DIY Bath Salts
Good Morning friends! Happy Wednesday and Happy New Year (a little late I know!) … I thought it seemed fit that my first blog post of the year was sharing something we all might need after the possible stress, busyness and overindulging during the Christmas and New Year Season!
I am grateful to not only share with you my SUPER EASY ‘recipe’ (I am not really sure if I can actually call it that!) of how I make my own bath salts but ALSO some important facts about it from trusted sources. Gina from ‘Nutrition by Gina Rose’ who is a Clinical Nutritionist based in Brisbane, with a special interest in women’s health and infant nutrition. Gina has over 10 year experience in the health care industry and is a mother to 2 young children. Also, Alisha from ‘Naughty Naturopath Mum’ who is a Naturopath, blogger, Essence Practitioner and stay-at-home-mum to 2 little ones. Alisha loves the Australian Bush Flower Remedies, health, good food and balance.
1 cup Himalayan Salt
1 cup Epsom Salt
6 drops essential oil of choice (optional)
Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight jar or container.
* I use 1/4 cup (kids) and 1/2 cup (adults) of this mixture in a large warm bath once a week and soak for 15-20 minutes maximum
* I find it not only relaxes us but helps with aching muscles, relieves stress and tension and if my kids have been to a party and eaten a little too much of the ‘wrong’ thing, I pop them in the bath to detox them a little and for them it works wonderfully!
*I also ensure that a large glass of water is drunk once I get out of a ‘salt bath’ – my Naturopath told me to do this years ago and so it is something I have always stuck with.
* If you don’t have or like essential oils you can leave them out OR just add it to the bath directly rather than adding it to the salts
* These salts make a gorgeous gift!
Health Benefits of Salt Baths ‘Nutrition by Gina Rose’
Creating a healing bath is one of the most nurturing things you can do for yourself and one of the simplest, all you need is a bath tub and some hot water along with a few natural ingredients that are easily available and you’re in for some serious relaxation, nourishment and self-care.
Why do I recommend soaking your body in Epsom salt & or Himalayan salt.
The skin is our largest organ. It’s function is to absorb, filter and deliver and is the window to our internal health. Your skin is a really good reflection on what is happening on the inside.
The main minerals in Epsom salt are magnesium, sulfate, potassium, calcium, bromide, and of course, sodium. All these minerals are extremely beneficial to our bodies and are easily absorbed through the skin. Epsom Salt works to relive stress, promote muscle relaxation and alleviate stiff, aching and cramped muscles. Salt baths encourage the skin to pull toxins out of the body and excrete them through the skin. Himalayan salt is anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial. Himalayan salt is known to reduce inflammation, which is so helpful for those suffering from arthritis or muscle soreness.
Taking a warm bath opens the pores, allowing the minerals in the bath to thoroughly cleanse the skin. Whilst you are in deep relaxation there are so many beneficial reactions happening in your body.
Health Benefits of Salt Baths ‘Naughty Naturopath Mum’
There are so many wonderful benefits of soaking in a warm bath (relaxing being the higher priority than getting clean!) and those benefits are greatly increased by adding minerals to the water. Epsom salts (also known as Magnesium Sulphate) can be added to relax the nervous system and muscles as we actually absorb this form of magnesium via the skin which helps with stress, contracted or tight muscles and elevated blood pressure to name just a few, as magnesium is a cofactor for many cellular processes. The addition of Himalayan Salt in the bath adds many other trace minerals and nutrients which we can also absorb via the skin with the added bonus of helping alkalise our body. Both these ‘super soakers’ also help to draw out toxins and impurities via the skin so make sure you have the bath warm enough for this osmotic process to take place and don’t stay in longer than 20 minutes so you aren’t soaking in a tub of drawn out toxins!
A massive THANK YOU to Gina and Alisha for sharing their knowledge with us! Be sure to pop over to their FB pages and check out their other great information and posts too!
Wishing you all the most wonderful day and I hope you make the time for this relaxing bath soon!
Take Care of You,
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