There is really nothing like lying back in a steamy bath, infused with bath salts. What great ideas will come to you? What problems will suddenly be resolved with absolute clarity? Or how about letting your mind go completely and utterly and gloriously blank.
Those delightful crystal-like bath salts are made from crushing up water-soluble minerals.
Bath salts have been added to water and used for bathing for thousands of years, the earliest use recorded in China. The Greek physician, Hippocrates, was said to have encouraged the use of saltwater to promote healing.
Bath salts have since developed into a wide variety of remedies such as reducing inflammation, stress relief, detoxifying skin and soothing infections.
Which type of bath salts are for you?
Pink Himalayan salts are extremely popular. They are a great detoxifier and work wonders for stress. Himalayan salts are even said to counteract the electromagnetic energy we absorb from modern-day gadgets.
The actual act of bathing itself will raise your body temperature a little, before falling back to normal. This helps you get a good night’s sleep.
Magnesium salts are made from minerals formed way back in the seas and lakes in the Jurassic period. Magnesium can help with reducing inflammation from aching muscles.
Dead seas salts are a mixture of sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium, naturally helping to heal and hydrate skin. This is often used by sufferers of eczema, acne or psoriasis.
Epsom salts (also known as magnesium sulphate), is a compound made up of oxygen, magnesium and sulphur. It was originally discovered in Epsom - hence its name.
Epsom salts go back hundreds of years, treating constipation, insomnia, and fibromyalgia - although the jury is out as to whether there is any evidence supporting such treatments.
However, people do benefit from the magnesium contained in Epsom salt - a mineral many people lack. When dissolved in water, Epsom salts release magnesium and sulphate ions. These are absorbed through the skin and into your body.
Reported Epsom Salts benefits
Aids exercise recovery
Reduces swelling and pain
Just dissolve them in a warm bath!
How much bath salts to use in a normal-sized bath?
Fill your tub with plenty of warm water. Add 250-500g of bath salts. Repeat two to three times a week for maximum results.
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