Epsom baths or more commonly known as foot soaks, help detoxify the system while relaxing the body and also reap all the benefits of magnesium. Epsom salts can be found in a saline spring Epsom, England and Surrey. They are naturally appearing pure mineral compounds which are made of magnesium and sulfate.
When added to a hot bath, the magnesium and sulfate are easily broken down and absorbed trough the skin and make their way to the bloodstream. This type of bath successfully rids the body of toxins and this is achieved by the process of reverse osmosis, which in fact allows magnesium and sulfate to enter the body.
The body is in great need of both magnesium and sulfate, and this is due to sulfate being needed to build and maintain healthy joints, nervous tissue and skin, while magnesium is included in many functions in the body and takes part in the structure of around 325 enzymes.
Epsom baths are found helpful in relieving:
- Complications with sunburn
- Ingrown toenails
- Poor circulation
- Swollen and tired feet
- Stiff joints and tight muscles
- Arthritis pain and swelling
- Soreness from diarrhea
As we mentioned this salt bath brings relaxation and this is no myth because this bath has been long-used and it is proven helpful. Stress is known to raise adrenaline levels but at the same time reduce magnesium levels in the body. Not only does this salt provide the body with magnesium which may be easily lost due to daily stress, it also soothes the body and mind by reducing tension.
Among the many “wonders” of magnesium is its ability to boost the production of serotonin, the happy chemical. Magnesium also encourages the production of adenosine triphosphate ATP which contributes to increasing energy and stamina.
Another amazing benefit of this bath is that it helps improve sleep, therefore it is highly recommendable for those who experience sleeping problems.
In addition, we present you with the recipe and instructions on how to prepare an Epsom detox bath.
Epsom bath recipe
- 1-2 cups of Epsom salt
- 1/3 cup of apple cinder vinegar (optional)
- 10-20 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
- 1 cup of baking soda (optional)
Start by filling the bathtub with warm water and then add in the salt. Get in and soak for 20 minutes, do this at least three times a week.
If you like to boost the effect of this bath, you may add in the baking soda, apple cinder vinegar and essential oil.
Lavender oil will boost booth the medical and the relaxing properties of this bath and it will also invigorate your skin.
On the other hand, with adding apple cinder vinegar, you may treat fungal infections, rebalance the PH of your skin, and boost the overall detoxifying properties of this salt bath.
Lastly, baking soda will help ease irritations and will soften your skin.
Professionals claim that the amount of Epsom salt you use should correlate with your body weight, therefore:
- For children under 27 Kg (60lbs), ½ cup to a standard size bath
- For those between 27 Kg- 45 Kg (60-100lbs), one cup
- For those between 45-68 Kg (100-150lbs), 1 ½ cup
- For those over 68 Kg (150lbs), 2 cups
Moreover, Epsom salt foot soaks also help in treating a weak immune system, corns and calluses, hammertoe, toenail fungus, painful bunions, inflammation, athlete’s foot, tarsal tunnel syndrome or flat foot.
All you need to do to prepare this foot soak is to fill up a large bucket with warm water and add in Epsom salt. Soak your feet for 10 minutes, repeat this at least three times a week.
Other health benefits of Epsom salt include, improving hair volume and treating a dry scalp, exfoliation of your skin, whitening teeth.
However, not only does this salt make an amazing bath and bring numerous health benefits, it can also be used as a household remedy and in the garden as well:
- It can be used to remove detergent buildup on your washing machine
- It can be used as a fertilizer for your houseplants
- To prevent slugs, just sprinkle it close to the entry points
Mix it with baby oil and you made yourself a handwash