Epsom salts have been used in healing baths for centuries after a cow farmer stumbled upon its benefits in the early 1600s. As the story goes, he noticed his cattle avoiding drinking a specific puddle of water. When he bent down to take a sip himself, what he tasted was extremely bitter. At the bottom of the puddle, he discovered the salt-like substance.
As time went on, he noticed his cows that bathed in puddles containing the natural substance had woulds that healed faster. By the end of the century, the bitter salt was named after the town of Epsom near its discovery. At that point, people had been traveling to Epsom in search of the salts for healing wounds, disease and to purge their bodies of impurities.
In this post, we are exploring the benefits of using Espom salts. If you are searching for a simple cleansing ritual to add to your routine each week, read on to learn the power of using these salts in baths and soaks.
Why Use Epsom Salts
Since its discovery, Epsom salts have been used for physical and spiritual healing all over the world. The natural magnesium and sulfate are proven to regulate blood sugar levels, helping to reduce the risk of diabetes.
Epsom salts are best known to relieve muscle aches and pains. The inclusion of the mineral magnesium in its chemical makeup gives epsom salt its powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. You can use epsom salts to combat sore joints, muscles and other physical stress. Other physical uses of Epsom salts include relieving itchiness from insect bites or skin conditions, exfoliation and removing excess oil from your hair. You can also heal foot fungus by soaking your feet in an Epsom salt bath.
Grant your spiritual body relief and release as you soak in a warm Epsom salt bath. As you submerge yourself in the water and relax each part of your body, you will be able to feel the tingle of your spiritual body releasing emotional stress and memories from your hands and feet. With a long soak, you allow your physical and spiritual bodies to release toxins and stress to restore you to a balanced state.
Ways to Use Epsom Salt
Take a bath - Add a few cups of Epsom salt (or a generous sprinkle) to warm running water as your tub fills. Allow the salt to dissolve, then soak for about 20 minutes. Once you are done, rinse yourself off with fresh shower water. You may need to make this ritual a part of your routine a couple of nights per week to begin seeing the benefits.
Body Wrap - Create an Epsom salt bath in a bowl or sink. Once the salt is dissolved, completely saturate a hand towel or wash cloth in the solution. Apply the cloth the the affected area for 20 minutes. Again, you may need to repeat this ritual 2-3 times per week.