While bathing can be relaxing for many and a chore for some, one thing we all can agree on is the confusion we feel when choosing bath products from the plethora of options available. You may not be giving much thought to selecting the right products, or you may still be on the lookout for just the perfect items to make your bath time healthier and more relaxing. Either way, be assured that all-natural bath products are the best choice for health and wellness.
Since synthetic bath products are commonly marketed with the promise of often unrealistic results or attractive packaging. Many people tend to overlook the need to check if the ingredients are even safe or not. However, this isn’t an issue with natural bath products that are free from any harmful chemical. Read on to know what you should be trying out for yourself!
Used since ancient times for health and wellness purposes, essential oils have so many beneficial effects on the human body. Originating from different parts of plants like flowers, roots, leaves, resin, peels, barks, etc., these oils are separated by a process called ‘distillation’ that isolates them from other water-based components of a plant. Through this process, an essential oil basically combines powerful herbal healing properties in just a few drops.
The soothing properties of these all-natural plant extracts are not to be underestimated. From being great detoxifying agents to having stimulating, antibacterial and antidepressant effects, these essential oils are becoming popular as safe and affordable products that provide so many health benefits. From their applications in aromatherapy, as household cleaners and for skincare and beauty purposes, to their uses in medicine and healthcare, essential oils are very versatile.
The high concentration and powerful aromas of essential oils have made them a popular ingredient in bath accessories as well. Apart from being combined with other ingredients, these oils themselves make great additions to baths.
Essential Oils as Bath Products
Typically, essential oils are great for the skin and have been known to alleviate a variety of skin conditions such as lupus, eczema, and dermatitis. Moreover, these oils can be generally great for nourishing your skin through essential vitamins and minerals that your skin actually needs. These oils work great for healthy hair as well.
Some essential oils are great for relieving anxiety. A few drops of lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang, orange or rose essential oil can be added to two cups of water in a sauna for their aroma and countless benefits, including stress relief. Seems like there’s no finer way of making bathing more relaxing and luxurious at the same time!
For alleviating body aches and pains, you can take a hot shower and apply beneficial essential oils like eucalyptus, thyme, ginger, rosemary, lavender, turmeric or myrrh.
For those with alopecia or baldness patterns, essential oils can come to the rescue. Abandon chemical-loaded formulas to avoid hair fall, and start treating your hair with these beneficial oils before shower, in particular, rosemary oil. This oil can also be used along with an organic shampoo as a hair thickener.
The detoxifying properties of essential oils are very well known. Draw a detox bath and cleanse yourself by adding lavender oil, Epsom salt, and sea salt to it!
With countless recipes and home remedies possible with just a few drops of essential oils, these are a surefire way to boost your health.
Himalayan Pink Salt
This one is a current favorite for all health-conscious people, as awareness spreads about its countless benefits that keep being discovered. With a wide range of uses for health, cooking and beauty remedies, Himalayan Pink Salt is one product that is versatile to the core.
But what exactly is this unique salt, you ask? This wonder salt hails from Pakistan’s Khewra Salt Mines, home to ancient sea deposits that have been soaking up the energy of the Sun and the Earth for billions of years. Extracted by hand instruments instead of machinery and distributed in an all-pure, unrefined form without any artificial additives or preservatives, the unadulterated nature of this salt is certainly a rarity. This is why people have been trying it out to serve a large number of purposes, from cooking over Himalayan Salt blocks to decorating with Himalayan Salt lamps and using the salt for beauty and skincare. Another important property of this salt is its benefits when used as a bath product.
Himalayan Salt as a Bath Product
It is said that Himalayan Salt, when added to bath, can provide a detoxifying effect. A detox so intense, that it can be the equivalent of fasting for three days!
According to directions on The Salt Mystery’s website, you need to draw this bath monthly and with lunar cycles for optimal results – go for the new moon date if you want to avail this salt’s healing potential or the full moon if you are going for more of a detox effect.
2.6 pounds of Himalayan bath Salt in a regular 30-gallon bath would do well to serve its purpose as an intense detox. Alternately, you could just use 1/3 pounds in a bath for a more mellow effect to nourish and heal the skin. Try to keep the water temperature close to the ideal 97 degrees and soak in the water for about 30 minutes.
Himalayan salt can also be used as a body scrub along with added essential oils to reduce scars, cellulite and generally make skin better.
Himalayan Salt is considered great for alleviating skin conditions and allergies, as well as for treating insomnia, depression and low energy levels. Soak up the goodness of the 84 elements that each of the nourishing crystal of this wonderful all-natural salt has to offer!
Warning! Don’t try this without consulting a doctor if you have high blood pressure or some circulatory problem.
Moreover, Himalayan deodorant and soaps are also available, so are their DIY recipes, for you to reap their natural benefits as much as you can.
Magnesium sulfate, or Epsom, is a mineral compound with a wide range of uses for health and wellness. The healing properties of Epsom salt have long been used for therapeutic purposes. Its easy absorbency through the skin make it effective to serve its purpose.
