Epsom salt baths are wonderfully relaxing to help you calm your mind, detoxify, stimulate circulation and clear your lymphatic system.
Epsom salt is rich in magnesium, a mineral that is highly involved in cellular energy production, detoxification, and muscle relaxation. It also helps to promote the release of lactic acid from muscle tissue which helps to ease tension and pain and thus can be helpful any time you are suffering from soreness and muscle strain. It is also an excellent idea for the evening after you have had a massage because it helps to clear out released lactic acid. It can also be helpful to decrease anxiety after a tough day.
Epsom salts are readily available at your local pharmacy. Use 1-4 cups in a full bath, soak in the bath for a minimum of 15-20 minutes, without adding any bathing solutions or oils and without using soap, as these substances will alter the chemistry of the water. You can then wash or rinse off as you wish.
To replace the fluid you lose during perspiration, keep a glass of cold water beside you and sip it during the bath. If you like, you may wrap a cold wet towel around your neck. As with any hot bath, make sure you get out of the tub slowly and carefully.
* If you have a heart condition, you may need to moderate the water temperature and avoid submerging your body above heart level. You should definitely use a cold towel around your neck. If you have any concerns about whether a hot bath will affect you adversely, please consult with your naturopath before using the Epsom salt bath. *