We all like taking baths for different reasons: to relax after a long day of work, to soften our skin, soothe sore muscles, or even just to play with bubbles. Even though a nice warm bath can be exactly what you need to make your day better, there are a couple extra ingredients that can make your soak in the tub even more beneficial.
Most of us are aware of the importance of certain vitamins and nutrients in our bodies, but many are not aware that 68% of U.S. adults consume less than the recommended daily allowance of magnesium, according to the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health. Magnesium is mostly found in our bones as well as inside our cells, body tissues, and organs.
According to the National Institute of Health, magnesium helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis.
According to The Universal Health Institute (UHI), raising magnesium levels may:
- Improve heart and circulatory health
- Improve the body’s ability to use insulin,
- Flush toxins and heavy metals from cells; easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances
- Improve nerve function by regulating electrolytes
- Relieve stress
Magnesium is naturally found in green vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains. However, magnesium is also naturally found in Magnesium Sulfate, more commonly known as Epsom salt.
According to UHI, Epsom salt can be absorbed into your skin which will increase your magnesium levels and deliver sulfates, which can be difficult to get through food, but can readily be absorbed through the skin.
Here are some health benefits of Epsom salt, according to UHI:
- Eases stress and improves sleep and concentration
- Helps muscles and nerves function properly
- Regulates activity of 325+ enzymes
- Helps prevent artery hardening and blood clots
- Makes insulin more effective
- Reduces inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps
- Improves oxygen use
- Flush toxins
- Improve absorption of nutrients
- Help form joint pain, brain tissue and mucin proteins
- Help prevent or ease migraine headaches
According to the Epsom Salt Council, Epsom salt baths may be an effective and gentle way to raise magnesium levels without taking supplements. As if that isn’t great already—you can make your bath even better by adding essential oils to your Epsom salt bath to customize your needs and make your bath an aromatic and therapeutic paradise.
Depending on which oils you add, taking a bath can be soothing, invigorating, refreshing, or detoxifying. For an Epsom salt bath, just add 1 cup of Epsom salt along with 10 drops of your favorite essential oil(s) into a warm bath. Relax and soak in your bath until the water becomes cooler.
Using a few drops of essential oils may help you to relax!