Epsom Salt Soaks
We refrain from using the word “bath” in our conversation as some individuals detest baths. However, they will “soak” their body knowing it is an effective treatment for soothing sore, achy, and tight muscles and joints. Home care is an essential component to the services we offer our Chiropractic and Naturopathic patients.
Hydrotherapy can actually be as effective as oral analgesics in treating sore, aggravated muscles and tendons, and may be practiced up to 3 times/day for about 20 minutes. The athletes among us can attest to the pain relief achieved upon immersing their sore bodies in a warm soak following prolonged physical activity.
Epsom salts, or magnesium sulphate, are a particularly effective adjunct to warm bathing, as soaking in Epsom salt has the beneficial side effect of increasing magnesium levels within the blood, assisting in muscle relaxation. Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to a hot bath and soak for 20 minutes.
If it’s an especially hot day and a warm bath doesn’t sound all that refreshing, fill your tub 1/3 of the way full with hot water, add 2 cups of Epsom salts and dissolve. Fill the remaining space in the tub with cold water, and enjoy.
Adding essential oils to your Epsom salt soak can take relaxation to the next level – add 5-10 drops of pure organic essential oil to your bath for the following benefits:
Lavender is an antiseptic, gentle muscle relaxant and anxiolytic. In fact, double blind placebo controlled studies have demonstrated that Silexan, an 80 mg lavender oil capsule, is as effective as lorazepam in improving symptoms of uncomplicated anxiety, and anxiety related sleep disturbance. We love this powerful botanical.
Teatree also an antiseptic, teatree oil is a good choice if prevention of fungal infections is a top priority. If you have a tendency towards athlete’s foot, or ringworm, this oil can help prevent infection after exposure (think less than clean gym showers.)
Eucalyptus is anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Eucalyptus improves the immune system’s response to pathogens, and is effective in treated uncomplicated respiratory tract infections when added to baths or humidifiers and inhaled as steam.
Have a great day, and enjoy your soaks!
Dr. Kaleigh Anstett, Vancouver Naturopath
Dr. Crysta Serné, Vancouver Chiropractor and owner of Vitality Clinic