At the end of a long day, there's nothing like sinking into a warm bath. The healing power of water, combined with the restorative properties of soothing heat, is just what weary minds and muscles need.
While a simple bath is delightful, why not take it up a notch by turning it into your own private spa? A sea salt soak elevates bathtime, making it feel like your own personal oasis.
The best part? You don't need a ton of fancy products to transform your experience. Today, we're sharing how to make a sea salt soak at home!
The Healing Properties of Sea Salt
When you think about salt, your mind might first go to the kitchen. We're used to reaching for it when food lacks flavor, but most of us stop there. The idea of using salt in the bathroom might be a concept you haven't considered, but it isn't new.
For centuries, sea salt has been heralded as one of the most therapeutic, rejuvenating substances on Earth. For one, it's chocked full of anti-inflammatory minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, and iron. It also boasts impressive antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which can calm irritation on your skin and leave it feeling refreshed and restored.
When added to your bath, the minerals in sea salt can also relieve aches and tension in your muscles. This is why many athletes choose to soak in a luxurious Epsom salt bath after a particularly grueling workout or game. Yet, even the stressors of everyday life can take their toll, so it's smart to keep some on hand for any time you need a little R&R.
One study even found that soaking in a warm bath can have health benefits that mimic those of gentle exercise. It induces an anti-inflammatory response, lowers stress levels, and even helps regulate your glucose metabolism. If you need another reason to enjoy a good soak, now you have one!
What's In Our Sea Soak Bath?
Understanding the unique, healing properties of sea salt, we created our Sea Soak Bath to be ultra-nourishing and calming. In addition to pure Himalayan sea salt, we also added magnesium sulfate. This cathartic chemical compound is noted for its ability to soothe and relax muscle aches and relieve discomfort.
Then, we added dried petals, essential oil, and premium extracts designed to amplify the sensory-rich experience of your bathtime. This includes such calming scents as lavender, rose, and eucalyptus, which blend together beautifully, enveloping your bath in the natural aroma of an upscale spa. You can choose from one of three primary aromas, including:
Our Sea Soak Bath is ideal for all skin types, including normal, dry, combination, and oily. With just one soak, you'll find that your skin feels softer and more supple, while your muscles feel less fatigued.
This feeling doesn't fade as soon as you step out. Rather, you'll enjoy the effects of your bath long after the water empties in the drain. With regular use, you'll find that your skin feels transformed and repaired on a daily basis!
How to Use Our Sea Soak Bath
Once your Sea Soak Bath arrives at your doorstep, you'll want to use it right away! The idea of shutting the real world out for a little while and allowing yourself to drift into a warm, calming escape is definitely alluring. Creating little moments of cleansing, purifying self-care is why we started our business and it's at the core of every product we create.
Thankfully, it's easy to get started. As your bath water is running, simply add a small amount (around 1/2 cup) of our Sea Soak Bath to the bathtub. Then, all that's left to do is lower yourself in gently and allow the healing properties of the soak to infuse into your skin.
To amplify the experience, you can also turn the lights down, light a few candles, and play soft, relaxing music. When you allow yourself the privilege of truly becoming immersed in the experience, you'll find that bathtime becomes less of a chore, and more of a treat.
How to Make a Sea Salt Soak at Home
While you're waiting for our Sea Soak Bath to arrive, you can also make a sea salt soak of your own, right at home! This recipe is simple to prepare and uses ingredients that most people have right in their pantries.
Here are the ingredients you'll need:
- Three cups of plain Epsom salt
- 1.5 cups coarse, natural sea salt (e.g. pink Himalayan sea salt)
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 20 drops of essential oils in calming scents
- 2 to 3 tablespoons of dried flowers (optional)
- 2 tablespoons of nourishing skin oil (optional)
Let's break down this ingredient list a little more and explain why each part is included.
Another name for magnesium sulfate, Epsom salt isn't technically salt, but it's a compound that dissolves neatly into warm water. As it dissolves, it releases magnesium and sulfate ions, which help relax and soothe achy joints and muscles.
Coarse Sea Salt
Coarse sea salt, such as pink Himalayan sea salt, contains minerals that are beneficial to your body. It also adds buoyancy to the water, which can make bathtime more enjoyable. While you can use regular sea salt here, coarse sea salt is easier to mix into the other ingredients.
Baking soda is another ingredient you may think belongs in the kitchen but it can be a great addition to your bathtime routine.
Not only does it absorb excess oil and gently slough away dead skin cells to keep your skin feeling soft, but it also absorbs the essential oils you drop into the mixture. This keeps your sea salt soak smelling great!
Essential oils aren't required for an effective, therapeutic soak, but they do make your sea salt bath recipe more appealing and indulgent. Ideas for calming essential oil scents include:
Choose two of your favorites, and use 10 drops of each.
If you're able to find or purchase a few dried rose buds, you can also add these for texture and appearance. If you plan to give your homemade salt bath as a gift to someone, they're a great, inexpensive way to help it look beautiful.
Keep in mind, though, that these buds will remain in the bath after the water is gone. They're a cinch to clean up, but it's worth noting that extra step.
Skin oil is another optional ingredient in this recipe. For this step, you can use coconut oil, sweet almond oil, argan oil, or any other neutral oil you would normally apply topically to your skin.
If you want to skip this step, you can keep the skin oil handy to apply to your skin after you step out of the tub. When your skin is still a little warm and damp, it can easily absorb any lotions or oils you apply.
Preparing and Using Your Sea Salt Soak
To prepare your DIY sea salt soak, mix all of the ingredients together in a big bowl, using your hands or a spatula. Then, store the mixture in clean glass jars, such as Mason jars.
One important note: You may want to add a few holes to the top of the lid to ensure pressure does not build up inside the jars. On rare occasions, baking soda can activate when stored in a glass jar that's exposed to excess humidity or high elevation. This can cause air pressure to build up inside the jar, which could pose a safety risk.
As long as you keep yours ventilated and properly stored, this should not be an issue. You can store the prepared mixture for up to six months in a cool, dry place. If you add the optional skin oil, it will keep for around three months.
Keep your jar in a cool, dry place in your bathroom, such as in a lower cabinet. This way, it's easy to access any time you want to use it. When you're ready to run your bath, add 1/2 cup of the mixture to the warm, running water. The recipe shared above will make about five total cups, which equals 10 incredibly relaxing baths!
Enjoy a Therapeutic Sea Salt Soak
When is the last time you closed your eyes and allowed the power of warm, soothing water to literally melt your worries away?
Now that you know how to make a sea salt soak, you're only minutes away from creating a personal sanctuary, right at home. Whether you follow the DIY recipe or use our Sea Soak Bath, we hope your time is restorative and refreshing!
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