Recipes: How to use Natural Bath Salt
Is your daily bath in need of some variation? Are you looking for a way to relieve stress, ease achy muscles, and soothe irritated skin? Then you may want to consider adding a touch of mineral-rich sea salt to your bathing routine.
A medley of soothing salts, some blended with pure organic essential oils, enhances the natural healing and soothing effects of a warm bath.
Since ancient times, people have immersed themselves in a warm bath to cleanse, relax, refresh, rejuvenate, and heal.
Hippocrates (460-370 BC) discovered the therapeutic qualities of salt baths when he observed their healing effects on the injured hands of fishermen.
Soothing, warm, organic salt baths are one of life’s simple pleasures.
Packed with trace elements and minerals to benefit your skin, a salt bath can help ease muscular pain and joint stiffness and soothe irritated skin conditions while melting away the worries and pressures of the day.
Salt baths are known for their health-enriching minerals and therapeutic properties. Adding a little pure and natural salt to a bath can . . .
- help balance skin oils
- stimulate and improve circulation
- soothe irritated skin conditions
- ease muscular pain and joint stiffness
- ease arthritis, back pain or muscle cramps
- soothe achy, tired legs and feet
- a relaxing nighttime bath may improve sleep
Plus salt baths help cleanse and remineralize the largest organ in the body—your skin.
Bath Salt Recipes
There are many bath salt recipes available on the internet or you can purchase our wholesome, organic, aromatherapy* bath salts and if desired add some special touches seen in the recipes below. (*Our Simply Salts blend contains no essential oils.)
For a Sensational Spa Experience: Follow the bath salt recipe on the package.
- We recommend that you begin with 3 - 4 heaping tablespoons (about 1/4 cup) of salt**
- Pour salts directly into tub under warm running water
- Use hands to swirl the salts into the water
- Large and small size crystals will dissolve at different rates
- Tub sizes vary--so experiment to your liking
- Breathe deep and enjoy the aromatherapy of the scented salts
- Soak for 20-30 minutes and rinse if desired
- You will feel renewed and refreshed
**The amount of salt you use depends on the size of your tub and the type of salt bath you wish to take.
Bath Salt Ideas
Milk contains lactic acid, which is packed with skin-softening properties that leave skin feeling smoother. The lactic acid in milk acts similarly to the alpha hydroxyl acids found in expensive skin creams, which dissolve proteins that bind dead skin cells together for gentle exfoliation.
As you soak milk fats and proteins help to hydrate the skin and retain moisture to leave your skin smooth and soft. Milk baths are also great for soothing irritated skin and minor sunburn.
Add 1 - 2 cups of whole milk to your salt bath
Honey, a natural humectant, has been used topically as a healing agent for centuries! Adding honey to your bath will moisturize, soften, and soothe dry skin as you soak.
Honey can help deep clean pores while adding moisture to parched skin. Honey can help soothe irritated skin and also has skin-smoothing benefits thanks to its amino acids and antioxidants.
Dissolve 2 to 4 tablespoons of honey in some hot water. Add the honey water to your salt bath as the water is filling.
Add Bath Oil
Salts and oils have long been combined in a therapeutic bath to relax the mind, soothe sore muscles, and promote soft supple skin.
Add extra moisture and softness to your skin by adding oil to your saltwater bathwater.
Take 2 tablespoons of your favorite oil, like coconut or olive. Or try one of our Organic Bath Oils
Add the oil to your salt bath as the water is filling up.
(BE careful--the tub may be slippery)
No Time for a Bath?
Use Salts in your shower!
- Place 1/3 cup of salts into a muslin bag. Hang the bag from the showerhead for a warm saltwater shower.
- Place 1/3 cup of salts into a muslin bag. Use the bag as a saltwater washcloth.
- Treat your feet to a foot massage that revives tired feet, softens dry, rough heels, cleans, and disinfects. Sprinkle salts over wet feet and rub them together while you shower.
Make Your Own Salt Rub
For a stimulating scrub, mix equal parts of salt and oil (like coconut, olive or try one of our bath oils) and gently massage the body. Salt rubs can be irritating for those with sensitive or irritated skin--so be careful.
Bath Salts Are Not Created Equal
Be careful when choosing bath salts. Too often, the bath salts found in stores are nothing more than ordinary table salt mixed with fragrance.
