EPSOM SALT BATH BENEFITS
Epsom Salt Baths are a great therapy to add to any health program.
- Epsom salts are magnesium sulphate: your skin is like a sieve and will absorb the magnesium and increase your magnesium levels in the body. This is important as the majority of the population are magnesium deficient and it can be challenging to get via diet alone (even a real food diet).
- Increases sulfate levels in the body. Sulfate is needed for proper liver detox, which is a good idea in our ever toxic world.
- Lowers stress hormones. It is a relaxing and calming ritual. It’s not a huge logical jump to assume that sitting in a hot bath, breathing and thinking, without technology, will lower stress levels.
- Incredibly effective at soothing sore muscles, reducing inflammatory conditions and can also help ease the symptoms of arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain.
Time – How long are you going to soak? The time spent in the water should be anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes. The sweet spot for me is 20 minutes.
Essential Oil Enhancers
To enhance the effects of your epsom salt bath you can incorporates essential oils. Aa about 6-12 drops. Make sure that you don’t add your oil until you have finished running the water or you will lose much of the oil’s benefit to evaporation.
Cypress Oil – Is great for activating natural killer (NK) cells, which are a very important part of the immune system (especially for tumor killing). It also appears to lower stress hormones like cortisol.
Rose Oil – Has been touted for centuries to have amazing health benefits. Here’s an interesting study showing rose oil lowering salivary cortisol in humans.
Lavender Oil – Appears to be good for your brain and helping with sleep quality. As it’s used in many multi-oil studies, my bet is it also lowers stress hormones, but I can’t find a good study on it.
Eucalyptus Oil – The study of cypress and eucalyptus oil showed reduced cortisol and this study links to several studies showing possible anti-inflammatory and pro-immune system benefits.
Frankincense Oil – One of the active compounds in Frankincense is Incensole Acetate, a neuro-active chemical that has a profound effect on emotions. It’s believed to be able to communicate with the limbic system to influence the nervous system and has been shown in animal studies to relieve anxiety and depression.
- Add 2-3 cups of Epsom salts. (2 cups seems to be about the standard amount.) And working up to 3 is the advanced range. Use ½ cup for children under 60lbs and 1 cup for children between 60lbs – 100lbs.
- Optional: Add ¼ – 1 cup of Baking soda (I usually use ½). Aids in detoxification.
- Add 6-12 drops of essential oils (mix the water up before jumping in)
- Ready the environment. I like to use relaxing music, candles, set a timer on my iPhone and sometimes put in earplugs.
Where to purchase: Pharmacies and stores like: WalMart, shoppers drug mart, London drugs. Purchased unfragranced Epsom salts. The fragranced and colored ones are usually full of nasty chemicals and artificial essential oils you do not want to absorb.