Often times on a person’s health journey, they can become overwhelmed with the effort and expense it can take to feel better. I know that’s been me on countless occasions. The good news is that while there are hard parts of detoxing and working towards optimal health, there are also cheap and easy ways as well. Believe it or not, taking a hot bath with mineral salts can actually go a long way when it comes to detox, healing, hydration and relaxation! My epsom bath salt recipe is quick and simple but only contains affordable, natural ingredients. A salt bath is a cheap and easy way to improve your health!
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Do I have an exciting article for you! I have been pouring over research on the benefits of taking baths with salts. Seriously-Epsom salt, where have you been all my life?? The main benefit for salt baths is DETOX and I’m all about detox.
Most people are full of toxins due to eating processed food, chemicals in cosmetics and household products and lack of healthy habits like exercise and drinking water. Toxin build up can really tax the immune system and organ function.
On a superficial level, toxins rear their ugly heads through cellulite, acne, puffiness and even skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rashes. Of course we should all eat better, drink more water, exercise and cut down our exposure to chemicals to rid our bodies of toxins, but that’s all easier said than done.
How about we commit to taking 2-3 salt baths a week? That’s an easy commitment if you ask me!
The skin is our largest organ. It’s function is to absorb, filter and deliver. The skin is the window to our internal health. When someone suffers from skin conditions that is a sign that something is wrong internally. Our skin comes in contact with everything. That’s why detoxing is so very important.
What is Epsom Salt?
Epsom salt is also known as magnesium sulfate. It is made up of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen. Magnesium being the main compound responsible for delivering many benefits epsom salt is known for.
It was discovered in Epsom England and has been used for 100s of years to treat constipation, achy muscles, fibromyalgia, insomnia etc.
Epsom salt is very different from table salt. It is not a salt you would put on your food due to it’s bitter taste.
Epsom salt is found in most grocery stores and pharmacies. It usually comes in a large bag or carton and is very affordable.
A supposed benefits of epsom salts is that the magnesium can be absorbed into the skin during a good soak. There is a lack of medical evidence that this actually can happen but so many have experienced great health benefits that many believe it is an effective way to increase magnesium levels!
Epsom Salt and Detox:
When we think of organs that detoxify our systems, the liver, kidneys and the gut first come to mind, but did you know the skin is a detoxifying organ as well? An epsom salt bath soak encourages the skin to pull toxins out of the body and excrete them through the skin.
Epson salt is full of magnesium. Most people are deficient in magnesium and this leads to toxin build up, constipation, low energy and even stress. Raising magnesium levels is one of the biggest benefits of taking salt baths.
The minerals from epsom salt help to draw out impurities in your skin. In fact, epsom salt has such a drawing ability that it is said an epsom salt soak can even be effective at bringing a splinter to the surface of the skin! It is also said that magnesium and sulfate, the two main compounds in epsom salt, help stimulate detoxification pathways. Also, the sulfates in epsom salt help the body flush out toxins.
By adding minerals like magnesium and sulfate to your bathwater, it sparks a process called reverse osmosis, which literally pulls salt out of your body and dangerous toxins along with it.
Espom salt can greatly improve the appearance of skin. Taking a warm bath opens the pores, allowing the minerals in the bath to thoroughly cleanse the skin. Bathing in a solution of warm water and bath salts will work to draw out impurities, pollution, oil and dirt from the skin.
More Benefits of taking an Epsom Salt Bath:
- Promotes relaxation and better sleep-scientific studies have shown that magnesium helps the body produce melatonin induce sleep.
- Relieves water retention-Epsom salt helps pull excess salts out of the body helping your body retain less water.
- Soothes sore muscles-magnesium can help the body use lactic acid which helps relieve pain after a strenuous workout.
- Relieves constipation-magnesium helps with constipation. Magnesium is usually taken by mouth but I personally believe that an epsom salt bath or even a good soak in the ocean can help with digestion.
- Increases circulation
- Accelerates wound healing
- Enhances skin hydration
- Helps slow down signs of aging-regular salt baths can decrease the appearance of fine lines by plumping the skin and balancing moisture.
