As promised, I wanted to come in and talk about the amazingness of epsom salts! I personally have had success taking baths with epsom salts on a weekly basis and as needed. Typically, it’s suggested that you soak in a bath of epsom salts to soothe aches and pains which is generally very effective. There are many reasons to take epsom salt baths including for detoxing, to relieve cold/flu symptoms, and healing the body in general. There are claims that they’re good for reducing and eliminating cellulite and losing weight which makes sense because one of the main causes of cellulite is toxins. So, the purpose of the detox bath is to eliminate toxins and fluid retention which can lead to reduction in cellulite and help you lose weight. I believe that it has reduced my cellulite in the thigh area but I haven’t taken any before/after pictures. I’m just going by my naked eye noticing what seems like an improvement in my muscle tone. You also have to consider your lifestyle (diet, exercise etc.). Detox baths alone will not help you lose weight and reduce cellulite if you feed your body clean foods.
You can do your research but be mindful that there is misinformation floating around especially on the internet regarding the effectiveness of epsom salts. People can be skeptical. If you have any concerns you can check with your doctor. The generally healthy individual should not have any adverse reactions to epsom salts unless you have allergies or other health conditions which cause sensitivity to magnesium sulfate. They’re made up of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen. If you’re an individual that is on medication for whatever reason it would be wise to consult with your doctor first as well. Just know that everything affects everyone differently. If you have kids, be sure to reduce the amounts of the ingredients for a general recipe which tends to cater to adults. Kids do not require the same amounts of certain ingredients as adults for obvious reasons. Effectiveness depends on each individual including your weight and other factors but generally speaking just know as with anything else less is more. You can always adjust amounts later.
I thought it would be helpful to share a recipe that I’ve tried for myself and my family which has been successful. You can tweak this recipe as needed depending on the use. The following recipe is for a detox bath I used for my daughter when she had a fever and cold/flu symptoms. She had a temperature of 102 degrees and we needed to get it down without the use of medicine (tylenol). If treating a fever then add the ingredients to a cool bath and use a wash cloth or bath sponge to gently massage the skin. The cool water helps in reducing the body temperature. I emphasize COOL because cold water is too much of a shock to the system when one has a fever. If using this recipe for kids depending on the age cut each amount in half or more depending on the age.
General detox bath recipe (adults):
1 cup Epsom Salt
1 cup baking soda
1 tablespoon ground ginger
4 drops of lavender essential oil
Epsom salts are natural but still check with your child’s pediatrician if they are under the age of 10. I would suggest omitting epsom salts for baby. A baby’s skin and little systems can be sensitive to certain ingredients so ALWAYS check with a pediatrician and use your instincts. If you’re unsure, then don’t use it. Better safe than sorry.
Baby under two: baking soda- 1/4 cup, lavender oil- 2 drops
Two to seven years: baking soda- 1/2 cup, lavender oil – 2 drops
Eight to Ten years: baking soda- 1/2 cup, lavender oil- 3 drops
Ten years to adult: baking soda 1 cup, lavender oil- 4 drops
I used this bath for my daughter who was either 9 or 10 at the time. She took the bath at nighttime. This recipe brought her temperature down from 102 to 100 then before the night was over she ended up back at 98 degrees. She also had relief from congestion.
Another way that I have used epsom salt baths was to relieve pain and discomfort. The detoxing process is a form of healing for sore muscles, aches and pains but also benefits some skin conditions such as eczema and acne. So, the great thing about these baths is there are multiple benefits because either way it heals. Whenever I feel the need to give myself some much needed relaxation (usually once or twice a week) and don’t want to spend money on an expensive spa, I opt for my epsom salt baths. Recently, I’ve used this bath (as described above) to soothe back pain, to reduce inflammation from my epidermoid cyst, and post surgery to heal the surgical wound. I simply omit the ginger. Although, it wouldn’t hurt.
Sometimes I just use epsom salts and lavender oil to keep it simple. Also, if taken at night the lavender oil helps with inducing sleep. So, you may not have aches and pains but just may be tense from a stressful day or week. Try taking a bath with epsom salts and lavender essential oil. Put some soft music on, light candles and zone out but try not to fall asleep because that may not end well. lol… If you want to get fancy, you can add herbs, flowers and essential oils to your liking. Just enjoy playing around with different recipes, find what works for you, and relax. Detox baths can be done once or twice a week not every day. It’s a process and needs time to do it’s thing so to speak.
So, maybe begin or end your week with a detox bath. If treating a condition such as a fever or aches and pains you may want to use the baths more often until symptoms go away but space out the time in between by a few hours depending on the urgency. Just don’t over do it because healing takes time. Natural remedies can work fast but sometimes they take time. Always remember with natural remedies they can only do so much. If there are other symptoms present or the natural remedy is just not cutting it call a doctor because you may have a more serious condition.
Wooo, this was long! I was long overdue for a few post anyway so this makes up for lost time! lol! Enjoy the rest of your day! Next post I’ll be talking about sea salt baths which have a whole other purpose 😉
Love and Light,