For many, epsom salt is just a bag of white “salt” pieces found in the health section of your local store. Surprisingly enough, epsom salt isn’t salt at all, but a compound called magnesium sulfate. Let’s break it down:
- Magnesium: second most abundant element in cells, regulates over 600 enzymes
- Sulfates: formation of brain tissue, proteins in digestive tract, helps detox, improves absorption of nutrients, prevents/eases migraines
The connection is this: the majority of our population is lacking in magnesium. Average males get 80% of the required magnesium for good health; average females get only 70% (50% decline in the last century).
According to research, supplements can help, but a variety of factors can interfere with absorption, so absorbing through the skin is the best and most reliable method (simply put: an epsom salt bath).
So the question remains: why then are we so deficient in this important mineral?
And the answer is this:
- Farming practices deplete magnesium from the soil, which doesn’t come standard in fertilizers
- Typical American diet: high in fat, sugar, salt, and protein—these foods accelerate the depletion of magnesium
- Emphasis on calcium for fix for bone disease. Calcium drains magnesium from the body and furthermore, calcium can only perform when there’s enough magnesium present
**Studies show that taking calcium supplement without ensuring enough magnesium increases the shortage of both nutrients (most Americans have FIVE times the amount of calcium to magnesium, when the proper ratio is 2 to 1). Wow!!
The list of health issues spurred by lack of magnesium is long: high cholesterol, plaque build up in arteries, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, kidney problems, inflammatory conditions, nervous disorders, and/or chronic fatigue.
Chances are that you are magnesium deficient and could be experiencing some of these problems as a result, but the good news is that these issues have a quick and easy fix.
Instructions for an epsom salt bath: dissolve 1-2 cups Epsom Salt in a warm bath and soak for 12 minutes. So simple!
And by doing so, you could experience positive benefits such as:
- Improving heart health
- Improving body’s use of insulin
- Flushing toxins and heavy metals
- Easing muscle pain
- Improving nerve function
- Helping maintain proper calcium levels
- Relieving stress
- Improving sleep and concentration
Pairing epsom salts with essentials oils makes for an optimum experience. Adding peppermint and eucalyptus can help ease congestion and clear sinuses, lavender and chamomile relieve stress and tension, lemon or other citruses promote focus and uplift mood, tea tree helps detox, both cinnamon and clove help increase labido, and the list goes on.
If you live in central Ohio, consider scheduling a Make & Take party to make some of these health-promoting bath salts with your friends and family!
Epsomsaltcouncil.org, Universal Health Institute “About Epsom Salt”
“Report on Absorption of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) across the skin”
Disclaimer: I am not a health professional, and the information provided is a culmination of my research findings. Please consult a medical professional for health concerns.