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Mineral Bath Ideas
HERBAL MEDICINE WELLNESS

Mineral Bath Ideas

Mineral baths have long been enjoyed for their relaxing and rejuvenating properties. Taking the time to relax in a warm bath is surely one of life’s simple pleasures. The ritual of bathing goes way back in time from naturally formed rock pools to steamy thermal mud baths.

The health benefits of mineral baths have been known since the millennia. Historically, mineral baths have been enjoyed the world over, with a long list of purported benefits including relief from joint pain, sore muscles, stress relief and everything in between.

While the chaos of everyday life may make showering a more time-efficient way of getting clean, a good long soak in the bath when time permits, is a cheap and easy way to escape the daily pressures of our lives, if only for a little while.

So how can you recreate a relaxing, therapeutic bath in the comfort of your own home? Read on to discover how you too can experience the benefits of a relaxing, therapeutic bath, tailored to your own personal needs.

To get started, you’ll need a few ingredients.

Firstly, get your hands on either Epsom salts or magnesium chloride flakes. Epsom salts are not actually a salt, but rather, magnesium sulphate. Magnesium is great for easing sore muscles and has a soothing effect on our nervous system, so it’s great for stress and tense muscles.

Magnesium chloride flakes are available in most health food stores and pharmacies. Some would argue that magnesium chloride is superior to Epsom salts, however, both contain magnesium, so whichever form you can find will still offer the great benefits associated with magnesium.

Magnesium is well known for its muscle-relaxing properties, it’s also great for cramping and muscle spasms so it makes an essential addition to a therapeutic soak.

Another ingredient to include is Pink Himalayan salt. Pink Himalayan salt is full of trace minerals making it a great addition for a DIY mineral bath experience. You can find Pink Himalayan salt in the spice aisle in the supermarket or health food stores, look for the salt with the lovely pink hue.

Start with a basic mix:

  • 1 cup of either Epsom salts or magnesium chloride flakes
  • Chosen Essential Oils
  • ¼ cup of Pink Himalayan salt

Combine ingredients in a bowl and then add the suggested oils in the recipes below. Mix well and add to a warm bath, lock the bathroom door and relax for at least 20 minutes. Bliss……

Rest and relaxation mix

Lavender oil is well known for its relaxing properties and is a skin-friendly essential oil. It’s also quite an easy oil to find in stores as it is so popular. You may even have some Lavender growing in your garden, feel free to throw a handful of fresh blooms in the tub too if you wish.

Chamomile and Lavender go hand in hand when it comes to relaxation. Check your local health food store for some Chamomile tea and maybe add a tea bag or two to the bath water. Add the following to the basic mix and feel your body gently ease into a state of relaxation.

  • 4 drops Lavender oil
  • 3 drops Chamomile oil
  • 2 Chamomile tea bags or handful of loose dried Chamomile flowers
  • Fresh or dried Lavender blooms

 

Sensuality mix

Sometimes we need a little something to feel good in our own skin. Rose geranium smells divine and when combined with either fresh or dried rose petals, makes a truly decadent bathing experience. The inclusion of baking soda has the added benefit of leaving the skin silky soft. Add the following to the basic mix and enjoy:

  • 5 drops Rose geranium oil
  • ¼ cup of baking soda
  • Fresh or dried rose petals – or any flowers you may have on hand
  • Pick me up mix

Sometimes we need a little pick me up and citrus essential oils are perfect for doing just that. Not only do they smell great and uplifting, but they are great for perking up a flat mood and putting that smile back on your face. Combine the ingredients below with the basic mix, add it to your bath and let the sunshine in!

  • 3 drops Lemon oil
  • 3 drops Sweet Orange oil
  • 1 or 2 drops of Rosemary oil – or a couple of sprigs of fresh rosemary from the garden
  • Several slices of orange or lemon for a bit of fun

We all need to spend a little time looking after ourselves now and then and what better way, than with a warm, relaxing mineral-rich bath. With a few ingredients to make it special, you’ll soon be soaking away your tense muscles along with your stress and worries. Enjoy!
Felicity Downes-Casipit
Author

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