Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths
Epsom salt baths have been a therapeutic treatment for the body for hundreds of years. The combination of magnesium and sulfate in Epsom salt stimulates detoxification and relaxes muscles. Magnesium is essential in 325 biochemical reactions that benefit the nervous system, the heart as well as other organs and bodily functions including the removal of toxins. Magnesium helps the brain produce neurotransmitters that reduce stress and induce sleep. Sulfate is helpful in the body’s release of toxins by strengthening the walls of the digestive tract.
The American diet is magnesium deficient. Epsom salt baths are a easy and relaxing way to increase magnesium intake. Below are some of the many benefits of Epsom salt baths once or twice a week:
Relieves muscle tension and pain
Helps with sleep
Relaxes stiffness in the body
Reduces restless leg syndrome
Reduces eye twitching
Reduces or relieves anxiety
Reduces or relieves chronic headaches and migraines
Speeds recovery after physical fitness training or competitions
Increases athletic performance
Speeds recovery after injury
Relieves muscle cramps
Reduces swelling and inflammation
Reduces body odor
Eases inflammatory conditions like gout, lupus and all forms of arthritis
Treats Athlete’s Foot relieving itching, foot odor, and helps with healing
I personally use Dr. Teals Epsom Salts because they are high quality and reasonably priced. They also come infused with different essential oils for additional benefits. Dr Teal Epsom Salt is available in 3lb bags dry Epsom salt and a bubble bath solution. When Epsom salt dissolves in the bath water it releases magnesium and sulfate ions which is absorbed through the skin. To enjoy the benefits of Epsom salt fill a bath tub ¾ full water as warm as you like. Because the tub water tends to cool quickly I make the water as hot as I can tolerate so it is at least warm for as long as possible. I will drain off some water if it gets too cold and add hot water. But I try to not to dilute the bath if I can avoid it.
How much Epsom salt depends on the purpose of the soak:
Relaxation soak to de-stress or treatment for Athletes Foot – 1 cup to 2 cups Epsom salt
Tightness and sore muscles mildly impacting quality of life – 1 3lb bag Epsom salt
Injury or excessive athletic training or recovery from competition – 2 3lb bags Epsom salt
Pain 7-10 out of 10 on pain scale – 3 3lb bags to 5 3lb bags Epsom salt
Soak in the Epsom salt bath for 20-30 minutes or longer if you desire. The salt will leave a light salty film on the skin which some people like to rinse off after soaking. If you are using to help with anxiety, pain or muscle tightness you should feel an immediate decrease in anxiety, tension and pain after the Epsom salt bath. If it doesn’t fully relieve your condition add another bag of Epsom salt the next soak. So if you used 2 bags this bath use 3 next time. For extreme pain and injury conditions continue to add 1 additional bag each bath until pain is gone or to a tolerable level. Repeat once or twice weekly as long as anxiety, pain or injury persists.
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