There are different types of bath salts. The most common types are Epsom salt, sea salt, Himalayan salt, and Dead Sea salt. Overall, bath salts can help promote relaxation, relieve muscle pain, and can even help certain skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema because of the minerals they contain. Dead Sea salt is particularly good for this as it is naturally rich in essential minerals like magnesium, calcium, iodine and potassium. Regular sea salt and Himalayan salt come from evaporated seawater and are also high in some of these trace minerals because the salt undergoes minimal processing. Bath salts can also help those with stiff joints or very tired legs. Epsom salt is a bit different as it is a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen. It always promotes relaxation and even better sleep. As it has a higher magnesium content, it can also help your body produce more melatonin, so it’s great for things like insomnia.
Personally, I love using bath salts after a workout, when I’m sick, or even just to relax after a stressful day. You can usually use up to two cups of salt per bath. But if you’re a beginner, it may be best to start with a quarter cup to a cup until you get used to using them. You can also soak in the tub for about 15-20 minutes to experience the benefits. For a few of my favorite baths, keep scrolling below.