Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Acid Reflux
- Alkalizing Sea Salt Remedies
- Arthritis in Dogs
- Boils, Staph
- Exercise Recovery Drink
- General Feedback
- High Blood Pressure
- Himalayan Salt
- Intestinal Cleansing
- Lyme Disease
- Mouth Wounds
- Multiple Cures
- Pneumonia, COPD
- Salt Deficiency
- Salt Scrub
- Salt Therapy/ Halotherapy
- Sea Salt Feedback
- Sea Salt Foot Bath for Detoxing
- Shingles Attacks
- Sinus and Breathing Issues
- Swollen Lymph Glands
- Ted's Remedies
Sea salt is increasingly recommended as superior to table salt in the kitchen and as a superior natural remedy for various ailments, internal and external. Why all the fuss? Is sea salt really that much more healthy for us to add to our meals? Does it offer genuine natural cures?
It's not easy to point to absolute superiority of sea salt over table salt, but the process of harvesting sea salt (evaporation) is certainly more natural than that for table salt (mining, chemical treatments). Trace minerals are also available from sea salt that you don't get from your typical salt shaker.
Natural Cures: For external use, Dead Sea Salts are the most famous as skin exfoliants and revitalizers. However, any sea salt scrub can help restore the skin's luster. A salt bath is also wonderful for relieving aching joints. A little sea salt added to a neti pot is perfect for clearing out the nasal cavity and sinuses.
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
|Sea Salt Feedback||11 YEAS|
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[YEA] 10/20/2007: Greg from Franklin, MA: "I suffered everyday with acid creeping up and severely hindering my ability to enjoy things in life. I noticed two huge agitators: 1. Over-eating (easy to do for anyone in U.S.) 2. Chocolate (tends to be a great laxative, but also tends to promote the acid problem. Continually the damage done by Acid Reflux caused burning and I found that taking in a good amount of sea salt (with water, foods) cleared it up."
Alkalizing Sea Salt Remedies
[QUESTION] 07/05/2010: Lori from Delta, Co: "I just tested my 1/4 tsp of sea salt in 32 oz of water and it is not alkalizing at all, it's around a 5 on my ph paper. my water from my fridge filter must be acidic. I thought adding the sea salt would alkalize it but it's an acidic formula. I then tested my whole lemon w/1/4 tsp of baking soda and it was very alkaline around 7.5 so i drank that down. I drink water w/sea salt daily and since I broke my arm 3 months ago it makes me swell. what can I add to the water mixture of sea salt and ? to make it alkaline? I also use the borax solution about every other day in my sea salt water. Can I take my lemon mixture and then have my peroxide mix of 3-4 drops in my 32 oz of water that I take to work to drink then I simply drink another 32 oz of plain water?"Replies
07/06/2010: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "Lori:
Alkaline-Base can cover an entire major chemistry course, but for the body this article is quite good:
First, even a known highly alkalizing healthy food like lemon juice/drink will read as an ACID on a pH strip because it is an acid, but since it's a weakly-associated acid, it will break down in the body to easily expelled wastes with leftover alkaline minerals to increase the body pH (alkalize):
Weak acids like the acetic acid in vinegar, and the acids in most fruits and especially lemons, contain lots of minerals which are basic, along with their weak acid part. The weak acid part combines with water and is converted into carbonic acid which then breaks apart into carbon dioxide and water. You breathe out the carbon dioxide and pass the water out through your kidneys. The minerals remain behind to replenish deficient minerals so in fact these weak acids in the end, alkalize your body by supplying more minerals to it.
All those trace minerals in sea salt are alkalizing!
Blood serum has the same electrolyte composition as seawater, and that means all the trace minerals in it.
But most people are deficient in them.
If you hadn't "neutralized" the lemon juice by adding NaHCO3 to read 7.5pH, then you would have simply read an even higher number for the pure baking soda solution.
I'm not sure why you're experiencing edema "fluid swelling". Is it temporary, like only a few hours? Are your kidney function tests normal?
Perhaps someone else can help you with the pieces I've missed."
