“I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky; and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.” ~ John Masefield, Spunyarn: Sea Poetry & Prose
It’s so thrilling to finally live just a short drive away from the beach!
The blue shimmering waters, the sound of the waves, the fresh salty air and the warmth of the sun… hardly a day has gone by that I have not spent some time sitting at the beach, breathing it all in.
Nevermind that it’s always too cold to go swimming in the Pacific waters of Northern California!
Just standing next to the ocean alone helps to bolster an overall sense of well-being.
But the benefits are not all just in our heads.
The beauty and health benefits of seawater are numerous. And have been known throughout the ages.
The ancient Egyptians and the greeks, including Hippocrates, observed that seawater could clean and heal wounds.
And the French have even invented a term for seawater therapy, called Thalassotherapy, which advocates the use not only of seawater, but also seaweed, sand and the maritime climate to treat various ails, from rheumatism to depression.
Seawater is filled with minerals and elements that maintain overall health and improve inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, psoriasis and dermatitis.
The two main healers are salt and potassium chloride which help to seal damaged skin. Magnesium in seawater helps skin to retain moisture, so it will feel soft and smooth.
A certain amount of sun at the beach can also help treat skin ailments, by drying the skin and making it flake off and allowing healing to take place.
Sea air also provides respiratory benefits that can improve allergies and asthma. Negative ions, which are especially abundant in environments with moving water, increase our ability to absorb oxygen.
It’s no secret that relaxing at the beach can help to lower stress levels and rejuvenate the mind.
When I stand next to the ocean, I am always reminded that we are part of something vast. And I am humbled.
Because no matter how big we make our problems to be, in the grand scheme of things, our lives are nothing but a small drop in an infinite ocean.
And for me, having regular access to that perspective is incredibly therapeutic.