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Benefits of an Epsom Salt Bath

Benefits of an epsom salt bath

What is Epsom Salt?

Surprisingly, Epsom salt is not actually a salt. It is a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. It got its name from a saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England.

Why is Magnesium Important?

Magnesium helps the body regulate 325 enzymes and plays a vital role in many bodily functions, such as muscle control, energy production, and the elimination of harmful toxins. Unfortunately, the high content of fat, sugar, salt, and protein in the typical American diet depletes magnesium from our bodies, causing a deficiency in many Americans. According to the National Academy of Sciences, magnesium deficiency in Americans helps to account for high rates of heart disease, stroke, arthritis, osteoporosis, joint pain, digestive difficulties, stress-related illnesses, chronic fatigue, and a number of other ailments. Both magnesium and sulfate are absorbed through the skin, which is why enjoying a hot bath with two cups of dissolved Epsom salt is an ideal way to soak up the numerous health benefits.

What are the Health Benefits of Soaking in Epsom Salts?

Stress relief is one of the greatest benefits of soaking in an Epsom salt bath after a long day or challenging workout. Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline. As the Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin, it replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. Magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation.

Listed below are other health benefits of enjoying an Epsom salt bath 3-4 times a week for 20-40 minutes:

  • Eliminates toxins and heavy metals from the body

  • Relieves muscle pain and cramps

  • Reduces swelling and inflammation

  • Relieves constipation

  • Improves circulatory health

  • Improves absorption of nutrients

  • Eases migraine headaches

  • Relieves minor skin irritations

  • Promotes good skin, joint, and nervous system tissue

Please Note: Avoid using soap because it will interfere with the action of the salts. As always, if you are pregnant or have any health concerns, consult with your doctor before using Epsom salt.

Where Can Epsom Salt Be Purchased?

Epsom salt is inexpensive and sold at most major drug stores. You can also purchase Epsom salt online. Here is a link to the Epsom salts that I prefer.

Disclaimer: The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

Michelle Kellogg RMT, M.Ed. -


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