“The cure for everything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.”
I trust you’ve seen this quote by Isak Dinesen superimposed over beautiful images of the ocean across the internet. And I trust the words resonate with you, the same way they do with the endless number of souls who share the message across social media every single day.
You see, that small collective of words holds a spell over me and is the reason I live by the ocean, every morning photographing my undying love for the body of water. Even catching a faint glimpse of the indigo horizon through parting trees is enough to fire up my instinctual senses and cause every cell within my body to yearn for a sweet submerge. If I am away from the water for even a few days, I feel my energy levels deplete and my mood drop – which is why my personal remedy to most ailments in life is literally the ocean.
Dating back to the age of ancient Greeks, Hippocrates placed great faith in the healing powers of the ocean and the marine environment, penning the term Thalassotherapy coming from the Greek “thalassa,” meaning sea, and “therapia,” meaning to heal.
Beyond the immediate calming and tranquilizing effect sea water has once it washes over the skin, it can also help increase your immune system function, improve circulation, and naturally boost the skin’s hydration levels.
This is because the ocean is a rich and boundless reservoir of health. Its bountiful compounds contain vital trace elements, mineral salts, vitamins, amino acids, and tiny living microorganisms which secrete hormonal substances with biological balancing effects that are easily absorbed by our bodies during a swim.
But fear not if you can’t be near the sea, because the next best thing is a sea salt bath at home accompanied by candles and a soundscape of ocean recordings. Let your mind to take you there, soaking the day away as you dance across the surface like a piece of drift wood, blissfully ebbing and flowing with the oceans pulsating and massaging waves.