EPSOM SALT BATHS

 

Epsom salts have a number of different properties for use around the home but are especially used for detoxifying the body. Using Epsom salts can provide a large array of health benefits. 


Epsom salts are named for a bitter saline spring located at Epsom in Surrey, England. Epsom is naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. These minerals have very powerful health benefits that can enhance the detoxification capabilities of the body.
 

How an Epsom salt bath works:

The skin is a highly porous membrane that both takes in minerals and eliminates toxins every day. Hence, Magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin and into the body's blood stream. Using a powerful mineral base such as Epsom salts in a warm bath promotes reverse osmosis. This process allows the exchange of salt and harmful toxins out of the body and magnesium and sulfates to enter into the body.

 

Magnesium plays a critical role in over 325 enzymes -

  • Helps to improve muscle and nerve function

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Improves blood flow and oxygenation throughout the body.

 

Sulfates are necessary building blocks for healthy joints, skin and nervous tissue.

 

Epsom salts replenish the body's magnesium levels and sulfates. This potent combination helps to flush toxins from the body and build key protein molecules in the brain tissue and joints.

 

The use of regular Epsom salt baths has been shown to improve the symptoms of many health conditions including -

  • Anxiety or depression

  • Lethargy

  • Weakness, spasms, or cramps in the muscles

  • Muscle soreness

  • Migraines

  • Constipation

  • Poor memory 

  • Athlete's foot

  • Gout

  • Toenail fungus

  • Sprains

  • Bruises

  • Chronic disease or chronic pain

 

Done regularly, Epsom baths help detoxify and de-inflame while improving mineral and sulfur balance in the body.

 

Contraindications - if you are pregnant, dehydrated or have open wounds or burns on your skin. Individuals who are suffering with Cardiovascular disease or Diabetes should always consult with a natural health physician who is familiar with the health benefits of Epsom salt baths before starting.

 

How to take an Epsom salt bath:

The first step is to schedule yourself at least 40 minutes, as you need about 20 minutes to remove the toxins, and for the second 20 minutes, the body absorbs the minerals in the bath water. Fill up your bath with warm water. Be sure to have a water filtration system in your house, as you don't want to bathe in tap water that has toxic chlorine, fluoride, dioxins and heavy metals. Add in the Epsom salts in the following amounts:

  • Children under 60 lbs: Add 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath.

  • Individuals between 60-100 lbs: Add 1 cup of salts to a standard size bath

  • Individuals between 100-150 lbs: Add 1 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath

  • Individuals between 150-200 lbs: Add 2 cups of salts to a standard size bath

  • For every 50lbs larger - add in an additional 1/2 cup of salts.

 

Additional strategies to apply with an Epsom salt bath

  • LAVENDER - Lavender can be used to reduce anxiety, stabilize moods, provide pain relief, and promote better sleep habits. When combined with magnesium, you should find that sleep comes much more easily to you. 

  • OLIVE OIL - Adding in a 1/2 cup of olive oil is also very good for the skin, as the polyphenols soak into the skin and give extra antioxidant benefits.

  • GINGER or CAYENNE - Adding ginger or cayenne can increase your heat levels, which will help you to sweat out toxins. You can add anywhere from 1 tbsp to 1/2 a cup to stimulate sweating, and these herbs are loaded with antioxidants that will enhance the detoxification process as well.


Do not use soap with an Epsom salt bath, as it will interfere with the action of the minerals and the detoxification process. Try to rest for an hour or two afterwards unless you have arthritic joints, in which case you will want to stay active as much as possible to prevent congestion in the joints.

Vicki Witt

Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Coach, Certified LEAP allergy therapist, Reiki Master

BS (Nutr & Food Sci) PG Dip Clin Nutr RNutr

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