Most of us don’t have the luxury of visiting a Japanese hot spring whenever we choose. However, onsen bath salts enable us to enjoy the same relaxation and health benefits from home.
What are onsen/hot spring bath salts?
Onsen bath salts contain many of the same minerals found in the natural hot springs/onsens of Japan. The salts are added to your bathwater so that you can enjoy the benefits of a real hot spring which includes the soothing of muscle pains and helping with various illnesses – while also having a beautifying effect on the skin.
These are also extremely popular in Japan since most Japanese take hot evening baths to relax and soak in the minerals after a stressful day at work.
The best Japanese onsen bath salts
Assorted Japanese hot spring bath salt pack (48 packets)
This large box of Japanese onsen bath salts from Japan comes with a total of 48 packets consisting of 4 aromatherapy fragrance types – yuzen (12x), lavender (12x), bergamot ginger (12x), and woods (12x).
Once added to your bath water it will start to slowly dissolve and make your body feel tingly with a warming effect that feels as if it’s heating your body to the bones. This heating effect creates a relaxing soothing sensation that eases muscle, back, and shoulder pain, while also relieving various skin conditions and improving blood circulation.
It also contains moisturizing ingredients that hydrate your skin leaving it smooth and soft.
The product has dimensions of 7.2 x 6.85 x 5.63 inches and weighs 4.61 pounds.
Natural mineral-rich Epsom Japanese bath salts
Epsom salts are known for their incredible healing benefits and these 100% pure Epsom Japanese onsen salts won’t disappoint.
The salts are naturally rich in magnesium which helps muscle and nerve function, lowers stress levels, assists in regulating over 300 enzymes, and helps improve focus and concentration. It also contains natural sulfates which help the body to absorb nutrients and flush toxins.
The product also contains green tea extract which is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, not to mention the vitamin-e that rejuvenates and moisturizes the skin.
Not only are these Japanese onsen bath salts a great gift idea, but it also comes with a beautiful wooden scoop and there is enough powder to give you a total of 8 bath sessions.
How to use: Add 5 scoops (scoop included) to a warm bath and soak for 30 minutes in the solution. Also, because the product is so detoxifying, it’s strongly recommended that you rinse yourself off afterward.
The product has dimensions of 7.24 x 5.28 x 1.42 inches and weighs 1 pound.
Japanese hot-spring bath minerals
These Japanese bath salts contain unique plant extracts and the rare minerals from one of Japan’s most unique onsens – The Futamata Medicinal Hot Spring in Hokkaido.
The antioxidant-rich minerals and plant extracts which include bamboo extract and pagoda tree flower enzymes are a 1,100-year-old Japanese secret that helps with muscle relaxation, blood circulation, detoxification, insomnia, menstrual cramps, and skin hydration.
How to use: Fill your bathtub with water as warm as you can tolerate and gently squeeze the sachet into the water. Soak in the water for at least 15 minutes.
The product has dimensions of 3.54 x 0.98 x 5.51 inches and weighs 2.4 ounces.
All-natural hot spring powder
The All-Natural Hot Spring Powder from Yakuyo Yunohana consists of a mixture of dehydrated onsen minerals collected from the famous medicinal Beppu onsen in Oita, Japan.
These Japanese bath salts help improve blood circulation, eases back pains, and are effective against bruises, rashes, athlete’s foot, arthritis, joint pains, and neuralgia.
The product comes in a box containing 10 packs.
How to use: Empty one pack into a bathtub of warm water and soak in it for at least 20 minutes. Rinse the bathtub out afterward.
The box has dimensions of 6.81 x 4.49 x 1.81 inches and weighs 5.64 ounces.
Assorted Japanese onsen bath salts (36 packets)
The assorted Japanese onsen bath powder pack includes two boxes with 18x 30g packets in each. Each box includes scents from a Japanese city/region; the green box has Nagano, Yamagata, Hokkaido, and Kagoshima, while the pink box has Gunma, Akita, Nagano, and Aomori.
These wonderfully scented salts provide aromatherapy relaxation while helping to ease back pain, poor blood circulation, and skin conditions. Also, included with your purchase is an original mussor towel.
How to use: Empty one sachet into a warm bath and soak in it for at least 20 minutes.
The product has dimensions of 6.61 x 5.71 x 5.59 inches and weighs 2.73 pounds.
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Visiting an onsen is highly recommended if you ever happen to be in Japan. Learn more about them here.
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