The skin is not an impenetrable barrier; it will absorb what comes in contact with it. This absorbent capacity can be used to promote health and detoxification, and can be taken advantage of in the form of baths.
Bathing with Epsom salts (MgSO4·7H2O) is an easy and effective way to supply your body with more magnesium and sulfate. Both minerals are easily absorbed through the skin.
Epsom salt is traditionally known to relive aches and pains. It is commonly used by athletes and sport enthusiasts to enhance recovery and remove lactic acid from muscles. It also decreases swelling and inflammation in injured tissues. A warm bath with the addition of Epsom salts it is also known to increase circulation, lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
Magnesium is a mineral which is crucial to many important functions. It regulates hundreds of enzymes and plays an important role in muscle control, energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins. It also has a sedative and relaxing effect upon the nervous system and the muscles.
Sulfates are an important component for the formation of joint proteins, brain cells, and the lining wall of the intestine. It also plays a crucial role in liver detoxification.
Epsom bath are beneficial for children with autism. Some autistic children have trouble with their PST (phenol-sulfotransferase) system and the processing of phenols and salicylates. Epsom salt, will provide them with the extra sulfates they need in order for the liver to eliminate those compounds. Also the magnesium will help with sleep.
Another useful addition to the bath is baking soda, which also has detoxifying properties. Baking soda has an alkalizing effect on the skin and the body. It soothe rashes, dry itchy wintery skin and can help chronic problems like eczema and psoriasis. It is also good for diaper rash.
Add 2 parts of Epsom salts to 1 part of baking soda, and a couple of drops of essential oil, if you wish, to the bath (as an example: 2 cups of Epsom salts and 1 cup of baking soda).
Oils of lavender, rose or sandalwood are good all around choices. They are gentle to the skin and are very relaxing. I also like Eucalyptus, Cedarwood or Peppermint in the winter, for the immune system and if a have a bite of a stuffy nose.
Take a 20-40 minute bath ideally, just before bed or after training.