Honestly, we can’t think of one reason to not soak in an Epsom salt bath! Precious moments with nothing else to do except sit back, relax and reap the benefits? Heaven!
Firstly, what IS Epsom salt? Magnesium sulfate was originally discovered bubbling up from an underground spring in an English town called Epsom in the 17th Century. The two components of Epsom salt were prepared by boiling down this spring water to form a salt-like compound, hence the name. (Although, technically, Epsom salt is not salt!)
In 1755, British chemist and physicist Joseph Black conducted experiments on the chemical properties of magnesium sulfate. He then proposed that magnesium be classified as an element. So, it must be pretty important stuff!
In fact, did you know that magnesium is essential for every life form on the planet? Humans need it for nerve and muscle function and to maintain a healthy immune system. It also plays an important part in sustaining a regular heartbeat, adequate blood glucose and strong bones.
The combination of magnesium and sulfate was found to provide many health benefits, which is why Epsom salt is still very sought-after as a bath soak today.
So, what are these benefits, you may ask?
The idea is that when you pour Epsom salt into warm water, the magnesium and sulfate dissolve, allowing them to be absorbed into your body through the skin, our largest organ, providing the following benefits -
Research has found that people who suffer from mental and physical stress benefit from managing their magnesium levels, either via oral supplements or by taking Epsom salt baths. Magnesium helps produce serotonin; a mood-elevating chemical found in the brain. This compound can also induce a state of relaxation, enhancing healthy sleep patterns.
MUSCLE PAIN REDUCTION
Acting as a muscle relaxant, magnesium is perfect for those suffering from muscular tension and soreness. If your work involves being hunched over a computer for long periods of time, a bath soak will be just what the doctor ordered, helping to relieve pain from the neck, shoulders and back. Magnesium also assists with recovery after a workout, reducing stiffness, swelling and pain.
DECREASE IN INFLAMMATION
Some experts believe that magnesium is good for reducing inflammation in internal organs, therefore it may help improve digestion. Epsom bath soaks can also soothe certain inflammatory conditions such as lupus, gout, and rheumatoid/psoriatic arthritis.
The sulfate component of Epsom salt assists in drawing heavy metals and toxins from the body, offering a very gentle way to detox. When absorbed through the skin, sulfate can also promote healthy skin, joint and nervous system tissue.
Epsom salt has a remarkable effect on the rejuvenation of our skin. Epsom salt baths can soften dry, rough skin and exfoliate dead skin cells. Skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis can also be alleviated.
One of the more surprising benefits of Epsom salt is that the mineral compound in the salts helps to reduce inflammation around the infected region, softening skin to allow for easy removal of the debris.
HOW TO TAKE AN EPSOM SALT BATH
Add 2-3 tablespoons of Huxter’s Bath Soak under warm running water into a bath. The salts will dissolve, ready for you to step into your bathtub and enjoy.
The water should be warm, but not too hot; temperatures between 33° C and 37° C are ideal.
It’s recommended to rest for 1 hour after bathing or take your bath as close to possible to bedtime to maximise the relaxation benefits.
Soaking for up to 30 minutes, 2-3 times a week is considered the perfect amount of time to take advantage of everything a bath soak has to offer.
We also recommend moisturising the skin afterwards to lock in all the goodness. Try one of Huxter’s luxurious Hand & Body Lotions - perhaps even in the matching fragrance for an extra indulgent aromatic treat.
And if you don’t have access to a bathtub? No stress! Soaking your feet in a small tub or basin is also a great way to reap the benefits of an Epsom salt bath soak. Simply add 2 tablespoons of Huxter’s Bath Soak into enough warm water to cover your feet and relax for 20-30 minutes, 2 times a week. This method allows you to multi-task if you wish – watch TV, spend time with your family…
(Just remember, for those suffering from diabetes, kidney disease, heart problems, infections or other health conditions, please discuss with your doctor before using Epsom salt.)
HUXTER BATH SOAKS
For extra therapeutic value, Huxter Bath Soaks also contain Murray River salt with trace minerals magnesium, calcium, potassium and iodine for further circulation and skin-softening perks.
We have also added a variety of exclusive fragrances to our bath soaks, such as Lemon & Ginger, Fern Leaf Peony, Orange & Cedarwood, Bergamot & Amber, Orange Blossom & Lime…and more. Yet another very good reason to take a bath soak as soon as you’ve finished reading this article!
So, what are you waiting for? Light a candle or some incense, pour yourself a cup of herbal tea (or a cheeky glass of wine), grab a book, put on your favourite chillout music and you’ll soon be transported to a world of tranquillity and rejuvenation.
There’s no doubt that an Epsom salt bath soak is beneficial in so many ways. Why not try one and let it become a part of your regular wellness routine. You'll be thankful that you did, we can assure you!