wikiHow to Prepare Sea Salt Soak

Two Methods:Medicinal Sea Salt SoakBath Sea Salt Soak

Sea salt, sometimes called Bay Salt or Solar salt, is produced when water evaporates from sea water. It is often produced on islands, such as the Cayman Islands and the Philippines, and in coastal regions of larger countries. Although the debate continues about whether sea salt or table salt is healthier to ingest, sea salt has been known to have health benefits. A sea salt solution can be used to flush eyes, rid skin of infections, treat piercings or produce soft skin. Where table salt may be useful for health reasons, it contains high levels of iodine and some anti-caking agents that reduce its healing power. Sea salt can be found at specialty food markets or online. This article will tell you how to prepare sea salt soak.

Method 1
Medicinal Sea Salt Soak

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    Purify 1l (4.2 cups) of water. Pour the liter of water through a carbon water filter. You can find filter pitchers at most grocery and specialty stores. The carbon filter takes out substances like chlorine, which are added to the water and could affect the salinity.
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    Pour the water into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. You now have sterilized water. Let it cool down a little before using. You can also choose to buy distilled water from a supermarket.
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    Add 9 g (1.8 tsp.) of sea salt for every 1 l (4.2 cups) of warm water. This will be equivalent to about 1 heaping tsp. of salt. The warmth of the water will help it dissolve.
    • You want to make an isotonic solutions. This means that the solution you are making is similar to the salt levels in your body. A typical saline solution has 0.9 percent salt and this is what you want to achieve with your sea salt.
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    Pour into a cup and dip the area of infection into the cup for about 5 minutes or soak a clean cloth in it and place on exposed skin for 10 minutes, whichever is the easiest way to apply the soak to the affected area.
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    Repeat 2 to 3 times daily until the wound heals.

Method 2
Bath Sea Salt Soak

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    Pour 16 oz. (454g) of fine grain sea salt into a bowl.
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    Add 15 to 30 drops of essential oil to the sea salts. Lavender and peppermint are popular essential oils to use. Also, try jojoba oil for an anti-fungal remedy or almond oil for skin softening.
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    Mix the salts and oil thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Pour into glass jars for storage.
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    Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup (80 to 121g) of the bath salt soak to a warm bath and soak for at least 15 minutes.
    • For a concentrated sore feet soak, heat a large pot of water on the stove. Let it cool to a comfortable temperature. Dissolve 1/2 cup (121 g) of fine grain sea salt into it. Pour into a bucket and place your feet inside for 20 minutes. Add a few drops of lavender or peppermint essential oils for a relaxing, aromatherapy effect.

Things You'll Need

  • Fine grain sea salt
  • Oven
  • Saucepan
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Clean cloth or cup
  • Essential oil
  • Glass jars

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