There are many good reasons to establish a regular bath ritual. One of these is so that you can enjoy the advantages of magnesium by adding Epsom salt to your bath.

Epsom salt a popular mineral compound that can be absorbed by your skin. It is a great source of magnesium, which is an important mineral for maintaining normal cardiac activity, good general muscle function, and a healthy immune system.

The magnesium in Epsom salts can also help ease muscle aches and soreness, reduce inflammation, and promote detoxification.

Here are some ways to elevate your Epsom salt bath for even more benefits. These benefits include better relaxation, hydration for your skin, and boosted detoxification.

Add Essential Oils for Relaxation

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Adding a couple of drops of chamomile or lavender to your Epsom salt bath can help you relax even more.

Several research studies have shown that chamomile can enhance the quality of your sleep while providing relief from the signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Other research suggests that lavender can help soothe the nervous system and encourage an uplifting mood. What is more, it has a naturally intoxicating smell.

Add Mud to Ease Soreness

In a recent research study of patients suffering from osteoarthritis, a sequence of mud bath treatments with sulphate-fluorides and magnesium-calcium mineral water was very efficient at easing stiffness and pain.1

Try adding Epsom salts and bentonite clay to the bath water to ease muscle or joint pain and soreness.

Repel a Cold with Healing Ingredients

If you find yourself under the weather during cold and flu season, you add some green tea and eucalyptus to your bath.

Research shows that green tea is a very powerful anti-oxidant. A recent study also showed that green teas possessed significant antifungal and antibacterial properties.2

Eucalyptus contains antioxidant and boasts antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antiseptic properties. It can bolster immune function and help alleviate skin irritation. Additionally, eucalyptus oil serves as an expectorant which can assist breathing and can help relieve chest and sinus congestion, coughs, and relieve muscle soreness and pain.

You can also use these bath ingredients as a precautionary solution to prevent illness and detoxify during colder weather.

Hydrate Your Skin

If you have dry skin, Epsom salts may help. In addition to being an exfoliant, they can help soften and hydrate your skin. For an extra hydrating effect, try adding coconut milk or oatmeal to your bath.

A milk or oatmeal bath is particularly beneficial for people with itchy and dry skin, especially during winter season. You can use powdered coconut milk, quick oats, some relaxing essential oils, and soak away in your hydrating, exfoliating, and soothing bath.

This calming take on a typical bath will leave your skin silky soft and hydrated.

Add Rose Oil or Rosewater

The fragrance of rose is considered one of the most enticing scents. If you love roses, incorporate them into your bath time.  You can add rose petals, rose water, or a few drops of rose essential oil to your tub.

In addition to their beautiful aroma, roses hold many health benefits. Studies on rose oil have shown that it can aid in physiological and psychological relaxation, and has analgesic, anti-depression and anti-anxiety effects.3

Rose extracts can also act as a cleanser, and they possess anti-inflammatory properties. They also contain antioxidants, and have antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

Take a Bath!

These are just a few ways to help elevate your Epsom salt bath. Epsom salt offers a lot of benefits on its own, but adding essential oils and other natural components can help maximize its potential.

Sources:

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23314489
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27193355
3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28748167

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