Bath salts: what they are for and how to use them

Bath salts: what they are for and how to use them

Bath salts are colored and perfumed salts to be added to the bath or foot bath for their relaxing action and more

Index

  • What are they for
  • How to prepare them
  • How to use them

What are they for

Bath salts are a cosmetic product obtained with salt, dyes and perfumes. These are therefore colored and perfumed salts that are added to the bath water to make relaxing, tonic, anti-cellulite baths or for other purposes. In fact, the function of bath salts varies according to the salt used and the substances chosen to give color and perfume that can also have benefits, as well as making the bath salt pleasant to the eye and smell. On the market there are natural bath salts prepared with salt, natural dyes and essential oils but in many cases these are products obtained by adding synthetic dyes and artificial fragrances to normal table salt. Bath salts are easily found on sale in cosmetic shops, herbalists, perfumeries and even supermarkets. Obviously, the quality of bath salts varies according to the quality of the ingredients chosen, which also determine their properties. To be sure that it is a good product, you need to check the list of ingredients or, alternatively, you can prepare bath salts at home with ingredients chosen according to your needs and needs and your tastes.

How to prepare them

Preparing bath salts at home is very simple: in a short time and with easily available and cheap ingredients it is possible to obtain quality products with beneficial properties. The do-it-yourself bath salts, packaged with taste and creativity, are also an always welcome gift idea. The basic recipe for preparing bath salts involves the use of coarse salt, a natural dye and one or more essential oils to perfume.

As for the choice of salt, you can opt for normal sea salt or whole cooking salt, generally very cheap, or you can use pink Himalayan salt, naturally colored a beautiful more or less intense pink. In addition to food grade salt, to make bath salts at home you can choose Epsom salts or Dead Sea salts, particularly useful for fighting water retention and cellulite, swelling of the lower limbs, ankles and or feet, soothe inflammation on the skin, relieve tension and combat muscle and joint pain.

Among the natural dyes it is possible to choose spices or colored plant extracts, such as turmeric powder, bitter cocoa, powdered spirulina algae, dried fruit powder such as raspberries, or colored flower petals, natural ingredients with antioxidant action and anti-aging. In addition to spices and plant extracts, green clay or pink clay can be used, with anti-inflammatory, remineralizing and soothing properties. To obtain brighter and more lively colors, oxides and micas are added to the salt, natural minerals which, however, have no properties. It is important that the dye is dry and not liquid, otherwise it would dissolve the salt, which is soluble in water.

Finally, to perfume and confer beneficial properties to the bath salts, one to three essential oils are added to be chosen according to the type of bath salt to be obtained and to one’s tastes. To prepare anti-cellulite bath salts, for example, you can add essential oils of sweet orange, lemon, grapefruit; if you want to make a relaxing bath salt, essential oils of lemon balm and lavender are good, the latter also useful in case of skin irritations; for a tonic and stimulating bath salt to use when you feel tired or in case of muscle and joint pain, you can choose the essence of rosemary; the essences of mint, sage and tea tree are excellent for deodorant bath salts; finally, if you want to make a balsamic bath salt to clear the airways and breathe better, the essential oils of thyme, oregano, eucalyptus are recommended.

Once you have chosen the ingredients to prepare the bath salts, proceed as follows: fill the container where the bath salts will be stored with salt, to measure the exact amount of salt to use. The salt is transferred to a bowl and the dye is added, without exaggerating because excessive quantities could stain the bathroom fixtures or the skin; generally, half a teaspoon or at most a teaspoon is sufficient for a 300-500 gram jar of salt. After carefully mixing the dye, the essential oils are added, using a maximum of ten to twenty drops. The whole is then transferred to the chosen jar and hermetically sealed. Bath salts can be stored away from light and heat for at least one year.

How to use them

Bath salts are generally used by adding them to the hot tub water, just before diving, mixing the water with your hands so that they melt. In addition to taking baths, bath salts can also be used for foot baths, to cleanse and deodorize feet and relax and deflate tired ankles and feet. Adding a tablespoon of sunflower or sweet almond oil to a tablespoon of bath salt makes for an excellent body scrub to use in the shower on wet skin, to reactivate circulation and to exfoliate, soften and smooth the skin.

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