Seawater & its Richness
 The composition of seawater
 The sea water of Cancale,
 Brittany, France
 The benefits of seawater

The benefits of seawater

Used for healing purposes for thousands of years, few of us realize just how healthy the oceans and seas of the world are. Home to millions of creatures, our sea waters are salt-laden and undrinkable, but full of beneficial salts to cleanse and purify our bodies and clear up many skin conditions.

Seawater is used medically as a form of therapy namely, thalassotherapy. First written about by Hippocrates, "Father of Modern Medicine", the word is derived for the Greek “thalassa” meaning sea and "therapeia" meaning healing.

Thalassotherapy goes back to the Ancient Greeks who soaked in seawater hot tubs and heated seaweed baths, drank and inhaled sea water for health, received sea water massages, had sea green facials and body wraps, and used sea water pools for hydrotherapy and elimination of toxins from the body.

Seawater contains all the 89 known elements present in our bodies, including osmium, gold, vanadium, zinc, and iodine. In thalassotherapy, vital vitamins, mineral salts and trace elements are believed to be absorbed through the skin.

DID YOU KNOW: The chemical makeup of seawater is so similar to that of human blood!!!

Thalassotherapy increases blood circulation that has been reduced by the depletion of vital minerals caused by stress, poor diet, pollution and other environmental factors. Since the chemical makeup of seawater is so similar to that of human blood, immersions in sea water –especially when heated to body temperature- result in the absorption of trace minerals directly by the skin, and eliminations of toxins from it. During immersions, the negative ions move through the epidermis into the dermis, where they are taken up by the capillaries and distributed by the blood to various organs.

Seawater thus acts directly on chronic disorders, helping one overcome ailments, aches and pains. Seawater has many antiseptic properties due to its high salt concentration, and some of the trace elements commonly found in seawater like selenium, magnesium and potassium are known agents to promote healing. The magnesium content of seawater is significant enough to have a nutritional and calming effect on our nerves, which explains why sea bathing is so relaxing. Potassium enters the skin and encourages good urinary flow. Calcium ions are carried to the bones while the potassium ions are directed towards the muscles. Seawater is known to soothe and heal skin conditions such as dermatitis, fungal conditions, psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo, etc.