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How to find relief for charlie horse leg cramps naturally

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

leg crampIf you’re currently expecting, you’ve probably heard of (or perhaps already experienced) some of the aches and pains pregnancy can bring about, but you might not have been prepared for the suddenness or intensity of the sharp, squeezing, twisting pain of a charlie horse.

Green Bath SaltSome women have described the pain of charlie horses as feeling like their legs were being squeezed in a vise or clamp; others have described feeling as though their legs were being tied in knots and being pulled at both ends. However you want to describe it, the pain of a charlie horse is certainly unpleasant.

What is a charlie horse?

A charlie horse, also sometimes spelled “charley horse” is a type of leg cramp that affects pregnant women, particularly during their second and third trimesters. To this day, doctors are uncertain what precisely causes charlie horse leg cramps, but common theories include the uterus putting pressure on certain nerves, and/or decreased circulation in the legs as a result of the baby putting pressure on blood vessels.

Finding relief for charlie horse leg cramps

aromatherapy bath saltsPrior to founding Castle Baths, CB owner Laura Thomas, experienced numerous charlie horse leg cramps during each of her pregnancies. Her doctor recommended an unusual solution: Dead Sea Bath Salts. She took his advice and has enjoyed the soothing and rejuvenating powers of aromatherapy-scented Dead Sea Bath Salts ever since! Now, she offers her experience and expertise with charlie horses freely to other expecting mothers.

dead sea salt If you’re expecting, or you know someone who is, be sure to check out Laura’s personal story on leg cramp and charlie horse relief to find out which aromatherapy essential oil blends she recommends when selecting a Dead Sea Bath Salt or Conditioning Soak.

Do you have your own natural or homeopathic remedy for charlie horse leg cramps? Talk to us! We’d love to hear from you, and add your story and advice to our leg cramp relief page!


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Photoshop Face Cream?

Friday, October 24th, 2014
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Do you find yourself wishing that Adobe would enter the face cream market and come out with a revolutionary new product that could give you a real-life airbrushed appearance? While Internet memes such as this one are likely to remain exactly that , there are skin care products out there you can use to achieve real-life beautiful, airbrushed-like, blemish-free skin.

How to have beautiful skin without using Photoshop

There are three natural skin care ingredients in particular you should consider incorporating into your beauty regimen: salt, mud, and coffee. But before you start keeping the salt shaker and can of Espresso in your bathroom medicine cabinet, you should know that not just any source of these three ingredients will do the trick.

The salt and mud you use in the beauty regimen we are about to suggest should ideally come from the Dead Sea. Dead Sea Salt and Dead Sea Mud are two of the best rejuvenating skin care ingredients in nature, and you don’t have to fly to Israel or Jordan to experience them. You can get pure, authentic supplies of each shipped right to your house by shopping with Castle Baths.

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How these three natural ingredients can give you beautiful skin

  • Dead Sea Mud is excellent for acne and blemishes, as well as a detoxifying agent to deep-cleanse your facial pores.
  • Dead Sea Salt will help draw moisture into your skin, infuse it with much-needed minerals to help restore your skin’s natural metabolism, and help remove lingering dead skin cells, uncovering fresh, healthy, youthful skin underneath that looks flawless in a dress or swimsuit.
  • Coffee is a natural source of caffeine, which is great for reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Our beauty secret to flawless skin using Dead Sea Salt, Dead Sea Mud, and coffee:

Opened plastic container with cream and aloe on a white background. iStock_000052680982_Medium white beauty cream cosmeticsFollow the steps outlined in this in-depth tutorial on how to have beautiful skin using these three natural skin care ingredients.

Want even more skin care for your money? Check out this Tre’Yours Spa Soap 3 Pack, which includes a full-size bar of our Dead Sea Mud Soap, a full-size bar of our Cellu Coffee Soap, and our Renewal Facial Soap (great for skin over 40 and even better for skin over 50!)


Green tea for skin care?

