One of the nicest things you can do for yourself is have a healing, warm Epsom salt bath. It is truly a form of self-care and has countless wellness benefits.
Winter is the perfect time to start a habit of having a bath. I know you may feel like you don’t have time but a simple 15-minute soak is all you need to reap the benefits. An easy way to fit it in is to start your bedtime routine 20 minutes earlier, giving you time for a warm, soothing soak and making you more relaxed for bed.
An Epsom salt bath will…
Epsom salt is easily absorbed through the skin and is a naturally occurring mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Most people are actually magnesium deficient and don’t know it! A great way to increase your magnesium is to soak in Epsom salts – when Epsom salt is dissolved in warm water, the magnesium is absorbed through the skin to help increase magnesium levels in the body.
Magnesium reduces inflammation, helping nerve and muscle function, and preventing the clogging of arteries. It will help you sleep better and gently ease any constipation. Sulfates help with the absorption of nutrients, easing migraines, flushing toxins and keeping your digestive system healthy.
Epson salts are efficient and inexpensive. You can find them at most grocery stores or health food stores. I actually buy mine at Costco. You don’t need anything fancy or scented – a basic container of Epsom salts will work perfectly.
Fill your tub with warm water and add 1 to 2 cups of Epsom salt. The more salt you add, the more detoxifying it will be, so you may want to start small and work your way up. Mix the salts in with the water so they are dissolved. You can add a few drops of oil if you want some aromatherapy – eucalyptus to help with any congestion or muscle aches, lavender for relaxation and sleep, peppermint for a headache or lemon to boost your mood.
Play some of your favourite music, light a candle if you like and read or just chill and let your stress soak away. When you are finished your bath it is best to quickly rinse off any salt residue that may be left on your skin. Put on your favourite pjs and curl up into bed…
How do you make the perfect bath? Sahre your tips and tricks in the comments below...