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Epsom Salt and Massage.  What a Pair!

Epsom salts or magnesium sulfate has been a home remedy for years.  Many of us have heard of it but don’t really know how to use it or why it works.  There are many benefits to using these natural minerals.  Here are a few ways it can help with your wellness program. 

How to use Epsom salts

The most common use for muscular wellness is an Epsom salts bath.  This is adding at least two cups of salts to a warm bath and soaking for at least ten minutes.  This is what I recommend to many clients who are involved in a strenuous or new exercise routine or after they’ve received a deep tissue massage. 

Besides a bath, you can also try a foot soak.  Adding about a ¼ cup of salts to a shallow pan of water is enough. This is wonderful to soothe aches, remove odors and soften rough skin.  Adding aromatherapy to either of these adds a whole new dimension to your experience.  One to try is adding five drops of peppermint essential oil to your foot soak.  This makes your feet feel like they’re floating on air.  

Benefits of Epsom salts

  • Relaxes muscles
  • Draws toxins from the body
  • Sedates the nervous system
  • Reduces swelling
  • Natural exfoliate

Why does Epsom salts work?

The magnesium sulfate in Epsom salt penetrates the skin and has an anti-inflammatory effect. The body's magnesium level increases when soaking with salts, which promotes the body's production of serotonin; a mood-regulating neurotransmitter that may increase feelings of relaxation and well-being. Magnesium has also been proven to support heartbeat regularity and the immune system.  Reference the Epsom Salt Industry Council website for more information.  

When not to use Epsom salts
It is best to not use hot bath salt soaks if you have heart problems, varicose veins, and high blood pressure, are diabetic or are pregnant.  Please consult your physician prior to soaking in an Epsom salt bath if you have any of these conditions.    

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