Bath salts are a relatively new category of designer drugs. The name is derived from cases where the medicines were disguised as bath salt. The bath salt, powders, or crystals tend to resemble Epsom salts, however, are different chemically. The bath salt has been around since the 1970s, but it was not until recently that they started to be marketed commercially. They first gained popularity as "natural alternative" medicine and are now gaining in recognition as real medicine, due to their many reported health benefits.
Although bath salt and other salts may look similar to traditional salt, they are completely different products. Traditional salts are mined from natural deposits in the mountains, whereas bath salts are produced in a controlled environment. This makes the salt safer to use, because it cannot be forgotten or lost.
The bath salt bath industry is controlled through marketing. The manufacturers must advertise strongly and must display their products prominently on the Internet and in stores, so that people are aware of the availability. Many of the bath products are also advertised on TV, in magazines, and even on the radio.
Many of the bath salts have no therapeutic value at all, other than being pleasant to smell and to touch. These include rock salt, which is useless as an antioxidant and has absolutely no effect on the health of the person using it. Also, calcium chloride, which is used to make salt cures, has been shown to cause an increased risk of certain types of cancers. Calcium chloride is removed from most bath products before they are marketed.
Other ingredients that are commonly used in bath salt are stimulants such as caffeine or the over-the-counter medication VigRx. Stimulants are not only used for their effects on the body; they are also used to help relieve muscle pain. Although they may temporarily relieve a sore muscle by relaxing the muscles around it, they are likely to make the problem worse because they block blood flow. This can be dangerous because the lack of oxygen can result in muscle tissue death.
Certain bath products also contain alcohol and/or scents. While some of these may be necessary to mask bad odors during bathing, others can cause dry skin and irritation. It is important to read the labels carefully to avoid products with added ingredients that may cause negative side effects. Scents are typically applied to the bath water, and then the user adds a cloth or towel soaked in the solution to the bath. Other products use a spray bottle to apply a liquid to the bath, which is then allowed to evaporate into the bath.
When buying bath products, be sure to check the ingredients. While bath salt may sound like the perfect thing to use as a natural cure for dry skin, it is actually made with an array of chemicals. For example, saltpetre, a common ingredient in bath salt, is actually made from crude oil. This oil is then mixed with other materials such as lye or turpentine, which are then mixed with water to form a solution.
It is easy to see that bath products do have potential risks. However, the overwhelming majority of these dangers are either caused by misusing of the product, the incompatibility of the bath product with your skin, or the wrong application of the bath salt. Most likely, if you encounter a bath salt that causes a health problem you will be able to fix it without calling a doctor or going to the emergency room. If you experience any kind of problem, however, you should contact a physician immediately to avoid permanent damage to your body.