THE UNSUSPECTED YET MIRACULOUS BENEFITS
The sea washes away all the evils of man. (Plato)
The sun and the ocean overcome most diseases, especially those specific to women (Herodotus).
The cure for everything is salt water: the sweat, the tears of the sea. (Isak Dinensen)
The time has come to make a revolution for life and wholeness. (Aldous Huxley)
Sometimes people stumble over the truth, but only the stupid ones immediately get up and move on indifferently. (yoga teacher Gregorian Bivolaru)
Our life becomes a divine life when we are aware that God is constantly embracing us and at the same time is constantly in our inner universe. This double embrace of God, which takes place both from the "outside" of our being and from the "inside" of our being, can be perceived even at the level of the body when we look from another perspective, that of the heart, at how God manifests himself through the elements of Nature. Seawater is one of these wonderful and divinely blessing elements of Nature.
When we allow it to 'hug' and 'kiss' our bodies while we bathe, it generously provides us with many health benefits. These benefits multiply in a mysterious way if we savour it, allowing it to 'embrace' and 'kiss' us from within our own bodies, and this intimate fusion manifests itself at the deepest level of the body, at the cellular level.
The benefits offered by this genuine elixir are many and we will probably discover new advantages of its use in the future. The therapeutic use of seawater, both internally and externally, is obviously up to us, and the benefits of this practice will be considerable as long as we respect the unwritten laws of common sense. If we tailor this therapy to our needs, it will prove beneficial to our body, mind and spirit, allowing our soul to rise freely and unhindered to its essence, the Immortal Self Atman, the spark of God the Father that lies (often hidden) in the spiritual heart of each of us.
Because of the inexpressible value of these revelations as simple (but not simplistic) as they are exceptional, we will now recall a quote from an ancient yogic treatise, Tantra Sara, which states:
"Above those who don't know are those who know or read;
Above those who learn or read are those who memorize;
Above those who memorize are those who understand;
Above those who understand are those who apply;
Above those who apply are those who get results;
Above those who achieve results are those who, by achieving success, acquire paranormal powers;
And above those who acquire paranormal powers are those who attain the Absolute, acquiring the Wisdom by which all things become possible."
Due to its mineral-rich composition, seawater can be considered a true "therapeutic soup". It contains:
Sodium chloride: 55.03%; Sodium: 30.59%; Magnesium sulphate: 7.68%; Magnesium: 3.68%; Calcium: 1.18%; Potassium: 1.11%; Sodium bicarbonate: 0.41%; Bromides: 0.19%; Borates: 0.08%; Strontium: 0.04%; Other elements: 0.01%.
The latter 0.01% elements include, in small quantities, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, argon and some metals such as iron, zinc, silver, lead, nickel, chromium, barium, manganese, arsenic, gold, silver, uranium, radium, etc.
The salinity of seawater varies according to several natural factors, such as, for example, wind and high temperatures that cause evaporation, rainfall that contributes freshwater, melting glaciers and overflow of fresh continental waters or freshwater springs at the bottom of sea basins and oceans, and also the circulation of seawater.
Seawater salinity is highest in tropical regions due to high temperatures, evaporating winds and lack of rainfall. In the equatorial zone, the effect of high temperatures on salinity is counterbalanced by abundant rainfall. Towards the Arctic Circle, salinity decreases further due to melting glaciers. In the southern hemisphere, at the same latitude, salinity is higher than in the northern hemisphere due to the uneven distribution of water and land.
The composition of seawater differs according to several factors and it will be necessary to take these aspects into account when we want to administer it internally or externally.
Seawater and its accompanying elements - mud, seaweed, sand, sea air and sea salt - are precious gifts meant to help us in various ways when used therapeutically. In Nature, they act synergistically, enhancing each other.
Trace elements are minerals that make up less than 0.1% of the mass of the human body and play an extremely important role in its functioning.
Seawater is rich in trace elements and taking it in different ways has beneficial effects on our body. For example:
- sodium plays an important role in the well-being of bones, nervous and muscular system, is a basic constituent of blood plasma, influences blood pressure, has an anticoagulant role, helps (together with potassium) to maintain normal blood pH values, thus helping to maintain the acid-base balance in the body, to metabolise nutrients, to protect the gastric mucosa, etc.;
- Magnesium helps to regulate and strengthen the immune system, helps to reduce the risk of cancer, helps to purify the body through detoxification, participates (together with calcium) in the well-being of the bone system, contributes to the proper functioning of the heart, participates in numerous metabolic processes and absorption of nutrients in the body, helps the proper functioning of the nervous system, combats hypertension, lowers bad cholesterol, helps to regulate the secretion of certain hormones, etc.;
- Potassium plays a very important role in maintaining the health of the heart, brain, kidneys and muscular system, helps regulate blood pressure and metabolism, helps hydrate the body, prevents strokes, kidney disease, stress and anxiety, helps improve memory, learning ability, etc.
- Calcium is a basic element of the bone system, contributes to the proper functioning of the nervous and muscular systems, ensures the proper functioning of the heart and the immune system, promotes metabolic and absorption processes, contributes to the proper functioning of the endocrine system, helping in the synthesis, secretion and regulation of certain hormones, reduces blood pressure, reduces symptoms of PMS, reduces the risk of cardiovascular accidents, helps prevent cancer, acts as an enzyme activator (over 300 enzymes are involved in various metabolic processes), has an anti-allergic and analgesic role, etc.
SOME OF THE WAYS TO USE SEAWATER
Over time, people have discovered many ways to use seawater both internally and externally. External uses include:
- Thalassotherapy, which is performed in nature and at temperatures close to 36°C;
- application in the form of compresses;
- administration in the form of colonic irrigations, in which case isotonised seawater (brought to the osmotic pressure of the body fluids, i.e. to a content of 9 grams of salt per litre) is absorbed within 5 to 15 minutes;
- administration in the form of vaginal douches (in the case of women). In cases of infections at this level, up to 3 douches can be performed daily, in which case seawater can be retained in the vagina for about 15 minutes in the supine position and possibly with the pelvis raised higher than the torso;
- washing the inside of the ear with isotonic seawater (especially useful against earwax blockages, to which people exposed to dust, children and the elderly are particularly prone);
- dripping or spraying isotonic seawater inside the nose to hydrate, purify, regenerate and balance the nasal mucosa.
Internally, it can be:
- administered as intravenous injections or simple subcutaneous injections (seawater must be isotonised);
- drunk as such or diluted.