We know bathing is good for us, if you’re looking for an excuse, check out these six reasons why you should hop in the tub. Even just hopping into the warm water can have wondrous benefits. Popularity of the natural hot springs popping up in various locations around the world (Bath Thermae Spa and the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Springs in Iceland pop to mind) is not only down to the benefits of the heated water but the minerals that are absorbed into our bodies through them. So although your own bath may not seem as luxurious (at least it’s private), throwing in a handful of theses homemade bath salts can give the same benefits you would get from one of the natural springs.
Epsom salts is hydrated crystallized magnesium sulphate that absorbs into the body through the skin and aids in detoxification, hydration and muscle relaxation. This is a particularly pertinent ingredient for when you’re under the weather with any stomach or flu virus as it’ll help your system flush the illness out of your system.
Baking soda is a salt based compound that like epsom salts aids some digestive and flu symptoms but also helps to balance your ph levels, neutralises odours and is a fantastic skin softener and soother. Fact: If you’ve seen bath bombs/salts fizz before, this is the ingredient that’ll cause it and is a reaction it has to hot temperatures.
Himalayan pink salts is another great salt based product to add to your homemade bath salts to increase the mineral content which again can be absorbed into the body. The benefits of using this salt over sea is it contains the same quantity of minerals required by the human body (Collective Evolution) so will help in areas we’re lacking and because of its locality in the world, it is less likely to be exposed to the same pollutants that sea salt is. However, much like other salts, it’s benefits are in aiding muscle cramps and discomforts, improved hydration and detoxification.
Essential Oils is the final ingredient to our homemade bath salts. Not only does this make the salts smell better and set the mood for your bath (invigorating vs. relaxing) but depending on the ‘scent’ you select, this will also have varying degrees of health benefits. Here’s some suggestions:
- Peppermint essential oil is beneficial for achy, tired muscles as the cooling effect of the oil will work on the surface levels of the muscles to provide instant relief. The absorption of this oil into the skin will produce these incredible effects for hours later. Ensure you’ve a warm towel to hand when you step out of the bath as the cooling effects will be most predominant here.
- Although you’ll see similar benefits from using peppermint essential oil, if you struggle with congestion, eucalyptus oil is best. It is also has natural antibacterial, antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties.
- Lavender is one of my favourite essential oils for relaxation. This heady, floral scent will alleviate stress and anxiety, aid in restful sleep, aid blood circulation and breathing.
- Chamomile much like lavender, has calming qualities to aid stress and tension. It is regarded as a natural antidepressant and will help with sleeping troubles. It is also has anti inflammatory properties that’ll calm skin and muscle conditions.
- Citrus scents such as lemons and oranges are regarding as uplifting and revitalising. It can improve mood, tension and works to improve circulation.
- Mix 260g of himalayan pink salts, 130g of epsom salts and 65g of baking soda into a bowl
- Add one teaspoon of your chosen essential oils to the mixture and mix well (mix several if you want to mix benefits/scents)- add more to your preference.
- Store in airtight container or container with a lid for storing
- When using in the bath, add one handful.