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

face-cream-dailyrenewalHow this popular beverage can help you have beautiful, youthful skin

Do you know the most common dietary source of antioxidants in the United States? Is it:

  • A. fruits and vegetables
  • B. cooking oils
  • C. caffeine

You may be surprised to learn that , while all three are common sources of antioxidants, the correct answer to which of these three is the most common source of antioxidants in the United States is C. Caffeine – particularly the caffeine found in coffee and certain teas.

What does any of this have to do with green tea or skin care?

Well, for starters, antioxidants, for those unfamiliar with the term, are substances that destroy free radicals. Free radicals are toxins that can build up in the various tissues of the body, particularly in the skin, as a result of overexposure to ultraviolet rays (sunlight), polluted air, or polluted water. They are also a byproduct of your body’s natural metabolism. If these toxins accumulate to dangerous levels over a long period of time they can cause DNA damage, potentially resulting in premature aging, skin cancer, and other health issues.

Green tea is naturally high in caffeine, and thus, is naturally high in antioxidants. This is just one of the reasons why it makes such a great natural skin care ingredient.

So, I should just drink a lot of green tea to keep my skin healthy then, right?

Drinking green tea, particularly organic green tea, is certainly a healthy choice, but you might want to also look for natural skin care products formulated with green tea. Here’s why:

Your body will attempt to purge itself of free radicals in two ways: waste (i.e. going to the bathroom) and by pushing free radicals outwards by way of your skin, so they can be washed away. However, if your skin’s pores are clogged, those free radicals won’t have anywhere else to go and will get stuck in the deep tissues of your skin.

This issue is compounded if you use synthetic skin care products that claim to “lock in” moisture. While they certainly may indeed prevent moisture from leaving your skin, they can also prevent free radicals from leaving it. Chances are, the synthetic skin care products themselves also contain a few free radicals by virtue of having been made with chemicals. These too become trapped in your skin with each use.

How to take advantage of green tea’s skin care properties

bath salts - green tea infusionSo, if you’re interested in green tea for its skin care properties, what you really need is something that will deep-cleanse your skin’s pores and deliver generous amounts of caffeinated green tea directly to your skin, like this jar of Green Tea Infusion Dead Sea Bath Salts.

Dead Sea Salt is one of the best detoxifying and deep-cleansing agents in nature, and, when infused with green tea, can deliver everything you need to fight free radical buildup exactly where its needed: your skin.

Beyond antioxidants: other benefits of green tea

Green tea makes a great skin care ingredient for many more reasons than just its antioxidant content. Click here to learn more about green tea’s other skin care benefits.

Detox skin care solutions from the Dead Sea

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

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Did you know that one of the ways your body’s internal detox system excretes toxins is by way of the skin? This is one of the reasons why you run a fever and sweat when you’re sick; your body is trying to purge itself of the germs and toxins that are making you ill.

But toxins can accumulate in your skin even when you’re not sick, both from your body’s detox system pushing them outwards and your skin’s absorbing external toxins like free radicals from the sun’s UV rays. If left to build up, these toxins can become trapped inside your skin and cause acne breakouts, and/or make even more serious trouble for you later in life.

dead sea bath saltsSo, how can you get rid of them?

Sweating is one way your body expels toxins from your skin, but unless you don’t mind the unpleasant smell that comes with perspiration, this probably isn’t your first choice for a detox skin care solution.

Which leads us to the next best natural detox skin care solution: Dead Sea products.

The salt, mud, and waters of the Dead Sea are some of the most effective detox skin care solutions in nature. Learn the benefits of each Dead Sea ingredient and product in this tutorial on how to remove toxins from your skin.

Dead Sea Mud Tutorial: how to apply a mud mask

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

dead sea mud maskIf you follow our blogs with any regularity, you’ve probably heard us talk at length about the many benefits of pure Dead Sea Mud, drawing special emphasis to the fact that it….

  • Contains 20+ naturally occurring minerals that aid your skin’s metabolism, 12 of which are found only in the Dead Sea
  • Is one of the most effective deep-cleansing and detoxifying skin care ingredients in nature, minimizing the appearance of pores and keeping your skin free of dirt and pollutants
  • Helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines

… but we haven’t told you what all you can do with it once you purchase it, that is, until now.