Inexpensive salts are often processed and treated. When choosing bath salts, make sure the bath salt is 100% natural. When a bath salt is treated and processed, it loses the natural minerals and nutrients that carry all the benefits.
Many bath salt makers use Dendritic Salt in their recipes.
This salt, commercially manufactured and created by machines, does not have the benefits of naturally harvested salts. Dendritic salt is created to have a greater surface area which allows it to hold fragrances and pretty colors better.
The question is . . . do you want pretty bath salt or a therapeutic bath salt?
All of the salts we use to create our Organic Bath Salts are tested for purity, naturally harvested, untreated, and organic compliant.
Salts in Chagrin Valley Organic Bath Salts
Himalayan Pink Salt
Millions of years ago, a great ocean separated India from Asia in the region that would become the Himalayan Mountain range. The pristine salt deposits from this ocean are over 250 million years old. Harvested from the foothills of the Himalayas, this naturally pink salt is one of the purest salts found on earth.
These salts, known for their healing properties, are an effective treatment for dry skin, psoriasis, and acne.
Himalayan salt can also soothe insect bites, heal blisters, and even help with arthritis. Himalayan salt baths cleanse the skin, leaving it smoother, softer, and healthier. Our Himalayan pink salt is naturally harvested, untreated, and organic compliant.
Mediterranean Sea Salt
This salt is harvested in the South of Italy, where they have been producingsalt for thousands of years. Mediterranean sea salt, also called Sel de Mer, is known for its mild flavor and bright white crystals. It is evaporated to a sparkling white by the sun and ocean air.
Sea salt is packed with minerals and nutrients like iodine, fluorine, magnesium, and potassium. Bathing with bath sea salt is a wonderful way to relax and can help alleviate numerous skin conditions. A sea salt bath is believed to lower blood pressure and ease symptoms from conditions such as arthritis and muscle soreness. Our Mediterranean Sea salt is naturally harvested, untreated, and organic compliant.
Noirmoutier Sea Salt
This salt is also known as Celtic Sea Salt or Grey Sea Salt, has been harvested by hand for over 1500 years from the island of Noirmoutier near Brittany. Also known as “fleur de sel” (flower of salt), it is processed only by the sea, sun, and human hands. The salt is harvested, sun-dried and stone ground and undergoes no treatment after harvesting.
Since there are no processing, washing, or additives added, Celtic sea salt retains its wealth of trace elements, like calcium and magnesium. Celtic sea salt has 17.5% trace mineral content as compared to 1.68% of table salts or over-processed "sea salt." These pure salt crystals, loaded with health-enhancing minerals, help exfoliate dead skin, remove toxins from the skin, clean pores, strengthen skin tissue, and stimulate circulation to keep skin looking younger. Our Celtic Salt is naturally harvested, untreated, and organic compliant.
*Dead Sea Salt
Dead Sea salt has a high percentage of magnesium, sulfates, and potassium. Our Dead Sea Salt is an unrefined and solar evaporated salt from the southern Dead Sea. Dead Sea Salts contain 21 minerals including magnesium, calcium, sulfur, bromide, iodine, sodium, zinc, and potassium. These minerals are known to help heal, cleanse our bodies, improve skin hydration, and reduce inflammation.
In addition, Medical research and numerous studies have all documented the healing effects of these minerals to treat skin conditions and other problems including arthritis, eczema, and psoriasis. Our Dead Sea Salt is organic compliant.
Epsom salt is actually not salt. It is a pure mineral compound of magnesium sulfate that looks like salt. The wonders of Epsom salt have been well known for hundreds of years. Some of the many health benefits include relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating cold and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body. Our Epsom salt is organic compliant.
*Dead Sea and Epsom salts are found only in our Simply Salts Bath Salt blend!
A Few Words of Caution
While salt baths have many beneficial effects, people under a doctor's care for any condition should consult their health care provider before taking salt baths.
- Since a salt bath can place extra pressure on the circulatory system, those who suffer from heart conditions should always consult their doctor first.
- People with diabetes, kidney or liver disease, low or high blood pressure, recent illness, or any disease should check with their health care provider before using salt baths.
- If you are pregnant, please discuss salt baths with your doctor or midwife.
Even a healthy person may begin to feel dizzy, or not well when taking a bath. If this happens, slowly get out, rest, and drink some water as you may be dehydrated. If you do not feel better soon, please seek medical advice.