Epsom salt is a mineral that has been used by different cultures throughout history. The salts have a variety of health benefits and can be used for gardening, cleaning and as a detox method. They are a cheap detox option that can be purchased at health stores and garden centers anywhere in the world. Using them as a detox method will pull all the toxins and chemicals from your body.
The name Epsom comes from a saline spring located in Epsom, England from where the salts are extracted. They differ from regular table salt in its composition – it’s actually a mix of sulfate and magnesium. The composition has a highly positive effect on our overall health, and as we said, it has powerful detox properties as well.
How do Epsom salt baths work?
Both magnesium and sulfate are absorbed in the body through the skin. The skin is a porous membrane that works by absorbing minerals and eliminating toxins from the body day by day. When you add Epsom salts in bathwater, it starts a process called reverse osmosis. Reverse osmosis then pulls out all the toxins from your body, allowing magnesium and sulfate to enter the cells and repair them.
Magnesium is of vital importance for our health. It plays a part in more than 300 active processes in the body, helps the muscles and nerves function, improves the blood flow, eliminates inflammation and assists with the oxygenation. On the other hand, sulfates are required for our bones, joints and skin, and their levels can be replenished with Epsom salt baths.
Regular use of Epsom salt baths has been known to relieve infections such as Athlete’s foot and toenail fungus as well as inflammatory conditions such as gout, rheumatism and arthritis. Epsom salts are also great for anyone suffering from chronic pain or disease as they will regulate the mineral balance in your body and reduce the inflammation within your tissues.
Although pretty much safe to use for anyone, Epsom salt baths are not recommended for pregnant women, dehydrated people or in cases of open wounds. Cardiovascular disease patients should consult their doctor first before starting with Epsom salt baths.
How to prepare an Epsom salt bath
The usual Epsom salt bath lasts for 40 minutes – the salt needs 20 minutes to extract the toxins, and the skin needs the additional 20 to absorb the minerals. Just fill your bathtub with hot water, then add Epsom salts per the following instructions:
- Children under 60 lbs. – ½ a cup
- 60-100 lbs. individuals – 1 cup
- 100-150 lbs. individuals – 1 ½ cup
- 150-200 lbs. individuals – 2 cups
For every additional 50 lbs., you should add an extra ½ a cup of Epsom salt to your bath.
Besides the salt, you can also add some olive oil in your bath to further improve the quality and health of your skin. Olive oil will detoxify your skin and make it extra soft and smooth. Cayenne pepper and ginger powder will raise your temperature and extract even more toxins as they make you sweat. Both spices are full of antioxidants that will boost the detox process as well.
Never add any soap in an Epsom salt bath as it will interfere with the detox process. Rest for an hour or two afterwards, and try to stay physically active every day for best results.