Saturday, August 1, 2009

The What and Why of Bath Salts

Salt, Zout, Sel, Sale, Sal, Saill or Salainnich... however you want to say it, this natural mineral found all over the world in a variety of forms has been used for centuries for relaxation and healing. There are many uses for salt, including but not limited to the following: bath salts, deodorant and the most widely know use as a flavor enhancer.

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
Please note: Persons who are pregnant or have high blood pressure should always consult with their medical practitioner before using bath salts. Also when using bath salts, make sure your water is not too hot. Very hot baths over long periods will dry out your skin and can lead to dehydration.

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.

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