Have you ever wondered why people bath with bath salts? Is it because it's a fad thing, or a smell good thing, or perhaps there is something more to it? Let me introduce to you a few more reasons why bath salts are something to take notice of. First, lets "clear the water" so to speak. It very important (as always) that you know the quality of product you are buying.Top Three Things To Look For:
- That it is sea salt, not just sodium chloride (which is a 1:1 ratio for sodium and chloride).
- That essential oils are used for the aroma therapy qualities that they carry.
- In my opinion, no unnatural dyes or colors. These can change the pH of our more sensitive areas when sitting and soaking in a bath.
Natural salts contains many micro-nutrients and minerals that are beneficial for your body and your skin. While the warm water of any bath opens your pores and naturally relaxes you, there is much more happening in that bath with salt added to it. Natural salts work to draw out impurities, pollutions, dirt and oil from the skins surface and pores, while helping release toxins from the blood stream and replenishing the mineral balance with in. It increases moisture retention and promotes cellular regeneration. Saline water stimulates your circulatory system, meaning it effects your heart, blood, blood cells, plasma, arteries, blood vessels, veins, and capillaries. Natural salt combine with warm water helps keep your skin smooth, soft and supple, while improving common irritations like bug bites, rashes, as well as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Let's delve just a little further in to see what some of the common minerals found in salt can do for your skin and bodies over all health.Magnesium:
Commonly found in natural salt, Magnesium helps us combat day to day stress and fatigue. It helps the nervous system respond less to "fight or flight" but in patterns that are more conducive to the given situation. Potassium:
The mineral helps to balance moisture levels with in the skin. It helps give the skin cells a plump and youthful look. Potassium is needed after exercises and is used as a total body energizer.Bromide:
This is the mineral that soothes tired, sore muscles and relieves aches and pains from the joints. It helps with the healing time between exercise and physical exertion and reduces internal inflammation. This is the muscle relaxer, so to speak, of the mineral make up of salt.Sodium:
And of course there is sodium. Sodium helps the body balance it's lymphatic systems fluid regulation. The lymph system is highly responsible for our bodies immune function and white blood cell transportation, there for sodium is actually an integral part of the health of our over all immune system support team.
So there you have it! A break down of the most common minerals found in sea and natural salts. It is no wonder why so many of us love using them, even if we didn’t know why! Below you can find a simple DIY recipe for bath salts.
BATH SALT RECIPE:
- Get a bowl and pour about 1/4 of a cup of your desired salt type
- Add 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend (some of my favorites are lavender, geranium, or an amber blend).
- Optional: Add oat meal or dried flower petals, to your mixture. I recommend, getting cheese cloth or fillable tea bags if you add other things. It makes clean up so much easier!