The father of the medicine, Hippocrates, was a pioneer in studying the health benefits of seawater and marine life. The first discovery he made when he was watching the damaged anglers’ hands. He noticed that the wounds and burns easily healed. He realized that the seawater has the ability to reduce the risk of infection and that it can influence on the renewal of the cells. Hippocrates concluded that the process of renewal is interacting with the body fluids.
The science made a big breakthrough in popularizing the seawater when the discovery confirmed that blood plasma and lymph in human organism have the same mineral composition as sea water.
The sea is a powerful instrument to relieve oneself from everyday stress, anxiety and tension. It is not rare to hear the ocean-related-music during yoga exercises. There are different popular meditations that are based on imagining the seaside or sea water. These meditations evoke sea atmosphere usually when the sun is rising or setting. Not all this should surprise us, because people have been using seawater for centuries, even before the science documented and confirmed the benefits of it.
Considering that 97 percentage of the Earth is water, the benefits of seawater have been known to humankind since the first tribes and “societies”. Seawater contains 3.5 percentages by weight of sodium chloride, while 99 percentages of water is composed of these five elements:
Chlorine – 55.0 %
Sodium – 30.6 %
Sulphur – 7.7 %
Magnesium – 3.7 %
Calcium – 1.1 %
Potassium – 1.1 5
Others 0.8 %
These minerals help our body heal and detoxify and it can be easily absorbed through skin. Oligo-elements that are found in the seawater act as catalytic activators of biochemical reactions in the digestive, muscular, cerebral and circulatory system.
Sea salt with its natural trace minerals has a neutralizing effect on acids in the body. These minerals are one of the best remedies for inflamed and broken skin; the minerals are healing the skin out in a rash, or the skin that is itching, or even oozing.
Sea salt is often part of different cosmetic products and baths, because the sea salt can speed up the healing of the skin. It is recommended to add a sea salt to bath water to remove lesions caused by eczema, acne, poison oak, poison ivy, and psoriasis.
The sea salt contains 92 trace of minerals and 24 of which is proven to help the maintenance of the optimal health. Due to these minerals, sea salt is helpful in reducing the muscle pain. Adding the sea salt to your bath water two to three times a week will have excellent results, although you should not exaggerate with it.
It is a natural exfoliant, it helps the skin with its regeneration. Sand healing therapy became very popular as a treatment for those suffering from rheumatism, arthrosis and bone pain. People in the Ancient Egypt believed that impure water in the body causes diseases; therefore, a bath in hot sand came as a cure because it removes about 3-4 litters of water from the body in the form of sweat. When the body reduce these impurities, symptoms of various conditions such as arthritis, connective tissue disorder and gout are ameliorated.
Psamotherapy is the therapeutic application of sand in the form of baths and as exfoliating sand scrubs. The patients are submerged into chambers that are filled with warm marine sand; some therapists use the hot water to warm the sand. At the beginning, the treatment last for about 10 minutes, but later it can last up to half an hour. Sand therapy is also reported to heal psoriasis, lower the cholesterol level, and help cure impotence.
One of the most important elements of the seawater is certainly iodine. The human organism needs this element for the production of thyroid hormone. The lack of iodine results in muscle weakness, tiredness and different infections.
Since the term thalassotherapy comes from the Greek word Thalassa, that means sea, it can tell us how popular this form of healing treatment was.
The word itself can help us define the term: thalassotherapy is a therapy that uses seawater as a method of healing, also recognized in modern medicine.
This therapy also uses the “power “of sea climate, and marine products (algae, seaweed, alluvial mud, and clay). The principle of the therapy is very simple, the repeated exposure to the sea air and climate, and frequent immersion into the seawater, clay, or protein-rich algae, helps the body restore the chemical balance.
There are different forms of thalassotherphy, for instance, showers with sea water, inhalation of sea fog, or treatments with marine mud and algae pasta.
This therapy is popular with treating osteoporosis, broken bones, muscle relaxation, acne, psoriasis, and different skin allergies. The sea water is powerful against stress and with treating nerve system.
Light therapy or Heliotherapy
Many ancient cultures practiced some forms of heliotherapy, like those of Ancient Greece, Egypt, Rome, and Inca and Assyrian.
In one word, this therapy consists of planned and organized exposure to the Sun light. It is also known by the name phototherapy.
Phototherapy is a term used for treatments with other “artificial” sources of light, such as lasers, fluorescent lamps, full-spectrum light and light-emitting diodes. The Sun light can help us with various conditions, usually skin disorders like psoriasis, acne, and allergies, then sleeping and psychiatric disorders.
It can be very beneficial for bones illness, due to the production of vitamin D once the skin is exposed to the Sun light.
The holiday spent somewhere on the seaside is not only about fun and entertainment. Even though you are not familiar with seawater healing powers, you will certainly gain some of it while on vacation, but better if you are. The Dead Sea is one of the famous seas known for its healing powers.
Sea salt’s Hidden Powers, 12th Edition; Jacques de Langre; 1992
Naturally Healthy Skin, Stephanie Tourles, 1999
The Bath and Body Book, Stephanie Donaldson; 2001
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Last artcle: 3/26/2019