Today I am only going to be speaking on bath salts. I use sea salt and a salt called Magnesium Sulfate, commonly known as epsom salt. The benefits of using bath salts are as follows:
- Softens hard water
- Helps improve circulation
- Reduces tenderness to bruised skin and muscles
- Aids in healing dry skin (making it more supple and soft)
- Helps with irritations like insect bites, minor rashes or foot calluses
- Has been noted to reduce bacteria count on the body, giving the immune system a helping hand
Bath salts made with essential oils may have the added value of aromatherapy. If you have a specific need, contact a certified aromatherapist or natural practitioner and they should be able to recommend the most appropriate oils for you. A few commonly used essential oils in bath salts are peppermint for a refreshing cooling bath, lavender for a relaxing bath, and eucalyptus to ease breathing and congestion.
Always follow safe usage and dilution practices when dealing with essential oils, and check with your physician prior to using them if you are pregnant or have any persistent medical condition.