Get your skin summer ready with a healing epsom salt bath soak thanks to our friends over at Hello Natural. A prescription that involves a leisurely soak in the tub? Yes, please! Magnesium is a nutrient that experts say helps your body produce its main source of energy and impacts at least 300 enzyme systems.
According to the National Academy of Sciences, American’s magnesium deficiency helps to account for high rates of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis and joint pain, digestive maladies, stress-related illnesses, chronic fatigue and a number of other ailments. Our magnesium levels have dropped by half in the last century due to changes in agriculture and diet. Industrial farming has depleted magnesium from soil and the typical American diet contains much less magnesium than that of our forefathers. And in fact, the modern American diet with its fat, sugar, salt and protein actually works to speed up the depletion of magnesium from our bodies.
To increase your body’s magnesium levels, Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D. N.D., one of the nation’s top natural physicians and a member of the nonprofit Nutritional Magnesium Association’s medical advisory board, recommends:
- 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.
- 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 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.