History and Origin
Salt is often mentioned throughout history. It was used in trades, served as currency and has been the cause of wars. Salt also played a vital role in religion. Religious rituals often use salt as a symbol of purity. Religious literature often mentions salt.
Aside from this, the history of bath salts takes us as far back as 2,700 BC, when the Peng-Tzao-Kan-Mu, the earliest recorded pharmacology publication, was published in China.
Bath salt has a history of being celebrated for its healing properties as well, and has long been used in medicine and treatment for common ailments. Hippocrates encouraged his followers to use salts for their healing properties, thus began the rise of bath salts (in the form of salt water, also known as sole or brine) as a form of medicine. In ancient times, warm salt water was used to treat sore muscles and even arthritis. Salt was also used in topical solutions to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne, and freckles
A Roman doctor by the name of Dioskurides published a 5-volume book called De Materia Medica, recommends salt as an effective treatment for various wounds, bites, and digestive problems.
Also in ancient times, bath salts have also been touted for their cosmetic benefits. In ancient Egypt, Cleopatra soaked in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, which has the highest salt concentration of any body of water in the world. Bath salts were known to soften and smooth the skin, while acting as a veritable “fountain of youth” by decreasing the appearance of fine lines.
In Rome, grand bath houses were built in which the elite could soak in communal baths. Bath houses were not only for rest and relaxation; they served as meeting places where people gathered to discuss business and pleasure. Ritualized bathing grew popular in Asia, and Japan opened resorts and spas with bathing as the key attraction.
Why Use Bath Salts
There are many uses and benefits of Bath Salts:
It benefits the skin
When used in their natural, pure form, contain many beneficial minerals and nutrients that keep your skin smooth, soft, and supple.
Some of the minerals found in bath salts include magnesium, potassium, calcium, bromide, and of course, sodium. These minerals are easily absorbed into our pores and are known to cleanse and purify our skin on a molecular level, improving your skin’s radiance, tone, and texture.
Helps in the well-being
Magnesium helps us fight stress and combat fatigue; calcium keeps water retention in check, promotes healthy bones and can help stave off osteoporosis; potassium balances moisture levels in the skin; bromide soothes tired, sore muscles; sodium plays a significant role in managing the balance of lymphatic fluid in our bodies.
Detoxifies the skin
Bath salt is believed to help detoxify our skin. Warm water opens our pores, allowing the minerals in your bath salts to deeply cleanse our skin. Bathing in a solution of warm water and bath salts will work to draw out impurities, pollution, oil and dirt from the skin.
Helps in looking youthful
Bath salts can even bring you the added benefit of looking younger – regular use of bath salts and bathing has been shown to decrease the appearance of fine lines by plumping the skin and balancing moisture.
Bath salts have been shown to effectively treat and manage symptoms of osteoarthritis and tendinitis.
Also, In various studies, patients have reaped even more benefits through the use of bath salts – symptoms such as itchiness, insomnia and psoriasis seem to subside after bathing regularly for as little as a few weeks.
Helps with relaxing your mind and body
The benefits of bath salts extend way beyond your time in the tub – after your bath, you will feel calm, relaxed, and happy.
Bath salts infused with essential oils such as lavender or chamomile will soothe you and prepare you for a good night’s sleep; if you take your bath first thing in the morning, bath salts infused with citrus or green tea essential oils will perk you up, so you can start the day with focus and energy.
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