Salt is necessary for optimal health and wellness. Salt can be used in may ways to promote healing, such as for sinking down into a warm bath soak to relieve frayed nerves. However, not just any salt will do, so toss out your table salt, unless it's all-natural.
Salt, in order to help put nervous ills and plagues (viruses, bacteria and other germs) and in remission, has to be natural sea salt and there are many natural sea salts to choose from, each with its own health benefits to consider.
One of the easiest and most comforting ways to replace precious minerals in your body and relax at the same time is to create your own bath salts.
Not only do bath salts smell delicious and make you feel divine, but, most importantly, they help to relieve and heal specific conditions. Each bath salt recipe contains a rich blend of minerals, trace elements, vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants, which have re-balancing, anti-aging, hydrating, detoxifying and renewing benefits.
Bath salts are extremely easy to make. All you need are sea salt, essential oils, and a bit of seaweed, dried flowers or herbs. You can always choose to omit the seaweed or any other ingredient and just use the salts with a bit of essential oil.
Bath Salt Ingredients
Sea Salt - Dead Sea, Pink Himalayan, Red Hawaiian, and Mediterranean
Botannicals - Organic Lavender, Rose buds, Chamomile, Calendula leaves
Natural Colorants - Herbs and spices, such as Organic Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Paprika, Vanilla, and micro-algae, such as Spirulina and Chlorella (see below).
Common Salts to Use in Bath Salts Recipes
Epsom Salt - Epsom salt isn’t actually salt. Epsom salt is a pure mineral compound of magnesium sulfate in crystal form, so it looks like salt, but has no sodium chloride, which is actual salt. Magnesium deficiency can be to blame for a number of dis-eases including heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis, muscle and joint pain, digestive problems, and chronic fatigue.
Dead Sea Salt - The world’s first day spa was set up by Cleopatra on the shores of the Dead Sea. Dead Sea salts differ greatly from other sea salts in mineral content, being made up of only 8% sodium chloride (actual salt) with a higher percentage of magnesium, sulfates and potassium. Dead Sea bath salts aid in the treatment of skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. It’s known to reduce pain and inflammation from arthritis and rheumatism. The high mineral content also cleanses and detoxifies the skin.
Hawaiian Red Sea Salt - Hawaiian Red sea salt is also known as Alaea and is a natural, unprocessed sea salt. It gets its color from purified red Hawaiian clay (alae). Volcanic red clay is high in iron oxide. Hawaiian Red salt in your bath helps to heal wounds, body aches, and muscle sprains. It is believed to draw toxins from overworked muscle tissue. Mixing Hawaiian Red salt with any other sea salt can create a beneficial combination of medicinal properties.
Why It's Beneficial to Use Seaweed in Your Bath Salt Recipes
Seaweed contains natural minerals, vitamins, and nutrients, such as magnesium, which can be absorbed into the skin to promote well being and encourage healing. But, it's not just for soaking in. Seaweed can be eaten and taken in supplement form as well. Certain seaweeds are better for certain conditions.
Dulce is high in fiber, removes dead skin cells, and is excellent for exfoliation. It also softens hair.
Irish Moss contains antiviral and antimicrobial effects to treat infection and is also good for dry, patchy skin, eczema, psoriasis, and sunburn.
Kelp is most commonly used in bath salts. It is a brown seaweed that helps to boost energy, reduce inflammation in joints and bones, soothes mucous membranes, and alleviates pain.
Bladderwrack contains a compound called Fucoidan. It has anti-estrogenic and anti-aging properties which promotes retention of collagen, while improving skin elasticity (especially when eaten).
Also see Seaweed for healthy tips on how to add seaweed to your diet.
How to Make Bath Salts
Knowing how to measure out your ingredients is important. Salts can be divided out fairly evenly among themselves. for example, 1 cup Dead Sea, 1 cup Himalayan and 1 cup Epsom.
Seaweed can be ground, flaked or powdered and can equal the total amount of combined salts (1 cup salt and 1 cup seaweed), but essential oils need to be measured out precisely according to the measurements of your salt mixture.
Recipe #1 ~ 1/2 cup Epsom salt, 1/3 cup sea salt, 1/3 cup baking soda, 15-20 drops of essential oil.
Recipe #2 ~ 2 cups of Epsom salt, 1 cup sea salt, 1 cup baking soda, 20 drops of essential oils.
Recipe #3 ~ 1/2 cup Epsom salt, 2 cups of sea salt, 1/2 cup of baking soda, 20-30 drops of essential oil.
The 20-30 drops essential oils can be from an individual oil or a combination of essential oils, but no more than a combined total of 30 drops.
Adding in Seaweed, Herbs & Flowers
Let's say, for example, you decide to use Recipe #3 (above). To this you might add just 1 tablespoon of seaweed powder, which is 'concentrated' for lack of a better word. When using chopped or flaked seaweed you might add more to your recipe or just toss in the bath along with your salts containing oils.
Herbs and flowers can be added for extra healing potential. Usually 1 tablespoon to a 1/2 cup is used according to preference. They may be added to the basic recipe mixture or put in a muslin bag, tied, and placed in the bath water so you don't have to pick flowers and herbs out of your tub after your bath (or worry about clogged drains).
Adding Botanicals to Bath Salts for Skin Conditioning
Colorants to Use in Bath Salts
These natural items can be placed in the bath whole or ground into small particles and powders first. Using a coffee grinder can work quite well for creating powders.
