EPSOM SALT & ADDING IT TO YOUR BATH
Epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate, owes its name to the special salt deposits in the English town of Epsom. In the seventeenth century it was the most valuable salt in England. Although people did not know exactly why it was so valuable, they did understand that it was good for health. It has been used to treat rheumatism, tissue hardening and obesity, among others.
WHAT IS EPSOM SALT?
Epsom salt is not an ordinary salt, but a mineral consisting of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen. Magnesium and sulfur are essential for good health and have a positive effect on:
- sleeping problems;
- sore muscles;
- the absorption of nutrients;
Most people in the western world are deficient in magnesium and sulfur. This is caused by toxins, poor soil, stress and large amounts of sugars in the diet among others. Epsom salt baths are a simple way to increase the levels of these minerals. Researchers of the University of Birmingham measured the sulfur and magnesium levels of 19 subjects before and after taking a bath with epsom salt over a period of 7 days. At the end of the study they concluded that a bath with epsom salts results in an increase of magnesium and sulfur levels without adverse effects.
HOW TO TAKE AN EPSOM SALT BATH
- Fill a bathtub with warm water. Make sure the temperature is not too high, because very hot water removes the skin’s protective oils.
- Add about five hundred grams of epsom salt to the bath.
- Avoid using soap, as it may reduce the absorption of the minerals. To enhance the relaxation effect of the epsom salts, you can add a few drops of essential oils.
- Stay for approximately twelve minutes in the bath. This time frame should ensure optimal benefits of the epsom salt.
- Take an epsom salt bath up to three times a week.
If you are pregnant or suffer from cardiac arrhythmia, diabetes, high blood pressure or kidney problems, please consult a doctor before using epsom salts.