For today’s self-care Sunday, we are going to discuss a simple, inexpensive exercise that not only has wellness benefits, but also is a great way to feel pampered. It is the simple Epsom salt foot soak. Epsom salt is not actually a salt, but rather a mineral compound of Magnesium Sulfate. It was named after the town of Epsom in England, where water from a natural spring was boiled down to obtain the compound in the 17th century (Source).
What are the benefits of an Epsom salt foot soak?
There are many reported benefits of Epsom salt. Some believe it helps with infection, acts as an anti-inflammatory, aids in relieving aches & pains, heals ingrown toenails, relieves stress, relieves constipation when taken internally, detoxifies the body and more. While there is not a lot of official research to back these claims, there are abundant personal testimonies, as well as Epsom salts longstanding use for hundreds of years.
One of the reasons that I use and love Epsom salts is as a form of increasing the Magnesium in my body. (Univ. of Birmingham Study) Magnesium is CRUCIAL to a properly functioning body, and unfortunately, so many of us are deficient in the mineral without knowing it. According to Dr. Sircus (a leader in Magnesium research),
Magnesium is needed by every cell in the body including those of the brain and is one of the most important minerals when considering supplementation because of its vital role in hundreds of enzyme systems and functions related to reactions in cell metabolism, as well as being essential for the synthesis of proteins, for the utilization of fats and carbohydrates. Magnesium is needed not only for the production of specific detoxification enzymes but is also important for energy production related to cell detoxification. A magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every system of the body. (Source)
Wow, that is a lot of work for magnesium! But, it goes even further…another important role of magnesium in our bodies is to regulate calcium, potassium and sodium. Calcium is one of the few minerals that the public is aware of as important for good health. While understanding the importance of magnesium is a new concept for us, the role of calcium in strong bones is pretty common knowledge. And yet a recent report showed that only 10% of adult women meet the recommended daily intake of calcium through diet. Understanding calcium deficiency is another piece of the puzzle to understanding magnesium deficiency. For an extensive, reliable article on calcium deficiency, check out this article from Health Ambition.
With all of that in mind, we can easily see the important role of magnesium in our bodies, and how something as simple and gratifying as a foot soak can impact our overall wellness.
How Can You Do an Epsom Salt Foot Soak?
Easy. Buy some Epsom salt (plain, unscented) at WalMart, a drug store or a grocery store. Add about 1/2 C of Epsom salt to warm water in a container. There should be enough water to cover your feet to the ankles. Gently stir the water until the Epsom salt dissolves. Put your feet in. Enjoy!
My recommendation is to do the foot soak before bed. Dim the lights. Spend time in prayer or reading something nurturing. Focus on relaxing. Soak your feet for 30 – 45 minutes.
Click here for the foot bath bucket I use and love (you have seen it in some of our videos)!
PLEASE DO NOT buy the scented Epsom salt options! Read the label, they typically have other fillers and things that you do not want your body soaking up. Instead, you can add 100% pure essential oils to your routine if you like. To do so, mix a few drops of essential oils to the Epsom salts before putting them in the water – the Epsom salt will disperse the oils properly through the water.
I sincerely hope you add Epsom salt foot soaks to your wellness routine. This is such a simple, inexpensive tool, and yet it can have a big impact. Start by doing one each night before bed for an entire week, then cut back to a few times a week.
Do not underestimate the power of the Epsom salt foot soak. Trust me, you will love how they make you feel!
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