The most important ingredient in your salt bath recipe is the type of salt you use!
It's just as important to choose the right salt for your bath as it is for your food. (See the Sea Salt vs Table Salt page for more info on that.)
We all know that our skin is our largest organ but we sometimes forget that anything we put on it is absorbed into our bodies. Research has shown that up to 60% of what we apply to our skin may be absorbed into the bloodstream. With this in mind, take a look at the ingredients in your store bought bath salts. It's a sad but true fact that many of our personal care products contain toxins.
So my favorite salt bath recipe starts with a high quality sea salt and that would be Himalayan Pink salt. My second choice would be Dead Sea salt. Both of these sea salts contain many minerals which are essential for healthy skin, inside and out.
For thousands of years salt has been known as a panacea. Alchemists called it “the fifth element”—besides water, earth, air and fire—because its qualities were comparable only to ether, the actual fifth element. Why are we so drawn to the ocean? Because our subconscious mind instinctively wants to return to the specific vibrational state of the ocean from which we once emerged. This is where we can return to recharge our batteries and regenerate. You can create your own mini-ocean in your own bathtub by adding half a cup of Himalayan sea salt to warm water. Salt baths draw out toxins, relax muscles, improve skin condition, and ease pains and aches. Bathing with Himalayan bath salts stimulates circulation, hydrates the skin, increases moisture retention, promotes cellular regeneration, detoxifies the skin, and helps heal dry, scaling, irritated skin. Salt water bathing also reduces inflammation of the muscles and joints.
People with heart problems or high blood pressure should consult a doctor before taking salt baths. If you do have high blood pressure try Epsom Salt which is also a wonderful for bathing and detoxing. Epsom salt is actually magnesium sulfate and most people have a deficiency in magnesium so it's always a great addition. :-)
The Himalayan Crystal salt is my first choice because it is actually a food grade salt that is healthy to consume! Dead Sea salt is not edible.
Unlike regular baths, which pull moisture from the skin, the upper layer of the skin absorbs and holds salt from the Himalayan natural salt bath, binding water and bringing moisture into the skin. The skin's natural protective layer is maintained and keeps the skin from drying out. In addition, toxins and bacteria from the body are released into the bath water through osmosis, while the trace minerals from the salt are absorbed through the skin. What a pleasant way to detox!
What are trace minerals?
Himalayan salt contains 84 trace elements that are vital to good health. Here's a breakdown of a few and what they do for you:
Calcium – It is vital for building strong bones and teeth.
Phosphorus - It is found in every cell of the body, but mainly in the bones and teeth. Phosphorus also helps form DNA and RNA, catalyzes B-complex vitamins, and is involved in cellular communication and numerous enzymatic reactions. It also helps produce energy and increase endurance.
Carbon - The carbon atom is perfect to build big biological molecules. The carbon atom can be thought of as a basic building block.
Sodium - Helps maintain the body's fluid balance in and out the cells. In so doing it regulates the body's acid-base balance. It also helps transport carbon dioxide, and plays a role in muscle contraction and nerve transmission. In addition, sodium is involved in the production of hydrochloric acid, and helps transport amino acids into the bloodstream to all the cells of the body.
Silicon – Used with calcium to grow and maintain strong bones. It is also important to the formation of connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons. Silicon is also important for the growth of hair, skin, and fingernails.
Iodine - Essential for healthy thyroid function due to the role it plays in the production of thyroid hormones. In this role, it is helps regulate metabolism and energy production in the body, as well as cellular oxidation. Since thyroid hormones plays a role in all body functions, iodine is of vital importance to overall health.
Iron – Its primary function is the manufacture of hemoglobin, which is integral to the transport of oxygen throughout the body. Iron is also essential for healthy immune function and energy production.
Manganese - Essential for proper brain function and the overall health of the nervous system. It also helps metabolize proteins and carbohydrates, and is required for cholesterol and fatty acid synthesis, as well as collagen formation.
Selenium - An important antioxidant capable of performing many of the same antioxidant functions as vitamin E, including protecting cellular membranes from free radical damage, and minimizing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Selenium also aids liver function, assists in the manufacture of proteins, helps neutralize heavy metals and other toxic substances, and acts as an anti-carcinogen.
Sulphur - A necessary nutrient for collagen formation, and is involved in the synthesis of protein. Sulfur helps maintain the health of hair, skin, and nails. It also plays a role in a number of enzymatic reactions, and contributes to the process of cellular respiration.
Zinc - Necessary for the proper function of over 200 enzymatic reactions in the body. It also acts as a potent antioxidant and detoxifier, and is essential for growth and development, healthy body tissues, regulation of insulin, and proper immune function. As well, zinc plays a vital role in cellular membrane structure and function, and helps maintain adequate levels of vitamin A in the body.
Magnesium - acts as a muscle relaxant in the body, and is involved in hundreds of enzymatic reactions. Magnesium is an important nutrient for the heart, especially in preventing spasms of the coronary arteries, which can cause heart attacks. It is also needed for energy production, the maintenance and repair of cells, healthy cell division, proper nerve transmission, hormone regulation, and the metabolism of proteins and nucleic acids. Epsom Salt is magnesium sulfate which is also great in your salt bath recipe and more!
I apologize if that bored you but I thought it was essential to point out how vital all these trace mineral are and what an important addition to your salt bath recipe!
Now that you know how much I like Himalayan salt let's get to some of my favorite salt bath recipes!
SALT BATH RECIPE FOR BEDTIME
Mix together well and let infuse at least overnight. Use 1/2 cup in a tub of warm (not hot!!) bathwater. Soak away your stress for at least twenty minutes. Wonderful! (If you don't have all these oils simply use 10 drops of lavender oil in the cup of mineral salts!)
SALT BATH RECIPE FOR LIFTING YOUR MOOD
Mix well, pour into lukewarm tub and get happy!
SEXY SALT BATH RECIPE
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