Relax in an Epsom Salt Bath

Did You Know…that Epsom salt baths impart myriad health benefits and are a great detoxification aid?

Scientifically known as hydrated magnesium sulfate, Espom salt is named after a bitter saline spring in Surrey England.  It’s rich in magnesium and sulfate, which are best absorbed through the skin and impart remarkable detoxification benefits.  Taking an Epsom salt bath not only purifies inside and out, but also helps soothe achy joints and muscles and ease tension and stress.

The Importance of Magnesium and Sulfate 

According to the National Academy of Sciences, America is undergoing a magnesium deficiency, and it’s contributing to increasing rates of heart disease, stroke, obesity, arthritis, osteoporosis, joint pain, digestive problems, stress-related illnesses, and chronic fatigue.  Magnesium is the second most abundant element in human cells and is accountable for over 325 enzymes.  It helps to…

 Reduce inflammation
 Improve blood flow
 Boost oxygenation
 Support muscle and nerve function

Sulfates are necessary for healthy joints, skin, nervous tissue, and brain tissue.  They also help activate the pancreas, triggering it to release digestive enzymes.  Epsom salt gives you a combination of magnesium and sulfate, which work together in a process called reverse osmosis to remove toxins from the body and build key protein molecules in your tissues and joints.  The skin is a highly porous membrane, and an Epsom salt bath first pulls out the toxins, and then helps the skin absorb magnesium and sulfate.  When taken regularly, Epsom salt baths have been shown to help treat athlete’s foot, gout, toenail fungus, sprains, bruises, and muscle soreness.

How To Take an Epsom Salt Bath 

Experts advise that you need about a 40-minute window to relax in an Epsom salt bath.  Run a warm bath, but make sure the water is filtered.  Non-filtered water is full of fluoride, dioxins, and heavy metals that counteract the detoxifying benefits of Epsom salt.  The first 20 minutes are for pulling out the toxins, and the second 20 minutes are to let the magnesium and sulfate soak into your skin.

Recommended measurements are:
  Under 60 lbs.: 1/2 cup of Epsom salt
  60-100 lbs.: 1 cup Epsom salt
  100-150 lbs.: 1 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  150-200 lbs.: 2 cups Epsom salt
  Each additional 50 lbs.: (add 1/2 cup Epsom salt)

To jazz up your bath, add 1/2 cup olive oil for antioxidant effects.  If you want to amplify the heat and sweat out more toxins, add 1 tbsp. to 1/2 cup cayenne or ginger.  You can add some lavender for more relaxing benefits.  But don’t use soap in your bath!  It interferes with the efficacy of Epsom salt.

If you are pregnant, dehydrated, or suffering from open wounds or burns do not take Epsom salt baths.  Health experts say that those with cardiovascular disease should consult their physician before detoxing with an Epsom salt bath.

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