Epsom Salt Baths

IMG_1538We live in a high stress world and I embrace any opportunity to relax and decompress.  I have never been a bath person, always preferring the quickness of a shower.  My roommate many years ago could spend an hour in the bathtub, something I could never get myself to do.  I’d get in the water and immediately think of all the other things I could be doing.

Fortunately I’ve been doing a better job of enjoying the moment and recently find myself able to easily relax in an epsom salt and lavender essential oil bath for half an hour or more.  That’s pretty major progress for me.  I started as a way to ease muscle soreness from yoga and have since learned that there is a lot more to be gained from epsom salt baths – namely the big M!

Magnesium is the top nutrient deficiency among Americans.  It’s a natural muscle relaxant and builds strong bones.  Magnesium also helps ease muscle cramps which have plagued me for a long time.  Taking a daily magnesium supplement is an important way to get enough, but epsom salt baths help too.  Soaking in a warm bath with epsom salts enables your skin to absorb the minerals.  The lavender essential oil helps with the relaxation part.  It’s best to take magnesium at night as it promotes sleep and I am practically asleep when I pull myself from the epsom salt bath as well!

I bought a 20 lb bag of epsom salt that dissolves quickly.  I keep an ice bucket and scoop in the bathroom so it’s handy.  I put in 6 scoops (2 cups) in a warm (not too hot) bath along with 10 drops of lavender essential oil.  Dim the lights and put on some soft music and it’s a zen spa.  A great place to leave all the stresses of the day behind.

I am grateful each day for wellness, happiness and the opportunity to share with you.