Epsom salt might look like salt, but it is really magnesium sulfate, which is a mineral compound. Epsom salt can be used to nourish your skin and fertilize your garden. It is also commonly added into baths, to help promote muscle recovery and create a feeling of relaxation.
It is not expensive, which means anyone can purchase it in almost any pharmacy, Epsom salt is a home remedy that everybody should have at home.
Powerful Benefits of Epsom Salt
As its name is suggesting, Epsom salts contain a lot of magnesium, which is absorbed through our skin when it is applied topically.
In our body, this mineral is a cofactor to more than 300 enzymes. However, it helps regulate your levels of vitamin D, potassium, zinc, copper, calcium, and some other important nutrients in the body, it reduces inflammation and contributes to energy production as well.
It is also known to help in case of osteoporosis, migraines, high blood pressure, PMS, eclampsia, heart failure, colorectal cancer, arrhythmia, hearing loss, fibromyalgia, diabetes, depression, and asthma.
On the other hand, sulfate is very important in promoting liver detox. Combined together with a hot bath, the chemicals are increasing the production of serotonin, known as the ‘happy hormone’ which is promoting a feeling of relaxation and calmness.
The use of Epsom salt baths can be used to treat these following conditions below:
- Ingrown toenails
- Fibromyalgia, which is a condition that makes your tendons, ligaments, and muscles hurt, and causes tender points through the entire body
- Sprains and bruises
- Swelling and arthritis pain
- Redness and sunburn pain
- Soreness from diarrhea during chemotherapy
- Sore muscles after a workout
- Swollen, tired feet
- Psoriasis, which is a disease that causes scaly, itchy, and red skin
How to Use Epsom Salt
Most of the Epsom salt packing recommend to use only 2 cups of Epsom salt in a well filled bath, and soaking inside from 12 to 15 minutes.
But, David Jockers DC, MS, CSCS recommends that the salt quantity you use should correlate with your own body weight. Also he is suggesting to soak from 20 to 40 minutes. The first 20 minutes is pulling out toxins while the rest 20 minutes allow your body to absorb all the minerals in.
Here are the Epsom salt quantities that he recommends:
- Individuals between 60 and 100 lbs: 1 cup
- Individuals between 100 and 150 lbs: 1 and 1/2 cups
- Individuals between 150 and 200 lbs: 2 cups
- For every 50 lbs more, add 1/2 cup of salts more
- For children under 60 lbs: 1/2/ cup
To increase detoxification, use a dry brush for about five minutes, to move along the lymph and open your pores. Add half a cup of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar for an deep detox.
For a relaxing bath, add a couple of drops of essential oils such as lavender, or for example add a couple of tablespoons of baking soda. In order to hydrate the skin, add a small amount of coconut oil as well.