You’ve probably heard about oatmeal baths but have you heard about using Epsom salt baths for eczema? Epsom salt baths can be effective in helping you reduce the different symptoms of eczema like itching, redness and skin inflammation.
Epsom salts are basically made up of magnesium sulphate, a type of naturally occurring mineral. Magnesium sulphate in epsom salt is the active ingredient that can heal the soreness of your body muscles and magnesium is responsible in regulating the body enzymes. Since it is an electrolyte, it can improve the function of the muscles and nerves. It also ensures the proper usage of calcium in your body’s cells. But the very main reason why magnesium in epsom salt is effective for treating eczema is because it can reduce skin inflammation and alleviate pain.
An epsom salt bath is a great way to acquire magnesium in the body because the skin can easily absorb it. In addition to making your skin soft, an Epsom salt bath primarily helps in relieving the itching that is brought about by eczema. It can also help you reduce stress and muscular pains. More importantly, an Epsom salt bath is becoming popular in treating eczema because it assists in removing unwanted acids out of your skin.
There are actually different kinds of bath salts in the market today, so you really need to choose the correct ones to treat your eczema. I want to stress out that you cannot use just any kind of salt. Solar salt, koshers salts are just like rock salts that you use in your kitchen and offer no helpful benefits to your skin. Be careful not to mistake them as Epsom salt as normal salts contain sodium chloride that can actually cause your skin to over dry. And with an over dry skin, your eczema would only get worse!
To get you started with your own soothing Epsom bath salt, here is a simply recipe:
450 grams Epsom salts
1 tsp. Calendula oil
5 drops patchouli oil
7-10 drops lavender oil
You can actually do without the oils if you are unable to find them. Simply add a cup of Epsom salts in to a tub with warm water. Remember not use soaps when taking an Epsom salt bath or else it would obstruct the healing action of the salts. You can soak in for about 15 minutes and gently give your skin a good gentle rub. (Take note: Gentle rub not scrub!) Try not to get chilled and over dried. A warning to people who are diagnosed with edema, heart problems or high blood pressure- soaking in a bath salt may prove to be harmful. Frail people, like aged people, are advised not to use salt baths at all.
Epsom salt bath is one alternative treatment that you can try to treat your eczema. It does not only help you alleviate symptoms of eczema, but it can also help improve your over-all skin appearance.
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