I’m never one to complain of hard work or getting aches and pains that come with the effort. However, running the farm stand these days requires my standing on my feet 10-15 hours and that means a bit more leg and foot aches than I bargained for. While drawing my bath one morning, I eyed a carton on the shelf which said “soothes aches and pains.” I knew Justin used it in the garden to give a our tomatoes a boost. Maybe it would give my sore muscles a boost too! But I paused. My mind wandered back to childhood, to my grandma who kept Epsom salt in her bathroom. I thought, “Isn’t this stuff for “old(er) people?” Um, I am young and don’t need the stuff… or so I thought. My feet and legs were so sore, I didn’t think I could walk another step, let alone run the farm stand for another day. I battled “Ms. Pride ” for awhile and came to the conclusion that, “if it was good enough for Grandma (and tomatoes), it’s good enough for me!” Besides, it was “all natural” and that’s a (big) plus in my book. I eagerly reached for it and poured a cupful or two into the bath. Boy, howdy, did it work! I felt as if my feet and legs were “born again.”
What is Epsom Salt
Made of the mineral magnesium sulfate, epsom salts releases toxins and metabolic waste by enhancing perspiration and is also sedative for the nervous system and stimulating to your circulatory system.
Drawing an Epsom Salt Bath
Run the water as hot as you can tolerate.
Add one to two cups of Epsom salts and dissolve completely. (add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil)
Soak for at least 15 minutes
Epsom salt baths are not recommended for people with high blood pressure or severe varicose veins.
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