Himalayan Bath Salts with Essential Oils Recipe
A few weeks ago, I went to a Korean spa with a couple of girlfriends. It was a really fun experience, because it’s a little different from the usual European-style spa.
Korean spas traditionally have different types of communal relaxing rooms, each with their own healing benefits.
My favorite was the detoxing Himalayan salt room. It was built entirely from slabs of Himalayan salt rock. The floor was covered in salt crystals.
The walls were softly lit from within, giving the salt crystals a soft pink glow — it was incredibly relaxing.
Unlike bleached and processed white table salt, Himalayan salt is rich in minerals like sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and selenium.
And because salt ionizes the air, being in a room full of it is supposed to purify your respiratory system and improve circulation.
Laying on the salt crystals also helps relax muscles. And because salt is antimicrobial, it can be beneficial in detoxing the skin.
This type of therapeutic treatment is called halotherapy, or salt therapy (halo is derived from the Greek alas, which means “salt”).
But you don’t have to go all the way to a Korean spa to enjoy the healing benefits of Himalayan salt.
Because you can make my Detoxing Himalayan Bath Salts recipe — so you too can have a halotherapy spa experience — at home!
By the way, this quick recipe also makes a great Mother’s Day gift!
You can pack the salts in a pretty jar, and top the lid with a piece of lace, fabric, or cellophane. Then simply tie a ribbon (or twine) around the mouth of the jar and attach a handwritten “how to use” tag for a special touch. Mom will love it!
Make Your Own Detoxing Himalayan Bath Salt Soak
You Will Need:
- 2 cups Himalayan salt
- 2 cups Epsom salt
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 20 drops frankincense essential oil
- a jar or airtight container
You can buy essential oils at any health foods store, and even some pharmacies — or order them online. Look for therapeutic grade oils with no chemical additives.
How to Make It:
Simply combine the salts and essential oils together and put in an airtight container. Keep in a cool, dry place. I usually like to make a big batch ahead of time and use 1 cup of salt for each bath.
When dissolved, Himalayan salt is beneficial for balancing electrolytes, skin PH levels, and preventing muscle cramping.
And Epsom salt is rich in magnesium, a mineral that according to NYC dermatologist Dendy Engelman can “improve your skin’s overall appearance, reducing acne and other skin disorders.”
Because lavender is widely known for its calming benefits, it’s the perfect addition to a relaxing bath.
A University of Miami study even found that smelling lavender caused participants’ brainwaves to show signs of drowsiness, as indicated by an EEG machine.
And frankincense is regarded as the “king of essential oils” because of its variety of anti-inflammatory, skin-soothing, and cellular-function supporting benefits.
Plus, its woodsy scent blends perfectly with the sweet scent of lavender.
This bath soothes tired muscles and improves skin texture. I recommend to stay in the water for 20-30 min for the full absorption benefits.
When you’re done, simply rinse off with water (no soap) to maintain a balanced skin PH.
I can’t think of a better way to wind down after a long day.
What are some of your favorite bath-time rituals?Let me know in the comments!
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