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Enjoy the Historical Healing and Relaxing Benefits of Mineral and Herb Baths at Home

by Tony Isaacs
author of Cancer's Natural Enemy
 

(The Best Years in Life) Mineral and herbal baths have been used for thousands of years to relieve everything from sore muscles and joints to arthritis, skin problems and much more. Today, millions of people continue to flock to bath sites and facilities throughout the world. However, one need not travel any further than their bathroom to enjoy a healing and relaxing bath. All it takes is a hot bath and a few healthy ingredients.

The salt and mineral rich Dead Sea is one of the world's earliest spas. The Roman king of Judea, Herod the Great, and Egypt’s Queen Cleopatra both enjoyed the healthy benefits of the Dead Sea. Multiple studies have shown that the sea’s mineral essentials are effective for psoriasis, acne, and rheumatism.

Nearly every city in the ancient Roman Empire had at least one bath, which served as centers of bathing and socializing. The hot springs in Baden-Baden, Germany, were well known to the Romans and the waters there bring relief for cases of rheumatism, gout, paralysis, neuralgia, and skin diseases. Britain's Queen Victoria was an annual visitor during her reign.

Other civilizations which have embraced healing baths for centuries include China, India and Native America. Archaeologists in India’s ancient India's Indus Valley Civilization unearthed a large pool-like structure with steps at both ends. In 1541, Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto was the first European to see the “Valley of the Vapors”, and area known today as Hot Springs, Arkansas.

In the United States, the rich and famous regularly traveled by private rail car more than 100 years ago to Mount Clemens, Michigan. "America's Bath City" offered luxury resort hotels with heated baths, which were widely known to relieve arthritis and rheumatism pain, as well as skin problems such as eczema. Thousands of polio patients were also drawn to the waters and legend had it that people came to the city in wheelchairs and left walking under their own power. Among those who regularly paid visits to Mount Clemens baths were Henry Ford, William Randolph Hearst, Mae West, Babe Ruth, and European royalty.

Today, you need not travel to a health resort or even a local spa to enjoy the many benefits of hot mineral and herbal baths. All you need is a bath tub, hot water (generally speaking, the hotter the water the better so long as the water is not scalding) and healthy minerals, herbs, etc., either singly or in combination. Some of the best ingredient for a healing and relaxing bath are:

Sea salts, especially ancient sea salts, are loaded with minerals and trace minerals.

Epsom salts relax sore muscles and joints and contain magnesium, an essential mineral which most of us are deficient in.

Lavender and other essential oils, such as rose oil and juniper oil, provide aromatherapy benefits such as fighting depression and relieving tension and stress.

Baking soda helps neutralize chlorine and is good for muscles and skin.

Citric acid bonds with minerals and, when combined with baking soda, makes the mineral bath effervescent.

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In addition, a number of popular Chinese ingredients help with conditions such as stress, depression, female problems, skin disease and more. Examples include:

In the United States, the rich and famous regularly traveled by private rail car more than 100 years ago to Mount Clemens, Michigan. "America's Bath City" offered luxury resort hotels with heated baths, which were widely known to relieve the arthritis and rheumatism pain, as well as skin problems such as eczema. Thousands of polio patients were also draw to the waters and legend had it that people came to the city in wheelchairs and left walking under their own power. Among those who regularly paid visits to Mount Clemens baths were Henry Ford, William Randolph Hearst, Mae West, Babe Ruth, and European royalty.

Today, you need not travel to a health resort or even a local spa to enjoy the many benefits of hot mineral and herbal baths. All you need is a bath tub, hot water and healthy minerals and herbs. Generally speaking, the hotter the water the better – so long as the water is not scalding hot.

As you fill your tub, choose from among a wealth of healthy minerals, herbs and other ingredients either singly or in combination. Some of the most popular are:

Sea salts, especially ancient sea salts, are loaded with minerals and trace minerals.

Epsom salt relaxes sore muscles and joints and contains magnesium, an essential mineral most of us are deficient in.

Lavender and other essential oils, such as rose and juniper, fight depression and relieve tension and stress.

Baking soda helps neutralize chlorine and is good for muscles and skin.

Citric acid bonds with minerals and, combined with baking soda, makes the mineral bath effervescent.

Witch hazel is antiseptic and good for bruises and skin conditions.

Vinegar is wonderful for the skin and has numerous healing benefits.

Additionally, a number of popular Chinese ingredients are used in healing baths including:

  • Water lily pads (stress relief)

  • Oriental wild yam (stress, female problems)

  • Eucommiae Cortex (Duzhong) (knees, joints)

  • Osmanthus (stress, depression)

  • Radix Polygoni Multiflori (Heshouwu) (blood, energy, arthritis)

  • Flos Lonicerae (blood, toxins, skin disease)

  • Plantain

  • Radix ginseng

Tips:

*Keep hydrated and boost your bath benefits with an iced glass of healthy tea and/or juice at your side.
*Hot baths are very relaxing. If you have a large tub, avoid falling asleep. A spa pillow may provide some insurance.
*Where applicable, use water filters designed to remove chlorine and/or fluoride for the healthiest baths.

WARNING: Most municipal water sources contain dangerous chlorine and in many instances fluoride, as well as other toxic contaminants - and such items are easily absorbed by the skin, ESPECIALLY in the warm waters of baths and showers. The healthiest option would be to install a whole home water system or at least a shower/faucet filter for the batch. None better in our opinion than the outstanding filters available from Berkey.

Sources included:

http://ezinearticles.com/?Miracle-of-the-Mineral-Baths&id=1428185
http://www.mapi.com/ayurveda_health_care/newsletters/healing_bath.html
http://kaleidoscope.cultural-china.com/en/7Kaleidoscope4220.html

About the author

Tony Isaacs is a natural health advocate and researcher and the author of books and articles about natural health including Cancer's Natural Enemy.  Mr. Isaacs articles are featured at The Truth About Cancer, the Health Science Institute's Healthiertalk website, CureZone, the Crusador online, The New Zealand Journal of Natural Health, the Cancer Tutor and several other venues. Mr. Isaacs also has The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. In addition, he hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup Health group of over 3500 members and the CureZone Ask Tony Isaacs- Featuring Luella May forum.

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