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What is The Difference Between Epsom Salts, Dead Sea Salts, Himalayan Sea Salts or Celtic?

by Leah Chevallier |

Everyone has heard of epsom salts for soaking after a round of golf or vigorous sports, but then there are the Dead Sea Salts, Himalayan Sea Salts & Celtic Sea Salts.

How do you know what the differences are? Are there any?
What are the specific benefits of each, both topically or ingesting?

If you suffer from:
  • arthritis
  • rheumatism
  • fibromyalgia
  • psoriasis
  • muscle aches & pains
  • leg cramps
  • eczema
Then there is a good chance you can benefit from epsom and dead sea salt soaks. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that sulfur soaks, including sulfur springs and Epsom salt baths, also reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and warts. (Warning: Sulfur can cause respiratory issues and reactions, check with your doctor before going into sulfur spring pools etc.)

Dead Sea and Epsom salts vary in source and composition but provide similar healing benefits. Epsom salts, originally made famous by the mineral baths in Epsom, England, may be derived from a variety of natural sources; however, Dead Sea mineral salts must come from the Dead Sea, a saline lake located 400 meters below sea level in Israel.
Epsom salts contain high levels of magnesium and sulfates, whereas Dead Sea mineral salts contain high levels of magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride, sodium and bromide. Sulphates or sulfur is a part of some of the amino acids in your body and is involved in protein synthesis, as well as several enzyme reactions It helps with the production of collagen, which is a substance that forms connective tissues, cell structure and artery walls. Additionally, it is a part of keratin, giving strength to hair, skin and nails.

Both types of salts provide various nourishing elements which absorb through the skin through topical use.  The nutrients provided vary according to the type of salt, but both salts benefit similar conditions.

Did you know that by soaking your whole body or even just your feet in epsom salts, you can increase your internal magnesium levels?

What does THAT do you ask?
Magnesium is essential for your muscles to work properly and  helps you avoid the need for muscle relaxers. It has been proven that low magnesium is related to high inflammation in the body.

Dead Sea salts and Epsom salts provide nutritive elements through absorption by the skin. Individuals visit the Dead Sea to experience mud baths and soak in the mineral rich waters. Homes and hospitals also use Dead Sea and Epsom salt baths in the treatment of skin and muscular conditions. While research supports external use of Dead Sea salts and Epsom salts, always seek the advice of your personal physician before selecting a specific treatment.



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Dead Sea Salts
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Himalayan Sea Salt
Himalayan Sea Salts & Celtic Salts
Himalayan Salt is claimed by many to be the purest salt available on the planet. With a history dating back to Earth’s creation, it is believed to be composed of dried remnants of the original, primal sea.

Known as “pink gold,” Himalayan crystal salt is actually a beautiful translucent pink and contains all of the 84 elements found in your body. Because of fantastic nutrient profile, doctors report that regularly eating Himalayan salt can help:
  • Regulate the water content throughout your body
  • Promote healthy pH balance in your cells (particularly brain cells)
  • Promote blood sugar health and can help reduce the signs of aging
  • Assist in the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in your body
  • Absorb food particles through your intestinal tract
  • Support respiratory health
  • Promote sinus health
  • Prevent of muscle cramps
  • Promote bone strength
  • Regulate your sleep
  • Support your libido
  • Promote vascular health
  • Regulate your blood pressure with sufficient water and potassium intake.

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Celtic Sea Salt (photo)

Celtic Sea Salt 
Another ancient commodity, Celtic Sea Salt® is comparable to Himalayan crystal salt in its composition and health benefits. Being of a grayish hue, it is naturally harvested in Brittany France near the Celtic Sea using a 2,000-year old Celtic method that is crucial to preserving its life-giving nutrition profile.
It has been reported that Celtic Sea Salt® is powerfully beneficial for your health and can help:

  1. Alkalize the body
  2. Balance blood sugars
  3. Eliminate mucus buildup
  4. Build immunity
  5. Improve brain function
  6. Increase energy
  7. Provide electrolyte balance
  8. Promote restful sleep
  9. Prevent muscle cramps
  10. Regulate heartbeat and blood pressure


Interestingly, this salt will retain its moisture and will be moist to touch, in spite of how you store it. Think of this as a gentle reminder of its ocean-source and continual life-giving properties!

Bathing- throw in the tub for a detoxifying Himalayan salt bath. The replenishing nutrients stimulate circulation and soothe sore muscles. Naturally rich in 80+ nourishing and skin-replenishing minerals, bathing with pink bath salt is a healing and therapeutic experience for mind and body. 

Body Scrub - Use as a body scrub (fine grain is gentlest), helps detoxify and exfoliate at the same time. Our blends below have essential oils, rich hydrating oils and natural ingredients to make the most of your bath salt soak and experience.

Disclaimer: Avoid Epsom salt baths if you are sensitive to sulfur. Always use caution, as skin sensitivity, skin rashes, allergic reactions and respiratory distress may occur in some individuals. Seek the advice of your personal physician before applying Dead Sea salt or Epsom salt therapies.

Content details, courtesy of of www.livestrong.com and www.draxe.com and www.fitlive.tv)

Images courtesy of:  Draxe.comwww.goodonyaorganic.comwww.paleoforwomen.com

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