Don't be SAD, Take a Bath: How a soak can make you happy February 17 2014, 0 Comments

 

Let's just address this right away:

If taking baths grosses you out because you feel you are sitting in unclean water, go the Japanese route: rinse off quickly in the shower while filling up a hot bath, then, hop in clean as a whistle and soak away....done. And now to the post:

Any month that starts with No, can’t be good. Welcome November, the darkest month of the year, for us here in TO, anyway. Even though we get a bit of extra sleep in the fall, the shift back to standard time results in more dark hours than light. Our bodies naturally produce more melatonin due to the shorter days and this increase of melatonin causes a decreased level of serotonin. It has been proven that low levels of serotonin affect our metabolism, mental state, and disrupt sleep patterns and the circadian clock that can contribute to Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder (SAD).

There’s one more thing you should definitely do to help symptoms of SAD, lethargy and feeling crappy in general…

A bath will never disappoint. Do you ever say, “Oh that feels terrible!” as you slip into a steamy fragrant tub? I didn’t think so. Aromacentric bath salts are perfect for November and in my opinion, every day, no matter what the season. Our blend of Himalayan Pink, Dead Sea and Epsom salt will help regulate circulation, combat muscular aches and pains, detoxify and can help relieve headaches and flu symptoms. The salts are blended with essential oils that are calming to the central nervous system and help prepare your body and mind for sleep.  

 

Bathe min. 30 minutes before bed to allow your body to cool

Try bathing 30 minutes before bedtime to allow your body to cool down before sleep

What’s in the salts that make them so therapeutic?

Himalayan Pink Salt 

Also Known as Himalayan Rock Salt, this salt is hand-mined and harvested from ancient salt beds, deep under the Himalayan Mountains. Rich in over 80 minerals and trace elements, some of the most notable being calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron, this salt is considered to be the purest form of salt available.  For therapeutic purposes, the Himalayan can be used in baths to relax the body, stimulate circulation, sooth sore muscles, and remove toxins. It is reputed to assist with relief from arthritis, skin rashes, wounds, and flu and fever symptoms.

Dead Sea Salt

The Dead Sea is the most saline body of water in the world with far greater concentrations of minerals than any ocean (a concentration of 32% minerals compared to other seas, holding approximately 3%). Bromides and Iodine are present in Dead Sea Salt, including other minerals in a dried form, such as Magnesium, Sodium, Calcium and Potassium. All these minerals work together as regulators of cell activity and daily functioning, relieving muscular pain and stabilizing fluid levels in the body. 

Epsom Salt (Magnesium sulfate) 

Experts like Dr. RH Waring from the School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, did a study on the effects of bathing with Epsom salt and found that magnesium sulfate does cross over into the bloodstream as a result of bathing. Magnesium is said to help produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. Research shows that magnesium also increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy packets made in the cells. Magnesium ions also relax and reduce irritability by lowering the effects of adrenaline. They create a relaxed feeling, improve sleep and concentration, and help muscles and nerves to function properly. According to this awesome site on Epsom salt, “Many people on a typical ‘modern’ processed diet are very deficient in magnesium as well, which Epsom salt also supply in a highly available form....Main effects of insufficient magnesium are hyperness, irritability, anxiety, and muscle twitching or spasms." 

Aromacentric Soaking Salts

Aromacentric offers bath salt blends that are sold in 1Kg re-sealable bags. The salts are blended with essential oils like Canadian Spruce and Eucalyptus, each with its own therapeutic benefits adding to those of the salts. 1 Kg is enough for 6-8 baths at ½-1 cup per bath. Keep the salts in their original bag or pour them into a beautiful glass jar when you get them home to remind you of what's inside. Store in a cool dry place. Because of their shipping weight, if you live outside of the GTA we will calculate your shipping and notify you of the actual cost before shipping. Remember if you do live in the GTA you can always enter LOCALPICKUP as the promo code at check-out and you will be notified when your order is ready for pick up in mid-town Toronto.

Check out Aromacentric soaking salts and remember, nobody feels bad after a bath.