Detox #4 - Epsom Salt

Based on how often I talk about detox, it seems fitting that I order my epsom salt by the 50lb bag and keep it in a pickle crock in my bathroom. 😜 I’m super excited to chat epsom salt baths today because they are super common and well-known, but I still get tons of questions. Let’s dig into why they work and how to optimize your experience.

What is it? Epsom salt is the common name for magnesium sulfate which is actually listed on The Who Model List of Essential Medicines as one of the most important medications needed in a basic health system.

How to epsom salt baths work? When dissolved in water epsom salt break down into magnesium and sulfate. When you bathe in the water where those two things are suspended, they are absorbed through your largest detox organ - your skin.

Epsom salt baths are commonly used for post workout sore muscles, but when used regularly they can do SO much more:
- ease stress and improve sleep and concentration
- Help muscle and nerves function properly
- Regulate activity of 325+ enzymes
- Help prevent artery hardening and blood clots
- Make insulin more effective
- Reduce inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps
- Improve oxygen use
- Flush toxins
- Improve absorption of nutrients
- Help prevent or ease migraine headaches

Ways to soak with epsom salt:
1. Add 2 cups epsom salt to a standard tub and soak
2. Add 4-6 cups to a soaking tub and hop in
3. Add 1 cup to a large bowl of warm water and soak your feet while you watch tv
4. If you are using chlorinated water add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of baking soda to neutralize it
5. You can add coconut oil for smooth skin and essential oils for some aromatherapy with your bath

And just for fun - other ways to use epsom salt
- Fertilize plants
- Remove detergent build-up in your laundry
- As a hand wash
- Clean your tub and grout
- Wash pots and pans
- Add volume to your hairstyle
- Remove styling product build-up
- Deter raccoons
- Deter slugs
- Remove splinters
- Reboot your car batteries
- Make fake frost to decorate for the holidays

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