There's no better way to relax and unwind than with a long, steamy bath, and there's plenty of scientific evidence to show that taking a bath really is good for your health.
Benefits of salt baths
Adding certain salts to your bath is particularly beneficial and evidence shows they can lift your mood and help you sleep, thanks to the salts' high mineral and magnesium content.
What is the best type of salt to bathe in?There are many different types of salt, formed from the sea, lakes, rocks and mineral compounds. Those that are most suitable to be added to baths are those that contain a range of minerals, including magnesium:
Epsom salt (also known as magnesium sulfate) - relaxes muscles, aids sleep and sooths dry skin. Named after Epsom, the British town where the healing properties of the salts were first discovered which resulted in it becoming Britain's first spa town.
Himalayan pink salt - ultra pure salt containing 84 minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iodine, iron, and zinc. Mined from deep within the Himalayan mountain range in Pakistan.
Dead Sea salt - rich in magnesium, calcium, sulfur, bromide, sodium, potassium, and iodine, it sooths sore, itchy skin and eczema. The healing properties found in the salts have been celebrated since the Biblical times, resulting in the Dead Sea becoming the world's first health resort.
Benefits of magnesium in baths Magnesium has a long list of uses in the body including the regulation of muscle contractions and blood pressure, energy production, blood sugar balance, weight management and mood disorders. When you add salt to your bath the magnesium is absorbed directly from the bath water through your skin.
Benefits of colloidal oatmeal in baths
Oatmeal contains lipids, beta gluten and antioxidants that can provide temporary relief to a range of itchy skin conditions. It has long been used as a bath treatment to relieve irritation, redness and itching, helping to sooth and protect sensitive skin and relieve symptoms of dry skin, eczema, skin rashes and sunburn.
Colloidal oatmeal is a grade of oatmeal that is so finely ground it suspends in the bath water, then forms a soothing protective barrier on the skin.
College Green bath soaks are a combination of three types of magnesium and mineral-rich salt - Epsom salt, Himalayan pink salt and Dead Sea salt, skin soothing colloidal oatmeal and pure essential oils: Sleep Easy: containing naturally sleep-inducing lavender and valerian essential oils to sooth your mind, relax your body and set you up for a night of restful sleep. Self Love: for anyone who is suffering from dry, tired skin, in need of love (or feeling the love). Self Love will sooth, rejuvenate and balance your mind, body and spirit. Calming: popular for people with dry, sensitive skin. College Green Calming Oatmeal bath sooths and protects, providing gentle relief from itchiness, eczema and other painful skin conditions. Happy: if you’ve had an exhausting day and need a boost of energy, or need a confident start to your day, College Green Happy Bath Soak will help clear your mind of negative thoughts and help combat tiredness and stress. Warming: most popular as a foot soak, College Green Warming bath soak loosens tired aching limbs, making it a circulation boosting, reviving foot soak for aching feet.
College Green magnesium bath soaks are packaged in beautiful amber glass jars that helps preserve the essential oils from UV light and makes a gorgeous addition to any bathroom.
They are also available in a 250ml eco friendly (and postage-cost friendly) wax paper refill.