No More Sore Muscles!

No More Sore Muscles!

Are your muscles ever sore?

And you’re just tired and want to relax your full body, after the gym or before bed?

Did you answer yes? If so, have you tried bath salts?

If not, this piece is for you!

What are bath salts?

Firstly, there are a few different types of bath salts. So, let’s take a look at 3 common types:

Epson salts

Although it is a salt, it isn’t like the one we put on our food. However, it does have the same chemical structure. The name ‘Epsom’ comes from the natural springs where the salts are found; want to have a guess? If you guessed England, then you’re correct!

Put those terms together and you got it, they make Epsom salts.

Dead Sea salts

This type of salt is not the same as Epsom salts, though it contains a blend of minerals (magnesium, calcium, sodium, zinc, potassium & sulphur) that are exclusively found in the Dead Sea (bordered by Jordan, Israel & Palestine). It has one of the highest salinity levels, with a whopping 34.2%.

Did you know? Dead Sea salts have been around for thousands of years, and even has biblical references as well as links back to ancient times, with attributes to Queen Cleopatra’s great beauty and complexion secrets.

Pink Himalayan salts

A type of rock salt from the Punjab region of Pakistan, near the foothills of the Himalayas.

This is one of the purest salts available and unlike Epsom and Dead Sea salts, can be added to food as it is very similar to table salt chemically, but different in taste.

It contains traces of minerals such as potassium, magnesium and calcium (which gives the salt its lovely light pink tint) as well as an excessive 98% of sodium – talk about being salty 😛

How do they work?

Once added to water, all of the above salts’ breakdown and dissolve. The theory behind them is that when you soak in the bath, all the minerals are being absorbed into your skin.

What are their benefits for you?

Epsom salts

Epsom salts have been around for a number of years and have been used as an easy and inexpensive way to treat many health concerns. Let’s take a look at what it can do for you:

  • Relieving muscle soreness & pain
  • Easing bruising & swelling
  • Reducing stiff & aching joints
  • Relaxing tired & swollen feet
  • Alleviating dry & itchy skin, as well as conditions (such as eczema & psoriasis)

Overall, Epsom salts can help to ease body aches & pains by relaxing tense muscles, as well as reducing inflammation. Along with helping to relieve skin irritation.

Dead Sea salts

Dead Sea salts are rich in minerals and have a wide range of benefits for your skin and body. This is what is can help you with:

  • Gently exfoliating skin (by removing dead skin cells)
  • Purifying pores (by using antibacterial properties)
  • Replenishing skins moisture
  • Soothing muscles & joints
  • Calming skin irritation and conditions (such as eczema & psoriasis)

As a result, Dead Sea salts have a positive effect on skin, helping it to look fresh and revitalised. As well as to help reduce inflammation associated with muscles and joint pain.

Pink Himalayan salts

Pink Himalayan salts aren’t just beautiful baby pink colour and great on top of food. They can also provide you with the following benefits:

  • Boosting skin hydration
  • Refreshing & nourishing skin
  • Leaving skin feeling softer & smoother
  • Relaxing & relieving cramped muscles
  • Easing skin irritation & conditions (such as eczema & psoriasis)

From the above list, it is clear to see that Pink Himalayan salts can improve skin texture and feel, as well as help alleviate sore muscles.

How to prepare a salt bath?

Below are 3 at home recipes using each of the different bath salts.

Epsom salts recipe

1. Draw a warm bath and prepare 1-2 cups of Epsom salts.
2. Pour the Epsom salts into running water (as this helps the salts to dissolve faster). Stirring the water with your hand will also help to dissolve the remain grains.
3. Relax and soak up the goodness of Epsom salts for at least 15-20 minutes, or longer if desired.

BONUS: For an extra kick, you can also add a couple of drops of essential oils. One that might be useful for muscle relaxation is peppermint essential oil as it can help to soothe sore muscles and help reduce inflammation. Plus, it can help provide some relaxing aroma therapy for an improved mood. Please note, it is best to dilute essential oils with a carrier oil before bathing. A carrier oil can be sweet almond, coconut or even olive oil. For every 2-3 drops of essential oil, add at least 30-40g of carrier oil.

Dead Sea salts

1. Draw a warm bath and prepare 1-2 cups of Dead Sea salts.
2. Pour the Dead Sea salts into the water filled bath, stirring the water with your hand to evenly distribute.
3. Relax and soak up the goodness of Dead Sea salts for at least 20 minutes, or longer if desired.

BONUS: While soaking in the tub, rub salt smoothing on your skin in circular motions. This will help to remove dead skin cells and other impurities.

Pink Himalayan salts

1. Draw a warm bath and prepare 1-2 cups of Pink Himalayan salts.
2. Pour the Dead Sea salts into running water (as this helps the salts to dissolve faster). Stirring the water with your hand will also help to dissolve the remain grains.
3. Relax and soak up the goodness of Dead Sea salts for at least 20 minutes, or longer if desired.

BONUS: For an enriched mood, you can also add a couple of drops of essential oils. A few that might be useful to unwind are: lavender, vanilla, bergamot, frankincense & eucalyptus essential oil. Please note, it is best to dilute essential oils with a carrier oil before bathing. A carrier oil can be sweet almond, coconut or even olive oil. For every 2-3 drops of essential oil, add at least 30-40g of carrier oil.

Take home message

As you can see, each of these salts have their own unique properties and benefits. Plus, they are so quick, easy and simple to use.

At Bath Box, we think there is no better way to relax than a long, soothing soak in a warm tub with bath salts. Not only is it natural, but also a brilliant way to relax your body and mind, as well as make your skin look and feel better.

And this is why we have taken it upon ourselves to create bath soaks that includes a mix all of the above salts. Each bag is uniquely created to contain the right balance of each salt and there are 3 to choose from, view the collection here.
As you can see, each of these salts have their own unique properties and benefits. Plus, they are so quick, easy and simple to use.

At Bath Box, we think there is no better way to relax than a long, soothing soak in a warm tub with bath salts. Not only is it natural, but also a brilliant way to relax your body and mind, as well as make your skin look and feel better.

And this is why we have taken it upon ourselves to create bath soaks that includes a mix all of the above salts. Each bag is uniquely created to contain the right balance of each salt and there are 3 to choose from, view the collection here.

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