Bath salts soothe the mind and body and are an excellent way to pamper yourself. It’s no wonder so many of us dish out the big bucks for these luxuries when it’s time to give gifts. You can learn how to make bath salts with this Relaxing Bath Salts Recipe.
Bath salts come in many different forms, each one promising a different set of health benefits. Personally, I prefer a mix of epsom salt baths with dead sea salts and essential oils. (It’s a little like having all my bases covered.)
Magnesium-rich epsom salts are not only soothing and detoxing, but also an excellent way to combat the rampant magnesium-deficiency that plagues our modern culture thanks to depleted soil and over-sterilized environments. Dead sea salts have been proven to help relieve pain from arthritis and tendinitis, and essential oils like Frankincense and Lavender help calm the mind and re-invigorate the skin.
Bath Salts Offer Soothing Relief
For over 2,000 years, the Dead Sea has been renowned for its therapeutic effects on bathers. Recently, studies have been done on the health benefits bathing in Dead Sea salts:
One such study was conducted by Dr. I. Machtey on 103 patients suffering from osteoarthritis and tendinitis…. Improvement was found after as little as one week of treatment for those treated with 7.5% or 2% salt baths. By the study’s end, 80% of the patients reported less pain; 70% experienced improved mobility and 60% were able to decrease their use of analgesics.
Combine the healing power of mineral-rich Dead Sea salts with the soothing & detoxing power of Epsom salts, and what do you get?
A bath salts powerhouse designed to ease aches and pains, improve sleep, and regulate hormones.
Add in the calming effects of lavender and the skin toning prowess of Frankincense, and you get a bath salts recipe fit for a queen.
(Plus it also helps that learning how to make bath salts can save you a lot of money when compared to buying them pre-made!)
Relaxing Bath Salts Recipe
(makes about 1 cup)
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Bath Salts Recipe: The Players
- 1/2 cup Epsom Salts
- 1/2 cup Dead Sea Salts (where to buy Dead Sea Salts)
- 2 tsp Baking soda
- 8-10 drops Frankincense essential oil (where to buy)
- 8-10 drops Lavender essential oil (where to buy)
Bath Salts Recipe: The How-To
In a bowl, mix all ingredients together. Add the full one cup batch of bath salts to a warm bath. It’s that simple!
If you want more bath salts for later, you can easily double or triple or quadruple the recipe. Just store in a lidded glass jar and measure out a cup at a time.
For a foot soak, dissolve 1/2 cup of the bath salts in a shallow bowl of warm water and soak your feet until the water cools.
And finally, to really reap the health benefits of the mineral-rich bath, do not bathe with soap immediately after. You’ll just be washing off these important nutrients before they’ve been fully absorbed by your skin. Instead, just soak for 15-20 minutes, rinse with water, and get out of the tub. Save the soapy bath for a different night.