Since it has been a real cold winter and it is just not getting any warmer I indulged in quite a few hot baths these last couple months. Therapeutic baths are a real pleasure and provide magical cleaning and protection, soothe tired muscles and joints or can be invigorating. I made an energizing Breton Grey Sea Salt Soak with Orange and Grapefruit essential oil, a relaxing Bokek Dead Sea Salt Bath with Lavender and a detoxifying Epsom Salt bath with baking soda, Lavender essential oil and Lavender blossoms and Rose petals which I harvested and dried last summer. The baths smell heavenly. The most health benefits from a salt soak you get by keeping the bath water a little above 100 degree Fahrenheit. This temperature encourages optimal skin absorption of the minerals in the salt. For detox purpose or illness prevention the bath water should be a little hotter to encourage the body to release toxins. The salts used in the baths are rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium and trace elements such as zinc, iron, manganese and iodine. These days the vegetables we consume are often grown in mineral depleted soil and do not provide as much nourishment as we would like to. So it is nice to absorb these minerals through the skin while having the pleasure of a hot bath. To buy these bath salts click on the store tab.