Taking a relaxing Epsom salt bath offers health benefits that have led many people for years to make soaking in the tub a regular routine. Epsom salt baths are fantastic for relaxing and detoxing your body and getting the health benefits of magnesium.
What is Epsom Salt?
Epsom salt is a natural pure mineral with a mixture of sulfate and magnesium. It was named after a saline spring in England, where they were first found.
There are many different ways you can use Epsom salt, the most common is a hot bath or a foot soak, as the salt penetrates the skin and decreases stress, detox the body and can also help with weight loss.
Epsom Salt Bath Benefits
When Epsom salt is added to a hot bath, magnesium and sulfate are broken down and readily absorbed through the skin where they penetrate into the blood stream. Through a process called reverse osmosis, Epsom salt pulls harmful toxins out of the body through the skin and allows the magnesium and sulfates to enter.
Magnesium is needed in over 325 enzymes. It supports nerve and muscle functions, reduces inflammation, and improves circulation throughout the body.
Sulfates are needed to maintain and build healthy joints as well as nervous and skin tissue.
The Benefits of Epsom Salt Bath
- Stiff joints and tight muscles
- Arthritis pain and swelling
- Soreness from diarrhea
- Swollen and tired feet
- Complications from sunburn
- Ingrown toenails
- Insulin sensitivity
- Poor circulation
Epsom Salt Bath Recipe
Are you currently suffering with chronic pain, migraines, stress or different types of aces or pains? If you are you might want to hop in the bath for relaxation.
Try this ultimate Epsom salt detox bath recipe for all your general care needs:
- 1-2 cups of Epsom salt (you can change the amount according to your body weight – read the next section below)
- 10-20 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
Fill your bathtub with lukewarm water. Make sure it’s not to hot that you can’t even get inside.
Pour in 1 to 2 cups of Epsom salt unto the water and stay in the tub for 15 minutes. You should do this three times a week. Never use Epsom salt in a hot tub, whirlpool or another type of tub with jets.
A few sources suggest that if you salt in this water for 40 minutes you will eliminate any toxins from the body, other source recommend 30 minutes its best if you start at a shorter time and increase as you continue to do this.
Essential oils in your Epsom salt bath
You can also add 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil such as eucalyptus or lavender to the bath for extra relaxation and medicinal benefits.
It’s recommended to dissolve the essential oils with a base carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, apricot kernel or evening primrose before adding them to the bath water. These carrier oils nourish and invigorate the skin as well. Mix in your bath a few drops of essential oil in one tablespoon of base oil.
How Much Epsom Salt to Use According to Your Weight
I found a few references (one of them is Dr. David Jockers) claiming that the quantity of Epsom salt you use should correlate with your body weight.
Here are the quantities of Epsom salt to use in your bath according to your weight:
- Children under 60 lbs (27 Kg): ½ cup to a standard size bath
- Individuals between 60-100 lbs (27 kg- 45 kg): 1 cup
- Individuals between 100-150 lbs (45 kg – 68 kg): 1½ cups
- Individuals over 150 lbs (68 kg): 2 cups
Did you know that Epsom salts can be used to help you lose weight?
Most of us wouldn’t mind relaxing in a tub full of warm water and coming out a few pounds lighter. Epsom salt can be used to help you lose weight. A research published by British biochemist Rosemary Warring found that blood levels of magnesium and sulfate rise after taking an Epsom bath. These minerals can help get rid of toxins, heal skin issues and de-stress, all of which help you lose weight!