Fox Island Trading Co. Apothecary Healing Mineral Salt Bath/ Soak
Before science could prove it, people—even animals—instinctively knew that spending time immersed in a mineral hot spring made you feel better, and they’ve been revered by cultures around the world.
In Japan, hot springs have always been prized real estate. Frequented by today’s globe-trotting wellness travelers—and the famed snow monkeys of Nagano—Japanese onsens once welcomed elite military commanders, samurai and shoguns.
Closer to home, the Ute Indians of Western Colorado considered the hot springs sacred, incorporating soaking as part of their tribal rituals. It was not uncommon for the Utes to bathe themselves and their horses in the hot springs in preparation for battle with other tribes. People (and animals) have always understood the efficacy of hot springs long before science discovered the nuances of cellular biology and biochemistry.
Science, however, can help us understand the details of why hot springs and mineral baths are healing and with the help and knowledge of Fox Island Trading Co.'s skilled skin care specialists and trained herbalist/ apothecarist, you can bring the science and healing home and enjoy the benefits of a healing mineral bath in your tub or hot tub up to 3 x per week.
Our skin, the body’s largest organ, functions as armor, protecting our fragile insides from all manner of hazards. It does an amazing job of keeping the deleterious stuff out; so how do the minerals from a hot spring get in to work their medicinal magic? Two words: transdermal absorption.
Even though the skin is a formidable barrier, it’s also permeable and porous, allowing trace amounts of minerals to pass through. Fox Island Trading Co.'s Apothecary Healing minerals Soak contains 18 different minerals—bicarbonate, boron, calcium, chloride, sodium, sulfate, lithium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron, silica, zinc, fluoride, phosphate, nitrogen, volcanic zeolite plus blue green algae —each one possessing unique healing qualities. When you soak in the tub or hot tub, you receive a small, healthful, safe dose of this mineral cocktail.
In fact, transdermal absorption is how medicines are sometimes administered, minute quantities of minerals pass through the layers of skin before entering the bloodstream. Not only does it replenish the minerals we are missing due to poor diet and the lack of nutrients in our soil from commercial farming, it also detoxifies the body helping to prevent/ treat chronic illness.
Simply soaking in Fox Island Trading CO. Apothecary Healing Minerals Soak is naturally detoxifying and a gentle remedy for skin ailments including acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
In addition to the mineral content of the water, the heat of the water is also beneficial and helps to alleviate the sensation of pain. According to the North American Journal of American Sciences, heat, along with the pressure of the water, dulls our perception of pain by blocking pain receptors in the body. That’s why if you suffer from arthritis, fibromyalgia, or joint pain, you feel so much better after a nice hot soak.
Soaking in Fox Island Trading CO. Apothecary Healing Minerals Soak has tremendous health benefits. Unlike many medical interventions though, soaking in our mineral Soak feels fantastic!
Although certain body processes are attributed to certain minerals, each mineral needs one or more other minerals to properly function. For instance, a proper calcium-phosphorus balance is necessary for the body in that an imbalance reduces resistance to disease, increases fatigue, weakens intellectual faculties, and leads to premature aging. Magnesium can only be used if calcium and phosphorus are in a proper balance. An overabundance of one mineral can result in a deficiency of another.
about the minerals and trace elements:
Chloride, along with sodium, regulates the acid/alkali balance in the body. It is also necessary for the production of gastric acid which is a component of hydrochloric acid (HCl).
Only trace amounts of iron are essential for the living cells of plants and animals. Iron has the ability to interact reversibly with oxygen and to function in electron transfer reactions which makes it biologically indispensable. Iron is necessary for cell function and blood utilization. Blood loss is the most common cause of iron deficiency. Pallor and extreme fatigue are the symptoms of iron deficiency anemia.
Sodium regulates the pH of intracellular fluids and with potassium, regulates the acid/ alkali balance in the body. Sodium and chloride are necessary for maintaining osmosis and electrolyte balance.
Sulfur is found in all cells, especially in the skin, connective tissues, and hair. Inadequate dietary sulfur has been associated with skin and nail diseases. Increased intake of dietary sulfur sometimes helps psoriasis and rheumatic conditions
Welcome to Fox Island Trading Co.'s Apothecary, where nature and science are combined to create quality organic products with a focus on tranquility and wellness.
We believe that indulging in a long, peaceful, soothing bath can work wonders for the mind, body, and soul. Now imagine taking this timeless relaxing ritual to a higher therapeutic level.
Halotherapy and Balneotherapy are two complex-sounding terms for two very simple holistic remedies. And when the two meet, it’s one powerful wellness tool that anyone can afford to indulge in. Balneotherapy, stemming from the Greek balneae meaning bath, and Halotherapy, derived from the Greek halos, meaning “salt”, combine, and together defined, are waters packed with naturally occurring minerals that impart medicinal benefits, providing an alternative or complementary therapy option with minimal side effects, for the treatment of disease and/or promoting wellness through bathing.
Since the dawn of time, the geothermal and mineral waters around the world have been known for their soothing, healing, detoxing, and invigorating properties. Until now, their healing properties have only been available in nature. Now you can experience those same benefits at home in your own bath or hot tub.
BENEFITS OF SOAKING IN HEALING MINERAL SALT SOAKS:
Boosting the Mood/Relaxation /Better Sleep Remedy
Stress, depression, and anxiety are serious disorders that should be addressed by a qualified medical professional, but studies have shown that soaking in minerals can reduce the symptoms and help relax both body and mind. Not getting sufficient sleep can aggravate these existing mental health conditions. Try an evening soak to help you drift off to dreamland. A solid night’s rest is sometimes all it takes to alter your mood for the better.
Enjoying the ultimate act of self-care and relaxation is one of the most popular reasons to step into a hot bath, especially at the end of a busy and stressful day.
Natural Skin Care
After soaking, many people notice their skin feels softer, smoother, and healthier. The effect is due to the minerals, especially silica and sulfur, which help nourish and hydrate the outermost layer of skin. Other benefits for the epidermis include relief from conditions like psoriasis, acne, eczema, and dry scalp. People who struggle with recurrent dandruff or itchiness should also consider regular baths, as this helps to decrease redness and inflammation while soothing the scalp.
Because the minerals found in mineral baths are similar to those found in human skin, these salts can cleanse the skin gently yet effectively, while also boosting blood circulation.
The main function of the circulatory system is to carry oxygenated blood and nutrients to muscles, tissues and organs so they work properly. An efficient circulatory system is also key to brain and heart health. Warm water soaking has been shown to improve circulation. It’s why physicians often recommend adding a soaking regimen to promote healing after surgeries.
This, in turn, helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, and other skin conditions, which contributes to improving the overall look and feel of the skin.
Soothing Sore Muscles and Joints
Relax and soothe your muscles while tackling and reducing any inflammation in the joints at the same time. Those who experience more severe forms of chronic pain from ailments like arthritis and fibromyalgia can also find profound relief. Also known to help with menstrual cramps.
Detoxification & Cleansing
Toxins are in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the medications we take and the water we drink. Our toxic burden is a result of the toxins we are exposed to and our body’s ability to naturally detox. The more toxins we are exposed to, the harder the body has to work at eliminating these toxins.
A detox bath is a powerful way to assist your body in eliminating toxins as well as absorbing the minerals and nutrients that are in the water.