Your skin lives, breathes, absorbs everything it comes into contact with, and excretes waste products and toxins from your body. It keeps you healthy. Therefore, it is important to keep it healthy. A general rule for you to consider when it comes to skin care is this.
“If you would not want it in you, do not put it on you.”
If you are using all-natural ingredients on your skin, good for you! But, if not, let's find out how many poisons you've been placing on your skin. You might want to grab your all-natural products that you purchased at stores or through distributors to make sure they are, indeed, poison free. I was shocked when I found out a particular company I was buying supposedly natural products from were actually filling their products full of dangerous chemicals.
Your your cooperation is required. You'll want to get up from your seat and collect your favorite bottles of skin products which you are currently using, such as cleansers, shampoo, moisturizers, deodorant, and cosmetics to see if they might contain one or more of the following dangerous ingredients.
Next, you'll want to download my wellness handout (right below) to see if your products contain any of these dangerous substances:
Acrylamide, Dioxane (found in compounds known as PEG, Polysorbates, Laureth, and ethoxylated alcohols) Mineral Oil, Paraffin, Petrolatum, Parabens, Phenol carbolic acid, Propylene glycol, Sodium laurel or lauryl sulfate (also known as sodium laureth sulfate, SLS or SLES), Toluene, Triethanolamine and Chlorphenesin.
My Understanding Basic Skin Care handout explains what these chemicals are and what they do you your body. Prepare to be horrified. Download my Understanding Basic Skin Care Handout here. I'll wait while you look over your product labels.
Well? Did you find any of these 'bad' ingredients in your favorite products? If so, they are only helping to build up toxins in your body and your brain. Toxins lead to disease. Your skin helps to remove toxins from your body. Toss them in the garbage. Begin using the all-natural butters, oils and supplements mentioned in the handout right away to soothe, soften and add a natural glow to your skin. Your skin will love you for it.
My handout above provides information on the benefits of each of these all-natural skin softeners below, which leave your skin soothed, smoothed, radiant and, best of all, toxin free!
Aloe Vera Gel
Virgin Coconut Oil
Natural Palm Oil
Creating Seaweed Bath Salts
One of the easiest and most comforting ways to replace precious minerals in your body, soothe your skin, and relax your muscles at the same time is to create your own bath salts.
Not only do Seaweed Bath Salts smell delicious and make you feel divine, but, most importantly, they help to relieve and heal specific conditions. Seaweed contains a rich blend of minerals, trace elements, vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants, which have re-balancing, anti-aging, hydrating, detoxifying and renewing benefits.
Seaweed Bath Salts are extremely easy to make. All you need are sea salt, such as Epsom, Dead Sea or Hawaiian Red. You might choose one of the salts below to include in your bath.
Epsom salt isn’t actually salt. Epsom salt is a pure mineral compound of magnesium sulfate in crystal form, so it looks like salt, but has no sodium chloride. Sodium chloride is salt. Even though it isn’t a true salt, lot of people are magnesium deficient, which can be to blame for a number of dis-eases including heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis and joint pain, digestive problems, and chronic fatigue.
Dead Sea Salt
The world’s first Day Spa was set up by Cleopatra on the shores of the Dead Sea. Dead Sea salts differ greatly from other sea salts in mineral content, being made up of only 8% sodium chloride with a high percentage of magnesium, sulfates and potassium. Dead Sea bath salts aid in the treatment of skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. It’s known to reduce pain and inflammation from arthritis and rheumatism. The high mineral content cleanses and detoxifies the skin.
Hawaiian Red Bath Salt
Hawaiian Red bath salt is also known as Alaea sea salt and is a natural, unprocessed salt. It gets its color from purified red Hawaiian clay (alae). Volcanic red clay is high in iron oxide. Hawaiian Red salt in your bath helps to heal wounds, body aches, and muscle sprains. It is believed to draw toxins from overworked muscle tissue. Mix Hawaiian Red salt with any other salt for a beneficial combination.
And, there are more natural salts to choose from that provide health benefits as well. Additionally, various types of seaweed are each uniquely gifted with medicinal properties.
Once you've chosen your salt and your seaweed, it's time to add essential oils and a bit of dried flowers or herbs for additional health benefits. Essential oils, which come from plants, have been used since biblical times to help relax the mind, body and soul, as well as to heal disease. If you haven't already, visit my Essential Oils web page for information on the health benefits of essential oils.
To add sea salt to your bath, sprinkle half a cup of salt into your bath while the water is running. The larger the salt crystals, the longer they will take to dissolve ( a few minute at most). For larger bath salt crystals you might add just hot water to the salts until they have dissolved and then at cold water up to your preferred bath water temperature. Your bath should be at least half full of warm (not too hot) water, enough to lay back and cover your body for a good 20-minute soak. Although you certainly may, there is no reason to rinse off with fresh water after your bath.
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Basic Bath Salts Recipes
Recipe #1 - 1/2 cup Epsom salt, 1/3 cup sea salt, 1/3 cup baking soda, 15-20 drops of essential oil.
Recipe #2 - 2 cups of Epsom salt, 1 cup sea salt, 1 cup baking soda, 20 drops of essential oils.
