Epsom salt has to be one of my favorite health/wellness/beauty products of all time. It’s one of those rare gems that I have to have on hand at all times. It’s also inexpensive, therapeutic, and widely available. If you don’t have Epsom salt at home, you’re missing out. Here’s why.
Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. It’s thought that a soak in a bath containing Epsom salt allows the body to absorb magnesium, which is commonly depleted. Magnesium levels can run low due to inadequate diets, and they can be even further depleted by stress! Magnesium deficiency has a slew of nasty/scary symptoms including fatigue, apathy, insomnia, irritability, and inability to learn. Crazy, right? Since magnesium can be absorbed topically, adding Epsom salt to your baths is a simple way to top up your levels, with some other awesome body benefits to boot.
I was introduced to the power of Epsom salt in 2012 as a natural cure for muscle soreness; I’d been going to the gym and going hard with workouts and I was TERRIBLY sore. I noticed that by adding a cup or so of the salts to my post-workout soak, my aches and pains seriously dissipated. Magic. I’ve used it basically every day since. It’s really soothing and awesome, and I’ve found that it also helps to fade bruises and improve cramps and bloating around that time of the month, and some people say that since Epsom salt baths promote sweating, they’re also facilitating a full-body detox. Combine that with dry brushing and lemon water and you’re pretty much a holistic goddess. Detoxification claims aside, whenever you can swing it, a bath with Epsom salt is an ideal self-care ritual and everyday escape. Relaxation x100. Want to try it? In order to reap the maximum benefits from an Epsom salt soak, add between 1 – 2 cups of salt to warm, running water, then soak for at least 20 minutes.
If you want to stock up, you can find Epsom salt at any grocery, drug, or superstore or buy it in bulk HERE. If you’re feeling fancy, the Dr. Teal’s brand sells a variety of fragrance-enhanced Epsom salt blends called “Soaking Solutions“, including one with lavender for sleep, rosemary and mint for muscle therapy, and one with milk and honey that not only softens skin, but also smells incredible. This specialty brand makes an “athlete” bath soak that combines Epsom salt with vitamin C, pine, and eucalyptus oils. Sometimes I’ll even create my own blends by mixing standard, unscented Epsom salt with my favorite essential oils. There are a myriad of options and the possibilities are endless. Epsom salt–it’s a must.