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More than just a Spa Bath

Previously we hinted at medical benefits from bathing in Epsom Salts and these are the most important aspects associated with the practice.

A lack of magnesium can disadvantage your health in a number of ways such as in high cholesterol levels, atherosclerosis (the build up of plaque in your arteries), heart attacks, strokes as well as kidney problems, inflammatory conditions and nervous disorders. The way your body utilises magnesium is to regulate about six hundred enzymes and by bathing in Epsom Salts you not only increase your magnesium and sulphate levels but the skin allows salt and toxins to be drawn out in a detoxifying process called reverse osmosis.

There have been many studies that show the wide-ranging benefits of Epsom Salts. Medical research shows that magnesium sulphate is absorbed through the skin while you soak and boosts levels of these vital minerals in your body. As magnesium is a muscle relaxant you will find an Epsom Salt soak very beneficial for sore and aching muscles, whether you’re feeling stiff after exercise or for arthritis and rheumatoid conditions such as fibromyalgia.

So with 2 cups of Epsom Salts in a warm bathful of water, ensure all the salt is dissolved for best absorption by your skin then soak for 15 to 20 minutes You might find a white residue on your skin afterwards, but this is just harmless excess salt you can rinse off easily. It’s also recommended that you don’t used any soap as it will interfere with the detox process. Rest afterwards unless you’re arthritic, in which case you need to stay active to avoid joint congestion.

Aside from Epsom Salt baths you can take magnesium supplements and eat more magnesiumrich foods - but always do get advice from your doctor. Pregnant women should avoid Epsom Salt baths and it’s contraindicated if you have any open wounds or burns.


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