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Ultimate Relaxation – Epsom Salt Bath With Lavender Oil

How To Take An Epsom Salt Bath With Lavender

Epsom Salt Bath In 3 Easy Steps

  1. Draw bath water so it is hot enough where you need to slowly ease in
  2. Add 1 to 1½ cups of Epsom Salt (magnesium sulfate salt crystals)
  3. Add 3 to 4 drops of lavender essential oil to the bath water

Preparing An Epsom Salt Bath Video Demo

Benefits of An Epsom Salt Bath

  • Magnesium – The Epsom Salt contains magnesium. Most of us don’t have enough magnesium in our diet. Magnesium nourishes and calms the nerves. Your skin is able to absorb the magnesium from the bath water
  • Sulfate – Epsom Salt also contains sulfate which is very good for the health and appearance of your skin
  • Lavender Oil – An essential oil that is commonly used in aroma therapy to produce relaxing effects, naturally reducing stress and anxiety
  • Heat – The heat of the bath water relaxes muscles by enhancing the blood flow to your tissues and relaxing tight and over stressed muscles

For Added Relaxation

  • Allow Yourself  To Be Undisturbed – Find time when you know you aren’t going to be disturbed. It may be a good idea to keep your phone and other potential disturbances out of the bathroom
  • Dim Or Turn The Lights Out – Both our eyes and bodies react to light as stimuli. We want to try and reduce as much stimuli as possible. It also creates a relaxing mood
  • Candles – Add a few candles to set a soothing and calming environment. This will also provide a little light so you aren’t in the dark. Maybe choose your favorite scented candles
  • Music – Create a playlist of music that is relaxing to you. Music that tends to make you zone out and lose yourself for a bit
  • Book – I recommend completely disengaging your senses during this relaxing bath but every now and then you may want to throw in a book. A recent study showed that reading (fiction) was more relaxing than listening to music, drinking tea or taking a walk. It may prove to make the bath that much more relaxing and enjoyable

Pure Bath Water?

Is your bath water filtered? If it isn’t then you are, among other impurities, receiving a lot of chlorine. While chlorine is great at killing bugs and bacteria, it isn’t as great for our skin and health. Chlorine is an irritant that will dry out your skin and also be absorbed by the body which has negative health effects. We want to avoid chlorine when we can. Here are some tips to neutralize the chlorine in your bath water and make it a little more pure and beneficial for your body.

  • Vitamin C – Sprinkle a little Vitamin C powder into your bath water
  • Baking Soda – Sprinkle a little alkalizing Baking Soda in there as well

Enjoy Your Nice Relaxing Bath

I hope this little tutorial and explanation of Epsom Salt bath benefits was helpful. Enjoy that rest and relaxation!

About Doctor Scott Health

Dr. Scott McLeod, PharmD is an independent researcher, health advocate and author living in Santa Barbara, CA. For more information about Scott and Doctor Scott Health please visit the 'About' section, here.

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