TAKE A MINERAL BATH, Then, Send this to Someone You Love

19 August 19, 2014

By Calley O’Neill

relaxing-bathBAiNEOLOGY: (n) the study of the therapeutic effects of thermal baths and bathing, especially bathing with mineral salts, such as sulfates, sodium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, chloride, silica, etc.

I used to wonder whether the effectiveness of mineral baths to my muscles and joints was simply the placebo effect plus quiet relaxation (which is to say a lot upfront given that placebos are now considered to be as effective at pharmaceuticals, and relaxation is the key ingredient for a healthy body and mind).

breitenbush waters

Breitenbush Waters

I am hugely attracted to mineral hot springs, thus my love affair with Breitenbush and my retreat there every year.  I am not alone.  People, the world over, have been using mineral rich hot springs for ages.  Hot springs are sacred places, valued by indigenous peoples for their healing qualities.  Mineral hot springs have been used since prehistoric times, especially in Europe and Japan.

Roman soldiers soaked in the rich waters of the Dead Sea and in mineral baths to help heal after battles.  While some feel that the words Salas Per Aquam (healing through water) is the root of the acronym SPA, Wikipedia notes the term is derived from the name of the town of Spa, Belgium, a name dating back to Roman times, when it was called Aquae Spadenae.

Interest in therapeutic healing at mineral springs and their surrounding spas peaked in the early 1800’s until the 1940’s.  Today, there is a resurgence of interest and knowledge of bathing’s benefits.

The solids and gases in mineral waters can help reduce stress, aches and pains, headaches, stiffness and inflammation in the joints, helps with arthritis, heal skin, improve sleep, increase blood circulation, treat hypertension and hardening of the arteries, increase skin hydration, mineralization, and restore energy and balance to the endocrine system.

Due to seriously depleted levels of magnesium in our food and water, most people are dangerously deficient in magnesium…about 95% of all North Americans. According to a doctor/nurse/nutritionist team I know in Canada.  Magnesium is the second most abundant element in our bodies, and it helps regulate over 300 enzymes and reactions in the body.

The skin is our largest organ, and it absorbs, filters, and delivers nutrients to the body.  Submerged in a bath, bodily fluids retreat and the mineral water is drawn into the tissues directly where we need it.  Thus, all the benefits of mineral bathing are available if you have a bath tub at home.

Add Epsom Salts, sea salt, local salts from your area, mineral soaks, essential oils, especially lavender, hot water (we have a $30. Filter that filters out the chlorine which makes the water much healthier) and some wonderful skin herbs you can put in your bath.

Dr Teal LavenderMy bath?  Hot water with Epsom Salts, a mineral scrub, sea salt, and Lavender oil.  Add candlelight and quiet, and, sweet dreams and happy healing!


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Calley O’Neill is a highly respected artist, muralist, visionary designer and social ecologist from the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Journalists have described her art, which spans four decades, as ethno-visionary, dynamic, symbolic and breathtaking. Calley finds her expression through classical glaze painting in mixed media works, public murals, stained glass and mosaic. Her landmark Healing Gardens of Makahikilua master plan for North Hawai’i Community Hospital in Kamuela received national recognition among top landscape architects in the field of therapeutic garden design. A great team player, Calley’s input raises the bar and sparks innovation toward healing the Earth and its inhabitants. Journalists have described her as ‘a way-finder’, ‘a life giving force’ and ‘a force of nature.’ Calley is known for exceptional quality draftsmanship, a crystalline mastery of glaze painting, stimulating diversity, relentless experimentation, and her love of the Earth and humanity. Her magnum opus is Rama, Ambassador for the Endangered Ones, and she continually works on the exhibition paintings in her Waimea studio and her plein air pop-up studio and tree gallery at the Four Seasons Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu, where she is the Artist in Residence. Her paintings are both visual prayers and wake-up calls. Calley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, summa cum laude from Pratt Institute, New York (1974) and a Master’s Degree in Social Ecology from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont (1977).
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