Washcloth? Check. Towel? Check. Bath pillow? Check. Eye mask? Check. Aromatherapy candles? Check. iPod? Check. Aromatic bath salts? Double-check. Let the relaxing salt bath begin.
History of Salt Baths
Salt baths are nothing new. In China, they’ve been around since 2700 B.C. Later, Hippocrates “The Father of Western Medicine,” studied the benefits of seawater and aromatic baths for their healing properties. He shared his knowledge with other ancient scholars and they began prescribing seawater for the treatment of sore muscles and skin conditions, wounds, and bites. While ancient healers used sea salt baths for healing, Cleopatra found her own use for sea salt. She soaked in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. Dead Sea salt has high levels of magnesium, potassium, calcium, chloride, sodium, and bromide. What does all of that mean? It means that Dead Sea salt is beneficial for anti-aging, strengthening bones and nails, energizing the body, and moisturizing the skin. Those are important beautifying powers to a queen while she’s seducing men to conquer empires.
Today, you can enjoy the same benefits while reigning over your empire. You can have moisturized skin that’s soft and supple. You can relax and soothe your sore muscles at the end of a long day or a tough workout. It’s convenient and can be done in the comfort of your own home whenever you desire.
Types of Salts
You might be thinking: what kind of salts do I need? Table salts? Rock salts? There are so many salts out there. I’ll share a few of the more prized salts with you. Keep in mind that there are other equally beneficial salts available for your bathing pleasure. Dead Sea salt is ranked high on the salt bath list. This is due to its unusually high salt concentration. It’s saltier than ocean water. Because of the wealth of minerals in Dead Sea salt, it’s considered a healing salt. It relieves muscle aches and pains, manages or improves skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and skin allergies. The minerals also detoxify and cleanse your body. Another favorite of salt bathers is Himalayan salt. Don’t let the pretty pink-reddish hue fool you. It’s packing over 80 minerals and elements. Not bad for a girlie-looking salt, huh? Mediterranean Sea salt is another favorite of salt bathers. It’s a pure salt from the Mediterranean Sea in Europe. That clean, white color is due to the pollution-free region where it’s derived. Epsom salt rounds out this list of top bath salts. You’ll see Epsom salt in many homes. Technically not a salt, Epsom is magnesium sulfate. Although it looks like salt, it has no sodium chloride content. Don’t let that dissuade you because Epsom salt holds its own in the bath making it a therapeutic powerhouse.
How to Create Your Salt Bath
First select your aromatic blend of bath salts. Next, run a bathtub of warm water. While the bathtub is filling, sprinkle about a quarter cup of bath salts under the running water. When the bathtub fills, simply soak for 20-30 minutes. Once the water cools, exit the bathtub. You do not want to reintroduce your body to the toxins your pores just purged.
When it comes to creating your home spa salt bath, pull out all the stops and get decadent. In addition to aromatic bath salts, include everything for your mental and physical comfort. Yes, that means music, candles, and a glass of organic wine to calm and relax your spirit. Indulge yourself once or twice a week. Surrender to the feeling of happiness and wellbeing. You deserve it. Bonne santé (Good health).