Epsom Salt Bath

Epsom Salt Bath

by: Sharon Carter, staff writer

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The Benefits of an Epsom Salt Bath

Epsom salt, a type of magnesium sulphate compound first encountered in the south England town of Epsom where it was distilled from the unique natural springs in the area.  Contrary to it’s name, Epsom salt is not actually a salt, rather a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulphate. Epsom salt is a very popular therapeutic salt from everything from relaxing baths to providing relief to more serious health related issues.  You can also make an Epsom salt poultice, lotions or gels for more targeted relief of problem areas.

Benefits of Epsom Salt

Epsom salt has for years been used as everything from exfoliant to laxative, working as a miracle cure-all for all sorts of ailments, but if you ask most people they will more commonly be familiar with it’s use in an Epsom salt bath or soaking tired feet in a foot bath. 

An Epsom salt bath offers a wide range of health benefits that you may not be aware of. Magnesium is easily absorbed through the skin, and it is vital for the proper functioning of the human body.  Magnesium regulates the functions of over 300 enzymes in the body.  The Journal of the American College of Nutrition reported that 68% of US adults consumed less than their recommended daily allowance (RDA) of magnesium, so an infusion of Mg in an Epsom salt bath would be beneficial. 

A magnesium deficiency can increase the risk of high blood pressure and heart problems in the long term, and in the short term it can induce fatigue, muscle weakness and dizziness.  It's vital, then, to take in the recommended amount of magnesium – think of it as the oil that keeps the body running smoothly.

Magnesium sulphate isn't just useful for enzyme regulation, though.  Soaking in an Epsom salt bath is often reported to be beneficial for sufferers of shingles and even herpes, acne, weight loss, relieving itching and soothing skin legions.  For everyday use Epsom salt makes for a soothing, relaxing bath that can help relieve the aches and pains brought on by the day. 

Here are additional Epsom Salt Benefits:

Epsom Salt Laxative

Many studies have reported that Espsom salt can be used to treat constipation. Taken internally the salt acts like a laxative by increasing water in the intestines and bring about temporary relief from constipation.

Eliminate Toxins

The sulphates in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, helping to ease muscle pain and helping your body eliminate harmful substances.  Other popular programs for eliminating toxins are the salt water flush , lemonade diet or the more complete master cleanse recipe .

Epsom Salt Beauty Uses

Epsom salt can be used to help exfoliate dead skin, as an exfoliating face cleanser, dislodge blackheads, remove foot odor, and overall health of your skin.

Directions for an Epsom Salt Bath

To fully enjoy the benefits of an Epsom salt bath it is commonly recommended that you can enjoy a relaxing soak up to three times per week for at least 12 minutes per bath.  Simply add approximately two cups of Epsom salt to a hot bath, allowing a little time for the salt to dissolve completely into solution, and hop on in.  You can add a drop of eucalyptus oil if you like, adding an invigorating, refreshing scent to your bath. 

As a foot bath, you can add approximately ½ cup of Epsom salt to a basin of warm water. It is often recommended to soak your feet for approximately 20 minutes. Soaking feet in Epsom salt is a great way to provide relief after a long day on your feet. If you are pregnant or have particular health concerns it is recommended to check with your doctor before using Epsom salts.

Resources:
http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/articles/report_on_absorption_of_magnesium_sulfate.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnesium_deficiency_(medicine)
http://www.saltworks.us/salt_info/epsom-uses-benefits.asp 







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