Bath salts are great for soaking in. The ancient Greeks even recommended seaside health resorts in order to help cure skin diseases, and 16th-century physician and alchemist Paracelsus proclaimed that a salt bath was “better than all the health spas arising out of nature.” The healing powers of a salt bath, are still valued this day, due to its many well-documented health benefits – but, Himalayan Bath Salts takes that to a whole new level. It also gives your bath a beautiful pink-hue, creating the ultimate at-home spa treatment.
As Himalayan pink salt is so rich in minerals, soaking in a solution of bath water infused Himalayan salt allows the skin to soak up these minerals, including calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, and zinc, in a process known as dermal absorption.
Detoxification is important too, due to the countless toxins we’re all exposed to on a daily basis, from our food, our water, the air we breathe, household and personal products, and more. In fact, it’s been estimated that we encounter some 700,000 to 2.1 million different toxic chemicals every day. A 2012 study conducted by the University of California at Davis indicated that the average person is exposed regularly to cancerous levels of toxins, including DDE, dioxins, and arsenic – 100% of children that were tested were found to have cancer levels that exceeded the benchmarks set for these chemicals.
By bathing in Himalayan salts, some of these toxins are pulled out of the skin through a process known as reverse osmosis. You’ll find numerous options for purchasing Himalayan bath salts, including Spice Lab’s fine grain, quick dissolving bath salts, available on Amazon, with a 2.2-pound bag available here.
To use them as a detox, experts advise showering first, and then filling the tub with water that’s just at or slightly above body temperature to allow for maximum absorption. Dissolve the salts in the tub as it fills with water, and if using essential oils, add them to the running water. Soak for 30 to 40 minutes, or as long as it feels comfortable. Sip water while soaking to prevent dehydration.
To learn more about the benefits of a Himalayan salt bath and how to take one, read this article.