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4 Things to Know Before Doing a Salt Soak

 

Are plain old baths no longer doing it for you? How would you like to add a little flavor to the whole experience with salt?

 

Sounds intriguing, right? Read on to learn more!

 

What is a salt soak?

 

A salt soak, also known as a salt bath, is, as the name suggests, simply bath water with salt sprinkled in for maximum relaxation, improved recovery and a host of health benefits. The most common type of salt used for this purpose is Epsom salt.

 

People typically do salt soaks to help relieve arthritis pain, post workout muscle soreness and the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Some, however, believe that salt soaks can also help with bruises and sprains, sunburns, ingrown toenails, insomnia and skin conditions such as psoriasis.

 

Now, while there are not a lot of studies to back some of these claims up, experts say it’s rather unlikely that doing a salt soak can cause you any serious harm. So, if you think the activity will help, then you can just go ahead and do one.

 

How long should a salt soak session last?

 

A typical salt soak session lasts at least 12 minutes. Any shorter and you risk not getting any of its benefits. But to be sure, just ask doctor exactly how long and how frequent you need to soak. These things ultimately depend on your specific condition.

 

The good news, though, is that even if you spend a bit more time soaking than recommended, you won’t really be putting yourself at risk for any form of serious injury. In most cases, the worst that could happen is you end up spending so much time in the bath that you end up not having enough time for everything else you need to do for the day. But, again, it’s best to just check with your doctor to be sure. This way, you eliminate all the guesswork.

 

How much salt is needed in a salt soak?

 

The amount of salt needed in a salt soak would ultimately depend on the size of your tub and the amount of warm water you use. For most salt soak products, though, it’s a cup or two for standard-sized tubs.

 

Keep in mind, though, that not all tubs are suited for use with salt. Hot tubs, whirlpools and any other tub that comes with jets are generally not designed for this purpose. To be sure, just check with your manufacturer first before soaking.

 

The good news is that if you find that your tub is indeed salt soak-ready, then it probably is ready for essential oils and other types of mineral salts as well. This means you can use products like the ones from Honey & Sage, which combine sea salt with various natural essential oils even flower petals, to get even more health benefits from your salt soak.

 

Can salt soaks help with weight loss?

 

There aren’t enough studies to support the claim that salt soaks can help with weight loss. But, again, there aren’t really any serious side effects to bathing in Epsom salt water, so trying things out for yourself shouldn’t be a problem at all.

 

Still, the best and healthiest way to lose weight is to simply eat a bit less (and healthier) and move a bit more. Get these two things down first and just use everything else, including salt soaks as a supplement if you feel like you need a little extra push.

 

Start soaking!

 

That’s really all there is to it! You’re now ready to enjoy a nice, relaxing salt soak.