DIY Relaxing Salt Bath

So, I just got over a little 48 hour stomach bug. After a full day of body aches, I decided it was time for a bath. There has been lots of talk about “detox” everything, including baths. It seems to be a popular word, but it may be a slight dramatization in the case of a bath. But, popularity and science be damned–after a lovely 20 minute escape, I emerged feeling much better and my skin was soft and silky. A little lotion applied right after drying off, and I was ready for bed.

Epsom salts are said to relieve aches and pains. It is the magnesium part of Epsom salt that brings this claim–because magnesium is required for the proper function of nerves and muscles. So, naturally, 1+1=2 and Epsom salt soaks relieve muscle aches. :) The stretch in the accuracy of this comes into the ability of the skin to absorb the magnesium to relieve the pain–and it does appear to have lots of anecdotal examples (including my own), lots of folklore, and some science. And, since I don’t do anything without a certain amount of geeky research and trips down rabbit holes…..here’s a link to a report (not a published study) on the absorption of magnesium sulfate that you can read before bed. http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/articles/report_on_absorption_of_magnesium_sulfate.pdf

Now, for why my skin felt soft and silky? Baking soda/sodium bicarbonate is a water softener. Easy enough. But, there is also some support for the alkalinity helping with scaly/itchy skin. My skin hasn’t itched at all today–I don’t have statistics on it, but it is December in Missouri, so a day without itchy skin for me is an accomplishment. And, of course, I found some literature on the topic if you are so inclined: http://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(09)00493-9/fulltext

Now, for the magic recipe…..

THE RECIPE: Relaxing Salt Bath

1 Cup Epsom Salt
1 Cup Baking Soda
10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil (or EO of your choice–eucalyptus, rosemary, mint)

1. Remove any children from the area, turn down the lights and turn on some music.

2. Pour this mixture and yourself into a warm bath. Relax for 20 minutes.

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