What could be nicer than a warm fragrant bath. Sea salt baths are not only pleasure, relaxation, but also health benefits. And most importantly, to arrange an excellent spa procedure at home does not need anything other than water, sea salt packaging and a couple of drops of essential oil.
Properties of sea bath salt
Sea salt contains almost the entire table of chemical elements. It contains potassium, sodium, bromine, magnesium, iodine, selenium and many other substances necessary for the body. Bath salt contains sodium carbonate, and therefore is able to soften hard tap water, which already makes it useful. In addition, the same substance contributes to the opening of the pores of the skin and good penetration of trace elements into the body. In general, sea salt is a natural cosmetic product, known since ancient times.
You can buy bath salt at any pharmacy or store. It is best to give preference to salt without dyes and flavors. And on the packaging you should see exactly where the product was mined, to make sure its natural origin. The cost of salt depends on the country of origin, on the deposit and on the method of extraction, and on the composition. On average, the price is small, from 50 to 250 rubles per kilogram.
Why are baths with sea salt useful?
The beneficial properties of salt baths are numerous. But they all boil down to three main actions on the body:
- Relieve stress, relax;
- They clean, remove excess water and slag;
- Saturate the beneficial trace elements.
Depending on the salt concentration in water, as well as its chemical composition, that is, the predominance of one or another trace element in it, the effect of the bath may be different. Salt bath is used as a cosmetic procedure, and as a method of treating various diseases, and as a general tonic, and to relieve nervous tension, stress, improve mood, and just for fun.
The benefits of salt baths are indisputable for the skin - they improve microcirculation, help accelerate metabolic processes, regenerate and heal microdamages, disinfect the skin surface and relieve inflammation. Skin color and elasticity are improved. Also, water with sea salt relieves muscle pain and fatigue, has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects in diseases of the joints.
Salt in the composition of water has an osmotic effect, that is, contributes to the removal of excess fluid from the body and the removal of puffiness. It is believed that such baths can even help in the treatment of almost all internal diseases. In part, this is true, because the main effect of warm baths with salt is pleasant relaxation and positive emotions. This stabilizes the nervous system, and thus improves the prognosis in the treatment of any disease.
Possible harm to salt baths
However, baths with sea salt can bring health damage if you ignore contraindications to them. Not only the salt itself, but the temperature of the water may have an undesirable effect. Contraindications include:
- Acute skin inflammations, pustular lesions, deep cuts, burns, and chronic skin diseases in exacerbations.
- The phase of exacerbation of any chronic internal diseases, whether gastritis, pancreatitis or arthritis.
- Oncological diseases.
- Vein diseases such as varicose veins.
- Arterial hypertension, cardiac pathology, uncorrected medications.
- Individual intolerance to salt components, allergic reactions.
Rules for making sea salt baths
Preparing a salt bath alone is not difficult. To do this, just dilute the required amount of crystals with water in a separate container and add baths to the warm water. Usually, on each package of this substance there is an instruction for its use. Concentration can be from small to significant, depending on the purpose of the procedure. Relaxing prophylactic baths should contain only 200 - 300 g of salt, for a cosmetic effect it is enough from 300 to 500 g, and more than 1 kg is added to the water for therapeutic purposes.
To understand if you have any adverse reactions to this substance, it is better to increase its concentration step by step. In addition, it is useful to add a few drops of natural essential oil to the bath. Well suited for this:
- Coniferous (pine, cedar);
Salt bath at home is good in and of itself, but with the addition of oils, it gives an additional cosmetic effect on the skin, and also has a greater effect on the emotional state, pleases with pleasant aromas, helps with migraines. Coniferous salt baths are also useful for the respiratory system, such as coughing, bronchitis, rhinitis. Volatile oils disinfect the respiratory tract, facilitate breathing.
When preparing a bath, it is important to observe the temperature of the water and to withstand the time of the procedure. For a relaxing effect, the water should have a temperature of 38 to 39 degrees. If you want to achieve a tonic effect, the water will be cooler - about 36 degrees. As for the time of the procedure, on average it is 15 or 20 minutes, no more.
In order not to adversely affect blood pressure and the heart, especially with therapeutic baths with a high concentration of salt, you need to dive into the bath to the level of the heart, that is, the upper part of the body must remain above the water.
To achieve the best result, water procedures should be repeated every day at least 12 - 15 times. And during the year it is worth repeating such a course 2 - 3 times.
Foot and hand salt bath
If there are contraindications for taking common baths, then you can make salt baths for the feet or hands. It will also positively affect the appearance of the skin, help get rid of corns on the heels, strengthen nails and soften the skin. In addition, it will have a tonic, tonic effect on the body.
To take such baths, it is enough to dissolve about 100 g of salt in a basin and immerse the legs in it. A small bowl and about 50 g of salt are suitable for hands. Reception time of baths is 10 - 15 minutes. After a foot bath it is better to wrap your legs in a warm blanket or put on socks, you can do a little foot massage to yourself.
Soda-salt bath for weight loss
It is believed that you can use salt bath for weight loss. But if you look at this question really, it is far from the truth. The scheme is simple, for weight loss, only two conditions are necessary - a balanced diet with a calorie deficit and physical activity. Bath with salt will help as an addition. They will relieve fatigue, contribute to the improvement of metabolic processes, improve skin condition, which is important when losing weight. But no more than that.
Soda salt baths are also not the main method in the fight against cellulite, but only an auxiliary one. No salt or soda is able to break down and remove subcutaneous, and even more visceral fat deposits. If there will be a decrease in weight, it is insignificant, and associated with the removal of fluid, which will return after the first glass of water you drink. Baths with soda and salt will have a local irritant effect, improve blood flow in the skin and subcutaneous fatty tissue, help to even out the "orange peel", but only in combination with physical exertion, nutrition and massage. Therefore, in order not to be disappointed, you should not pin high hopes on salt baths.
Experiment with the composition of salt, try different essential oils, find your favorite flavors, listen sensitively to your feelings. Arrange the candles in the bathroom, light the aroma lamp. Enjoy water spa treatments without leaving your home and get health benefits!