part salt and half a teaspoon of lavender oil.
– Cover your entire body with this paste (preferably in an area where the associated mess on the floor is not an issue (e.g. standing in a bath).
– Now wrap a large beach towel around your body and then wrap yourself in a blanket.
– During the next 40 minutes you will sweat profusely and will feel tingling sensations associated with extra blood flow to your skin.
– The easy option, if you own, or can access a far infra red sauna, is to bypass the towel and blanket and sit with your paste-covered body in the sauna for 40 minutes instead.
– There is a tremendous sense of well being at the completion of each session associated with both the detox effect and the re-mineralising response from the salt minerals. i.e. your open pores will also absorb minerals during this process. The skin is a great pathway for the super-effective delivery of broad spectrum minerals.
What is the Right Salt?
There are three natural salt options including sea salt, rock salt and mountain salt. Unfortunately, there are problems with two of these options. the oceans comprise 3% salt but there is no ocean on the planet that does not suffer pollution issues as we have made these massive bodies of water the recipients of our many excesses. When we remove the water we concentrate the salt 33 times but we do the same to these pollutants.
The toxins of most concern in the oceans are mercury and dioxins. There is no safe level of mercury as it is now recognised as the most toxic of the heavy metals. The Queensland Government now recommends that we no longer consume tuna from local waters due to concerns related to mercury toxicity. Dioxins are class 1 carcinogens that are largely derived from the burning of plastics and from pesticide residues. Even the once pristine waters of the Arctic are now polluted with dioxins. In fact it was recently found that the breast milk of Inuit mothers was contaminated with dioxins to the extent that it could be technically classified as toxic waste according to EPA guidelines.
Rock salt is often contaminated by fluoride to the point that fluoridosis is a common problem in regions where it is regularly consumed. The salt of choice is mountain salt, often sourced from India. This salt is a pristine, crystalline material which has been protected from surface water with rock overhangs for as long as 250 million years. These salts have remarkable mineralisation capacity and they also exhibit all sorts of energetic qualities.
On top of this they have an amazing taste! One salt sourced from the Indus valley has been used medicinally in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.
Eight Hot Salts Tips
1. Always add salt after cooking. Do not biol, bake or fry your salt as it loses nutritional value if overheated.
2. Use natural salt to protect from osteoporosis. 25% of your body’s salt content is stored in the bones as the crystals make them hard. Minerals, including salt, are stripped from the bones to counter toxic acidity and this has a direct link to osteoporosis.
3. Use natural salt for thyroid health. Unprocessed salt contains organic iodine which is essential for healthy thyroid function. This iodine also offers protection against electromagnetic radiation emanating from mobile phones, computers, power lines, power supplies etc.
4. Use salt to improve digestion. Good digestion involves an adequate supply of fluid and electrolytes. A productive strategy to enhance digestion is the consumption of 400 mL of water containing 1 teaspoon of Sole immediately before a meal.
5. Cellular hydration (always involving salt and water) is essential for good response from homoeopathic remedies as they involve resonance in the cell fluids.
6. Colloidal minerals are not the same as natural salt. They require hydrochloric acid and modification before they can be carried across the gut wall. Many people are deficient in hydrochloric acid.
7. Use natural salt to treat arthritis and gout. Drink 1 teaspoon of Sole, in a glass of water, on an empty stomach each day and try to consume 2.5 litres of good quality water each day. Apply a Sole poultice around the affected area and wrap with cloth.
8. Use natural salt for asthma and bronchitis. Drink 1 teaspoon of Sole, in a glass of water, on an empty stomach. Again try to drink 2.5 litres of water each day. Practice salt inhalation therapy for 15 minutes, twice a day. i.e. add 120 grams of natural salt to 4 litres of boiling water. Place your towel-covered head over the steaming brine solution and inhale.
Industrial table salt is a perfect example of the bastardisation of a critically important food through our tampering. We have effectively turned a resource, that armies have fought to secure throughout history, into a liability which is damaging our health in many ways. This modified salt, like the nutritional partners in crime, white flour and white sugar, is the basis of the massive junk food industry that is such a player in degenerative disease. We crave these sugars and salts because they contained a rich lode of minerals prior to our meddling and our bodies and brains have yet to catch up with our stupidity in terms of recognising that sweet and salty no longer means “good”. Source yourself a good mountain salt and enjoy the taste treat and the multiple benefits.
Ten Benefits of Natural Salt:
1. It assists in the intestinal absorption of nutrients
2. It helps to maintain libido
3. This salt reduces muscle cramps
4. It supports respiratory health
5. It promotes vascular health
6. Natural salt can help prevent insomnia
7. It regulates blood sugar
8. Salt works with water to regulate blood pressure
9. It is a key alkalising agent
10. Natural salt can help prevent osteoporosis. We are advised to avoid tuna due to mercury contamination and the same caution now applies to sea salt.