Hack: try taking an epsom salt bath to help relieve stress and body pain
All you really have to do with this one is get in the tub and relax!
What is an epsom salt bath?
Simply put, it is a bath with epsom salt dissolved in it. “Epsom salt is one of many naturally occurring mineral salts, a compound of magnesium and sulfate. It is completely different from table salt, with a bitter taste best summed up with one word: BLECH. Users typically dissolve Epsom salt in bath water to release magnesium and sulfate ions and reap the benefits”
What are the benefits?
- “Epsom salt is believed to help stabilize mood and relieve stress, anxiety and depression. In fact, some researchers claim that taking magnesium increases serotonin (happiness or relaxation hormone) production in the brain.”
- “Epsom salt is used to relax muscles and relieve pain in the shoulders, neck, back and skull. For example, by relaxing the muscles surrounding the skull, the magnesium in Epsom salt may help release a headache or migraine. Some researchers also think that magnesium is good for reducing inflammation in internal organs. This may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and improve digestion/bowel movement.”
How do you use it?
- “Just put about 300 grams (1.25 cups) of Epsom salt into a bathtub as it fills with hot water. (Avoid using Epsom salt in a tub with jets, a hot tub or a whirlpool bath unless the manufacturer says it’s OK.)”
- “Once the bath is drawn, ease into the tub and relax. A 15-minute soak should be enough.”
- When purchasing Epsom salt, look to buy a product that is 100% magnesium sulfate.
For a little extra pizazz, add a few drops of lavender essential oil to help with relaxation/stress relief. (Smells great too!) Also, make sure the water is warm enough to dissolve most of the salt.
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