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Moon bath salts - what do the salts actually do?

Updated: Apr 10


When creating our moon bath salts, I wanted them to not only be aesthetically pleasing (which they sooooo are), but to also contain the right ingredients soothe the mind, body and soul.


So, let's start with the salt bases. Both salts have a pink Himalayan salt and Dead Sea Salt base. Sourced from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, pink Himalayan salt is considered to be one of the purest salts in the world! It is believed to come from the oceans that once surged there over 250 million years ago. As the seabeds dried up and the landscape was covered with snow, ice, and lava, the salt that sat beneath was protected from the pollutants of the new world. 

Because of this, the salt is rich in minerals and even the color is determined by trace minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron. its possible that there are more than 80 trace minerals inside these rosy crystals. Not only is Himalayan pink salt pure eye candy but the inclusion of minerals, the sense of purity, and the natural healing benefits that come with saltwater make for a magical remedy for your body, mind, and soul.


So... what are its benefits of Himalayan Salt on our mind, body and soul?


"Soaking in the tub comes with tons of benefits after a long day, throw in some Himalayan sea salt and you boost the benefits. Mineral-rich bath water helps the mind to unwind, the body be soothed and even helps the skin soften. Soaking in a Himalayan bath also helps the body to absorb much-needed minerals as your skin cells can soak up everything from magnesium to zinc, copper and calcium, manganese and sodium. All of these add up to the body being replenished. With a bright dose of mineral magic, it can help to fight fatigue, ease aches and pains, and encourage restful and restorative sleep. " - Tiny Rituals

Take a look at these other amazing benefits that come with a Himalayan soak…


Magnesium

Magnesium does so much good for the body - including helping our nervous systems, helping turn food into energy, assisting in pain management, and so much more. As studies have shown that it's possible for the body to absorb magnesium via skin cells, soaking in steaming Himalayan bath water can do just that. 


Clear your sinuses

Himalayan salt is also good for the respiratory system as it creates a healthy environment and purifies the air which can reduce the presence of bacteria, fungi, mould, and viruses.


Reduce Bloating

Himalayan salt can also draw toxins and excess water out of the body. If you are someone who suffers from the dreaded bloat, bathing in salt water can help you to get comfortable in your own skin. This has been a known remedy for centuries although it's often attributed to Epsom salts, the pink salt shares this same property. 


Relieve blisters and bites

The heaven-sent properties of Himalayan salt include it being antifungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial. All of these things add up to a healing remedy when it comes to all kinds of skin ailments including blisters and bites. From pesky mosquitoes to stings and rashes from brushing against nettles or poison ivy, a salt bath can heal all woes. 


Better circulation

Poor circulation can bring a whole host of problems with it. From cold extremities to memory loss and lack of concentration, it's important to have warm blood pumping around the body. Soaking in a Himalayan salt bath can encourage better circulation. This is because the warm water can encourage arteries and veins to expand which can allow for the easier passage for blood to pump around the body.


Eczema, psoriasis

Rich in antimicrobial properties, Himalayan sea salt can be an excellent addition to any kind of body scrub or DIY facial spray as it is so good for bringing hydration to the skin. For those who have skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, Himalayan baths can help soothe itchy and irritated skin. 


Detox

Every day we are exposed to toxins - from food to air and even what we wear on our body. Having a little detox now and then helps to reduce the impact caused by such chemicals. By bathing in Himalayan salt baths, those minerals can get to work on our body as the magnesium can help enzymes, the negative ions neutralize damage, and the antimicrobial and antifungal properties draw out any bad stuff. 


Deeper sleep

A long sweet soak in a Himalayan salt bath helps stress melt away. Soaking in any bath is good for easing tension, but the addition of Himalayan pink salt heightens that sense of calm. Himalayan salt baths can also work with the negative ions in the air to charge up that chill factor. With muscles relaxed and the mind still, you are better equipped to enter a sweeter deeper and more rejuvenating sleep. 


Sore muscles

A Himalayan salt bath is also a great go-to for those who are struggling with sore muscles. Whether you have put your body through the paces or if you are in recovery, soaking in a Himalayan salt bath can reduce inflammation. Studies have shown that bathing in saline solutions is good for easing the body and the mind, both of which can help soothe tension and tightness that can contribute to muscle pain.


