Here’s a Thrifty Way to Soothe those Aches and Pains.
Epsom Salts Baths
You can pick up a tub of Epsom Salts in your chemist or even the supermarket for under £2 and you’ll never look back. You can pick up a tub of Epsom Salts in your chemist or even the supermarket for under £2 and you’ll never look back. On the recommendation of a doctor and a former dance teacher I add around 3tbsp (some people use up to 2 cups) of bath salts to a hot bath and make sure to sit back and relax in it for at least 20 minutes. When suffering with a lot of aches I find 3 sessions of this in a week makes a huge difference. I can always tell when I take a bath without the salts because my body doesn’t feel quite right. I suffer from an auto-immune illness which can leave my body feeling incredibly sore and achey meaning these baths make such a difference to how I can feel on a day to day basis. They are certainly no cure but they help a lot.
So how does it work? The salts are magnesium sulphate which apparently draws toxins from the skin to reduce swelling and relax muscles. I’m not totally down with the science (and I’m sure someone will come along to tell me quite why I am wrong) but these baths have helped me so much over the years and the cost is minimal. I buy this big 200g tub from Boots for £1.49 and always keep it in my bathroom cupboard.Do of course make sure you check with your doctor to see if this is suitable for you because Epsom Salts can lower blood pressure and as they relax muscles they may cause issues for some medical complaints. This post is not medical advice.From the Boots website just to be clear -“Do not use in cases of intestinal blockage.
Consult your doctor before use if you are taking tetracyclines, digoxin, vitamins or iron supplements.Do not use if you are pregnant or breast-feeding unless on the advice of your doctor.Consult your doctor or pharmacist before use if you have kidney problems or you have been ill or you are elderly. Tell your doctor you are taking Epsom salts if you are going to be given an anaesthetic. Prolonged use should be avoided as it may cause alkalosis (too much alkali in body fluids) and increased magnesium in the body.
- Keep out of reach and sight of children
- Do not store above 25°C
- Once opened use within one month.”