Ever been told you should take an Epsom salt bath to heal aches, release water retention, etc? If you were my client you were definitely told to take an Epsom salt bath. But does it really do what I thought it did?
Here’s the backstory as to why I decided to go in deeper in this ritual. I recently moved from NYC to LA. During this time my anxiety was heightened. To top the anxiety I had given up drinking so there wasn’t much relief. Yes, meditation would have helped but when your home is tossed and your space is dismantled, a relaxed state of mind for someone that is as highly anxious as I am was not happening. My heart was racing so much that even running was not happening. To top that, my go-to nutrition plan to get grounded during times of heightening anxiety and stress was not working because of my body and mind reaction to extreme stress by not holding down food. I mean literally, I was not able to keep it down and eventually had absolutely no appetite for it.
I couldn’t keep food down because my mind was acting as if I was in danger
I couldn’t run because my heart was racing and my muscles were fatigued
I wasn’t able to sit in stillness mainly because there was no peaceful place
When all else fails I seek healing.
A really good friend recommended I see her healer. At this point, I was desperate and needed a solution, so I made an appointment. We spent a few hours together. She did psychic work on me, hands-on healing and she used some machine on me to stir up what she called “toxic energy” and get it moving. That’s when she ended by saying,
Take a bath using Epsom salt, apple cider vinegar and baking soda. This will help remove the negative energy you have sticking to you.
Ok? I was open to it and I did it. I believe that sometimes things work like the placebo effect. Because I truly believe that this ritual will get rid of toxic energy. But what does science say?
I am only going to get into the Epsom salt bath because that’s the one I’ve shared with my clients because I believed in its healing effects, detoxing.
Epsom Salt Baths For Detoxing
The benefits that come from heat from water—which is an opportunity to relax—and the benefits of heat on capillary dilation at skin level relieve pain. Also by adding Epsom salts, you may feel extra relaxed because the water feels silkier.
Science has shown the effects of magnesium in IV is amazing and has done such things as helping blood get healthier, relieve joint and muscle aches and help to relax the body and mind. These same results were not proven by those who just used Epsom salt in baths.
What I decided is that if something is going to make my bath experience more relaxing and it helps me to feel better, then why not. It definitely has shown more positive effects and absolutely no negative side effects so why not. And a new ritual that I starting practicing with my Epsom salt is scrubbing my body with it as I am stepping into the bath so the salt falls into my bath and my body is exfoliated
Use Epsom salt baths to detoxify by oral ingestion: 10 to 30 grams for adults according to Healthline*. I have done this before and it definitely helped with bowel movements. And that is exactly what you want when you are detoxing. Get that sh*t out!! https://www.healthline.com/health/epsom-salt-detox#benefits
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