Bathing in sea salt water has a beneficial effect on health. For example, sea salt baths reduce pain and muscle cramps. Sea salt baths are an effective way to fight insomnia. In addition, salt baths can help get rid of skin problems. There is a wide variety of types of sea salt. The main difference is the size of the granules and the shape of the crystals, which significantly affects the rate of dissolution of salt in water. Some types of sea salt contain additional minerals such as calcium. Alternatively, you can purchase colored or flavored sea salt.
Method 1 of 2: Using sea salt in the bath
Step 1. Set aside enough time, such as 15 to 20 minutes, for your bath
A bath is not a shower, which is often taken in a hurry. You should take a bath longer to relax your body and mind. To get the most out of your water treatment, take 15-20 minutes to soak in the tub.
- Take a sea salt bath before bed if you suffer from insomnia. Many people notice that after such a bath they sleep well!
- A morning bath helps cleanse the body of toxins. During sleep, the body produces many toxins that are close to the surface of the skin. A morning bath can help you get rid of toxins much faster.
Step 2. Fill the tub with water
Choose a temperature that is comfortable for you. If you plan on taking a salt bath to improve skin condition, make the water a couple of degrees warmer than your body temperature. This will make it easier for the skin to absorb the minerals contained in the sea salt.
Step 3. Add sea salt while the water is draining into the bath
The salt under running water can dissolve even faster. If you use flavored sea salt, you will smell a pleasant aroma. If you choose a colored bath salt, you will notice a change in the color of the water.
- If you are taking a bath for relaxation or pleasure, you need about two handfuls or a quarter cup (70 g) of sea salt.
- If you are taking a bath for medicinal purposes, such as psoriasis, you may need up to 840 g of salt.
Step 4. When the bath is full, turn off the water and stir the water with your hand
Depending on the type, the salt will dissolve either quickly or slowly. In general, the larger the grains, the longer they will dissolve.
Don't worry if the salt doesn't dissolve completely. In this case, the salt will act as a scrub
Step 5. Take a bath for 10-20 minutes
Tilt your head back and close your eyes. You can even play relaxing music or light candles. Use soap or shower gel to wash your body. However, by itself, sea salt is great for cleansing the skin.
Step 6. Drain the water when finished and rinse with fresh water
To do this, you can simply rinse in the shower to rinse off the salt.
Sea salt can leave marks on the walls of the bathtub. Wipe the sides with a sponge to keep your bathtub clean again
Method 2 of 2: Other Ways to Use Sea Salt in Water Treatment
Step 1. Combine a salt bath with aromatherapy
Fill the tub with hot water. Add 1 cup (280 g) sea salt and 10 drops of lavender essential oil (unless you are allergic to it, of course). Stir the water with your hand. Take a bath for 20 minutes.
Step 2. Make a bath mixture with sea salt and dried flower petals
In a large bowl, mix 2 ½ cups (700 g) sea salt with 1 teaspoon of scented soap oil (such as orange blossom oil) and ½ teaspoon of essential oil (such as lavender). Add 9 tablespoons of dried flowers such as rose petals, lavender or calendula. You can use one kind of colors or a combination of them. Mix all the ingredients well and store the mixture in a glass jar.
Use this sea salt in the same way as regular salt. The ready-made mixture is enough to take a bath several times
Step 3. Make a salt scrub
Mix 1 cup (280 g) sea salt, ½ cup (120 ml) almond oil or jojoba oil, and 10 drops of essential oil. Close the jar tightly and do not open until you are ready to exfoliate. The prepared mixture is enough for three procedures.
- Scrub application: Take a bath or take a shower. Then massage the scrub onto damp skin. Rinse off the scrub when you're done.
- A salt scrub is a great exfoliator. Thanks to it, it is possible to get rid of dead cells, as well as make the skin soft and tender.
- You can use your favorite essential oil. Note, however, that lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint oils are best for making a salt scrub.
Step 4. Make a sea salt foot bath
Fill a bowl with warm water. Add a handful of sea salt and stir the water by hand until completely dissolved. Get into a comfortable position, and then lower your legs into the basin. Wait a few minutes.
Massage your feet to exfoliate dead skin cells and relieve pain
Step 5. Prepare a sea salt solution for your face
Mix 1 part sea salt with 1 part olive oil. Rinse your face with warm water, then massage the saline scrub onto your skin. Be careful not to get the scrub in your eyes. Massage for a few minutes, then wash off with clean warm water. Finally, rinse your face with cool water to help tighten pores.
- Sea salt has an unlimited shelf life. However, the color and flavor can vary significantly.
- Store sea salt in an airtight container in a dry place away from sunlight.
- If you are using the bath for medicinal purposes, such as treating psoriasis, repeat the procedure 3-4 times a week. Most likely, you will see the result no earlier than in 4 weeks.
- Take a sea salt bath if you have: rheumatoid arthritis, muscle cramps, psoriasis, and osteoarthritis.
- Sea salt baths leave the skin smooth, soft and hydrated.
- Some people like to add sea salt to conditioner to add volume to their hair.
- Be sure to consult your doctor before using sea salt baths for certain conditions, such as psoriasis.
- If you are pregnant, see your doctor before taking a sea salt bath.
- As a rule, sea salt allergies are rare. If you are concerned about this, add warm water to a small bowl and add sea salt. Dip your finger, leg, or hand into the bowl. If an allergic reaction occurs, do not take a sea salt bath.