The Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths: An All-Natural Remedy for Insomnia, Anxiety, and Inflammation
Epsom salt is widely known for its physical and mental health benefits.
According to MindBodyGreen, the healing powers of Epsom salt date back to the early 1700s. Word spread fast that the town of Epsom, just 15 miles outside of London, housed a saline spring which was said to cure anything from skin issues to digestive problems. Soon, people began traveling from all over Europe to reap the health benefits of soaking in the all-natural mineral water.
With time, it was discovered that boiling water from the saline spring revealed a residue of pure magnesium sulfate. This final product, later named Epsom salt, was packaged, transported, and sold all over the world as a popular natural remedy that continues to be used today.
Epsom salt has been adopted by both Eastern and Western medicine to provide all-natural, topical relief for a variety of conditions including muscle soreness, sprains, joint stiffness, stress, and itching caused by sunburn and bug bites.
Naoki Umeda, MD, from the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine, notes that while no clinical trials have confirmed the benefits of Epsom salt, doctors continue to promote it for ease of use, low price point, and minimally invasive delivery. However, Epsom salt doesn’t need to be prescribed by a doctor for you to use it.
Purchasing Epsom Salts
While Epsom salts can be purchased over-the-counter at many grocery stores and pharmacies, it’s important to stay away from bath salts that contain toxifying ingredients such as perfumes and chemical additives. Prior to using the product, be sure to follow the directions on the package and be careful not to expose the salts to open wounds. Do not consume Epsom salt without consulting a doctor first.
To maximize the benefits of Epsom salt, find an organic bath salt mixture like La Bloom Beauty’s Cocoa Epsom Soak. A detoxifying combination of Epsom, Pink Himalayan, and Dead Sea salts, this comforting herbal remedy combines the healing power of three natural salts with the health benefits of essential oils such as Lavender, Chamomile and Vanilla, to provide the ultimate relaxation experience. Plus, the addition of shaved cocoa butter will leave you with ultra-moisturized skin while it works behind the scenes to reduce signs of aging.
To use: sprinkle a handful of our Cocoa Epsom salts into your warm bath and let the powerful benefits gently nourish your body during a 15-30 minute soak.
Benefits of Taking an Epsom Salt Bath
Improve Sleep Patterns: The magnesium sulfate in Epsom salt naturally soothes tense muscles, providing an overall calming effect that reduces anxiety and, in turn, helps aid a healthy night’s sleep. For an added calming effect, add a few drops of Lavender and/or Chamomile Essential Oil to your Epsom salt bath and let your worries soak away.
Relieve Stress-Induced Anxiety: According to MBG, stress can also be a risk factor for magnesium deficiency, and ironically, a deficiency in magnesium can magnify our unhealthy responses to stress. Known as one of the best natural approaches to relieving stress, soaking in an Epsom salt bath can help wash away anxiety, allowing you to relax after a tense day.
Soothe Pain: A major benefit of Epsom salt is its pain-relieving qualities. Low levels of magnesium in the blood has been linked to causing migraine headaches, muscle spasms, and increased menstrual cramping. When dissolved in warm bath water, Epsom salts absorb into the skin, which causes a natural reduction in swelling and physical discomfort.
Heal Skin: History shows that its discovery, people have been using Epsom salts to treat damaged skin. Studies suggest that Epsom salts enhance skin hydration and reduce inflammation caused by dryness and infection.
The Bottom Line
Epsom salt is a natural healing remedy that dates back to the early 1700s. The benefits of Epsom salts are widely recognized and include providing relief for cramps, joint stiffness, muscle soreness, stress, and dry or itchy skin.
Our herbal bath salt mixture is made with three all-natural mineral salts, a combination of organic essential oils, and shaved cocoa butter to provide you with the relaxation and moisture you deserve.
Whether you’re an Epsom salt enthusiast or new to the idea of benefiting from ingredients that come naturally from the earth, La Bloom Beauty offers made-to-order products, hand-crafted with your health in mind.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. La Bloom Beauty’s products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.