10 AMAZING EPSOM SALT BATH BENEFITS
Epsom salt helps relax muscles and relieve pain in the shoulders, neck, back and skull.
Here’s what you need to know about the health benefits of Epsom salt, including how to use it.
1. DE-STRESS AND RELAX YOUR BODY
Stress and excess adrenaline can wreak havoc on your body! Both stress and the excess adrenaline that typically accompanies stress can drain your body of essential magnesium. When Epsom salt is dissolved in warm water, it is absorbed through your skin and replenishes your magnesium level. As the magnesium ions break away from the Epsom salt molecules, it becomes absorbed in your skin and helps to produce serotonin, which is a mood-elevating chemical in your brain that creates the feeling of being calm and relaxed.
2. RELIEVE PAIN, INFLAMMATION AND MUSCLE CRAMPS
When Epsom salt is absorbed through your skin it also works to relieve pain, muscle tension and inflammation in the joints. It is the ideal natural way to help relieve the symptoms associated with arthritis, sports injuries and abdominal cramps.
3. HELPS NERVES AND MUSCLES FUNCTION PROPERLY
Soaking in an Epsom salt bath can help regulate the electrolytes in your body, which is essential in proper functioning of your muscles and nerves. Magnesium sulphate also helps to regulate fluid retention in body cells. Calcium is the main conductor for electrical current in your body (transporting nerve responses) and magnesium is necessary for maintaining appropriate calcium levels. So, soaking in a bath with Epsom salt will help to facilitate your body’s use of calcium to transmit chemical signals through your nervous system.
4. ELIMINATES TOXINS FROM YOUR BODY
Your skin is highly porous, which means it absorbs all of the harmful substances found in the environment, including pollution, heavy metals and other toxins. Adding Epsom salt to your bathwater triggers a process known as reverse osmosis, which helps to pull the salt and harmful toxins from your body.
5. FIGHT COLDS AND FLU
It is believed that soaking in an Epsom salt bath may help to activate vasodilation, which helps to increase the production of white blood cells, ultimately helping your body fight certain illness, such as colds and flu.
6. HELPS TO PREVENT HARDENING OF THE ARTERIES AND BLOOD CLOTS
Epsom salt helps to relax and de-stress your body which ultimately helps to improve your blood circulation. When blood circulation is functioning properly it protects the elasticity of arteries, prevents blood clots and helps to lower blood pressure and improve your cardiovascular health.
7. REGULATE BLOOD SUGAR
Both sulphate and magnesium help to improve your body’s ability to produce and use insulin. Soaking in a warm bath with Epsom salt may help to regulate your blood sugar by improving your body’s ability to produce sufficient insulin, which can lower the risk of diabetes as well as increase your energy levels.
8. SMOOTH AND SOFTEN SKIN
To take your bath one step further, use Epsom salt to exfoliate your skin while soaking. Rubbing a handful of Epsom salts over your damp skin will naturally exfoliate and soften your skin. You can also add a splash of olive oil to the Epson salts for a spa like exfoliation treatment. Use this treatment on rough areas, such as feet, hands and elbows to remove dead skin and to smooth and soften skin.
9. RESTORE LOST MAGNESIUM
One of the most beneficial Epsom salt uses is to help restore your lost magnesium. When you combine stress and dietary lack of magnesium, it significantly increases your risk of health problems, sleeping problems and a poor mood. Soaking in Epsom salt can help to counteract these problems by allowing your body to absorb some much needed magnesium.
10. SPEED HEALING AND PREVENT INJURY
Whether you are planning on running a marathon or you have a day of heavy labour ahead of you, soaking in a warm bath with Epsom salt may help to prevent injury and speed the healing of sprains and strains. The combination of the Epsom salt and warm water helps to loosen muscles and relieve fatigue, which ultimately helps to prevent injury from tightened muscles.