Epsom Salt is the New Black
Let’s begin with a disclaimer: Epsom salt is not the kind of salt you might put on your dinner! It is a mineral compound of magnesium sulphate, though its chemical structure is similar to the one of table salt. It was discovered many hundreds of years ago in the city of Epsom in England, hence the name!
Whether you wish to soothe muscle pains, enhance concentration, reduce stress, extract toxins, get softer skin or fuller hair, epsom salt is the answer.
In this blogpost we will focus on the mental and physical effects of including epsom salt in your weekly routine. You will find tips and recipes to try at home further down in this blog post.
Epsom Salt and Floating
Epsom salt is a key ingredient in the floating experience. The tanks are filled with massive amounts of the compound mineral for several reasons. First and foremost, the salinity in the water keeps your body from sinking (hence; floating).
Second, the magnesium is absorbed through the skin. When you lower your entire body into a tub of Epsom-filled water for 60 minutes, the effects are rather perceptible. Studies find that floating therapy has “… largely beneficial effects across a range of different stress- and pain-related conditions, including: hypertension, chronic tension headaches, chronic muscle tension pain in the back and neck, and stress-related pain.” These benefits are closely connected to the effects of the Epsom salt (alias Magnesium Sulfate).
Magnesium is a vital mineral in our bodies, which we usually get from foods or as dietary supplements. It basically helps keep your muscles, mind, and body balanced by regulating the activity of hundreds enzymes in your body. The right amount of magnesium (the body holds about 24-28 grams of magnesium) is essential to your well-being, and floating therapy or just bathing in water with Epsom salt increases our levels of magnesium.
When we get stressed, our magnesium level drops concurrently with the increase of stress hormones. That means that Epsom salt actually helps to lower symptoms of stress and facilitates an increase in serotonin levels. This ensures better sleep and enhanced mood.
Hair and Skin Care
Magnesium keeps hair strong and healthy, as well as hydrating those locks! A magnesium deficiency in the body (which is very common…pls insert a reference in here with a statistic) results in dry skin and brittle and weak hair. Increase your daily intake of magnesium to ensure glossy healthy hair and soft skin.
3 Ways to Use Epsom Salt at Home
1. Epsom Salt Footbath: Find a tub, a bucket or whatever you have at hand that is waterproof and can fit your feet. Fill it with hot water and add 1 dl/ 0,5 cups of Epsom salt. If you have some, you can add a few drops of essential oil to your footbath for an aromatic experience.
*If you’re one of the fortunate with access to a bathtub, you can fill it with hot water and add 4 dl/2 cups of Epsom salt and get soaking!
2. Epsom Salt Hair Mask: You will need a pot and a spoon. Pour the amount of conditioner, you would usually use when showering into the pot and add an equal amount of Epsom salt. I used the Meraki Northern Dawn Conditioner for the mask, as this is my all time favourite. Then turn on middle heat and stir it for a few minutes until smooth. When it is throughly mixed and cooled, massage into your hair. Let the mask sit for 20 minutes before rising it out. This will leave your hair full and voluminous.
3. Epsom Salt, Oil, and Lemon Body Scrub: Grab a jar and a spoon. Add 2 parts salt and 1 part oil. I used an organic extra virgin olive oil, but you can pick and choose as you wish. Oils such as safflower, coconut or almond are excellent for this kind of scrub. Then you press the juice from half of the lemon and mix it all together. Next time you shower, fetch your homemade body scrub and apply for an exfoliating and moisturizing effect.
We hope you learned something new and are ready to get creative with Epsom salt. For the ultimate Epsom salt bath, book a 60-minute float session in one of our gorgeous float tanks.