Monday, January 11, 2010

Epsom Salts blended with Essential Oils = A Healing Bath

Essential Oils can be powerful medicine to help you fall asleep. Your sense of smell, and the olfactory nerve are a major pathway defining your mood and your physical energy. Essential oils are a safe, effective and non-drug method you can use to produce a deep, restful sleep. They are great when added to an Epsom salt bath or infused into your room.

Magnesium - the key component of Epsom Salt — performs more functions in more systems of the human body than virtually any other mineral, including regulating the activity of more than 325 enzymes.

Magnesium is an electrolyte that is required to create proper muscle, nerve and enzyme function. It is critical to the proper function of calcium in your cells. Magnesium helps prevent heart disease and strokes by lowering blood pressure, protecting the elasticity of blood vessels, preventing blood clots and reducing the risk of sudden heart attack deaths. It seems to increase the effectiveness of insulin, helping to lower the risk or severity of diabetes.

To help with your sleep magnesium will reduce inflammation and relieve pain. You can use magnesium to treatment your sore muscles, and body aches of fibromyalgia. It can help with bronchial asthma and migraine headaches as well.

Although magnesium can be absorbed through the digestive tract, many foods, drugs and medical conditions can interfere with how much you can get from your food or supplements. Soaking in an Epsom Salt bath is one of the most effective means of making the magnesium your body needs readily available.

Epsom Salt also delivers sulfates, which are used to form the cells of your brain and nerves, for joint proteins and for the heath of all your mucus membranes (for instance your digestive tract). Sulfates also stimulate your pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and help your liver detoxify your body’s residue of medicines and environmental contaminants. Sulfates are difficult to absorb from food, but are readily absorbed through the skin.

Epsom salt baths: At least twice a week, fill your bathtub with comfortably warm water- too hot will not be as relaxing. Stir in about 2 cups of Epsom salts. Plan for at least a 20 minute soak.
For best results add a few drops of the following essential oils:
Lavender soothes mental agitation
Fir Needle calms adrenal reactivity
Rosewood also calms adrenal reactivity. This combination can soothe your autonomic nervous system and ease you out of fight and flight into relax-to-sleep mode. Mix in equal parts. Use 8 - 10 drops of this mix in your bath.

Pettigrain is an essential oil that helps people who are grieving a loss and are unable to relax into sleep. It also has antidepressant action. One drop of pettigrain and one drop of lavender on a cotton ball beside your bed will help you get a better night’s sleep - especially after an Epsom salt bath.

One place you can find essential oils is:; Epsom salts are sold at most grocery stores.

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