DIY Epsom Salt Detox Bath
This DIY Epsom Salt Detox Bath is moisturizing (coconut oil) and relaxing (lavender). It boosts magnesium levels, soothes sore muscles and flushes toxins.
We move this weekend!! Just thinking about it is sending me into a tailspin of stress (is packing not the worst activity known to man!?!), nostalgia and chaos.
It’s going to be such a bittersweet move, and while I’m SO excited for our next adventure, I am absolutely dreading the packing process (hence why it’s 4 days before our move and we have yet to start shoving our stuff into boxes), experiencing intense anxiety every time I think about it.
So not only am I in desperate need of some stress relief, but I’ve also been traveling for the past 2 weeks and a detox is perhaps even more in order. Enter the DIY Epsom Salt Detox Bath.
This is my all-time favorite indulgence, a self-care practice I try to do at least one to two times per week. Taking a relaxing soak in the tub just feels so luxurious, so carefree, and once I learned about the incredible healing powers of Epsom Salts, I made it even more of a priority because it is SO good for you. Take a look:
What is Epsom Salt?
Scientifically speaking, Epsom salt is hydrated magnesium sulfate. Unlike regular bath salts, which may contain other ingredients as part of a proprietary blend that is really often just concentrated mixtures of toxic chemicals, Epsom salt itself does not contain anything other than magnesium sulfate.
Note: Be sure you read the ingredients label, though, as some brands like Dr. Teal’s, add toxic chemicals like Fragrance to their Epsom salts. I recommend the Epsoak brand, which is clean and pure, made in the U.S., and super affordable as it’s sold in bulk sizes.
So why are magnesium and sulfate so important? For starters, our standard American diet–you know, the one that’s based on processed foods and convenient junk–has left many of us deficient in vitamins and minerals.
I know that I personally had low levels of magnesium…unsurprising considering 68 percent of U.S. adults consume less than the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of magnesium (source), and 19 percent consume less than half the RDA.
On the surface this might not sound so bad–what even is magnesium, some of you might be wondering–but a lack of magnesium, which helps regulate more than 300 enzymes in the body, can contribute to high blood pressure, hyperactivity, heart problems, poor sleep quality, digestive distress and other health issues (source). And sulfate is key for flushing out toxins and helping form proteins in joints, brain tissue and mucin proteins.
Even if we were all consuming the RDA, both magnesium and sulfate aren’t always well absorbed through the stomach. Fortunately, studies show increased magnesium levels from soaking in a bath enriched with Epsom salt.
Not only will Epsom salt baths increase your magnesium levels, but Epsom salts are also proven to soothe muscle pain and aches, provide itch relief from sunburn and poison ivy, remove splinters, decrease swelling, increase insulin sensitivity, improve circulation, reduce headaches and stress and calm skin disorders, like acne, rosacea, eczema and more.
But why stop there? Though a simple bath soak with Epsom salts alone is worth its weight in gold, a few other ingredients will up the stress relief ante and moisturize your skin, while you’re at it.
- Lavender essential oil: one of the most relaxing herbs, calming lavender is a great way wind down before bed. The aromatherapy benefits don’t hurt either. As soon as I smell lavender, I instantly feel more calm and relaxed.
- Coconut oil: One of the best bath ingredients for soft skin, coconut oil—which has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal properties—will moisturize and soften your skin while you soak.
So there you have it: a relaxing, moisturizing, detoxifying bath that’s as good for you as it will make you feel. Try meditating while you take yours, or bring a good book into the tub with you. Happy soaking!
Begin to fill your bathtub with warm water. As it fills, add lavender oil and coconut oil. Once there's enough water for you to soak, add Epsom Salt. Use your hands/feet to move the water around and dissolve the salts.
Soak for at least 12 minutes, or up to an hour.
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser
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