What extra benefits are hiding in your bath soak?
You know by now how much we love magnesium and why we make natural bath soaks that are chock full of this marvelous mineral.
But I'll give you a quick recap anyway!
Magnesium has many benefits for your mind and body, including:
Relaxing your muscles.
Easing tension and stiffness
Reducing muscle cramps
Promoting quality sleep
Supporting bone health
Relieving feelings of stress and anxiety
Improving focus and mood
But did you know that it's not just magnesium you're getting a boost of when you treat yourself to a relaxing bath with Salt & Oil soaks? There are other minerals and trace elements hiding in there too, keen to shower you with (or rather bathe you in) their benefits.
First up, EPSOM SALT
Our scented soaks have a base of Epsom salt. As does, obviously, the unscented Natural Epsom salt. The chemical name for Epsom salt is Magnesium Sulphate. Inside your bath soak pouch, magnesium is bonded to sulphates.
Once dissolved in your bath, these separate and your body is then supplied with both magnesium and sulphates.
We know what the magnesium does. What about the sulphates?
They are essential for many processes in your body, including good digestion, and ridding your body of toxins. Sulphate is essential in forming the mucin proteins which line your gut walls - important for your gut health. Rosemary Waring from the University of Birmingham states that 'low plasma sulfate has been found in patients with irritable bowel disease'. She also writes that sulfate is not easily absorbed across the gut wall but that recent research has shown that it can be absorbed across the skin.
So relaxing in an Epsom salt bath is a great way to top up your levels of sulphates.
Sometimes our sulfation pathways don't work as well as we'd like. For example if we have a low intake of sulphur-rich foods*, can't process them well, or aren't getting enough protein. There are also certain conditions that seem to affect the sulfation pathway, such as asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, degenerative joint disorders, intestinal disorders, migraines and autism. In fact there is an Epsom salt bath protocol that can play a key role in helping children with autism.
*Sulphur-rich foods include cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts and kale, and allium vegetables such as onions, garlics, leeks and shallots, as well as eggs and meats.
Next we have our
MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE FLAKES
In the pouch these beautiful, snowy-white flakes are a natural compound of magnesium and chlorides. Once dissolved in your bath, these 'uncouple' and provide you with the benefits of both. So what do the chlorides do for you?
They help keep your body's fluids balanced, which regulates blood pressure, and pH.
Chlorides also aid your digestion by assisting in the secretion of stomach acid.
Other pretty important jobs include helping your muscles and heart to contract and your nerve cells to carry messages between your brain and body.
Some people say that a magnesium flake bath is gentler on their skin as it doesn't contain the sulphates that Epsom salt does.
Which leads us to the natural bath soak that has a reputation for being enjoyed by people who have dry skin or sore skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis:
DEAD SEA SALT
Tucked away inside this pouch of natural, beautiful grains, are all kinds of lovely minerals and trace elements, mainly magnesium and potassium chlorides, as well as calcium and zinc. And much less sodium than normal sea salt.
This mix of minerals helps to boost skin hydration and lower inflammation, while cleansing and mildly exfoliating.
Its unusual chemical make up makes Dead Sea salt perfect for relaxing, de-stressing and rejuvenating.
So which of those extras would you go for in your blissful bath?
All of our range will help relax and soothe stiff sore muscles, release tension, reduce physical and mental stress, and detoxify your body as you lie in your warm bath, soaking in the magnesium and other essential trace elements.
If you don’t have a bath, a great alternative is to add some of the salts (about ½ a cup) to a large tub, or foot spa if you have one, and soak your feet in warm water for about 15 minutes. Your whole body will still reap the benefits.
A final thought to leave you with:
To cope with our modern, stressful lives and environments, our bodies get through lots of magnesium daily. So the more often you top up your magnesium levels, whichever salt you choose, the better. Customers often give us feedback about how well they slept after a magnesium-based bath, and how great they felt the next day. Imagine the benefits of a magnesium bath 2 or 3 times a week!
At Salt & Oil we make magnesium-filled bath soaks and magnesium oil sprays to help you relax and feel good. And we support other NZ businesses by stocking their well-being gifts.
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