I’ve been taking baths for years but several months ago, I began taking baths consistently every day- sometimes twice a day. By doing so I’ve created space for myself; 20 minutes a day to spend alone reading a book, listening to a podcast/YouTube, or simply staring into space and enjoying the alone time. I’ve also noticed a quicker recovery from workouts and usually a better nights rest. I’ll alternate between bath-bombs, oils and other additions but always add Epsom salt. Epsom salt remineralizes your body with Magnesium Sulfate.
Magnesium Sulfate supports your immune system, keeps you’re heartbeat steady, helps bones remain strong and maintains normal nerve and muscle functions. It has been known to combat depression, fatigue, insomnia, blood clots, diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, and so on.
Magnesium is also the 4th most abundant mineral in the body and is typically absorbed through foods we ingest. However with today’s farming practices, environmental changes, pollution, and stress we may not be getting all the magnesium that is needed.
Epsom salt flushes out toxins by ridding the body of positive ions and drawing in negative ions, which sounds deceiving but goes a little something like this:
Positive ions are basically carbon dioxide molecules that are missing an electron. Positive Ions are common in humidity, pollution (umm hellooooo Houston) dust, and high winds. They are believed to contribute to tiredness, tension, anxiety, and irritability.
Negative ions are the exact opposite. Negative ions are found in abundance after a rain storm and at forests, beaches, and waterfalls. We can all associate different smells and tastes with these places, as well as feelings. I know that I feel energized and happy on the beach, at a waterfall, in the forest, and after a rainstorm.
By taking a bath we absorb magnesium sulfate through the process of osmosis, some even say that it is better absorbed this way vs. supplementing. I’ve never been great at taking pills so I hope it’s true! I also value my bath time. I’m sure anyone who is a parent, caregiver or constantly surrounded by people can identify with my affinity for 20 minutes alone and a nice warm soak.
When taking a bath to relive ailments, I prefer the water to be as warm as possible. I’ll usually sweat a bit, but I know that warmth helps with absorption and circulation. A hot bath is magic when you’re sick too. I was so congested from allergies a few weeks ago, the only thing that cleared my sinuses and relieved the pressure was a bath with salts and oils.
Regardless of why you’re bathing; stress reduction, sore muscles, insomnia, personal space.. use 2 cups of Epsom salts and soak for 20 minutes. You will thank you.
Cold relief: eucalyptus oil, rosemary oil and tea tree oil
Reenergize: vitiveier, lemongrass, basil, sandlewood and rosemary
Balance: ginger, basil, clary sage, lavender, eucalyptus and vanilla
Ease: chamomile, cedar wood, lavender, cedar and cardamom
Muscles: black pepper, lavender, camphor, wintergreen, rosemary and sage