05/24/2012: Twinkle from Bradenton, Fl, USA replies: "Thanks to: Tom from Regina, Sk for the sea salt education. well done, and very helpful."
Arthritis in Dogs
[YEA] 04/24/2007: Bob from Moscow , PA: "If you check our pet testimonials On our watercure2.org site and read the home page story of how this was discovered, you will see that curing pet arthritis is not even a challenge. Just add unprocessed sea salt to its food and water and within 24 hours a pet will stand up and walk with a limp even though previously it had been unable to stand. Best of all it is free. Bob Butts
[YEA] 11/27/2008: Dyz from East Bay, Cali replies: "watercure2.org site is right about the salts and curing pet arthritis.
I used Salts to help my GSD dog with her hips. I used Himalayan salt, which I turned into "sole". 1 teaspoon a day right into the food. My GSD dogs LOVE it!!! Within days she was up and running, chasing the ball. No more whining when she gets up or down. The only issue I had with using the salt was the detoxification effect. I paid 50.00$ for flea repellent (NO CHOICE BUT TO USE IT, I have tried EVERYTHING natural to keep the fleas away) To my surprise everyday when I combed the dogs the fleas were still there in large amounts. After a few weeks, I thought OH, I bet the salt is detoxifying the flea chemical out their bodies. I stopped all salt treatment, waited two weeks then bought new flea stuff and Wala! Fleas gone in a few days.
Now I only use the salt as maintenance. In the winter when the fleas are gone, I will be giving them small daily doses of the salt, until flea season comes again."
[YEA] 01/28/2011: Noni from Arroyo Grande, Ca, Usa replies: "My 13 year old (47 lb) dog became slowly lethargic and her back paw started dragging on the ground when walking, and her hips and legs became really stiff... I wanted to watch if this was just temporary, but it lasted more than 3 weeks, and when she started yelping when getting up after lying down, I took her to the vet, who told me to put her on arthritis medicine ($$).
I decided to investigate a natural cure instead (as I don't even take medicine) and based on this site, I started giving her just a few grains (not even a pinch) of unrefined non-oven dried sea salt in her food 1x daily which helped her greatly! Within a week, she was improving, and soon She was even running at the dog park! It has been about 5 months now, and I only give it to her a few times a week and so far so good. Very effective! We have gone on a few 45 minute hikes, and No more pain the next day like she used to have! I tell so many people
I know about this awesome site! God bless all of you who share freely and unselfishly; your integrity, wonderful cures and helpful testimonies are very much appreciated!"
[YEA] 01/11/2007: Carol from Dora, MS: "Husband got what looked like a pimple on his neck. By the next night it had gotten worrisome big. Went to your web site and found the sea salt cure. We dampened a wash cloth, poured some sea salt on it, and he held it on the boil for twenty minutes. It went down in just twenty minutes! We taped a cotton ball soaked in castor oil and dipped in the salt for three nights, and the thing is gone. Thank you so much Carol Ann"
[YEA] 08/18/2009: Ley from Birmingham, Alabama, Usa: "Three weeks ago my daughter came to me with what we thought might be insect bites on the upper part of her leg (bottom of her bottom). They hurt. Visually they didn't look like much more than a mosquito bite. Three days later she came to me again. The "bites" had escalated frighteningly!! They had turned black on the inside and were whelped in red. Before we jumped into the car for the hospital (Sunday), I sat her in a soaking tub of Sea Salt - like half the container of it. After 20 minutes there was an incredibly noticable difference!! The red and the whelps had both gone down. I ran to the store and bought 5 containers of sea salt and had her sit in it twice a day. I had to go out of town shortly thereafter for a week. During this time she let the salt soaks lax and was not interested at all in showing her father the problem (LOL), When I got home the lesions were on BOTH of her upper legs!! Back to the store for more salt. I've had her sit in it three times a day. It's been three days and they are almost completely GONE!! It's unbelievable!!"
