Bath salt is water-soluble, unicellular magnesium salts that are often added to water for therapeutic use to help in bathing. They are sometimes said to enhance the pleasure of bathing, improve bathing, and even serve as an anti-septic agent. The use of bath salts dates back to biblical times and has become quite popular for its cleansing properties. They are primarily used to aid in the treatment of various skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and boils. It has also been used for healing cuts and bruises, treating oral sores, wounds, burns, rashes and minor irritations of the skin. It may also be added to other homemade spa therapies to help revitalize tired and stressed-out muscles.
One of the known uses for bath salts is that of a stimulant. Its efficacy in stimulating mental alertness, attention and focus during the day have made it a popular ingredient for many psychotherapy and mood-altering self-help products. Some of the common ingredients found in bath salts, including stimulant substances like caffeine and theobromine, or mood enhancing substances like melatonin and valerian are believed to have a positive effect on the brain’s chemical systems, thus exerting a therapeutic effect on the user’s consciousness.
There are other, non-health-related uses of bath salts. For example, some users claim that using bath salts on feet or hands stimulates the production of natural oils produced by the sebaceous glands, or the oil glands located in the hair, scalp and skin that are responsible for moisture and protection. When these oils are sufficiently stimulated, they moisturize the skin on the hands and feet, reducing the chances of dry and flaky feet. In addition, some users claim that using bath salts on the skin activates the production of natural pain relievers called endorphins, or the body’s natural pain killers. This is why some users of foot or hand scrubs add a pinch of the essential oil of the herb ylang to the water used for the scrub, because they believe that the essential oil can act as a natural painkiller.
Although bath salts can be used as bathwater substitutes for regular cleaning products such as tap water, they should never be combined with drugs or illegal substances. If you suspect that bath salts contain drugs or illegal substances, you should contact a professional household cleaning contractor to ensure the safety of your home while cleaning. It is also important to remember that bath salts may not be approved by the Health Department. Therefore, you should never attempt to make these products at home.
When you decide to use bath water instead of regular soap, it is important to note that bath salts do not dissolve in hot water, as is often assumed. As a matter of fact, it takes only two to twenty minutes in water to dissolve them completely. If you follow the instructions on the package, you will need to mix the salt with warm water until it forms a paste-like substance. You then mix this paste into a cup and pour it into your bath tub. Allow it to sit for five to ten minutes, to allow the salt and moisture to penetrate the skin.
To make sure that the olive oil and bath salt mixture will dissolve faster, place a few drops of the mixture in a plastic drinking cup and add a few drops of hot running water to it. After twenty minutes have gone, swish the mixture around your bathtub, keeping it close to the waterline. For best results, this method should be done after about an hour has passed. In addition, if you are concerned that the mixture is not thoroughly dissolved, replace the cup containing the bath salt with a new one. Also, be sure to thoroughly rinse the pot and its contents after using it the next time.
Salt is usually available in two different concentrations. One will dissolve quicker than the other, while still providing a pleasant experience. Those who want to use it without worrying about how long it will take to dissolve will choose the quick dissolve variety. This will dissolve faster than the traditional varieties, but you will have to deal with a few side effects. Side effects can include redness, burning, swelling, and peeling.
The real danger for those who regularly use bath salts comes from the fact that dead bodies contain a toxic chemical called hydrocyanic acid. It is this acid which is the main cause of hallucinations experienced by bath salts users. People who consume this concentrated form of acid can easily become fatally ill, even dying within hours. If this occurs, it is imperative that emergency medical assistance be contacted immediately.