Guest Author - Linda Steele
All of us experience stress at one time or another. Over time, we have developed our own ways to cope. Me, I like to take a hot bath. Hot baths are great for unwinding after a long, hard day and relieving sore muscles. They can also incredibly relaxing. Add two handfuls of Epsom salts to hot bath water and soak for 20-30 minutes. To make it even more luxurious, just add a few drops of an essential oil Ė you canít go wrong with Lavender!
The wonders of Epsom Salt have been well-known for hundreds of years. The salt which is made up of magnesium sulphate derives its name from the mineral rich waters in Epsom, England. It has wonderful healing properties and uses that are beneficial to the body, mind, and spirit. These include:
Eases stress and relaxes body
Stress drains our bodies of magnesium. Our bodies cannot properly utilize serotonin - the chemical created in our brains responsible for feelings of general well being and relaxation - without the assistance of magnesium. When dissolved in hot water, the magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. The salt draws toxins from the body, sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling and relaxes the muscles.
Helps prevent hardening of arteries and blood clots
Epsom Salt also helps to prevent heart disease and strokes by lowering blood pressure, preventing blood clots, and promoting elasticity in the artery walls.
Increases effectiveness of insulin
This helps lower risk and severity of diabetes.
Relieves muscle aches and pain
Epsom Salt has been known for a long time as a natural remedy for a number of ailments. It relieves inflammation and pain, making it beneficial in the treatment of sore muscles, bronchial asthma and migraines. Epsom Salt neutralizes odor and softens skin. In addition, it has been known to heal cuts, mosquito bites, colds and congestion. It can also be used to reduce soreness and discomfort after childbirth.
Promotes muscles and nerve function
Studies have shown magnesium to be an electrolyte that helps to ensure proper functioning of the muscles and nerves.
Epsom Salt can also be used for temporary relief of constipation. The salt acts like a laxative. It increases water in the large intestines expelling the waste. However, you should consult with your doctor before trying this remedy.
Exfoliates dead skin
To exfoliate, moisten a handful of Epsom Salt with tablespoon of olive oil and massage into skin. Rinse with warm water. This will leave your skin soft and smooth.
Epsom Salt can help cleanse you of any negative energies you may have picked up during your stressful day and leave you feeling more positive, energized and relaxed. Make sure to drink plenty of water after your bath to replace fluids lost from sweating and to help eliminate toxins from your body.
What are you waiting for? Go to your nearest drugs store or pharmacy and buy some Epsom Salts so you to can benefit from this wonderful, natural and inexpensive mineral!