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11 Benefits of Epsom Salt Bath You Didn’t Know About

11 Benefits of Epsom Salt Bath You Didn’t Know About

Baths can be therapeutic and cleansing. The utility reason people take them is to clean off the dirt and stink of the day. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the act of bathing. You can grab a book, light some candles, pour a glass of wine, and put on your favorite slow music. You could also add some Epsom salt. Why would you want to do that? Read on to find out.

1. Restore your magnesium

By far the most useful reason to take an Epsom salt bath is to help restore your magnesium. According to studies, stress can decrease your magnesium levels. Combine that with the staggering number of people who already don’t get enough of it in their diet and you have a populace of those who are magnesium deficient. Epsom salt baths can help that and thus it promotes relaxation, good health, and even helps improve your mood.

2. Get your detox on

Taking an Epsom salt bath is a great addition to your detox regimen or just as a general detox. The sulfates in Epsom salt help draw the toxins and heavy metals out of your body which can also help improve health and promote a general feeling of wellness.

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3. Make your skin softer and smoother

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    The exfoliating qualities in Epsom salt makes it a great home remedy for rough, dry skin. This is especially useful for people who have skin conditions like eczema. Much like everything else about these wonderful salts, it can promote wellness and help improve conditions.

    4. Help get over certain diseases

    Some diseases like athlete’s foot, gout, and toenail fungus have been shown to improve with the use of Epsom salt. These are uncomfortable conditions that can take a lot of time to heal. Especially athlete’s foot and toenail fungus because your feet spend all day in shoes and socks. Anything to help these sorts of conditions out are always a good idea.

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    5. Reduce pain caused by inflammation

    Between Epsom salt and the warm water of the bath itself, you can help reduce pain caused by inflammation. Whether it’s a strain or a sprain, a bruise, or other minor injuries that are caused by inflammation. It can also help with general muscle soreness caused by things like exercise or other extraneous exertions.

    6. Improve your sulfate levels

    As we mentioned earlier, Epsom salt has sulfates. Not only do these help extract toxins from your body but they can also help promote wellness. When absorbed through the skin, sulfates can promote good skin, joint, and nervous system tissue.

    7. It can help constipation

    A home remedy that people have used for decades is to take a little bit of Epsom salt to help relieve stubborn bowels. Since we’ve established that most of the minerals in Epsom salt can be absorbed into the body, the minerals are still reaching your blood stream. If you’re a little constipated then taking a nice soak in an Epsom bath can help straighten you out. Epsom salts can be taken internally, but ONLY on the advice of a physician.

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    8. Epsom salt can volumize your hair

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      While you’re in the bath, why not give your hair a dunk in the bath water? Epsom salt’s exfoliating properties also work with your hair. The minerals can condition your hair and help with the removal of oils that make your hair greasy. I don’t think it works as well as your regular conditioner but the battle to keep your hair beautiful is an every day battle. Why not give yourself every advantage?

      9. Relieve bed bug bites and bee stings

      The anti-inflammatory properties in Epsom salt also works to relieve maladies caused by bugs. Bed bug bites itch like you wouldn’t believe and bee stings can be obnoxious and painful. The anti-inflammatory properties as well as the exfoliating properties can scrub the area clean and reduce the inflammation. This can relieve pain and itching too!

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      10. A cheap mani-pedi while you bathe

      A cheap way to do a mani-pedi is to use Epsom salt. Since you’ll be soaking in a whole bath of it, why not give your fingers and toes some love while you’re in there? If you soak them for a bit, then clean them off, cut them, and file them and soak again, it’s pretty close to the feeling you get from a mani-pedi.

      11. Improve your facial

      Sometimes a fun idea is to slip into a nice hot bath and put a mask on to help get those pores clean. If you add a little Epsom salt to it you can use the detox and exfoliating properties to make your mask more effective. Your body gets detox and exfoliation so why not your face too?

      How to use Epsom salt

      Okay when you do an Epsom salt bath you shouldn’t overdo it. Here are some quick instructions on how much you should add to your bath.
      Children under 60 lbs: Add 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath
      Individuals between 60-100 lbs: Add 1 cup of salts to a standard size bath
      Individuals between 100-150 lbs: Add 1 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath
      Individuals between 150-200 lbs: Add 2 cups of salts to a standard size bath
      For every 50lbs larger – add in an additional 1/2 cup of salts.

      These days with everything causing health problems, it’s good to find nice, simple ways to add some health benefits for once. Epsom salt is relatively inexpensive and you don’t need to cook it, or exercise, or do anything ridiculous to get the health benefits. You dump it in water and sit in it for a little while. Nice and easy but make sure you don’t overdo it!

      Featured photo credit: Just Health via just-health.net

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      Last Updated on July 10, 2020

      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

      Boundaries are limits

      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
      • When do you feel disrespected?
      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
      • When do you want to be alone?
      • How much space do you need?

      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

      Sample language:

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      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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      Final Thoughts

      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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