"The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea."
- Isak Dinesen (1885-1962)
This week, The Weekly Beet reports from the white, sandy beaches of Bermuda. Mary Kent goes swimming, revealing why we all can heal with a little ocean therapy during the winter months.
With an estimated 80% of all life on Earth (that's about 1 million plant and animals species and about 9 million still undiscovered) found under the ocean's surface, it's no wonder science is now looking to salty waters in hopes of finding a cure! Since Mother Nature provides us with a playground of remedies, the ocean is very well on its way to becoming a pharmaceutical company's natural competition. In a recent study, a pretty promising tumor fighter has been found in the microbe of a sea squirt, as well as in sea sponges. The ancients knew of the incredible healing powers of salt water, as well as its marine life, but as usual it seems as if modern medicine is just recently catching on. For centuries, the Chinese have been stirring up shark fin soup and popping its cartilage to heal cancer and the Japanese have been taking coral calcium to promote health and longevity. Even Americans whip up their own ocean water in the kitchen when gargling away a sore throat. But, of all the healing capabilities that the ocean gives us, the most powerful lies in the unspoken feelings of peace, tranquility, freedom, and total restoration. To sit beside, to look at, to feel, and to listen to the sea all day can be an incredible way to forget all worries and stress, leaving us nothing but rejuvenated. With evidence like that, it's impossible to deny the powerful, yet mysterious healing forces that lie beneath the sea!
It's time to leave behind below freezing, February chill factors and venture away for a bit of Ocean Therapy! There really is something about salt water that can make anyone feel better, especially in times when Seasonal Affective Disorder kicks in. Here's why Mary Kent couldn't get enough Ocean Therapy!
- Penetrates through the skin, absorbing essential minerals.
- Induces relaxation.
- Alleviates muscle tension.
- Helps with depression.
- Strengthens bones and nails.
- Reduces swelling.
- Heals, rejuvenates, and revitalizes energy levels.
- Helps insomnia.
- Eases aches, back pains, and arthritis
- Relieves aches and pains.
- Heals cuts, sores, wounds, and burns.
- Reduces psoriasis, eczema, rashes, and other
Spanning from the Indian Ocean to the Dead Sea, salt water covers approximately 71% of the Earth's surface. However, some of us do live in landlocked cities! If you can't get to the ocean you can create the same sea sensation in your home. Just sprinkle sea salt in the bath for instant mineral gratification!
Give a big thanks to the ocean for all its magnificence! Click here to learn 5 things you can do. Don't miss a Beet. Stay tuned for next week.
PS. Mary Kent is wearing bathing suit by Nina Li.
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