As the nights get longer, the weather gets colder, and our clothes get thicker, you may notice the gloomy atmosphere that comes with winter. Feeling low during this season is normal, as many people report feeling sad during the winter months. There are a few reasons why this could be, many think it’s because of a lack of vitamin D. But no matter what the reason is, if you’re in need of a mood booster, you may find it in bath salts.
UK mineral salt brand Westlab, have helped create this guide on how a warm salt bath can uplift your mood and help you escape the winter blues.
Magnesium & serotonin
Did you know that magnesium and serotonin are closely linked? It’s been found that magnesium helps to regulate serotonin production. With that being said, it’s important to keep your magnesium levels up, in order to help support mood regulation.
Serotonin is nicknamed the “happy hormone”. This is because it helps regulate your mood and low levels can result in negative effects such as an increase in feelings of depression, anxiety, and fatigue. This is why it’s vital that this neurotransmitter is regulated, to improve your mood and help you overcome winter sadness. Keeping your magnesium intake is therefore even more essential during those winter months.
One of the effective ways you can keep your magnesium levels up is by having a magnesium bath.
Magnesium flakes are a form of bath salt that contains magnesium chloride, which is the most readily absorbed form of transdermal magnesium. Magnesium can help regulate your mood, relax your muscles, and improve your sleep. This is why adding magnesium flakes to your bath is a great idea, as it can boost your bath with a tonne of benefits.
Simply add 2-4 cups of these bath salts to a warm bath and relax. You may notice your quality of sleep improving too, as magnesium is also essential for relaxing the body and helping with melatonin production (the sleep hormone).
Aromatherapy bath salts
Another way bath salts can help improve your mood this winter is through aromatherapy. Aromatherapy bath salts are salts that are infused with essential oils. Meaning you have all the benefits of aromatherapy, combined with the cleansing and relaxing effects of bath salts.
Aromatherapy is a traditional therapy used to boost your mood. When you inhale the scent of essential oils, it activates a part of your brain called the amygdala, which is responsible for your emotions. So if you create a relaxing environment with a warm bath, candles, and of course some aromatherapy bath salts, you can really help to brighten up your mood. Especially if you make a habit out of it!
Here are some examples of the aromatherapy bath salts you could use this winter.
- Festive bath salts that are infused with scents such as juniper berries, ginger, and cinnamon.
- Refreshing bath salts that smell of pomegranate, lime, and lemongrass
- Relaxing bath salts that have lavender and jasmine essential oils to help you fall asleep.
Overall, aromatherapy bath salts can uplift your mood, revitalise you, and give your bathroom a spa-like feel. Why not give them a try this winter?