Is your arthritis acting up? Did you pull a calf muscle running? Well, the good news is you don’t have to wait to find relief thanks to a natural treatment grandma used to prescribe – taking a bath with Epsom salt. Yes, just a relaxing soak in the tub can help you feel better. This all natural, pure mineral compound has been used to ease all types of aches and pains for hundreds of years. Taking Epsom salt baths actually does much more than relieving pain – it has a long list of remarkable health benefits.
What exactly is Epsom Salt?
It’s named after a natural saline spring located at Epsom in Surrey, England, isn’t really salt – it’s a naturally sourced pure mineral compound made up of magnesium (a macro-mineral) and sulfate (an important mineral class). Both of these compounds are easily absorbed through the body’s skin and into the blood stream.
Our skin is a very porous membrane which means that putting the right minerals to bath water activates a process referred to as reverse osmosis that pulls excess salt out of your body, along with harmful toxins, allowing the magnesium and sulfates in. Taking a bath in Epsom salt is the ideal way to experience the associated health benefits.
More about Magnesium and Sulfate
Magnesium is considered a macro-mineral, which, in contrast to trace minerals, is required by the body in considerable amounts. Calcium, potassium and sodium, are also considered macro-minerals. Magnesium actively carries out a number of tasks in the body, including reducing inflammation, regulating the activity of more than 325 enzymes, enhances nerve and muscle function, and assisting in the prevention of artery hardening. Magnesium is also a critical component in the appropriate use of calcium, serving as a primary conductor of the body’s electric impulses. There are approximately 25 grams of magnesium in the average human body.
Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush heavy metals and toxins from the cells and help ease muscle pain. Sulfate is found in all of the cells in the human body and is essential for maintaining healthy nails, hair and skin, the production of collagen and more.
Epsom salt baths are commonly used as an all natural home treatment for the following.
• Arthritic swelling and pain
• Sprains and bruises
• Tired, aching, swollen feet
• Ingrown toenails
• Sunburn redness and pain
• Relieving migraine headaches
• Distressing/relaxing the body
• Sore muscles after working out
• Relieves the soreness commonly caused by diarrhea during chemotherapy
• May increase the effectiveness of insulin and help lower the severity or risk of diabetes.
Epsom salt baths may also support heart health by improving blood circulation, protecting the elasticity of arteries, preventing blood clots. That said, whose suffering from cardiovascular disease must always consult with a natural healthcare physician who is well-versed in the health benefits of Epsom salt baths prior to starting.
You should easily be able to find Epsom salt in most retail stores that carry drugstore related items as well as regular or natural grocery stores. A huge box of Epsom salt will only cost you a few dollars.
Taking an Epsom Salt Bath
Use the suggested amount on the package, which is usually 1 to 2 cups in a standard-sized bathtub, or the amount your doctor recommends. While the water is running, add the Epsom salt, which will help it dissolve. The water needs to be very warm, comfortable to the touch, but not hot. Keep the area of your body that’s in pain in the water for at least 15 minutes. This is the perfect time to relax and de-stress.
How often to take a bath in Epsom salt can depend on the problem you’re dealing with (and your doctor’s instructions). For example, if you’re suffering from arthritis pain, you may want to take an Epsom salt bath every day, while if you’re treating an ingrown toenail, you may only need to take it once or twice.
Adding Olive Oil to the Mix
Epsom salt and olive oil are renowned for their medicinal properties and adding the mix to a nice warm bath is an inexpensive, natural way to enjoy a lovely home spa treatment that soothes and moisturizes the body. As mentioned above, Epsom salt draw out toxins, relieves aches and pains, relaxes the muscles and calms the nerves. Adding olive oil will soften and condition the skin – the perfect combination of benefits.
A homemade bath soak of Epsom salt and olive oil is easy make. Just add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 cup of Epsom salt to a standard sized tub while the water is running. You can customize the bath soak by adding a bit of your favorite medicinal aromatherapy oils.
Epsom baths should be avoided if you’re dehydrated, have any open wounds, a bad burn or if you’re pregnant. Also, don’t use Epsom salt in a whirlpool, hot tub or jetted tub unless it has been manufacturer approved.
Adding Epsom salt baths to your daily/weekly routine will add a wealth of natural health benefits to your life. Besides that, it’s the perfect way to relax and pamper yourself.