Natural remedies: Bath salts

Bath salts are popular; they have long since been used in both professional and personal settings to treat mental and physical symptoms. They tend to be made from Epsom salt (which is just magnesium sulphate) or sea salt, although sometimes a few essential oils may be added. They dissolve in the bath pretty easily, and they tend to be essential in any spa setting because they can be incredibly relaxing, making them a great stress reliever and used to treat aches and pains.

Using bath salts

If you want to run a bath using bath salts, then, luckily for you, the process could not be easier. Run the bath at the temperature that you prefer – although to dissolve the bath salts, it really ought to be warm. Whilst the bath is running, add your Epsom salts in and voila, you’re done. You can use however much you want; most people tend to opt for about a cup. Realistically, it’ll likely depend on the brand and the issues; for example, MotherSage bath salts from HEMPE come with their own instructions, and they recommend between 50-100g per bath. Once the bath salt has dissolved and the bath is full, get in. You should soak for at least twenty minutes to see any sort of result.

What are bath salts good for?

Bath salts do indeed have a wide range of uses, depending on what ails you, like:

  • Muscle aches, they can be used to help your muscle relax and reduce inflammation. Some people like to combine them with cinnamon bark oil because that is pretty warming, which can also be soothing.
  • Arthritis within a similar vein as the point above, bath salts can help to relieve some of the symptoms of arthritis. Add a little ginger essential oil to your bath for its anti-inflammatory properties for an extra added benefit.
  • Detoxing, bath salts can be used to just generally detox your body, like treating constipation, encouraging weight loss, relieving stress and soothing joints and muscles.
  • Skin conditions, because they tend to reduce inflammation they, can be used as a complimentary treatment for a number of skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis, among others. Sufferers tend to like to add tea tree oil, too, because it is antimicrobial and antiseptic, which can help to draw out potential irritants and infections. Even if you’re just a little itchy or your skin is a little dry, bath salts combined with oats can help to moisturise the skin and get rid of that annoying, pernicious itch.

The bottom line

Bath salts are actually a really great product; they definitely have their uses and have earned the title of ‘natural remedy’. Their uses can be cosmetic, helping the appearance of your skin or health-related, helping to soothe sore joints and muscles. If you want to give bath salts a go, then do your research and read the ingredients to see what else it contains, like any essential oils that could influence your decision to purchase. Lastly, read and follow the instructions for the best results!