Is there anything that a warm bath, bubbles, a candle and relaxing music can’t fix? I want to say no, but unfortunately a bath doesn’t stop humidity from ruining my hair, pay bills or decide what to cook for dinner. While it does help with a lot, I find that when I most need it, is when I least have the time to take one. When I’m stressed and overwhelmed with lots of things to do, having a bath, no matter how serene, just seems like another task on a never ending to do list. Sound familiar?
Despite this, I’m here to tell you to take the bath. Not only can the fifteen minutes of peace be calming which is reason enough for me, there are known health benefits if you add in some Epsom salt.
Epsom is made up of magnesium sulphate and is named after the town in England where it was discovered. Magnesium is needed for more than 600 biochemical reactions in the body (source), yet The Journal of the American College of Nutrition says that at least 68% of us are magnesium deficient (source). Magnesium deficiency is linked to fatigue, poor heart health, anxiety, poor memory, muscle cramps, high blood pressure, insomnia, nausea, menstrual cramps, irritability, dizziness and Type II diabetes amongst other symptoms. It’s important.
By adding one to two cups of Epsom salt to your bath, small amounts of magnesium are absorbed through your skin, which can assist if you’re suffering with any of the symptoms associated with magnesium deficiency. And there are a lot of them.
In 2004 the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham conducted a study to measure whether taking a bath with dissolved Epsom salt impacted the magnesium levels of participants. Researchers concluded that soaking in an Epsom salt bath for as little as 12 minutes does raise magnesium levels without any adverse effects (source).
Sometimes it’s impossible to find a minute to yourself, but if you do find you have a few minutes spare, I challenge you to have a quick soak with one to two cups of Epsom salt.
While the Epsom does it’s work helping me physically, I like to burn my favourite candle by Glasshouse and play relaxing music from YouTube, which I find really helps me mentally, so all bases are covered. Whether it’s the Epsom, the mood created from the candle and music, the time out or a combination of all of the above, I do feel better after having a bath.
I use Organic Road Epsom Salts however you should be able to buy Epsom salt from most supermarkets or health food stores.
Have you ever used Epsom salt? Have you noticed an improvement?