Dead Sea Mud can actually be used anywhere on your face, body, or hair, and delivers unique benefits for each area. But its use as a detoxifying and anti-aging facial mask remains, by far, one of its most popular skin care purposes.

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Therefore, we’ve prepared this Dead Sea Mud Mask tutorial to guide you through the steps you should take before, during, and after applying Dead Sea Mud to your face for this purpose.

If you would like to see tutorials for some of the other spa treatments you can do with Dead Sea Mud, please let us know! If we get enough interest, we may offer additional  Dead Sea Mud tutorials in the future.

The Skin Care Benefits of Dead Sea Brine

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Pure Dead Sea Brine, an ancient regenerative skin treatment resurfaces with science-backed results

Would you like to experience the regenerative powers of the Dead Sea? If you’re under 40 or you have sensitive skin, the extreme richness of pure, authentic Dead Sea Mud may be a little too much for you, so we recommend you try the next best thing: pure Dead Sea Brine.

Dead Sea Brine is one of the best natural skin care ingredients you can look for in spa and bath products, and delivers many of the same benefits as Dead Sea Mud, but it’s much lighter and gentler, making it the ideal Dead Sea spa treatment for people with sensitive skin or skin under 40.

One of the qualities of the Dead Sea that makes its brine and mud so sought after as skin care ingredients is its high nutrient content. Millions of years ago, the Dead Sea was not dead, and in fact, thrived with life. As the sea grew saltier its native life died out, but the nutrients that sustained that life are still present and still just as beneficial today as they were in the past.

dead sea brine - exotic earthThe saltiness of the Dead Sea also contributes to Dead Sea Brine’s effectiveness as a skin care ingredient. Dead Sea Salt is one of the best deep-cleansing and detoxifying agents in nature. Dead Sea Brine retains this quality, as the salt is dissolved within it.

Dead Sea Brine also contains the same 21 naturally occurring minerals as Dead Sea Mud, 12 of which are found nowhere but in the brine and mud of the Dead Sea. Minerals are like vitamins for your skin, and can trigger specific tissue responses within your skin’s deep layers to keep it looking firm and youthful.

How to use Dead Sea Brine

There are two ways we recommend you use your bottle of pure, Dead Sea Brine:

  • As a water-based moisturizer and/or facial toner
  • As a mixing solution for one of our natural clay masks (we recommend the sea clay mask in particular, as this will get you closest to the effects of a Dead Sea Mud Mask if Dead Sea Mud is too rich for your skin.)

Regardless of how you decide to use your Dead Sea Brine, when you order from Castle Baths, you can be sure that the Dead Sea Brine you receive will be pure, authentic, and natural!


Organic father’s day spa gifts: top 5 father’s day gift ideas

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Looking for father’s day gift ideas? Have you ever considered getting dad an organic father’s day spa gift?  If your idea of spa gifts is facials, manicures, and scrubs, you probably haven’t considered getting any of these for dad, as these types of pampering treatments are often thought of as extremely feminine. While this traditional view of spa products is subject to debate, as there are plenty of manly men out there who do occasionally enjoy these types of treatments, these are not at all the types of organic father’s day spa gifts we’re talking about.

Anti-acne treatments, shaving supplies, soaps, and foot care products – these are spa products too, and ones that dad probably uses every day. But if he uses the cheap, synthetic types that are sold in big box stores, he’s probably getting more than his fair share of harsh chemicals, headache-inducing artificial fragrances, and other toxins that are often used in their manufacture.

If dad’s aftershave burns his face, there’s a good chance it’s made with alcohol, which can really dry out and irritate the skin. If dad’s bar soap is made with artificial detergents it will probably leave his skin feeling dry and itchy. But there’s really no reason he has to live with the irritating after-effects of synthetic spa and bath products when there are so many organic father’s day spa gifts you can get him instead.

