Baths have been used for centuries for healing and detoxifying the body. Epsom salts and baking soda are two of the most popular remedies and appropriate for those recovering from chronic and/or environmental illness.
• Epsom Salt Baths
Epsom salts consist of magnesium and sulfate (sulphate).
Magnesium is a vital mineral necessary for proper functioning of muscles, nerves, sleep, and more. Research by the National Academy of Sciences suggests that most Americans are deficient in magnesium.
Sulphates play a critical role in the formation of brain tissue. They disinfect the blood and flush toxins from cells. They stimulate the pancreas to produce digestive enzymes. Sulphates also contribute to the production of collagen, which contributes to healthy, young-looking skin.
Both nutrients are readily absorbed into the skin. According to this study by Dr. Rosemary Waring at the School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, UK,
"... all individuals had significant rises in plasma magnesium and sulfate at a level of 1% Epsom salts. This equates to 1g MgS04/100ml water; 600g Epsom salts/60 litres, the standard size UK bath taken in this project (~15 US gallons). However, most volunteers had significantly raised Mg/S04 levels on baths with 400g MgS04 added."
This translates to roughly two cups of Epsom salts per bath.
We find Epsom salt baths to be extremely calming. Often we add essential oils like lavender or frankincense. I order Epsom salts in bulk and find that we go through more than 60 pounds each month.
• Baking Soda Baths
Baking soda baths are also affordable and effective. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) helps alkalize the body. It is excellent for rashes and relieves itching.
Baking soda can be combined with Epsom salts in equal parts. 1/2 cup of each is commonly suggested. Adding essential oils can bring further benefit. Suggested oils include tea tree oil, lavender, and peppermint.
Healing baths can be rotated. Additional options include:
Ginger (grated or powdered)
Sea Salt (preferably Dead Sea salt)
Apple Cider Vinegar
As with any healing protocol, it's best to start small and build. Tolerance should be monitored. Hot water is preferable in most cases.To neutralize chlorine in the tap water consider adding Vitamin C powder or a splash of hydrogen peroxide.
Most of all, relax and enjoy!