Oh baby should you ever bath in salt. But hold it right there! Don't start pouring your precious truffle salt or Himalayan salt into your bath water. For once there is a cheaper option available!
I'm talking about MgS04, magnesium sulfate, or best known as, Epsom Salt! The name came from the town of Epsom in Surrey, England where the salt was distilled from springs.
So let's break it down and see why Epsom salt is pure amazing-ness!
1. An electrolyte, helping to ensure proper muscle, nerve, and enzyme function
2. Needed for the proper use of calcium in our cells
3. Lowers blood pressure
4. Protects the elasticity of the blood vessels
It is heart month after all:)
5. Increases the effectiveness of insulin
6. Reduces inflammation and relieves pain
1. Needed for the formation of brain tissues, joint proteins, and mucin proteins that are lining the digestive tract
2. Stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes
3. Helps to detoxify the body's residue of medicines and environmental contaminants
Here I thought these salts were only for sore muscles!
Magnesium can be absorbed through the digestive tract but many foods, drugs, and medical conditions can interfere with it's effectiveness. The best method of delivery has been found to be through soaking in water. Here's a great excuse to take a bath!
Sulfates have a similar problem, they do not absorb well from our diet. Yet, a highly effective method of delivery is through the skin.
Uses and Applications
Relaxing Bath - Draw a bath and add in 2 cups of epsom salts. Enjoy!
Foot Soak - A great way to soothe sore feet, get rid of odor, and soften the skin. Get a good size bucket that will fit your tender tootsies, add in 1/2 cup epsom salts and maybe some of your favorite essential oils.
Splinter Removal- Soak in an epsom salt bath and it will draw out the splinter.
Skin Exfoliator - Massage a handful of epsom salt over the entire body and then take a bath or shower to rinse.
Plant Love - As we are entering spring, epsom salts even has some uses in the garden. It produces more flowers and chlorophyll. It also helps seeds germinate faster. I'm going to try this and report back to you!
I picked up some epsom salt this past weekend and I'm going to use it tonight after my workout!
Have you tried epsom salt before? Have I convinced you to take a good soak in the tub?
Have an awesome weekend everyone! I'm off for a run and then I'm going to try Zuzana's exercise challenges. Then I'm taking a bath!!
I'm also going to the big Wellness show downtown too which will be a ton of fun. I'm excited to talk to the reps of my favorite products!
Lots of love, Melissa!!
Epsom Salt Council