An Epsom Salt bath gets rid of toxins, relaxes muscles and loosens stiff joints – do you need more convincing?
I absolutely love a bath. My friends and family find it hilarious when I mention a bathtub was part of the criteria for my new apartment. There’s just something about a hot soak. It puts your mind and body at ease, lets you become mindful for a few minutes while your thoughts drift away, and works wonders on your body. Honestly, I recommend a bath for just about anything. Sore from a workout? Epsom salt bath is the ultimate solution; starting to get flu symptoms? An epsom salt bath will take care of it. You don’t have to set aside baths for nights when it’s cold outside. I try and take a bath once a week to reap the benefits.
Of course the setting has to be beautiful. A large marble tub is always a plus – make sure you have a bath at your next staycation – and personally, I like to have to slow French jazz playing in the background while a candle burns, but the best part about taking an epsom salt bath is that you make up a bath ritual for yourself as you go along.
First of, epsom salt is a magnesium sulfate, a mineral that helps the body produce energy and impacts more than 300 enzyme systems. If your magnesium levels are low, you may suffer from increased anxiety, have severe PMS pains, muscle aches and high blood pressure. An epsom salt bath can give you that much-needed magnesium boost. In addition to this, epsom salts have anti-inflammatory properties and reduce the swelling of sprains and bruises. Since magnesium is known to calm the mind, soaking in a salt bath helps lower stress and anxiety, and makes you fall asleep quicker while improving the overall quality of your sleep – great for insomniacs. One of the main reasons I take an epsom salt bath is to draw out all the harsh toxins from my system. Epsom salts are known to flush heavy metals from your cells, thanks to sulfates, and help you detox quickly and effectively.
HOW TO TAKE A BATH WITH EPSOM SALTS?
- Light a scented candle.
- Select your favourite slow jams or jazz playlist.
- Fill half your bathtub with hot water and pour in the epsom salts. You can add in 2-3 drops of your favourite essential oils too.
- Soak for about 15-20 minutes to reap all the benefits and keep a washcloth on ice nearby if you need a little relief.
- You will sweat a lot, so make sure you drink a glass of water the minute you step out.
- Get ready for the best sleep you’ve had since you were a baby.