Toxins and chemicals are all around us, from our drinking water to our health and beauty products, to the materials used to used to build and furnish our homes!
They are unavoidable. There are, of course, certain things we can do to cut back on the amount of toxins in our living environment.
Eating organically and using natural cleaning, laundry, and health & beauty products, are just a few! To be completely effective, a detox program has to address both internal and external toxins.
If you are feeling lethargic or sluggish or you are just experiencing “Brain fog”, a Sauna, Detox Bath or Bentonite Clay Treatment is a great way to help your body get rid of toxins and ease some of these symptoms.
Infrared Saunas are an effective tool for natural healing and prevention. Infrared light has the ability to penetrate human tissue which in turn produces a host of anti-aging health benefits making infrared saunas one of the “hottest” therapies for overall healthier living. If you want to get yourself back into balance, an infrared sauna may be the ticket to achieving your wellness goals.
Benefits of Infrared Saunas Include: Detoxification, Arthritis Relief, Relaxation, Lower Blood Pressure, Anti-Aging & Skin Purification, Cell Health, Weight Loss, Pain Relief, Improved Circulation and Wound Healing.
New Life Spa carries Bentonite Clay and Bath Salts. Please keep reading to find out WHY we love these products.
NEW LIFE SPA BATH SALTS INGREDIENTS: Desert Salt and Dead Sea Salt
Health Benefits of Sea Salt
The health benefits of sea salt include good skin care, improved dental health, relief from rheumatoid arthritis, muscle cramps, psoriasis, and osteoarthritis. It also helps in providing relief from acne and rhinosinusitis. Furthermore, it is beneficial for exfoliation, nasal and eye wash, and an improved electrolytic balance of the body. It has healing properties that play a vital role in maintaining acid-alkali ratio, regular heartbeat, and relaxed sleep, along with providing relief from general body fatigue.
Sea salt consists of a similar assortment of 84 minerals and natural healing elements as those found on skin cells and in out blood. In fact Himalayan Sea Salt has a similar mineral composition to our blood plasma. This makes it a perfectly natural ingredient to be used for therapeutic treatments.
Skin Care: The mineral content in Dead Sea salt have long been appreciated for their rejuvenating effects on the skin. Bathing in a Dead Sea salt solution helps in keeping the skin moisturized and revitalized. Dead Sea salt baths also help in improving the skin barrier function and eliminates the roughness and inflammation on the skin’s surface. Studies have shown that the anti-inflammatory effect is attributed to the presence of a high magnesium content in the Dead Sea salts. It also helps in the detoxification of the body by flushing out toxins from the pores, while also aiding in improving blood circulation.
Dead Sea mineral salts contain high levels of magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride, sodium and bromide.
USING BATH SALTS:Hot bath water causes the skin to eliminate instead of absorb, therefore the minerals of the salt cannot be absorbed into the body; instead they are eliminated. So be sure to keep your water only a few degrees above body temperature when using Bath Salts for Detoxifying.
WHY USE BENTONITE CLAY?
Though they have been largely forgotten in recent times, healing clays have been used by cultures throughout history for their nutrients and to help rid the body of toxins. Many animals will also turn to eating dirt and clay to help remove poisons from their systems or during times of illness or distress.
In recent times, healing clays like Bentonite Clay have once again been gaining popularity for internal and external detoxification, and with good reason.
What is Bentonite Clay?
According to Mountain Rose Herbs:
“Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining."
Bentonite Clay is composed of aged volcanic ash. The name comes from the largest known deposit of Bentonite Clay located in Fort Benton, Wyoming.
What Does it do?
Bentonite Clay is a unique clay due to its ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins. Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals.
“Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound.” (Mountain Rose Herbs)
Bentonite clay carries a strong negative charge which bonds to the positive charge in many toxins. When it comes in contact with a toxin, chemical, or heavy metal, the clay will absorb the toxin and release it’s minerals for the body to use. Bentonite also helps get oxygen to cells as it pulls excess hydrogen and allows the cells to replace it with oxygen instead.
Healing clays like Bentonite have a high concentration of minerals including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium.
Even Dr. Weston A Price, in his book “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” reported that several native cultures including those in the Andes, Central Africa and Australia consumed clays in various ways, most often my carrying balls of dried clay in their bags and dissolving a small amount of the clay in water with meals to prevent poisoning from any toxins present.
In a study from Arizona State University, bentonite clay was found to be highly effective at killing MRSA as well as Salmonella, E.Coli and others.What is promising as research continues in this area is that depending on the method in which the clay kills the infection, it may not be possible for the MRSA or other bacteria to develop a resistance to it as it does with antibiotics.
How to use Bentonite Clay:
Bentonite clay can be used both internally and externally. If you choose to take it internally be sure you buy a Pure clay that is safe to take internally. New Life Spa sells such a clay.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not let healing clays like Bentonite come in to contact with anything metal, is this will reduce the effectiveness. If you take it internally, do not take within an hour of food for best results and do not take within 2 hours of medications or supplements as it might reduce their effectiveness. Check with your doctor before using if you have any medical condition
On the Skin:Externally, apply a paste of bentonite clay and water on any skin irritation like blemishes, insect bites, cuts, skin itching, or burns. Leave it on until it dries then another 20-30 minutes for best effect. This is said to be especially calming to skin itching from eczema, psoriasis, chicken pox, etc.
For smooth and healthy skin, make a very thin paste of bentonite and water and apply to my face as a mask. Leave on for 20 minutes then wash off. Do up to 2x per week.
Detox Bath:add 1/8 - 1/4 cup of Bentonite Clay to a bath for a relaxing detox bath that softens skin.
For Internal Cleansing:
Here is an Excellent Detox Bath Recipe:
- 1/4 cups Bath Salts (with essential oils added) – draws out toxins from your body while relieving aches and pains
- 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar – soothes and soften dry, itchy skin while balancing and neutralizing the body’s pH.
- 1/4 cup Bentonite Clay – stimulates the lymphatic system to deeply cleanse the body’s largest breathing organ, the skin.
- 5-10 drops of your favorite Essential Oil – lemon, lavender, oregano, lemongrass, grapefruit, peppermint, ginger, juniper are all known for their detoxifying properties. (add essential oils to Bath Salts before adding to bath water so they do not separate)
Run your bath water. Add your “ingredients” and agitate to dissolve. Soak for 20-40 minutes. Drink a full glass of water when you’re finished.