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How To | Detox Rocks! Pink Himalayan Salt + Moon Bath

 One day, way back when… Hippocrates (the Father of Medicine) had heard that fishermen would soak their rough, injured hands in seawater to cleanse and heal them after a hard day’s work. Much to his surprise, he noticed they had very few infections or complications after the saltwater soaks, regardless of the nature of the wound. Soon after, he began encouraging patients to bathe in warmed seawater and called the therapeutic treatment “Thalassotherapy”.

Today, these baths are most commonly known as Himalayan Salt, Sole or Brine Baths and are often done in conjunction with certain phases of the moon. This is known as Moon or Moon Rhythm Bathing.

How It Works

In a regular bath, moisture is actually extracted from the skin. In a Himalayan Salt Bath, minerals are absorbed while toxins are released into the bath water via osmosis. The inside and the outside of your body detoxified through this process, while bio-energetic weak points are restored and energy flow is activated.

When To Do Them

  • Full Moon = Healing. During a Full Moon, healing potential is at its peak, meaning the mineral absorption is optimized.
  • New Moon = Cleansing. During a New Moon, cleansing is at it’s peak, meaning the body’s ability to internally and externally detoxify itself is at it’s highest potential.
  • Anytime. Salt Baths are healing and detoxifying anytime, but are said to be more powerful during New and Full Lunar Cycles.

Benefits

  • The detox effect of a sole (brine) bath is equivalent to that of a 3 day fast!
  • Contains over 84 minerals and elements and is known as the purest salt on earth.
  • Reduces acidity and inflammation in your body and balances the pH of your skin.
  • Produces spiritual and mental balance, lightens depression and negativity, regulates sleep, relieves stress and restores all around harmony.
  • Helps reduce inflammation of sprains, strains of muscles and joints, relieves pain and soreness from broken bones, arthritis and rheumatism, osteoarthritis, tendinitis.
  • Stimulates circulation, promotes cellular regeneration and moisture retention in dry, irritated skin. Helps heal various skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis, allergic and recurrent infections, insect bites, blisters and provides relief from poison ivy, oak or sumac.

What You Need

  • Bathtub
  • Himalayan Pink Salt (to make a 1 % Solution = about 1 ½ lbs. per bath, any grain size) http://www.saltworks.us/himalayan-salt.asp
  • Moon Phase Calendar
  • Candle
  • Glass of Water (to drink)

Tips

  • Dry Brushing before hand loosens dead skin cells, increases circulation and opens pores to intensify detoxification
  • The correct concentration of salt is critical to maintain 1% solution (about 2.6 lbs. per 27-32 gallons of water in a full, average-sized bathtub). I buy 5 lb. bulk bags and estimate about 1/2 the bag
  • You can use any salt grain size. If you purchase fine grain, it dissolves faster and you can also use it for cooking if needed
  • Light a candle – combining energies like fire, water, earth and air can be spiritually cleansing
  • Drinking a glass of water is helpful in releasing toxins during the bath

Instructions

  1. Shower first, to avoid using bath additives like soap, shampoo, conditioner or shaving cream in your Salt Bath
  2. Fill tub with about 3 inches of hot water
  3. Add Himalayan Pink Salt and stir until dissolved
  4. Finish filling tub with very warm, but not hot water (about 98.6° Fahrenheit)
  5. Submerge as much of your body as possible and soak for at least 20-30 minutes.
  6. Sip your glass of water until finished!
  7. Don’t rinse off!
  8. Allow skin to air-dry or gently pat dry
  9. Skip the moisturizer – let your skin breathe
  10. Rinse tub
  11. 11. Rest for 30 minutes
  12. * Consult a physician if you have heart or circulatory problems. Himalayan Salt Baths can be a little taxing on your circulatory system and may cause slight dizziness afterwards.

Interesting Facts

  • Sole bath water will remain at a constant temperature if a true, 1% solution is used. The biophysical composition of the salt solution is so strong, that it actually causes the molecules to move in a constant rhythm. When this happens, organ functions begin to resonate with the rhythm – activating the body’s self-healing powers.
  • The temperature and ionic makeup of the brine bath is comparable to that of the amniotic fluid in the prenatal state… providing warmth, comfort and safety. This is often the same reason why we’re so drawn to the ocean – the negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase serotonin, alleviate depression, relieve stress and boost energy.
  • Salt is a disinfectant; several people can actually share the same Sole baths, which is common in thalassotherapy spas around the world.

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29 Comments

  • Reply
    Melissa Kirk
    June 16, 2011 at 5:22 am

    I’m totally doing this. Thanks, Mom! And Hippocrates.

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    mary shouvlin
    June 16, 2011 at 5:49 am

    This is wonderful, I am definitely going to try this. Thanks for the detailed tip! xo

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    Holistically Haute
    June 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I love Himalayan Pink Salt…and I love salt baths. Great post…very informative!

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    The Green Girl
    June 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I am going to try it… I too love Himalayan Pink salt. I never had even heard of it until my mom bought me a Salt Lamp for Christmas one year, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

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    Jen
    June 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    This sounds great! Except I don’t have a bath to try it in :( Any recommendations for ways to get the benefits without a bath?

