Epsom, and more recently Himalayan bath salts can do wonders for you in relieving everything from stress to skin problems.
These two compounds act by drawing toxins from the body when submerged in a relaxing bath.
Sulphate and magnesium are two important minerals which are hard to be absorbed by the body through diet, therefore a salt bath is the perfect way for your body to absorb them.
Magnesium is key to many bodily processes, yet most people have a magnesium deficiency. Inflammation caused by a build up of calcium can be reversed by topping up your magnesium levels.
Himalayan salt is an ancient and extremely pure mineral. Due to its increased popularity it is also very cheap to buy, but if your crystals are large make sure you soak them for a decent amount of time (perhaps overnight) to allow them to dissolve into your bath properly.
Hailing from deep inside the earth, Himalayan salt is full of essential minerals and nutrients that are hard to come by in your diet alone.
The benefits of taking a salt bath include:
- draws toxins from the skin
- is absorbed through the whole body at once, leaving you refreshed and energized
- restores the pH balance in your body
- the antiseptic qualities can help skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
- helps sunburn and insect bite pain
- relaxed the muscles and eases joint pain
- helps premenstrual symptoms including muscle pain and headaches
- increases blood flow for better circulation
For a perfect salt bath, use about 2 cups for a regular sized bath. For a more specific amount if using Epsom salt, Dr David Jockers in ‘The Truth About Cancer’ suggests –
- Children under 60 lbs: ½ cup
- Individuals between 60-100 lbs: 1 cup
- Individuals between 100-150 lbs: 1½ cups
- Individuals between 150-200 lbs: 2 cups
- For every 50 lb more—add an additional ½ cup of salts
For the ultimate salt bath experience, use Epsom salt and Himalayan salt together.
Important To Note:
Here’s what you need to do, and take note before you start your super detox salt bath:
Do not take this bath if you are pregnant, have open wounds or burns, or have cardiovascular disease (unless under your healthcare practitioner’s supervision). If you are on long-term medication, check with your doctor before performing any kind of detox.
Allow about an hour of quiet (no-kids’ time) to enjoy this whole process of super detox salt bath.
Thoroughly clean and rinse out the bathtub to ensure there are no dirt or mold in and around it.
Fill it up with warm water that is approximately 37o Celcius (or 97o Fahrenheit) so as to avoid using your body energy to balance out the temperature. This temperature is warm enough to dissolve both the salts. A thermometer may be helpful to help you achieve the right temperature. Hot water is not recommended especially if you have high blood pressure.
Do not use any bath additives like soaps, shampoos, or any oils. If you need to do a shampoo bath, do that before. After this salt bath soak, do not rinse, simply towel dry.
Have a light and healthy meal before doing this detox bath so that you don’t get dizzy at the end, from low sugar or empty stomach.
Stay hydrated. Make sure you drink plenty of water before and after the bath for the entire day. Also take a bottle of water with you to drink during the soak. You may put on some music to help you relax and enjoy the soak.
Soak for at least 40 minutes for maximum benefit of the detox taking place and your body absorbing the minerals from the salts.
This is a detox bath. Take precaution when coming out of the bath. You may feel dizzy due to all the detoxification activities going on in your body. Drain the water and get out slowly. Hold on to the safety bar to ensure you don’t fall while getting up.
Depending on your health, after the salt bath, you may notice that the water change into a milky color due to the toxins being drawn out from your body. For some, the water may even be a brownish tint especially if they are smokers, or are regularly exposed to industrial toxins.