Epsom salts have a number of different beneficial properties and have been used by many different cultures for centuries.
They are used in household cleaning, gardening and detoxifying the body. The best thing about the salts is low price, which allows being purchased at bulk discounts in garden centers nearly everywhere. For the personal needs, it is used in Epsom salt baths in the process of advanced detoxification.
The name Epsom salt was given by a bitter saline spring located at Epsom in Surrey, England. It is actually a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of sulphate and magnesium. Thanks to these minerals, Epsom salts have very powerful health benefits when it comes to the detoxification capabilities of the body.
How an Epsom salt bath works?
The skin has the ability to absorb magnesium and sulphate and to transmit them into the body’s bloodstream. One of the responsibilities of the skin is to eliminate toxins every day through a highly porous membrane.
The process thatthe Epsom salts in a bathwater create is called reverse osmosis, which pulls salt and harmful toxins out of the body and allow the sulphates and magnesium to enter into the body.
The role of magnesium to balance over 325 enzymes, reduces inflammation, helps to improve nerve and muscle function, and improves blood flow and oxygenation throughout the body. Sulphates are important for building blocks for healthy joints, nervous tissue and skin. Epsom salts refill the body’s levels sulphates and magnesium. This is a combination that helps build key protein molecules in the brain tissue and joints and improves flushing toxins from the body.
Additionally, the Epsom salt baths have been shown to improve the health conditions of athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, gout, bruises, sprains and muscle soreness.
The side effects of the Epsom baths would be seen if you are pregnant, have open wounds or burns on your skin or when are you dehydrated. For individuals who are suffering from a cardiovascular disease, it is recommended to consult with a natural health physician before starting.
How to take an Epsom salt bath:
1) As the bath lasts around 40 minutes, the first step is to schedule yourself that necessary time (20 minutes to remove the toxins, and 20 minutes the body needs to absorb the minerals)
2) Fill up your bath with warm water (filtrated of toxic chlorine, dioxins, fluoride and heavy metals.
3) Add in the Epsom salts in the following amounts to a standard size bath:
– Children under 60 lbs.: Add 1/2 cup of salts
– Persons between 60-100 lbs.: Add 1 cup of salts
– Persons between 100-150 lbs.: Add 1 1/2 cup of salts
– Persons between 150-200 lbs.: Add 2 cups of salts
– For every 50lbs larger – add in an additional 1/2 cup of salts.
Combine salts with:
– A 1/2 cup of olive oil is perfect for the skin, as the polyphenols soak into the skin and give extra antioxidant benefits.
– Ginger or cayenne (1 tbsp. to 1/2 a cup) can increase your heat levels, helping you to sweat out toxins.
– Combining it with the soap will interfere with the action of the minerals and the detoxification process.
– Rest for an hour or two afterwards