There are plenty of reasons why you need to try this mix of bath salts. Not only is it easy to make and use, but it serves our body well, offering numerous health benefits.
Epsom (magnesium sulphate) salts are readily absorbed and help to remove toxins from the body, alleviate tension, headaches, pain and joint inflammation, and improve circulation and energy levels. Epsom salt helps to increase the level of serotonin (your body’s natural feel-good hormone) in your body by increasing magnesium levels.
Magnesium chloride has numerous health benefits (as discussed in a previous post), is easily absorbed and may assist in reducing depression and anxiety, high-stress levels, insomnia, restless legs, nausea, headaches and migraines, muscle aches and pains, and hair loss. Magnesium is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body and research is now suggesting that we absorb more transdermally, rather than through oral supplements.
Himalayan salt, also known as pink salt is the purest salt on earth and contains a whopping 84 trace minerals, assisting in drawing toxins from the skin, easing sore muscles and reducing inflammation.
So why not make yourself a batch? And, if like me, you don’t fit in your bath (or you don’t own one), halve the mixture and pop it in a bucket with some warm water, and soak those feet of yours!
SUPER SOAK BATH SALTS
Makes: enough for a single use Prep time: < 5 min.
• 100 g epsom salt
• 100 g magnesium chloride flakes
• 100 g himalayan pink salt
• 20 drops of essential oils
MY CHOICE OF ESSENTIAL OILS
My favourite essential oils in this recipe are frankincense and
Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined (or add directly to bath).
Add mixture to a running bath of warm (not hot) water. Soak for at least 20-30 minutes.
〉This mix doesn’t store well over long periods of time, as magnesium chloride absorbs moisture from the air making the bath salts slushy, so it is best made immediately before use. An option would be to make up a batch minus the magnesium chloride; add it separately to each bath, along with the pre-made bath salts, or swap it for bentonite clay.
〉Remember to drink heaps of water when detoxing.
〉When we think of chlorine, we think of public swimming pools, but chlorine is a common additive to our drinking water supplies, designed to kill bacteria living within it. Along with the bad bugs, chlorine also kills good bacteria and promotes the generation of free radicals within the body, specifically the skin. Free radicals have been linked to cancer and are something that we don’t want polluting our bodies. Most info I have read says to add between one teaspoon – one tablespoon of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) powder to bath water while it is filling, to help neutralise the chlorine present in unfiltered tap water. There is some info here you might like to read. And this podcast has some great info on chlorinated water.
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