Recipe #3 - 1/2 cup Epsom salt, 2 cups of sea salt, 1/2 cup of baking soda, 20-30 drops of essential oil.
*The 20-30 drops essential oils can be from an individual oil or a combination of essential oils, but no more than a combined total of 30 drops.
Seaweeds to Use in Your Bath Salts Recipes
Seaweed contains natural minerals, vitamins, and nutrients, such as magnesium, that can be absorbed into the skin to promote well being and encourage healing. But, it's not just for soaking in. Certain seaweeds are better for certain conditions.
Dulce is high in fiber, removes dead skin cells, and is excellent for exfoliation. It also softens hair.
Irish Moss contains antiviral and antimicrobial effects to treat infection and is also good for dry, patchy skin, eczema, psoriasis, and sunburn.
Bladderwrack contains a compound called Fucoidan. It has anti-estrogenic and anti-aging properties which promotes retention of collagen, while improving skin elasticity (especially when eaten).
Kelp is most commonly used in bath salts. It is a brown seaweed that helps to boost energy, reduce inflammation in joints and bones, soothes mucous membranes, and alleviates pain.
Medicinal Purposes of Seaweeds
Seaweed is a moisturizer.
The fatty acids in Seaweed are anti-ageing products.
Kelp renews skin cells on the scalp and stimulates hair growth.
Seaweed contains iodine which helps dry skin, eczema, and hypothyroidism.
A bit of seaweed placed under a under a bandage can help to stop bleeding.
Seaweed contains anti-inflammatory compounds that fight arthritic type pain.
Seaweed can heal leg ulcers.
Seaweed grains help to wash away cellulite.
Brown seaweed found off the coast of Brittany diminishes acne and accompanying redness.
Creating Your Own Basic Seaweed Bath Salts Recipes
Knowing how to measure out your ingredients is important. Salts can be divided out fairly evenly among themselves (1 cup Dead Sea and 1 cup Himalayan). Seaweed can be ground, flaked or powdered and can equal the total amount of combined salts (1 cup salt and 1 cup seaweed), but essential oils need to be measured out precisely according to the measurements of your salt mixture.
To determine which essential oils you might like to try and to discover the uses and effects of individual oils, visit my Essential Oils web page.
How to Add in Seaweed, Herbs & Flowers
Let's say, for example, you decide to use Recipe #3. To this you might add just 1 tablespoon of seaweed powder, which is 'concentrated' for lack of a better word at the moment. When using chopped or flaked seaweed you may add more to your recipe or just toss in the bath along with your salts containing oils.
Herbs and flowers can be added for extra healing potential. Usually 1 tablespoon to a 1/2 cup is used according to preference. They may be added to the basic recipe mixture or put in a muslin bag, tied, and placed in the bath water so you don't have to pick flowers and herbs out of your tub after your bath (or worry about clogged drains).
Botanicals to Use in Bath Salts for Skin Conditioning
Colorants to Use in Bath Salts
Use as whole, ground, small particles, and powders. Use a coffee grinder for powders (food processors and blenders for chopped pieces).
Baking Soda F.Y.I.
Baking soda relieves itchy and dry skin. However, when placed in air tight containers where there is too much moisture the container may explode. Leaving Baking Soda out of the recipe is an option, as well as leaving the lid slightly loose.
Mari's Seaweed Bath Salts Recipes
Soothe your skin with mineral rich seaweed bath salts once per week. Try one of my recipes below.
Essential oils are suggested for each of the recipes below based on their healing benefits. You may choose to use an individual essential oil or a combination of oils in your recipe. Just be sure not to add more than a total of 30 drops of essential oil to your recipe.
Shore to Shore Seaweed Bath Salt
Shore to Shore is a basic Seaweed Bath Salt recipe containing a combination of Dead Sea, Pink Himalayan, and Mediterranean (salts), Irish Moss and Kelp (seaweed) for those who prefer no fragrance or would like to add their own essential oils, herbs, or flowers at home.
Replaces lost minerals, calms frayed nerves, relaxes tense muscles, revitalizes the mind.
Coastal Tranquility Seaweed Bath Salt
Coastal Tranquility contains Dead Sea and Mediterranean (salts), Kelp (seaweed), Essential Oils of Roman Chamomile, Marjoram, Lavender, Sandalwood, Ylang, Ylang, and/or Vervain. Organic French Lavender flowers.
Erases negative thoughts, fatigue, worry, anxiety, and stress.
The Captains Lady's Mermaid's Tail Seaweed Bath Salt
A Mermaids Tail contains Dead Sea, Pink Himalayan, and Epsom (salts), Baking Soda (2 Tablespoons),
Irish Moss, Nori, Dulce (seaweed), Essential Oils of Chamomile, Tea Tree, Lemon and/or Rose, Clary
Sage (herb). Heals genital irritations and inflammations, herpes, and hemorrhoids.
