So, I have been pretty absent from this space for the past few months. Been busy with working, studying (Always studying), creating, trying to give love and the whole breathing thing we do. Honestly, my body seems to hate winter more than my mind and it’s been depressing. I am so ready for summer, it isn’t even funny.
This has been on my mind for over a week now. I wanted to share with you my inspiration from something so simple and… well common. You probably already know because it is the name for this post. Salt, I think, is grossly underestimated. No, I haven’t gone insane. We use it all the time in cooking for its ability to bring out more flavour in a dish. It what makes the ocean so cleansing, and gross tasting. Depending on the type of salt, you can make your bath cleansing, muscle relaxing on calming.
Salt can do that!
Last week I reread an old issue of Kinfolk. It is the summer issue, number 12. Anyway, the whole issue is about SALT! My goddess! I am so excited. Is that weird? Reading about these different people from different parts of the world and their connection to salt. A cook who is obsessed with Himalayan Pink salt (I am so on that wagon), Fishermen who have this passion for the salty waves, a woman who still spends her summers at her families house by the ocean, a family who built their home practically on the beach… The passion these people have for the ocean, salt and the environment is so freaking mind blowing. The really cool thing is that this magazine appeared around the time I really started to appreciate the ocean and the powers that it has. It only takes me five minutes to drive to the beach and about 15 minutes to ride my bike. I never really had any respect for the ocean. It was always just there. In Summer I rarely tripped to the beach because I would get burnt to a crisp, Winter is too cold, Spring… busy with university, Autumn… you get the picture. I didn’t want to go because it was (eek) boring and a little inconvenient. I’m sorry! I can’t believe that I just admitted that.
Now I have a deep appreciation for the ocean. Not just the understanding that I don’t belong in the ocean, for I cannot breathe under it, but the calming and healing energies it has. I am not really sure why this is, maybe it is the salt, but I do know that after an hour walk along the beach as soon as I wake, leaves me shiny eyed and totally relaxed and out of this world in the present moment. Any worry or fear that I had the day before… forgotten, washed away in by the waves. You have to try it.
There are many how to’s on this wide web for salt baths but I just wanted to share with you my favourites.
Epsom Salt Muscle Relaxer
Epsom salt is used as a detoxifier, and thats great, but I love to soak in a bath of epsom salt when my muscles are really sore after a workout, or working in the yard. You can use an essential oil to make this bath even more luxurious.
1/2 to 1 cup of epsom salt (depending on your personal need. Though I wouldn’t add any more than a cup)
4-6 drops of essential oil (lavender, rose or ylang ylang are really lovely and relaxing)
Simply run a bath that is a little hotter warm, as the heat will make you sweat and help in releasing toxins. Add the salt and essential oils in at the start so they mix in naturally as the bath fills up. Check every now and then to see if the temperature is right for you.
Once your bath is drawn, turn on some music, light some candles, and slip on in.
Himalayan Salt Toxin Detox
Because of the mineral content in this pretty pink salt, it makes it pretty powerful. This is why I would suggest not to add any more than 2- 1/2 cups i=of the salt to your bath. You can of course add less, if your feel your body needs a more gentle detox. This is totally okay.
1 to 2 1/2 cups of Himalayan salt
Simply run a bath that is a little hotter warm, as the heat will make your muscles relax, sweat and help in releasing toxins. Add the salt in at the start so it mixes in naturally as the bath fills up. Check every now and then to see if the temperature is right for you.
Once your bath is drawn, turn on some music, light some candles, and enjoy.
Rose Scented Salt Bath
This may be my favourite bath to draw. It is slightly detoxifying but the scent of rose is just heaven. If you don’t like rose than any other calming essential oil will work nicely.
1/2 cup Himalayan salt
1/3 cup dried rose hips and pettles, or 4-5 drops rose essential oil
Draw a warm bath. Add the salt and essential oils or dried rise hips in at the start so they mix in naturally as the bath fills up. Check every now and then to see if the temperature is right for you.
Once your bath is drawn, turn on some music, light some candles, and slip on in for about 10-20 minutes.
After any of these baths it is best to lay down wrapped in a towel for a few minutes while your body slowly drops to a more neutral temperature. You can feel drained, especially after the Himalayan salt bath, this can occur if you have added over 3 cups, and it just from the strength of the salt. Best to be safe and not add anymore than 2 cups. Drink water to replenish the water you sweated out.
Don’t want to spend money or waste water? I am totally in the same boat. This is my fave… go swimming in the ocean! Problem solved. These captures might just make you love the beach too.
Enjoy the salty water!
Spend a whole hour in that massive salty bath. Seriously, it is like having a cool bath with a small community of people.