Treat Yourself to a Good Soak
Most of us have heard of Epsom salt, but some might not know the benefits. Every little thing counts when taking care of your health for longevity, especially when you are looking to balance your regular health routine with holistic care. Epsom salt has long been regarded as a remedy to a variety of complaints, including muscle stiffness, stress and pain.
What Is Epsom Salt?
Epsom salt, which is named after a salt spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually a salt, but a naturally occurring magnesium sulfate compound. Magnesium is a mineral that is present in our bodies, with at least half of it being located in our bones (check for it in your daily multivitamin). Magnesium is important in more than 300 chemical reactions that keep our body working properly. Because both magnesium and sulfate readily absorb through our porous skin, it can affect us internally by relaxing the nervous system, healing skin conditions, reducing muscle pain, and even treating colds and congestion.
The Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths
If you have ever had your health practitioner suggest that you soak in an Epsom salt bath for your tension or pain, especially after a massage, then they were right! Here are some of the benefits: Relieves muscle pain & cramps: It reduces inflammation (a flare-up of pain marked by heat and/or swelling), which makes it great for sore muscles, strains, bronchial asthma and migraine headaches. Stress-reliever: whereas stress drains the body of magnesium and increases your levels of adrenaline, Epsom salt, through absorption (i.e. soaking in a tub) restores your body’s magnesium levels and helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical that is responsible for the feeling of calm and relaxation. Body balancer: Epsom salt can help regulate electrolytes in your body, ensuring proper functioning of the nerves, muscles, and enzymes. Externally, Epsom salt soften skin and even neutralizes foot odour! Detoxifies the body: Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from your cells, which are absorbed everyday by our exposure to various environments. The magnesium sulfate pulls salt out of your body through your porous skin, and harmful toxins with it.
How Epsom Salt Baths Work & How To Have A Soak
A simple 10 minute warm soak in 2-4 cups of Epsom salt once a week can: • decrease irritability and promote relaxation • improve sleep and concentration • improve body functions • soften and deodorize skin • relieve pain and tension And, it’s cheap!: having an Epsom salt bath regularly is super inexpensive and it can easily be found at your local pharmacy, drug store, or department store (in the pharmacy section). Now that you have more information and tools to improve and maintain your health, I encourage you to add Epsom salt to your weekly regimen and see how you feel. Happy soaking!