We always consider Epsom salt as a general form of salt but it is a mineral compound of magnesium sulphate. Some use it for skin nourishment whereas many use Epsom salt as a fertilizer for the plants in the home garden.
The Epsom salt baths are quite popular as it helps to feel relax and recovers the muscles from strain. It is an inexpensive ingredient which you can buy over the counter. However, it is an important medicinal product which you should keep handy in your house. Let’s look into the health benefits of Epsom salt.
POWERFUL BENEFITS OF EPSOM SALT
The magnesium content of Epsom salt is easily absorbed by the skin when during external application. Amazingly the mineral magnesium acts as a cofactor for around 300 enzymes in out body. It contributes to reducing inflammation, produce energy and regulate the level of other minerals like potassium, calcium, zinc, copper along with vitamin D in the body.
Magnesium content of Epsom salt plays a vital role in the treatment of disorders like diabetes, asthma, fibromyalgia, depression, hearing loss, heart failure, arrhythmia, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, migraines, eclampsia, colorectal cancer and PMS.
On the other hand, the sulphate content in Epsom salt promotes detoxification of the liver. When it is placed in hot water, it processes the chemical called serotonin. This compound is known as a happy hormone which makes you feel relaxed and calm instantly.
You can use Epsom salt baths to treat the following health conditions:
- Bruises and sprains
- Arthritis pain and swelling
- Ingrown toenails
- Psoriasis, a disease that causes itchy, red, scaly skin
- Sore muscles after working out
- Sunburn pain and redness
- Soreness from diarrhea during chemotherapy
- Tired, swollen feet
HOW TO USE EPSOM SALTS?
When you will buy the Epsom salt packet you might observe the instruction given as to use 2 cups of Epsom salt in a water-filled tube. Also, advised soaking your body for 12-15 minutes.
However, as per David Jockers DC, MS, CSCS advice the quantity of salt should vary as per your body weight. Also, David suggested soaking your body for 20-40 minutes during the Epsom salt bath. He claimed that it takes 20 minutes to pull out the toxins from your body and the last 20 minutes are required to absorb the minerals.
Here are the quantities of Epsom salt he recommends:
- Persons with weight between 60-100 lbs: 1 cup
- Persons with weight between 100-150 lbs: 1½ cups
- Persons with weight between 150-200 lbs: 2 cups
- For every 50lbs more – add an additional ½ cup of salts
- Children under 60 lbs: ½ cup.
If you want to boost the detoxification process then dry brush your body 5 minutes before the Epsom salt bath. You can also add ½ cup of apple cider vinegar to the Epsom salt water to promote an extra-deep detoxification.
Also, for a relaxing bath the addition of essential oils like lavender will enhance your bath experience. The addition of 1 tbsp of baking soda also provides calming experience and keeps the skin healthy. If you have a dry skin then add ½ cup of coconut oil in your bath to keep your skin hydrated.
Yes, it is quite amazing that the daily bath can be so beneficial for your health by the addition of simple ingredients like Epsom salt. Try it by yourself and you for sure continue this process for a lifetime.