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The Power of Salt Baths – Dead Sea and Epsom

In my quest to regain beautiful skin, I discovered that Dead Sea Salt and Epsom baths can improve the following conditions:

  • Psoriasis
  • Arthritis
  • Dry Skin
  • Eczema
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Muscular Aches and Pain
  • Skin Allergies

The skin is strengthened and blood circulation improves.  Toxins are also removed from the skin. Any chemical imbalances of the skin and body are improved and the skin’s natural PH levels are restored.

Studies show that Dead Sea Salt baths have shown positive results in symptom relief and lengthening remission of eczema and psoriasis sufferers.

Personally, when my skin was at its worst, I took a salt bath every evening, then tapered the frequency to every other day, then tapered off the baths, gradually. This means as my skin improved, I took them every other day, then every 2 days, then twice a week.

I chose not to rinse off afterwards as I felt that the salt was still working even after my bath.  I would also add ground oatmeal and olive oil to the bath so that I was well moisturised. I found the baths to be very relaxing and I always had a good sleep afterwards. I would clean hairy parts daily with a kind soap like Turkish Olive oil soap or Black soap. And rinse off of course!

You will notice that having a 3-4 baths weekly for 3-4 weeks, will diminish the itch, scaling and joint complaints if you have any. Sleeping difficulties are also resolved.  The spread of inflammation will decrease as well as the redness.  However, as I was on medication for something else, my face took 4 months to heal from chronic scaling and sunburn in 2014.

It was the bowel cleansing and liver flushes carried out every 3 months that finally did the trick.  My skin tone and texture returned to normal.  I also drank plenty of water or cucumber juice to cool down the eczema  body heat.

 

 

Only 1kg of salts per bath or more seems to be the most effective for treating skin conditions.

Here is my skin bathing method which is useful for preventing skin infection:

You will need olive oil, shea butter, 1kg packet of Dead Sea Salts and also 1 cup of ground oats.

The Method:

  1. Put some olive oil in your hand with shea butter and massage into your skin.
  2. Run your bath with lukewarm water.
  3. Add all the contents of the salts packet to the bath water.
  4. Add the oats.
  5. Put 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in the water
  6. Soak in the bath for up to half an hour.
  7. Do not pat dry after your bath – allow your skin to air dry.
  8. Repeat Step 1.

The sea salts clean, disinfect  and moisturise your skin too. Note that you should not use soap on eczematous skin as it will dry out your skin and leave it very itchy.

The oats has a quality about it that relieves your skin from itching.  It also calms red, inflamed skin.

Shea butter prevents your skin from scarring as well as moisturises your skin.  You will be able to find shea butter from either African shops or online.

If you have scratched your skin til it bleeds, you may need to massage your skin with aloe vera gelly that will heal your wounds and prevent from scarring.  It also has the added quality of relieving the itch.  Remember, aloe gelly first, then olive oil and shea butter.

If your clothes wick off the oil, you may need to ask your doctor to prescribe Tubifast bandages for your arms, torso and legs.  It comes in different sizes, so you may need to check with the chemist to order the right size. These bandages are washable and can be used over and over.

Personally, I made a moisturising butter with melted coconut oil and shea butter instead of olive oil. You may have to do a small patch first to see whether you are allergic to coconut oil. My face was sensitive to coconut oil, but the rest of my body was fine.

If you have wet, oozing skin, dry your patches with Argiletz clay paste. Then apply aloe vera gelly to them.  This can be applied as often as you need to during the day.

This may seem complicated to do, but it really is simple as long as you have these staple items in your kitchen at all times.  Then whenever your skin flares, you have everything you need rather than panic.

 

Flotation Tank Experience

In 2013, a friend of mine suggested  going to a nearby beauty salon that had a salt cave and a flotation tank.  Since I didn’t know what a flotation tank was, I did an online search.

 

Well basically, a flotation tank (or pod) has all the benefits of a regular salt bath except it is contains a very high concentration of Epsom salts.  The temperature of the water is kept to the same as your body while you float in the water.  Soft music is played and the lights are dimmed.

Each session lasts for an hour or more if you feel brave enough, but what I found really interesting about the floating experience is that as I lay perfectly still in the water, my mind went into a dream-like state. This I found was very relaxing.

The only thing I didn’t like was that my eczema patches really stung. I stayed the 1-hour course though as the time seemed to whizz by. This time, I did rinse myself off and oiled up with olive oil after towelling.  When I got home, I had a long nap.  I felt that relaxed.

Having a salt bath, whether or at home or in a tank is a much safer alternative than bleach baths and they also remove bad bacteria from the skin.

There are several flotation tanks in beauty spas throughout the UK and numerous abroad, Sweden having the highest proportion of flotation tanks to people living there.

 

And The Price?

This flotation experience which lasts for an hour can set you back anything from £45-70 a session.  You can have multiple sessions at a discounted rate if floating tickles your fancy.  The price is high because each tank (or pod) costs between £15,000-40,000, and must be fitted with specially prepared rooms.

However, the experience is worth it and I noted that my skin healed at a faster rate within the following couple of weeks.  That was impressive.

If you are interested in going to a floatation tank spa in London, there is one located at the London Flotation Centre, Isle of Dogs. The nearest station is South Quay DLR. The price? £45 an hour.

If you would like to know more about floating and the effects the salt can have on your skin, feel free to leave a comment or question below.

 

How To Heal Stubborn Eczema Patches

In my experience, eczema can be a bit of a puzzle. It’s a common skin condition involving red, itchy patches that can appear almost anywhere on the body. But despite its prevalence, there’s a trove of misconceptions surrounding it. Knowing exactly what eczema is—and isn’t—sets the stage for better management and healing.

