Most people love taking relaxing salt baths when they first get married. Now, most days, bath time just involves washing many tiny fingers, toes, and heads of hair. No complaints, but definitely not as relaxing!
Benefits of Salt Baths
Salt baths are great for much more than just relaxation. Of course, a soothing salt bath is great for that too, but the benefits go well beyond just being a soothing end to a stressful day.
Benefits of salt baths include:
- Stress relief
- Reducing muscle aches
- Improving circulation
- Headache relief
- Speeding up wound healing (don’t use on direct open wounds)
- During illness, especially respiratory illness
- To help mineral absorption and improve sleep in children
- For acne, eczema or other skin problems
- Improving skin hydration
Skin Boosting Ingredients
Bath salts can be as simple as just using a salt or magnesium salt on its own. Options include:
- Epsom Salts– Magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) is an inexpensive way to get the benefits of magnesium in a bath.
- Baking Soda– We’ve used baking soda in detox baths for years. It isn’t recommended for everyday use, but adding a little baking soda to a bath once a week or so is a great way to keep skin clear.
From there, any array of optional ingredients can be added for additional benefits:
- Essential Oils– Any essential oil that is safe for skin use can be added to a salt bath. Since oil and water don’t mix, add the oil to the salt and then add to the water.
- Oils– Adding oils to the salts helps moisturize the skin and stops the drying effect of the salt. Some people find salt on its own too drying. Mixing in a little oil (like coconut, almond, or argan) can help.
Bath Salts- Ingredients
- 2 cups Epsom salts
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup dead sea salt (optional)
- 30 drops of lavender essential oil
- 2 Tablespoons oil of choice (coconut, almond, argan, etc)
Bath Salts- Instructions
- Mix all ingredients in a medium-size bowl.
- Store in an air-tight jar and use 1/4 cup per bath.