When one normally thinks about a detox bath, one thinks of is made with Epsom salt, which not only draws out toxins but has a wide range of health benefits that will improve your overall health.
Well, Epsom salt bath is great but to make your detox bath even more powerful and more beneficial, we found an exciting salt bath combination: Epsom salt along with Himalayan salt! These two miraculous salts can offer a long list of health benefits and can treat various health issues. The best thing about them is that they are inexpensive, effective, completely safe, and with no side effects!
Epsom salt is a mineral compound found in water containing high levels of sulfate and magnesium. It is called a “salt” because it looks like salt crystals. When buying your Epsom salt, you should be very cautious because there are different grades of Epsom salt – for personal care, agricultural and food grade.
It is well known that the skin is the largest detoxification organ. When taking an Epsom salt bath, the two minerals (magnesium and sulfate) work together in order to eliminate the toxins out of the body through the skin. Moreover, these two minerals are absorbed into the skin to improve the body’s levels of magnesium and sulfate. A number of studies showed an increase in magnesium level from soaking in an Epsom salt bath, without having any side effects!
Himalayan salt is undoubtedly one of the oldest, purest, and uncontaminated salts on the planet. Like any other natural salt, Himalayan salt offers a wide range of naturally-occurring minerals essential for our body. By adding this incredible salt to your bath you will feel like you are soaking in an ocean of energy. When taking this bath, the salts and minerals that are released into the water can be absorbed through your skin.
Health Benefits of Salt Bath
Even though they have different mineral contents, both Epsom and Himalayan salts offer almost the same benefits when used in a salt bath.
- Reduces the acidity and helps balance the pH levels in the body
- Accelerates healing of swelling, bruising, small cuts, torn or strained ligaments and muscles
- Relieves pre-menstruation symptoms (migraines, bloating, cramps)
- Increases blood circulation
- Improves respiratory health
- Soothes sunburn and insect bites
- Relaxes muscles reduces stress and promotes a better night’s sleep
- It possesses potent antiseptic properties and can treat skin conditions including eczema, acne, rashes, psoriasis, and dry skin
- Eliminates toxins through the skin
- Cleanses, purifies, and nourishes your body with essential minerals
- Relieves muscle cramps and arthritic joint pains
How to Take a Super Detox Salt Bath
According to Dr. David Jockers, the amount of the salt should be determined by the person’s weight. The amount below is for a standard size bathtub that will probably hold 25-30 gallons of water.
Measurement for Epsom Salt:
- Children under 60 lbs: ½ cup
- Individuals between 60-100 lbs: 1 cup
- Individuals between 100-150 lbs: 1½ cups
- Individuals between 150-200 lbs: 2 cups
For every 50 lb more—add an additional ½ cup of salts
While taking this bath, you can add only Epsom salt or together with Himalayan salt. If you have no detox experience and you are doing this for the first time, it is recommended to start only with Epsom salt. The next time you are doing it, you can add Himalayan salt as well.
You should not take this bath if you have cardiovascular disease, open wounds or burns, or you are pregnant. If you are on long-term medication, consult your doctor before trying any kind of detox.
First, you should cleanse and rinse out the bathtub to make sure that there is no dirt or mold in it. Fill the bathtub with warm water – 37o Celcius (or 97o Fahrenheit), so your body will not use its energy to balance out the temperature. This temperature of the water is warm enough to dissolve both the salts. It is not recommended to use hot water, especially if you have high blood pressure!
You are not supposed to use any bath additives such as shampoos, oils, or soaps. If you want to do a shampoo bath, you can do it before. After the salt bath, you should not rinse, just towel dry.
Before doing this detox bath, it is recommended to have a healthy and light meal. In this way, you will not get dizzy at the end, from an empty stomach or low sugar.
It is very important to stay hydrated. You should drink a lot of water before and after the bath throughout the day. Also, you should take a bottle of water and drink it while you are taking the bath. Put on some music to help you relax!
In order to get the maximum benefits, you should soak for at least 40 minutes. During this time, your body will successfully absorb the minerals from the salts.
Do not forget to mention that should take precaution when coming out of the bath. There are a lot of detoxification activities going on in your body, which means that you may feel dizzy. So, we recommend you to drain the water and get out slowly.
After taking the salt bath, you may notice that the color of the water is changed into a milky color. Well, it all depends on your health, but this is because of the toxins being drawn out from the body. In some cases, when the individuals are smokers or are constantly exposed to industrial toxins, the water may even be brownish.
It all depends on you how often you take this salt bath. If you can handle it, you can take it once to three times a week.