Epsom salt offers safe, simple, solutions.
I can’t wait to tell you about my experiences with bathing in Epsom Salt. While on my crusade to accelerate the clearing up of my daughter’s psoriasis, I learned that people around the world purported the use of Dead Sea Salt for healing skin ailments. Naturally I went on line and found a supplier that would send bulk Dead Sea Salt. After several months of unyielding infection and unrelenting suffering, I saw with my own two eyes, the transformation of my daughter’s skin. This led me to wonder if maybe there were other comparable products that might be useful in the bath. Low and behold, Epsom Salt emerged as an inexpensive substitute.
According to the Epsom Salt Industry Council, Epsom Salt is a pure, time-tested mineral compound that has hundreds of uses, from health and beauty to household cleaning and organic gardening. The benefits aren't just folk lore. Numerous studies have demonstrated the profound and wide-ranging benefits of magnesium and sulfate, the two major components of Epsom Salt.
Magnesium is the second-most abundant element in human cells and the fourth-most important positively charged ion in the body, so it's little wonder this low-profile mineral is so vital to good health and well being. Magnesium also helps to regulate the activity of more than 325 enzymes and performs a vital role in orchestrating many bodily functions, from muscle control and electrical impulses to energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins (Epsom Salt Industry Council. [Online] Available http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/index.htm, June 6, 2008).
The National Academy of Sciences reports that most Americans are magnesium deficient, helping to account for our society's high rate of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis and joint pain, digestive maladies and stress-related illnesses, chronic fatigue, and a host of other ailments. It estimates the average American male gets just 80% of the magnesium required for good health, while females get only 70% of their recommended levels. Nutritionists say Americans' magnesium levels have dropped more than 50% in the past century.
So, let’s get this straight. Anyone can go to his or her local CVS drugstore and get a four-pound box of Epsom Salt for around three dollars, add a cup or two to the bath and increase the magnesium level in the body, while cleansing the body and its skin from harmful chemicals and
all at the same time? Why are you still sitting there? Go get some and try it for yourself. You'll be amazed. If you want to try some other fabulous bath salts,
I’ve started using Epsom Salt in my own bath water and here is what happens for me. I add one to two cups to hot-running bath water. While I am waiting for the salt to dissolve, I dry-rub all of my skin with a Loofah or natural boar bristle brush. This promotes circulation to get things moving that might otherwise stay dormant. I lie in the tub for twenty to thirty minutes and voila! Detoxification bath is complete. But wait, there’s more. Fifteen to twenty minutes into my relaxing, leisurely bath, I’ve noticed that parts of my body will begin to itch. This usually occurs on the palms of my hands, my feet, and my arms/elbows; however, once I start scratching it feels good all over. I suppose you could use something other than your own fingernails, but I’ve found that these work the best. I keep my nails approximately one-eighth to one-sixteenth inch in length, and then I focus on scratching areas with the most build-up of crud: the back of my neck, around my ears, face and temples. This scratching could go on forever, literally, but I usually tire out long before my skin scrapes clean. Happy bathing.
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