Dead Sea spa products in particular make great organic father’s day spa gifts, as they can be used for a variety of purposes. Here are a few men’s Dead Sea favorites you may want to consider:dead sea salt soap

Dead Sea Salt Soap – this natural spa soap is made with pure, authentic Dead Sea Salt, which contains 21 natural minerals skin needs to maintain itself and is great for deep-cleansing facial pores so they don’t become clogged with excess oil or pollutants from the surrounding air. It is also formulated with the essential oil of lavender, seaweed extract, and hazelnut oil to help tighten and firm skin while cleansing. It makes a great alcohol-free alternative to aftershave and feels more like lotion on the skin than soap.

dead sea mineral foot creamJubilee Mineral Foot Cream – having dry, itchy feet is no fun, especially during the summer months when dad will want to be outside grilling, on the beach, or walking through the woods. Castle Baths mineral foot cream is made with Dead Sea Brine (the water of the Dead Sea), a full 20% of Organic Shea Butter, and the essential oil of peppermint to soften, soothe, and energize tired, dried out feet. Plus, it is scented in Castle Baths most popular aromatherapy scent among men – our revitalizing citrus Jubilee blend!cracked heels

Cracked Heels Spa Solution Kit – this spa solution kit contains everything dad will need to help soften and soothe his cracked heels, including Dead Sea Foot Salts, moisturizing body butter, and a Mediterranean Breeze scented Dead Sea Salt Scrub, plus one foot brush.dead sea mud soap

Dead Sea Mud Soap – Dead Sea Mud is great for acne, as it will draw toxins and excess oil out of your skin’s pores before they build up to the point where dad will be in danger of breaking out. Dead Sea Mud is also extremely moisturizing and contains numerous minerals and antioxidants to help dad preserve and protect his youthful looks.

eucalyptus dead sea saltsSexy Eucalyptus Dead Sea Bath Salts – men may balk at the idea of bathing with aromatherapy bath salts… until they try Sexy Eucalyptus Dead Sea Salts from Castle Baths. The invigorating aroma of Eucalyptus is said to act as an aphrodisiac in many cases, and bathing in pure, authentic Dead Sea Salts has numerous health and skin care benefits that are hard to ignore.

So you see, organic father’s day spa gifts are actually quite popular, and not un-masculine at all as father’s day gift ideas. Order yours today!

Dead Sea Mud vs. Clay Masks

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

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Why Dead Sea Mud is still the best choice for your skin

After seeing the wide variety of natural clay masks available to you, you may be left wondering, “Why should I spend extra money on a Dead Sea Mud Mask?”

dead sea mud maskIf your chief concern is cost, then by all means, go with clay masks, but if your chief concern is doing what’s best for your skin, there are several reasons why authentic Dead Sea Mud outperforms clay that you should consider. Dead Sea Mud Masks can accomplish everything that any clay mask can offer, including:

1. Detoxifying and deep cleansing. When it comes to detoxifying and deep cleansing your facial pores there is no better solution than a Dead Sea Mud Mask. Dead Sea Mud can penetrate deeper into your pores than clay masks and, like clay, will swell to draw toxins and excess oil out of your skin. Dead Sea Mud can also selectively absorb dirt and excess oil without stripping your skin of its natural moisture, making it the ideal choice for people with combination dry/oily skin or for use during the winter months when your skin needs more natural moisture to combat the drying effects of the cold. Dead Sea Mud Masks are perfect for summertime too. Your skin tends to produce more oil during the summer months than during the winter months, and you’re probably more likely to sweat during hot summer days too. Regular applications of Dead Sea Mud Masks can help keep your pores from becoming clogged with sweat or excess oil and possibly stave off an acne breakout.

