By Annemarie L. Wortman – Co-Founder The|Tides Wellness
We literally grew up along the Dutch coast so we know how revitalizing it feels to swim in the ocean, immerse in its beauty and feel totally connected to nature. The calming sound of the waves relaxes our parasympathetic nervous system which helps to relax the mind, not to speak of the abundance of trace minerals that the oceans contains that are so vital to our bodies, such as zinc, copper, magnesium and selenium and others. These essential nutrients can be absorbed through the skin on a transdermal level.
Because not all of us have the possibility to jump into the ocean every day we sourced the highest-grade available sea minerals and added them to our range of self-care bathing formulas so that you can dive into the benefits of the sea and have a transformative bathing experience in the sanctuary of your own bathroom.
Besides our pure magnesium and organic seaweed (which is also a mineral powerhouse), we also use raw grey sea salt in our Bath Soak formulas. As we take no short-cuts with our ingredients we researched many different salts and choose grey sea salt. Not only is this salt sustainably farmed but also hand-harvested using a traditional ancient 2000 years old method. This tradition of craftsmanship has been passed down from generation to generation of salt marsh workers and is still used today.
How does it work? Mineral-rich ocean water is channeled through an ingenious channel system to shallow clay swamps acting as a natural purification method, as microbes in the clay neutralize impurities in the seawater. Tests show that the salt is 100 % pollution free due to this time-honored natural purification system. After a journey of 2 weeks in the channels, the salt is collected at one of the many ancient sea beds where it evaporates by the sun, leaving only the salt crystals with over 80 vital trace minerals and electrolytes. As the salt is not washed but sun dried, the refined mineral balance remains completely intact. Many other sea salts are bleached, chemically derived and oven dried which means that many of their vital bioavailable nutrients get lost.
Bathing in raw grey sea salt helps to detoxify, condition and heal the skin; it increases circulation, draws out impurities, cleanses the skin pores, removes dead skin cells, leaving the skin soft and thoroughly cleansed. It’s amazing mineral content helps to restore the protective skin barrier of the skin, helps to enhance hydration and greatly aides in reducing inflammation. That’s why people with inflammatory skin conditions are often advised to swim in the sea as part of their treatment.
Our sea salt is also a great source of electrolytes, which plays an important role in the nervous system. They are vital for our brain, heart and muscle health. When we work-out and sweat we lose electrolytes in high concentrations and the depletion of minerals results often in muscle cramps, muscle fatigue and soreness. That’s why our After Class | Post Workout Bath Soak is one of our best-selling products. It truly soothes a tired, overstretched, and overworked body after any workout, high demanding sport or other physical exertion. It relieves muscle tension, fatigue, soreness and joint stiffness and shortens athletic recovery time.
There a quite a few differences in the bath salt formulas on the market so we advise you to always decode the label on your soak. Many bath salts are chemically processed salts rather than unrefined natural salts from the ocean, lakes or naturally occurring springs. Epsom salt for example – which is not a salt but magnesium sulphate – can be sourced naturally but are often created from synthetic materials for mass production. Even the ‘unrefined natural salt’ versions can have been exposed to man-made pollutants, heavy metals and sometimes even contain micro-plastics.
Our Bath Soak formulas contain carefully sourced ingredients known for their purifying, re-mineralizing strengthening and revitalizing properties like organic seaweed, raw grey sea salt, clay, magnesium chloride (!), and other healing ingredients. Important to mention is that magnesium chloride is the same molecule that is present in seawater and in our bodies and absorbed much better by the body than magnesium sulphate in Epsom salts and other bathing formulas. All of The|Tides Wellness bathing ingredients are clean, sustainably sourced and of the highest quality so that you can sweat and recover in total purity.
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