Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Do you use Epsom Salts?

Epsom salts were something that my Great-Grandmother had sitting on the ledge of her bathtub. 

I never considered using them myself until recently. 

If you soak for just 12 minutes, 3 times a week- you can enjoy some of these amazing health benefits (according to the Epsom Salt Industry Council):

  • Improved heart and circulatory health, reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure.
  • Improved ability for the body to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes.
  • Flushed toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.
  • Improved nerve function by electrolyte regulation. Also, calcium is the main conductor for electrical current in the body, and magnesium is necessary to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood.

  • Relieved stress. Excess adrenaline and stress are believed to drain magnesium, a natural stress reliever, from the body. Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation.

  • Reduced inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps.

  • Improved oxygen use.

  • Improved absorption of nutrients.

  • Improved formation of joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins.

  • Prevention or easing of migraine headaches.


  1. I just took an epsom salt bath last night! My mom taught me that when I was younger, and I've always found I feel better after a salt bath if I have sore muscles or just need a pick-me-up. My Chiropractor suggested using about 3-4 cups per bath!

    Also, it's good for the garden! Go figure!