Hot springs are not only beatific and relaxing, they have a lot of benefits to our health! Our skin absorbs the many minerals that naturally occur in the springs through a process of transdermal absorption.
Our skin is permeable and porous and absorbs a lot of what’s in our environment.
Don’t worry, if you can get to a hot spring too, I have a recipe at the bottom to make your own hot spring at home!
Helps Improve Skin Issues
Hot springs are filled with numerous minerals that are beneficial to the skin. On of which is silica! Silica is known as the “beauty mineral”, it helps with skin elasticity, nail growth and hair health (and many other benefits)
Hot springs also have a lot of Sulphur in them. Although Sulphur can be a bit stinky, it’s extremely beneficial to our skin! Sulphur has been shown to treat eczema, psoriasis, acne and many other skin conditions.
Hot springs also help out skin and body to naturally detox.
Significantly Improves Blood Circulation
When he submerge our bodies into hot water it naturally increases our blood flow, which causes our blood vessels to dialate.
Most hot springs contain calcium and sodium which are both minerals that increase our blood flow as well!
Reduces Stress and Anxiety
Soaking allows a reduction in muscle tension. Relaxing our muscles can also help reduce our stress levels. It is also just a soothing process that allows us to slow down and relax.
When we soak in a hot spring (of a home made one at home) our body temperature rises and we get out, it cools. This helps our bodies and brain to naturally relax and lead to a good nights sleep. I know that I ALWAYS sleep like a Rock after a nice long hike and soak in the woods.
Heat can reduce our bodies perception of pain by blocking pain receptors
Being buoyant in hot water can help take the pressure off of our joints and tendons and can significantly help with arthritis. Immersion in the water produces hydrostatic pressure, which reduces joint inflammation and increases mobility. Soaking in hot springs has shown to help relieve arthritis symptoms on 20% of people.
DIY Hot Spring Bath Home
If you don’t live near any know hot springs or don’t have the time, you can still reap the benefits by adding some awesome minerals to your bath at home.
Silica: 1-2 spoon fulls
Essential for health, inside and out.
•90% of the earths crust is made of silica
•Silica essentially is the glue of our bodies, it helps hold our bones and other parts together by stimulating new bone and cartilage growth.
You can also take silica internally with these capsules!
Magnesium Flakes: about 2 spoonfuls
•Helps our bodies absorb calcium better, which improves our bone strength
•Has been shown to improve respiratory issues by relaxing muscles in the airway.helps fight depression and improve sleep.
•It is essential for 300+ biochemical reactions in our bodies and is essential for proper function of muscles, nerves, healthy heart and blood sugar levels.
Sodium: 1 cup of epsom salt
- plays a crucial role in maintaining positive and negative ions in the body
- Maintains blood pressure levels
- Viral component of nerves, blood and muscles
- Assists in controlling mental apathy
Essential oils (optional): about 20 drops
I usually add some form of Citrus to my baths. Lemongrass essential oil is my favorite mixed with eucalyptus (immune booster)! If it’s right before bed, I’ll do lavender and jasmine mixed.