Himalayan salt is rich in an impressively wide array of trace minerals required by the body, such as magnesium, iron, calcium and zinc. Soaking your body in this salt is a great way to nourish and soothe your skin. It helps to maintain the skin’s natural barrier, supporting hydration and keeping irritants out. Himalayan salt also enhances skin detoxification, not only through its gentle exfoliating action, but also by absorbing dirt and toxins and thanks to its natural antibacterial properties. It rejuvenates and softens the skin to give it a natural glow and vibrancy.
Epsom salts are rich in magnesium and sulphate – both very important minerals for the healthy functioning of the body. They have been used for centuries to relax muscles, loosen stiff joints and ease any pain, particularly in the shoulders, neck, back and head. Soaking in a warm bath of Epsom salts is wonderfully relaxing: it reduces stress and alleviates any aches, swelling, inflamed and/or irritated skin conditions. It can also support skin detoxification and promote better sleep.
Calendula is a great ally for new mums recovering from childbirth. It is a gentle but powerful wound healer: it heals and soothes the skin by promoting cell repair. It also acts as an antiseptic, so it can help prevent or treat any infections, wounds or rashes. This well-loved bright orange flower is often included in herbal skincare recipes. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in antioxidants that protect the skin from damage caused by stress or pollutants.
One of the most widely used medicinal plants in the world, yarrow is a fantastic healer, and very often used to support mothers through childbirth and postpartum. It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, making it ideal to support the healing process for any wounds or swelling. It is antispasmodic, meaning that it relieves cramps and spasms. Yarrow also supports healthy circulation and alleviates pelvic congestion. It eases and relaxes uterine tension and helps to stanch any excessive bleeding.
Known throughout Western herbal medicine history as a healer of women’s health complaints, lady’s mantle helps regulate irregular cycles, relieves cramps, and helps to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding. It is in our New mother’s bath salts because it helps to tone the pelvic floor muscles and uterus after childbirth. It also regulates hormones and helps to stop any bleeding, supporting a healthy recovery for the new mum.
The golden yellow flowerheads of German chamomile alleviate inflammation and skin irritation – calming sore nipples for example –, support the natural healing process, and soothe any tension. In addition to its delightfully bright aroma, chamomile is a mild nervous system sedative, which means that it gently reduces restlessness, anxiety and insomnia.
Uva ursi (or bearberry) is widely used to relieve irritation and infection in the genito-urinary tract, which new mums may be particularly sensitive to. Its antimicrobial, cleansing and astringent (skin toning) properties make it particularly helpful to heal urinary tract infections and soothe the urinary passages.
Aromatically, the delicate smell of rose alone is enough to calm and fill a busy mind with a loving reassurance that all will be ok. We use rose petals in our new mother’s bath salts because they are perfect for uplifting the mood as well as toning, nourishing and calming the skin. Rose not only strengthens the nervous system and balances the emotions, it is anti-inflammatory, wound healing and astringent, gently helping to tighten and tone the skin.
Lavender essential oil
Lavender essential oil is excellent for calming tension and muscle spasms, as well as clearing the mind from stress-induced headaches or insomnia. Thanks to its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, lavender also protects and soothes the skin, and supports its natural healing process. It uplifts the mood and disperses stress and fatigue.
Rose geranium essential oil
The sweet and floral essential oil of rose geranium is soothing and balancing. It promotes relaxation and emotional stability. It benefits both body and mind with its ability to clear up restlessness, tension and grief. It gently cleanses the skin with its antimicrobial properties, preventing any infection and bringing a radiant glow to the skin.
Roman chamomile essential oil
Roman chamomile is a gentle, mild sedative that helps to promote relaxation, and calm a busy mind. It has a comforting and calming scent which promotes relaxation and has been shown to alleviate stress and anxiety. It can also help promote a good night’s sleep.
These bath salts are perfect for new mums.
This product contains himalayan pink salt, Epsom salts, calendula, yarrow, lady’s mantle, chamomile, bearberry, rose, lavender essential oil, rose geranium essential oil and Roman chamomile essential oil.
Add 5 tablespoons directly into bath. Alternatively, add 5 tablespoons to muslin bag, pull string closed and add to bath or footbath. Suitable for use from 3 weeks after birth. Do not use on infected, irritated or broken skin.