Epsom Salts have been used for centuries and there is a wide variety of health benefits from bathing in them. The minerals in Epsom Salts are used to draw out toxins in the body for a whole range of benefits, including detoxification, relief from sore muscles, skin conditions, increase circulation, and most commonly used for relaxation as our bodies need magnesium to aid in muscle relaxation.
Even though salt is in its name, Epsom salt is actually a pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate, whereas table salt is sodium. Studies show that, “Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches.”
Magnesium absorption is the biggest benefit of an Epsom salt bath. There need to be more studies to confirm that your body can absorb magnesium across the skin. One 2004 study looked at 19 participants and found increased levels of magnesium and sulfate in the blood after the baths.
To make an Epsom salt bath, you can:
1. Use around 2 cups of Epsom salt for a standard-sized bathtub with warm water – up to half a kilo can be used in situations of back pain for example.
2. Pour the salt under the water spout. This allows for the salt to dissolve faster and mix fully into the bath. The water mixture should feel soapy.
3. Soak in the tub for at least 12 minutes to get benefits.
4. If i am using high doses of Epsom Salts in my bath for muscle strains and injuries for example – i prefer to shower after bathing to rinse my skin of toxins that we may have removed.
For added aromatherapy benefits, add essential oils like lavender, peppermint, or tea tree to your bath. Or take more than 12 minutes to really relax and enjoy some personal time.
Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have about an Epsom salt bath. The risks of side effects from an Epsom salt bath are low. An Epsom salt bath is also relatively safe for children, but you should take extra precautions to prevent your child or infant from drinking Epsom salt water.
If you have a nagging pain or health problem, try Epsom salt in your bath. Be warned though that Epsom salt removes toxins from the body. This, of course, is a wonderful thing, but it can leave you very tired after bath – so bathe before bedtime. Also, since Epsom salt is so powerful, it is best to only soak for 12-20 minutes. Also, be sure to keep hydrated while in the tub. Ensure you are using good quality salts and stay away from the coloured and novelty salts as these will often contain extra chemical ingredients we do not want to add to our bodies.