Bath Salts have been around for a long time, but aren’t a regular inclusion on the weekly shop for most people. If you haven’t used them in a while, or ever, you are missing out on some amazing health benefits.
As a Naturopath, I am regularly advising my clients to take time out to unwind and relax. This not only helps to lower stress levels but allows a busy mind to slow down. I specialise in Stress and Sleep issues so I am regularly seeing stressed clients that “do not stop”. Their life is lived at a constant fast pace and the only time they get to “Stop” is when they lay down to bed, as a result many stressed people have sleep problems. This “stop” time allows them to sit and think and worry about what needs to be done, instead of having a calm mind and preparing the body for a much needed rest.
Zen Luxurious Body and Foot Bath Salts contain Epsom salts. Epsom Salts are made up of magnesium sulphate and when the magnesium ions break apart from the Epsom salt molecules they are easily absorbed through the skin.
I absolutely love my baths and when I can do so will try and soak at least once a week. I put some rainforest music on from youtube, light a candle, close my eyes and relax!
Reduce Stress and Improve Sleep
Epsom salts help to reduce our stress levels by reducing adrenaline while encouraging production of Serotonin. When we are stressed we produce high levels of Cortisol. When our Cortisol levels are high serotonin production cannot occur. Serotonin is our happy hormone which normally converts to Melatonin, a hormone that aids sleep. Therefore when we soak in these salts our sleep hormones will increase helping us to relax and have a good nights sleep!
Soothe Painful Muscles and Joints
If you sit at a computer most of your day you will be no stranger to neck tension. Magnesium is a mineral that allows our muscles to relax and when absorbed through our skin these Epsom salts do just that. If you suffer from leg cramps or eye twitches, this could be sign you are deficient in Magnesium. Soaking in these salts will aid any joints that are painful and inflamed by reducing the inflammation and swelling in these areas.
Love Your Heart
Lower your risk of cardiovascular disease by soaking in Epsom salts at least three times per week. They aid elasticity of your artery walls and help reduce inflammation in the body. Improved elasticity of arteries helps prevent blood clots and excess build up of detrimental plaque.
Magnesium and Sulfate assist the body to produce and utilize insulin. This means when used regularly, espom salts can assists blood sugar regulation. This not only promotes long lasting energy throughout the day, but prevents the risk of diabetes.
General Well Being
Magnesium sulfate has a variety of beneficial effects on our general health including fluid regulation through aiding functions of different enzymes. It also supports nervous system function by helping the facilitation of calcium in the body in turn supporting the chemical signals.
What I love about Zen Luxurious Body and Foot Bath Salts is that they are 100% Natural made with essential oils and dehydrated fruit and spices. Apart from the wide variety of benefits of epsom salts, they have the added benefits of these amazing essential oils and smell incredible!
The Essence of Zing Zing
A beautiful blend of ginger, lemon, orange, lemon grass and green tea leaves. Great for those who are regularly fatigued including new mums, busy business owners or super fit athletes. Helps alleviate headaches and migraines. Will also help reduce nausea so perfect for those who get travel sickness or car sickness!
The Essence of Warrior
This one is a great Winter Warrior blend. Combining the antibacterial properties of eucalyptus, green tea and lemon. This will help boost the immune system perfect for any cold or flu bugs. The decongestant and antiseptic properties will help relieve headaches and painful blocked sinuses when sick or during hay fever season. Also great for Asthma sufferers!
The Essence of Goddess
A perfect Mothers Day Gift to your Mum or Nanna. The strong scents of Rose Geranium will impress any busy Mum or Nanna. This feminine scent has been known to help women through menstruation and menopause. Geranium oil traditionally was used to help those with acne, soothe a sore throat due to its antiseptic properties. May also beneficial for healing wounds, athletes foot, eczema and haemorrhoids.
The Essence of Relaxation
Lavender is well known for its calming effects. This blend will help calm excitability (great for excited kids), soothe nervous or anxious tummies, may assist anxiety and aid sleep. These salts may be beneficial for mild depression and irritable bowel syndrome. Please note from my experience in clinic with liquid Lavender as a herb, in select sensitive individuals, it can cause headaches and may disrupt sleep.
But I don’t have a bath?
Easy solution, add the salts to a bucket of warm water and enjoy a foot soak! The aromatherapy coming from the bucket will still allow you to reap the benefits and listen to some relaxing mediation music. Your footsies will thank you for it!
If you are someone that is constantly busy and never seem to get any down time, enough is enough. You need to make time in your busy schedule to just slow down and relax. Book a time in your diary at least once a week to have a bath or a foot soak and put on some meditation music (like my beloved rain forest sounds).
It is so important to give your mind a well needed break and lower your adrenaline levels. If you do this every week you will find your memory, focus, concentration, energy, sleep and general well being will improve dramatically. Commit to this one task and start healing you self today.