WHAT IS EPSOM SALT?
The bitter salt, also known as Epsom salt, is nothing more than magnesium sulfate, more specifically the bonding of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen atoms (MgSO4). So it is not a sodium derivative and has nothing to do with sea salt or common table salt, nor can you find it in traditional drugstore bath salts. The name Epsom Salt comes from the English small town of Epsom, where it occurs in large quantities in natural form. You can also buy it in pharmacies, bio shops and online webshops in Hungary.
MAYBE YOU ALSO HAVE A MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY?
Epsom salt, when exposed to water, decomposes to magnesium and sulfates, which are capable of being absorbed through the skin. Magnesium is also found in our body and essential for many physiological processes, such as the proper functioning of the muscles, nervous system, immune system and digestion, and even for protein integration, insulin production and blood pressure control.
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include muscle cramps, muscle aches, eyelid twitching, frequent headaches, migraine, arrhythmia, depression, nausea, nervousness, fatigue and sleep disorders. Perhaps surprising, but 70% to 80% of people are deficient in magnesium, so that may just be the reason behind your symptoms as well. This is due to the fact that nowadays the quality of arable land has deteriorated significantly due to fertilization and mass production, thus the magnesium content of the fruits and vegetables produced in it is lower .
Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to replace it with a healthy diet. Here comes the addition of magnesium-containing dietary supplements to the regularly used Epsom salt or bitter salt bath. The latter has the advantage of being completely absorbed (without additives) through the skin, whereas only a fraction of the capsule version is absorbed through the stomach!
HOW DOES IT HELP?
The Epsom-salt bath to relieve muscle spasms, muscle pain, muscle pain, joint pains and decreases in the body inflammation, relieve rheumatism, gout, psoriasis, edema, gombásodásos, acne symptoms, piles, supports the body’s detoxification of waste products, heavy metals departure, It also relieves stress and promotes the production of serotonin, also known as the happiness hormone, so when used at bedtime, it also helps you to relax and have a restful, relaxing sleep.
HOW DOES IT AFFECT THE SKIN?
Magnesium, on the one hand, by reducing stress and helping to relax, also helps prevent or alleviate the typically stress-induced skin symptoms. These include acne, eczema, but also psoriasis (psoriasis) and allergic rashes . The pimples otherwise takes aim from two sides, because magnesium helps to balance the hormonal system as well, so if you have hormonal acne, it could be useful to you.
It also improves skin elasticity and moisture and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Magnesium intake also increases the amount of fat cells on the skin surface and collagen levels. Of course, you do not have to overdo it, as magnesium can be overdosed, but on average everyone needs 250-400 mg daily .
Even though I don’t have the time to bathe in the bath every week, I try to at least have an Epsom-salt “ritual” the week before my menstruation. Good alternatives to it are magnesium body oils or body lotions, which I use enthusiastically every night before going to bed. In fact, I also apply it on my son so he sleeps better. 🙂
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HOW TO MAKE AN EPSOM SALT BATH?
Run hot water in the tub (but not too hot) and before it is full, add the Epsom salt to dissolve more easily. Snuggle in and relax for 15-20 minutes. If you start sweating, don’t be surprised that this is due to the start of detoxification processes. After the bath, dry yourself thoroughly and relax for at least an hour (or go to sleep). It is recommended to repeat it 1-2 times a week.
for kids: half a mug of salt
30-45 kg: 1 mug of salt
45-65 kg: one and a half mugs of salt
Between 65-85 kg: 2 mugs of salt
For every 20 kilograms add another half of a mug of salt into your bath.
WHEN IS IT FORBIDDEN?
Do not have Epsom salt baths if you are expecting a baby, suffer from heart disease or any serious chronic condition or if you have any open wounds or burns .
Hope you enjoyed this post and will give it a try! 🙂
Have a nice day & beautiful skin!
An earlier version of this article was published in the 01/2019. issue of the Hungarian Women’s Magazine.