Whether you want to paddle or swim, the sea offers a cleansing and curative promise for your soul…her tides and shifting moods invite us to consider our own ebb & flow, of energy, of joy…she rages and crashes on the shore, but soon her rising tide laps gently to whisper over the sand and stones…her moods are transient, just as ours…her ebb & flow is echoed in our own rhythm of energy and the need to rest…I urge you, find your way into the waves, whether it is to dip your toes or swim with the tide…
If you can’t get to the sea, you might also want to consider crying…a good old sob brings us into our parasympathetic nervous system – research has shown that real tears contain higher levels of stress hormones and manganese (which helps to regulate mood), as opposed to the ones that lubricate the eye or come in response to irritation. In Japan, rui-katsu (tear-seeking) groups have emerged; participants watch tear-jerkers to prompt crying in a supportive community. If you don’t fancy getting snotty nosed and blotchy faced with strangers, grab a few friends and choose your favourite weepy movie, stock up on indulgent balm tissues and let yourselves ride the flood of tears. Go on, grab the tissues and let your own salt-water cure flow…
You can also try this salt-water cure, the miraculous Sole (pronounced solay)…Sole is a highly-saturated salt water preparation, and you drink a tiny amount in a glass of water each day to help normalise the body’s mineralisation, stabilise pH and improve hydration by up to 10% (*please do not use Sole without consulting your health care provider if you have any issues with your blood pressure or any issues with sodium deficiency or sensitivity).
If you want to try Sole, this is how you make it…
What you need:
- a glass jar with a lid (no metal)
- spring water/mineral water
- Himalayan rock salt (I prefer to use the big rock crystals but lots of options are available in health food stores and online)
Basically, you add a chunk of salt and fill the jar with water, then you wait for it to dissolve. You know when the water is super-saturated with the salt because eventually, there will be some that has not dissolved resting in the bottom of the jar – the water will take on an almost oily look when you look through it, it swirls and glimmers beautifully. It is by no means essential, but I like to prepare my Sole and charge it under the full moon each month – with intention, you can then treat it as blessed water for rituals, add it to your bath for relaxation and clarity and make it a part of your rewilding…
Once you have the super-saturated solution, you can begin to use it. The solution is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so it will never spoil, you can just continue to add water & salt as needed – always ensure you can see a few undissolved crystals of salt as this confirms the super-saturation of the water. Using a wooden or plastic spoon (never metal), add 2-3tsp to a glass of water (preferably filtered or mineral/spring water) and drink on an empty stomach in the morning.
So what are the benefits? Rock salt contains inonised minerals (more than 90!) that also naturally occur in our blood. We’ve been told that salt is bad for us, and the highly refined white table salt we so often encounter is not especially beneficial since it contains only 2 minerals. We need salt in our diet to remain healthy, and with the added benefit of so many minerals, Sole has a multitude of health perks and these are now being confirmed by research:
- stabilises irregular heartbeats
- natural antihistamine (I can testify to this, I have dermatographia, which I manage mostly through yoga, but is definitely less evident when I drink Sole daily during periods of stress)
- helps dissolve and eliminate sediments which lead to stones and various forms of rheumatism like arthritis and kidney and gall bladder stones
- balances the alkalinity/acidity [pH] of the body
- normalises blood pressure
- clears up congestion of the sinuses – you can use a Sole solution for Neti too
- reduces and prevents muscle cramps.
- alleviates skin diseases by cleaning from inside out
- aids clearance of mucous plugs and sticky phlegm from the lungs, particularly in asthma and cystic fibrosis
- reduces excess acidity from the cells in the body, particularly the brain cells
- balances blood sugar levels
- vital for the generation of hydroelectric energy in your body’s cells
- promotes nerve cell function for communication and information processing
- supports absorption of nutrients in the intestinal tract
- salt and minerals are vital for optimum bone density. A shortage of minerals and water in the body can contribute to osteoporosis.
- a few drops of Sole on your tongue can help stop persistent dry coughs
Advocates of Sole report positive changes in respiratory, circulatory, organ, connective tissue, and nervous system functions. They also report improved sleep quality, increased energy & concentration levels, and have seen easier weight loss, enhanced consciousness, and noticeable hair and nail growth.
Himalayan Crystal Salt – you can find out more and purchase the salt online here if there are no stockists in your area
Water & Salt: The Essence of Life – this book discusses the results of a study at the University of Graz, Austria