WHY SALT SOAK?
At Douse & Co. we're great believers in the power of bathing to enhance physical and mental health. Soaking in hot water – a therapy almost as old as time – is full of proven benefits, from lowering blood pressure and reducing stress, to relieving skin conditions. Add therapeutic minerals and fragrant bubbles to the mix and the pamper sesh begins. We're on a mission to convert those who say they're not bath people with products that make soaking a ritual to savour.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF OUR SALT SOAKS?
The mineral base of all of our salt soaks is a blend of epsom salts, pink Himalayan sea salt, and Pacific sea salt, plus a natural, gentle plant oil to soften the skin. These high quality minerals have been said to:
- Relax the body. Dissolved in water, salts – and specifically epsom salts – are easily absorbed by the skin, immediately working to promote the production of serotonin, and to reduce cortisol levels. A salt soak is a great way to up your magnesium intake, in turn aiding sleep and decreasing stress.
- Relieve sore muscles. Tired feet, period pain and the after-effects of #legday at the gym can all be improved with a soak.
- Boost circulation. Crucial in winter when cold feet can stop you (or your partner) sleeping!
- Exfoliate the skin. A gentle alternative to using rough scrubs on the skin, a salt soak does all the exfoliating work while you simply lie back and relax.
Soften the skin. The addition of peach kernel and evening primrose oils in our blends adds an additional moisturising effect, leaving skin silky and smooth, without any added chemicals.
THE HISTORY OF SOAKING
Douse & Co. proudly follows in the traditions of many ancient civilisations before us. Salt and the sea have long been associated with wellbeing, health and therapy. The Ancient Greeks soaked in hot sea water tubs and performed all manner of marine bathing rituals, from seaweed body wraps to hydrotherapy. The elaborate bathing rituals of Ancient Indians – involving three daily baths – is documented in Hindu text the grihya sutras. Meanwhile, the Romans considered bathing an art form. They built ornate baths, thermae, to harness natural hot springs where they'd socialise for whole days and nights.
If you're a fan of period dramas you'll have likely encountered characters "taking in the sea air". In 1753, English physician and author Charles Russel published The Uses of Sea Water, which sent people flocking to the coast in Britain and France for the curative properties of the seaside. In the centuries that followed, the underlying scientific benefits of salt bathing were researched and documented, and spas, baths and hydrotherapies cemented as pillar of wellbeing.
Check out our recipe for our perfect bath here.