Glossary of Ingredients
Below is a little information regarding the main ingredients that I use outlining the benefits to your body. (information sourced from Health line
Magnesium Sulfate (commonly known as Epson Salt)
Benefits of Magnesium baths
Soothe the skin: Epsom salt bathwater can soften rough, dry skin, and exfoliate dead skin cells. It is a good idea to consult with your doctor before taking Epsom salt if you have a skin disorder, as it might make the symptoms worse.
Reduce soreness and pain. An Epsom salt bath may alleviate pain and reduce swelling in people living with certain types of inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, and psoriatic arthritis. Low levels of magnesium has been known to relieve pain in people with arthritis. Epsom salt contains magnesium and can help the body to get rid of toxins that cause inflammation while also reducing swelling.
Reduce stress. Good magnesium levels may improve the brain neurotransmitters responsible for promoting sleep and reducing stress. Magnesium may also activate melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone. People who feel stressed and overwhelmed may benefit from taking an Epsom salt bath. Some research has found that people who suffer from mental and physical stress benefit from the management of their magnesium levels. While the study looked at oral supplements, Epsom salt may have a similar effect. Taking a warm bath can also help a person relax by allowing them to release muscle tension and recuperate after a long day.
Magnesium chloride baths provide a variety of benefits for your body. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and bathing in magnesium-rich water is an extremely effective way to consume the mineral and reap its benefits.
A magnesium salt bath may help:
Minimize skin inflammation
Eliminate toxins and heavy metals at cellular level;
Boost circulation and supply of blood
Relieve skin disorders such as eczema, acne, psoriasis and dermatitis
Boost hydration of the skin
What is the difference between Magnesium Sulphate and Magnesium Chloride?
If you want to appreciate the health benefits of a magnesium-enriched bath, there are two key choices to consider: magnesium flakes and Epsom salt. The latter has long been admired for its restorative and healing properties, and would be likely to find a box or bag tucked away in household cupboards around the world.
Magnesium flakes, or magnesium salts, are relatively recent industrial bath salts, although the advantages of magnesium soaking has been known and used since ancient times.
So what's the difference between the two of them? Let's just take a peek.
Magnesium salts (Magnesium Chloride) and Epsom salts (Magnesium Sulfate) are chemically distinct. And, oddly enough, they are not actually 'salts' so to speak. Magnesium flake is a magnesium and chloride compound. Whereas Epsom salts are a combination of magnesium and sulfate.
Magnesium is a crucial mineral that plays an important role in over 300 biochemical functions in the body. However it is also one of the most common mineral deficiencies reported.
A magnesium salt bath is an ideal choice for those with a magnesium deficiency or those who are seeking to supplement the magnesium consumed in their diet.
Some of the advantages of a magnesium bath may include:
Remove contaminants and heavy metals from the cellular level
Relieve body tension and exhaustion
Improve circulation and distribution of blood
Soothing skin disorders such as eczema, acne, psoriasis and dermatitis
Relieve pain in the joint
Boost hydration of the skin
Fight against infection
What's the difference between the two?
The main difference between the two is the partner compound: either sulfate or chloride.
Sulfate is another essential mineral for optimum well-being. It is essential for the metabolic processes and the function of proteins and insulin. Deficiencies are related to inflammation, multiple muscle and skeletal disorders, and diabetes. So a long soak in an Epsom salt bath is a perfect way to ensure that your body's sulphate levels are regulated.
Chloride is very essential for regulating electrolyte levels in the body, which is vital for maintaining optimal health. Electrolytes help conduct small electrical currents inside the body and are needed in cells located in tissues, nerves and muscles. If there is an electrolyte imbalance, it can impact on the balance of acids and bases in your body and the way fluid flows in and out of your cells, leaving you feeling dehydrated and unwell. A magnesium flake bath is a perfect way to improve and balance.
Magnesium Chloride Flakes
Dead Sea Salt
Dead sea salt reduces and soothes skin inflammation such as acne inflammation and inflammation associated with sunburns, eczema & psoriasis patches as well as atopic dry skin. Use a little in a warm bath to help naturally heal skin inflammation.
Dead Sea Salt contains 10X more minerals than normal sea salts. Minerals that can help cleanse, detoxify and restore the health structure to the body, particularly to the skin and muscles. These are just some of the minerals that Dead Sea Salt include:
Magnesium – Magnesium is great for detoxifying and cleaning the epidermis. It promotes cell metabolism and, in turn , helps to repair damaged or inflamed skin.
Calcium-Calcium also promotes skin growth and regeneration, moisture retention through sebum production and stimulates the development of antioxidants.
Sodium- Sodium helps cleanse and exfoliate the skin, neutralizes free radicals that can degenerate the skin cells, and relieves sore muscles.
Zinc- Zinc also helps to repair and rejuvenate the skin, to prevent acne, and to protect the lipids and fibroblast cells of the skin that make up collagen.
Potassium- Potassium is perfect for keeping the skin hydrated and plump, and for reducing overall puffiness.
Sulphur- Sulphur helps to revitalise pores. It also has strong and powerful healing, anti-fungal, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
Overview of the Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is a salt water lake in the Middle East, bordered by Israel and the West Bank to the west, and Jordan to the East.
The geological characteristics of the Dead Sea — including the fact that the lake is at the lowest sea level of any body of water on earth and surrounded by mountains— enrich the underlying silt and mud with a special mix of minerals such as magnesium, sodium and potassium.
People use Dead Sea mud to treat conditions ranging from psoriasis to back pain.
Data from a 2014 Study indicated that a Dead Sea mud compress applied five times a week for three consecutive weeks, led to a significant improvement in symptoms for people with chronic lower back pain. Further research is still needed with a greater sample size to confirm these findings.
Shea butter is a natural fatty oil that is extracted from karite nuts, or African shea tree.
This fragrant extract has been used for a long time to treat skin-related conditions such as eczema, sunburn, shaving rash and blemishes. Since this natural product is said to be highly moisturizing, it is not surprising that Shea butter lip balm is a common option for the treatment of dry, cracked, or ageing lips.
Although this product can be used throughout most of the body and in the hair, many find Shea butter is a good option for improving lip health. Shea butter lip balm is most widely used to help treat and moisturize sunburned, dry, or cracked lips because it is known not only to possess anti-inflammatory properties but also to be readily absorbed into the skin. It is also used to heal chapped lips, many believe that it can also help avoid dry lips, as it is said to create a barrier to moisture.