A Warm Bath Can Miraculously Relieve Pain:
I speak from experience. While I am not a weight lifter or engage in extreme exercise, I have given birth twice in a bath tub. Any fellow home birther will tell you, where there are no drugs to be had, water works miracles when it comes to pain. I labored for hours with my first home birth in the tub. No salt was involved, just warm bath water. My second home birth was quick but you bet I jumped in that tub the minute those contractions started!
Water is a miracle. Add salt and you’ve got a powerful way to relieve pain naturally. Muscle pain and stiff joints can be greatly reduced by a hot soak at the end of a long day.
How to Make an Epsom Salt Bath:
- Making an epsom salt bath could not be easier. Simply fill your tub with warm to hot water and add 1-2 cups of epsom salt. The salt will dissolve.
- You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil if you chose.
- Light a candle or diffuse and turn on relaxing music. The mind, body and soul are connected so engaging all your senses is a great idea!
- Soak for 10-30 minutes taking care while getting out in case you are drowsy.
Other Additives to Add to an Epsom Salt Bath:
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt:
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt contains 82 other nutrients besides the ones found in Epsom salt. Himalayan salt is anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial. Himalayan salt produces negative ions. When these ions heat up they attach to positively charged ions in the air such as pollutants, dust, allergens and bacteria and neutralize them. Hence, Salt lamps. Himalayan salt is known to reduce inflammation which is so helpful for those suffering from arthritis or muscle soreness.
Dead Sea Salt:
Dead Sea salt contains magnesium, sodium, zinc, bromide, potassium, sulfur, iodine, and calcium, among other minerals. This mineral rich salt can help hydrate the skin as well as reduce inflammation. Because of this, it is a great salt to add to your DIY salt bath mixture if you suffer from psoriasis or eczema. Thanks to the zinc, it is also great for acne. Dead sea salt also helps rev up circulation!
Baking soda has cleansing and detoxing qualities which when paired with epsom salt can pack a decent punch when detoxing is the aim. It has been known to be effective against skin conditions like poison ivy/oak, chicken pox, eczema, psoriasis, diaper rash and other skin infections. Baking soda can relieve swelling, itchiness and skin irritation that come with these conditions.
A bath with baking soda can even relieve a UTI and yeast infection. In fact, a 2014 study showed that baking soda killed candida cells which leads to yeast infections.
Baking soda is also anti-fungal.
Essential Oils and Epsom Salt Baths:
Let’s talk about adding essential oils to our salt bath! You can add pure essential oils to the salts to boost the efficacy of whatever health concerns you are aiming at.
- Lavender oil-relaxation
- Peppermint oil-sore achy muscles and joints
- Eucalyptus oil-congestion and cold symptoms
- Citrus oils-strengthen capillaries, tighten skin and reduce water retention in cells. They increase circulation and prevent lymph accumulation.
- Juniper and rosemary oils-increase circulation and decongests sluggish and under active tissues.
- Grapefruit oil-reduces water retention and may help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Now, enough with the facts-let’s figure out how to put this easy detox into action!
DIY Detox Bath Soak Recipe:
- 1-2 cups Epsom salt (find it HERE)
- 1/2 cup Pink Himalayan Salt (HERE) or Dead Sea Salt (find it HERE)
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda (find it HERE)
- 10-15 drops essential oils (find them HERE)
Instead of making 1 detox bath at a time, I like to keep a large glass jar or mason jar and fill it mostly with epsom salt and add some pink himalayan salt and baking soda. I typically add my essential oil into the water after I’m in the bath but you can drop the appropriate amount of essential oils into the salt if you’d like. Make sure whatever you store your bath salts in is an airtight container.
Salt Bath Tips:
- Many people sweat profusely during a salt bath. I’ve found that keeping a cold wash cloth close to place on your forehead helps immensely.
- Your body will be working hard so when your soak is done, take great care when getting out of the tub. You very likely will feel tired. I take my baths right before bed so I can hop right into bed after my bath!
- You might want to bring a glass of cold water (add some lemon for further detox) to drink while in the tub.
The moral of this post is that not all health remedies are expensive and/or physically and mentally challenging. Incorporating bath soaks into your routine a few times a week could make all the difference. Not to mention a warm bath enhanced with minerals and essential oils can go a long way when it comes to unwinding after a stressful day!