Can taking a relaxing bath really help you lose weight?
Epsom salt has numerous health and cosmetic benefits. By helping you detoxify more successfully, Epsom salt has its value in re-balancing the body, so it can deal with excess weight, reduce the appearance of cellulite and make you healthier and fitter. Find out about this safe and easy technique for weight loss. According to some sources, it can. Epsom salt, widely known for its use with muscle soreness and pain, could assist you to lose some unwanted weight.

Epsom Salt
Epsom salt gets its name from Epsom in Surrey, England where it was first discovered in a bitter saline spring. Despite being called a ‘salt’, the substance is not actually a salt, but a naturally occurring mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate.

The small clear crystals have wide applications that include:

  • Alleviation of mild sunburn pain and irritation (alternative to aloe vera).
  • Gives you a general feeling of relaxation that helps you catch up on sleep.
  • Muscle soreness relief.
  • Quicker recovery from minor injuries such as muscle strains.
  • Hair treatment that helps you get rid of excess oils.
  • Skin exfoliator (great for pedicure, deep exfoliation and facial masks).
  • Solution for dry lips.
  • Relief from bug bites and bee stings.
  • Treatment for poison ivy rashes.

How does Epsom Salt Work for Weight Loss
Often, weight gain is associated with emotional eating and poor nutrient absorption. When you expel toxins and feel more relaxed, you are less likely to over-eat and you metabolize food in a more efficient manner. According to research conducted by Rosemary Waring, a British biochemist at the University of Birmingham, magnesium and sulfate get absorbed through the skin when we bath in Epsom salt. Blood levels of the two minerals increase after a good soak and they can then work to rid body of environmental toxins, de-stress and heal various skin issues. Lack of magnesium in the body can lead to heart problems, high blood pressure, headaches and backaches; and low sulfate can manifest as body exhaustion. Supplying both of them boosts all body systems and balances their function.

How to Make Epsom Salt Bath for Weight Loss
Start slowly by adding one tablespoon of Epsom salt to your bath water daily.
Gradually increase the amount of salt to two cups. If you start with big quantities without a gentle introduction first, you might suffer some adverse symptoms of a quick detox such as irritability, mood swings or hyperactivity. Some suggest that doses of above 600 grams do not bring any additional effects, so do not overdo it.
Soak in the bath for 15 to 20 minutes and unwind. Do not stay in the bath for longer than 25 minutes or you might end up exhausting yourself.
Bring with you enough water and make sure you rehydrate well during and after your hot bath.
If you find a daily bath to be too much for you, reduce it to two to three times a week. The opinions on what a good frequency is are mixed, so listen to your body’s responses and adjust.

Epsom salt and baking soda
Baking soda is a strong body cleanser and detoxes the body. Some suggest that is can also be used if suffering from heavy metal or nuclear poisoning. It binds with uranium and other toxic chemicals and alkalizes the body. Baking soda has 7 uses as a kitchen medicine.
For your weight loss bath, first, follow the gradual approach as described above. Then, mix one cup each of baking soda and Epsom salt into your bathing water. Enjoy the sensation!

Epsom salt and ginger
Ginger opens up the pores and allows you to sweat more and release more toxins. Ginger can also be used as a medicine for great health and is also mentioned in my e-Book The Herbal Remedies Guide.
This treatment will work better if you add ginger to very hot water.
Add 2 tablespoons of crushed fresh ginger in hot water and follow it with 2 cups of Epsom salt (or less if you are only starting with your regimen).
Immerse yourself in the soothing and healing water and enjoy up to 20 minutes.
Epsom salt and apple cider vinegar (ACV)
Soak in vinegar bath for no longer than 30 minutes.

Essential oils and Epsom salt baths
Some people like to add a bit of their preferred essential oil to the bath. This can increase the soothing and relaxing effects. Add 10-20 drops of essential oil for a standard size tub. Use lavender as it’s proven to induce relaxation. You can find more information on how to use essential oils in my e-Book Magical Aromatherapy which will help you to discover the most effective ways to use essential oils.