Thursday, 6 March 2014

A Natural Sleep Soluation (For all the family) - Bedtime Bath Salts

As a Mummy with two little ones, I'm often looking for ways to help us all get a restful nights sleep! (Me just as much as the children, as I have been known to be a bit of an insomniac at times..)

As always I love to look to good and reliable Mother Nature and the science behind her wonders to help  While looking into ideas to aid restful sleep, initially for my own benefit, I stumbled across Epsom Salts.


What you will need:


1-3 cups of Epsom Salts

  • 1/2 a cup to a standard bath for small children 
  • 1 cups for to a standard bath for older children (over 60 lbs to 100 lbs)
  • 2-3 cups for adults.


Optional extras:


1 cup of Bicarbonate of Soda - Has soothing effects and can offer skin relief from itching. Also great for removing chlorine from the skin and hair if you've been in for a swim in a pool.

Dried Chamomile - Naturally relaxes and calms (the uses for chamomile are never ending!)


Method:

While running a bath, add Epsom Salts and any other extras to the warm water. 
Give the bath a swish.
Lay back and let the bath work its wonders.
Have a nice long soak (20 - 40 minutes is great but what ever you are comfortable with/ can get away with!)

So what are Epsom Salts?


Epsom salt is the common name for a mineral found in seawater that was first distilled in the town of Epsom, England. The salt is also called magnesium sulfate as it is made up of the metal magnesium bonded to sulfur and oxygen. 

''Some of the health benefits include relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating cold and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body. One of the simplest ways to ease stress and stress-related problems is to soak in a tub full of hot water with a few cups of Epsom Salts.

Studies have shown that magnesium and 
sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches.''

Some of the benefits include:



Eases stress and relaxes the body:
Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline. When dissolved in warm water, Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation.

Relieves pain and muscle cramps:
An Epsom salt bath is known to ease pain and relieve inflammation, making it beneficial in the treatment of sore muscles, bronchial asthma and migraine headaches. In addition, it has been known to heal cuts and reduce soreness from childbirth.

Helps muscles and nerves function properly:
Studies show that Epsom salt can help regulate electrolytes in your body, ensuring proper functioning of the muscles, nerves and enzymes. Magnesium is also known to be critical in the proper use of calcium, which serves as a main conductor of the electric impulses in your body.

Helps prevent hardening of arteries and blood clots:
Epsom salt is believed to improve heart health and help prevent heart disease and strokes by improving blood circulation, protecting the elasticity of arteries, preventing blood clots and potentially reducing the risk of sudden heart attack.

Eliminates toxins from the body:
The sulfates in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. Your skin is a highly porous membrane and adding the right minerals to your bathwater triggers a process called reverse osmosis, which actually pulls salt out of your body, and harmful toxins along with it.



According to MayoClinic.com, taking a daily bath can be helpful for treating psoriasis, a common skin disease that causes itchy, scaly, dry skin. For skin conditions, a suggested home remedy is to take a daily bath in lukewarm water with Epsom salts and soak for at least 15 minutes.
Parents of children with autism have offered support to the benefits of Epsom salt baths to help relax their children and help relieve constipation.


Potential Risks for the Use of Epsom Salts


Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, is a form of laxative if ingested (so don't drink the bath water!). If a child swallows the bath water, it could lead to increased bowel movements. Of course, children should never be left unsupervised to take a bath, and they should be monitored to prevent drinking the bath water with the Epsom salt.

Otherwise, Epsom salt baths are completely safe, if in doubt check with your doctors before regularly using Epsom salt baths.

Resource, Photo credits:thespinachspot

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