2. Anti-Aging benefits. The key anti-aging benefit to look for in any face mask is its mineral content. Minerals, like vitamins, are essential for your skin’s metabolism. Without proper metabolism, your skin’s cell turnover rate will go down, resulting in a dull appearance. Mature skin often must rely on an external source to provide it with sufficient minerals to restore a normal cell turnover rate. Dead Sea Mud contains 21 natural minerals, 12 of which are found exclusively in the Dead Sea.

clay mask3. Good for most skin types. Dead Sea Mud makes an ideal mask people with normal, oily, or combination skin, and can even benefit people with dry/dehydrated skin as Dead Sea Mud actually puts moisture back into the skin instead of sucking it out. With clay masks, if you have sensitive skin, your mask choices are often limited to a few types of clay that are safe to use on sensitive skin, but won’t provide the same level of skin care you would get from a more powerful clay mask or a Dead Sea Mud Mask. The more effective clay masks are often made with clays such as green bentonite or sea clay, which can be irritating to sensitive skin and are intended more for people with oily skin.

face mask - sandalwoodNote: This is not to suggest that clay masks are a complete waste of time and money; there are some people who may benefit more from clay masks than Dead Sea Mud Masks. These people include those with sensitive skin and those with younger skin (under 40.)

If you have sensitive skin and/or you’re under 40, your skin may not be able to handle the power and intensity of Dead Sea Mud, and you may experience a burning sensation on your face if you try to use a full Dead Sea Mud Mask. If you fall into either of these categories and you’d still like to experience some of the benefits of the Dead Sea, we recommend you combine one of the more powerful clay masks (such as this sandalwood mask) with Dead Sea Brine instead of or in addition to Rose Hydrosol to form your mask solution.

4. No mixing. Clay masks typically are sold in powdered form, requiring you to mix them with water or Rose Hydrosol (sold separately) to make your face mask solution. You may also need or want to use an applicator brush when applying a clay mask. Dead Sea Mud, on the other hand, is wet, creamy, and ready to use the minute you open the jar, and can be applied by hand.

Another benefit to using Dead Sea Mud Masks over clay masks is you only need to use one mask to get all the benefits listed above.

rose hydrosolWith clay masks, if you want the best detox mask, you need to use one type of clay. If you want the most mineral benefits, you need a different type of clay. If you want a mask that’s safe to use on sensitive skin, you need to use a third type of clay which offers extremely limited detox and mineral benefits. Using one clay mask after another can really irritate your skin, even if you don’t have sensitive skin. With Dead Sea Mud you get the benefits of every type of clay combined into just one mask that’s both effective and safe to use on sensitive skin.

Though clay masks may seem like the better, more economical solution at first, when you factor in the cost of the Rose Hydrosol to mix your mask solutions and the cost of an applicator brush (since some clay masks can be too drippy to apply by hand) you may find yourself spending more than you would on a Dead Sea Mud Mask, and not getting as many skin care benefits for your money.

So, when it comes to choosing the right facial mask, there’s almost no question which is better. Dead Sea Mud wins over clay in almost every way, even cost.

Why do dead sea products have advanced skin care benefits?

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

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The advanced skin care benefits of Dead Sea products have been known for centuries, yet only now are we beginning to understand exactly why the waters, salt, and mud of this natural wonder have such a rejuvenating effect on the skin.

The “why” can be summarized in one word: minerals. The Dead Sea contains 21 minerals, including magnesium, calcium, bromide and potassium. Twelve of these minerals are found nowhere other than in the super-salty waters of the Dead Sea.

Minerals and advanced skin care

Minerals are essential for your skin’s metabolism. Your skin cells metabolize and divide just like most other cells in your body. But, as skin ages, its ability to produce its own minerals can decrease, leading to a reduced metabolism rate and a dull, aged appearance. Mature skin often needs an external source of minerals to restore its normal rate of metabolism.

In addition to aiding in your skin’s metabolism and cell turnover rates, minerals also protect and strengthen your skin against dehydration and environmental pollutants. The mineral magnesium in particular plays a key role in both skin cell metabolism and the strengthening of skin tissues. Medical studies have shown a severe magnesium deficiency in the skin cells of psoriasis patients, and Dead Sea Salt has approximately 15 times as more magnesium than ordinary sea salt.

The minerals found in Dead Sea products also play a role in maintaining the chemical balance of your skin, making Dead Sea products excellent facial toners. The minerals found in Dead Sea Salt and Dead Sea Mud are also great natural detoxifying and deep-cleansing agents. Try Castle Baths’ Dead Sea Mud Mask or Dead Sea Facial Cream Cleanser to experience the advanced skin care benefits of Dead Sea minerals for yourself.