EC: Staph Infection? Here are photos of what staph can look like: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=staph+infection&gbv=2&aq=0&oq=staph&aqi=g10
[YEA] 01/11/2013: Donna from Allen, Tx: "I use sea salt and filtered water for pink eye/conjunctivitis all the time. I have 4 kids and for some reason they are susceptible to pink eye. (I've gotten it a few times from treating them... Very contagious) I have little rubber 1/4 c dishes (from kitchen) and use them to mix 1/8 tsp sea salt with 1/4 c water. I make the child put eye up to cup and tip head back (kind of suctions to their eye), they open eye as much as they can, then dump out and rinse container. Do same with other eye. Don't cross contaminate or will spread to other eye. Only takes about 3-4 days. I do it 3 or more times a day. Dry with a clean, new cloth each time. Do not rub eyes with same hand... Will spread. Might sting slightly, but usually their eyes feel better almost right away."
[YEA] 09/16/2007: Marie from Baton Rouge, LA: "As a child I had a horrible case of conjunctivitis. For over a month, I suffered from home with absolutely no change no matter how much eye drops or medication the doctor's prescribed me. My family finally took our yearly trip to the beach and after a day, my eye infection was completely gone. When we returned and returned to the doctor for a checkup, my pediatrician chuckled and said, oh "You went to the beach, the ocen clears that right up!" My mother could NOT believe it. We surely would have hightailed it to the beach a week into the conjunctivitis had we known! As a result of my month long infection, I had permanent vision damage and had to have membraned PEELED off my eyelids. I am just thankful the beach trip and swimming in the ocean happened when it did, otherwise, I might have had even greater eye damage. I'm lucky I only have to wear glasses/contacts for the rest of my life."Replies
09/06/2012: Sophe from Portland, Or replies: "In the city I live in they have a very cool salt room your seated in sea salt room and your breathing in salt even your feet are placed in sea salt. Apparently some some doctors that went to I believe it was Europe where they first saw salt rooms used for healing all types of ailments. Inspired they brought it to the state! Sea Salt rooms are highly beneficial for respiratory issues, and infections. So your dr is right but it is pretty ancient art!"
09/06/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Sophe, This is awesome information! I know there is a sea salt room locally as I read about it a few months ago and keep meaning to check it out. Through busy-ness I keep forgetting but this is a great reminder and testimony so today I am going to find out about it and make a visit! I will make sure I write about it here on EC afterwards. Best to you and thanks, Lisa"
[YEA] 03/11/2008: Erynn from New Haven, Connecticut: "Sea Salt cure for Constipation. Works like a charm! Although I've tried this two ways. I've use epsom salt as well...but it is quite gross and you may throw up, so sea salt is much easier on the taste buds. It could take anywhere from 10mins to 2 hours. If its not working, try drinking more water...the salt is dehydrating your system!! This is probably the most comfortable way than taking a laxative. I tend to get cramping from everything else, ie sienna tea. sea salt is the way to go!"Replies
[QUESTION] 01/23/2009: Ammar from Charlottte, NC, USA replies: "How much salt and water do you use?"
[YEA] 06/26/2010: Shadoe from St. Petersburg, Fl replies: "I use 2 tsp of unrefined sea salt mixed with 1 1/2 to 2 quarts warm water. I was told not to "chug" it, but I do just to get it down. The last half glass is very difficult to get down. Within an hour, you are visiting the bathroom multiple times. I use this as a system flush for candida/fungus/bacteria, but it works perfectly for constipation."
07/27/2010: Msg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Sit down by the sink with a glass and down 3 - 4 glasses of water in a row. Sip slowly."
