Detox with Epsom bath salts
Posted on August 2nd, 2016
Today was very exciting because for the first time post-surgery I was able to do one of my favourite things, a lovely hot bath! As someone who has been dealing with plantar fasciitis, which causes extreme tension and pain in the feet and calf muscles, warm soaks with epsom salts have always been a lifesaver. Epsom salts are wonderful to relieve pain, tension and inflammation, however, you don’t need to have sore muscles to reap the benefits. Some other benefits include:
1. Stress Relief
Epsom salts do wonders for the mind. Stress levels, in a society that seems to ever be moving at a quicker speed and who are always connected, are easy to go off the charts. Epsom salts aid our muscles in relaxation. As our muscles begin to relax so does our mind, reducing stress and bringing us back to balance. I highly recommend Dr Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt with Lavender as the scent is light and promotes sleep and deeper relaxation. If you opt for a plain epsom salt and would like to add a few drops of oils to soothe mental tension, ylang ylang, rose, sandalwood and chamomile are wonderful scents for relaxation.
2. Increased Magnesium levels
Magnesium is key for proper health. There are many ways our magnesium level is depleted, to name a few: alcohol abuse, lack of magnesium through diet and extreme diarrhea. According to the Epsom Salt Council, soaking in epsom salt, scientifically known as magnesium sulfate, can actually help to naturally increase magnesium levels. Magnesium is a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme reactions in the body. Magnesium aids energy production, contributes to bone development and “transports calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes” (“Magnesium”; 2016). Of course, if an individual is dealing with a magnesium deficiency, a conversation with a doctor regarding supplements would be the most effective way to keep the levels in check.
3. Detoxifying of ama (toxins)
In Ayurveda, ama is produced in the body as a result of undigested food wastes, when the doshas are out of balance, improper lifestyle habits and negative mental thought patterns. When toxins build up, the digestive system is compromised. When Kapha and Vata dosha are out of balance, the digestive system might be irregular and under active. When Pitta is out of balance, digestion can be excessive, creating issues like heartburn and acid reflux. Our digestion is also our perception and analysis of life experiences and interactions. When ama builds up, we might not only feel the physical side effects, but our mind can become clouded with lack of peace and clarity. In addition with the use of spices, such as cardamon, ginger and black, long and cayenne pepper, detoxing can be done with sweating and epsom salts. Sweating opens the pores, releasing dirt and toxins. Epsom salts pull toxins from the tissues allowing the body to soak up minerals. Remember to always hydrate after you detox.
I highly recommend epsom bath salts as a way to rejuvenate the physical body and promote mental well being. Of course, necessary strength and range of motion are needed to get in and out of the bathtub, so connect with yourself and only attempt when you feel it is safe to do so. If it is too tricky to completely get in the tub, you can still reap great benefits by soaking your feet.
Wishing everyone a lovely and relaxing evening! Namaste. xo
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“What Is Epsom Salt, What’s in It and How Does It Work? | Epsom Salt Council.”Epsom Salt Council. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Aug. 2016.