An Epsom salt bath is the perfect solution to a stressful day.
Deirdre Mackesy Acupuncturist Homoeopath and RGN heads up Robin Hill Sanctuary in Rushbrooke. Deirdre shares some sound advice on how to enhance your health naturally.
Epsom salts absorbed through the skin also work to relieve muscle tension, pain, and inflammation in joints. Submerge yourself in a warm Epsom salt bath to alleviate tension headaches or soothe abdominal cramps. Tired and sore feet will also benefit from the therapeutic warmth of an Epsom salt soak.
Most of us know about the importance of iron and calcium for our bodies, but what about magnesium? It is the second most abundant element in human cells and the fourth most important positively charged ion in the body. It helps the body regulate over 325 enzymes and plays an important role in organizing many bodily functions, like muscle control, electrical impulses, energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins.
formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and the proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. They stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and are thought to help to detox the body of medicines and environmental contaminants.
1. It can help heal a whole plethora of ailments.
2. It can help to restore magnesium levels.
When you're stressed the magnesium levels in your bottom can drop, but taking an epsom salt bath can help to bring them back up and calm you down.
3. It can help to clear up your skin.
You can make all kinds of epsom salts masks using honey or other items you have in your cupboard.
4. It can be used as an at home mani-pedi.
Give your fingernails and toenails a soak in epsom salts for an at-home manicure or pedicure.
5. It can help with bee stings.
Since epsom salts help with inflammation, they can help speed up the healing of bug bites and bee stings.
6. It's a great part of a detox regimen.
The sulfates in the epsom salts can help detoxify your body by drawing out heavy metals and toxins.
7. It can make your skin soft and smooth.
Epsom salt is a natural exfoliant, so it's a great way to scrub off dead skin and rough patches to reveal smooth skin.
8. It can help to volumize your hair.
The minerals in epsom salts can help to remove the oils in your hair and make it less greasy.
9. It can improve your skin and joint health.
You will need 4 mugs of Epsom Salts per bath
10 drops of Lavender
Drink 1 pint of water in the bath, this encourages elimination of toxins
The sulfates in epsom salts can help to improve skin and joint health. It also helps improve nervous system tissue.
Changes in agriculture and diet. Industrial farming has depleted magnesium from soil and the typical Irish diet contains much less magnesium than that of our forefathers. And in fact, the modern day diet with its fat, sugar, salt and protein actually works to speed up the depletion of magnesium from our bodies.
Another factor in decreased magnesium levels has been our focus on getting enough calcium. It’s a delicate dance–calcium depletes magnesium yet calcium functions best when enough magnesium is present. Studies indicate that taking a calcium supplement without enough magnesium can increase the shortage of both nutrients. Researchers have found that many Americans have five times as much calcium as magnesium in their bodies, although the proper ratio for optimum absorption of both minerals is two to one.
With such widespread magnesium deficiency one might think that magnesium supplementation would be called upon, but studies show that magnesium is not easily absorbed through the digestive tract. The presence of specific foods or drugs, certain medical conditions, and the chemistry of a person’s stomach acid can render magnesium supplements ineffective.
This brings us to Epsom salt. Known scientifically as hydrated magnesium sulfate, Epsom salt is rich in both magnesium and sulfate. While both magnesium and sulfate can be poorly absorbed through the stomach, studies show increased magnesium levels from soaking in a bath enriched with Epsom salt! Magnesium and sulfate are both easily absorbed through the skin. Sulfates play an important role in the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and the proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. They stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and are thought to help to detox of medicines and environmental contaminants.
In fact you need to experience an Epsom Salts bath to fully comprehend how amazing they are. Happy relaxing!
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