Now you don’t have to ask me twice to take some time out of my day and soak my bones in a hot bath. I LOVE BATHS, alway have. I like the ceremony of a bath – filling the bath whilst you potter around lighting candles, adding oils or salts and generally getting ready for the relax. I have good news, yogis – there is a way to combine sacred bath time with something that will boost general health and improve your yoga practice. Do I hear you say lifegoals?
Epsom salts get their name from a saline spring in Epsom, England and have been praised for a long list of health benefits for centuries from curing athlete’s foot to easing gout, but it’s time we yogis get in on the game and start reaping the benefits of Epsom salts.
I think now is a good time to mention that Epsom salts are not salts, but a naturally occurring mineral compounds of magnesium and sulfate. It is believed that these two compounds are very easily absorbed through the skin, which makes adding them to a hot bath the perfect delivery. Magnesium and sulfate are VITAL for our bodies, helping with inflammation, muscle relaxation, flushing toxins from the body and absorbing nutrients.
So how exactly can these little miracles help with our yoga practice? Epsom salts can help to relieve muscle pain by reducing inflammation which is great news after a tough Ashtanga practice. Epsoms are also known to regulate electrolytes which can be a huge help when it comes to optimising nerve function and overall wellbeing. Many Epsom Salt lovers use them in a Detox bath to flush out toxins. Our asana practice also helps us to detox, but as they say, every little helps. Its the Sulfate component in Epsom Salts that are responsible for this as they flush toxins and heavy metals from the body’s cells which also helps to relieve muscle pain.
Saving the best for last, what about stress relief and body relaxation? Yes please, Epsoms! Magnesium is know as natures tranquilliser and many of us have a Magnesium deficiency. so a nice long soak in an Epsom bath can help you destress and relax after a long day whilst increasing your natural Magnesium levels.
It is very easy to get your hands on a bag of these wonderful salts, Most health food or natural stores stock them but if this fails you can alway purchase them online. Be sure to get good quality salts, food grade standard for example as there are many different options out there especially online. Here are a few ideas of how you and integrate Epsom Salts into your life.
Recommendation for your bath:
2.5 cups of Epsom salts in your bath 2-3 times a week. Feel free to add essential oils to add a little extra special something to your bath. I like to add lavender oil if its a pre-bed bath or Eucalyptus oil when sick.
There is also a place for Epsoms in your beauty regime. Thank god for that as I just bought a 25kg bag from Amazon! Here are some tips –
- Mix it with your conditioner to make a 20 minute hair mask for extra volume.
- Add a teaspoon of Epsom salts to your usual cleanser and you’ve got yourself a skin exfoliator
There really are endless ways you can incorporate your Epsom salts into your life so give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments!