THE SALT RUB OR SALT GLOW
By Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© April 2019, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
WARNING: The salt rub can occasionally cause healing reactions. One client, who used Celtic Sea Salt for her salt rubs, reported feeling anxious, a headache, restless, trouble sleeping and a burning sensation in the body for a few days. However, afterwards she felt better than she had felt in years. She felt more grounded, more centered and more connected to life.
A superb procedure to speed up development and healing is the salt rub, also sometimes called the salt glow. It helps detoxify the body, is very alkaline, and very calming and grounding.
HOW TO DO A SALT RUB
Either make your own salt paste or buy a salt bar.
Making your own salt paste. THIS IS BEST AND IT WON”T BURN YOUR LEGS.
For one bar or one application, you will need about ¼ pound or 125 grams of unrefined sea salt.
Any brand of sea salt can be used.
Water. Mix the salt with a little water to make a paste. The type of water is not too important.
Flour. Add a little whole wheat flour or white flour to the paste to make it more sticky. Some people prefer to use a little coconut oil instead of flour, and that works, too. Mix it together until you have a sticky paste.
Other recipes for salt bars are on the internet.
Buying a salt bar. There are several brands of these. Here are some cautions:
- A good one is One With Nature Dead Sea Salt Bar.
- Do not buy salt paste from Dead Sea Warehouse. It may cause a rash. Their salt bar is okay, however.
- Don’t buy salt bars made of Himalayan pink salt. They are not as good.
How to do a salt rub. Here are different ways to do a salt rub:
1. After a shower, rub salt all over your body. Leave it on and get dressed, and go about your day. The salt needs to stay on for at least an hour or better, for two hours or longer to have the full effects.
2. At any time during the day, especially if you are feeling anxious or depressed for any reason, take off your clothes and rub on the salt. Leave it on and get dressed and continue your day.
3. Some people enjoy sleeping with the salt rubbed on them. However, it may leave the bed sheets gritty and itchy.
WHY IT WORKS
The salt rub works by a combination of mechanisms:
1. Mineral nutrition. Sea salt provides many trace minerals that can be absorbed through the skin. Putting sodium and potassium on the skin makes calcium more bioavailable and this is why the salt rub may help with anxiety.
2. Detoxification. The salt seems to be able to remove certain toxins from and through the skin. It has a drawing action.
3. Alkalinizing. Salt is very alkaline and helps alkalinize the entire body.
4. Yang. Salt is fairly yang in macrobiotic terms and can help make the body more yang.
5. Plasma nutrition. Salt, with its cubical structure, seems to retain subtle energy, which is released into the body when the salt is applied to the skin.
6. Transmutation. This is more esoteric, but sodium is involved in an important biological transmutation ending with potassium. The salt rub may provide sodium to be transmuted into other elements the body needs.
7. Massage effects. Rubbing salt on the body has a massaging effect on the body. Massage can improve circulation, relaxes the body, feels good and may have other benefits such as relieving muscle tension, and more.
8. Improved circulation. The salt seems to have this effect.
9. Exfoliates and moisturizes. It helps remove rough skin and seems to moisturize the skin.
Clients report that the store-bought salt bar causes some burning of the legs if you leave it on. Making your own salt paste does not cause this problem.
Otherwise, it is a safe and helpful procedure that we think also promotes development.
MORE ABOUT SALT
Salt is a very interesting substance. Salt is so important for health it was used as money in the past. The English word, salary, comes from the word salt. In Spanish, the word for salt is sal. The Bible uses the phrase “You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13), to describe worthwhile people.
Salt is mostly a combination of two somewhat toxic elements – sodium and chlorine. However, it is not toxic when they are combined correctly.
Sea salt also contains other trace minerals that are very necessary for health. Avoiding salt or substituting potassium salts for unrefined sea salt is a bad idea, in our view.
Table salt. While unrefined sea salt is a very good food, refined table salt is a horrible junk food. Its trace minerals have been stripped away and often aluminum, a toxic metal, is added to it.