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Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths

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author image William Peterman
William Peterman is a registered nurse with experience in mental health, surgery, urology, drug research and critical care. Peterman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and also has a Master of Business Administration. His articles on health and nutrition have appeared on various online publications.
Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths
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Overview

Magnesium sulfate is the scientific name for Epsom salt, which looks like table salt. Epsom salt baths are popular for softening and exfoliating skin, relaxation, drawing impurities out of skin and relieving migraine and cold or flu symptoms. The magnesium and sulfates in Epsom salt are easily absorbed through the skin and may increase the magnesium levels in your body, reports Care2.com. Consult with your physician before taking Epsom salt baths if you are pregnant or have a medical condition.

Stress Relief and Relaxation

The magnesium in Epsom salt helps relieve stress and improves relaxation and sleep when used in baths, according to the Epsom Salt Council. The Natural-Homeremedies.org states that stress can lead to reduced magnesium levels in the blood, resulting in the production of adrenalin. The magnesium in Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and then binds with serotonin in the brain, helping you to relax.

Reduce Pain and Inflammation

Epsom salt baths help relieve muscle cramps, pain and inflammation due to the magnesium, reports the Epsom Salt Council. People with arthritis and sports injuries may find Epsom salt baths useful for reducing pain and swelling.

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Flush Toxins

The Epsom Salt Council notes that the sulfates in Epsom salt help flush out toxins and draw impurities away from the skin. According to The Epsom Salt Council, you should soak in a warm bath with 2 cups Epsom salt for at least 12 minutes at a time for the greatest therapeutic benefits.

Softer Skin

Epsom salt baths naturally exfoliate and soften skin, points out the Epsom Salt Council. Epsom salt baths may lead to better skin circulation, making your skin healthier.

Migraine Headache Help

Epsom salt baths may give relief to those who suffer with migraine headaches. According to Care2.com, Epsom salt baths ease and can prevent migraines.

Fight Colds and Flu

The Epsom Salt Council states that soaking in an Epsom salt bath it may spur vasodilatation, which increases white blood cell production, helping your body fight illness. This is especially useful for people who have colds or the flu, since Epsom salt also helps with aches and pains.

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