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1. Posted by saj070 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

HI I live in Niles IL and there is no ocean in the state of Illinois. I am a medical student and try to help my daughter cure exima dry skin. I was told by using Natural Ocean salty water few times helps cure the itch due to thousands on minerals.

Can someone kindly tell me were nearest natural salty water from Niles. IL

Thanks

[ Edit: Edited at Jul 6, 2006 12:26 PM by saj070 ]

2. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 10y

Sajid,

Actually, you can make your own. Find the nearest pet store to you that carries saltwater fish. These stores generally will carry salt products for maintaining the water in salt water aquariums....one such product is Instant Ocean. Just add water and Voila.....instant seawater. Perhaps making up small aliquots for you daughter will do the trick.

It looks like PetsMart on Golf Rd. may have the product you need.

Good luck

3. Posted by saj070 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Thankyou i will try it out..

You said instant ocean what is that or do you have anything in mind i just fill the tub with water and mix what ever product you say to see if it will work or not.

Thanks again

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

I agree with Beerman completely with going to the local pet or tropical fish store for aquarium salt. (And, a search found PetSmart but no tropical fish stores around Niles - there used to be several. :( )

If you can't find what you need there, try looking at Bed, Bath & Beyond and/or Linen & Things for Dead Sea Salts in their soap/beauty products aisle. One article I read pointed out - read the ingredients listing on the package before purchasing. If the first ingredient is sodium chloride, then it's basically table salt with a bit of sea salt mixed in and will not offer much relief. There are several places online that also have Dead Sea Salt available.

Good luck! ;)

5. Posted by saj070 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Thankyou again

so i need to get istant ocean or dead sea salt correct?

Then i will give that a try. before driving 8 hours to east coast.

Thanks again for all your kind help :):):)

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting beerman

Sajid,one such product is Instant Ocean. Just add water and Voila.....instant seawater. Perhaps making up small aliquots for you daughter will do the trick.

I realize you used it as an example of products available, Beerman, but Instant Ocean may not be the most effective one. (Though, I could be completely wrong... It happens... ) Instant Ocean states that it is a "synthetic product" - probably plain old table salt with elementals added. It still may be very helpful, and only by trying it will Sajid know for sure.

PetSmart also carries a product called Doc Wellfish's Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Aquarium Salt. The product description states that it is an all natural sea salt from evaporated sea water. Given it's excema, this would be the product I would try first. If it does not help, I would then try Instant Ocean.

Both will have instructions on the package with the correct proportion of salt to water. (Just like in chemistry class.) I agree with the small aliquots too.

(Sajid - Beerman and I are married so, "Sorry Dear"!) ;)

7. Posted by saj070 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

ok thanks again one last question i was ready to buy dead sea salt online 20lb bag for $47.99 Now you saying Doc Wellfish's Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Aquarium Salt from petsmart.

Can you suggest which do i try for this is deffinately for excema. not for any spa treatment.

Thankyou so much again you guys are great...........

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Before spending $48.00 on Dead Sea Salt, try the Doc Wellfish's Aquarium Salt. You won't have to wait for shipping and will save money at the moment. If there seems to be no improvement after a few treatment baths/scrubs, then try the Dead Sea Salts. Depending on the crystal size of the salt, you can add a small amount to liquid soaps and use it as a granular scrub on the body areas affected by the excema. It works like a "facial scrub", removing the dead skin cells and allowing new healthier growth. Soaking in a bathtub of "sea water" will help decrease the itching also.

Again, good luck Sajid!

9. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

Sea salt is not sodium chloride ???

10. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting Q.

Sea salt is not sodium chloride ???

Yes - sea salt is sodium chloride. Table salt (also sodium chloride) is a "sanitized" molecule containing only sodium and chloride atoms. Sea salt is a complex molecule containing other elementals in it's structure. Table salt is generally iodized - iodine is added to help prevent diseases of the thyroid gland. Kosher salt is generally non-iodized and is blessed by a Rabbi or manufactured under kosher standards.

A synthesized sea salt may not contain all of the elementals found in natural sea salt.