I love bath salts, particularly if they are scented with essential oils and we use Epsom Salts as a base for bath salts for many reasons.
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Epsom salts, also known as magnesium sulfate, have several benefits for the body. When dissolved in water, they release magnesium and sulfate ions, which can be absorbed through the skin. Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a crucial role in many bodily functions, including muscle and nerve function, energy production, and the synthesis of DNA and proteins. Sulfate, on the other hand, aids in detoxification and supports healthy joints and connective tissues.
Taking Epsom salt baths can help promote relaxation, reduce stress, and soothe sore muscles. The magnesium in Epsom salts can also improve sleep quality and alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. Additionally, Epsom salt foot soaks can help relieve foot pain and reduce swelling.
We always have a jar on the side of the bath, for anyone to use and I make my own bath salts to make them part of our self care bathtime routine.
You can of course buy plain epsom salts and use them, or buy scented versions but I like to know what’s going into skincare and personal care products so I prefer to buy a large bag of Epsom salts and add essential oils and herbs to them in a jar.
It really is very easy and all you need is a jar with a lid* that seals tightly, your Epsom Salts, whatever essential oils you want, and optionally, some dried herbs. You can add as much oil as you prefer strength wise and use dried herbs or flower petals to make the salts look pretty and then mix them well. I find that we do use our salts quite quickly (for post exercise long bath soaks, or for relaxing baths) but they should keep well if the jar lid is a tight fit. You could also make pretty jars filled with bath salts as gifts for people (in fact, that’s how I got the idea to make my own, after being gifted some)
What I will of course say is that essential oils can be very strong and potent, so you should be aware of what you are using, and make sure they are safe to use for bathtime for you or familiy members. Some essential oils are not safe for pregnancy, or certain health conditions or young children so you should check to make sure it’s safe to use them. Epsom salts generally are safe but it’s also a good idea to check with your medical practitioner if you are pregnant, have health issues or are on medications.
So why not try making your own bath salts? It’s quite satisfying and fun and you can tailor the salts to your preferred scents and smells for a relaxing bath.
That reminds me, I think we have almost run out of ours, I must go make some more…