We have often relied upon natural remedies passed down for generations. Surprisingly, we have benefited immensely from them.
The benefits of Epsom salt, one of your grandmother’s miracle cures, are many, especially for the nerves and muscles.
The name is a misnomer as it is not a salt but a mineral compound that occurs naturally. And it turns out to be a natural cure for a number of ailments too.
It is a compound of magnesium and sulfate. Both are readily absorbed by the skin, making Epsom salt baths an excellent and easy way to enjoy its therapeutic benefits.
Magnesium performs many functions including regulating the activity of over 300 enzymes, aiding in nerve and muscle functions, controlling inflammation and preventing hardening of arteries. Sulfates help to reduce joint aches, boosts your nerve health and eliminate toxins from the body through reverse osmosis.
De-Stress And Relax Your Body
The physical toll of stress is huge. Stress drains magnesium from the body and affects the production of stress hormones. Epsom salt replenishes the level of magnesium in the body and promotes serotonin production when it is absorbed through the skin. Magnesium ions help you relax by reducing the levels of stress.
Control Muscle Cramps And Pain
Treat your sore muscles with an Epsom salt bath and it will instantly ease the pain and inflammation. Epsom salt also regulates electrolytes in your body, and thus improves muscle and nerve functions. Painful conditions like gout, bruises, toenail fungus and athlete’s foot can also be treated using Epsom salts.
Benefit Your Heart And Arteries And Control Your Blood Pressure
Deficiency of magnesium and sulfates aggravates heart conditions and causes BP to spike. Epsom salt improves blood circulation by preventing blood clots and protecting the elasticity of arteries, thus reducing the possibility of sudden heart attacks.
Get Relief From Constipation
Epsom salt cleanses the colon and acts as a detoxifying agent. It relieves constipation by increasing water content in the intestines and can bring instant relief.
Flush Out The Toxins
The sulfates present in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the body. It brings relief from muscle pains and relieves the body of harmful substances. The process of reverse osmosis pulls harmful salts and other toxins out of the body.
The Right Way To Take An Epsom Salt Bath
- To derive the maximum benefit from a bath of Epsom salt, it is advisable to stay immersed in the tub for around 40-45 minutes.
- The toxins are released from the body during the first 20 minutes and then the process of the absorption of magnesium and sulfate begins.
- The recommended dose is half a cup for a person weighing less than 60 pounds (around 30 kgs) to 2.5 cups for someone weighing 200 pounds and above (above 90 kgs).
- Avoid using soap as it will lessen the benefits of Epsom salt. Plus, it will produce insoluble soap scum.
- You can add half a cup of olive oil or baby oil as it moisturizes the skin.
- Adding ginger or cayenne pepper will hasten the absorption process as it causes you to perspire more.
A Note Of Caution
Epsom salt is not to be recommended for pregnant women and for those suffering from cardiovascular diseases. If you have open sores in the body or are dehydrated, avoid taking this bath. Always consult the doctor if you have any medical conditions like epilepsy or asthma.
Epsom salt also has beauty and household uses. It cleans and exfoliates dead skin, dislodges blackheads, eliminates foot odor and removes hairspray. Epsom salt nourishes plants as it contains magnesium sulfate. Spraying a solution of Epsom salt on plants also eliminates plant pests.
This traditional cure for common ailments is a good way to avoid taking conventional medications which, invariably, have side effects. Epsom salt had a proud place in any grandmother’s cabinet for this reason. It is effective and has very little side effects.
But always stay within the prescribed dosage and consult a doctor if you have any medical condition.