Taking a regular bath has a number of health benefits to it. Even just hopping into the warm water can have a wondrous effect. Popularity of the natural hot springs in various locations around the world (The Blue Lagoon in Iceland pops to mind) is not only down to the benefits of the naturally heated water, but the minerals found. So although your own bath may not seem as luxurious, throwing in a handful of these homemade bath salts can give the same benefits you would get from one of the natural springs.
Key ingredients for making bath salts
Epsom salts are hydrated, crystallized magnesium sulphate that absorbs into the body through the skin. It aids in detoxification, hydration and muscle relaxation. This is a particularly helpful ingredient when you’re under the weather with almost any flu or virus as it’ll help to flush the illness out of your system.
Not just a cooking or cleaning ingredient, as a salt based compound that like epsom salts, it aids with some digestive and flu symptoms. But it also helps to balance your ph levels, neutralises odours and is a fantastic skin softener and soother. It’s also particularly beneficial for those with urinary infections. It’s a common ingredient used in bath bombs that fizzes as it reacts to the hot temperatures.
Himalayan pink salts
Are a popular salt based product to add to your homemade bath salts to increase the mineral content that can be absorbed into the body. 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.
The final ingredient to our homemade bath salts is your choice of essential oils. 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:
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 also has natural antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
A popular oil to aid relaxation. This heady, floral scent will alleviate stress and anxiety, aid in restful sleep, boost circulation and breathing.
Much like lavender, chamomile 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 like lemons, oranges and grapefruit
The group of scents are regarded as uplifting and revitalising. It can improve mood, tension and works to improve circulation.
How to make your own bath salts:
- Mix 260g of himalayan pink salts, 130g of epsom salts and 65g of baking soda into a bowl
- Add several drops 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 a container with a lid
- When using in the bath, add one handful to the water as the tub fills.