Are you tired of feeling sore and achy after a hard workout or a long day at work?
Are you struggling to sleep soundly and restfully?
It can be tough to unwind, but have you considered soaking in a tub filled with Epsom salt?
Not only is it a relaxing way to wind down, but Epsom salt baths may also help ease muscle soreness, reduce inflammation, and allow for more restful sleep.
Before you rush to stock your cupboards full of Epsom salts, let’s dig into the science a bit more.
Magnesium is the main hero when it comes to the myriad of benefits obtained from Epsom salts.
Magnesium sulfate is the actual compound that makes up Epsom salt – it’s a blend of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen.
Magnesium is a vital mineral that plays a crucial role in various bodily functions, including muscle and nerve function, heart health, and bone strength. Sulfur, on the other hand, is essential for maintaining healthy skin, hair, and nails.
When you soak in an Epsom salt bath, your skin absorbs the magnesium and sulfur, and sends it into your bloodstream. This can help reduce inflammation, relieve muscle soreness, and potentially improve sleep and reduce stress levels.
A 2015 report by the Epsom Salt Council cited various studies that found evidence of magnesium absorption through the skin and its potential benefits for various health conditions, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.
It also shows promise in helping correct major depressive disorders, including treatment-resistant depression.
So, how do you take an Epsom salt bath?
It’s easy – just add about 1-2 cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for at least 15 minutes.
Magnesium is an often-deficient mineral. It can also be supplemented orally (My favorite oral supplemental form of magnesium is magnesium glycinate), but if you’re looking for a natural and relaxing way to obtain additional magnesium and reap its health benefits, give Epsom salt baths a try.
Your body (and mind) will thank you for it!