Who doesn’t love going to a spa? It’s relaxing, rejuvenating and helps us recharge from our typically busy and responsibility-filled lives. Everything about a spa visit is designed to help you unplug from the real world – time spent enjoying pampering treatments such as a massage or a facial, and even long hot soaks or other therapeutic sessions to help you decompress. Unfortunately, a spa isn’t always the most affordable luxury. For many of us, we only get to go a handful of times in our lives, even though most of us could really use it on the regular! While the price it costs to go to the spa isn’t going to change any time soon, the good news is that you can recreate your own version of a spa day at home. With a little bit of time set aside and a few essential spa products of your own, you can be well on your way to some much needed, low cost relaxation.
Do a mask: Facial masks are one of the best skincare products to have on hand for times when you need an excuse to relax and recharge. You can even do a mask while you multitask around your house, but if you can, we recommend trying to really give yourself a break- even if it’s only twenty minutes. If you have sensitive skin try a calming mask with ingredients like cucumber and aloe. If you want to get a little exfoliating action going then an enzyme mask is right up your alley.
In our July Salty Bath box, we are introducing an incredible Blueberry Cranberry Oxygen Mask. This berry-filled formulation will hyper-oxygenate your skin cells with its antioxidant load of berries. Blueberries bring to your skin an arsenal of anti-aging benefits. Cranberries add to the blend with active bioflavonoids as well as much needed vitamins. A gentle exfoliation utilizing fresh fruit pulp, and a deeper cell renewal and collagen production with Glycolic and Alpha Lipoic acids, make this an amazing restorative treatment that you can do right at home.
Take a bath: Baths are so relaxing, and often referred to as “nature’s medicine. Newsweek magazine even featured an article with the latest research on “why taking a hot bath may be as good for your health as exercise.” Our custom-formulated, small-batch bath soaks cannot be found anywhere else and are loaded with magnesium + nutrient-rich ingredients that help the muscles to relax, balances your pH level, reduces stress, and much more. Our salts are sourced straight from the Dead Sea where we blend them with magnesium sulfate and therapeutic grade essential oils for the ultimate soak experience. Put on a face mask, play some of your favorite tunes, add in our bath salts, dim the lights, light the candle (also part of your self-care box we send you), arrange crystals (we provide these too!) or flowers around the tub for more powerful energy and soak in your very own, custom made relaxation space. Having a warm cup of herbal tea or a glass of vino also adds a touch of indulgence that makes the experience even more spa-like.
DIY this easy foot treatment: Everyone who’s tried a foot soak knows just how relaxing it can be after a long day spent on your feet. Make a relaxing foot bath by diluting 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1 cup of sea salt, and 1 cup of Epsom salt in water as hot as you can tolerate. You can also add essential oils such as lavender to level up its soothing power, and peppermint oil to make it super refreshing. Apple cider vinegar is a favorite holistic remedy for all kinds of issues and has many benefits to heal and nourish your skin and body.
I like to time my spa-at-home experience to night. That way, my commitments for the day are done, and I can wash away all the energy I collected, slip into something cozy afterwards, and really unwind. Or even better, drift off to a great night’s sleep!
Want to learn more about our Salty Bath monthly deliveries that bring the spa to your doorstep? Visit us at www.SaltyBath.com. Each month brings a new theme and a box packed with all-natural bath, body and mindful products to help you relax, restore, and renew! Our July box, themed TRANSFORMATION, ships around July 24th. Sign up before July 19th to receive yours.
Not all bath products are created equal. In fact, your bubble bath may be causing more harm than good. That’s because many products on the shelf today contain artificial ingredients that can have side effects, and contribute to a “chemical build-up” in your system. For example, several personal care products can contain something called “phthalates.” Not only can you not pronounce it — these phthalates have adverse, hormone-disrupting effects on the body. That Holiday Cookie or Blueberry Bubble Bath may smell great (if you want to smell like a holiday cookie or a fruit tart) but chances are it’s toxic. Yuck, no thanks!
Salty Bath was created to provide the ultimate, all-natural bath experience – one where you can enjoy a relaxing soak that is also packed with healthy benefits. Think about it — our bodies take in a lot of toxins regardless of how healthy we are. That’s because your skin is your body’s largest organ and it plays a critical role in detoxification. Just how much? It’s responsible for eliminating 25% of your body’s toxins. Your skin also absorbs up to 60% of whatever is applied to it – which is why it is super important to use natural, non-toxic skincare products.
