I use salt baths regularly in my self healing and meditation practices. This article builds on my last article about essential oils. If you are not already using essential oils in your self-care or meditation practices, I recommend you also read that article.
Clients often come to me and say that they cannot meditate. And I tell them that they can! They probably just haven’t found a style that works for them. Engaging our senses in meditation is a great way to make meditation more enjoyable and accessible. You can meditate in a salt bath!
To use a salt bath for meditation, you will want to create a beautiful environment for your senses. Start by playing soothing instrumental music. I prefer meditation or new age music for meditation, but you can also use mellow classical or jazz if you find that pleasing and relaxing.
Lower or turn off the lights and light candles instead. If the scents or smoke from candles bother you, feel free to use LED candles instead. They will create a similar ambience.
Now that you’ve created the right environment, let’s talk about the bath itself. We want to use salt and no soap in this bath. It’s ideal to shower before taking this kind of bath. This kind of bath is meant for healing, not regular hygiene. So to keep it sacred, I always shower first.
There are a few different types of salt you can use in your bath, depending on your goals for this bath. We never use regular table salt for a salt bath. You will want to use the salts I recommend instead.
Epsom salt (unscented) is great for physical healing and relaxation. It aids in soothing muscles and soreness and helps detox the body. Epsom salt is readily available at any pharmacy and many grocery stores.
Sea salt is great for energetic cleansing. If you are feeling any kind of negative emotions, or feeling worn down from other people’s energies, this is a great bath to take. You can find sea salt in small quantities at grocery stores, but you will probably want to buy this in bulk for use in baths. So your warehouse groceries or online sources are probably better for this. You will want to make sure it is 100% pure sea salt with nothing else added.
How much salt to add is up to you, but for an average size bathtub, I typically use between 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups of salt. You can start with 1 cup and see how your body responds. Some people like a little bit more. I recommend adding the salt after the tub has filled a little bit, but not completely full. That will give it time to dissolve.
Now it’s time to add your essential oils. I always use essential oils for my healing or meditation baths, but it is truly optional. I think it adds a great deal to the healing and sensory experience. But if you don’t have oils yet or don’t enjoy them, you can try a pure salt bath and see how it feels for you. In total, I would generally use somewhere between 4-10 drops of essential oil, depending on your preference and how sensitive you are to essential oils. If you want a little extra moisturizing in the bath, you can mix the oils with a tablespoon of carrier oil like coconut, jojoba, or olive oil. I’m a purist; I only add essential oils to my bath and moisturize after, but this is a personal preference. See what feels good to you.
For an Epsom salt bath with the goal of physical healing, here are a few essential oils to use.
- Lavender (relaxation)
- Ylang ylang (relaxation)
- Eucalyptus (respiratory health)
- PanAway by Young Living (aches and pains)
- Clove (aches and pains)
For a sea salt bath with the goal of energetic cleansing, here are a few essential oils to use.
When taking a healing bath, I also always bless the water. Water is the vehicle for our healing in a bath, and water responds to our intentions. What you say is up to you, but make sure it is positive. You may want to thank the water for its help in your healing and ask it for assistance in a particular area you want healing. Or you can simply use a single word like “healing” or “relaxation” as a mantra and repeat it aloud. I typically do the water blessing once the tub is full but before I get in. If you’re interested in learning more about how water responds to our intentions, check out the book The Hidden Messages in Water by Dr. Masaru Emoto.
Now that your bath is prepared and your environment is supportive, get in and enjoy your bath! I recommend soaking in a salt bath for at least 20 minutes. You can use any style of meditation you typically enjoy while in the bath. Or focus your mind on your intentions for healing and try to clear your mind of distractions. Imagine the water taking away the things that no longer serve you. Tune into your senses and the environment you’ve created: the smells, the sensations, the sounds.
I hope this article helps you expand your practice of meditation. And I hope you use these baths whenever you need some extra healing boost. These types of baths are very soothing and can be done daily if needed. I personally try to do a salt bath at least once a week. Tune into your body and emotions and use your intuition to choose the right salts, oils, music, for your experience each time you create a healing salt bath.