How to Get The Best Stress Relief with Relaxing Epsom Salts
Check out one of the best return on investment for your health you’ll ever see or in this case, FEEL. Relaxing Epsom salts, despite the name, are not salts at all. They’re a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate named for a saline spring in Epsom, England where it was found. They’re well known for their health, beauty, and household benefits. And can even help resolve some gardening issues, but I’m not going to get into all that here.
What I’d like to focus on here are the health benefits.
We are all emerging from a brilliant holiday season. It’s been great, right? Family, friends, gifts, lights, parties, and don’t forget all the amazing food. Especially the treats. How do you feel? Sluggish? Bloated? Exhausted? Do you feel like you need a vacation from your vacation? This isn’t unusual. Most people tend to overindulge in all the allure of the smells and sparkles and excitement, neglecting things like sleep, serenity and all those healthy rituals you worked so hard to put in place over the past year. Now, I will say, if you really LOVED all those healthy rituals, they wouldn’t be so easily discarded, but that’s for a different discussion.
Yes, I’m talking about holiday STRESS!
What’s a mind and body to do?! Well, that’s were something as simple as Epsom salt, can help. Yes, you read it right. One of the best, most economical methods to reduce stress, anytime of the year… simply take a bath. Of course, not just any bath. One filled with glorious Epsom salt. Take 15- 20 minutes of time out of your day and allow yourself to slip away into a relaxing warm oasis of peace and serenity. Why? I’m so glad you asked.
Here’s what those sweet 15-20 minutes will do for you.
Magnesium regulates the activity of over 325 enzymes and supports the reduction of inflammation. You may have noticed, it’s been getting a lot of press lately as the percentage of people deficient in this mineral has been rising. Now, here’s an important fact. Stress depletes the body of magnesium and elevates adrenaline. Magnesium promotes serotonin (the mood altering chemical in the brain) creating the feeling of calm. Sulfate helps improve the absorption of minerals, flushes toxins and heavy metals from the body. Who doesn’t need a bit of detox after the holidays?
Both magnesium and sulfate are easily absorbed through the skin.
Soaking in an Epsom salt bath is a great method to replenish these minerals as the relaxing Epsom salts are easily absorbed by the skin. Outside of the relaxation benefits, it soothes the body and soul. Relaxes the nervous system, eases muscle strain, and relieves back and joint pain. Removing toxins from the body can also facilitate the recovery from colds and flu. Not to mention, removing toxins facilitates weight loss! You’ll emerge, refreshed with soft skin and ready to face whatever the day has in store, or a great night sleep.
Are you worth 15-20 minutes of your time?
Absolutely you are! I know how much you give to others day in and day out. You’ve earned this time. More importantly, you DESERVE it! Select a day this week and take the plunge. Carve out those 15-20 minutes of time. Most health practitioners suggest only having the bath up to 3X a week. Remember, even too much of a good thing isn’t great. Of course, if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure or other health issues, always consult your healthcare provider before trying anything new.
Boost the benefits.
Here are a few suggestions if you want to boost your experience. Add your favorite essential oil. My personal favorite is lavender. Add a couple of tablespoons apple cider vinegar (ACV) to increase the detox or fresh ground ginger for inflammation. Be sure to take a large bottle of water with you. The heat combined with the detoxification effects will cause you to sweat.
So what are you waiting for?
Turn on the tub. Grab your Epsom salts plus any other additions you want to try and toss them in. Fill up a bottle of water. Grab your Himalayan salt lamp for additional benefits or light a few candles for ambiance and slip away from the world into your own space and time. Make yourself the priority. I DARE you!