Epsom Salt (a.k.a. magnesium sulphate) baths make for fabulous bath salts. They have numerous therapeutic uses such as
- Relieving aching muscles and joints
- Calming tension headaches
- Helping to relieve insomnia
- Enhancing the body’s natural cellular detoxification abilities
- Soothing skin irritation
- Drawing out topical infections, spots and splinters
- Decreasing cold and flu symptoms
- Restoring calm during a period of hyperactivity
- Helping to alleviate constipation
- Reducing menstrual cramps
- Supporting the lymphatic system
Simply dissolve at around 500g salts into a reasonably hot bath. You could add sea salt, Dead Sea salts, bicarbonate of soda, powdered clay (such as bentonite) and/or or essential oils but do not add other bath bubbles or soaps to the water. Try to remain submerged for fifteen to twenty minutes for full absorption.
Please note that if at any point you feel your heart pounding or you experience light-headedness then add cold water to the bath until the sensation subsides.
For long term therapeutic effect Epsom salt baths should be used at least two or three times weekly. If a bath is not possible then benefits can still be gained by using the salts in a foot bath or by soaking your hands in a basin of a strong solution.
If you do not use shampoo then massaging your scalp in the bathwater when you have added Epsom salts and bentonite clay makes for an effective and toxin free hair and scalp cleanser. You may need to rinse your hair afterwards with a cup of warm water with a tablespoon of cider vinegar to add shine to your hair afterwards.
Please note that I do not ever recommend that Epsom salts are taken internally.