Salt It Up In an Epsom Salt Bath

An Epsom salt bath is a relaxing way to increase your body’s healthy levels of magnesium and sulfate.  Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant while sulfate draws out toxins.

According to a study from the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham, the magnesium and sulfate found in Epsom salt are absorbed through your skin.

Named for the spring in the town of Epsom in Surrey, England, these naturally occurring minerals offer a passive self-care option. Of course, it might not be so passive if you have to clean out your tub first, persevere, it’s so worth the effort!

As a Registered Massage Therapist, I rely on the healing powers of Epsom salt to “seal the deal” after my massage patient’s treatment. After the body, mind and spirit have been therapeutically challenged to let go of unnecessary tension, the result is often some mild irritation and inflammation. Inflammation causes a depletion of the body’s magnesium levels.

Doctors and researchers agree that a nurturing warm bath with Epsom salt envelops the body, mind and spirit to safely replenish magnesium levels, which in turn assists in easing inflammation. As an added bonus, the presence of magnesium aids in the chemical release of the mood elevating hormone serotonin, which promotes a state of well-being and relaxation.

To salt it up in an Epsom salt bath, dump 2 cups of Epsom salt while the water is running in a hot bath and let the soaking begin!

Sources:

Daniluk, Julie RHN, NNCP: Meals That Heal Inflammation p.259

http://www.EpsomSaltCouncil.org

http://www.EpsomSaltCouncil.org/articles/report_on_absorption_of_magnesium_sulfate.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnesium_sulfate

http://www.livestrong.com/article/278847-how-do-epsom-salts-reduce-swelling/

 

 

 

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