Epsom salt is an ancient ingredient used for centuries by various nations. It incorporates so many benefits and offers wide range of uses. Yet, in this article we shall focus on the benefits of taking Epsom salt baths which are great detoxification technique highly needed for the body and health.
The name Epsom salt comes from the bitter salt sources found at Epsom in Surrey, England. It is a natural mineral consisted of powerful minerals, magnesium and sulphate. The two of them offer amazingly powerful properties which improve the body detoxifying capacities and as well as elevate the body’s magnesium and sulfate levels. Due to their presence the body successfully removes the toxins and builds key protein molecules in brain tissue and joints.
Moreover, the regular practice of Epsom salt baths can alleviate the symptoms of many health concerns such as gout, athlete’s foot, nail fungus, bruises, sprains and muscle pain. Likewise, these baths are highly recommended to people who struggle with chronic diseases or pain so that the body is properly detoxified and has the ability to fight off inflammation meanwhile balancing the mineral and sulfur levels within the body.
Epsom Salt Bath
How does it work?
Through the skin the body takes in the needed minerals and as well as removes toxins. The magnesium and sulphate are easily absorbed by the skin which allows them to quickly enter the bloodstream. The best absorption of these two minerals is done in a warm bath water environment where a process known as reverse osmosis is being created, which supports the removal of salt and harmful toxins from the body and at the same time letting the magnesium and sulfates minerals to enter inside the body.
The magnesium takes an important part in over 325 enzymes, improving the blood flow and oxygenation throughout the body, the muscle and nerve function and decreasing the inflammation.
The sulphates take a crucial role in preserving the health of the joints, the nervous tissue and the skin.
The best way of taking an Epsom salt bath
This bath will take you 40 minutes, 20 minutes for the toxins removal and another 20 minutes for the body to absorb the minerals in the bath water.
Start with filling your bathtub with warm filtered water so that you minimize the exposure to heavy metals and other harmful toxins. After that, include the Epsom salt by following these amounts:
These measurements are for a standard sized bathtub.
- Children under 28 kg: ½ cup of Epsom salt
- Individuals in the range of 28-46 kg: 1 cup of Epsom salt
- Individuals in the range of 46-68 kg: 1 and ½ cup of Epsom salt
- Individuals in the range of 68-90 kg: 2 cups of Epsom salt
- For each additional 22 kg: include half a cup of Epsom salt.
Other Useful Tips
You can boost the effectiveness of the Epsom salt bath by adding half a cup of olive oil. This type of oil is highly beneficial for your skin because it contains polyphenols which can quickly penetrate into the body and provide you with an extra antioxidant action.
Ginger or Cayenne can increase the body’s temperature thereby making you more to sweat and in that way eliminate more toxins. Include into your Epsom bath1-2 tablespoons of ginger or cayenne in order to stimulate the sweating process, and as well as to reinforce the detoxification process thanks to their rich antioxidant content.
While having your Epsom salt bath do not use soap because it will impede the action of minerals and the detoxification process. After you have finished your detox bath rest for one or two hours provided that you do not have arthritic joints. If this is the case, then stay active as much as possible to avoid congestion of your joints.
Epsom salt baths should be avoided in cases of dehydration, pregnancy, open wounds or burns on the skin. Furthermore, individuals suffering from a cardiovascular disease first should consult their doctor and if their doctor allows them, then they can take an Epsom salt bath.