Ooh, my favorite!

Epsom Salt Baths
February 26, 2013, 12:02 pm
Filed under: Beauty, Clean, Health

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I think I may have underestimated the toll restaurant life would take on my feet and legs, and it hit me all at once a few months ago when I noticed deep aches in my legs and feet and knew my work sneakers and boots were not cutting it anymore. I’m not exactly excited about it, but I grabbed a pair of work shoes that have helped a lot. But the part I am excited for are the Epsom salt baths that I take after work a few nights a week.

Interestingly, Epsom salt isn’t really even a salt, but a pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfates which are both easily absorbed through the skin and have strong healing benefits individually:

  • Magnesium reduces inflammation, helps muscle and nerve function, and prevents artery hardening. Since stress reduces magnesium levels in the body, soaking in a warm Epsom bath can replenish magnesium levels and restore calm and relaxation (and elevated levels of the mood-elevator serotonin).
  • Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients while also eliminating toxins and heavy metals from cells, easing muscle aches and pains.

Epsom salt bath

Use 2-3 cups in a nice warm bath (depending on how achy or stressed you feel). Soak for at least 12 minutes.

Andrew gets our salt by the 20-pound bag (for real) from The San Francisco Bath Salt Company. They have tons of high-quality salts, but our favorite is the unscented Epsom. We did get a sample of the Dead Sea Salt with our last order and that was really nice too. Lots of minerals in there also which would be another great soak.

Also, if you are interested in using baths as a regular part of a health and beauty regime you might want to consider investing in a water filter for your shower. We fill the tub with an Aquasana shower head. It takes the same amount of time as the bath faucet, just a little bit more dramatic (and kinda fun!) from the shower head above.  Your skin and hair will be really happy too.




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