I have been asked to re-post an article entitled “Why Epsom Salt After Deep Tissue Massage?” that I first wrote on June 8, 2013. Instead of re-posting it as it was written at the time, I have included it for the most part in this blog post with minor revisions and additions.
There is no denying the healing power of a hot bath! Water has energy! Water not only cleanses the body, it purifies the mind.
In some cultures, spiritual baths mark a rite of passage or are a precursor to sacred religious ceremony involving prayer. These rituals are either practiced either alone or in a group setting.
Epsom salt baths are beneficial for several reasons:
Epsom salt is made up of the compound magnesium sulfate. “Epsom salt” got its name because one of the earliest discoveries of magnesium sulfate took place in Epsom, England.
Magnesium and sulfate individually play essential roles in the way in which bodies function:
Taking an Epsom salt bath helps restore levels of magnesium and sulfate in the system because this compound can be absorbed through the largest organ, the skin. It is oftentimes recommended to soak three times a week for about 12 to 15 minutes.
A common recommendation is to add a cup or two of Epsom salt to warm water in a standard-sized bathtub; more salt is not necessarily better. Tepid water instead of hot, steamy water is best for the skin because warm water does not strip away protective oils like hot water does.
Before getting into the bath, make sure that all of the salt has dissolved so that it can be more easily absorbed (and not wasted when the water is drained). Additionally, any salt that has not dissolved in the water may dry or cake on the skin and appear on your body as an opaque white powder.
Dry, itchy skin is a common skin care concern for people of any age or those living in drier climates, and Epsom salt can help! Mineral-rich Epsom salt bathwater can help turn rough, dry skin into smooth, soft skin, especially if partially dissolved salt crystals are used to exfoliate dead skin cells and rough spots away. (I sometimes mix mine with almond oil or jojoba oil and essential oils.)
Taking Epsom salt baths regularly may help keep skin soft, but the key is to remember to rinse away any salt that is left on the skin after the bath. Pat the skin dry after exiting the bath and applying moisturizer after a soak may be necessary.
Epsom salt can be found in most stores and pharmacies near the first aid supplies or in the soap or lotion aisle.
Despite the benefits, Epsom salt baths are not for everyone. They generally are not recommended for people who have conditions such as heart problems, high blood pressure, or diabetes. If you have a neurological condition, then hot water may not support your system.
Consult a doctor first if any questions arise about using Epsom salt as part of your essential healing and self-care.
Essentially Yours ~
Michele Duncan King