wikiHow to Bathe With Sea Salt

Two Methods:Using Sea Salt in a BathFinding Other Uses for Sea Salt in the Bath

Bathing with sea salt has countless benefits. It can sooth cramps and muscles aches, as well as ease insomnia and skin troubles. There are many different types of sea salt, but all offer similar benefits. The most notable difference is the grain size, which determines how quickly the salt will dissolve in your bath water. Some sea salts contain additional minerals, such as calcium. It is also possible to buy colored or scented sea salt as well.[1]

Method 1
Using Sea Salt in a Bath

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    Give yourself enough time to take a 15 to 20 minute bath. Baths are not like showers, which are often rushed. Instead, they are meant to take longer, so that the body and mind can relax. To get the most benefit from your bath, plan on spending 15 to 20 minutes in the water.
    • Take a salt bath in the evening if you want to treat insomnia. Many people find that they rest better after a warm salt bath.[2]
    • Taking the bath in the morning will help purge your body from toxins. Your body releases a lot of toxins while you sleep, pushing them towards the surface of the skin. A morning bath will get rid of these toxins the fastest.[3]
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    Start filling your bathtub. Choose a temperature that is most comfortable for you. If you are using the salt bath to heal a skin condition, consider making the water no more than two degrees warmer than your body temperature. This will make it easier for your body to absorb the minerals from the salt bath.[4]
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    Add the sea salt while the tap is still running. Holding the salt under the running water will help it dissolve better. If your sea salt came scented, you might even notice a slight fragrance.[5] If the bath salt is colored, you'll notice a slight color change in the water.
    • If you are using the bath for relaxation or for a treat, you'll need about two handfuls, or one-quarter cup (70 grams).[6]
    • If you are using the bath for healing purposes, such as psoriasis, consider using up to 2 pounds (840 grams).[7]
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    Turn off the tap when the tub is as full as you like it, and agitate the water with your hand. Some salts will dissolve easier than others. In general, the larger the grain size, the longer it will take for it to dissolve.[8]
    • Don't worry if the salt does not dissolve all the way. This could help scrub away dead skin cells.
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    Get into your tub and enjoy the water for 10 to 20 minutes. Lean your head back and close your eyes. If you want, you can even turn on some relaxing music or light a few candles. You can use soap or shower gel to cleanse your body, but sea salt is very cleansing in itself.[9]
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    Drain the tub when you are done, and rinse the salt water off with fresh water. The easiest way to do this is to simply step into the shower and let the water rinse the salt residue off your skin.
    • Sea salt can leave behind residue on the sides of your tub. After you get out, but before you drain the water, wipe the sides of your tub down using a scrubby sponge.

Method 2
Finding Other Uses for Sea Salt in the Bath

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    Combine a sea salt bath with aromatherapy. Fill your tub with warm water. Add 1 cup (280 grams) of sea salt and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Agitate the water with your hand, then climb into the tub. Rest in the tub for 20 minutes before getting out.[10]
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    Make a sea salt bath potpourri by adding some dried flowers. In a large bowl, combine 2½ cups (700 grams) sea salt with 1 teaspoon of a soap fragrance oil (such a orange blossom) and ½ teaspoon of essential oil (such as lavender). Add 9 tablespoons of dried flowers, such as rose petals, lavender, or calendula. You can use all one type of flower, or a combination. Mix until everything is even, and store the salt in glass mason jars.[11]
    • Use this sea salt in your bath as usual. It is good for a few baths.
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    Make a salt scrub. In a jar, combine 1 cup (280 grams) of sea salt, ½ cup (120 milliliters) of almond oil or jojoba oil, and 10 drops of essential oil. Seal the jar tightly until you are ready to use the scrub. This makes enough scrub for 3 uses.[12]
    • To use the scrub: get into the bath or shower first, then massage a handful of the scrub onto your damp skin. Rinse the scrub off when you are done.
    • Salt scrubs help buff away dead skin cells. They leave your skin feeling soft and nourished.
    • You can use any essential oil you like, but lavender, eucalyptus, or mint will go best with salt.
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    Use sea salt in a foot soak. Fill a small, plastic tub with warm water. Add a handful of sea salt, and swish the water with your hand. Sit down some place comfortable, then lower your feet into the tub. Let them soak for a couple minutes.[13]
    • Consider massaging your feet to loosen dead skin cells and relieve aches.
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    Make a sea salt facial. Combine 1 part sea salt with 1 part olive oil. Splash your face with warm water, then massage the scrub into your skin. Take care to avoid the eye area. After a few minutes of massaging, rinse the scrub off using warm water. Finish off by splashing your face with cool water; this will help seal and tighten your pores.[14]


  • Sea salt does not expire, but colors or scents may fade over time.
  • Store sea salt in an airtight container in a dry place, away from sunlight.
  • If you are using the bath for medicinal purposes, such as psoriasis treatment, plan on repeating the bath 3 to 4 times a week. It may take up to 4 weeks before you get the results you need.[15]
  • Consider using a sea salt bath if you have: rheumatoid arthritis, muscle cramps, psoriasis, and osteoarthritis.[16]
  • Sea salt baths are great for keeping the skin smooth, soft, and moisturized.
  • Some people like to add some sea salt to their conditioner to give their hair extra volume.


  • Always ask your physician before using sea salt baths to treat medical problems, such as psoriasis.[17]
  • If you are pregnant, ask your doctor first before taking a sea salt bath.[18]
  • It is uncommon for someone to be allergic to sea salt baths. If you are concerned about this, fill a small bowl with warm water and sea salt. Dip your finger, toe, foot, or hand into the bowl. If you see an allergic reaction, don't take a sea salt bath.[19]

Things You'll Need

  • Bathtub
  • Sea salt
  • Bathrobe (optional)

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