You have all heard about the numerous health benefits of Epsom salt and its wide use in detox bath. You may think that this is the best bath for removing your toxins from the body, but you can enhance its power by adding Himalayan salt.
The combination of these two salts offers more health benefits thus making it powerful to treat numerous health issues. Aside the fact that they are extremely efficient, they are also cheap, safe for use with no adverse effects!
It is actually a mineral compound found in water having high levels of sulfate and magnesium. In appearance is similar to salt crystals and because of that it is called “salt”. You need to be cautious when purchasing Epsom salt as there are different grades of Epsom salt like for personal care, agricultural and food grade.
Since the skin is the largest detoxification organ taking an Epsom salt bath would be the best way for cleansing your body. The Epsom salt bath contains two minerals (magnesium and sulfate) which work together in the removal process of toxins out of the body, naturally through the skin. The skin absorbs these two minerals which have the ability to improve the levels of magnesium and sulfate in the body. This bath is safe for use and many studies have already revealed that by soaking in an Epsom salt bath there is a substantial increase of magnesium level in the body without showing any side effects.
This type of salt is definitely the oldest, purest, and above all the uncontaminated salt in the whole Earth. This natural salt provides wide spectrum of naturally-occurring minerals vital for the body. Include this amazing salt into your bath and experience an ocean of energy. By soaking in this bath you will receive all the salts and minerals through your skin.
Health Advantages of Salt Bath
Epsom and Himalayan salts vary in their mineral content, but nevertheless both of them provide almost the same benefits once used in a salt bath.
- Improves blood circulation
- Enhances respiratory health
- Decreases acidity and balances the pH levels in the body
- It shows powerful antiseptic properties which can treat skin conditions like acne, eczema, dry skin, rashes, and psoriasis
- Alleviates premenstrual symptoms like bloating, migraines, and cramps
- It speeds up the healing of swelling, small cuts, bruising, torn or strained ligaments and muscles
- Cleanses, purifies and nourishes your body with vital minerals
- Alleviates muscle cramps and arthritic joint pains
- Soothes sunburn and insect bites
- Relaxes muscles, lowers stress, and improves sleep during the night
- Removes toxins through the skin
Prepare a Great Detox Salt Bath
Dr David Jockers maintains that the amount of the salt should be based on the weight of the person. Here below is the proper amount for a standard size bathtub which usually is filled with 25 to 30 gallons of water.
Epsom salt measurements:
- Children under 60 lbs: half a cup
- Persons in the range of 60 to 100 lbs: 1 cup
- Persons in the range of 100 to 150 lbs: 1½ cups
- Persons in the range of 150 to 200 lbs: 2 cups
***For every additional 50 lb include half a cup of salts.
In this bath, you can either add Epsom salt or combine it with Himalayan salt. If this is your first detox bath, we advise you to use only Epsom salt. Next time you can add the Himalayan salt, too.
Here it is the preparation:
Start with cleansing and rinsing out the bathtub to ensure that there is no filth or mold in it. Then, fill the bathtub with warm water of 37o Celsius (or 97o Fahrenheit), so that the body do not to use its energy to balance out the temperature. Likewise, this water temperature is warm enough to dissolve both the salts. The use of hot water is not recommended, particularly if you suffer from high blood pressure.
In this bath you do not use any shampoos, oils, or soaps, only warm water and salts. You can have a shampoo bath, but before the detox bath. After you are done with the salt bath, do not rinse your body, just towel dry.
If you are about to take a detox bath, consume healthy and light meal in order not to get dizzy at the end, from having an empty stomach or low sugar.
Make sure to remain hydrated, and for that reason drink plenty of water before and after the bath during the whole day. Likewise, while having the bath, drink water. You can relax by listening to music.
For optimal benefits, soak for at least 40 minutes, and in this period of time your body will successfully absorb the minerals from the salts.
Be careful when coming out of the bath because a lot of detoxification activities are going on in your body, meaning that you might experience dizziness. Therefore, drain the water and start getting out slowly and carefully.
You will notice that the color of the water has changed into a milky color as a result of the removed toxins from your body. The water may become brownish, if you are a smoker or heavily exposed to industrial toxins.
You can take this bath once to three times a week, it really depends on you how you can handle it.
Have in mind: If you are on long-term medication, ask your doctor if you can use any kind of detox. Furthermore, it is not recommended the use of this bath if you suffer from some kind of cardiovascular disease, then it is not recommended for pregnant ladies, and if you have open wounds or burns.
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