A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #26: Take Epsom Salt Baths

If you’ve been following along so far, you’re already familiar with the benefits of magnesium for relaxation. This crucial element helps to regulate many body functions, including muscle control and the release of toxins.

You might already be following my Tip #11: Use Magnesium for Relaxation by eating lots of spinach or taking supplements. But another great—and deeply relaxing—way to get magnesium is by taking Epsom salt baths.

Epsom salt is a mineral compound composed of magnesium and sulfate. Known as hydrated magnesium sulfate, this salt compound is absorbed through the skin when you bathe in it, bringing your body these two essential elements that will help to relax, detoxify, and re-balance your body, mind, and spirit.

Epsom salts are easily found in drugstores and natural food stores. It doesn’t matter what brand you buy—Epsom salts are Epsom salts, no matter what! Some manufacturers add other soothing ingredients, like lavender or chamomile, to create a fancier bath salt, but you can always add your own essential oils to a plain old Epsom salt bath to get the same effect.

Some Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths

  • Reduced inflammation throughout the body
  • Relief from muscle pain
  • Relief from muscle cramping
  • Prevention and ease of migraines
  • Improved detoxification
  • Improved nerve function and balanced electrolyte function
  • Deep stress relief
  • Reduced irritability
  • Improved sleep

How to take an Epsom salt bath:

  1. Fill your tub with warm water, being careful not to make the water too hot.
  2. Add 2-6 cups of Epsom salts to the filled tub.
  3. Gently swirl the salts in the water until they are completely dissolved.
  4. Add 10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional).
  5. Enter the tub and bathe for at least 10 minutes.
  6. For the most benefit, follow your hot bath with a refreshing and invigorating cold shower! Learn more about cold showers with Tip #18 🙂

Stuff to Know:

  • This post is not intended as medical advice. If you are suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, an eating disorder, severe sleep disruption, or any other mental state that is causing concern to you or your loved ones, please seek the help of a professional.
  • Those with high blood pressure, heart disease, or a fever should not take hot baths. Keep the water temperate, instead.

Questions for readers:

Do you ever take Epsom salt baths?


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