The Dead Sea Salt scrub was first popularized by the spa industry for skin exfoliation. It does assist to cleanse off dead cells and smooth the skin. However, this is also an amazing aromatherapy application to reduce pain and inflammation, as well as increasing the circulation and lymphatic flow.
Dead Sea Salt Shower Scrub is also a very powerful way to cleanse your personal energy, clear stagnant chi (life-force energy), and to reduce low-frequency energies, that you may have picked up from others or in your environment.
We prefer to use Dead Sea salts (fine grain) in our aromatherapy shower scrub.
What is so special about Dead Sea Salt?
These salts are sourced from the Dead Sea, which is 50 miles long and 11 miles wide, surrounded by Jordan, Israel, and Palestine. The shores of the Dead Sea are deep in the Great Rift Valley ~ at 1,387 feet below sea level!
The Dead Sea has gone by many different names throughout time. The Dead Sea was originally named after a nearby town and referred to as the "Sea of Zoar"; it has also been known as the "Eastern Sea" and the "Sea of Arava". The Greeks noted its naturally surfacing asphalt and called it "Lake Asphaltites".
The Dead Sea has been attracting visitors for thousands of years. King Herod was known to visit it regularly, but it was Queen Cleopatra that first ordered a health resort to be built along its shore line.
Dead Sea salt contains very little sodium, just 10% when compared to table salt, which is 90%. All ocean salt contains minerals, but the salt of the Dead Sea contains a much higher concentration of minerals than other sea salts - such as magnesium, zinc, potassium, calcium, and bromide.
Today, the Dead Sea area is a major center for health research and medical treatments. They have found high mineral content in the mud and water in the area, but also the UV radiation from the sun’s rays is reduced, the higher atmospheric pressure at the lower altitudes means the air is enriched with oxygen and there is a very low level of pollen and other allergens.
We would like to share a few of our favorite Dead Sea Salt Shower Scrub Formulations with you.
In a glass bowl mix, together:
¼ cup fine grain Dead Sea salt
¼ cup Himalayan pink salt OR sea salt
2-3 TBSP. Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) oil- use organic, cold pressed and unrefined.
Then, add these essential oils:
3 drops Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
3 drops Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium)
3 drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
In a bowl, mix the salts and safflower oil together, then add three drops of each of the essential oils. Apply this product in a dry shower, with long smooth motions towards the left subclavian vein (upper left chest area). Once your body is covered in the salt solution, you may start to feel warm as the circulation increases, then it is time to rinse it off, and continue your showering. Store any extra product that you have in a glass jar.
Because Eucalyptus globulus and Rosmarinus officinalis are stimulating to the autonomic nervous system, it is best to use this particular blend in the morning to encourage a refreshing get-up and go. ~ See other blends below that can be used during the evening.
Precautions for Salt Shower Scrubs: Recommended use of shower salt scrubs are 2-3X week. Do not use on newly shaven areas, on the face, cuts or any wounds. Be very cautious if you apply this on the bottoms of your feet, as it will create a slippery shower floor.
The shower salt scrub is not recommended for children under 10 years of age.
Alternative essential oil blends that can be substituted for the Eucalyptus globulus, Leptospermum scoparium, andRosmarinus officinalis:
Anytime Blend that can also be used in a salt bath.
3 drops Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium)
3 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
3 drops Cedar (Cedrus atlantica)
Pain Reducing Blend
3 drops Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
3 drops Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
3 drops Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
Enjoy adding this to your health maintenance regime and giving this product as a gift of health.
Dechen, Shanti, Clinical Aromatherapy Level 1, Crestone, Co. pages 57, 63, 73, 74, 103, 117, and 123.