The Captains Lady's Tristan's Strength Seaweed Bath Salt
Tristan's Strength contains Dead Sea, Pink Himalayan, and Mediterranean (salts), Kelp (seaweed),
Essential Oils of Wintergreen, Pine, Camphor, and/or Marjoram, Chamomile flowers. Relieves ache and
pain in muscles and joints caused by overuse, Fibromyalgia, and inflammatory conditions, such as
Isolde's Heart Seaweed Bath Salt
Isolde's Heart contains Dead Sea, Pink Himalayan, Red Hawaiian (salts), Irish Moss (seaweed), Essential Oils of Ylang Ylang, Sweet Orange, Neroli, Vanilla, and/or Patchouli, Organic Rose buds.
Creates mood for love, romance, affection, desire for intimacy, and increases stamina.
Sea Nymph's Scales Seaweed Bath Salt
Sea Nymph's Scales contains Dead Sea, Pink Himalayan, Mediterranean, Epsom (salts), Irish Moss and Dulce (seaweed), Essential Oils of Rosemary, Lemon, Neroli, Geranium, Jasmine, Carrot Seed, Fennel, Rosewood, Lavender, and/or Frankincense, Rosemary (herb), and Cinnamon (spice powder).
Softens skin. Relieves eczema, psoriasis, itch, skin irritations and inflammation.
Sea Crone's Requiem
Sea Crone's Requiem contains Dead Sea and Mediterranean (salts), Bladderwrack Kelp, and Nori (seaweed), Essential Oils of Geranium, Rose, Neroli, and/or Chamomile, Clary Sage and Chinese Green Tea (herbs).
Helps with skin irritations, inflammation, insomnia, hormonal balance, and uplifts mood.
Lancelot's Moon contains Dead Sea Salt, Powdered Kelp (seaweed) Essential Oils of Lavender, Chamomile, and/or Neroli.
Encourages relaxed sleep. Helps with racing thoughts, anxiety, muscle ache, and insomnia.
Simply run 1-2 scoops (1/2 - 1 cup) of Seaweed Bath Salt under running water while filling your bath. Swish your bath water to dissolve the salts and to release the healing properties of the seaweed and essential oils. Close your bathroom door to keep the aroma inside the room. Relax and soak for 20 minutes. Then, rinse and pat dry. Treat yourself once a week.
More Recipes for Your Bath
Before using any of the bath recipes below, make sure you have a drain screen in your tub so you don't clog your tub’s pipes.
Essential Oil Bath
Essential oils are most often used by adding them to base oils, such as almond, soy, sunflower or grape seed oil. Never add more than 30 drops of essential oils to 4 ounces of base oil, or 15 drops of essential oils to 1 ounce of base oil. Do not use regular cooking oil as a base. It is washed with chemicals that contaminate the essential oils and are not compatible with them.
Mix four to 10 drops of your favorite organic essential oil in one tablespoon of 2% or whole milk. The milk distributes the oils evenly in your bath. Essential oils are used either to relax or to stimulate.
Soothing Oils: Chamomile, neroli, geranium, mandarin, marjoram, bergomot, clary sage, lavender, ylang ylang, orange or lemon.
Stimulating Oils: Lemongrass, pettigrain, tea tree, pine, black pepper, rosemary, grapefruit, eucalyptus, spearmint, ginger or coriander.
Note! Do not use peppermint oil in the bath. It can cause respiratory and heart problems.
For a mineral bath, add a handful (1-2 cups is also fine) of Epsom salts to the bath while the water is running. If you want some fizz add a handful of baking soda at the same time. Studies from Britain's University of Birmingham say bathing in these crystals can increase magnesium by 35%. The mineral passes through your skin into your bloodstream. Very good for the heart.
Relaxing Lavender & Rose Bath
Equally measure lavender flowers (or buds), Epsom salts and rose petals into your bath. Heavenly!
Herbal Wash Bag for Dry, Itchy Skin
Oatmeal and lavender both soothe itchy, dry skin. Find an old pair of tights and cut a piece about 10 inches long from the leg. Tie one end. Place a handful of oatmeal and some lavender inside. Tie the other end. Now you can use it as a wash rag. It only lasts for two baths during the same day. Choose essential oils according to your skin type. Lavender works with every skin type.
Oily Skin - Lavender, neroli, ylang-ylang.
Normal Skin - Jasmine, patchouli, sandalwood, rose, lavender.
Sensitive Skin - German chamomile, geranium, lavender.
Dry or Damaged Skin - Lavender, clary sage, myrrh.
Sea Salt & Kelp Foot Scrub
Place 1 cup course sand, 1 tablespoon of seaweed, 1 tablespoon of sea salt, 1 tablespoon powdered Kelp (seaweed) in a bowl and mix. Then, add to this mix 1 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup raw coconut oil and blend well. Transfer to a large sterile jar and place in a cool, dark place. It will be ready to use in one hour. Scrub feet with mixture in circular motions to smooth away dead skin. Rinse well and pat dry.
Also see my Old World Remedies web page for more all-natural remedies.
Artwork Top of Page: Seaweed Gatherers by Frederick Bridgman
Photograph of Rock & Seaweed by Gerla Brakkee
Photograph of Salt & Siver by Anne-Mette Pederson
Photograph of Glasses by Anthony Smolenski