The Captains Lady's Seaweed Bath Salt Recipes
Shore to Shore
A combination of Dead Sea, Pink Himalayan, and Mediterranean (salts), Irish Moss and Kelp (seaweed) for when you prefer no fragrance or would like to experiment with adding your own essential oils, herbs, or flowers at home. Replaces lost minerals, calms frayed nerves, relaxes tense muscles and revitalizes the mind.
Coastal Tranquility Seaweed Bath Salt
Dead Sea and Mediterranean (salts), Kelp (seaweed), Essential Oils of Roman Chamomile, Marjoram, Lavender, Sandalwood, Ylang, Ylang, and/or Vervain. Organic French, Lavender flowers. Erases negative thoughts, fatigue, worry, anxiety, and stress.
Tristan's Strength Seaweed Bath Salt
Dead Sea, Pink Himalayan, and Mediterranean (salts), Kelp (seaweed). Essential Oils of Wintergreen, Pine, Camphor, and/or Marjoram, Chamomile flowers. Relieves ache and pain in muscles and joints caused by overuse, Fibromyalgia, and inflammatory conditions, such and arthritis.
Isolde's Heart Seaweed Bath Salt
Dead Sea, Pink Himalayan, Red Hawaiian (salts), Irish Moss (seaweed), Essential Oils of Ylang Ylang, Sweet Orange, Neroli, Vanilla, and/or Patchouli, Organic Rose buds. Creates the mood for love, romance, affection, desire for intimacy, and increases stamina.
Sea Nymph's Scales Seaweed Bath Salt
Dead Sea, Pink Himalayan, Mediterranean, Epsom (salts), Irish Moss and Dulce (seaweed), Essential Oils of Rosemary, Lemon, Neroli, Geranium, Jasmine, Carrot Seed, Fennel, Rosewood, Lavender, and/or Frankincense, Rosemary (herb), and Cinnamon (spice powder) softens skin. Relieves eczema, psoriasis, itch, skin irritations and inflammation.
Sea Crone's Requiem
Dead Sea and Mediterranean (salts), Bladderwrack Kelp, and Nori (seaweed), Essential Oils of Geranium, Rose, Neroli, and/or Chamomile, Clary Sage and Chinese Green Tea (herbs). Helps with skin irritations, inflammation, insomnia, hormonal balance, and uplifts mood.
Dead Sea Salt, Powdered Kelp (seaweed) Essential Oils of Lavender, Chamomile, and/or Neroli. Encourages relaxed sleep. Helps with racing thoughts, anxiety, muscle ache, and insomnia.
A Mermaid's Tail Seaweed Bath Salt
A 1/2 cup each of Dead Sea, Pink Himalayan and Epsom salts, Baking Soda (2 Tablespoons), Irish Moss, Nori, or Dulce seaweed (approximately 1/2 to 1 cup depending on whether it is powdered or crumbled, 1/4 - 1/2 cup Sage (dried herb), essential oils of Chamomile, Tea Tree, Lemon and/or Rose (no more than a total of 30 drops). Helps to heal genital irritations and inflammations, such as herpes and hemorrhoids.
Choosing Your Bath Salt Container
You may place your combined ingredients into any jar with an airtight lid. However, give your mixture a chance to dry out completely before closing. Baking soda relieves itchy and dry skin. However, when placed in air tight containers where there is too much moisture the container may explode. Leaving Baking Soda out of the recipe is an option, as well as leaving the lid slightly loose. Mason jars are perfect, but you can get as fancy as you like.
You can place a spoon, cup or shell inside to use as a dispenser. Simply run 1-2 scoops (1/2 - 1 cup) of Seaweed Bath Salt under running water while filling your bath. Swish your bath water to dissolve the salts and to release the healing properties of the seaweed and essential oils. Close your bathroom door to keep the aroma inside the room. Relax and soak for 20 minutes. Then, rinse and pat dry. Treat yourself once a week.
The Captains Lady’s Sea Salt & Kelp Foot Scrub
Place 1 cup course Sand, 1 tablespoon of Sea Salt, 1 tablespoon powdered Kelp in a bowl and mix. Then, add 1 cup Olive oil and 1/4 cup raw Coconut oil and blend well. Transfer to a large sterile jar and place in a cool, dark place. It will be ready to use in one hour. Scrub feet with mixture in circular motions to smooth away dead skin. Rinse well and pat dry.
Salt scrubs can also be used on tough skin on elbows and knees. Just don't rub too hard. You don't want to burn your skin. Essential oils of your choice can also be added, such as Lavender, which is skin soothing. See Essential Oils for suggestions.
Note: Do not use sand from the beach, which can contain contaminates. Instead, purchase a small bag of sand from a craft store. It shouldn't cost more than a dollar or two.
In Victorian times, ammonia based smelling salts were used to revive those who had swooned (fainted), which was often caused by corsets that were much too tight and didn't allow the 'victim' to breathe well.
There's a whole science to making ammonia based salts to which I would not even begin to suggest you do. It's a very complicated, if not dangerous, process.
Here is an excellent site that shows you how to make non-ammonia smelling salts step by step right here.
However, there's another type of smelling salt you can easily make yourself that can be inhaled to calm negative emotions or provide an energetic lift throughout your day.
The Captains Lady's Old World Smelling Salts
1/4 dead sea salt
3-4 drops of your favorite essential oil, or any combination of essential oils
Place your salt in a small, dry bowl, add your essential oils and mix well. Cover with a cloth and let dry for a couple of hours. Stirring every so often will speed up the process. You don't want your salts to be damp when you transfer to a container. Once dry, pour into a small glass jar or container with a tight fitting lid. I particularly like wearing a tiny, cork jar pendant on a necklace around my neck so it's handy while I am working.
Storing away from heat and bright light will make your smelling salts last longer.
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