Epsom Salt Baths
By Marci Howard-May, Spa Services Supervisor
Epsom Salt has been used for centuries as a curative for a variety of ailments. The benefits of Epsom Salt range from reducing inflammation, easing muscle pain and soreness, curing skin problems, healing cuts, detoxifying the body, reducing blood pressure, and a skin exfoliant for both face and body.
Epsom Salt, which is named after a spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, does not actually contain salt. It is a compound of magnesium and sulfate which occurs naturally and studies show this compound is readily absorbed through the skin.
Magnesium performs many functions in our body. It regulates over 325 enzymes, helps the production of serotonin, helps muscle and nerve function, increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) and is critical in the proper use of calcium in muscle contractions, thus its ability to ease muscle spasms. Sulfate helps flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells as well as improves the absorption of nutrients.
To use Epsom Salt put two cups in the bath and soak for at least 15 minutes. You can also add a little to your facial cleanser to exfoliate your face. Use it mixed with equal parts of oil to exfoliate your entire body. Soak your feet with a half cup of Epsom Salt to soothe achy feet, soften rough skin and eliminate odor.