Let's take a look at Dead Sea Salt...



Dead Sea Salt contains 10X more minerals than normal sea salt.  Minerals which can assist in cleansing, detoxifying, and restoring a healthy status quo to the body, especially the skin and muscles.  These minerals include:


Magnesium - Magnesium is great for detoxifying and cleansing the epidermis. It promotes the cell metabolism, and in turn helps heal damaged or inflamed skin.


Calcium - Calcium also promotes skin growth and regeneration, moisture retention through the production of sebum, and stimulates the production of antioxidants.


Sodium - Sodium helps cleanse and exfoliate the skin, neutralise free radicals which can degenerate skin cells, and relieve sore muscles.


Zinc - Zinc also helps heal and rejuvenate skin, ward off acne, and protects the skin’s lipids and fibroblasts cells that create collagen.


Potassium - Potassium is great for keeping skin moist and plump, and for reducing puffiness.


Sulphur - Sulphur helps decongest pores. It also has powerful healing, antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial propoerties.


What Are The Benefits of Dead Sea Salt For You?

  • A natural exfoliator: The gentle, yet abrasive texture of Dead Sea salt makes it an excellent exfoliator, which combined with its high sodium content, helps slough off dead skin cells and flakes, leaving you with fresh, revitalised skin.

  • Replenishes skin moisture: Minerals like calcium, zinc and potassium work to promote moisture retention, helping your skin stay soft, plump and hydrated.

  • Purifies your pores: Dead Sea salt has wonderful antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties that help cleanse and detoxify the pores by driving out oils, dirt and other impurities. This helps to eliminate acne, pimples, blackheads and whiteheads.


  • Helps calm skin allergies, eczema, and psoriasis: A soothing bath in Dead Sea salt water can work wonders for skin allergies and conditions. The rich minerals work to exfoliate dead skin, help calm inflammation, and fight off allergens and microbes.

  • Help fight off pro-aging free radicals: Many of the minerals in Dead Sea salt fight off oxidation in the skill cells by eliminating free radicals, helping your skin looking younger and more vibrant. It’s fibroblast-protecting and hydrating properties also help to keep the skin looking plump and refreshed.

  • Soothes sore joints and muscles: A long, hot soak in Dead Sea salt water is a brilliant way to relax, unwind, and sooth those aching joints and muscles. Bromide helps ease muscle cramps, while the anti-inflammatory and detoxifying agents help reduce joint swelling, soreness and stiffness.


How to Make the Perfect Bath



Turn a salt bath into a cleansing, soulful, and spiritual ritual and reap the benefits. Aside from the beautiful health benefits, soaking in a warm bath can grant you the chance to take time out and to truly focus on the bodily sensation that comes with sinking down into soft crystal salt water. Here’s how to create the perfect bath…


  1. Fill the tub with steamy warm water. Don’t make the bath too hot but make sure it's super warm and comforting.

  2. Add the pink Himalayan salt. Just a handful or two should do the trick. Wait for it to fully dissolve.

  3. If you want to up the soothing elements, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Pick oils that are soothing to the skin like lavender and rose and avoid those that can cause reactions and irritations like cinnamon and clove. 

  4. Sometimes salt baths can dehydrate you as they pull out excess water and toxins from the skin. You can combat this by keeping a tall cool glass of water next to you and sipping it slowly as you soak in the tub. Staying hydrated should always be a plan whenever you are immersed in any hot water treatment.

  5. Soak in the tub for as long as you feel - a minimum of ten minutes is enough to do the trick and let the magnesium and other minerals soak into your skin. You can bathe for up to 30 minutes if you truly want to take the time to fully unwind and carve out a little peace in your day. 

  6. Bring an extra dose of delight to your skin by slicking on some natural moisturizer after you get out. Snuggle up in something warm and let that healthy rosy glow fill your mood right up. 


Check out my other blog post too, that tells you all about the botanicals that go into our salt mixes and why I chose them.


Happy Bathing!


Kika - PeaceJunkie

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