Six salt solutions

Salt is definitely my friend – I have used it in many different ways for health issues, and here are the top six reasons I find salt so effective:

1). Swimming in salt water always makes me feel refreshed and relaxed. It contains vitamins, minerals, and microorganisms that can absorb through your pores to boost your immune system. It helps to dry out cuts, cleanse wounds, and clear toxins. And it definitely has helped clear out my sinuses! And swimming is a great exercise all round for those of us who are injured, as it is low impact, and an all body exercise.

2). If you aren’t up to swimming, use salt scrubs in the shower. Exfoliating with salt helps to remove bacteria from the skin as it has antiseptic properties and also unclogs pores. It’s easy enough to make at home – use 1/2 a cup of oil, such as almond, a cup of sea salt, about 10 drops of any essential oils you like (whether you want it be relaxing, refreshing, or invigorating). Put salt in a bowl, add the oil, and stir with a spoon. You can change the texture by adjusting the amount of base oil, and then tap in the essential oils and mix well.

3) If you prefer baths, then use Epsom salts. They are different to normal salts as they are made up of magnesium and sulfate, which can enhance the detoxification capabilities of the body. These two minerals are easily absorbed through the skin, into the bloodstream, and help to detoxify and reduce inflammation. Do not however use Epsom baths if you are pregnant, dehydrated, have open wounds, burns on your skin, or cardivascular disease.

4). I have investigated and used salt rooms in the past few years, namely the Salt Therapy Centre in Newcastle. They are supposed to be beneficial for conditions like asthma, eczema, psoriasis, and enhance immunity. The salt is broken down into micro-particles and sprayed around the room, where the particles embed into the lungs, absorb bacteria, fight infection and help with blockage. I can’t say I’ve been enough to notice any lasting benefits, but found each session to be very relaxing, and it did start clearing up blockages in my chest.

5). I love salt lamps, and my partner likes to lick them! They neutralise the Electro Magnetic Field (EMF) in our environment caused by electrical devices we have surrounding us and purify the air with negative ions, and decrease the number of airborne bacteria indoors. I have one in my bedroom, and it has definitely decreased my coughing at night.

6). My doctor advised me to put salt in my drinking water for low blood pressure, and dizziness. I just put a few pinches of Himalayan salt in my water bottle each day. And if I get sore throats, I will add some salt to a glass of water and gargle with it to kill bacteria.

Salt – so abundant, so easy to use, so beneficial:).



I breathe, therefore I am

While we need to breathe to survive, breathing is also strongly related to our feelings and thoughts. If we are not in control of our breath, can we be in control of our emotions? I’m guilty of shallow breathing. Developed over a lifetime of feeling anxious, tense muscles, back injuries, and not feeling present. Notice how our breathing changes when we are confronted with stress, and anxiety. Where does our breath come from? More often than not, it will come from the chest, when it needs to come from the belly. We breathe fast and shallow in these instances and deprive ourselves of oxygen, and control over our body and mind.

Breathing fully involves our back muscles, intercostal muscles (the muscles between the ribs), and our pelvic muscles as these muscles cause the lungs to inflate and to deflate. Our breathing is the most relaxed when we awake, before we think about all we have to do that day.

While still in bed, and with your eyes shut, place one hand on your belly and the other on your chest. Where is your breathe coming from? Mentally go through the activities you have planned for the day. Slowly breathe in, counting to 5 in your head, and as you breathe out, count to 5 again. Repeat this several times to help your body get into a rhythmic breathing pattern. Notice any changes in your breathing, and where your breathe is coming from now. Become aware of how your body is responding to thoughts or movements. Make it a routine and notice any changes occurring over time, and incorporate any other exercises you feel will help your breathing.

Breathing correctly costs nothing, and is a great way to connect to yourself, and calm yourself. It can help with better sleep, as you are teaching yourself to let go, allowing yourself to rest, and soothe the body and mind. Learn to control your body to control your mind. To gain confidence in all aspects of your life. Breathe in positivity, breathe out negativity. Breathe in love, breathe out anger. Breathe deep, breathe freely. 2477352_9599199_lz