Apart from its uses for beauty and skincare (foot soak, bath water, hair remedy, face scrub), Epsom salt makes a powerful household cleaner when mixed with some detergent. It is also a great thing to sprinkle over plants and gardens to keep slugs, spiders, insects and garden pests at bay. Epsom salt is also said to reduce the risk of heart attack and diabetes, and cure constipation, bruising and water retention among other things.
Epsom Salt as an Additive to Bath Water
This is something many celebrities swear by to get them red carpet-ready! Those tiny waists are not just the result of rigorous exercise, cleanses and fitted corsets. Epsom salt baths deserve much credit too, thanks to their very useful property of expelling retained water from the body.
Other than combatting bloating, Epsom salt is great as a detox for cleansing your body of impurities. Through the magnesium reserves of Epsom salt, you can unwind and de-stress after a long day, since stress is said to lower magnesium levels in the body. Treat your aches, pains and cramps as Epsom relaxes your muscles for a soothing, spa-like experience.
This salt is also said to be an effective treatment for decreased nerve function, circulatory problems, soothing and reducing the risk of diabetes symptoms and treating problematic sprains and bruises.
To enjoy the benefits of Epsom salt, add two to three cups of it to a hot water bath, and soak yourself for 40 to 60 minutes. Soaking in this luxuriously rich mixture of one of the safest salts is certain to make you feel cleansed and nourished!
Mix ‘em up! DIY All-Natural Bath Scrubs
This is something you can try out for yourself. Using all-natural ingredients, you can create rich, nourishing scrubs that will be kind to your skin and combine all the healing properties of their ingredients to help you make the most of your bath time.
Scrubbing is mostly meant for an exfoliating effect – the removal of dead skin cells, dirt and purification of pores. You can amp up your scrubbing game by doing more than just that. You can make your scrub nourish your skin, ward away cellulite, and leave you more healed and energized, only with the right ingredients.
Combining artificial chemicals in a DIY scrub is not recommended. If you’re making your own scrub, why not make it all natural for a safe and effective home remedy?
Salt scrubs are great since they exfoliate, nourish and moisturize, all at the same time. For a basic salt scrub, you will need to first choose salt. Himalayan Salt, Dead Sea Salt, and Epsom Salt will do well for this purpose. Finely grind the salt, you choose for maximal benefit. You can even combine more than one kind of salt or substitute the salt with coffee, oatmeal, white or brown sugar. Next, you’ll need to choose a carrier oil that will keep the salt together and moisturize the skin. Avoid choosing heavy, slippery oils for ease of washing and to prevent accidents in the bath. Jojoba, grapeseed, peanut, sweet almond and coconut oils are good with regard to scent and consistency. The last ingredient in any good bath scrub is few drops of essential oils, added mostly for their aroma. For a zesty feel, you can use citrus oils. For a more calming vibe, go for lavender, vanilla or chamomile.
Combine well and store the ingredients in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Soaking in a luxurious mix of your own hand-picked ingredients is a very satisfying and soothing experience!
Did you know that natural sea sponges once grew on the ocean floor? They’re actually multicellular organisms classified as animals! However, they basically live and reproduce like plants. Let’s get down to what you can make these creatures do for you.
Considered vegan-friendly by most, thanks to their plant-like behavior, sea sponges have a plethora of advantages when used as gentle cleaning products, makeup remover, bath accessories and paint texturing tools. They even have a much-debated use as a natural alternative to tampons! Although their artificial counterparts are mass-produced now, the softness of an all-natural sea sponge is beyond comparison. Moreover, natural sea sponges are renewable and great for the environment.
Natural Sea Sponges as Bath Accessories
All-natural, organic sea sponges are what health and wellness experts swear by, when it comes to making bath time a more holistic experience. Free from any toxin or harmful chemicals that synthetic sponges may contain, sea sponges are a safer and effective alternative that have been used for years.
The hypoallergenic nature of natural sea sponges is gentle on even the most sensitive of skins. Synthetic sponges are often treated with a chemical called triclosan, originally meant to combat any bacteria or mold. However, triclosan is believed to do more harm than good, posing a threat to the nervous system, hormonal balance and sensitive skin of the body.
The self-cleansing nature of organic sea sponges has made them a valuable bath accessory, thanks to their natural channels and pores that filter out dirt and excess water. Their gentle ability to exfoliate the skin by removing dead cells and cleansing pores makes them an effective alternative to bath scrubs.
Their high absorbency and superior durability (some lasting for as long as 8 years!) have made them a popular choice that is even suitable for babies.
Aren’t you surprised at all the wonderful options nature has to offer? Ditch those chemical-loaded bathing foams you are uncertain about, and use these wonderful natural bathing products for a therapeutic bathing session that will leave you feeling energized and healed on so many levels! Choosing bath products no longer has to be complicated with the simplest of items providing the most benefits.
Jeffrey Lewis (My Bio)
Hey there, friends! I’m Jeffrey. I’m a blogger at ittefaqco.com. Thank you for joining me, as I share different aspects of my life. I’m so thrilled you stopped by! I love to create a beautiful, thriving life around me and helping others to do the same. I love writing about nature, health, beauty, Himalayan salt and home décor related topics.