Benefits of Epsom Salt Soaks

The wonders of age old epsom salts will never cease – and there are quite a number of uses and benefits it seems. From soaks to scrubs, relax to laxative, muscle cramps to blood sugar to cleaning grout and preventing hardening of the arteries. Seems our forefathers knew a good thing when they soaked in it, right?

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Fresh from a little nip and tuck of my toe (nails), I’m now a week out and still swollen, bruised and hurting. My doctor gave me a choice for taking care of my tootsies after of either soaking in an epsom salt bath twice a day for 20 minutes, or use a cream that would help heal “just as well”. Waking 20 minutes earlier to sit and soak did not sound appealing to me, so I opted for the cream. A week later, my painful, puffy and red toes couldn’t even fit into any shoes I owned. I was staying undercover in my office, putting on slipper like shoes when I had a meeting or needed to see a Client. Ouch!

When I went for my week check, he snipped around and said that epsom salt soaks would make a world of difference, bringing down some of the swelling and make them feel so much better. So, me and the salts are spending time together this weekend, and you know, I can feel a huge difference already with just a few soaks. I wondered what exactly are epsom salts and how do they work.

From a website that shares lots of Epsom Salt information and sells it – called Saltworks (where you can find much more information about many additional uses):

“Epsom salt, named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Long known as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, Epsom salt has numerous health benefits as well as many beauty, household and gardening-related uses.

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 amazing health benefits (*1). 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.

The wonders of Epsom salt have been well known for hundreds of years and unlike other salts, Epsom salt has beneficial properties that can soothe the body, mind and soul. Some of the countless health benefits include relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating cold and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body.

Eases stress and relaxes the body

Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline. When dissolved in warm water, Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. Research shows that magnesium also increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy packets made in the cells. Experts believe that bathing with Epsom salt at least three times a week helps you to look better, feel better and gain more energy. Magnesium ions also relax and reduce irritability by lowering the effects of adrenaline. They create a relaxed feeling, improve sleep and concentration, and help muscles and nerves to function properly.”

Wow! Through away your anxiety and sleep meds, and soak in an epsom salt bath a couple of times a week. I bet you will wonder why you are seeing a therapist after a few soaks, right? I hope so, because it sure would be a very lovely and natural way to calm our bodies down and keep us healthy.

Soothe your tired feet

As a foot bath, pamper weary feet by adding 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a basin of warm water. Relax and soak feet for 20 minutes. If you like, rub away any calluses using a pumice stone. Dry feet, then add two drops of peppermint essential oil to your favorite natural moisturizer, like shea or coconut butter, and rub in thoroughly to lock in the moisture. If you are pregnant or have any health concerns, check with your doctor before using Epsom salts.”

I encourage you to click through to read about more uses and other benefits of epsom salts. Since I have not personally used the product referred to on this site, I cannot recommend it, but I hope you enjoy the useful information and try an epsom salt soak soon.

About Candace

Candace Dye is an Apriori Beauty Consultant and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Her passion is helping others to uncover and enhance their true inner radiance with tips for health, wellness, skin care and beauty!

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