That’s where we come in. We take all the guesswork out of finding the purest products that are good for you, from the outside in. Each soak pulls out the toxins from your body, and replenishes it with good minerals that naturally aid in detoxification, boost your immune system, and support your overall health.
We make a variety of small-batch bath soaks that contain Dead Sea salts, sourced straight from the Dead Sea in Israel, and magnesium sulfate. Just these 2 ingredients alone pack over 80 essential minerals that flush out toxins and also promote relaxation, improve oxygen use, balance pH levels, help muscles and nerves function properly, and improve the absorption of nutrients. But we don’t stop there, we then infuse these mineral salts with therapeutic grade essential oils which add even more health benefits to your bath experience. These include relieving anxiety, promoting better sleep, aiding in digestion, boosting mental clarity, uplifting mood, or calming you down.
We are known for providing simple, pure luxury: no perfumes, no dyes, or harsh chemicals – only all-natural and organic ingredients without any nasty side effects. Plus, everything smells awesome because of the high-integrity essential oils we use. And, everything dissolves beautifully in the tub without leaving a residue.
Some people tend to avoid any “me-time” or down time because it doesn’t feel “productive.” If that sounds familiar to you, then you can feel extremely good about the fact that by taking a detox bath like this, it’s not only productive but critical to your body in order to achieve optimal health. The irony is, by relaxing and detoxing body and mind, your spirit is also rejuvenated, and you are far more productive living this way, then operating on depleted reserves of energy.
All you need is a 20-minute Salty Bath soak to experience all the healthy benefits from the salts and the oils. As always, do not detox in this way if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and always consult your healthcare provider if you have any medical conditions. Finally, it is important to hydrate after any kind of detox soak, so drink plenty of water!
So, rather than figuring out how and when to book that next spa visit, perhaps you would do better having a luxury spa experience right in the convenience of your own home? If you are curious about how Salty Bath works, check out www.SaltyBath.com to learn more.
We are always creating new bath soak recipes, and adding to our all-natural bath and body product line. Our monthly subscribers enjoy amazing products at discounted prices, and discover new artisanal bath experiences as a result. Many have told us it’s become a joyful ritual that they look forward to. How awesome is that?
There is so much I want to share with you about this month’s featured Essential Oil. I’m super excited to finally reveal this gem of an oil, and that it will only be available to our subscribers in all our November boxes. This botanical oil which we’ve aptly named TOTAL DEFENSE is loaded with health-inducing intelligence. So here is the scoop:
5 ESSENTIAL OILS IN ONE BLEND
Yep, it’s a blend of five therapeutic-grade essential oils that are scientifically documented to be highly anti-infectious, antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic. This potent oil blend is a powerful way to support your family’s health and wellness. Two of the oils found in the TOTAL DEFENSE Oil Blend, Cinnamon and Clove have been confirmed in multiple studies to be incompatible with most viruses and bacteria, which can not live in their presence.
In addition to Cinnamon, Clove, TOTAL DEFENSE also includes Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary. This combination of healing oils covers a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity and contains properties that strengthen the immune system. The Lemon-Eucalyptus-Rosemary blend is one of nature’s most powerful natural home remedies for flu, colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throat, strep, toothache, cuts, poison ivy. It also is a powerful stimulant to the immune system.
HOW TO USE TOTAL DEFENSE OIL
Diffusing TOTAL DEFENSE Oil daily, rubbing it into your skin, and using it to disinfect around your home can help keep you and your family healthy.
Diffusion: Diffusing is a great way to get this healing oil blend into the respiratory system. Inhaling diffused oils strengthens the immune and respiratory systems, which are often the target of bacteria and viruses. Purifying the air adds a valuable level of protection and support in the health and wellness of your family. Many germs that travel through the air are linked to common ailments such as the cold and flu.
In addition to diffusing throughout the day, you can diffuse therapeutic-grade essential oils in the bedroom at night during sleep. It is a wonderful way to support the respiratory and immune system if someone is fighting an infection.
Anointing with Essential Oils: The Bible and other historical texts mention anointing loved ones with aromatic oils and spices for protection against illness and disease. This has been practiced by families for centuries. Just a drop or two goes a long way!
Massage or Topical Application: This healing oil can be diluted and massaged into the skin to help protect against the germs that cause illness. It is also very beneficial in the care of illness. Two very effective areas to massage are the reflex areas or vita-flex points on the feet, for example the lungs, sinus, bronchials, ears, etc., and also along the spine where bacteria and viruses tend to hibernate.
