I don’t have an ocean in a bottle for you, but you can get the next best thing with this homemade sea bath recipe.
I confess: I wouldn’t mind relaxing on a tropical beach somewhere with nothing but a good book for company. Something about the sand and the waves and the sunsets… if they could bottle that experience (minus the sand fleas) it would be worth millions.
However, since that’s not an always an option, I often turn to my homemade sea bath recipe.
Sea Water Health Benefits
Bathing in sea water has long been hailed as a therapy for physical (and even mental) ailments. In fact, there’s a scientific name for it: thalassotherapy (say that three times fast!). Sea water therapy has been used by ancient civilizations like Rome and Greece, and was a huge hit in 18th and 19th century Europe.
The therapy was noted for being especially helpful for achy joints, body pain, and skin conditions. (This recent study showed that sea water provided benefits to fibromyalgia patients, too.)
The minerals in sea water are said to be the key to its healing powers. Sea water is naturally abundant in minerals like sodium, chloride, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, and many trace elements. These minerals are absorbed through the skin when you take a dip in the ocean. But if diving into the sea isn’t something you can do on a regular basis, then you can make your own “sea bath” at home instead!
Why These Ingredients for My Homemade Sea Bath Recipe?
Epsom Salts: These salts contain magnesium and sulfur, two minerals that are highly abundant in sea water.
Sea Salt: The ocean’s salty! (But I probably didn’t have to tell you that.)
Concentrated Sea Minerals: Provides trace minerals like those found in sea water.
Homemade Sea Bath Recipe
- 1/4 teaspoon Vitamin C crystals to neutralize chlorine in your bath if needed (read more about that here)
- You can use magnesium chloride flakes instead of Epsom salts.
- Additive-free canning salt can be used instead of sea salt as a more economical option (you can get it online but it’s probably much cheaper at your local grocery store).
Add all ingredients to your bathwater as the tub is filling. Soak in a warm bath for at least 20-30 minutes. (Maybe have an ocean waves MP3 playing in the background to make it more like the real thing?)
Have you tried a version of this sea bath? Do you have any thoughts to share? Comment below!
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Elizabeth is the founder of The Nourished Life and has been writing about natural living for 12 years. Her work has been featured at Shape, Bustle, and Mother Earth Living. Her mission is to help you lower your stress levels and find fun ways to become happier and healthier. Read more about Elizabeth here.