Now, anyone who’s dealt with eczema knows it can be stubborn. But what makes an eczema patch particularly ‘stubborn’? Typically, these are areas that don’t respond to usual treatments like moisturizers and over-the-counter creams. They might persist for weeks, or even months, and can become severe—cracked, bleeding, or infected. Recognizing when a patch of eczema is out of the ordinary is crucial for seeking appropriate care.

It’s not just about the physical symptoms; understanding the triggers is key. For most, it’s a combination of genetic factors and environmental triggers like allergens, stress, or irritants. However, when you’ve ruled out the usual suspects, you might start looking at less likely causes. This is significant because something as surprising as a parasitic infection could be at play, especially with particularly tenacious patches.

I don’t want you to worry too much about parasites just yet; they’re not a common cause of eczema, but they’re worth considering if you’ve tried everything else. Before jumping to conclusions, it’s crucial to consult with a healthcare provider if your eczema isn’t improving—professional insight is invaluable. Together, you’ll start mapping out a plan to tackle those persistent patches head-on, which might include a deeper investigation into more uncommon causes.

You can always adjust your approach down the road, but properly identifying and approaching stubborn eczema patches is the first step. And as you’ll find out in the next section, there’s a lot you can do to alleviate persistent eczema, from topical treatments to lifestyle tweaks. Choose something that resonates with you and your particular situation, and let’s explore how to bring your skin the comfort it deserves.

Comprehensive Healing Strategies for Persistent Eczema

In my experience, topical treatments can be a godsend for dealing with tough eczema patches, but it’s not just about slathering on creams. The kind of treatment you choose needs to be right for your specific condition. It’s usually a combination of moisturizers to combat dryness, corticosteroid creams to reduce inflammation, and sometimes, antibiotics if there’s an infection.

It’s not just about what you put on your skin, either. The environment you’re in and your daily habits play a crucial role. Are your clothes made of a material that irritates your skin? Do you shower with very hot water? Making small changes like switching to gentle, fragrance-free detergents and using lukewarm water can help.

Now what about diet and stress? These are often overlooked areas. You’re going to find out about foods that are known to reduce inflammation, and practices like meditation and yoga that can help manage stress, which is sometimes a trigger for eczema flare-ups.

When you hear about a holistic approach, it’s this combination of medical treatments, environmental adjustments, and lifestyle changes. And you know, I’ve seen cases where this kind of all-encompassing strategy has worked wonders for people who previously struggled with eczema for years.

I want to emphasize, this isn’t just about a quick fix. It’s about consistency and sometimes even trial and error. Your first attempt doesn’t need to be your last. You can always adjust your approach down the road, and you will likely need to as your skin and environment change.

Remember, healing stubborn eczema patches often requires patience and perseverance. But if you’ve tried everything and they still won’t budge, it might be time to look into less common causes, such as an underlying parasitic infection, which we’ll explore in the next section of this article.

Investigating Uncommon Eczema Causes: The Parasite Connection

Now, let’s talk about something you might not have considered; parasites could be the troublemakers behind those persistent eczema patches. I know it sounds a bit alarming, but it’s important to look at all the angles, especially when dealing with a stubborn situation.

Parasite cleanses are not your everyday go-to for eczema treatment, but they may become necessary if all signs point that way. Parasitic infections, though less common, can manifest as skin irritations, including eczema.

So, how can you tell if a parasite is the root cause of your skin woes? Several signs might prompt you to look into this further, like unexplained digestive issues, constant itching even without eczema flare-ups, or a lack of response to typical eczema treatments.

Before you embark on something like a parasite cleanse, it’s crucial to get professional advice. A healthcare provider can rule out other causes and confirm whether a parasite is indeed the villain of your story. They’ll guide you on safe and effective ways to approach treatment, and that might just be the turning point you’ve been looking for.

Remember, while it’s a possibility, parasites are not the most common cause of eczema. However, exploring this option could be the key to healing those stubborn patches that seem immune to every other strategy you’ve tried. So, if you’re at your wit’s end, a discussion with your physician about parasites might just open the door to relief and recovery.

My Personal Experience with a Parasite Cleanse

I used to use Colonix and Paranil to get rid of parasites and these products worked very well.

However, fast forward to 2024 and these products are difficult to buy even online.

So I bought Paratrex from the Finchley Clinic.

I have only just started using it – 2 capsules in the morning before breakfast on an empty stomach and 2 before lunch. This is my third day.

What I’ve noticed is I need to drink more water or vegetable juice otherwise I’ll end up constipated. I was constipated on Day 1 and wondered what had happened. Now I know…!

I drank 10 glasses of both water, herbal teas and also vegetable juice on the following days.

Look out for what happens on days 4-30 as I continue with the cleanse.

Paratrex contains Organic Black walnut, Diatomaceous Earth, Organic Neem, Wildcrafted Wormwood, Organic Clove.

Most herbal parasite cleanses contain black walnut and wormwood. The other ingredients are known to make parasites uncomfortable.

If you are on the skeptical side –

Just take note that while on the Colonix Cleanse in 2006, I passed what looked like a spaghetti in my stool. Only thing was I hadn’t eaten spaghetti in 3 months, so didn’t understand it.

Then I realised it was a worm and a very visible one at that!

That’s when all hints of skeptiscm went out the window. I realised parasites and worms existed and I had a few.

I even bought Humaworm capsules and got rid of Ascaris parasites. These parasites are known to cause eczema.

So take a hint – if the eczema doesn’t budge and you’ve tried everything to get rid of it – do the right thing and zap your parasites!

You’ll be glad you did.touching blemished skin