It seems our grandparents were onto something with their Epsom Salt baths! But what are these magical salts? Epsom Salts are magnesium sulphate which when bathed in, absorb via the skin as a source of both magnesium and sulphur.
As a nutritional therapist, magnesium is one of the most important minerals for human health. Responsible for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body, a lack of this miracle mineral can leave us generally fatigued, full of aches and pains and sleep deprived amongst many other conditions. To get this mineral from our foods, we rely on healthy soils to nourish our vegetables and a number of digestive factors to absorb into our systems. With a depletion in soil minerals over the years and more digestive health issues, we struggle to get enough of this mineral. Add to that, the fact that certain medications and also stress, deplete us of this essential mineral and most of us could do with more.
Bathing in the salts allows absorption of magnesium directly via the skin which is the largest organ in our body. The sulphur element is also great for liver detoxification too and what better excuse to light a candle, grab a good book, lock the bathroom door and create a spa in your own home! Bliss.