One simple, cheap, and effective self-care practice I love to incorporate is Epsom salt baths. Epsom salt has been used to relieve aches and pains as well as helping to relieve stress. Epsom salt can be easily found in most grocery stores, pharmacies, and dollar stores ranging in price from $1-$5 dollars for a bag.
What is Epsom Salt?
Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. Magnesium sulfate can be used as a medication to treat low blood pressure and seizures in women with eclampsia. As Epsom salt, it is used to help soothe aches and pains, draw out splinters in skin. It's believed but not scientifically proven that the magnesium sulfate soaks into the skin.
What are the Benefits of an Epsom Salt Bath?
Softer skin, Epsom salt water can help soften, rough, dry skin. The saltwater can also act as an exfoliate to scrub away dead skin cells.
Reduces aches and pains by reducing inflammation. I personally, love to soak in Epsom salt when I have swollen feet. People with inflammation may find relief from soreness by soaking in the soothing Epson saltwater
Epsom salt also can act as a stress reliever to those who suffer from insomnia, stress, and feeling overwhelmed. It is believed that magnesium absorbed through the skin from an Epsom salt bath can help promote melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone responsible for helping to induce sleep.
How to Take an Epsom Salt Bath?
Simply fill a tub of water, temperature to your comfort level
Add a couple of cups of Epsom salt, it will dissolve in the water.
Add, any additional, bath products such as bath bombs, bubble baths, bath oils and etc... can be added.
Soak in the water for at least 20 minutes and simply enjoy the soothing Epsom saltwater.
I personally like to do a quick rinse off in the shower after a bath and put on my usual body lotions and oils afterward. I always feel so relaxed, calm, and pampered afterward it's a nice cheap spa at home experience!