This bath pulls toxins out of the body; improves muscle and nerve function, reduces inflammation and improves blood flow
Epsom salts have been used by many different cultures for hundreds of years. They have a number of different beneficial properties and are used in gardening, household cleaning and detoxifying the body.
These salts are very inexpensive and can be purchased at bulk discounts in garden centers nearly everywhere.
Using Epsom salt baths is an advanced detoxification strategy that has remarkable health benefits.
How an Epsom salt bath works
Magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin and into the body’s bloodstream. The skin is a highly porous membrane that both takes in minerals and eliminates toxins every day. Using a powerful mineral base such as Epsom salts in a bathwater medium creates a process called reverse osmosis. This process pulls salt and harmful toxins out of the body and allows the magnesium and sulfates to enter into the body.
How to take an Epsom salt bath
The first step is to schedule yourself at least 40 minutes, as you need about 20 minutes to remove the toxins, and for the second 20 minutes, the body absorbs the minerals in the bath water.
Fill up your bath with warm water. As an added step, having a water filtration system in your house is great for reducing toxic chlorine, fluoride, dioxins and heavy metals, but if your home doesn’t have one (they can be on the pricey side), regular water works just as well. Add in the Epsom salts in the following amounts:
Children under 60 lbs: Add 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath
Individuals between 60-100 lbs: Add 1 cup of salts to a standard size bath
Individuals between 100-150 lbs: Add 1 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath
Individuals between 150-200 lbs: Add 2 cups of salts to a standard size bath
For every 50lbs larger – add in an additional 1/2 cup of salts.
Adding in a 1/2 cup of olive oil is also very good for the skin, as the polyphenols soak into the skin and give extra antioxidant benefits.
Adding ginger or cayenne can increase your heat levels, which will help you to sweat out toxins.
You can add anywhere from 1 tbsp to 1/2 a cup to stimulate sweating, and these herbs are loaded with antioxidants that will enhance the detoxification process as well.