Warm baths are nourishing for the soul and therapeutic for the body. Take this time for your mental and physical health.
Salt baths are so common that we often forget the fact that "the simpler the better". A soak in warm salt water has long been used for achy joints and muscles as well as periodic detoxification. The addition of essential oils add their own therapeutic value as well as the pleasure of the aroma.
Epsom salts are not the same as regular table salt. Epsom salts are known as magnesium sulfate. Magnesium and sulfur are naturally present in sea water. Modern diets consisting of primarily processed foods are often deficient in these minerals. When you soak in a salt bath containing epsom salts your body will benefit as these minerals are absorbed through your skin.
Magnesium is important for combating stress by producing serotonin, which is a mood-elevating chemical that creates a sense of calm. By lowering the effects of adrenaline, blood pressure comes down, sleep is improved and basically the nerves and muscles function properly.
Sea salt is also different from table salt in that rather than being pure sodium chloride which is refined from mined rock salt(halite), sea salt is evaporated sea water. It still contains natural minerals.
Examples of the minerals in salt are calcium, potassium, bromides and magnesium. Calcium increases circulation and combats fluid retention. Potassium energizes the body, and bromides ease stiff muscles.
Dead sea salts originate from the Dead Sea, which is a salt lake located in the Middle East. The saline and mineral rich marshes have been used since ancient times for therapeutic and beautifying purposes.
Adding these luxurious salts to your bathing experience will help you understand why even the beautiful Cleopatra demanded rights to these mineral rich natural salts.
Being soluble in water, bath salts leave behind no residue therefore help keep your tub clean. Those of us with water softeners are aware that salt is what softens the water so it only makes sense that bath salts create soft water which enables any soap you use to clean better. And last, the addition of salt compared to a bath without salts is warmer for a longer period of time.
Lavender is one of the most well known scents amidst the world of herbs. Thought of as both floral and herbal, its name evolved from the Latin lavare, which means "to wash". Lavender blends very well with many other scents but all by itself it is a favorite for many. Relax in a warm lavender salt bath and chances are any aches, whether of mind or body, will be gone when you emerge from the tub.
A second option for this bath salt is a blend of lavender and vetiver. Vetiver is often called the oil of tranquility and is wonderful for relaxation and a good night's sleep.
The usual recommendation for use is to add 2 - 4 TBS to a warm bath. Essential oils can increase the salt's potency so use your own discretion for the amount. You may only prefer 1 - 2 TBS.
Salt can be drying therefore a touch of vegetable glycerin is added, but you may want to moisturize following your bath. Also be sure to rehydrate by drinking water.
Those with heart conditions should avoid taking salt baths.
If pregnant please check with your physician before using.
Bath Salts come in an 8 oz. plastic jar with a weight of about 12 oz.
Glass bath salt bottles are very pretty but there is the risk of broken glass near bare feet if dropped.
Included is a small plastic scoop which holds up to 1.5 Tbsp.
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