“All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.” – John F. Kennedy
Taking a restorative Epsom salt bath is one of my favourite things to do. And fancy shmancy bath salts are a fantastic #healthyhomemadeholiday gift. Give the gift of returning to the sea!
Here’s the recipe and health benefits:
- 2 cups coarse sea salt – real sea salt contains all the minerals of the sea and will make your bath feel like seawater. It’s important to buy real, untreated sea salt. Don’t fall into the trap of buying anything that claims it’s ‘sea salt.’ You’re looking for a salt that’s light grey or pink. If it’s white, it’s treated.
- 1.5 cups Epsom salt – did you know that Epsom salt isn’t even salt? It’s magnesium sulfate, a mineral with many uses in the body. In an Epsom salt bath, the magnesium gets absorbed through the skin and provides anti-inflammatory benefits, helps to relax muscles and reduce muscle pain, ease stress, reduce constipation, help you sleep and detoxify, to name a few uses.
- ½ cup baking soda – helps to soothe your skin and make it silky smooth. Many people with eczema or psoriasis find that baking soda baths are very soothing. It also helps to flush your lymphatic system (your body’s dishwasher). Baking soda is super cleansing, alkalizing and anti-fungal in nature. Be sure to buy aluminum-free baking soda from the health food store.
- 20 drops essential oils – this is completely optional, but completely lovely. I used a mix of eucalyptus (to relieve muscle pain) and a little geranium and lavender (for relaxation). More info on essential oils and their benefits is available here.
Mix all ingredients in a big bowl and pour into jar(s).
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