March 20th, 2018

Using Bath Salts - Bathing for Beauty and Health

Bathing for Beauty and Health

What if someone told you that a simple bath could relieve common skin disorders, alleviate painful aches and swelling, reduce stress, cure insomnia, and make you look and feel younger?


You’d probably take baths more often, right?


The most obvious benefit to taking a long, luxurious bath is stress reduction, but are you aware that is can help alleviate insomnia?  A whopping 25% of Americans can’t seem to fall asleep!  Insomnia is more than an annoyance; it makes us more susceptible to colds, flus, and more serious conditions – not to mention irritability.


The skin, our largest organ, is often taken for granted.  It regulates body temperature, protects us from outside elements and holds everything together.  It also reflects poor diets, bad habits and stress, creating fine lines and dry patches on otherwise youthful faces and bodies. 


Think about it- what other part of your body goes through as much as your skin does?  You scrub it, scratch it, lather it, rinse, and the next day you subject it all over again all for the sake of skin care.


You’re not the only one picking on your skin; weather, sun exposure, pollution, heating, air conditioning and age itself all take their toll on this very valuable yet vulnerable part of your body, depleting it of moisture and vital nutrients.


We lead busy lives and seldom take time to think about our skin.  Taking quick, hot showers we wash with harsh soaps and slather on gunky moisturizers that promise to soothe and protect.  We may actually be doing more harm than good.  Hot showers actually rob our skin of moisture.  Many soaps - even those that come in pretty packages - strip away natural oils that keep our skin healthy and moisturized.  Moisturizer is a good idea, but not if it’s loaded with harmful chemicals, cheap fillers, animal products and synthetic perfumes.


All of us have had to contend with rashes, sores, hives, itching, and other skin problems. For skin to be healthy, we must take the time to care for it and give it the pampering and attention it needs. 


So how can we make sure our skin is getting what it needs?


One solution is to bathe in sea salt, particularly Dead Sea or Himalayan salts.  It can do wonders for your skin! These salts contain large amounts of magnesium and bromide, which cleanse and disinfect your skin, making you less susceptible to skin-related allergies. Mineral salts from both the Dead Sea and the Himalayas have been proven to diminish the effects of aging by minimizing fine lines and leaving skin soft and supple with a healthy glow.


 We all know that soaking in a pleasantly warm bath makes us feel relaxed and leaves us smelling fresh and clean, but many people may not know how baths with sea salts help restore, renew and detoxify our skin from the inside out. 


 Seawater is rich in trace minerals that aren’t found in our water at home, including iodine, magnesium, sodium, potassium, fluoride, sulfur and carbonates. These minerals are essential for us and readily absorbed through the skin, which makes a seawater bath an important tool for our overall health. It can replenish vital nutrients and restore moisture.


Seawater is turning the heads of scientists and medical specialist for its vast health benefits and therapeutic properties.  Seawater so closely resembles the fluid naturally residing in our bodies that our own white blood cells have been proven to survive in it!  This fluid makes up 70% of the human body and performs valuable functions, including flushing toxins from our cells, softening our skin, hydrating and lubricating our organs and systems so they function smoothly.


It makes sense that we are drawn to water when experiencing stress and anxiety.  Soaking in a tub full of warm water feels so refreshing at the end of a long day!  Now we know there are scientific reasons behind our natural inclination toward water as a healing agent.  Since the Middle Ages bathing has been recognized not only as a stress relieving past-time, but as a powerful therapy for a full range of illnesses and conditions.


All you need do is add some of our Rejuvenating Bath Salts to your bath.  Hot water opens up the pores, letting the minerals enter via the skin to deliver powerful benefits to every part of your body.  These minerals strengthen the immune system, eliminate harmful toxins, heal wounds and skin injuries, reduce stress and relieve muscle aches and pains.


Our Rejuvenating Bath Salts contain the added benefits of a proprietary blend of essential oils chosen specifically to aid the body to release toxins in the fat cells and excess fluids.  They help to increase circulation and reduce inflammation.  When you rid the body of unwanted toxins you are in fact rejuvenating yourself.

