It seems no matter who you talk to, everyone has an opinion about baths. Either they LOVE them, or they haven’t had a bath since they were five — there doesn’t seem to be an in between.
Baths can be a relaxing way to wash away the day, while soaking up minerals and nutrients the body needs to replenish after a busy day. But that doesn’t mean you should miss out just because you don’t have (or enjoy) a bath.
Benefits Of Using Bath Salts
Bath salts are not just relaxing, they can support the body in so many ways due to the inclusion of minerals such as magnesium and salt that the body needs to replenish every day.
Bath salts can soothe tired muscles, rejuvenate the body, hydrate and detoxify the skin, and aid sleep and relaxation. Studies have shown that they are a great way for the body to absorb the minerals; particularly beneficial for those with a magnesium deficiency¹.
Our Kunzea Bath Salts are an invigorating blend of high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients including Epsom Magnesium, Macrobiotic Sea Salt, Flossy Sea Salt, and of course, Kunzea.
Here are 5 ways you can enjoy the benefits of relaxing bath salts without a bathtub.
5 Simple, Bath-Free Ways To Use Bath Salts
1) Foot soak
A perfect way to use bath salts at the end of a long day can be to create a foot bath using a large bowl or container.
Not only do you absorb the same minerals through the feet as if your whole body was submerged, there are excellent reflexology benefits. The feet have many reflex points that relate to certain parts of the body, so by soaking the feet for 15 minutes it may help various ailments and conditions.
A foot soak with bath salts is great for relieving sore feet, dry or cracked heels, toenail infections, and athlete’s foot and can also be incredibly grounding if you’ve been feeling frazzled or distracted.
Simply fill a large bowl with enough warm water to reach your ankles and mix in ½ cup of bath salts. Soak for 15–20 minutes while listening to some calming music, meditating, or focusing on your breathing.
2) Shower steamer
If you don’t have time for a bath or are more of a shower person, you can save time by running the hot water to create some steam and simply sprinkle some salts in the bottom of the shower.
Be mindful to not step directly on the dissolved bath salts and make sure to sprinkle them in the corner of the shower so they don’t cause any slip hazards in the shower.
The steam will activate the essential oils in the bath salts so you can breathe in the relaxing and decongesting properties of Kunzea and Lavender, bringing an extra touch of indulgence to your normal shower routine without any extra effort.
3) Body scrub
Bath salts are not just great to dissolve in water, they can double as a body scrub to exfoliate the skin, while absorbing the minerals.
You can grab a handful of bath salts and rub them directly onto wet skin, let them sit on the skin for a few minutes, and then wash them off.
Alternatively, you can mix a cup of bath salts with ½ a cup of oil (such as jojoba, coconut, or your own personal favourite) to create a thick, easy to apply scrub before you hop into the shower.
4) Hand soak
Similar to a foot soak, you can create a hand soak by mixing ½ cup of bath salts in a bowl of warm water. We can forget that our hands do a lot of work throughout the day and get a bit neglected.
Place your hands in the bowl (after checking the temperature is right) and swirl around the salts, allowing your skin to soak up the minerals and relax. You can also rub the salt between your hands to gently scrub away any dry patches or calluses.
After a good scrub, soak your hands for 10 minutes or so to ease any aches and relax the muscles and joints.
5) Steam bath
If you’re feeling especially congested or under the weather, a steam bath will help clear the sinuses and unblock the nose — as well as provide some added skin benefits, as the steam opens the pores and the Lavender and Kunzea aid with any inflammation or skin congestion.
Boil some water and pour it in a bowl with a couple of tablespoons of bath salts. Being careful not to touch the boiling water, place a towel over your head and breathe in deeply to clear the sinuses.
Support Your Health With Relaxing Bath Salts
Soaking in the tub with some beautifully scented bath salts is an excellent way to end the day but, even if you can’t always indulge in a relaxing bath, adding bath salts to your life can do you the world of good, inside and out.
About the Author — Michelle Brass ND
With over 25 years of experience in the natural health industry, Michelle has dedicated her life to helping others embrace the therapeutic benefits of nature. Throughout her time as a health practitioner, she has used and recommended countless traditional and conventional treatments to her clients — as she believes an integrative approach to health and wellness is very important. Michelle is passionate about using and promoting essential oils and, in particular, Kunzea Oil, as she has seen them help thousands of people over the years. She knows that using essential oils in your daily life can help bring balance to the mind, body and soul. She is constantly trialling and testing new products with her loyal clients.
To learn more about Michelle, go to her full bio page.
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- Waring, RH. Report on Absorption of Magnesium Sulfate Across The Skin. University of Birmingham. http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/report_on_absorption_of_magnesium_sulfate.pdf. Accessed 7 September 2020.