Safe or synthetic? It's hard to tell if you don't know what you're looking for.

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If you've followed the news in recent months, you've probably heard about "bath salts," a synthetic drug that has sent many people to the emergency room and has been the believed culprit behind horrifically violent crimes. These packets of powders have recently been classified as an illegal drug, but they can still be found out in the open at convenience stores and tobacco shops. This is because they use the term bath salts in order to get away from stricter regulations.

But don't confuse those dangerous bath salts with the more popular, safer and completely different bath salts used for soaks and other spa purposes. The original form of bath salts is actually a soothing compound of sea salts and Epsom salts, oils, essential oils and dried herbs. They're completely safe and non-toxic for external use. Sea salts come from water sources around the world, such as the Dead Sea or the Atlantic Ocean. Salts come in varying grains, from super-fine to extra-large-sized grains. The salt can either be harvested by hand, or allowed to emerge naturally through evaporation.

Bath salts are beneficial to the body in many different ways. They can help clean pores and detoxify skin. The mineral content in sea salt, combined with water, is helpful to aid in joint or muscle pain, as well as aid in blood circulation. Soaking in bath salts can even help prevent skin infections, and breathing in the essential oils helps relax the entire body. Because these bath salts are non-toxic, you can bathe with them on a daily basis.

You can even make bath salts yourself at home with just a few simple ingredients and without breaking the bank. By combining high-quality sea salt with oils like avocado oil, as well as sweet-smelling essential oils such as orange, almond or jojoba oils, you can personalize the bath salt experience to your taste. You can even color the salt mixture with herbal colorants, bringing a vibrant glow to your skin without risk of allergies.