Bathing is a wonderfully relaxing experience with a multitude of health benefits from treating skin conditions to promoting strong mental health.
The most common bath salts are Epsom Salt and Dead Sea Salt. Using Epsom Salt in your bath has the widest range of health benefits, and is an effective way to enhance your health and wellbeing naturally.
A Certain Type of Bath Salts: What is Epsom Salt?
Epsom Salt is magnesium sulfate which can be absorbed through the skin as a magnesium supplement. It comes in three grades: pharmaceutical grade, FCC food grade and technical grade.
For bathing, food or pharmaceutical grade Epsom Salt is recommended.
Benefits of Bathing in Epsom Salt
Adding just 2 cups of Epsom Salt to a warm bath can aid with a wide variety of issues caused by an active lifestyle to promote overall wellness and comfort. For example it can:
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Relieve muscle spasms
- Alleviate joint pain
- Allievate headaches and migraines
- Soothe dry skin
- Improve circulation
- Relieve constipation
- Body detox
- Reduce magnesium deficiency
Adding Essential Oils to Bath Salts
Epsom Salts are effective when used on their own, however, other benefits can be included when combined with aromatherapy and essential oils.
- Hemp seed oil has calming properties for a deeply relaxing bath that’s great for treating stress and anxiety. It can be used to treat some skin conditions and has been known to reduce inflammation.
- Eucalyptus oil enhances circulation to promote pain relief. It is also excellent for treating respiratory ailments and chest infections, and may ease the effects of asthma.
- Frankincense oil promotes a healthy digestive system, relieves pain caused by arthritis and may fight some cancers.
Other essential oils such as lavender or chamomile oil can induce better sleep quality, and lemon essential oil may help to promote feelings of happiness and optimism.
Adding a touch of olive oil to your Epsom Salt bath softens the skin for a smoother, more supple body.
Using Bath Salts Correctly
Run a warm bath that is hot, but not scorching. To get the full benefit of the bath salts, pour 2 to 4 cups of Epsom Salt, equivalent to 200g, under a flowing tap. Try to dissolve the salts as the water is running, which should create a silky texture in your bath water.
Soak for a minimum of 20 minutes, or until you feel fully relaxed, which may be up to 60 minutes.
After your bath, dry yourself thoroughly and cover your skin with light and long-sleeved clothing to keep the heat against your skin. This assists to draw the toxins out of your body through your skin after your bath.
Drink plenty of fresh, cool water, and relax in a stress free environment for at least 30 minutes after your bath as part of a holistic mental wellness routine.
It is safe to bath in Epsom Salt every day, and a warm bath should be enjoyed at least once a week to promote mental health and physical wellbeing.
Epsom salts should not be used if you have an open wound.
Using Bath Salts Without a Bath
If you don’t have a bath in your home it’s still possible to enjoy the health benefits of Epsom Salt by having a relaxing foot soak, or by using Epsom Salt as a scrub.
Simply mix 1 cup of Epsom Salt with 1/3 cup of coconut oil and a tablespoon of vitamin E oil to create a nourishing, healing balm.
As part of your daily wellness routine, combine your Epsom salt foot treatment with our Relief Balm for an enhanced sense of relaxation and wellbeing.