Epsom salts are amazing! They can be used for dozens of things including exfoliating your skin, gardening, and household cleaning to treating insect bites, poison ivy, and detoxifying the body. They are inexpensive, and you can purchase them at the pharmacy or in bulk at garden centers everywhere. One of the best uses for them is as a detoxification bath, providing several health benefits.
The name, Epsom, comes from a bitter saline spring in Epsom, Surrey, England. What sets Epsom salt apart from other salts are the natural mineral compounds of magnesium and sulfate. The minerals offer powerful health benefits that can support the detoxification capabilities of the body.
How does an Epsom salt bath work?
Magnesium and sulfate are absorbed into the body’s bloodstream through the skin. The skin is efficient at taking in minerals and eliminating toxins. Epsom salts used in a bath can create a process called reverse osmosis by pulling toxins out of the body and allowing magnesium and sulfates to enter.
Magnesium regulates over 325 enzymes and aids in organizing many of our bodily functions, including muscle control, electrical impulses, energy production, and the elimination of harmful toxins. Magnesium deficiencies can contribute to heart disease, stroke, arthritis, osteoporosis, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Boosting your magnesium levels through the external use of Epsom salt can help improve a host of ailments. It will reduce inflammation, improving blood flow and oxygenation through the body.
The sulfates support healthy joints, skin and nervous tissue. Epsom salt replenishes the body’s magnesium and sulfate levels. This mix will flush toxins and build protein molecules in brain tissue and joints.
If you choose to indulge in Epsom salt baths on a regular basis, you can improve maladies like athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, gout, sprains, bruises, and muscle soreness. If you are fighting a chronic disease or chronic pain, Epsom baths can work as an anti-inflammatory.
WARNING: Be careful with Epsom salts if you are pregnant, dehydrated, have open wounds or burns on your skin. Those who suffer from cardiovascular diseases should always consult with a physician before using Epsom salts.
Dissolve the following to a standard hot bath to produce a water treatment to supplement relief of muscular aches and joints. Soak as long as you can before the water turns cold.
- Children under 60 lbs: Add 1/2 cup of salts
- Individuals between 60-100 lbs: Add 1 cup of salts
- Individuals between 100-150 lbs: Add 1 1/2 cup of salts
- Individuals between 150-200 lbs: Add 2 cups of salts
- For every 50lbs more: – add in an additional 1/2 cup of salts
Add ginger to increase the heat levels which will help you sweat out toxins. You can add 1 tablespoon to 1/4 cup to stimulate sweating, and the herbs are full of antioxidants that will enhance the detox process.
Do not use soap with the Epsom salt bath, doing so may alter your detox process. Try to rest for an hour or two after the bath. If you have arthritic joints, stay active to prevent congestion in the joints.
For an excellent foot soak, add a 1/2 cup of salts to a bucket of warm water (as warm as you can stand). Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Soak until the water goes cold. Be sure to dry your feet thoroughly before walking in case there is any residual oil on the bottoms of your feet.