I wasn't feeling particularly inspired today with this rainy weather and a raging sinus headache I've had for two days. I was sitting at my office day dreaming about a warm bath and then I realized this would be the perfect opportunity to share my obsession with my bath time secret. I'm not going to talk about bathing with aroma-therapy beads, bubbles or bath soaks that clog your pores. Let me tell you about Epsom Salt baths.

If you aren't familiar with Epsom Salt, it is not actually a salt. It is a mineral composed of Magnesium and Sulfate and can be used as a natural remedy for numerous ailments. I seriously swear by it.  Epsom salts can reduce inflammation, improve muscle and nerve function, ease headaches, draw out toxins from your body, improve skin conditions, eliminate bloating and so much more.

One of the great benefits of Epsom Salts is it's ability to relieve stress. When you're all stressed out and anxious the magnesium from your body is drained and that is when you start getting snappy and agitated easily. The salts help replenish the lost magnesium in your body to help elevate serotonin levels. This stuff can actually make you happy! When I'm in the bath I take a little bit in my hand and rub it on my face, but very gently as the grains are coarse. You can even make your own body scrub with coconut oil and Epsom salt for whole body exfoliation.

All you do is fill up a warm bath, add two cups of the salt and soak for 15 minutes. It is carried at most drug stores or pharmacies and I’ve found it at select health food stores. I take an Epsom bath every night but it is recommended at least 3 times a week on the packaging. If you are the kind of person that enjoys aroma therapy you can add one or two drops of Tea Tree Oil. I would never recommend soaking in bubble bath gels or soaps. Your skin is a water soluble surface and if soaking in salts can affect your body so positively it’s important to remember what chemicals you might be soaking in that could adversely affect your body.