Bath salt is an inexpensive way to give your bath a unique flavor. Many of use bath salt as a convenient way to add a soothing soak in the bath, but bath salt is said to offer a variety of health benefits for those with: dry itchy and flaky skin. Dry skin and flaky skin can be caused by exposure to the sun, wind and cold, or excess bathing with harsh soaps and shampoos.
Bathing with bath salts helps moisten the skin, which can make it softer to the touch. Other benefits of soaking in the bath include improving blood circulation and easing pain of the muscles and joints. This is because it is difficult for the cells in the skin to retain moisture when there is nowhere for the moisture to collect. Soaking in bath salts helps the cells to absorb the needed moisture and get rid of dried out cells more readily. By using bath salts on your skin regularly you will see an improvement in your skin’s appearance as well as an increase in softness and elasticity.
Scrubs with bath salt do not have to be limited to baths. The salt from your dish detergent or shower gel can be used as well in household cleaners and makeup. It will allow you to create a paste that is light, soapy and still leaves a residue that lathers easily. Just add a little water to the mix and apply to any stubborn stains on your clothing. Once you have applied the bath salt solution to your clothes, simply rinse them in hot water.
As an alternative to bath salt, Epsom salt has also been found to be beneficial in helping to reduce redness and irritation associated with skin conditions such as eczema and acne. One of Epsom salts’ best qualities is that it is very easy to find. It can be purchased at almost any grocery store or shopping center. Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate which has proven benefits in helping reduce inflammation. In fact, magnesium sulfate has been used as a treatment for inflammation and skin disorders for over a century.
Dead sea salts have also proven to be helpful in reducing swelling and inflammation. Sea salt is known as one of nature’s “natural healers”. Unfortunately, many people have turned away from using the benefits of these types of bath salts due to its reputation as containing large amounts of sodium. But sodium is actually necessary in your body.
Most bath salt blends contain coarse sea salt which works well for treating mild to moderate cases of dry skin and cracked heels. To determine the right concentration of coarse salt, experiment with table salt by mixing small amounts of coarse sea salt with regular table salt. The mineral content will vary depending on the grain size of the product. Very coarse grains will produce very little mineral content while fine grains will produce a noticeable difference in mineral content.
Smaller grains are often used as facial masks to add moisture and provide an exfoliating effect. Larger grains are often used for wounds or other abrasive contact points. If you suffer from arthritis or similar painful conditions, dead salt may help to decrease pain or make the condition better. Research has shown that dead sea salt can also increase blood flow to the legs, helping to heal cracked feet.
You may also experiment with the amount of essential oils that you use with bath salts to treat a specific problem. Essential oils are concentrated plant fragrances that are safe to use with little or no risk of irritation. Experimenting with the different essential oils to soothe a specific ache is one way that anyone can easily experience the benefits of essential oils. By using bath salts and various essential oils together, you can safely and effectively soothe and rejuvenate any area of your body. Soaking in the bath tub under warm water is an easy and effective way to soothe sore muscles and ease minor aches and pains for the entire body.