One of the practical things I have been doing during this time is continuing to take my Epsom Salt baths. This is something I have been intending to blog about and have done research to write a more science based piece on. However, I feel it is so beneficial that I am going to just throw the idea out there for now and hopefully later I can get to writing that piece for you all.
I discovered Epsom Salt baths this fall, and fell in love with them immediately! I mean who doesn't love a little shut the door, mommy quiet time! A couple of times a week I put all the younger kids to bed and then about half an hour before I intend to go to bed, I take an Epsom Salt bath. Since I have digestive issues and have to limit my oral consumption of Magnesium, this is a great way to get more magnesium (something most of us in America are deficient in). The Epsom salt promotes better sleep, and if you take it in a darkened room (I use a lavender scented candle), that will also help prepare your body for sleep. Not only does the Epsom Salt help with your magnesium levels it is also a great way to detox your body, reduce stress and help achy/sore muscles. Many a time I put my aching/sore body in there and got out feeling so much better!
Here is the simple run down of how to do it.
- You want your bath water as hot as you can, this is important as it opens your pores for better absorption and also makes you sweat which helps detoxify your body.
- While your tub is filling with hot water, add 2 cups of Epsom Salts and if you are focussing on detox you can take it up a notch by adding 1 cup of baking soda also. Sometimes I add baking soda and sometimes I just skip that step.
- Then sit back, relax and enjoy some peace and quiet for 10-15 minutes. I like to use this time for my prayer time, which is another added benefit for me, it's hard to squeeze in some quiet time for prayer when you have a houseful of people. I also like to drink a cup of Yogi Bedtime tea while I am sitting there soaking, I have found it to be very helpful and relaxing. My Epsom Salt bath time has become so therapeutic for me that even my husband has noticed the difference, and I think he loves knowing that I am in there praying for him and our family too. If you would like more information on the subject of Epsom Salt Baths, a quick Google search should yield some great information.
I have found Costco to be
the best deal locally
for Epsom Salt,
3 four pound bags for a great price.
I also buy my baking soda in a large bag from Costco.
I also suggest purchasing a 1 cup measuring cup from a thrift store or dollar store. It is much more convenient to just leave the measuring cup in the bag, then you don't have to look for one every time you want to take a bath. I like to keep everything I need together, matches, candle, measuring cup, epsom salt and baking soda.