So we’ve got an inexpensive way to create an at-home spa treatment. Epsom salts make a relaxing bath or exfoliating treatment that will not only leave your skin radiant and glowing but can also improve your health.
Why Epsom Salt?
Magnesium is a nutrient that experts say helps your body produce its main source of energy and impacts at least 300 enzyme systems. Over the past century, experts say the amount of magnesium we consume in our diets has dropped by about 60 percent.
To increase your body’s magnesium levels, Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D. N.D., one of the top natural physicians and a member of the nonprofit Nutritional Magnesium Association’s medical advisory board, recommends (source):
- Eating more dark greens, such as kale and collard greens, as well as nuts, pumpkin or sunflower seeds and seaweed.
- Soaking in Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) because magnesium is well absorbed through the skin. Dr. Dean said people can soak daily using 1 to 2 cups of Epsom salt per bath, but they can use more if they are working on especially tight muscles or a muscular injury.
- Asking your medical doctor or naturopathic doctor if you should take oral magnesium supplements.
A prescription that involves a leisurely soak in the tub? Yes, please!
Herbal Epsom Salt Bath Soak
Add two cups of Epsom salt to the water in a standard-sized bathtub (double for larger-sized tubs). Soak for at least 12 minutes, three times weekly. For an extra treat, add dried herbs or vanilla or one of these essential oil bath salt combinations for a soothing scent. There’s no doubt a bath soak provides a mental treat, but it also eases sore muscle pain and can help with insomnia.
More easy (and inexpensive) Epsom salt ideas:
- Glowing skin exfoliating treatment: Mix 2 cups of Epsom salt with 1/4 cup of coconut oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Use the mixture to gently scrub away dry skin patches.
- Microdermabrasion Facial: Mix 1/2 teaspoon of Epsom salt into cleansing cream for a deep-pore cleansing. Massage on skin. Rinse with cool water. Pat dry.
- Pedicure Perfection: Dissolve a half cup of Epsom Salt into two quarts of warm water. Pour the water into a container and soak your bare feet for fifteen to twenty minutes. For an extra treat, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil for a refreshing scent. Massage the entire foot with Epsom Salt concentrating on the heels and ankles to remove any dry, rough spots. Then, rinse your feet off with clean tap water and dry them thoroughly.
- Homemade bath crystals: Mix two cups of Epsom Salt with a few drops of fragrance to create a custom bath crystal. Add a few drops of food coloring or 1/2 teaspoon of glycerin if you like. Store in an air-tight container.