Highly relaxing, Epsom Salt baths also offer countless health benefits.  Magnesium and sulfate, the constituents of Epsom Salt, are beneficial substances for the body and are readily absorbed through the skin while soaking in a bath.

According to the Epsom Salt Council,

“Studies show these benefits from the major components of Epsom Salt may:

Magnesium:

  • Ease stress and improves sleep and concentration
  • Help muscles and nerves function properly
  • Regulate activity of 325+ enzymes
  • Help prevent artery hardening and blood clots
  • Make insulin more effective
  • Reduce inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps
  • Improve oxygen use

Sulfates:

  • Flush toxins
  • Improve absorption of nutrients
  • Help form joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins
  • Help prevent or ease migraine headaches”

A 2004 study conducted by Rosemary Waring, Ph.D. has shown that sulfate and magnesium are absorbed through the skin while bathing in 1% w/v/ solution of Epsom Salt.  This is of special significance to those with digestive problems who may have trouble obtaining adequate amounts of these substances via food.  Sulfates are also essential to detoxify some prescription drugs and environmental toxins and thus Epsom Salt baths can be helpful to those with environmentally triggered illnesses.

How to use Epsom Salt

Epsom Salt can usually be found in the pharmacy section of most grocery stores and in drug stores.  The 4lb. container is often more economical.  Simply dissolve 2 cups of Epsom Salt in a regular bathtub and soak for a minimum of 12 minutes or use 1 cup in a foot bath.  This can be done three times a week.  Naturally, those who are sensitive should proceed cautiously starting out with smaller amounts at first.  I began with 1/2 cup and increased to 2 cups over the course of a week or two.  It is also advisable to use a bath ball filter when running any type of bath in order to remove toxins from water, which may also be absorbed through the skin.

Epsom Salt baths are an easy, enjoyable, and economical way to improve health, boost nutrients, and aid relaxation.  They are a regular part of my wellness plan.

Source:  Epsom Salt Council

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