The Classic Epsom Salt Bath for Fall and Winter Immunity
Epsom salt baths have been used for centuries to treat a variety of health ailments. They help to increase magnesium in the body, stimulating nerve and muscle function and increasing circulation and oxygenation throughout the body.
They remain an important health practice today, as the majority of North Americans suffer from low magnesium levels.
Other health benefits of epsom salt baths include:
- gently detoxify the channels of the body;
- boosting energy, immunity and digestion;
- help to maintain a balanced weight
- clear sinuses and mucus congestion;
- make us less susceptible to colds;
- reduce joint pain and arthritis;
- psychologically, regular bathing balances mental activity and reduces stress, anxiety and mental worry.
The Eucalyptus Lavender Detox Bath
I love this simple evening bath as part of my self-care routine for fall and winter. Regular hot baths boost mood, immunity, circulation and skin tone. Ideal for balancing kapha and vata. Pittas may prefer a cooling bath temperature.
- 1 bath of hot water
- 1-2 cups epsom salt, depending on your body weight
- 5 drops lavender essential oil and 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil OR 1 cup fresh garden herbs in a mesh bag (e.g. rosemary or lavender)
For a standard size bathtub, you will want to use an appropriate amount of salts for your body weight:
- Children under 60 lbs: 1⁄2 cup epsom salts into water, no essential oils
- Between 60-100 lbs: 1 cup;
- Between 100-150 lbs: 1 1⁄2 cups
- Between 150-200 lbs: 2 cups of Epsom salts into water
- Over 200 lbs: 2.5 cups
Soak for 15 – 25 minutes. When you’re finished, noticed how refreshed and invigrated you feel, as if whatever you experienced during the day went down the drain.
Finish your bath putting on your most comfortable pyjamas and enoying a good night’s sleep.
About the Author
Briya Freeman has been teaching courses in meditation and natural healing since 2011, including The Bloom Project, an online course for women in natural self-healing and radiant living.
Briya is a long-term student of Berdhanya Swami Tierra, a female mystic and shaman of South American origin. She also holds studies in ayurveda at Anjali School of Ayurveda (Kerala, India) and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the Telfer School of Management (University of Ottawa).
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