Epsom salt is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the associated health benefits. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function, and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, and help ease migraine headaches. That’s a pretty good range of health benefits from taking a bath! Times I have taken an epsom salt bath include to ease pregnancy aches and pains, birth recovery, general exhaustion and when I am recovering from a tummy bug to help my body recoup and my muscles relax.
Other health benefits of using epsom salts:
- Eases stress and relaxes the body.
- Relieves pain and muscle cramps.
- Helps muscles and nerves function properly.
- Helps prevent hardening of arteries and blood clots.
- Makes insulin more effective.
- Relieves constipation.
- Eliminates toxins from the body.
How to run an Epsom salt bath.
1) Fill a bath with warm-hot water
2) Drop a few drops of your favourite calming essential oil directly into bath water
3) Put a few teaspoons of epsom salts into the water and allow it to dissolve
4) Grab a book and a cup of herbal tea & relax!
Information source from www.saltworks.com.au