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    The Glamorganic Goddess
    June 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Haha Melissa!
    Thanks HH & Green Girl!
    Jen, I believe you can just soak your feet (maybe like a big bowl or one of those pedicure / foot bath thingys)???

    xo
    The GG :)

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    mina
    June 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Oh GG you are soooo good. And your momma, too.

    I just discovered Himalayan pink salt a few months ago and have felt there is definitely more to it than meets the eye. I can taste it…and almost feel it. Thank you for providing the science to back up my pseudo scientific assumptions!

    I’m always so impressed with your thoroughness and with the great information you provide.

    I’m also a blogger (http://www.lifetheuniverseand-hhope.blogspot.com/) interested in safe body care ingredients. I only hope to be half as useful to others as you have been to me.

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    The Glamorganic Goddess
    June 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Awwww… Thanks Mina! Do youhave a FB Page? If so, can you email me with it?

    xo
    The GG :)

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    mary
    June 16, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    This sounds so neat! The only thing I was wondering was if there was an explanation for why the moon phase thing works

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    Briar
    June 17, 2011 at 1:15 am

    I love this! Thanks so much for sharing this technique, I’ll be trying it on the next full moon!

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    Anne
    June 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I’m confused- you said 2.5 pounds is for a full tub of water. But then you said you only fill your tub with 3 inches of water, and still add 2.5 pounds of salt?

    • Reply
      Suzanne
      May 2, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Finish reading the directions. Step 4 says to continue filling the tub with warm water.

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    The Glamorganic Goddess
    June 29, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Mary- not sure… something to do with how the gravitational flow of the moon motivates not only the earth’s oceans and rivers, but also our own bodily fluids. When the moon changes its phases, apparently there is a 24 hour period for the magnetic field of the Earth to change which influences your body to let go of excess fluids. For this reason, health practitioners, health retreats and nutritionists sometimes may recommend this specific period of the month to conduct a detoxification.

    @ Anne- the first 3 inches are of HOT water just to dissolve the salt. The rest of the tub is filled with WARM water(similar to your body temp.).

    xo
    The GG :)

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    Stefani
    June 30, 2011 at 4:01 am

    How often do you do it? I’m going to give it a try too! Thanks you ROCK!!!

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    The Glamorganic Goddess
    June 30, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Hey Stefani!

    Whenever I remember, Lol. I usually tend to do them way more in the summer for some reason- but I’m getting better at following the moon chart. You can do them as often as you want as far as I know.

    xo
    The GG :)

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    LimitlessLiving
    July 16, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    So are we doing this on the full moon or the new moon??
    I have had salt lamps inmy house for years and always get comments on how serene my place feels. I also have one beside my computer while I work.
    Thanks for the detailed description of how to do the bath. I <3 baths so can't wait to give it a try!

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    The Glamorganic Goddess
    July 26, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    You can do it on either moon. It depends on what you want to do… during a Full Moon, healing potential is at it’s peak, meaning the mineral absorption is optimized (Full Moon = Healing). During a New Moon, cleansing is at it’s peak, meaning the body’s ability to internally and externally detoxify itself is at it’s highest potential (New Moon = Cleansing).

    xo
    The GG :)

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 3, 2014 at 1:34 am

      Was curious where you purchase the largest amount of PHS ? Should it be organic?

      • Reply
        Danielle
        August 3, 2014 at 3:02 pm

        Hey Kathy! I don’t think salt can be organic, as it’s a mineral, but I buy mine in bulk from Salt Works or on Amazon. XO <3

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        Vanessa
        March 26, 2017 at 11:15 pm

        I get a 5lb bag at TJ Maxx for about 9 bucks. Such a good price!!

        • Reply
          Danielle
          March 27, 2017 at 12:06 am

          Nice, Vanessa! 😉 I recently got mine from Costco… think it was like, 6 LB for $7.99, maybe?! Lol! 🛀🏻 Hey, whatever works girl. 💗

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    XtineBeanie
    August 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you so much for this amazing info! I’m definitely going to try this. Do you recommend just doing it once every moon cycle?

    I love your blog, by the way! I recently started a blog as well, about cleaner living. Please feel free to check it out, it’s just a baby still :) http://xtinebeanie-cleanlivingidirtyworld.blogspot.com/

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    The Glamorganic Goddess
    August 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Hey XtineBeanie!

    Love your blog… I want to make your sister’s stew! YUM!

    You can take the salt baths as often as you want… I do it whenever I remember!

    xo
    The GG :)

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    Tricialy
    September 2, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    I can’t wait to try this – bought the salt in June and keep missing the new moon.

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    The Glamorganic Goddess
    September 12, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Hey Tricialy!

    You can do it at any time… it’s just that those times in the moon cycle seem to be the most effective.

    xo
    The GG :)

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    Jade
    June 23, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Wow! This is so cool and interesting. I’m so glad I just got to learn about this :) I suppose this solution works pretty differently than Epsom salts? We have tons of Himalayan salt at the house.. And I believe this Friday is a New Moon <3 I look forward to trying this beautiful self-care treatment.

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    Shellies
    February 19, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    I love Himalayan salt too!

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    ReNee
    May 25, 2016 at 2:16 am

    So if you are timing it with the moon, does it need to be the day after the night that had the new it full moon? Or in the evening when the moon is out instead of day time?

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      Danielle
      May 31, 2016 at 11:49 am

      Hey ReNee! Honestly, I’m not sure if it really matters… I just try to do them either the night before, or the next day. <3

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