Baths can be one of the coziest ways to indulge in self-care during stressful times. Epsom salt baths have recently been in the spotlight for various health benefits as they have the ability to relieve rough and dry skin of eczema, provide pain relief for sore and aching muscles, promote detoxification, reduce anxiety and stress levels, and promote deeper sleep.
You might be wondering what’s so special about Epsom salt and how it differs from normal salt. Epsom salts stand out because they are extremely rich in magnesium which is the primary reason it has been shown to improve mood while reducing stress and anxiety. It has been found that magnesium boosts the production of serotonin (the happy neurotransmitter) in our brains. This can allow the body to rest and recharge and encourage a good night’s sleep.
The most common way to use Epsom salt is to pour one to two scoops in the bathwater with warm water. The water should not be excessively hot as that can cause a feeling of dizziness or weakness. It is important to also drink water and rest afterward as the body will be in a very calm state. Furthermore, since the pores in the skin are open after a warm bath, it is best to use a natural moisturizer like coconut oil or so that nothing harmful goes into the body.
Bath salts can be found from companies like 100% Pure or Dr. Teals. Here are some common Epsom salt detox bath combinations: