1.04.2008

salt bathes for healthy kids


our 'experiment' isn't really over yet but so far we are healthy and happy! my husband is convinced that salt baths twice a day will help to keep away colds and flu for our kids. so our new morning regime is bathtub for a quick salt bath and then also at night before bed. I have talked before about how salt baths help with eczema, mostly for mild eczema. fill tub and put enough salt into bath that it tastes like the ocean...and whola! twice a day. now we need to try this on adults...please let me know your results if you try the experiment.

7 comments:

Disco Mom said...

Wow, interesting. What's the science or thinking behind this? I have a 3 and 1 yr old - I don't think I'm organized enough to do two baths a day on top of regular meals, diapers, naps and the occasional actual outing. I thought I was doing good with two baths a week! L O V E your blog, by the way.

nonchalant mom said...

oh yes, the science! well contrary to the photo we do not use soap or bubbles, sorry that's misleading...but its the only photo I had! the salt bath is very healing for just about anything, there are a wide variety of schools of thought on this (dead sea salt vs regular salt etc..) but we have used it with very good results. I learned the idea at macrobiotic camp many years ago during a lecture by Lino Stanchich (if you ever get a chance to see this dynamic man speak jump at it!), who is one of the most healthy, vibrant and charismatic macrobiotic speakers you will find. My school of thought is that it pulls out many impurities in your body and I also think that it helps to break down mucus. it's also like most of the macrobiotic remedies, it just makes sense to me!

hope this works for you too! -carina

Brylle said...

Some bath salts actually has a fizzy effect, or maybe it's a different kind. Whatever form it may take, you will still reap its benefits just make sure you won't overdo it =). Bathing with dead sea salts actually help in dealing with eczema. source

Disco Mom said...

carina - what kind of salt do you use?

nonchalant mom said...

actually we use good organic salt but I have heard very beneficial things about using dead sea salt. I think that you should always use good salt, even for cooking and we buy 'si salt' in bulk, you can get big bags online from the kushi store. it is important NOT to use regular mortons salt as it is stripped of any of it's benefits.

Anonymous said...

Carina,

Well, I had this huge glass jug sitting around and last week at the store bough 4 boxes of sea salt at 1.80 swiss francs per box ($1.60) on this recommendation. Our kids love the sea so much and this gets them so excited. I throw in 2 large handfuls per bath. No artificial bubbles or drying soaps.

Back in my early 20's I camped on the beach in Baja Mexico for 3 weeks and after sea water only bathing, my skin was never softer.

Jennifer in Zurich

liz said...

i just wanted to add that my midwife recommended salt baths for my repeated cases of mastits. she said it will kill the staph that is probably on the skin. i am going to start giving the baths to my daughter too to ward off sickness. thanks for the tip!