Soak it all in, here's our tips to the perfect bath
Himalayan Salt, CBD & the science behind a bath that makes you feel so good.
When you imagine taking a bath, don’t you already feel a little more relaxed? Because, same. But it turns out, the benefits of a warm bath are more than purely psychological. Powered up with mineral-rich salt and CBD, it’s one of the tools in your “wellness toolbox” that can have a serious impact on the way you feel.
Recipe For The Perfect Bath
Studies have been shown that immersing yourself may help reduce inflammation and control blood sugar levels in much the same way exercise does.
You should aim about 92 degrees for your bath water. Test the water with your wrist (which is more sensitive than your hands) and it should feel warm to the touch but not scalding. By submersing yourself in warm water, you are raising your core body temperature, which has been shown over time to induce the acute inflammatory responses needed to reduce chronic low-grade inflammation in the long term. This is important because our current lifestyles support chronic low-level inflammation in our day-to-day.
Things like anxiety and feelings of stress with no relief, high-sugar diets and sedentary days with no movement can all lead to long-term inflammation and if there’s no release of these build-ups, your body’s inflammatory response (the thing that moves these things through your body) can be slowed and lead to illness.
Seemingly “easy” fixes like low-impact exercise (a brisk walk!), drinking lots of water, and yes, taking a bath may seem like they’re not “doing” anything. But a daily habit of these simply things can support your inflammatory response so that you feel good all the time. That’s the work, even if it doesn’t seem like it.
The No-Soak Zone
What you’re putting in your bath also matters! Consider that whatever ingredients you are soaking in are being absorbed directly through your body’s largest most porous organ - your skin. It’s essential that you take a very close look at all the ingredients you add to your tub, since you’ll be basically mainlining them into your body.
Things that DO NOT belong in your soak zone:
Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate: (anything that “fizz”es that will dry your skin
Fragrance: (ie. Parfume) that might be touted as essential oils…but is really not
Anti-caking agents: (ie. Talc)
Phthalates: Linked to cancer, neurological issues, fertility, and endocrine problems
Benzene derivatives: Human carcinogen, hormone disruption, reduced immune response
Artificial Dyes: Synthetic colors like D&C Red 33,
Glitter: (this is a micro plastic that gets washed into our waterways and into the ocean. More of an environmental concern but hey, we’re all one planet right)
Let's Get Salty
Salt is essential to human life. Your body needs sodium to perform essential body functions like:
contracting and relaxing muscles
maintaining proper fluid balance and preventing dehydration
sending nervous system impulses
preventing low blood pressure
Himalayan Salt contains 98% sodium chloride, and 2% of essential trace minerals to make it a perfect, natural element of a good soak. According to Healthline, “Himalayan salt is a type of sea salt mined in the foothills of the Himalaya mountains, primarily in Pakistan. Ancient oceans deposited these salts 250 million years ago when the Himalaya mountains were being formed. Because the salt beds were covered by lava, ice, and snow for millions of years, Himalayan salt is free of many modern-day pollutants.
You know how you have warmed Himalayan Salt lamps to help dispel negative ions in your room? It’s the same benefit applied here. Soaking in a Himalayan Salt bath like Plain Jane helps reliance your body’s ionic field for enhanced feelings of well-being. As a powerful detoxifier, soaking in Himalayan Salt helps draw out toxins through your skin that will help them move through your lymph system more effectively.
More Minerals, Please.
This mineral is one of your best friends. A body that is well balanced in magnum allows your body to function at it’s highest level, which includes regulating your nervous system, relaxing your muscles, and at a cellular level magnesium aids in converting food to energy. It’s truly a life-force. On the shelf you’ll see big bags of Epsom salts which is essentially magnesium sulfate. We add magnesium to our Plain Jane mineral soaks, and find that it’s an essential player in keeping inflammation at bay and your body feeling great.
If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that not all CBD is equal. The CBD that Simple Jane uses in Plain Jane mineral soak is a CBD isolate, which means that is the pure extracted compound of CBD from the hemp plant. We use isolate in a topical format (meaning, being applied to the skin) because other CBD formats like a full spectrum (which contains traces of THC and other cannabinoids) can be irritating to skin. Gene studies have shown that isolated CBD, when extracted at a high quality, performs at an equal level to full-spectrum CBD, without the risk of skin irritants.
We combine our CBD with our unscented, fractionated coconut oil and “cure” Plain Jane mineral soak in glass. You’ll notice that your soak is “wet” when you receive it. The oils will help keep your skin from drying out, and the warmth of your water will help your body absorb the benefits of the CBD through your skin faster.
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