Maybe it’s because I grew up in a fishing town, but I love the story behind the origins of salt baths. It’s been said that it was Greek physician and one of the most notable figures in the history of medicine, Hippocrates (460-370 BC), who first discovered the healing qualities of seawater and salt baths when he saw the healing effects they had on the injured hands of fisherman – calming both infection and pain.
Since Hippocrates’ discovery more than 2,000 years ago, people all over the world have been bathing in salt water (including seawater) for the well-documented health benefits: relaxation and stress relief, to detox the body from harmful pollutants and chemicals we encounter on a daily basis, to soothe aches and pains, to fight inflammation, to stimulate circulation, as a sleep aid…the list goes on.
While you can derive benefits from a salt bath any time, many people time salt baths with phases of the moon, known as Moon Bathing. According to himalayancrystalsalt.com, it’s during the Full Moon when the minerals and energies in the salt can optimally be absorbed by the body. This is when the body’s healing potential is at its peak, bio-energetic weak points can be harmonized, and the body’s own energy flow can be activated. During a New Moon, the cleansing effects are optimized because the body’s capacity for detoxifying is at its peak. A salt bath taken at this phase of the moon will have a detoxifying effect similar to a three-day fast.
Salt baths are also a great detoxifier during times of “shifting,” or when you’re shedding old energies and replacing them with new, high-vibe energies – such as after an energy work session. The salt’s crystalline structure helps with crystallizing the new frequencies within the physical structure of your body. The salt can also alleviate any soreness or aches, which the physical body can sometimes experience when it begins to embody higher frequencies and releases lower ones.
All-Natural Bath Salts Now Available at Moonlight + Sage
We’re thrilled to now carry two bath salts from Miss Violet Lace’s (MVL) line of natural skincare products as part of our Karma Collective. MVL believes nature and skincare are symbiotic, so their products only contain the finest ingredients with a focus on beneficial and nutritive, sourced-from-the-earth ingredients. All of MVL’s products are handmade in small batches in their countryside Minnesota studio.
No tub? No worries. These salts can also be used as a hand or foot soak.
We are looking forward to your feedback on MVL’s salts, as well as the many other handmade products that we’ve selected to be part of our Collective. There’s Wild Honeysuckle & Woods botanical body oil, Crystal Tranquility Mist and more (including one of my personal favorites – Cactus Dew roll-on perfume!).
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