Some Practical Tips:
Test for sensitivity. Cinnamon and clove oil are powerful oils and could cause a reaction in some people. Diluting this essential oil in vegetable or carrier oil (we like Jojoba) before applying to the skin is recommended. The bottom of the feet is always the safest place to use and test oils, especially on children and those with known sensitivities or allergies. For your health and safety, always test first!
Disinfect and Clean: TOTAL DEFENSE oil diluted in water or vinegar is an amazing all purpose house cleaner. Kills germs and odors safely and naturally.
FINAL NOTE: Remember, all essential oils are potent, and only a tiny amount of oil is needed. If you have a medical condition, always consult your healthcare practitioner prior to use. Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Essential oils can have a healing effect on us mentally, physically, and emotionally. They are known to help you relax or sleep, or improve your skin or digestion, and even improve the way your brain cells function — their benefits go well beyond a pleasant smell. That is why having an essential oil diffuser in your home is one of the healthiest things you can do for your, and your family’s, well-being. Let’s look at our top 5 uses, and our recommendations for which oils to diffuse:
RELAXATION AND SLEEP
One of the most popular uses of essential oils is due to their ability to help you relax and unwind, particularly after a stressful or long day. Having a diffuser on your nightstand is a great way to help relax your body and mind so you can get a better night’s sleep. Our picks: Lavender, Clary Sage, Sandalwood
This is one of our favorite uses for an essential oil diffuser! There are so many possibilities. Whether to energize you when you’re feeling low, or to infuse the atmosphere with festivity – think Autumn aroma of clove and cinnamon or wintry like Peppermint, White Fur and Spruce – diffusing essential oils will elevate your mood and inspire positive vibes, naturally! Our picks: Grapefruit, Jasmine, Rose, Peppermint, White Fur
IMPROVE BRAIN FUNCTION
Did you know that essential oils can super-charge your brain cells? Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities – meaning that they are soothing when you’re stressed, but they can also give you a pick-me-up when you’re feeling down or sluggish. By leveling out your mood, the oils in the air will help you to focus. Also, there are several essential oils known for their powerful ability to balance the body’s hormones. These oils, with regular use, can actually help to heal the underlying causes responsible for hampering mental function. Our picks: Peppermint, Grapefruit, Eucalyptus, Pine, Lemon, Basil, Lavender, Bergamot
WARD OFF SICKNESS
Essential oils can be used to boost your immune system, and are effective for keeping cold, flu, and other nasty illnesses at bay. They are anti-microbial and when introduced into the air in vapor form, the organic compounds within the oils come into direct contact with airborne pathogens before they invade your body. Plus, some diffusers also double as humidifiers which will help to keep your airways moist and healthy so you are less susceptible to any microbes that do make it into your body. Our picks: Eucalyptus, Clove, Lemon, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cinnamon, Thyme
Headaches? Sore Muscles? Joint Pain? While, soaking in a warm salty bath with essential oils in the water will work wonders on pain, I extend the healing relief by diffusing oils when I’m not in my tub. Our picks: Ginger, Chamomile, Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Bergamot
Once you get familiar with essential oils and their healing properties, you’ll find so many great uses and you will have fun taking more responsibility for your state of health and well-being. In fact, if I had to choose a basic self-care kit to keep on hand, here are the 10 Essential Oils I would stock (and do): Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Rosemary, Thyme, Lemon and Clove. Of course, I have so many more, but these are my constant go-to oils, plus Sandalwood, which is always my personal favorite for so many reasons beyond basic!
Every new season is an opportunity to invite change and growth. To help you set the right mental balance, we’ve designed our October box around the practice of detoxifying. Each ingredient is selected to interact with your individual chemistry and draw out the impurities from your body.
To extend the detoxifying impact, each of our subscribers will benefit from the powerful purifying punch of our CRYSTAL MINT therapeutic-grade essential oil blend. This blend combines eucalyptus, pink grapefruit, lime, lemon and sweet orange and smells as good as it feels.
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Salty Bath offers a unique, monthly self-care service that is carefully designed to help you relax and rejuvenate.
Every month our subscribers receive a curated spa-in-a-box experience that lets them discover the secret to relaxation. Our all-natural and vegan bath salt blends include Dead Sea Salts, Epsom Salts and organic essential oils. Each month's box includes assorted goodies to create a restorative experience.
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