What is it?
What is Epsom Salt anyway? According to Wikipedia, Magnesium Sulfate (epsom salt) is a chemical compound containing magnesium, sulfate and oxygen. That’s very exciting, isn’t it? Not really, but we will get to the good stuff in a minute.
Where do I get it?
Epsom Salt is a common household product that should be a staple in your home. You will find these “miracle” salt crystals in the First Aid aisle at any supermarket or drug store (usually on the bottom shelf). It comes in a quart or half gallon carton that resembles your everyday milk or orange juice container. They also sell it in a 6 pound bag for the serious salt lovers. It won’t break the bank either at about 80 cents a pound.
What do I do with it?
Now, why should you have this big box of “salt” in your cabinet, you ask? There are countless benefits to this miracle mineral, but my favorite is soaking sore or overworked muscles. I always recommend to my clients after their first work out or any challenging one after that, to soak in a tub of warm water and Epsom salt. Here’s how it works:
- Simply fill the tub with warm to hot water, (whatever temperature is comfortable for you).
- Pour about 1 cup of Epsom salt in the water and stir until dissolved.
- Submerge your body (especially the sore areas) in the water and soak for 10 – 20 minutes.
What will it do for me?
Magnesium has been known to boost the body’s ability to synthesize the proteins that help repair and build your muscles. The magnesium is easily absorbed through your skin and quickly gets to work on your sore and tense muscles. You will feel more relaxed immediately afterwards and you should have less soreness the day after. Try this any day of the week or just before bed for a more relaxing evening and a restful sleep.