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Self Care tip no. 1 – Bath salts

Bath salts are nothing but, water-soluble, pulverized minerals that are added to water to be used for bathing. They are known for :-

  • reducing inflammation of the muscles and joints
  • relaxing muscles
  • relieving pain and soreness
  • stimulates circulation
  • hydrates the skin
  • increases moisture retention
  • promotes cellular regeneration
  • detoxifies the skin
  • helps heal dry, scaling, irritated skin.

Did you know?

Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, used to encourage his fellow healers to make use of salt water to heal various ailments by immersing their patients in sea water. His patients  used to bathe in warmed seawater in a treatment called thalassotherapy (in Greek, thalassa means sea). This encourages a release of toxins between the blood and the water and a restoration of mineral balance in the blood.

Various ways to use Bath Salts,

  1. Bath tubs – Make yourself a nice warm water bath and add 1-2 cups of bath salt in it. Make sure you stir the bath salts and circulate them well. Your hot bath is ready and you can soak yourself for long to ease your pains.
  2. Foot soaks – Add 1-2 scoop of bath salt to warm water in a bucket, immerse your feet and soak to relieve aches and pains. This not only soothes the feet from aches and pains but you can also soften any rough skin (save yourself from a pedicure). Rinse and dry with a towel once soaked.
    • Tips – You can even do some exercise while soaking your feet. You can put some marbles, shells or a tennis ball inside the bucket and move your feet forward-backward, upward-downward and side to side. This would help in increasing your circulation in the feet and help you do some movement for your feet without stressing it.
  3. Hand soaks – You can do a hand soak in a similar manner as foot soak. For your ease, keep the bucket on a table or stool to raise the level, so that you don’t have to stress your back while dipping your hand inside the bucket. Your posture is maintained and you can enjoy the warm hand soak.
    • Tips – You can do hand movements inside the warm water, upward-downward and side to side movements. You can even introduce a stress ball and do squeezing activity to improve your hand grip.
  4. Warm water bath – Add 2-3 scoops of bath salts at the time of your regular warm water bath, stir it well and bath with that water. Best and quick way to start your day with your body a little relaxed with less muscle pain than usual.
  5. Shower scrubs – Take some bath salt in your hand and rub it on your aching body parts while having a warm shower since many of us are trying to save the energy for the rest of the day and can only afford a quick shower.
    • Tips – Rubbing bath salts on the body can also be used as a desensitization method for those body parts which are too sensitive to touch. A 5-10 mins of scrubbing can really help in sensitizing the body part in a long run.

Listing some of  the Bath salts to ease pain and soreness, 

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  • Epsom salt
Mesmara Epsom Salt

Green Junction Pure Epsom Salt

  • Lavender bathsalt
Soulflower Lavender Bathsalt

Khadi Lavender and Basil Bathsalt

Soulflower Lavender Himalayan Pink Rock Bathsalt

  • Jasmine bathsalt

 

Soulflower Jasmine Bathsalt

I have only listed those bath salts that I have used personally and have helped me over the years. I usually use them alone or mix a Cup of Epsom salt with any of the others. I don’t know, if they would help you or not. But, you can give them a try. Make your bath soak recipes and enjoy them. If you get some benefit out of them, do drop in a comment and let us know.


We are starting micro blogs on the website to cover various topics that can help chronic pain and chronic illness sufferers get better and functional on a daily basis (Self Care tips). Bath salts is our first micro blog. If you have your own personal tips and tricks and want to share them. Kindly share with us at chronicpainindia@gmail.com .

 

Self Care tip no.1

4 thoughts on “Self Care tip no. 1 – Bath salts”

  1. Thank you for the useful tips . I often use water bubble massage for feet electrically operating . Will try adding the bath salt . Family uses bath salt in tub bath but I cannot take it because of my shot breathlessness problem . Seems good idea to use in foot buble massage. Thank you always.

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    1. Thank you ma’am. Bubble massage sounds like a good idea too. You always add something extra beneficial to my posts. Always looking forward to reading your views ❤

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  2. Hello, thank you for the Holistic ideas to help, but as a patient with full body/systemic CRPS I could never rub anything on my body that is soft, and never anything like salts that are rough? With Allodynia that comes with RSD/CRPS, I just cannot rub anything or it hurts terribly…on my skin. Thank you though for others..

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    1. Hello Suzanne, I have CRPS too. I even had similar troubles. My Physiotherapist suggested me desensitisation. He asked me to move a feather or run a soft cloth for 5 mins on my sensitive to touch body parts. It used to hurt like hell for those 5 mins but on long run after that every day torture for 2-3 months and soft circular motion baby oil massage on those areas. My sensitivity issues got a lot better. On a long run I realised running a charcoal/ granulated soap started helping me do the same. And later came bath salts. Now I can totally walk in the sand without any trouble. Three years back a small insect sitting on my feet used to drive me crazy in pain as if that insect was Ant Man and he crushed my bones. But not anymore.
      Just give it a try. May be it helps you too 😊

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