Throughout this whole detox program I got going on, I’ve found myself becoming more open to just about anything that can hurry this process along; there is one thing that has come through in the clutch and I foresee it being a long-lasting part of my life: Epsom salt! Right before I decided to start this detox flush, I got on a kick of taking hot baths with a little sea salt sprinkled into the mix. Unfortunately, the sea salt was drying my skin out a little too much; the same thing happens when I go surfing and stay in the beach water too long. Not knowing of any other alternatives to this kind of salt, it was high time to start checking for other salts that wouldn’t dry me out like a piece of sandpaper!
It didn’t take too long of sifting on the computer for alternatives, and that is when I came across the infamous Epsom salt. Prior to giving it a whirl, I thought salt was just salt, and nothing else to it, but I was highly mistaken! One of the first things I read was that it wasn’t known to completely dry you out, so that revelation alone was enough to make me grab my first bag. Just to play it safe, I only got one small bag of it and wanted to see how it worked, or doesn’t, with my skin. Only after the second official Epsom salt bath, I loved how relaxed and rather clear my skin looked and felt. My new love for it prompted me to get right out of the bath and buy myself a big bag of San Francisco’s finest Epsom Salt ! As you can see below here, I only go big with my bags of salt….
I’m now proud to say that I’ve been using the salt in my baths every few days, and I’m starting to see a major difference in my skin appearance, and how I feel:) Why don’t we delve into why Epsom salt baths might be the best thing you’ve ever done for your body, mind, and inner self:
- Improve Overall Health
According to the National Academy of Sciences, American’s collective magnesium deficiency (a growing problem over the last 50 years) is partially to blame for high rates of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis and joint pain, digestive maladies, stress-related illnesses, chronic fatigue and other ailments. Modern farming has depleted many minerals from the soil, including magnesium – and the standard western diet with its fat, salt and sugar actually abets depletion of the important mineral as well. Researchers say that soaking in an Epsom salt bath and absorbing the minerals through the skin is one of the easiest ways to increase the body’s levels of both magnesium and sulfate. Use 2 cups of Epsom salt per bath, soak 3 times weekly for at least 12 minutes.
- Treat Body Aches
Sulfate is important for joint and tissue function. Increasing the body’s level can lessen discomfort from sports injuries, arthritis, sprains, strains, the flu and other aches. Use 2 cups of Epsom salt per bath, soak 3 times weekly for at least 12 minutes.Sulfate is important for joint and tissue function. Increasing the body’s level can lessen discomfort from sports injuries, arthritis, sprains, strains, the flu and other aches. Use 2 cups of Epsom salt per bath, soak 3 times weekly for at least 12 minutes.
- Fade Bruises
To lessen the appearance of bruises, make a compress by soaking a washcloth in cold water mixed with Epsom salt – use two tablespoons per cup – then apply to the skin.
- Feed House Plants
House plants love the minerals in Epsom salt, feed them monthly by mixing in two tablespoons Epsom salt per gallon of water.
How has your experience been with Epsom, or other salts in the bath? Also, I’d love to hear any other suggestions you might have as well! Until next time my friends:))))
***All references came from Melissa Breyer, 10/17/12, HYPERLINK “http://www.treehugger.com/health/8-uses-epsom-salt.html” http://www.treehugger.com/health/8-uses-epsom-salt.html ***