Seaweed Bath Salt Remedies for Highly Sensitive People
The Seaweed Gatherers by Frederick A. Bridgman
One of the easiest and most comforting ways to replace precious minerals in your body and relax 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. Each bath salt recipe 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, essential oils, and a bit of seaweed, dried flowers or herbs.
Seaweed Bath Salts Suggested Ingredients
Sea Salt - Dead Sea, Pink Himalayan, Red Hawaiian, and Mediterranean
Seaweed - Irish Moss, Dulce, Kelp, Wakame (including organic powdered forms)
Essential Oils - 100% Pure, Organic Essential Oils
Botannicals - Organic Lavender, Rose buds, Chamomile, Calendula leaves
Natural Colorants - Herbs and spices, such as Organic Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Paprika, Vanilla, and micro-algae, such as Spirulina and Chlorella (see below).
Common Salts to Use in Bath Salts Recipes
Epsom Salt - 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.
Seaweeds to Use in Your Bath Salt 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 Bath Salt 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.
Basic Bath Salt 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.
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
Calendula Leaves, Chamomile, Ground Cinnamon. Lemon Verbena, Oatmeal, Rosebuds, Rosemary.
Colorants to Use in Bath Salts
Instant Coffee, Tea, Powdered Kelp, Liquid Chlorophyll, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Curry Powder, Paprika, Green Herbs, and Flowers. Use as whole, ground, small particles, and powders. Use a coffee grinder for powders (food processors and blenders for chopped pieces).
Choosing Bath Salt Containers
You may place your combined ingredients into any jar with an airtight lid. However, give your mixture a chance to dry out completely before closing. Mason jars are perfect, but you can get as fancy as you like.
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.
You can place a spoon, cup or shell inside to use as a dispenser. 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
Photograph by Gerla Brakkee
Mari’s Seaweed Bath Salt Recipes
Essential oils are suggested for each of the recipes below based on their healing benefits. Of the essential oils suggested in each recipe below, you may choose to use an individual essential oil or a combination of the 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.
A 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.
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 arthritis.
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.
Mari's 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.
Mountain Rose Herbs, TCL's Source for Buying or Creating Bath Salts
Mountain Rose Herbs offers herbs, flowers, seaweeds and 100 certified, organic, wild harvested, and cultivated essential oils to choose from. They also offer bulk tea, herbs, spices, natural health (medicinals), salts, and more, for buying bath salts and supplies.
For more natural wellness product resources, visit your TCL Member's Only Links for Highly Sensitive People web page, which contains TCL's Natural Product Finder.
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