WELL BEING: Bath Salts

4 Mar

In praise of the “soak“, let’s talk bathtub remedies.

Specialty bath stores thrive because of one thing, a good old-fashioned soak never goes out of style.

Too cold from a day outside?  Take a warm soothing bath to balance your temperature and soothe your aching bones.

Too hot from a long strenuous work-out?  Take a surprisingly uplifting ice bath to rehab those muscles and speed recovery.

Want to treat someone to a luxurious at-home spa day?  Just give them a lovely bath salts set and they will thank you for your great thoughtfulness.

Why, even men like a nice herbal bath once in a blue moon!  But we won’t tell.

Bath Salts are a wonderful addition to any bath.  They generally fall into 2 categories:  sea salts and Epsom salt.

The benefits of bath salts are far-reaching.  Beyond simply being relaxing for mind-body wellness, research reveals well founded health rewards including pain relief and psychological consonance.

OVERALL BENEFITS OF SALT BATHS

  • increased peace of mind
  • physical and mental flexibility
  • stability and self-control
  • self-confidence
  • introspective thinking
  • mind-body rejuvenation
  • increased energy level
  • improved response to stress

BENEFITS SPECIFIC TO SEA SALT BATHS

  • skin hydration
  • skin tone and texture
  • skin cell growth
  • relieves Rheumatic disorders and arthritis
  • balances the central nervous system and peripheral nerve diseases
  • helpful for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • gently healing to post-operative patients

There are a number of natural raw salts to choose from including Grey Salt, basic Sea Salt, Himalayan Pink Sea Salt and Dead Sea Salt.  Dead Sea Salts are specifically mineral rich, containing high amounts of calcium.

BENEFITS SPECIFIC TO EPSOM SALT BATHS

  • prevents artery hardening
  • improves the absorption of nutrients
  • flushes toxins from the body
  • eases migraine headaches
  • soothes muscle aches and spasms
  • restores Magnesium levels
  • lowers elevated blood pressure

Epsom Salt is pure Magnesium, so a soak in this salt will certainly help relieve any deficiency.  Magnesium plays a tremendous role in our over-all health and well being, regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, improving nerve and muscle function, easing our digestive process and reducing inflammation.

When shopping for bath salts, be sure to check the ingredients.  The last thing you want is a bunch of unpronounceable chemicals swirling around your healing bath.  Look for the type of salt, essential oils, and natural herbs.

Better yet, make your own!

Creating your very own bath salts allows you to mix and match scents and textures for your ideal bath experience.

Here are a couple of recipe’s.  Feel free to play with ingredients to make your ultimate soak, or whip some up in a lovely colored glass jar as a sweet gift for a friend.

HIS CLEANSE & RESTORE

  • 2 cups Epsom Salts
  • 1 cup Dead Sea Salt
  • 1/2 cup whole coriander seeds
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) Grapeseed oil
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) Avocado oil

HER CLEANSE & RESTORE

  • 2 cups Epsom Salts
  • 1 cup Himalayan Rose Sea Salt
  • 1/2 cup dried tea rose petals
  • 1 T. Vitamin E
  • 3/4 cup Almond oil

Blend each mix together until smooth, breaking up any clumps and incorporating all the ingredients.  1/2 cup per bath is recommended.

A bath drain strainer will help catch the herbs at the end of your bath.  Also, make sure to have a bath mat down so as not to slip on the oils when exiting the bathtub.  Do not eat.  Be sure to put in a safe place away from the kids.

And of course, finish off the presentation by placing the fresh bath salts in the perfect His & Hers containers.

Happy soaking!

2 Responses to “WELL BEING: Bath Salts”

  1. Brianna March 8, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    Yessss…you’ve inspired me to have a warm bath with salts at the earliest opportunity.

    Like

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