Thursday, December 13, 2007

Tis a Bath Soak!

So if you couldnt read the label....the substance is decedent bath salts. I was inspired after reading up on the benefits of epsom salt. Man that stuff rocks...up there with vinegar and baking soda.

"This pure, time tested mineral compound has hundreds of uses, from health and beauty to household cleaning and organic gardening. Magnesium and sulfates can be ingested from foods or mineral supplements, but both substances are readily absorbed through the skin.

Epsom salts:

soften skin and exfoliates
Provides magnesium, which has been shown to:
Ease stress
Lower blood pressure
Create a happy, relaxed feeling
Raise energy levels

Studies show these benefits from the major components of Epsom Salt may:


Ease stress and improves sleep and concentration
Help muscles and nerves function properly
Regulate activity of 325+ enzymes
Help prevent artery hardening and blood clots
Make insulin more effective
Reduce inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps
Improve oxygen use


Flush toxins
Improve absorption of nutrients
Help form joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins
Help prevent or ease migraine headaches

For Gardening:

Help seeds germinate
Make plants grow bushier
Produce more flowers
Increase chlorophyll production
Improve phosphorus and nitrogen uptake"

There is ample information on the topic..but the above quote was taken from the Epsom Salt Industry site. love of epsom led me to research bath salt recipes etc...and i ended up putting my own together. I tried it out the other night and it was very relaxing, luxurious...and super softening. I have eczema on my arms...and it was gone by morning (although it has since reappeared). Its really good for overall health..magnesium/mineral levels in the body often get overlooked bc vitamins are all the rage. That combined with the fact that modern agricultural practices leave our veggies with seriously decreased mineral content! Salts are an easy way to kick start your magnesium.

It was fun finding all the ingredients and then making prototypes and decorating the final product. I must admit im not a crafty person! I often have the best intentions...but then i end up screwing it up before its finished. However...this one didnt end in agony! Hooray! This also makes a great kids craft (hmmm maybe thats why i could handle it).

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