07/27/2010: Connie from Slc, Ut replies: "Good Afternoon, Lctao4, from Gainsville, Fla. , Your strong negative physical reaction to the sea salt water may indicate that your potassium is low. Sodium and potassium have a "push and pull" relationship in the body's cells. If there is too much of one, movements of fluids and solids can become disrupted from the way of the cellular passage, as to the way of the intestinal passage. Potassium is a very active ingredient in foods recommended for constipation such as : blackstrap molasses, seaweed, honeydew melon, prunes, beet greens, etc. If you need a supplement, potassium bicarbonate or potassium gluconate can be very effective in the right amount for you. Magnesium can also be effective, in the right amount. Magnesium citrate is a good compound. Of course, the consumption of just enough fluids, fiber, probiotics, etc. Are recomended to us and they are helpful. I accidentally constipated myself recently by taking too many acids in my supplements. Ted from Bankok is correct, from my vantage, when he writes that an acidic condition can cause constipation. The causes are many, as are the treatments. ( Potassium Bicarbonate on an empty stomach also aids intestinal malaise and gas. ) Thank You EC, and may we all have gentle passages, Connie"
[SIDE EFFECTS] 07/27/2010: Lctao4 from Gainesville, Fl replies: "So, am I doing something wrong. I tried this and got dizzy and had to lay down for an hours. Felt awful. And now it's the next day and still no BM. I've tried the ACV, baking soda, senna herb, aloe. . . . And still nothing. I'm getting scared. Any help? I haven't tried the magnesium yet though."
01/22/2012: Godshealthlaw from Bourbon, Tx replies: "Some people are so backed up they have to have an enema to clean themselves out. If you are taking this and are still having no BM's an enema is needed. You can do it yourselves with a kit. Also walking and massaging the stomach in a left to right circle could help."
01/22/2012: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "For severe constipation, the best remedy is epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) because magnesium in high doses is a natural laxative. If you don't get relief from the constipation it merely means that you have not taken enough epsom salts. I would not take sea salt as something to relieve constipation.
As I said, if the epsom salts are not working just keep increasing the dosage (in not too large increments) to see the amount needed to induce a bowel movement."
01/23/2012: Karen from Los Angeles, California U.s.a. replies: "What works for me for severe constipation is Castor oil. One tablespoon. But if you try it, take it only on a weekend you have off. Stay home because you don't know when it's going to work.Works on me like drain-O on a drain."
[YEA] 02/18/2012: : ) from Dayton, Ohio replies: "Constipation is gone. I drink a teaspoonful of sea salt in a cup of purified drinking water."
[YEA] 04/01/2012: Lj from Fresno, Ca replies: "Healthy elimination has been a part of my family for 4 generations. My grandmother gave us strong (warm, not hot) coffee enemas when we had flu and it worked. Recently my 87 yr old Mom got constipated and I gave her a mineral oil enema. They come pre-packaged for one use, or purchase a full bottle of mineral oil and use some of it in a regular enema bag. It goes in slowly and is retained in the body until you natually eliminate. There is no pain, and although it may take a few hours or even a day, it doesn't cause any discomfort.
A regular, warm water enema is my first choice, and NEVER use the pre-packaged enemas with all of the other ingredients. If I travel, I will take one of those individual enema containers, empty it, and put it in the suitcase, and then use purified water if I need to fill it and use it in my long travels."
Exercise Recovery Drink
06/27/2008: Tan Koon Peng from Singapore: "When you are tired after exercising, simply drink a cup of warm salt water and you will feel better soon."
EC: Can you tell us how much salt to add to a glass of warm water? Too much salt could cause side effects.
02/24/2012: Thegoodwitch from Atlanta, Georgia, Usa: "2/20: my mother takes first dose of sole and artesian water
2/22: reports 'slept like a hog'
2/24: awakes to sugar level of 109 (regularly 130 because she eats late at night); also reports heavy phlegm discharge each morning...
More to come..."
High Blood Pressure
[YEA] 01/07/2007: Margaret from Jacksonville, FL: "Sea Salt lowers High BP. I went on the water cure 2 website.. I saw on there that water and real sea salt could lower my bp. I tried it. wow it is awesome my bp went to normal after 2 days I stayed on it and oh boy all sorts of things happened. I have not had a cold flu or been sick since. I am so happy."Replies
03/08/2010: Drupca from Yorktown, Va replies: "I have high blood pressure and I would like to find a more natural method of lowering my pressure than taking lisniprol and HCTZ. Can you tell me ratio of sea salt to water used to lower your pressure per this blog."
09/01/2010: Suzanne from Port Orchard, Washington replies: "In the book: "You're Not Sick, You're Thirsty" the ratio of himalayan salt to water is 1 quart of water to 1/4 teaspoon of salt - drink slowly throughout the day."
