How To Elevate Your Epsom Salt Bath
Taking a salt bath is a wonderful way to take advantage of health benefits into a minimal ritual. There are so many creative ways to elevate your bath game.
For me, I gravitate towards old healing traditions like using essential oils, elixirs, teas, and customized tinctures. But, there is always the go-to beauty addition that makes a difference- Epsom salts. It is perhaps the most versatile mineral that soothes damaged skin and eases muscle pain and tension.
Epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate, is a mineral compound that penetrates the skin to provide healing benefits. The magnesium is key towards maintaining the immune system, normal cardiac interest, and muscle function. It is commonly used in the form of supplements to treat an assortment of ailments such as airway constriction, alcoholism, intestinal absorption issues, PMS, just to name a few.
As you can see, there are so many reasons to start establishing a regular bath routine to foster good health. Who wouldn’t want to indulge in a warm healing bath during the winter? Here are some medicinal ways to elevate your salt bath:
1. Indulge your senses with some herbal remedies
Nothing eases me to relaxation than the whiff of lavenders and a sip of chamomile tea. It is no surprise as both delicious scents have been proven to produce desirable, relaxing effects! Studies have demonstrated that lavender can calm the nervous system while chamomile can improve sleep quality. Adding a few chamomile tea bags and a few drops of lavender essential oil to your bathwater should do the trick!
2. Treat the inner child to some mud!
Adding mud treatments to your bath has been proven to relieve pain and muscle stiffness. In a study on patients suffering with osteoarthritis, a treatment plan of mud baths combined with mineral enriched water was effective at producing relieving results. Try adding bentonite clay along with Epsom salts to your bathwater to deliver comfort.
3. Elevate your milk bath to Queen (or King) status
Taking a milk bath will make you feel like ancient royalty! And why shouldn’t it? Queen Cleopatra of Ancient Kemet did so by adding goat’s milk to her regular bath. She was on to something because the milk’s natural acidic composition has the ability to leave your skin smooth, silky and well hydrated.
Add some powdered coconut milk and an essential oil of your choice to your bathwater. While you’re at it, don’t forget to throw in some lavish rose petals, your Highness.
4. Fight cold and congestion with this therapeutic remedy
If you have been feeling under the weather during the winter season lately, add some eucalyptus essential oil to your bathwater. Eucalyptus improves breathing quality and helps with sinus and chest congestion by acting as an expectorant.
In fact, using this remedy is not just limited to this time of year. Feel free to add this to your preventative repertoire any time it gets a little cold.
5. Detox Bath
Drank a little too much last night? Take a warm bath! In addition to the Epsom salts, add baking soda, fresh ginger, and a few drops of essential oil to help purge and sweat the toxins. The magnesium has the ability to treat headaches and is a natural remedy to leave you feeling restored.
By using any of these into your bathing ritual this Winter, you can take advantage of the quick, amazing healing properties of Epsom Salts without having to soak too long!