Bath salts are beneficial to health due to the presence of minerals in them, primarily magnesium. A salt bath helps relieve stress, detox the body, sleep well, improve blood circulation and decrease blood pressure. Bath salts like Epsom salt, Dead Sea salt, and Himalayan pink salt can cure various illnesses, too. For more benefit, salt baths can be done with aromatic oil.
Bath salts are becoming popular cosmetic agents for relaxation. By bath salts, we often mean Epsom salt which is not really salt, but pulverized minerals–mainly magnesium and sulfur. It has many therapeutic benefits, a reason why it is used as an anticonvulsant, a cathartic and an electrolyte replenisher in the treatment of preeclampsia and eclampsia in pregnant women.
1. Relax Well
But what really garnered Epsom salt all the fan following is its ability to relax the body. It is, thanks to the abundance of magnesium in it which can make pulmonary arteries in the vascular smooth muscle to expand, increasing blood circulation to the muscles in the body and relaxing them in the process. This increased blood circulation also reduces blood pressure, resulting in reduced stress. A hot water bath with Epsom salt can relieve the muscles of soreness and pain, a reason why it is recommended after workouts.
2. Better Detox
It is also used in detox treatments. Skin is a toxin carrier and what better way to flush the toxins out than have a nice detox bath. Epsom salt can do the job. Soak up daily in warm water with Epsom salt and a few drops of your preferred aromatic oil to draw toxic waste swiftly out of the pores.
3. For Enzyme Functions
Epsom salt can also aid enzymatic functions in the body. How is that important? Well, enzymes play an important role in the upkeep and maintenance of cells in the body. They increase the rate of chemical reactions within the cells. Since magnesium plays a crucial role in all intracellular physiological functions, a deficiency in the mineral can lead to various neuromuscular, cardiac and nervous disorders. It is believed that an Epsom salt bath will help in the absorption of these minerals through the skin and into the bloodstream, though no scientific evidence is available to prove this.
4. A Laxative
Epsom salt is also a laxative that can provide relief from constipation. If taken orally, it can increase the water content in the intestine. Having said that, magnesium sulfate should not be taken orally without supervision. Overdosing on it can even be fatal. So the easiest, safest way to relieve constipation is by having an Epsom salt bath!
5. Hormone Regulator
Magnesium has other benefits, too. It helps you sleep better, maintain healthy heart rhythm and blood sugar levels, and regulate hormones. That is not to say magnesium is the only reason you should go for Epsom salt baths. The sulfur in it can help the production of glutathione, the body’s master antioxidant, which plays a major role in methylation, a biochemical process in the body involved in almost all of its functions.