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How to Use Bath Salts in the Shower

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Bath salts are typically made of Epsom salt and some essential oil. They’re commonly used in bathtubs while taking a bath and make for an affordable and practical way to unwind. The high concentration of these salts increases the water density and helps you feel lighter, relieve stress, and feel relaxed.

But how do you use bath salts in the shower? There are several ways you can use bath salts in the shower and we’ll discuss them in this article. It’ll help you reap the benefits of bath salts even if you don’t have a bathtub.

How to Use Bath Salts in the Shower

If you don’t have a bathtub in your home and solely rely on a shower, consider the methods listed below to use bath salts.

Create a DIY Scrub

Creating a homemade scrub is the most effective way to use bath salts in the shower. Scrub your skin with it as you are in the shower to have the same effect as a bath.

You can make and use this DIY scrub using the steps listed below.

  1. Add one cup of bath salt, along with one tablespoon of vitamin E oil and three tablespoons of virgin coconut to a bowl.
  2. Mix the two ingredients and then add one tablespoon of body wash and a couple of tablespoons of your favorite essential oil.
  3. Stir all the ingredients well until they are well-mixed. You’ll still see solid particles of bath salt in the solution.
  4. Add the mixture to an empty soap bottle.
  5. Apply the solution to your body using your hands and scrub it well while taking a shower.
  6. Let it sit on your body for about a minute and rinse it well with hot water.

Make sure that you get under the stream of hot water before applying the scrub. It’ll open your skin’s pores and allow your body to absorb salt and essential oils effectively.

Scatter Bath Salt on your Shower Pan

Another efficient way to use bath salt in the shower is to scatter it around your shower pan. Make sure that you sprinkle it away from the drain and the direct stream of water.

The splashes of water will allow the salt to dissolve as you shower and create relaxing steam that your body will absorb. We recommend you use bath salts that come with a strong fragrance and essential oils for this method.

Create a Homemade Oil

You can use bath salts to create a homemade oil and apply it to your body while taking a shower. Use the steps listed below for this method to work.

  1. Add one cup of essential or carrier oil along with two to three teaspoons of bath salt to a bow.
  2. Stir the mixture until some salt particles get dissolved and transfer the oil to an empty bottle.
  3. Get under the stream of hot water to allow your skin pores to open.
  4. Pour a few drops of the oil on your hand and apply it to your entire body from ankles to neck.
  5. Scrub your body gently for one to two minutes to rub away dirt and dead skin cells from your body. It’ll also soften and moisturize your skin to keep it fresh for a long time.
  6. After that, clean the oil and salt residue with water. Then you can use your favorite body wash on your body as you normally would.

Apply Bath Salt Directly

It’s possible to apply bath salts directly to your body. This method comes in handy to relieve pain from aching muscles and joints. You can follow the steps listed below to use this method.

  1. Get under hot water coming out of your shower head to soften your skin.
  2. Take about one tablespoon of bath salt in your hand and start scrubbing the aching area.
  3. Use a circular motion to scrub the bath salt on your body gently for about a couple of minutes. You can use the same technique to apply bath salt to your muscles to get rid of muscle tension.
  4. Then you can go under the hot stream of water to remove the bath salt’s residue.

Use Bath Salt for Bruises

If you or your child have a bruise on his leg or arm, you can treat it using bath salt. It’ll accelerate the healing process. You can use the following steps for this purpose.

  1. Boil one liter of water and transfer it to a big bowl.
  2. Add three to four tablespoons of bath salt to the water and start stirring until the salt gets dissolved.
  3. Grab a small clean towel and soak it in the salt water for 20 to 30 seconds.
  4. Pick up the towel and use it to cover the bruised area.
  5. Let the towel sit on the bruise for at least two minutes. Keep pressing the towel gently so that it can release salt water.
  6. Repeat the steps three to four times for maximum effect.

You can use this method before or while taking a shower.

Benefits of Using Bath Salts in Shower

Bath salts allow you to enjoy a relaxing and comfortable showering experience and offer several cosmetic and health benefits as well.

  • Help you relieve muscle tension and pain
  • Can relax joint pain and soreness
  • Can speed up the healing process of bruises
  • Improve your body’s blood circulation
  • Can be effective for stress, anxiety, and migraines because of essential oils
  • Moisturize and soften the skin and can help with some skin conditions, such as dryness and itchiness
  • Most bath salts are made of Epsom salt which contains magnesium and sulfate. According to studies, it can increase your melatonin levels and promote sleep.
  • Bath salts allow your body to produce more dopamine, also called the happy feel-good hormone. It can increase your energy levels and boost your mood.

Final Words

While bath salts are commonly used in bathtubs, it certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t use them in your shower. 

There are many ways to use bath salts in the shower and we hope this guide will help you utilize them effectively.

Make sure that your body is wet and warm before applying bath salts. It’ll allow your body to absorb the salts and essential oils and reap the benefits they offer.

Allen Michael is the Founder and Editor of Home Viable, a website that he started to provide readers with tips on home efficiency and automation. He draws on his engineering background combined with his family-of-four experiences for his articles.