Bath salts have long been used as an easy and inexpensive way to treat mental and physical health ailments. Bath salts, which are commonly made from magnesium sulfate (epsom salt) or sea salt, are easily dissolved in warm bath water and used for everything from stress relief to aches and pains. Get the most out of your bath salts with our top tips:
Increase hydration and decrease stress
Relax Bath Soak is the ultimate relaxation formula of bath salts created by ASPAR. Our bath soak is infused with the calming and soothing properties of lavender oil for its calming and soothing properties and cold-pressed avocado, which contains naturally occurring antioxidants that nourish and calm the skin. Use the Relax Bath Soak to hydrate your skin, decrease stress and insomnia and soothe any body aches and pains you may have.
SPA TIP – Add a few tablespoons to your bath and soak once a week for 20 minutes to relieve muscle tension as you breathe in the Relax Essential Oils to calm your senses and relieve stress.
In the shower
- Mix these ingredients in a bowl, creating a thick paste:
- 1 cup of sea salt or epsom salt
- 1/3 cup of almond oil, olive oil or coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of Vitamin E oil
- Apply the scrub to your body using your hands.
- Rinse the scrub from your body.
Be sure to use a bowl or container with an airtight lid to store your remaining shower scrub. You can add drops of your favourite essential oil to your body scrub to enjoy some of the additional benefits listed above. Bath salt scrubs are also great for exfoliating the skin.
Dry or itchy skin
You can use bath salts to relieve dry and itchy skin, including itching caused by insect bites.
- Use 1-2 cups of epsom salt and a tablespoon of olive oil.
- Pour the salt into the warm running water to help it dissolve faster.
- Add the olive oil and stir the bath water using your hand to help combine the salt and oil.
- Soak for at least 15 minutes, 2 or 3 times a week.
You can also add almond oil or coconut oil to bath salts to soothe and moisturise the skin. Hydrate deeply afterwards by moisturising with Ultra Rich Body Cream.
Skin inflammation or irritation
Bath salts can be used to relieve skin inflammation and irritation caused by eczema, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, and athlete’s foot. The National Eczema Association recommends adding 1 cup of table salt to your bath during a flare-up to help prevent stinging when bathing. You can also use epsom salt or sea salt to treat skin irritation and inflammation.
- Use 1 cup of epsom salt or sea salt.
- Pour the salt into the warm running bath water and use your hand to stir the water to help dissolve all the grains.
- Soak in the tub for at least 20 minutes.
There are several benefits to using bath salts in a foot soak. You can relieve symptoms of athlete’s foot,treat toenail fungus, relieve gout pain and inflammation and eliminate foot odour.
- Add 1/2 cup of epsom salt to a large basin of warm water and stir to dissolve.
- Soak your feet for 12 minutes, or 30 minutes for gout relief.
- Dry your feet thoroughly with a towel.
- Repeat three times daily to treat nail fungus until your symptoms improve. By adding diluted tea tree oil, you can combat toenail fungus.
Soaking your feet in a warm salt bath also makes it easier to exfoliate dry, cracked heels. You can use the shower scrub recipe above to help remove dead skin and calluses.
Detox steam inhalation
You can also use bath salts as a steam inhalation for detoxification, decongestion and relaxation. Sprinkle in a hand full of ASPAR Relax Bath Soak into a large bowl or container. Mix with hot water, cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam and aromatherapy with deep relaxing breaths for a few minutes.
We hope you enjoyed our top tips on bath salts and that you love using them as much as we do!