Add These 4 Elements to Your Bath for a Healing Experience

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Aaaah, the power of a good soak.

Soaking in the bath is historically known to rejuvenate skin and heal the body. These four elements are known to deliver benefits that can transform your tub time into more than just a routine clean.

Himalayan Salt Bath

You've likely dipped sore, aching feet into a tub of hot water and Epsom salts or magnesium sulfate for relief. A Himalayan salt bath is a total glow-up from this experience. Here’s why:

A Himalayan salt bath is a detox for your skin and other tissues. As the salty water is pulled into your body, metabolism is boosted and self-healing properties are triggered by the natural minerals found in these pink salt crystals. The salt is then stored in the skin and used to fight dryness post-bath.

Because this solution is so great at promoting skin hydration, this salt bath is also used to combat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, two conditions that leave painful dry patches on the skin’s surface. You can even find relief from bug bites and blisters.

The last major benefit of this bath is that it may help to strengthen connective tissue in the body, as well as your bones and skin, helping with muscle aches, cramps, and soreness.

These crystals found near the foothills of the Himalayas contain trace elements of other minerals, like potassium, magnesium, and calcium, making them so much more than “salt”.

To draw a Himalayan salt bath, add ½-2 cups of salt to the tub while it’s filling with water and let them dissolve.

Milk Bath

Milk baths are probably most famously seen in those dreamy pictures on Instagram where a claw-foot tub is filled with a creamy liquid while blood orange slices and flower heads float on the surface. Though trendy, milk baths have quite a history. Cleopatra used donkey’s milk in her baths. Wanna feel like a queen in the comfort of your own home? Try a milk bath.

There are different kinds of milk baths. Coconut, almond, oat, and goat milk baths are all popular choices. People also use buttermilk and breast milk. Each type of milk has its own helpful qualities ranging from soothing eczema to firming skin and providing lactic acid, which helps to remove dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. Overall, if you’re looking for a bath that will soothe dry skin and promote healthy aging, you might consider adding 2 cups of milk to the water next time you draw a bath.

For an elevated experience, try some milk bath add-ons: honey, baking soda, clary sage, and lavender are ideal options.