09/04/2011: Stgermain from Montreal, Canada replies: "well you should take a look at this Honey and Cinnamon Remedy
11/11/2011: Mia from London, England replies: "I have been drinking a glass of water with a well leveled tsp of sea salt every night, and I usually do this at least 1 hr after my last meal... It just feels better that way. I drink plenty of fluid during the day. I have been on this diet for a long time now. This remedy completely cleared my acne, I'm hardly ever sick, and in general, I seem to feel better. My digestion is also ever better which I used to have problems with."
12/06/2011: Ash from London, United Kingdom replies: "Mia, Which sea salt r u using with the watercure? I am in London as well.
03/17/2011: Healthy248 from Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada: "Can you tell me Ted or anyone, the difference in quality, or benifit of sea salt as opposed to Himalayan Salt (Primordial Ocean salts) Is one better than the other! Thank you, Karl"Replies
03/17/2011: Lily from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia replies: "Hi Healthy248, I am sure it would only be a mineral difference, since they are found in two different places they would have a slightly different trace mineral composition. They are both very much better than Table Salt. Cheers Lily."
12/17/2011: Watercure from London, United Kingdom replies: "Hi,
I have used both Himalayan Salt and Celtic Sea Salt - they both work just as well. Celtic Sea Salt is a lot more expensive in the UK
There are other Sea Salts available in Supermarkets like Atlantic Sea Salt or Maldons or Costco kirkland Sea Salt etc - has anyone tried these cheaper sea salts for the water cure?
Ted suggested in one of his posts that he uses the local sea salt in Thailand.
12/30/2011: Linda from San Francisco, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Good People, IMHO the best natural, whole sea salt for a person to use may vary, depending upon which trace elements each body is needing the most.
Celtic Sea Salt does things for my body which Himalayan Pink does not, although I use both kinds at home in cooking. Himalayan goes in the table salt shaker, and I use Celtic in the cooking.
1 slightly heaped teaspoon of Celtic Sea Salt in 8-10 oz of distilled water works very well for lower back pain for me, so apparently that's the one that has whatever my body is needing.
IMHO the isolated Sodium Chloride (plus aluminum or whatever) in standard table salt is causing us all trouble.
[QUESTION] 03/04/2010: Raynbogrl from Bend, Oregon, Usa: "Hello,
I'm new to this site, I started the fibromyalgia borax treatment and the baking soda/lemon juice for restless leg, Blackstrap molasses for my monthly periods and ACV for everything else, I'm on day four and when I woke up this morning it was the first time in years i was able to just simply get up and get going, I'm not 100% yet but much much better! (Thank you all so much!)
I have a question about Himalayan crystal salt , it sounds very benificial but I havn't been able to find any place that tells if it has Iodine in it.. My Grandmother suffered from a goiter for years before being told to use Iodized salt, after she switched the goiter went away so I would like to keep that in my diet but I dont want to over do it by buying supplements if its already in the Himalayan salt.
if any one knows much about it I would love to know more. It seems most online sites are just fancy ads trying to sell it with out much detail about it. Thanks for your time!"Replies
03/05/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi Raynbogri...Iodine is not generally found in either Himalayan Salt or natural Sea Salt.
Here are the 84 constituents of Himalayan Salt:
hydrogen, lithium, beryllium, boron, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, fluoride, sodium, magnesium, aluminum, silicon, phosphorus, sulfur, chloride, calcium, scandium, titanium, vanadium, chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt, nickel, copper, zinc, gallium, germanium, arsenic, selenium, bromine, rubidium, strontium, yttrium, zirconium, niobium, molybdenum, ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver, cadmium, indium, tin, antimony, tellurium, iodine, cesium, barium, lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, lutetium, hafnium, tantalum, tungsten, rhenium, osmium, iridium, platinum, gold, mercury, thallium, lead, bismuth, polonium, astatine, francium, radium, actinium, thorium, protactinium, uranium, neptunium, and plutonium.
List taken from this site:
I live in the Philippines and use their naturally-made sea salt -- sold in the local markets, which tends to clear up mucous problems well and is a mild antibiotic in itself.
