Epsom salts have been used for many centuries and by numerous cultures, because of the great beneficial health properties it has to offer. It can be used for body detox treatments, gardening and household cleaning.
The name originates from the bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England. This specific salt is quite different from the other kinds of salt. This salt is a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate, which are great for detoxing the body and offer many other potent health benefits.
They are readily absorbed through the skin and enter the bloodstream. The skin is a porous membrane that absorbs them and removes the toxins.
When added to bathwater, these salts stimulate a process known as reverse osmosis, which eliminates salt and the dangerous toxins from the body, leaving space for the magnesium and sulfate to enter the system.
Magnesium plays a critical role in over 325 enzymes, helps to improve muscle and nerve function, reduces inflammation and improves blood flow and oxygenation throughout the body. Sulfates are necessary building blocks for healthy joints, skin and nervous tissue. Epsom salts replenish the body’s magnesium levels and sulfates. This combination helps to flush toxins from the body and helps build key protein molecules in the brain tissue and joints.
Sulfates are needed for healthy skin, nervous tissues, and joints. This mixture removes toxins and aids build key protein molecules in the brain tissue and joints.
The use of regular Epsom salt baths helps in the case of muscle pain, athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, gout, sprains, and bruises, treats chronic diseases and pain, alleviate inflammation, detoxify the body, and regulate the mineral and sulfur balance in the body.
Before the use of these salts, pregnant women, people with cardiovascular diseases, those with open burns or wounds of the body, and dehydrated individuals should consult a natural health physician.
How to take an Epsom salt bath:
The first step is to schedule yourself at least 40 minutes, as you need about 20 minutes to remove the toxins, and for the second 20 minutes, the body absorbs the minerals in the bath water.
Fill up your bath with warm water. Be sure to have a water filtration system in your house, as you don’t want to bathe in tap water that has toxic chlorine, fluoride, dioxins and heavy metals. Add in the Epsom salts in the following amounts:
-Children under 60 lbs.: Add 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath
-People between 60-100 lbs.: Add 1 cup of salts to a standard size bath
-People between 100-150 lbs.: Add 1 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath
-People between 150-200 lbs.: Add 2 cups of salts to a standard size bath
For every 50lbs larger, you should add 1/2 cup of salts more.
To boost the antioxidants benefits of the bath, add 1/2 cup of olive oil, which is beneficial for the skin and contains polyphenols. You can also add some ginger or cayenne powder to boost the heat levels and sweat out more toxins.
Avoid soap since it will interfere with the detox process and the action of the minerals. Then, rest for 1-2 hours. In the case of arthritic joints, make sure you stay active as much as possible to protect the joints from congestion.