Types of Salt! by Demetria Clark
The following is a list of commonly available salts that are often used when making bath salts. Sea salts and Dead Sea salts are generally available in a variety of grain sizes. Mixing grain sizes can add texture and visual interest to bath salts. Bath salts made with larger salt crystals do look pretty, but they will take longer to dissolve in bathwater. Make sure if using larger crystals that they are completely dissolved before sitting in the bath, so the salt doesn’t feel jagged and rough on your bum.
Sea Salts: Sea salts are mineral-rich “all purpose” salts commonly added to bath salt blends. Next to Epsom salts, sea salts are the most inexpensive salts available. They help to draw toxins from the skin and soothe sore muscles. Sea salts are easy to find, most Asian markets sell them in 5 and 10 pound bags, you can also find sea salts in grocery stores and health food stores.
Dead Sea Salts: Dead Sea salts generally have a higher mineral concentration than conventional sea salts. Dead Sea salts can assist in relieving muscular aches and pains, reduce stiffness after exertion, relax muscles and relieve skin complications such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. Dead sea salts are often coveted by sufferers of skin issues because they sooth these kinds of skin issues so well.
Epsom: Epsom salts are the most affordable and readily available salts, you can get them in most grocery or drug stores. They are often used to help ease muscle tension and joint discomfort. Epsom salts are a fine white crystal powder that can be purchased in any drugstore. They are hydrated magnesium sulfate. Soaking in these salts is soothing to sore muscles because the salts are mildly astringent. They are also used as a laxative (when taken internally) and as an anti-inflammatory soak. Epsom salts are often the go-to salts for athletes, the salts sooth and relax tired and worn out muscles.
Exotic Salts: Other more exotic salts such as Hawaiian Red Sea Salts (Alaea), Black Sea Pink Salts, and Icelandic Geo-Thermal Brine Salts are also available.
These salts generally are more expensive, but their coloration, texture and therapeutic properties are highly sought after. Having bathed in the Red Sea I can attest to the healing power of the salts, they made my skin feel so soft and rejuvenated.
I really feel that I understood the real healing power of sea salt bath after I had my first son. Relaxing and floating in the bath was heavenly. But I was wrong, I truly experienced the power of salt water when I was floating in the Red Sea, I was as peaceful as I had ever been in my life. I am no salt water novice, I have swam in the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Labrador Sea, Gulf of Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico.
You can by looking online find stores that essentially just sell sea salts and types of sea salts. Some are soft, some are crystalline and others are almost a moist powder. You will eventually find the salt that will become your favorite.
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