I don’t know about you, but I don’t live in a remote area with easy access to natural hot springs or the sea… I wish! These ‘baths’ found in nature contain mineral salts and have been used as healing and relaxation mechanisms for centuries. Each mineral salt found in nature possesses specific health properties. The recipe I have included in this post contains high levels of Magnesium, a mineral that many of us are deficient in today. Magnesium plays an important role in over 350 biochemical reactions in our bodies. When deficient, these reactions will occur very inefficiently, or maybe not at all. Over the last half a century, our magnesium levels have dropped significantly. Our soil is now depleted of many minerals and nutrients that were once in abundance years ago.
Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D., naturopathic doctor, and author of The Magnesium Miracle notes:
“The real miracle is that that modern man gets by as well as he does with so little of this essential nutrient. A hundred years ago — before we depleted our soil with greedy agricultural practices — the average person received at least 500 mg of magnesium a day, according to the US Department of Agriculture. Without supplementation, in 2009, even on a pure organic diet, you’re looking at only 150 mg at best. Those on a pure McDonald’s diet may be lucky to get 50 mg. And we may need between 600 and 900 mg… per day!”
So with all that, you might be wondering how taking a bath at home can help? Well, according to Naturopath Dr. Hazel Parcells, hot water draws toxins to your skin’s surface, and while the water in your tub cools, it pulls the toxins out from the skin. The bath salts aid in this extraction while also relaxing your muscles. The added Lavender Oil will soothe and calm you while promoting growth of new skin cells. Not sure you believe this all? Just try it! I promise you it’s worth it.
Bedtime Bath Salts
What you will need
– 3 cups Epsom Salt
– 2 cups Dead Sea Salt
– 1/2 ounce of Lavender Essential Oil
– optional: 1-2 tsp of dried lavender leaves
1. In a large bowl, measure out the salts and mix them together well. Slowly add the drops of essential oils and continue to stir, making sure to break up any clumps.
2. Place your new Bath Salts in an airtight container (preferably glass). Store in a cool, dark place. Essential Oils will slowly lose their medicinal qualities when if kept in a warm location and exposed to sunlight.
3. To use, sprinkle 2 tablespoons of mixture into your bath. Relax, and soak for 30 minutes.