Epsom salt is natural mineral made of sulfate and magnesium, which have been found in a saline spring in Epsom, England or Surrey.
This salt has plenty of extraordinary uses, can be added to a hot bath, as magnesium and sulfate are broken down and readily absorbed through the skin. As they quickly enter the bloodstream it can pull toxins out from the body via reverse osmosis, allowing the magnesium and sulfates to enter it.
Epsom salt baths or foot soaks are very popular and among the best ways to detoxify the system, relax the body, and reap all the benefits of magnesium.
Sulfates maintain and build healthy joints, skin and nervous tissue, while magnesium has numerous functions in the body and is needed in more than 325 enzymes.
Therefore, Epsom salt baths relieve:
- Complications from sunburn
- Tight muscles and Stiff Joints
- Swelling and Arthritis
- Insulin sensitivity
- Ingrown toenails
- Poor circulation
- Soreness from diarrhea
- Swollen and tired feet
This bath, because of its relaxing abilities have been used for centuries. When people are under stress, the levels of magnesium is reducing in the body, while the levels of adrenaline raise. This salt replenishes the levels of magnesium in the body and helps in reducing tension and soothes the mind and body.
Magnesium enhances the production of serotonin, which is an important chemical within the brain for good mood and increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
By practicing a warm Epsom salt bath just before bedtime, people can drastically improve sleep quality.
Here is the recipe how to prepare a nice, hot and relaxing, Epsom salt detox bath, which will help you to treat aches, chronic pain, relieve stress and migraines, and soothe the mind and body:
1-2 cups of Epsom salt
1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar (optional)
10-20 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
1 cup of baking soda (optional)
1) Fill the bathtub up with warm water,
2) Add the salts and other ingredients.
3) Soak for about 20 minutes three times a week.
By adding essential oils, baking soda, and apple cider vinegar, you can boost the effects of the bath. Lavender oil will invigorate the skin and boost the relaxing and medicinal benefits of the bath.
The addition of the apple cider vinegar in the bath will help in detoxifying the body and rebalance the pH of the skin. It additionally treats fungal or microbial infections.
Baking soda, due to the strong cleansing and antifungal qualities, helps in alleviating irritations and leaving the skin soft.
The amount of Epsom salt uses is correlated with body weight, as follows:
- Children under 27 Kg (60 lbs) should use a ½ cup to a standard size bath
- Individuals between 27 kg- 45 kg (60-100 lbs) – use 1 cup
- Individuals between 45 kg – 68 kg (100-150 lbs) – use 1½ cups
- Individuals over 68 kg (150 lbs) – use 2 cups
Here is a list of the treatments with Epsom salt foot soaks:
– Helps in the treatment of weak immune system, inflammation, athlete’s foot, corns, and calluses,
– Cures hammertoe, toenail fungus, plantar fasciitis, gout, sprains, muscle soreness, and bruises,
– Alleviates painful bunions,
– Helps with flat feet or tarsal tunnel syndrome.
1) Fill up a large bucket with hot water,
2) Add ½ cup Epsom salt
3) Soak feet for 10 minutes.
4) Repeat treatment three times a week.
The use of Epsom salt offers countless other health benefits, such as whitening teeth, improving hair volume, exfoliating the skin, and treating a dry scalp. Furthermore, Epson salt treats constipation as it has laxative effects.
Besides health benefits, this versatile salt can be used in numerous ways in the garden and household as well:
1) Use it as a hand wash by mixing it with baby oil
2) Sprinkling it close to the entry points you can prevent slugs
3) Clean the bathroom tiles
4) By using Epsom salts on your lawn and garden, you can naturally get rid of plant pests and keep them at bay
5) Use it to clean the detergent buildup on washing machines
6) Thanks to magnesium sulfate crystals you can prevent the loss of green color in plants
7) Adding the Epsom salts to your houseplants you can fertilize them
The Epsom salt can be purchased in most pharmacies and health stores and can be also used in various ways to improve your health.