According to the National Academy of Sciences, American’s magnesium deficiency helps to account for high rates of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis and joint pain, digestive maladies, stress-related illnesses, chronic fatigue and a number of other ailments. Who knew!
Most of us are deficient, our magnesium levels have dropped by half in the last century due to changes in agriculture and diet. So soaking in a bath with Epsom salt, which is high in magnesium, is one of the easiest ways to get a boost.
Epsom salt: Known scientifically as hydrated magnesium sulfate, is rich in both magnesium and sulfate. While both magnesium and sulfate can be poorly absorbed through the stomach, studies show increased magnesium levels from soaking in a bath enriched with epsom salt Magnesium and sulfate are both easily absorbed through the skin.
Researchers and physicians suggest one of the health benefits from proper magnesium and sulfate levels are a reduction of inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps.
Hallelujah! I always knew that soaking in a tub full of hot water with a few cups of Epsom salts was good for relaxing muscles and drawing toxins from the body, but I could never figure out why or took the time to investigate it until now.
While there are many different brands of Epsom salt, they are all the same product chemically, and can be found at most drug stores. Add two cups of Epsom salt and soak for at least 12 minutes. Do this three times weekly.
- 10 drops of essential oil of your own choice
- Half cup of almond oil
Add the above mixture to your bath and soak for at least 20 minutes. While relaxing in your bath you should not use soap as this can affect the actions of the Epsom.
If a full bath is not convenient, you could make a warm compress instead. Dissolve 2 cups of Epsom Salts into 2 cups comfortably hot water. Soak a wash cloth or towel in the mixture, squeeze out so it’s not dripping, and apply it to the sore area. Cover with another dry towel to help keep in the heat. Leave for 10-20 minutes. Reapply if desired.
For Tired Aching Feet
- 1 cup of Epsom salt
- 5 drops of peppermint essential oils
Add the above mixture to a foot spa or a bowl large enough to take 2 feet. Soak both your feet for 20 minutes to allow the Epsom to work.
Please note: if you are pregnant or have any health concerns, please check with your doctor before using Epsom salts.
Try it, did you feel any different after?
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