Do you ever feel like you’re juggling too many things on your plate, and wearing too many hats? It’s easy to neglect yourself after a busy day, but one thing that helps me stay centered (and sane!) is taking a nice, long salt bath.
Self-care is an important part of what makes life work. If you’re not balanced and feeling good, how can you expect to be on top of everything and, more importantly, enjoy life?
Fitness and real food all contribute, but another simple wellness practice (that’s cheaper than scheduling a massage) is taking a detoxifying salt bath at home with some of my favorite essential oils.
Here are a few types of salts (and essential oils) you can add to your bath:
Epsom Salt Baths
Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, isn’t technically a salt. At least, you don’t want to eat it. You do, however, want to soak in it as long as possible.
Use epsom salt baths whenever you’re having some muscle discomfort, especially after a workout (I tried prescribing myself an epsom salt bath after every CrossFit workout, but five times a week seemed a bit excessive). It also helps with bone and joint discomfort, and flushes out toxins while giving you the benefits of magnesium sulfate, which many are deficient in.
Put 1-2 cups of epsom salts in a warm–not too hot–bath and relax for 40 minutes. This is the ideal amount of time for removing toxins and absorbing minerals.
For added relief, try it with 3-4 drops of lavender essential oil. This popular scent comes with loads of benefits, including stress relief, muscle tension relief, and enhanced circulation.
Recommended essential oils: lavender and cardamom.
Himalayan Pink Salt Baths
Another way to detoxify is with Himalayan pink salt baths. Its pink tone makes it a beautiful bathing ritual, plus it’s great for PMS symptoms like bloating and cramping. It even been shown to prevent muscle cramping, improve circulation and remove toxins.
Himalayan salt is the most mineral-dense salt on the planet. With 84 essential minerals, it can be taken at any time of day (it’s what’s in our salt shaker), but for maximum benefits, use 1-2 cups when you take a bath.
Some say that one bath is equivalent to a 3 day fast, balances pH levels and alkalinity in our body, and lowers blood pressure. I say it’s awesome.
(Random tidbit: My dad smoked pink salt last week and gave me a bag of it. Holy amazing salt, Batman! It smells and tastes delicious.)
Recommended essential oils: ginger, lemongrass, rose, orange, grapefruit or eucalyptus.
Dead Sea Salts
Dead sea salts contain 21 nourishing minerals. People all over the world travel to the dead sea to receive its healing and therapeutic properties. Like its Himalayan, and epsom salt counterparts, Dead Sea salt helps with insomnia, skin problems and joint and muscle discomfort. It also helps with hair loss by improving circulation and stimulating hair growth.
Recommended essential oils: lemon and frankincense.
Detoxifying salt bath recipe
- 1 cup epsom salts (get them here)
- 1 cup of Dead Sea or Himalayan Salt (get them here and here)
- 1-2 cups baking soda
- 5-10 drops of essential oils
Try lemon for an invigorating clear, focused mind. Or Frankincense for added stress relief, relaxation, and anti aging. Using essential oils will aide in the detoxifying and healing properties of salt baths.
Mix all of the ingredients together. Store in a jar. Add to your next bath and enjoy.
Want another great bath salt recipe? Check out my DIY lavender cardamom bath salts for a delightful bath.