Epsom salt baths are great. Whether you’re looking to treat an injured body part, arthritis, increase your magnesium intake, relieve stress, headaches, hemorrhoids, or detox the body, Epsom salt works wonders. Epsom salt is a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. It is not the same thing as table salt. Table salt consists of sodium chloride.
If I pull a muscle at the gym, I use Turmeric along with my Epsom salt bath. Click here to read more about how Turmeric treats pain. Another great thing that helps with my back pain is to soak in the Epsom salt bath first, then roll around on compact roller.
Heavy Metal Detoxing:
Did you know that Epsom salt baths and Turmeric also remove heavy metals from the body? To read more about how Turmeric removes heavy metals, read “The effect of curcumin (Turmeric) on Alzheimer’s disease.” To read more on how to take Turmeric click here.
If you try this out to relieve constipation, I recommend using a very small dose and to be home for at least 8 hours after use.
Prevention of Eclampsia:
“In a meta-analysis of randomized trials of women with preeclampsia, mangnesium sulfate was more effective for prevention of a first seizure than placebo/no treatment or an antihypertensive drug alone.”
How much Epsom salt do you need?
I use at least 3 cups in my tub, but it’s recommended that you use a minimum of 2 cups.
How long should you soak?
You need to soak for a minimum of 20 minutes, but you can soak as long as 40 minutes.
How often should you soak?
You can do this every day, but 2-3 times per week is usually more than enough.
Where to buy it?
The cheapest place I’ve found so far is at Target. They sell Dr. Teals’ Pure Epsom Salt 3 lb bags for under $5 or you can buy an 8 lb bag of Unscented Epsom Salt for $4.99.
What to do after you Epsom Salt bath:
Rest and drink lots of water. Your first Epsom salt bath may leave you feeling very tired, due to it’s detoxing effect.
Avoid Epsom salt baths if you are sensitive to sulfur. Always use caution, as skin sensitivity, skin rashes, allergic reactions and respiratory distress may occur in some individuals.