As the experts in bath salts & therapeutic solutions, we’re often asked the same questions. In this useful guide we explain what the difference is between various bath salts & which ones are best for different concerns.
Why should you use bath salts?
Good quality salt contains many of the minerals needed by the body to help it replenish those lost. These include but aren’t limited to magnesium, sodium, iron & calcium.
Mineral rich bath salts combined with the gentle heat of hot water & other essential oils can help the body to recover from aches, pains & stiffness by replenishing muscles with the necessary minerals it needs through the process of osmosis which allows toxins to be drawn out & minerals to be absorbed.
As the sodium binds the water to the outer layer of your skin, moisture is preserved which, along with the benefits of the minerals included in bath salts can also help ease the discomfort of some skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis although we would always recommend speaking to your doctor before trying any new treatment.
What’s the difference between bath salt & the table salt in my cupboard?
Traditional table salt is usually heavily processed, often heated at 648°c & bleached, leaving it devoid of any beneficial compounds.
What are the different types of bath salts?
There are many different types of salts, each with a different mineral composition but they are generally all named from where they come. We create our therapeutic blends using Dead Sea Salts, Epsom Salts & Himalayan Salts because of their especially high natural mineral content.
So what is the difference between Dead Sea Salts, Epsom Salts & Himalayan Salts?
Dead Sea Salts come from the Dead Sea & been used since ancient Egyptian times for it’s health benefits. It has a different composition to other sea salt; while most oceanic salt is approximately 85% sodium chloride (the same salt as table salt) the Dead Sea salt is only 12-18% sodium chloride with the rest being made up with a broad variety of other beneficial minerals including a high concentration of magnesium, potassium & sodium.
Epsom Salts are named after the saline spring in Epsom, Surrey where they come from but they aren’t actually ‘salt’ as we know it. Epsom salt is a pure mineral compound of magnesium sulphate in crystal form, so it looks a lot like salt but it actually has no sodium chloride. These ‘salts’ therefore have a very high concentration of magnesium, which makes them particularly good at flushing out toxins & easing fluid retention.
Himalayan Salt is famous for it’s pink colour, caused by the high levels of iron found naturally in the salt. It is also known for containing all 84 minerals needed by the body, such as magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, potassium and chloride, as well as traces of boron, fluoride, iodine, zinc, selenium and copper. Himalayan salt is bursting with minerals
In summary, all of the salts are beneficial but are made up of a different mineral profile.
Which Bath Salts should I use?
We offer all three of these bath salts in a natural, fragrance-free format & ready to pour into the bath for general well being. This is perfect for those who simply want the therapeutic benefits of natural salt without any essentials oils.
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If you are looking for bath salts to simply relax & indulge, we recommend our Relax Therapy range that is comprised of Dead Sea Salts & a beautiful aromatherapy blend of Rose Geranium and Frankincense essential oils to improve your mood and relieve stress.
If you were looking for Baths Salts to aid exercise recovery, we would recommend our Muscle Therapy range. These products are made from Dead Sea Salts with an invigorating blend of Eucalyptus and Rosemary essential oils to aid the relief of aches and pains.
Have you tried any of our bath salts? Let us know which ones work for you in the comments below.