Take a Bath, You Deserve It.
It’s been a bit stressful lately, to put things lightly, so why not relax in a nice epsom salt bath? YOU DESERVE IT. Epsom salt baths are incredibly healing and detoxifying.
A little bit about Epsom Salts: Epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate, is a chemical compound composed of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. Epsom salt was named after a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England. Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, the first being calcium and is involved in more than 325 biochemical reactions that benefit your heart and nervous system.
Detoxing: Magnesium is an essential mineral that naturally aids a variety of bodily functions, primarily the removal of toxins. Sulfate strengthens the walls of the digestive tract, which eases the release of toxins, providing a pathway of sorts. NOW, let’s go ahead and say that there’s no scientific research cementing the incredible detoxifying and healing properties of an epsom salt bath, but these baths have been used for centuries and people absolutely swear by them. So scientists, keep researching grand things, I’ll be over here soaking. Thanks.
Skin Benefits: Epsom salt water has also been used to help aid with skin ailments. It softs and exfoliates dry, rough, irritated skin and is often recommended by doctors for patients suffering from eczema and psoriasis. Epsom salt baths are also used to help treat athlete's foot, ingrown toenails, and foot odor.
Inflammation: Now if the detoxifying and skin healing weren’t enough for you, low levels of magnesium have also been found to aid in the ease of arthritic pain due to its combative nature in reducing inflammation. Researchers also think that magnesium is good for reducing inflammation in internal organs. This may help reduce one’s risk of cardiovascular disease AND can improve digestion/bowel movement.
Stress: Healthy magnesium levels can boost brain neurotransmitters that are responsible for inducing sleep and reducing stress. Magnesium may also promote melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone. People feeling stressed and overwhelmed may benefit from taking an Epsom salt bath as research suggests (and us plebeians all can confirm), that taking a warm bath eases tension and helps one relax after a trying day.
So to sum it up: TAKE A BATH, RELAX, HEAL