|Bath Salts: What Makes a Good Bath|
I have recently read ( here) some very interesting historical information about bath salts which I would like to share with you.
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. A large section of this volume is dedicated to an exploration of salt mining and usage. More than 40 varieties of salt are described in this ancient book, and along with a description of each salt type there are directions for usage and extraction.
The history of bath salt is not confined to pure economics; bath salts have 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. Historically, 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.
Today bath salts are commonly used in modern spas and wellness centers which offer salt water treatments and stores carry bath salts of every color, size, and fragrance.
Salts change the osmotic balance of the water so that less water is absorbed by the skin via osmosis. Some bath salts such as phosphates have a detergent action which softens calloused skin and aids in exfoliation. Some bath salts act as water softeners and change the way soap rinses. Some confusion may arise after a first experience with soft water.
And there is more... Not only bath salts come in a variety of soothing fragrances, they also offer many other benefits including certain healing properties. You might be surprised to learn that adding a little salt to your water can actually help improve your circulation. Bath salts also reduce tenderness. They are recommended for people with back pain, arthritis, muscle tension or spasms, and minor work and sports injuries. They're great for easing stiff, sore, muscles and aching feet and legs.
Bath salts open the pores to purify the skin, cleansing away dirt, sweat, and toxins. They aid in the healing of dry skin, making skin softer and more supple. Salts can help improve common irritations such as insect bites, minor rashes, and calluses on feet, as well as more serious skin conditions like athlete's foot, eczema, and psoriasis.
High quality salts may also help improve the appearance of scars!
So, with all of their above properties, do you think you'll remember to use some, next time you take your bath!?