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The setting was Chicago in the 1940s. Dr. Murray was puzzling over a mystery in American health. In his medical practice, Dr. Murray saw that although the American life span had grown, degenerative diseases such as cancer and chronic illnesses were on the rise. He wrote, "Americans hold the dubious distinction of being among the sickest of populations in modern society."
Dr. Murray noticed that sea animals had few if any of these diseases. For example, fresh water lake trout regularly developed liver cancer at five years old, but sea trout did not.
Dr. Murray knew that sea water held an abundant supply of balanced nutrients best for sustaining a healthy life, such as: sodium, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and trace amounts of many other minerals. Contrary to this, the soils of farms today are becoming increasing depleted of minerals through bad agriculture processes. Not to mention the natural rainwater run-off drawing nutrients and soils to rivers and running out to sea.
A more recent study revealed that the nutrients in food that were being impaired by soil depletion include protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin, and ascorbic acid, according to a study published in 2004 by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin. The study relied on data of about 43 garden crops spanning 5 decades (1950-1999). Other nutrients that could be compromised by soil depletion, but weren't part of the study, include magnesium, zinc, vitamin B6, and vitamin E.
Dr. Murray theorized that by adding balanced nutrients back to the soil, plants would absorb these nutrients. These plants would become our food, providing us with the elements necessary to throw off disease. Murray, besides being a physician, was also a biochemist and research scientist. So he purchased a farm and began applying sea water, and later sea salt fertilizer, directly to the soil.
His results were impressive from the start.
In growing foods properly fertilized with sea salt fertilizers, Dr. Murray found these beneficial results:
Wheat fertilized with 4/10 of a gallon per acre saw this nutritional result:
The brand name of sea salt fertilizer used in this case was Ocean Trace.
Dr. Murray next asked: Would this resulting improvement in the food be passed on to improved health for animals? Again, his ideas were proven by his research:
Here are 9 different ways to apply sea salt fertilizers.
Always water outdoor plants after applying sea salt to dilute sodium chloride. Sodium chloride is a natural nutrient that plants need, but too much can cause slowed growth and yellowed foliage.
Seaweed fertilizers and fish emulsion have many good nutrients in them also. But with these two fertilizers, the nutrients have to be changed by micro-organisms first before the plant can use them. Sea minerals are directly available.
Sodium and chloride are in a natural balance in sea minerals. But when part of the sodium chloride is removed, it allows for a higher application rate of the fertilizer than otherwise. This is especially useful for farmers with high salt soils.
Sea salts are an economical, wide-range fertilizer that will give you excellent results. My husband loves to talk with people about gardening. He always tells them about sea salt fertilizers, because they make the food taste so much better and create such healthy plants.
Question: For roses and hydrangea is planting in sea salt good?
Answer: If instructions are followed as in the article, yes sea salt would be good for roses and hydrangea.
© 2019 Doneta Wrate
Doneta Wrate (author) from Michigan on April 26, 2019:
Seaweed is great as a fertilizer in many ways, but it is low in nitrogen. Many people supplement it with fish fertilizers.
Ann Carr from SW England on April 26, 2019:
Yes, seaweed is quite abundant on our beach. Although muddy, I think the sea is clean (it is also a river estuary at the south end). I'll do further research before I try that but it sounds a better solution for me.
Thank you for that - most helpful, Doneta!
Ann Carr from SW England on April 26, 2019:
Fascinating. I enjoy gardening and having moved house I had to totally re-shape my garden and am now in a position to be able to grow more plants and vegetables.
I also live close to the beach so I'll try what you suggest. My concern is that salt could actually be detrimental to some plants - the winds here are strong (as often happens close to the sea) and carry salt with them, the result being that some plants are 'burnt' by the stronger breezes. However, I'll read this again and try to follow your advice.
Informative and interesting! Thank you.
Doneta Wrate (author) from Michigan on April 15, 2019:
Thank you for your comments
Dr Africa L Rainey from Arlington Heights, IL on April 15, 2019:
Doneta Wrate (author) from Michigan on April 14, 2019:
Thank you for your comment. That is an interesting bit of information.
Liz Westwood from UK on April 14, 2019:
This is an interesting article packed with a lot of useful information and advice. As I read your introduction, it reminded me of how I have often noticed that after swimming in the sea, wounds always heal quicker.