Epsom Salt Baths are commonly known for inducing relaxation or relieving sore muscles after a hard day's work. The basic formula for an Epsom Salt Bath consists of medium-hot water and Epsom Salt. Epsom Salt is the chemical compound magnesium sulfate, which consists of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen, MgSO4.
Epsom Salt Baths and Lyme Disease
Epsom Salt Baths are a huge part of a person's life when they're undertaking Lyme Disease. The reason is that they dramatically reduce a herx, which is the unpleasant reaction the body endures after a large amount of spirochetes are killed by either antibiotics and/or the immune system. Though the body does excrete some toxins through the pores, it is actually the process magnesium sulfate initiates in the body, after it is absorbed through the skin, that reduces a herx.
Sulfates, in the Epsom Salt, increases the liver's ability to produce bile. Bile is used as the transportation of toxins from the liver, to the intestines, where they'll be removed from the body. The less bile that is created, the longer the toxins sit in the liver. Since the liver and other organs can become over burdened from toxins caused by spirochetes dying, it's essential to assist them in removing them to restore balance in the body.
Epsom Salt Baths help those with Lyme Disease in other areas, such as anxiety, depression, insomnia and pain due to the magnesium content. Magnesium has the capability of reducing neurotransmitters which are responsible for establishing communication between nerve cells. This could be the reason why muscles feel extremely relaxed and our bodies become tired after an Epsom Salt Bath.
Taking an Epsom Salt Bath
Before one takes an Epsom Salt Bath, the method of dry skin brushing is highly recommended. Brushing the skin with a natural bristle brush stimulates the lymphatic system and clears debris from pores to further enhance the effectiveness of an Epsom Salt Bath
Bath water should be hot but not too hot to where it can burn the skin. Once the water in the tub reaches its appropriate level, add 2 cups of Epsom Salt and soak for a minimum of 20 minutes. Some people use as much as 4 cups of Epsom Salt and soak for as much as 40 minutes.
Warning: Bath water that is too hot will cause more spirochetes to die off, further inducing a herx and rendering the Epsom Salt Bath ineffective. One may become light headed and dizzy when standing up from the bath so use caution. This effect can be dramatically reduced and nearly eliminated with Burbur Detox. Make sure the temperature of the bath water is around 98 degrees fahrenheit.
After an Epsom Salt Bath
Once an Epsom Salt Bath is finished, it is very important to not put lotion or oil on the skin as it will clog the pores and immediately stop the continued benefits after an Epsom Salt Bath.
One's body will also continue to sweat and release toxins stored in fats cell until the body's temperature cools down. Relief from symptoms should continue to progress in the following hours.
Sulfate will dry on the skin after an Epsom Salt Bath and can be reabsorbed through the skin long after an Epsom Salt Bath is over. Sulfate is believed to circulate throughout the body for up to 9 hours after it enters the blood stream.
Epsom Salt Bath Additives
Lavender Oil - A few drops of lavender oil will increase relaxation
Ginger Oil - A few drops of ginger can help open up pores better