Happy Friday everyone!
Last week, I decided to start a weekly post called $5 health tip Fridays where I share simple and affordable things you can do at home to help with health, wellness, and beauty! Again, I have to be super annoying and state that I can not give any medical advice until I become a licensed Naturopathic doctor (in September yay!), so I can simply give information! Today’s tip is one of the easiest and seriously affordable things you can do at home to feel absolutely amazing! At my school’s clinic (Bastyr University San Diego, check us out :)) we recommend this to probably 75% of our patients…honestly probably more than that. Let’s jump right in to the tip!
Today’s $5 Tip: Epsom Salt Baths
I have been taking Epsom Salt baths for years now! In high school, my mom would have me take them when my migraines or neck pain would get really bad and they helped so much. I knew epsom salt baths could help you relax and that they were good for you for a lot of reasons, but I never really knew why until I started Naturopathic med school.
What are Epsom salts? Epsom salt is technically Magnesium sulfate. This form of Magnesium can easily be absorbed into your body through the skin. Magnesium helps to relax the smooth and skeletal muscles. Smooth muscles are found in your lungs and blood vessels, this is why Magnesium can help have such a calming effect because it literally helps to open up your lungs and decrease your blood pressure. The fact that it helps to reduce skeletal muscles is great for relieving muscle cramps, joint pain, and overall soreness or tightness. These baths are great to take at night to help you unwind and loosen up before bed!
I add about 2 cups of epsom salts to a warm bath and let the salts dissolve for about 5 minutes. Then I hop in, relax, and soak for at least 15 minutes to feel the most benefits! Make sure to moisturize afterwards to prevent any dryness of the skin!
If you don’t have a bath tub, you can also do a foot soak. While sticking your feet in a bucket of water doesn’t seem all that relaxing, you can still get a lot of the same benefits. It’s also great for foot pain after a long day or night in deadly stilettos!
My favorite brand for epsom salt is Dr. Teal’s. I using the soothe and sleep with lavender to help me relax after a long day. If I have a bad tension headache, or am experiencing a lot of neck and back pain from my lovely 2 hour commutes I go for the Relax and Relief with eucalyptus and spearmint.
I hope this makes you all go out and grab some epsom salts and try the bath! Let me know what you thought of today’s $5 tip and what kind of tips you’d like to see in the future!