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Salts & their benefits in baths

Salt! the ocean is filled with it, and naturally so are our bodies & has a wide variety of benefits. From antiseptic, detoxifying, cleansing, and a wealth of natural healing properties. In food, it dries things out as a preservative, but it can also help to hold moisture in the body.  Bath salts have been used as an easy way to treat mental and physical health ailments. Commonly made from magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) or sea salt, they are easily dissolved in warm bath water and used for everything from stress relief to aches and pains. The macro and trace minerals in salts can be drawn into the bloodstream during a warm bath, helping  to balance out the entire body.  Submerging our bodies into a bath filled with warm water and salt is proven to be one of the best ways to restore ourselves after a long day as well as a number of other benefits.

Moisturising
Soaking with bath salts, even just once a week for 20 minutes, improves the skin barrier function, hydrating the skin, and decreasing inflammation. Studies show that those with skin issues (psoriasis or eczema), can improve the condition with regular salt bathing as well as promote more youthful, glowing skin from the inside by purging impurities from the skin and balancing skin moisture levels. 

Stress Relief
Soaking with the right salt concentration helps increase circulation which relaxes our internal systems. On top of stress relief, the salts to soothe the muscular systems and aid in mental and physical rejuvenation.

Insomnia 
Salt baths encourage better sleep patterns. Baths with magnesium-rich salts allows our bodies to absorb the mineral through the skin, which assists our bodies in getting a good night’s sleep. 

Vital healing properties 
Studies show regular salt soaks promotes our most optimum level of biological and cellular function. This can also aid internal hydration while helping to replenish electrolytes. Soaking helps improve our overall immunity and balance our alkaline/acid levels. Salty soaks remove toxins from the blood, with their intensive detoxification properties. Additional benefits include regulating blood sugar, improving cardiovascular health, and boosting circulatory and nerve function. 

Soothes pain
Soaking helps ease various types of pain by taking weight off of the joints and muscles. It also helps our bodies heal faster as salt offers natural healing properties. With chronic pain, nourishing salt baths have been proven highly effective in treating various issues including rheumatoid arthritis. The magnesium-rich salt can help to relieve muscle spasms and menstrual cramps as well.

Salts & their benefits
Himalayan: A particularly good detoxifier, ideal if your body is under stress as they work to counteract the electromagnetic energy we absorb from modern day gadgets. It is said to clean and purify pores and make skin smoother and suppler. It is also said to have a positive effect on common skin conditions such as dry skin, psoriasis and acne, as well as heal rashes, blisters and insect bites. The minerals from Himalayan Salts improve blood circulation reducing inflammation and serves as a general muscle relaxant, mainly due to the potassium and bromide. Interestingly, Himalayan Salts are said to alleviate the symptoms of PMS.
Magnesium: aids sleep and relaxation. Mined from now extinct lakes and seas from the Jurassic period, promotes quick healing of skin tissue and provides the skin’s surface with anti-allergic elements, essential for cell metabolism.
Dead Sea: Its benefits have been the most scientifically researched and tested. If problematic skin is a problem, these should be your first port of call. Made from a mix of magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium, they help hydrate and encourage natural skin healing.
Epsom: The magnesium, once absorbed, have been said to produce serotonin, creating calm and relaxation. In addition, magnesium has been linked to the production of adenosine triphosphate, the energy packets made in the cells. Regular soaking in Epsom salts helps you feel better and gain more energy. It also eases muscle pain and reduce inflammation. Many athletes soak in Epsom salts following physical activity to reduce muscle pain and promote recovery. The sulphates in Epson salts have been claimed to have a detoxifying effect on the body (through flushing toxins and heavy metals from the skin) and improving nerve function by encouraging proper regulation of electrolytes. An Epsom salt soak is also said to encourage detoxification of drugs remaining in the body after surgery.

References:
https://getmaude.com/blogs/themaudern/the-benefits-of-bath-salts
https://www.healthline.com/health/sea-salt-bath
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/what-are-bath-salts-how-use-himalayan-magnesium-dead-sea-a8455541.html
https://www.thesaltbox.com.au/benefits-of-bath-salts/