Happy Sunday Sweet Peeps! Blimey, hope you’re keeping indoors…!
… Last week I ordered some epsom salts; I used to use them years ago, but had forgotten all about them until recently something reminded me of their wonders… So, being me, I read up on them a little to refresh my memory; here’s just a snippet of what I found:
- Researchers and physicians report that raising your magnesium levels may improve heart and circulatory health by reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure.
- Epsom Salt improves the body’s ability to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes.
- Popular for easing muscle pain and fading bruises.
- Epsom Salt flushes toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.
- Epsom Salt improves nerve function by regulating electrolytes. Also, calcium is the main conductor for electrical current in the body, and magnesium is necessary to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood.
- Eliminates toxins from the body The sulfates in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. Your skin is a highly porous membrane and adding the right minerals to your bathwater triggers a process called reverse osmosis, which actually pulls salt out of your body, and harmful toxins along with it.
- Epsom Salt relieves stress. Excess adrenaline and stress are believed to drain magnesium, a natural stress reliever, from the body. Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation. While increasing your magnesium levels, Epsom salt also delivers sulfates, which are extremely difficult to get through food but which readily absorb through the skin. Medical research indicates sulfates are needed for the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and the mucin proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. Sulfates also stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and help to detoxify the body’s residue of medicines and environmental contaminants.
For soaking: it’s recommended you add two cups of epsom salts to warm water in a standard-sized bathtub. Bathe up to three times weekly, soaking for at least 20 minutes.
**nb** if you have low blood pressure, you may want to play around with the dosage as it can lower your blood pressure – mine is low anyway and I definitely felt a little giddy when I stood up to get out of the bath. Try just using one cup, or even half a cup if you’re not sure, and build up depending on how it makes you feel. Also know that’s it’s completely normal for it to make you sweat and feel very sleepy afterwards – definitely don’t try doing anything afterwards other than go to bed and s-l-e-e-p… Zzzz….
You can also try a foot bath: add a cup of epsom salt to a tub of warm water as a popular balm for aching feet.
I did dry skin brushing before, then added 2 cups of epsom salts in a hot bath, relaxed in said bath for twenty minutes, then used sesame oil massaged in afterwards and straight to bed. Bliss.
Imagine would be nice with a few drops of lavender / other essential oils in the bath too… All perfect for this blustery Sunday; enjoy :-) xo