My son Erik came over to visit on the evening of day two of my headache dilemma and when he heard about my persistent pain he asked if I was taking any magnesium supplements.
This got me thinking about a post I did last May about how important magnesium is to our overall health! It turns out that 80 percent of the U.S. Which finally (sorry it took so long!) brings this blog post to the title of this post….the humble epsom salt bath! Known scientifically as hydrated magnesium sulfate, epsom salt is rich in magnesium which just so happens to be easily absorbed through the skin.
Before I wrote this post about The Wonders Of Ordinary Epsom Salt back in July of 2012 I believed the writing on the front of the bag of epsom salt that says it’s a LAXATIVE and a SOAKING AID.
Since that time I have used epsom salts for skin exfoliation (see my recipe for Lavender Coconut Oil Scrub HERE), as a garden fertilizer, and in the occasional bath, but it wasn’t until my monster headache of last week that I started realizing the preventive benefit of regular soaks in the salt. Now every time I decide to take a nice, hot bath, without fail, I add a cup of epsom salt to get my boost of magnesium and hopefully avoid horrendous headaches in the future! A cool bath with 2 cups of epsom salt reduces pain and has mild anti-inflammatory properties.
Taking epsom salt baths helps your body detoxify and absorb the magnesium, which is very helpful for depression and anxiety. To make my epsom salt soaks even BETTER, I like to kick them up a notch by adding essential oils. Add 2 cups of bath salt to warm water in a standard-sized bathtub (double the Epsom Salt for an oversized garden tub).
Reduce swelling and itching from insect bites. Make compresses by soaking a cotton washcloth in cold water that has been mixed with Epsom salt (two tablespoons per cup), then apply to the skin. Dislodge blackheads. Add a teaspoon of Epsom salt and 3 drops iodine into a half cup of boiling water.
Treat toenail fungus. Soak your affected toes in hot water mixed with a handful of Epsom salt three times a day.
Mood Lifter. Taking Epsom salt baths helps your body detoxify and absorb the magnesium, which is very helpful for depression and anxiety. Get rid of raccoons. A few tablespoons of Epsom salt spread around your garbage cans will deter the raccoons, who don’t like the taste of the stuff.
If you are a regular reader of this blog then you are going to probably laugh at today’s post because once again I am demonstrating my obsession with crafts that flicker! These charming votives made from recycled glass jars, a little Mod Podge, and Epsom Salt were so simple to make, I might have gone a little overboard.

Spray each jar with a coat of clear gloss spray to help the salt to adhere to the jar and give it just a little more sparkle!
Of course I was thinking “Christmas decor” when  made these, but since then I have placed them all over the house! I have one by my nightstand, one on a small table by the chair in my office (shown above), several placed around my bathtub (perfect ambiance for a nice, soothing soak!) and of course on the mantel…because they just look so nice there.
Ok I read all the comments and didn’t see where anyone asked WHERE to get the LED tea lights? I think I have mentioned this here before, but just last year I sold the soap company to a great lady who changed the name and now it goes by The Green Owl Bath & Body. Soaking in a detox bath is like feeding your skin a super smoothie! As you may know, our skin is our largest organ and absorbs everything we put on it. And here’s a fun little graphic you can print off to remind yourself to take care of yourself! He said he’d recently read that taking magnesium may help prevent migraine headaches or at least shorten their duration. The magnesium that is absorbed into the skin from the “salt” interferes with receptors in the brain that register pain. Magnesium sulfate may help to increase sulfate in the bloodstream and to moderate PST levels. Well, apparently magnesium plays an important role in many bodily functions, like muscle control, energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins.
According to the National Academy of Sciences, MOST Americans are magnesium DEFICIENT, which can contribute to serious health issues. Dissolve about 1 cup of Epsom salt in a tub of water and soak the affected area to draw out the splinter. A cool bath with 2 cups of Epsom salt reduces pain and has mild anti-inflammatory properties. Simply pour some into your bong along with a splash of water and swish it around, the results speak for themselves. But I had all these jars I’d been saving for SOMETHING and when I spied this idea at Farmhouse38 I knew this was the perfect way to use them! I had lot of painter’s tape leftover from painting my office and this worked perfectly. I made and sold organic bath products like soap, lip balm and also a variety of bath soaks.

This article in Psychology Today cites a research study where 50% of people with depression has physical symptoms. Meditation doesn’t always mean that you sit quietly atop a mountain with the breeze blowing your pristine white robe. The only thing that came CLOSE was the blend of essential oils that Spark Naturals sells called Relief. Unfortunately, taking a magnesium supplement isn’t necessarily the answer because it is not easily absorbed through the digestive tract. Soaking in epsom salts may provide relaxation and promote calmer behavior, and the magnesium sulfate from epsom salt is absorbed through the skin during a bath. Gently rub it on your face for deep pore cleansing, or use it on heels, elbows and other rough areas. Magnesium sulfate may help to increase sulfate in the bloodstream and to moderate PST levels. Soaking in Epsom salts may provide relaxation and promote calmer behavior, and the magnesium sulfate from Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin during a bath. Add nine tablespoons of Epsom salt to a half cup of shampoo to help soak up excess oil and leave your locks clean. Magnesium helps seeds to germinate, increasing chlorophyll production and improving phosphorus and nitrogen uptake.
If you have another way that YOU use Epsom Salts…please email me or leave a comment below. I am going to try this with the blue crystals and perhaps it will leave a fresh scent as well. The warm water, essential oils, salts and other ingredients worked magic on my sore grieving body. When you fill the bath water with purposeful ingredients you can positively effect the pH balance of your body. Grief is not the same as depression, but the physical pain of grief can be as strong and debilitating as the emotional stress. If you are concerned I would suggest starting with just an epsom salt & lavender bath, eliminating the vinegar and baking soda. The glow of “candlelight” is just so cozy and inviting, and with the little LED tea lights you can buy now you can light up the night safely and economically!

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