Epsom salt baths? YES please. I love them. In my opinion, there’s nothing more relaxing, except maybe a massage or laying on the beach somewhere. But if those things aren’t an option, this is the next best thing. Besides the fact that they are deeply relaxing and give you that much need break and quality “me” time, they are really beneficial for your body and help with the detoxification process.
Epsom salts contain Magnesium, which aids in various bodily functions; one of them being the removal of toxins. Ridding the body of toxins will help to alleviate inflammation, pain, stiffness, fatigue, etc. Magnesium is also said to reduce stress and help with deeper sleep as well as helping to produce serotonin (the “feel good” hormone) and reducing the effects of adrenaline. Epsom salt baths can also help to relax muscles and improve the function of your nerves.
I try to take an Epsom Salt bath at least once a week and it’s something that I truly look forward to. I usually take one before bed because it helps me to relax and I love the feeling of getting into bed at night when I’m all clean and fresh. Now, if you just washed the sheets and have a freshly clean bed to get into also, that’s even better. I like to do my nightly routine before taking my bath; washing my face, brushing my teeth, taking my vitamins, etc. I then brew a cup of tea and sometimes even put on a face mask while my bath is running. I add about 2-3 cups of Epsom salts and pick out a couple of essential oils to add to my bath. I change it up to whatever I’m intuitively feeling at the moment; I really love ylang ylang, eucalyptus, and dōTERRA blends such as whisper or balance. Really anything that is grounding and smells nice is good in my book. Just remember, you only need a couple of drops because these oils are really, really potent.
I’ll then grab a book and/or my headphones and my cup of tea and soak for 20-30 minutes. I personally like to wear my noise cancelling headphones just so that I can completely tune out any noises in my apartment or the street below (I like in downtown Seattle and it can be pretty noisy) and really settle in and relax. Sometimes I’ll read or just listen to music. I enjoy this time so much- it’s one of my favorite wellness rituals. You can always light a candle too if you want those extra relaxing vibes! And if you want to step up your detox process before your bath, take a few minutes to dry brush first (I’ll do a post on dry brushing soon). After I’m done taking my bath, I will usually do “legs up the wall pose” for 5-10 minutes to calm my nervous system even more before getting into bed. I fall asleep like a baby when I do all of this before bed. If you try this, let me know! I would love to hear what you think.