What are Bath Salts?
Take a handful of tension-relieving and skin-enhancing salt crystals, toss them into your bathwater, swirl them around until they dissolve - and soak up the benefits of bath salts. Scientifically proven to relieve aches and pains and promote a sense of well being, bath salts are a dream come true. At prices anybody can afford, bath salts offer you a spa-like experience at home, mimicking the therapeutic effects of high-end whirlpool tubs, Jacuzzis, and steam showers.
Bath Salt History
The first documented usage of salt water for medicinal purposes dates back to ancient times, when Hippocrates, in 2700 BCE, immersed his patients in salted sea water to heal various ailments. Bath salts continued to be used over the centuries, from the ancient Greeks until modern times, as they are now used for cosmetic, cleansing, and medical purposes.
Bath Salt Benefits
Bath salts provide a host of rich and therapeutic benefits. Here are some of the remarkable effects of extraordinary bath salts:
•- Relieve aching muscles and stiff joints
•- Stimulate circulation
•- Soften callous skin
•- Promote deep relaxation and sound sleep
•- Used to relieve conditions such as: arthritis, rheumatism, lower back pain, eczema, psoriasis, and more
•- Soften water
•- Reduce wrinkling ("pruning") effect of skin immersed in water
•- Aid in exfoliation
•- Aid in detoxification
•- Increase water density and buoyancy; used in flotation therapy
Bath Salt Ingredients
Water-soluble bath salts can be added to any type of bathtub at any time. Some bath salts are 100% natural minerals such as those found in hot springs and natural mineral baths. Fragrances are added to some bath salts, while other bath salt additives include essential oils (such as those found in bath oil beads, another bath time favorite), foaming agents, and bubbling agents. Finally, bath salt colors use color therapy to enhance your experience, and you can even custom order bath salts in the color of your choice.
Common bath salt ingredients include:
•- Dead Sea salts
•- Celtic Sea salts
•- Epsom salts
•- Baking Soda
•- Essential oils
Expressed in more scientific terms, bath salt ingredients include:
Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Bromides, Insolubles, Fragrances.
Bath Salt Properties
Dead Sea Salts
Also known as Masada salts, these 100% natural Dead Sea salts feature the highest concentration of minerals in the world. Imported in pure, unprocessed form directly from the Dead Sea in Israel and famous for their healing and therapeutic properties, Dead Sea salt crystals are used to relieve and relax tensions, aches, and pains, to bring about restful sleep, and to revitalize the mind, body, and spirit.
Also known as magnesium sulfate, Epsom salts are the most researched bath salts and are physician recommended to sooth sore muscles, release toxins, reduce swelling, exfoliate skin, and sedate and regulate the nervous system. Regular soaking in Epsom salts is said to lower blood pressure, enhance mood, and elevate overall energy.
Did you know that simple baking soda can do great things for your skin? Not only does baking soda help fight oil, perspiration, and bodily toxins, but it soothes rashes and sunburns and can offer relief for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Glycerin, Essential Oils, Dried Flowers/Herbs
These bath salt additives enhance your bathing experience by softening the skin, filling the bath area with heavenly fragrances, and creating an ambience of luxury, indulgence, beauty, and romance.
Bath Salt Instructions
For a standard-sized bathtub, add one cup of bath salts to lukewarm bath water and dissolve. A water temperature of approximately 38 degrees Celsius or 100 degrees Fahrenheit is considered ideal for skin absorption of bath salt minerals. For illness prevention and treating serious medical conditions, use a higher concentration (i.e. two cups of bath salts).
Make Your Own Bath Salts
There are many online guides for how to combine ingredients to make your own bath salts. Homemade bath salts should be stored in an airtight metal or glass container to prevent moisture from entering. Label with a list of ingredients, print instructions for use, gift wrap or tie with a bright ribbon, and you have created the perfect bathroom accessory, bath gift, or party favor!
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