The Health Benefits of Hot Springs and Mineral Baths

A reader in Barbados asked whether she would receive health benefits from soaking in the sulphur springs that can be found on the island. I posed her question to my supplier, Patrick McGean, who replied that ‘bathing’ every day in the island’s sulphur springs would be an excellent way to cleanse the skin of toxins. Other sources provided further support for engaging in this type of activity.

As stated in Stephanie Lee’s Life Hacker article entitled, “The Surprising Health Benefits of Hot Springs and Mineral Baths,” hot springs are typically infused with an assortment of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, iron, chloride, potassium, and zinc. What gives the springs its distinctive and pungent ‘rotten eggs’ odor is hydrogen sulphide.

In her report, the author reinforced Patrick McGean’s statement that the real benefits come from habitual use. Moreover, Ms. Lee stated that after her visit to various Japanese hot springs that she no longer suffered from eczema – a healing that probably took place because her skin came into repeated contact with sulphur.

Soaking in a mineral bath at home is another way to achieve similar health benefits. Susan Katchur offered the following advice in her SelfGrowth report entitled, “MSM Benefits – Homemade Bath Salts.”

The combination of MSM, Dead Sea salts, regular sea salts and goat milk provides the perfect combination of natural ingredients found in homemade bath salts. Dead Sea salts and regular sea salts have, at least, some amount of every mineral on Earth. Soaking in a tub of salty water, with MSM, enables the process of osmosis to facilitate the exchange of toxins from inside the body for needed minerals dissolved in the water. Goat milk offers skin softening properties.

In addition, Dr. Mercola posted this suggestion in his 2016 article entitled, “The Benefits of Sulfur — Why You Need Epsom Salt, Broccoli and MSM.”

Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) is made up of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen. While most of the benefits associated with Epsom salt baths relates to magnesium — such as improved sleep, stress reduction and reduced pain and muscle cramping — its sulfur content is also important for health. Sulfur plays an important role in detoxification, and people who struggle with toxicity will often have a deficiency in the sulfation pathway.


The Surprising Health Benefits of Hot Springs and Mineral Baths
Stephanie Lee | Life Hacker
Jan 18, 2016

MSM Benefits – Homemade Bath Salts
By Susan Katchur | SelfGrowth

The Benefits of Sulfur — Why You Need Epsom Salt, Broccoli and MSM
Dr. Mercola
Nov 28, 2016

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2 Responses to “The Health Benefits of Hot Springs and Mineral Baths”

  1. perseus101 Says:

    The DIY Detox Bath – Have A Home Spa Day And Soak Away Aches, Pains, Harmful Toxins, Pesticides And Heavy Metals
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  2. perseus101 Says:

    Sulfur is unquestionably an essential nutrient. So why doesn’t anyone consider it that?
    By Jack Challem | NaturoDoc

    The medicinal use of sulfur goes back thousands of years to the Trojan Wars, when wounded soldiers healed in the sulfur Baths of Agamemnon. Sulfur baths are still popular for treating joint and other diseases around the world.

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