Himalayan salt has a somewhat bourgeois reputation, and rightfully so! The stuff is truly miraculous — as much so for bathing in as for sprinkling over your food.
I have been taking salt baths for years and have experienced the benefits of them in numerous ways. I used to bathe in Epsom salts but have found that Himalayan salt is a little gentler on the skin and contains more of the unique minerals our bodies need to stay healthy. Not only is a salt bath good for your muscles, mind, and just about every other part of your body — it also gives you an excellent excuse to wind down at the end of the day.
The epidermis is the largest organ in the body, but it often gets neglected because of our busy schedules, and it is almost never thought of as a way to take in nutrients. But bathing in Himalayan salt is actually a very beneficial way for your body to absorb vitamins, and it often does so more efficiently through the skin than by internally ingesting them. This process is known as “dermal absorption.”
Himalayan sea salt is rich in bicarbonate, bromide, calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium, sulphate, and — all essential minerals for our health and well-being. Taking a regular bath would tends to extract water from the skin, whereas adding salt allows nutrients to easily absorb into the skin, restoring the skin’s pH and leaving us with an invigorated complexion, reduced inflammation and a refreshed mind.
So yes, Himalayan salt is delicious on your salad — but really it’s best used in your tub!