The Ultimate Guide to Himalayan Bath Salts
What are Himalayan bath salts?
Millions of years ago, where the Himalayan mountains now stand, was once a pristine and thriving sea. As the tectonic plates shifted over time, the ground beneath this ocean was forced upwards causing the seawater to evaporate underneath the burning sun. Left behind was the sea's life-sustaining minerals and sodium which eventually formed beautiful pink salt crystals. Buried under metres of thick lava from the volcanoes and snow from the ice ages, the Himalayan salt sat perfectly preserved, untouched by today’s pollution. Whilst this beautifully pure salt most commonly comes in a light shade of pink, Himalayan salt can also be seen in different colours such as white and orange. The colour of the salt depends on the number of trace minerals present such as iron, potassium and calcium. These crystals are now known as the purest form of natural sea salt to ever be produced.
What is Himalayan salt made from?
Himalayan salt is unique and worlds apart from the bleached and processed table salt you can buy from the supermarket today. When dissolved in water, Himalayan salt forms a concentrated blend of 84 out of the 92 trace minerals found in your body. This makes Himalayan salt a pure and natural way of absorbing these vital minerals So what minerals are in Himalayan salt exactly?
These vital minerals include...
…just to name a few!
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How to use Himalayan salt
Himalayan salt can be incorporated into your wellbeing ritual in many ways, thanks to its mineral-rich properties and healing effect. Here are our three favourite ways to use Himalayan salts…
1. Himalayan salt foot soak
One of the many benefits of Himalayan salts is their ability to help the skin retain moisture, making it the perfect addition to your foot soak. Soothe dry, cracked heels and speed up the healing process of any blisters whilst you create an at-home-spa feel. Simply add ⅛ cup of salt for every gallon of water used, immerse your feet, take a deep breath… and relax.
2. Himalaya salt bath
One of the most popular ways to reap the benefits of Himalayan salt is through a Himalayan salts bath. Most bath products only serve to clean your body, whilst simultaneously stripping your skin of all its minerals. A Himalayan salts bath, on the other hand, does quite the opposite. Pouring a handful of salts under the running water will allow the salt to dissolve and release all of its nourishing minerals into the water. As you take a 15-minute soak, your body will be released of its toxins whilst the salt replenishes your minerals and balances out your pH levels.
3. Himalayan body scrub
The texture of Himalayan salt provides the perfect exfoliation for your skin. At Mauli we have created our Reawaken Himalayan Hand & Body Scrub using the mineral-rich crystals with the addition of nourishing organic oils such argan, coconut, moringa and vitamin E. Whilst taking your bath, gently massage your Himalayan salt scrub into your skin, lifting dead skin cells, increasing circulation, easing aches and pains, and absorbing all of the salts powerful minerals deep into your tissue. Simply rinse with water and admire your petal-soft skin.
What are the benefits of using Himalayan bath salts?
The healing and therapeutic qualities of Himalayan salt is not a new discovery. The powerful benefits have long been championed over the years for not only it's physical, but mental health benefits as well. So what are the key benefits of using our Healing Himalayan Salts in your wellbeing rituals?
Relaxes, calms and soothes
Himalayan salts' most famed benefit is its ability to relax and calm both your mind and body. Running yourself a Himlayan salts bath will recreate the sensation of lying on a soothing saltwater beach or the comforting feeling of floating in the womb. As the minerals soak into your skin your stress will begin to melt away, your pain will be eased, muscles relaxed and overall emotional health improved.
Improves quality of sleep
As a result of the relaxing and soothing properties, you will find a happy side effect is a restful night’s sleep. As you step out of the bath, warm and decompressed, wrap yourself in a fluffy towel or dressing gown and allow yourself 30 minutes of peaceful relaxation. This bedtime ritual will get you falling asleep quickly and deeply every time.
Treats skin conditions
For sufferers of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis redness and scaling, a Himalayan salts bath can provide relief from pain and itching in the most hard to reach areas. The salt and minerals that have been dissolved in water will reduce inflammation, pain and irritation making it the perfect addition to your skincare ritual. Himalayan salt baths are also known to help treat acne and insect bites, making it a staple in any bathroom cabinet.
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