Imagine taking bath with lavender essential oils… it is not only able to calm and sooth your muscle and nerve. The aromatic of lavender essential oils will filled the atmosphere and it immediately make you feel better. Don’t forget to add in salts as a dispersant to combine with essential oils.
The use of water and salt has a long history in cultural and religion practices. They believe that water and salt is able to clean and purify negative energies, bad luck and evil. Bathing in salt water is able to clean the aura and re-balance our system.
In the book of Father Sebastian Kneipp “My Water Cure”, he pointed out that water has dissolving, evacuating (washing off), and strengthening effects. Water is able to dissolve, to evacuate the morbid matters, and to strengthen the organism. He is also successfully cured his tuberculosis through water treatment.
In 1752, Dr Charles Russell’s dissertation of the Use of Sea Water in the Diseases of the Glands discussed about the various therapeutic properties using of seawater, this continuously rising the interest of hydropathy.
With so many medical supports in the therapeutic use of water, why don’t we also enjoy these benefits by taking a salt water bath? It is an easier and wonderful way to promote good health.
Benefits of Salt Bath
The following is the general benefits from soaking in a salt bath:
- Detoxifies your body
- Exfoliating dead cells which make your skin soft and supple
- Reduce common skin ailments such as itching, psoriasis, athlete’s foot and eczema
- Reduce stress
- Ease sore muscle
Recipe for De-Stress Bath Salt
1/2 cup epsom salt
2 cup salt (You can mixed your own preference on the type of salts listed below)
4 drops of Lavender essential oil
2 drops of Roman Chamomile essential oil
(You can mix and match your own preference essential oils, but try to avoid essential oils that will cause dermal irritation such as cinnamon bark, clove and etc…)
Blend all the ingredients well, put in airtight container and store it in a dry, cool and dark area.
Type of Salts and Their Benefits
|Dead Sea salt||Dead sea salt has the highest concentration of magnesium salts. Magnesium salts have moisturizing effects which is able to enhance barrier repair, increase antioxidant and reduces skin wrinkling. Dead sea salt is also good for arthritic and inflammation conditions.|
|Himalayan Pink Salt||With over 84 minerals, it is relaxing and rejuvenating. According to Bello, it is known for their beautifying benefits such as combating dry skin, skin ailments, and aging.|
|Epsom salt (Magnesium sulfate)||Epsom salt is wonderful for softening skin. Studies showed that Epsom salt is excellent in bath salt blends for reduce striated muscle contractions, soothing skin inflammations and sore, treatment for sprains, bruised and rheumatism.
“…induced by Dr. Henry Tucker, or Philadelphia General Hospital, to apply to relief of pain in local inflammatory conditions, with rather surprising results.”
Contraindications: pregnancy, dehydration or open wounds or burns on your skin.
Why We Didn’t Use Table Salt in Bath Salt Preparation?
Table salt (sodium chloride) is refined salt. It is unnatural, processes, isolated and unwholesome. The refine process removes nearly all of the minerals, leaving only sodium chloride (NaCl). The intention of removed salts is used for the purpose in industrial such as oil and gas, textile dyeing, road building, textile dyeing, etc. But, some is used in the food industry and consumer consumption.
Dr. Haendel and other researchers suggest that our body attempts to eliminating what is recognize unnatural chemical form of table salt as toxins and completely foreign. Table salt will also create body dehydration, this is because water is needed to ionize and eliminate the toxin.
P/s: For more recipe in bath salts preparation, please read Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts and Scrubs: 300 Natural Recipes for Luxurious Soaks book.
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