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Epsom Salt Baths Benefit Everyone

Updated on May 18, 2012

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Who doesn't love a bath? Most will say, they don't have time. I make time for my bath and you should too. I always use a minimum of 1 cup Epsom Salt. It is best to use two cups. I also pour in a cap of my favorite bath soap to get things sudsy. I like Vitabath, but you can use whatever scented liquid soap.

Epsom salt has so many health benefits, it seems silly that more people do not make the time to soak for 15-20 minutes. It is a ashame more doctors do not recommend it to patients who are of aching, have tired muscles and or sore joints.

An Important Mineral We Forget About

Did you know 60% of our body's magnesium is stored within our bones. An epsom saltbath can help aid absorption of the mineral through our skin. This amazing mineral helps to regulate nerve, muscle and enzyme function. It also helps cells in its use of calcium. For those with hypertension this is a great way to hellp regulate blood pressure while improving function.

My father had Type 2 diabetes and would cheat by sneaking candy and ice cream. He was a stubborn soul. Thirty years ago, they did not know about salt baths. Magnesium levels are lower in diabetics. I am not advocating that this is a cure, but if it helps with managing insulin levels, why not? This doesn't mean you can stop taking insulin. Always consult with your physician. As for myself, I am a big advocate of taking at least one salt bath a week. When my kids have sore muscles from sports, I have them soak in the tub too.

Have you ever awoken from a charlie-horse cramp in the calf while sleeping? The pain is excruciating. Your muscles just cramp-up like a taut rubber-band.Chances are you are magnesium deficient. If you are not the kind of person who drinks a lot of water and epsom salt bath may just do the trick.

Are you arthritic at all. An epsom salt bath can help alleviate some of the pain. This epsom salt bath does wonders for the lower spine and hip. If you are anything like pains have come as a result of aging. I soak for 15 minutes and feel great after. For me, it cleanses the muscle pain away.

You can make this bath feel luxurious by adding a cap of your favorite bubble bath. The one I like and use is vitabath. I pour one capful. I personally do not like to use oil in any bath. It makes the tub very slippery and if you have sore muscles, you could slip and injure yourself.

Be good to yourself. Relax and enjoy! I have written about Arthitic pain in another hub. Please visit that hub to find out more on alleviating hip pain.

My Favorite Moisturizing Bath Soap


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      HubTub 5 years ago

      Wonderful hub on the benefits of epsom salt baths. I definitely plan on trying this out! The Vitabath looks very refreshing as well. Thanks for this wonderful tip!

      Voted up + more and sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I'm one of those people who rarely take time to soak in a tub but rather take showers. I think your hub is a good reminder to utilize many of those old fashioned things like epsom salts in bathwater to ease aches and pains. It has stood the test of time and I think that people sometimes need to be reminded of them. you have inspired me to take another bath! :))

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      Harsha Vardhana R 6 years ago from Bangalore

      Thank you, alphagirl !

      There are so many research findings that magnesium deficiency is a cause for many serious disorders like parkinson, stroke etc. Unfortunately that angle is rarely investigated.

      If a person can't take the bath due to lack of time or tub, even feet can be soaked for 30-40 minutes in salt water. That alternate choice was suggested in a forum

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      alphagirl 6 years ago from USA

      Jackie Lynnley, Thanks for your curiosity. I know it helps. If you lived next door to me, I could have given you a cup of epsom salt to try. I do this in combo with advil if my joints ache, esp. my spine.

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      Jackie Lynnley 6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So interesting! I have been wondering lately if magnesium could be absorbed through the skin with epsom salt. It hurts my stomach really bad like in water or orally any way so I wondered if a bath or foot soak may help get it in my system. So thanks for answering that question.

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      I am so ready for this bath. It is amazing how epsom salt does help you relax and sooth away those stressful moments. Thanks for the refreshing share on this topic.