Why are we taking the trouble to mix all these salts together in a special blend for you? Why not just dump some essential oils into a jar of Epsom salt, make it pretty, and call it a day?
Well, my friends, because we care about you! Let me explain...
First, the Dead Sea salt, a salt we already use in our Heaven Scent salt scrub and our Deadwood Spa Bar. For our bath salts, though, we're using a coarser texture of Dead Sea salt.
For those who don't know, the Dead Sea is a land-locked lake in the Middle East. It is the lowest point on earth and is known for the high salinity of its waters. The water of the Dead Sea is 7x more salty than any other lake or sea, and contains rare and beautifying elements that are not naturally occurring elsewhere in high concentrations. The magnesium in the salt promotes the healing of skin tissue and provides the skin surface with an anti-allergic element. Bromide soothes the skin, relaxes body muscles, and tranquilizes nerves. Sulfur is a natural disinfectant. Potassium is a moisture regulator that maintains a neutral environment in the skin. Calcium is a building block for corrective tissue. Sodium relieves stiffness and muscle cramps and maintains a neutral environment in the skin.
Pink Himalayan salt is not just a gorgeous mottled pale pink. It's mined from the ancient sea beds inside the Himalayan mountains. It's completely unrefined, and we use it in its raw, natural form. This salt was formed over 200 million years ago in the primeval sea where the first signs of life formed in the mineral rich water. Because of its location and how it was formed, it is extremely pure and free of contaminants or pollutants. It gains its pink color from the high iron content. It also contains trace amounts of 84 minerals and elements, including potassium, magnesium, calcium, iodine, zinc, and sodium. Himalayan salt has long been used as a holistic treatment for poor circulation, high blood pressure, dry, damaged, or irritated skin, muscle soreness, joint pain, and detoxification.
And then there's Grey sea salt. In Brittany near the town of Guerande, France, are marshes and low lying areas suitable for salt fields. There's a mini climate that is much milder than the rest of Brittany. The currents of the Atlantic run cleaner there than in many salt harvesting locations. This confluence of nature makes for an ideal area for a salt farm region. Guerande has no peer in Europe for the quality of salt produced. The salt fields of Guerande are long and narrow so the top of the evaporating sea water can be swept by hand to harvest the precious sel gris de Guerande, containing a complex balance of the sea and her minerals, with large grey crystals.
Epsom salt is a pure mineral compound, magnesium sulfate, in crystal form. The crystals are formed from evaporated brine pools in the Earth's crust. The two key ingredients, of course, are magnesium and sulfur. Magnesium eases stress and improves sleep and concentration, helps the muscles and nerves function properly, regulates the activity of over 325 enzymes, reduces inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps, and improves oxygen use. Sulfur flushes toxins, improves the absorption of nutrients, helps form joint proteins, brain tissue, and muscle proteins, and helps prevent or ease migraine headaches.
Last but not least, there's Dendritic salt. We use just a touch of this. Dendritic is a finer grain than the others, and it's been crystallized to provide a larger surface area to help retain fragrance. This is the ingredient that ensures that your Reef Botanicals bath salts will stay fragrant as long as possible, to give you the perfect aromatherapy experience to accompany the other benefits of the salts.
Together, these ingredients create the bath you most want - relaxing, enervating, romantic, or inspiring, based on the scent you choose from our varied menu.
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