People have put herbs and perfumes in their bathwater for a very long time. Epsom salts were discovered in Epsom in England, a spa town, in the 1600s. For hundreds of years, this salt has been used to treat all sorts of ailments.
Epsom salt is also known as magnesium sulfate. It's a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. Despite its name, Epsom salt is a completely different compound than table salt. It was most likely termed "salt" because of its chemical structure. It has an appearance like table salt and is often dissolved in baths, which is why you may also know it as "bath salt." While it looks like a course table salt, its taste is distinctly different. Epsom salt is quite bitter and unpalatable.
Most of the reported benefits of Epsom salt are attributed to its magnesium, a mineral that a lot of people do not get enough of.
Taking an Epsom salt bath benefits both the mind and the body. Many of the benefits help with your mental and emotional health. Epsom salt benefits are wonderful for releasing toxins from the body, but they also release them from the mind. After just one bath, you feel rejuvenated, stress-free and with reduced anxiety.
Many people find that with at least one Epsom salt bath a week in their routine, they feel more relaxed, and in a much calmer mental state.
Here’s how to make an Epsom salt bath:
1 bathtub warm water
1 cup of Epsom salts*
½ cup baking soda*
½ cup sea salt*
¼ cup Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar (optional)
10-15 drops of essential oils (lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus & spearmint or another favorite optional)
* The dry ingredients can be pre-mixed to make your soaking time faster. I store mine in a mason jar.
Light a candle or diffuse and turn on relaxing music. The mind, body and soul are connected so engaging all your senses is a great idea!
Soak for 10-30 minutes taking care while getting out in case you are drowsy.