The use of Epsom salts dates back hundreds of years and they have been used by a number of cultures. These salts have numerous health benefits and are also used for body detox, gardening, and household cleaning.
These salts are not expensive and can be found in garden centers almost everywhere. Using these salts as part of an advanced detoxification strategy offers amazing health benefits.
What makes Epson different from traditional salt is that it is a pure and natural mineral compound of sulfate and magnesium. Namely, these minerals have very potent health benefits, and they can stimulate the detoxification of the body.
How an Epsom salt bath works:
Magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin and into the body’s blood stream. The skin is a highly porous membrane that both takes in minerals and eliminates toxins every day. Using a powerful mineral base such as Epsom salts in a bathwater medium creates a process called reverse osmosis. This process pulls salt and harmful toxins out of the body and allows the magnesium and sulfates to enter into the body.
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.
The use of regular Epsom salt baths has been shown to improve the symptoms of many health conditions including athlete’s foot, gout, toenail fungus, sprains, bruises and muscle soreness. It is also 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.
Contraindications to Epsom baths would be if you are pregnant, dehydrated or have open wounds or burns on your skin. Individuals who are suffering with cardiovascular disease should always consult with a natural health physician who is familiar with the health benefits of Epsom salt baths before starting.
This is how to take an Epsom salt bath:
You should schedule yourself for 40 minutes, as the body needs 20 minutes to eliminate toxins, and 20 more to absorbs the minerals in the bath water. In a bath filled with warm water, add the Epsom salts in the amounts as listed below:
- 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.