I also take Ted's alakaline remedies, and his Lemon/Lime and baking soda remedy is what cured my candida. I still take it regularly.
Regarding your restless leg syndrome, magnesium supplementation or taking magnesium transdermally would certainly help cure this problem. I used to get sudden leg cramps for no reason while sleeping at night(another sign of magnesium deficiency) and started to take magnesium gluconate, but it wasn't until I started to spray my body with a concentrated solution of Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulphate) after my shower, using just a simple garden flower srayer, that my cramps rapidly disappeared. I also found that it helped me to sleep much better than before. You can also just take a hot bath and add 3-4 cups of Epsom salts(or Magnesium Chloride crystals) to the bathwater, and just soak in it for 1/2 hour. This is the fastest way to raise your Magnesium levels.
Magnesium is also involved in over 300 enzyme processes in your body and is very beneficial to the bones and heart. Another side-effect of my taking magnesium transdermlly was that my own episodes of sudden racing heart also just disappeared.
I also use iodine foot painting, this seems the easiest way to take iodine -- just paint the soles of your feet and heels everyday with either iodine tincture, lugol's or Betadine and the iodine will be absorbed into your body transdermally. And if you paint your feet everyday over a period of time -- when your nose suddenly becomes runny and liquid -- then you will have enough iodine in your body, so stop the foot painting for a while. You will have to find your own frequency of painting your feet to maintain your own body's iodine level. I now paint the soles and heels of my feet once every 4 or 5 days, which is my frequency. This is also a great way to avoid athlete's foot and verukas..."
03/05/2010: Donna from Boston, Ma, Usa replies: "To Raynbogrl: I have a 2.2lb jar of Himalayan Crystal Salt and checked everywhere on the jar. It does not say anywhere that there is iodine in it. The only ingredient listed is sodium. It also says that it is pure 100% natural. I thought that salt naturally does not have iodine in it. It has to be added. Hope this helps"
04/01/2011: Marissa from San Diego, Ca replies: "Iodine is highly contraindicated in Hashimotos hypothyroid as it can exacerbate the autoimmunity. This is likely what was happening with your grandmother if she found relief once taking the iodized salt out of her diet. Loads of literature out there showing the science stating NO iodine with autoimmune hypothyroid."
01/05/2013: Charles from Perth, Western Australia replies: "Didn't Raynbogrl from Bend say that his grandmother's goiter disappeared after switching to iodized sea salt?"
01/05/2013: Charles from Perth, Western Australia replies: "Sorry, I meant iodized salt, not iodized sea salt."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 01/29/2012: Debbie from Jacksonville, Florida: "Hi, I tried to do a salt flush today & was only able to drink 2 cups of the salt water before I became nauseated. (1Tbsp pink salt & 1 qt warm water). Each morning I drink 1 tsp salt water. I'm not sure what caused the illness. It passed after a few minutes. Does anyone have any ideas why I would feel sick? thanks for your help. D from Fl."Replies
02/26/2012: Curious from Albany, Ny replies: "It is half a teaspoon of salt to 2 quarts of water or one teaspoon per gallon of water?"
[YEA] 08/20/2009: Katherine from London, Uk: "Sea salt intestinal cleanse
I used 1 quart filtered water. I boiled it for 10 minutes with 5 teaspoons of pure unrefined sea salt. An hour or two later I headed to the washroom this flushed me out completely and I highly recommend it for clearer skin, mind, clean bowels and more energy."Replies
[YEA] 09/12/2010: Dot from Sydney, Australia replies: "I have tried the sea salt flush for long-standing constipation and it has always worked as long as I take 2 teaspoons of salt with 4 glasses tepid water. I have tried adding a large glass of probiotic mixture grown overnight from capsules and a little xylitol and filtered water. I take this about 10 minutes after the salt water. It seems to be resetting my bowels so they are working so far, but it has only been a week. I tried it again today. I just figured the probiotic could flush through too and be more thorough if it didn't need to go through the digestive process. I have raynauds and autoimmune Sjogrens, so I would like to clean up the bowel to see if that works."