Heavenly Himalayan Bath Salts
Himalayan salts have long been used in baths as a way to rejuvenate & recharge the body. Traditionally, they were used as a general tonic, known for their relaxing & detoxifying properties. Originating from deep in the himalayan mountains, they contain 84 minerals & trace elements. These nutrients are present in ionized form, which allows them to be easily absorbed and utilized by the body.
I love himalayan salts for their gentle detoxifying properties; the ionic trace minerals found in these salts allow toxins to be released via osmosis. The skin is the largest organ in the body, and is considered to be an important organ of elimination. Therapeutic baths encourage the skin to release built up toxins and help reduce acidity in the body, The alkalizing minerals affect the pH by entering the bloodstream via the skin, encouraging the body to reach it’s optimal alkaline state. Pretty fascinating stuff if you ask me!
Ooh and another thing! These salts are rich in magnesium, the “relaxation mineral”. Magnesium deficiency is quite common, and stems from depleted soils, consuming processed foods, alcohol, caffeine, and excess sugar. Symptoms, to name a few, include fatigue, anxiety, irritability, headaches, brain fog, and pms. Now, I don’t know about you, but these are all things that I have found myself struggling with in the past… I have personally found these baths helpful for all of the symptoms listed above, among others. I’m not saying that all of these symptoms could only stem from a magnesium deficiency, but it’s definitely something worth being mindful of! It is important to include magnesium rich foods in the diet, and bathing in these salts can help maintain a proper magnesium balance in the body.
These gorgeous rosy-hued gems create the perfect “at home spa”, they are definitely at the top of my list when it comes to my self care routine. Over time, I have experimented with numerous types of salts & home made detoxifying bath concoctions and I’ve narrowed it down to two faves. I will be sharing my other go-to recipe with you in a future post, I promise! Therapeutic baths are an indispensable part of my self care practice; the simple act of taking a moment to yourself to unwind is restorative within itself, add a warm sacred oceanic setting and the benefits are sure to be amplified! I find them so very useful when emotions run high, in times of stress, or when feeling drained & lethargic. They are my favourite go-to when my body feels stiff following an great yoga sesh or any other active adventures. They leave my skin feeling baby soft and GLOWING! I have used himalayan bath salts successfully for muscular & joint pain, pms, cramps, sluggishness & low energy. From an energy perspective, salt baths have been known to dispel negative or stagnant energy and strengthen energetic boundaries. If you are (like me), a highly sensitive individual, you may find these to be a saving grace on your journey… Take my word for it!
To enjoy this bath, simply add 500g to a warm or hot bath (a warm bath is less challenging to the body, as it is easier to maintain core temperature than in a hot bath. However, hot temperatures are favourable for musculoskeletal pain). Take the next 20minutes to relax, soak, and meditate… Note – You can use anywhere from a handful to 1kg of salts per bath, I personally find 500g to be a good amount.
It is extremely important to drink plenty of clean, filtered water while in the bath… (1L is ideal) This will aid in flushing out toxins and help prevent symptoms such as headaches, chills & nausea to occur, as they can sometimes accompany any detoxification practice. (To be honest, I’ve learned the hard way, and I’d rather you didn’t… So drink your water!) Same rule applies whenever you treat yourself to a massage or any treatment that helps to eliminate toxins.
Fun tip – fill a jar with cool filtered water & add a few slices of one or more of the following – cucumber, sprigs of mint, basil, lime, lemon, berries, and drink liberally.
Safety First! Caution – If you have any health conditions, or are on medications, it is always wise to consult your health care practitioner before engaging in any new detoxification routines to ensure it is a proper fit for you. For example, hot baths are not advisable for pregnant women, or for people with hypertension. Ask your doctor or naturopath about your health concerns, after all, the best prevention is through education!