If you have kids, then you are really going to like this “recipe” for a calming Epsom salt bath. It is super easy, completely natural, makes your bathroom smell nice, and also gives your kids some extra nutrition. That’s right – nutrition right in their bath water!
Just like how our skin can absorb vitamin D, it can also absorb magnesium. Magnesium doesn’t get a lot of attention, but it is one of my favorite minerals for its calming properties. I talked about it in my post about why I choose magnesium for sleep instead of melatonin. As Emily Benfit writes in her great book The Sleep Solution,
“Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant. It accomplishes this by moving calcium out of the muscles, and back into the bloodstream where it can be mobilized elsewhere.”
You can get more magnesium from food, but the digestive system isn’t very efficient at breaking down dietary magnesium and only absorbs about 50% of what we eat. You could up your intake of magnesium rich foods, or you could get your magnesium another way – like in your bath!
Epsom salts happen to be 100% magnesium. By adding them to your kids’ bath water, you are providing them with this much-needed mineral and also helping to calm them down. Of course, you don’t have to limit Epsom salt use to your kids. Since magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant, it is also great for relieving back pain, headaches, and tension in general. Other benefits of Epsom salts include:
- Flushing toxins from cells
- Improving nerve function
- Improving circulation
- Reducing blood pressure
- Aiding in the formation of joint, brain, and mucin tissues
I like this brand of Epsom salt, mostly because it is super cheap but also because it is 100% natural and doesn’t have any chemical fragrances added to it like many other brands. I use all-natural lavender essential oil for fragrance and for its calming abilities. Combined with the magnesium of Epsom salt, the duo are super calming. I use this brand of lavender essential oil because it is 100% pure and organic. You could use any essential oil you want (just make sure it’s 100% pure), but the lavender is especially calming.
Remember, it isn’t just magnesium which is absorbed by our skin! Our skin – which is our largest organ – also absorbs pollutants. I recommend using a filter on your bath faucets to pull out the chlorine, and all that other jazz. Even better, install a whole-house filter.
Calming Epsom Salt Bath Recipe for Kids (and adults)
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- A few drops of essential oil
Yes, that’s it! Just add them to the bath and swish around a bit to mix it into the water. It really does help wind the kids down, and mom too 🙂
By the way, if you are having trouble relaxing and getting to sleep, you’ll want to work on that asap. I recently tried out this 14-Day Go To Bed Challenge and loved it. It’s got me sleeping like a baby! 🙂
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