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Mineral Spa Aromatherapy Bath Salt Benefits

Updated on February 22, 2016
Mineral Spa Mediterranean Bath Salts
Mineral Spa Mediterranean Bath Salts

Benefits of Mineral Spa Bath Salts

What ARE the benefits of Mineral Spa Bathing Salts, and why you should bathe in them? Who was the first person to recommend taking bathing in bath salts? You may be surprised how far back in time we go, to get the answer.

Natural mineral or hot springs are also known as geothermal waters and have been used since their discovery for therapeutic treatments for centuries, as well as for their ability to revitalize and relax the mind and body. The therapeutic components in mineral baths that are used in home baths are the temperature of the water, and the dissolved minerals and gases contained in the water.

Bathing in a warm bath of soothing mineral bath salts can be relaxing and provide healing properties, while assisting the body to eliminate built up toxins. Choosing to bath in salts scented with essential oils will offer aromatherapy benefits to your bath, if the chosen bath salts are enhanced with therapeutic essential oils verses fragrance oils.

Mineral bath salts contain dissolved minerals and gases such as: calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, chloride, silicon dioxide, iron, bicarbonate, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide. The bicarbonate and carbon dioxide gases are thought to increase blood circulation by opening up the blood vessels. Increased blood circulation means that more oxygen is delivered to the cells, thus improving their performance. This increased circulation is stimulating but soothing to muscles as well. This is one of the reasons taking a bath is recommended when one is seeking to relax and unwind.

Mineral baths are often recommended while recuperating from surgery, are helpful for in treating skin inflammations such as eczema and psoriasis, as well as reducing stiffness and inflammation in joints due to osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. However, using very hot water at home is contraindicated for hypertension, heart disease, pregnancy, and several other conditions.

The healing benefits of mineral baths may extend to the endocrine system as well, by simply allowing the body to fully relax over a period of time. Our adrenal glands produce stress hormones such as adrenaline. Under conditions of chronic stress, our adrenal glands work overtime, causing the endocrine system to become out of balance. By taking a relaxing bath in mineral salts, and soaking away the stress, the workload of the adrenal glands is decreased, thus restoring balance to the endocrine system. This explains why a person feels peaceful, relaxed, and often pain free after bathing in mineral spa bath salts.

Mineral Bath Salts
Mineral Bath Salts

How You Benefit From Bathing In Mineral Spa Bath Salts?

Why They've Been Recommended for Centuries

Mineral spa bath salts are used by people all over the world, and are featured on the list of services in luxury spas because they are so beneficial to the body. The composition of the minerals found in spa bath salts, help to improve in cleansing of the body, provide a medical improvement, such as helping to relieve sore and aching muscles, relieve arthritis pain, provide an enhanced bathing experience through aromatherapy, which can soothe and relax, or energize and uplift the bather, or serves as a vehicle for cosmetic agents, like moisturizing oils or butters to leave the bather's skin feeling silky soft and smooth.

Mineral bath salts have been developed to mimic the properties of naturally formed mineral baths or hot springs. Adding even plain, unscented bath salts to your bath can provide many therapeutic, welcomed benefits.

Soaking in salt water and using salts in cosmetic agents started centuries ago. Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician who's known as the father of medicine, was one of the first to prescribe sea salt soaking to his patients, to help heal and soothe various ailments.

Scented Dead Sea salts, other various forms of mineral bath salts, and/or Epsom salts can promote a sound nights sleep, relax and quiet the mind, and soothe a long day's tired and restless muscles. Including essential oils with your bath salts will provide additional healing and therapeutic benefits from the specific essential oils chosen to be used.

Mineral bath salts such as Muscle Rescue, Serenity, and Lavender are some wonderful choices from essensu skincare's European Mediterranean Sea Salts, for indulging and soothing your senses after a long day.

I got these bath salts as a Christmas present for my mother. She loves them.

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      essensu 5 years ago from New York

      @scar4: These are bath salts for the bathtub, not the slang name for a recreational drug.

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      scar4 6 years ago

      I used bath salts a few years ago, but quit them halfway!