Dead Sea Spa Solutions: Pore Minimizer

In addition to providing general anti-aging skin care, the high mineral content of Dead Sea products can also help you achieve specific skin care goals such as pore minimizing. While nothing short of surgery can actually shrink the diameter of your facial pores, there is much you can do to make them a lot less noticeable when you use the right combination of Dead Sea products.

To reduce the appearance of enlarged facial pores we recommend a skin care regimen comprised of daily cleansing with Dead Sea Mud Soap, weekly detox with a Dead Sea Mud Mask, and monthly exfoliation with a Dead Sea Salt Bath Scrub.

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Daily cleansing with a Dead Sea Mud Soap will help deep-cleanse your pores of the pollutants and dead skin cells that are clogging them and making them so visible. Weekly application of a Dead Sea Mud Mask will help take care of any toxins the Dead Sea Mud Soap doesn’t catch, to include helping to rid the deep layers of your skin of microscopic free radicals that can lead to premature aging if left to build up indefinitely.

pore minimizer kitFinally, exfoliating once per month with a Dead Sea Salt Bath Scrub, especially one that has been mixed with real coffee grounds like the one included in this Pore Minimizer Spa Kit, will help keep dead skin cells from lingering on your face and working their way into your newly-cleansed pores just to clog them up again. The caffeine from the added coffee grounds also help stimulate circulation within your skin just as drinking coffee would do for the rest of your body, resulting in a tighter, firmer appearance to your pores. The coffee grounds also help make the otherwise abrasive salt feel gentle on your face.

There are many more benefits to Dead Sea products than what we’ve outlined here. If you are interested in learning more about Dead Sea skin care, you can visit Castle Baths skin care article directory, or just order some Dead Sea products and experience the advanced skin care benefits for yourself!

Dead Sea Bath Salts for Winter Chills

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Dead Sea Bath Salts offer cold weather relief

bath salts - jubilee conditioning soakIt’s cold outside! The recent kink in the Earth’s polar vortex has likely left you with lingering chills and very dry skin, due in part to the extremely frigid temperatures most of North America experienced these past few days, and also due to the efforts you likely took to stay warm during the unexpected arctic blast.

Your skin definitely doesn’t react well to extreme cold, but it doesn’t react all that well to heat either. Turning up the thermostat in your home sucks moisture out of the air, and out of your skin too.

Fortunately for you, there’s a way to stay warm that won’t dry out your skin, and may help with those lingering winter chills and aches too. It’s called a Dead Sea Salt bath.

dead sea bath salts passion aromatherapyOrdinarily, a long, extremely hot bath would actually dry out your skin by evaporating its natural oils, but a lukewarm bath with added Dead Sea Bath Salts can help counteract this effect, and even help add moisture to your skin. Dead Sea Salts accomplish this by penetrating your skin’s pores and deep-cleansing them of toxins and pollutants. Once your pores are cleansed and un-clogged, they can absorb moisture from the surrounding bath water.

If your Dead Sea Bath Salts happen to be scented in aromatherapy essential oils, this will also help put just enough oil back into your skin to keep it from drying out, as well as deliver numerous aromatherapy benefits such as soothing aches and pains and promoting an overall feeling of relaxation.

Dead Sea Bath Salts vs Epsom Salts

Many of the cheaper bath salts you’ll find in box stores are made with Epsom Salts, which, if overused, can further dry out your skin. Many of these Epsom Salt blends are also scented in synthetic fragrances instead of essential oils, and thus, deliver no aromatherapy benefits and may even give you a slight headache if you happen to be allergic to one or more of the chemicals used to create the synthetic fragrance.

bath salts - exotic earth green teaSo, if you want a bath salt blend you can use every day, or even twice a day if you like, and one with real aromatherapy benefits, Dead Sea Bath Salts are the way to go! Check out Castle Baths extensive collection of Classic aromatherapy Dead Sea Bath Salts and our exclusive Exotic Earth Dead Sea Salt blends!