I’m a big fan of Epsom Salts. Just another name for magnesium sulphate, soaking in them is said to boost magnesium levels which can help you to sleep and soothe tired muscles. Clean & Lean author (one of my favourite ‘health’ books), James Duigan, rates them for encouraging ‘the body to shed toxins quickly, boosting digestion and reducing cellulite’. But they aren’t terribly glamorous so here’s a ridiculously easy method for pepping them up a bit.
I’ve seen some astronomical prices for bath soaks that are essentially just epsom salts and essential oils, but this costs about £1 to fill a jar with enough for 2-3 baths.
Take a couple of cups, about 500g, of Epsom salts and put them in a mixing bowl. I get 5kg at a time from WestLab but you can find smaller quantities in most pharmacies. Add a few drops of essential oils and mix thoroughly. The combination and ratio is up to you but aim for about 10 drops per cup of salts. I used lavender, eucalytpus, peppermint and tea tree for a flu-soothing soak. For relaxation try lavender, clary sage and geranium. For sore muscles try wintergreen, rosemary and lavender.
Optional – add some dried flowers of some description, I’m using dried lavender but rose petals would also be good, to the bowl. I’d suggest a small handful; any more and you’ll spend an hour scraping them from your bath which rather defeats the relaxing idea. You could also throw some sea salt into the mix but I tend to find it quite drying.
Stick the whole lot into a totally dry jar (or Ziploc bag!) and hey presto, a super relaxing bath soak. You need about 200-300g (1-1.5 cups) of salts per bath. Add to the tub and swirl around just before you get in and try to stay put for 15 minutes before getting out or adding anything else to the water. I use the soak once or twice a week for maximum effect.