Magnesium Bath Soak (Epsom Salts)
Since being diagnosed with fibro, I have focused on holistic methods to self-help. Now that’s not to say I have never taken medication…I have but only found that medication came with it’s own problems and didn’t have an impact on my symptoms.
There’s nothing like a hot bath on a cold winter’s night or day for that matter. Warming all your muscles and alleviating the pain, helping to improve circulation, decreasing swelling and inflammation as well as relaxing and calming your mind.
Pre-diagnosis my bath became my best friend. I practically turned into a prune I spent so much time in there. It was the only way I could feel pain free. There were times that I would take several baths a day to cope with the level of pain levels, especially during the winter months.
Want to know a perfect addition to a hot bath? (remember what works best for you hot or warm). Magnesium bath soak! Magnesium bath soak is also known as Epsom Salts.
I find that soaking in a hot bath with magnesium and lavender for 20 mins or so works wonders…(I know when you have children this can be challenging. There was even a time when I woke in the middle of the night, it was actually 2am, with high pain levels so I went to have a bath and one of my children knocked on the door to use the loo…whattt?).
Once I followed the instructions on the back of the packet and put in almost half the packet. I could barely make it to my room before crashing out for the night, the affect was that strong. Always keep safe and make sure you never fall asleep in the bath, as tempting as it can be on occasions.
Curb Those Cravings
Did you know craving for chocolate can be due to a magnesium deficiency? Deficient in magnesium is seen often in people who live with fibro. For the ladies, your magnesium levels also dip again around the time of your period…again another reason why we crave chocolate around this time. Ok it’s not as yummy as chocolate but by adding magnesium to your bath and allowing it to absorb through your skin can put a halt to these cravings! It’s a double whammy…putting an end to cravings and alleviating pain!
A common thread between people who live with fibromyalgia is a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium plays an important part in several different functions of our body, including inhibition and regulating the nerve receptors, of course we know, that this plays a strong roll in the symptoms of fibromyalgia, so it is key to ensure that our magnesium levels are good.
Easiest Way To Absorb Magnesium.
One of the best ways and easiest ways for the body to absorb magnesium is through the skin. As it is absorbed it goes directly into the bloodstream to relax muscle tissues as well as helping the body to release toxins from your skin. There are topical creams available on the market, but I haven’t used them, so I am not sure how helpful they are, I will be trying them soon and writing a post. I would love to know what results you have had, so do comment below.
If you have any other medical problems and/or are worried about using magnesium in the bath, as always please do check with your medical practitioner first.
Remember to take some ‘Me Time’ and look after yourself xx
Have a wonderful day x