Epsom Salt Bath #bebetter52
Did you know that Epsom Salt is not actually salt,? It is a pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals on Earth, and is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body. It is needed for over 300 reactions within the body, yet it turns out most people are probably deficient in magnesium due to the average American diet and soil depletion.
This week’s challenge is to take an Epsom salt bath and/or treat yourself to a foot soak. Make sure to grab some Epsom salt at the store and a good book to read while you soak.
Are you low in magnesium?
Most likely, yes. Over 80 percent of adults are. However, blood tests are ineffective because less than 1 percent of magnesium is in the blood. Low magnesium levels are often diagnosed by symptoms, which include:
- Difficulty sleeping/insomnia
- Noise sensitivity
- Mental disturbances
- Anxiety, depression, or restlessness
- Sore muscles
- Infertility or PMS
- High stress levels
- Coldness in extremities
- Heart flutters
- Back pain
- Insulin resistance
- Poor coordination
- Body odor
- Difficulty concentrating
- Frequent cavities
- Carbohydrate cravings
- Bad short-term memory
- Lack of appetite
- Gut disorders
- Thyroid problems
- Kidney stones
If you have more than a few of these symptoms, and especially if you have more than five, most likely you would benefit from magnesium supplementation. One of the best ways to get it is externally, through an Epsom salt bath or foot soak, or even a body spray or oil. Topical magnesium can enter the blood and tissues of the body more quickly than magnesium taken internally. It’s hard to absorb magnesium supplements internally, and difficult to get magnesium from foods because our soil has been depleted of magnesium. Consumption of caffeine, sugar, processed foods, alcohol, and foods high in phytic acid (improperly prepared nuts and grains) all deplete the body of magnesium. In fact, it takes 28 molecules of magnesium to metabolize a single glucose molecule!
The role of magnesium in the body:
- Increases bioavailability of calcium
- Regulates and normalizes blood pressure
- Gives rigidity and flexibility to bones (shown to be more important than calcium in bone strength)
- Helps you sleep more restfully
- Eases muscle cramps
- Prevents and reverses kidney stones
- Decreases insulin resistance
- Lowers serum cholesterol levels and triglycerides
- Helps your body make proteins
- Helps prevent osteoporosis
- Protects from radiation
- Aids weight loss
- Keeps bowel movements regular
- Enhances circulation
- Helps stop cluster and migraine headaches
- Assists with asthma
- Improves vitamin D absorption
- Assists with ADD or ADHD in children
- Helps the body digest carbohydrates
- May play a preventive role in cancers
Enjoy your Epsom salt bath soak this week. You can do this every day, as the body will regulate how much it absorbs depending on how much it needs.
Bath: Add at least one cup of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for at least 20 minutes. For aches and pains, add at least two cups. (If you have time, soak for 30 to 45 minutes). You'll be amazed at how relaxing it is as all your aches and pains are soothed. Have a good book on hand to read while you soak! Combine with lavender essential oil or flowers for extra relaxation.
Foot soak: for a concentrated magnesium boost, add one cup of Epsom salt to hot water, and soak for 20 minutes.
Oil: Make a homemade magnesium oil when you don't have time for a soak.
Combine a half cup of Epsom salts with a half cup of boiled, distilled water and stir until dissolved. Put into a spray bottle and spray onto arms, legs, and stomach daily (10 to 30 sprays). It may tingle the first few times, and this is normal. If it doesn't go away or is uncomfortable, dilute with more water. This can be left on the skin or washed off in the shower after 20 to 30 minutes. Moisturize about five minutes after application if leaving on.
- Splinter removal: soak in concentrated Epsom salt water before pulling out a splinter.
- Magnesium foot or face scrub: mix with coconut or olive oil for smooth skin.
- In the garden: add a tablespoon of Epsom salt to the soil below a tomato plant to boost growth.
- Tile or grout cleaner: mix equal parts dish soap and Epsom salts. Rinse well for streak-free shine.
- Homemade sea salt spray will add texture and volume to hair.
- Voluminizing hair mask: combine equal parts conditioner and Epsom salt and leave on hair for 20 minutes. Rinse well and let air dry for thicker hair.
- Get rid of slugs.
- Laxative for occasional constipation: take one teaspoon of Epsom salt dissolved in water (check with doctor first).
- Sunburn relief: dissolve one tablespoon of Epsom salt into warm water and let it cool, then spray on burn for relief.
- Rose growth: a tablespoon a week around the soil of your rose bushes can help boost growth.
Suggested reading for more on magnesium:
“Magnesium—The Missing Link to Better Health” by Joseph Mercola