Epsom salts have been used by many different cultures for hundreds of years. They possess numerous beneficial properties and are used in household cleaning, gardening, and detoxifying the body.
Epsom salts are very inexpensive and can be purchased at bulk discounts in garden centers nearly everywhere. Using Epsom salt baths is an advanced detoxification strategy that has remarkable health benefits.
Epsom is different than traditional salts in that it is actually a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. These minerals possess very powerful health benefits that can improve the detoxification capabilities of the body.
How an Epsom salt bath work?
Both minerals magnesium and sulfate are easily absorbed through the skin and into the body’s bloodstream. The skin is a highly porous membrane that absorbs minerals and removes toxins every day.
Using a powerful mineral base such as Epsom salts in a bathwater medium creates a process called reverse osmosis. Reverse osmosis is a process that pulls harmful toxins out of the body and allows the magnesium and sulfates to enter into the body.
Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a critical role in over 400 enzyme reactions in the body, helps to improve muscle and nerve function, decreases inflammation and increases blood flow and oxygenation throughout the body.
On the other hand, sulfates are essential building blocks for healthy skin, joints, and nervous tissue.
Epsom salts restore 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.
Regular use of Epsom salt baths has been shown to improve the symptoms of many health conditions including:
- Athlete’s foot
- Toenail fungus
- Muscle soreness
Moreover, it is good for anyone dealing with chronic disease or chronic pain to do regular Epsom baths to help detoxify and de-inflame while improving mineral and sulfur balance in the body.
You should avoid using Epsom baths if you are pregnant, dehydrated or have open wounds or burns on your skin. Individuals who are suffering from a cardiovascular disease should always consult with a natural health physician who is familiar with the health benefits of Epsom salt baths before starting.
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.
You should 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 fluoride, chlorine, 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
- Individuals between 60-100 lbs: Add 1 cup of salts to a standard size bath
- Individuals between 100-150 lbs: Add 1 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath
- Individuals between 150-200 lbs: Add 2 cups of salts to a standard size bath
- For every 50lbs larger – add in an additional 1/2 cup of salts.
Adding in a 1/2 cup of organic olive oil is also very good for the skin, as the polyphenols soak into the skin and give extra antioxidant benefits. Adding ginger or cayenne can increase your heat levels, which will help you to sweat out toxins. You can add anywhere from 1 tablespoon to 1/2 a cup to stimulate sweating, and these herbs are loaded with antioxidants that will enhance the detoxification process as well.
Do not use soap with an Epsom salt bath, as it will interfere with the action of the minerals and the detoxification process!