Wellness: Gifts of the Sea, by Victoria Anisman-Reiner

Whether you’re looking for a hot summer vacation spot or a peaceful retreat, the sea holds an irresistible allure. What is it about the ocean that makes it so nourishing and healing to body and soul?

In virtually every traditional culture in the world, the sea is magical, imbued with the echoes of mysticism and mythology. There are few places on Earth more healing to the mind and soul than the sea. The ocean is also rich in elements that nourish the human body—ingredients that explain, in part, its healing power.

Salt Water as Healer

More than 95% of the planet’s water is salty. These salts are a combination of natural minerals—mostly sodium and chloride, like table salt, but with hundreds of other chemicals thrown in as well.

Science suggests that the majority of the sea’s salt comes from the breakdown of igneous rock in the Earth’s crust and the eruptions of volcanoes on the ocean floor. That combines with dissolved solids from the world’s mountains, sediment from rivers and streams, and decayed biological matter from the fish and other organisms that live in the sea.

Depending on your perspective, this global recipe sounds either disgusting or inspiring. Either way, the ocean’s salts and minerals are exactly what makes it so rejuvenating to swimmers. Sea water is rich in elements that provide:

  • Purification and nutrition for the skin (effective against acne, rashes, allergies, eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions)
  • Relief for arthritis and other types of pain
  • Healing for infections, inflammation, and tooth decay
  • A boost to the immune system
  • Stress reduction

Benefits of Negative Ions

The natural movement and salinity of sea water has another side benefit for those who live (or vacation) near the ocean: it creates airborne negative ions that are good for your health.

Ions are naturally charged particles, and calling them “positive” or “negative” refers to their electromagnetic charge. Positive ions are given off by computers and other electrical appliances, and they’re generally considered bad for human health, increasing inflammation and stress. On the other hand, the negative ions produced by plants, moving bodies of water, and natural salts are healthful.

Negative ions are believed to provide a soothing effect and to improve the body’s natural acid-alkali balance, supporting the immune system and natural relaxation—and these ions are one more reason the sea is so nourishing.

Living Sea Plants and Phytoplankton

The plants and creatures at the low end of the ocean’s food chain have a lot to offer, as well. Seaweeds are rich in the same minerals as sea water, including iodine, which is vital for thyroid health. Kelp and other seaweeds can be used as a daily food supplement to boost energy and metabolism, as well as combat a long list of other thyroid-related symptoms such as dry skin, poor circulation, fatigue, headaches, and low immunity.

Even lower on the food chain than kelp are tiny organisms called marine phytoplankton. They’re responsible for about half of the photosynthesis on planet Earth, producing more oxygen than the planet’s trees. It turns out there’s a lot to be thankful for when it comes to the ocean—starting with the healing power of salt water and ending with its role in sustaining all of life on Earth.

Victoria Anisman-Reiner is a freelance writer who specializes in copywriting for holistic health professionals. With a background in natural health that began in early childhood, she has trained in Energy Medicine, EFT, dowsing, and is a certified clinical aromatherapist and a certified practitioner of EDxTM energy psychology. Today, Victoria helps therapists and wellness practitioners communicate the heart and soul of their work and promote their services. Her website is TheNaturalWriter.com.