What is Epsom Salt?
Did you know that salt can actually be good for you? We’re talking about soaking in Epsom Salts, that is, not ingesting table salt, which according to the latest medical advice should be consumed in moderation.
Made from the minerals magnesium and sulfate, Epsom salt is an easy and inexpensive source of magnesium which as it turns out, is an important essential mineral to help the body function optimally.
Research has shown that many people are magnesium deficient, possibly due to declining levels in our food and environment and this deficiency may be taking a toll on your health. What can you do? One powerful way to replenish your body is to practice soaking in Epsom salts, a simple way to invest in your health, happiness, and steal a few much-needed moments of calm in your life.
The wonders of Epsom salt have been well known for hundreds of years and unlike other salts, has beneficial properties that can boost both body and mental health.
An age-old healing tradition, soaking in Epsom salts is one of our favorite ways to relax, ease muscle pain and tension, and is a great way to calm the body, mind, and soul.
DIY Epsom Salt Soaks – You May Be Doing It Wrong!
If you just sprinkle a bit of Epsom salt in the bathtub and hop in, you’re not doing it right. According to trade group the Epsom Salt Council, you need to add 2 cups of Epsom salts to a standard-sized bathtub to reap some of the healing benefits.
(Did you know you can supercharge your “salt soak” and magnify the healthy benefits?) Check out our next post exploring combining the healing properties of Epsom salts with floating in a sensory deprivation tank. Like an ordinary Epsom salt bath, floating in a sensory deprivation tank is unique because you are soaking in water with 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt –a concentrated solution that lets you float effortlessly, gravity free, and distraction free while absorbing the healing minerals.
Are you wondering what Epsom salt therapy can do for you? Check out the healing epsom salt benefits and how it can help you feel better, sleep better, and live better.
Epsom Salt Benefits
Soothe Sore Muscles, Reduce Inflammation, & Boost Muscle Recovery
If you are looking to boost your workout recovery, Epsom salts can help! The healing properties of Epsom salt have been shown to help relax and soothe sore muscles, ease pain, reduce inflammation, and even boost muscle recovery.
Reduce Stress, Cortisol Levels, & Anxiety
Not only does the magnesium in Epsom salt help relax your muscles, it can also help relax your mind! Emerging research has shown that magnesium deficiency enhances stress reactions and utilizing the healing properties of soaking in Epsom salts can help reduce both stress and cortisol levels.
Chronic Pain & Tension Headache Relief
Do you suffer from chronic tension headaches or back pain? The magnesium sulfate found in Epsom salts has been known to help ease the pain! In general, magnesium levels from Epsom salt use can help ease sore muscles, and reduce tension, as well as decrease overall body inflammation. When inflammation occurs, chemicals from the body are released into the blood or affected tissues, potentially stimulating nerves and causing pain and an Epsom salt bath can be a powerful treatment for reducing the inflammation and relieving the pain.
Lowers Blood Pressure
It’s common knowledge that a nice long soak in an Epsom salt bath can be a great way to promote relaxation. Did you know that the magnesium found in Epsom salts can lead to reduced blood pressure and a slowed heart rate? If you suffer from high blood pressure, soaking in healing Epsom salts may be helpful in lowering your blood pressure and even in improving your heart health.
Improve Sleep & Boost Energy
Magnesium is critical to the production of energy in cells so by increasing magnesium levels, you can boost your energy levels, leaving you feeling refreshed, revived, and rejuvenated. Insomnia is a common symptom of low magnesium levels, and research shows that magnesium helps improve sleep quality, especially in those who sleep poorly.
Treat Arthritis & Joint Pain
A natural therapeutic treatment for arthritis high in healing magnesium, Epsom salt has been shown to reduce inflammation and provide significant relief from arthritic joint pain and stiffness.