Whether it’s Epsom salt, dead sea salt, or Himalayan salt, salt baths for eczema warriors are the best remedy as they contain the Earth’s natural minerals. Many minerals found in salt baths are nourishing, some aid healing, others are anti-inflammatory, and yet others are calming and promote better sleep.
In this other article, we discuss why we do not use regular commercial body wash on our eczema warriors. If you’re going to put chemicals on your skin, then you’d be better off using just tap water (which is what we actually do some times). This is especially so for people who have to deal with eczema, as they are very sensitive in nature, in terms of both the skin and the gut. So you definitely do not want to further load the already stressed up body with toxins and other synthetic substances.
No matter what you put onto your skin or into your mouth, go for all natural. With that said, even the most natural remedies do not work the same for everyone. Some people can react to even the most nutritious foods, or to seemingly harmless minerals. So always start small when it’s your first time trying out anything. Dilute your baths on the first time, to see if your skin reacts negatively.
What are the available salt baths for eczema
Here are our top choices of salt baths for eczema, chosen for their healing properties:
Epsom salt is nothing like your regular salt. It is actually magnesium sulphate, whilst table salt is sodium chloride. Hence, it combines the magnificent properties of magnesium and sulphur, when dissolved in water, to relief pain, calm the mood, hasten wound healing, and act as an anti-inflammatory agent.
We have experienced first-hand the ability of Epsom salt to draw out impurities, especially when my two eczema warriors were undergoing topical steroid withdrawal. It soothes their inflamed rashes and itch, and relaxes their mind and muscles for a night of better sleep.
Our favourite brand: Epsoak Epsom salt
Dead sea salt
The Dead Sea is the most saline lake on Earth, located between Jordan and Israel, known for its deep healing properties. Countless people have visited it just to seek some relief from many different ailments, not just for skin conditions, but also rheumatic diseases and respiratory conditions.
Dead sea salt is rich in beneficial minerals, like magnesium, calcium, bromide, potassium, sodium, and carbonate. Sulphate content is low in dead sea salt. So it is particularly useful if you are sensitive or react to sulphur (then Epsom salt would not be suitable for you), as it allows you to reap the immense benefits of mainly magnesium, together with other minerals, without the reactions to sulphur.
This linked research shows evidence that bathing in dead sea salt improves skin barrier function and enhances skin hydration. Inflammation and redness of eczema rashes are also significantly reduced.
Our favourite brand: Minera Dead Sea Salt
This is the highest quality of dead sea salt that we found, in its most natural and unprocessed form, with no other stuff added for fragrance or some ‘salt blend’ used in beauty or skincare products. The company sources its dead sea salt from the southern end of the lake, where mineral content is the highest. It boasts of 21 beneficial minerals.
Himalayan salt is found in the Punjab region of Pakistan. It is ancient sea salt, from seas hundreds of millions of years ago which became landlocked and dried up. Hence, it is sea salt of the purest form, made up of 98 per cent sodium chloride, which acts as an antiseptic in treatment of wounds (something that our eczema warriors frequently get as they claw at their skin to get at the bone-deep itch), by drawing the water out of bacteria and killing them. Find out more about the benefits of salt water for eczema in this other post.
The selling point of Himalayan salt, besides being saline, are the trace minerals, though present in smaller quantities compared to Dead Sea salt. They include potassium, magnesium and calcium, which give the salt a faint pink tint.
Our favourite brand: Sherpa Pink Himalayan Salt
This is, again, of the highest purity and quality, with no additives like anti-caking agents, colourings or fragrances. It is also Kosher certified, meaning it complies with Jewish religious dietary law.
You may find that as you add this salt to the bath, it does not dissolve fully. It is because there are naturally occurring insoluble minerals in the salt, so this is perfectly normal, and in fact assurance that you are getting the salt in its most authentic and original state.
Directions for use
In a full bath tub of warm water, add about 2 cups of your preferred salt (whether it’s Epsom salt, Dead Sea salt or Himalayan salt), relax, and enjoy. Do not exceed 20 minutes of soaking time.
In a small bath tub for kids, scale down the amount of salt according to the amount of water used. An estimate will do, you may want to start off with a heapful of tablespoon of salt, and adjust accordingly, based on your child’s comfort level.
If you’re trying out a salt for the first time, do not go full strength, but dilute it. This is a general rule for any first tries, as you do not know whether you’d get any reaction from it.
As you journey through your eczema, bear in mind that these symptoms manifesting on the skin are signs of an internal health issue, and your body is giving you the signal and the chance to make things right. Adopt the most natural remedies, including salt baths for eczema, so as to set the stage for deep healing, which your body is capable of, as long as it is given the right conditions.