Even arthritis and back pain can be relieved with the help of this amazing addition to your bath – the minerals in Dead Sea salts help your body defend against swelling and joint pain by acting as a muscle relaxant and detoxifying agent.

Tired Achy Muscles?  Take a Bath

Dead Sea bath salts are an excellent choice for soothing tired muscles, because of their exceptionally high mineral content. Essential Oils of eucalyptus or birch work to increase blood flow and cool the skin, resulting in great overall relief. You can create your own bath salts by mixing in your own essential oils or use Body Joy Rejuvenating Bath Salts.  So a few hours after your next workout, draw a nice, warm bath. Dim the lights and sprinkle in a few heaping handfuls of bath salts.   Sit back, relax, and allow your body to unwind after all its hard work. You deserve it!  The warm water will make your muscles more pliable and less prone to cramping and tightness, releasing toxins that build up during exercise and helping speed muscle recovery. 

The longer you stay in the tub, the more therapeutic it will be.  The benefits of the salts will be greater if you can soak for at least a good twenty minutes.  If you find yourself getting restless and ready to hop out of the tub too quickly, here are a few tips to keep yourself entertained while staying in a tranquil state of mind:

  1. Meditate.  Focus on positive things in your life, leaving out any negativity or stress inducing thoughts.  Reflecting on the good things can leave you feeling centered and peaceful. 
  2. Read.  It can be tricky to read a book or magazine without soaking it, but if you can manage, it’s an enjoyable way to multi-task while still taking a time out from the rest of the world.
  3. Play Music. Listening to some of your favorite tunes while you bathe can help you unwind at the end of your day.  If it’s music that you enjoy it’s sure to put you in a better mood.
  4. Lather Up. Grab a loofah and spend the extra time you have in the tub exfoliating your skin from head to toe.  Focus on areas prone to dry skin like your elbows, knees, and feet that tend to get neglected during quick showers.

Here are some suggestions for which Essential oils you can use depending on mood

To Relax and help you sleep:

Bergamot, Geranium, Chamomile or Lavender, Cedarwood

To keep Calm and Balanced:

Geranium, Lavender, Marjoram, Palmrosa

To Energize and Uplift:

Eucalyptus, Juniper Berry, Lemongrass, Orange,  Spearmint

To keep Productive and Focused:

Lemon, Rosemary,  Peppermint, Orange

For Skincare:

 Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Rose, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree

For Muscle Aches and Pains:

Eucalyptus, Marjoram, Spearmint, Birch, Juniper Berry, Peppermint

To Detoxify:

Orange, Lemon, Juniper, Cypress, Rosemary


Cellulite Buster Detox Bath Salt Recipe

 Dead Sea Salts are high in mineral content and the Essential oils in this blend target toxins stored in the fat cells and also help to rid the body of excess water weight.  (all essential oils used in Body Joy products are therapeutic quality and organic or wild crafted.

Suggested use:  1/4 cup of salts per bath.  Soak in comfortably warm water for a minimum of 20 minutes and maximum of 40 minutes.  You may keep adding warm water as needed to avoid water from cooling.

You may want to weigh yourself first.  Then enjoy!

To detox and get rid of unwanted Fat and Cellulite:
1 cup of Epsom or Dead Sea Salt
10 drops Orange oil
  5 drops Geranium oil
  5 drops Rosemary oil
  4 drops Juniper Berry oil
  3 drops Cypress oil
  3 drops Birch oil
  3 drops Lemon oil
  Blend oils together and add to Bath Salts.  Shake well.  Add 1/4 cup to warm water and soak in tub for 30-40 minutes.  You may keep adding warm water if needed.

After your soak you can apply a blend of orange, rosemary and cypress oils.
In a 4 oz. spray bottle of purified water add:
 8 drops Orange oil
 4 drops Rosemary oil
 5 drops Cypress oil
Towel dry your body and spritz liberally to  cellulite areas. 
Or you can layer a drop or 2 of each oil directly on cellulite areas.
It's effective to put the oils on your feet also.
Weigh in after bath and again the next morning.

This is most effective if you do the bath 5 days a week or at least every other day.  Others have noticed a BIG difference in just one week. 

Add the dry skin brushing before your bath and notice even more dramatic results. 

We would love to hear about your results!