Giving Your Body a Gift: Epsom Salt Baths

19
Dec
2013

Giving Your Body a Gift: Epsom Salt Baths

This week has been a bit stressful for me, as I am sure for other busy mamas out there trying to finish up Christmas preparations. It can be overwhelming trying to keep up and keep doing.

I know for me, choas and stress can be deadly. It is one of the triggers that can lead me down the road to hopelessness very easily. Unchecked these struggles are big triggers for others as well. As I began looking at natural alternatives to helping my body deal with chaos, overwhelm, and balancing my emotions almost a year ago, one thing I found that I need to pay close attention to was magnesium.

Did you know that magnesium deficiency is something you really need to be concerned with?

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include fatigue, weakness, anxiety, depression, stress, allergies and sensitivities, low energy, irritability, and much more. Wellness Mama wrote an incredible post sharing all about what magnesium does your for your body, what depletes it, and how you can get more.

So what does this have to do with you and giving your body a gift? Give your body a bath at least two times a week. Yes, you read that correct. A bath!

What Are Epsom Salts?

Epsom salt, named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. It has been known to be a natural reliever for many ailments and has numerous health benefits.

Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits (*1). 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 easing stress in the body. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, and help ease migraine headaches. Yep, I told you the stuff is awesome!  

Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths

Easing Stress and Relaxing Your Body

Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline. When Epsom salt is used in a warm bath, it is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. Research shows that magnesium also increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy packets made in the cells. Experts believe that bathing with Epsom salt at least three times a week helps you to look better, feel better, and gain more energy. Magnesium ions also relax and reduce irritability by lowering the effects of adrenaline. They create a relaxed feeling, improve sleep and concentration, and help muscles and nerves to function properly. (source)

Promote Good Sleep

We all need good sleep! When you take a bath using Epsom salts you replenishing magnesium back into your body, which results in improved sleep, relaxed muscles, and giving your body the ability to re-charge. If you are not getting a good night’s sleep, make sure you look at implementing this easy bath routine.  

Relieve Pain and Muscle Cramps

An Epsom salt bath is known to ease pain and relieve inflammation, making it beneficial in the treatment of sore muscles, bronchial asthma, and migraine headaches – among other issues. When I’ve had a run that just hasn’t really agreed with my body, maybe I’ve pushed myself a bit further, then I know I need to hop in the tub and allow Mr. Epsom to do his work.

Helps Muscles and Nerves Function Properly

Studies show that Epsom salt can help regulate electrolytes in your body, ensuring proper functioning of the muscles, nerves, and enzymes. Magnesium is also known to be critical in the proper use of calcium, which serves as a main conductor of the electric impulses in your body.

Eliminates Toxins from the Body

The sulfates in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. Believe me, during this time of year when your body is having to fight off sickness – you want to boost your immune system in this way and keep toxins out of your body as much as possible. Your skin is a highly porous membrane and adding the right minerals to your bathwater triggers a process called reverse osmosis, which actually pulls salt out of your body, and harmful toxins along with it. 

So, as you push forward in this Christmas season and beyond into the New Year, why not give a gift to your body? I use to consider taking a 20 minute bath a luxury and I would feel guilty, but now after consistently taking the time to do this, I know it is just part of my routine to take better care of myself and be the best I can be health wise for my family. 

Why don’t you do the same? Pour yourself a bath tonight and reap the benefits – everyone will!

Epsom Salts Bath Recipe

Mix all this together in a metal bowl and place in an air tight container. I got my cute glass container at Hobby Lobby and it is perfect.

Lavender Bath Salts

When I take a bath now, I will add about  3/4 cup of these mixed bath salts and depending on how I am feeling I will add in an additional 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup Epsom Salts. I am lucky and purchase the LARGE quantity from Costco! If you think this is a great addition for you, it is just as good for your kiddos. I’ve been tossing in a handful of Epsom Salt into my 4 year old’s bath water each evening. It is perfect!

If you do not have time for a full on bath, try doing just a foot soak – although not quite as effective it certainly is a better solution than doing nothing at all.  

In addition to the Epsom salt baths, I also started taking a magnesium supplement about 8 months ago. This has been incredible for me and my Lupus symptoms. I have chronic low white, red, and platelet counts as a symptom of my Systemic Lupus, so making sure my body gets enough magnesium is critical to my body not only keeping the ones I have, but perhaps increasing the counts, which I am happy to share have increased since I started using Mineral Essence, a mineral supplement from Young Living. I also add Flax seed (ground) to my diet as much as possible.

Research on red blood cells has shown that lower levels of magnesium can make the cells more fragile – leading to a decrease in available red blood cells. Red blood cells are vital for increasing your energy levels because they deliver needed oxygen to tissues. – Dr. Oz

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 (1.) “Report on Absorption of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) across the skin“, Dr RH Waring, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham. B15 2TT, U.K.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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