There is something about bath salts that make them perfect gifts. They are light, easily kept, and make the body feel relaxed and refreshed. But what is it that makes bath salts so relaxing? There are three main ingredients, each with their own unique benefits. And together they create a wonderful experience that brings people together for a special occasion or just to have fun.
Dead Sea salt and Epsom salt are two very fine natural ingredients that provide many benefits to the body. The recipes for bath salts both make use of these minerals in different proportions. For gift giving treat you can easily make an attractive gift basket with a beautiful cloth-covered container filled with bath salts.
Other ingredients that work well together to create a great spa experience include lavender flower oil, rosemary essential oil, peppermint, and chamomile. When used in combination these ingredients produce a warm and luxurious experience. Another great combination that works well is coconut oil and hermitage water. This combination is also a great option for bath salts, because the coconut oil hydrates the skin, while the hermitage liquid hydrates the muscles and helps to soothe irritations. Some of the bath salts that contain these ingredients can also be used to fight skin infections.
There are other bath salts that contain herbs such as rosemary, mint, thyme, and basil. In general a recipe will tell you how much each ingredient should be used. The essential oils added provide a unique and wonderful aroma that is so lovely that you don’t want to leave home without a few of them. The herbs work with the bath salt to make a long-lasting soothing bath that you will enjoy for many days. Some of these bath salts even smell good, although they usually have more of a flowery fragrance rather than a nutty one.
You can use bath salts on your skin as well. The warm water adds moisture to the skin, which allows the herbs to penetrate deep down into the skin, bringing relief to all kinds of skin conditions. There are some serious conditions you can get from using bath salts on your skin, however. If you are pregnant or breast feeding it is very important not to add any bath salts to your bath. Also using bath salts could result in a rash or other type of skin reaction that you do not want to deal with. Always keep some on hand in the event of such an occurrence, just in case.
If you do want to add bath salts to your bath, it’s easy to do. Simply take a shower or bath and then dissolve the bath salt into the bathwater. Use your hands to mix the ingredients thoroughly until the bath salts are dissolved. Then just sit in the bathtub and relax, although if your body feels very warm, you might want to add more of the bath salts to your bath so that you don’t freeze.
The best way to add bath salts to your bath is to make your own “salt blend”. This way you know exactly what is going into your bath, but it is also the least expensive way to get your hands on a quality salt. There are plenty of recipes available online or in books for you to try. It’s important to be aware of how the various ingredients react together when mixed. I’ve read of cases where people have gotten stomach upsets from magnesium sulfate. So if you are susceptible to this type of reaction, stay away from magnesium sulfate!
So there you have it – three different types of bath salts with great health benefits. You can use bath salts for relaxation, for adding scent to your bath or for adding to your meal. But they’re not like regular table salt, which doesn’t have any nutritional value at all. And the ingredients are all natural, so they’re completely safe. Have fun experimenting and I’m sure you’ll find your favorite combination of mineral elements that gives you all the benefits you want.