When I started blogging regularly, my goal was to dedicate a portion of every Tuesday evening to a bit of TLC. Tuesday evenings are usually the toughest for me, and they leave me in much need of a spell of relaxation. But I’ve found that the stress of fitting in a relaxing bath mid-week has caused me to have more stress and less sleep. Not what I was going for! Sunday is clearly the best day for TLC, and this Sunday I was very excited to try an Epsom salt and baking soda foot bath!
I did something approximate to what’s usually suggested on the interwebs:
Step 1: Plug your bath. If you bath plug is broken (like mine was) I highly recommend this Oxo Tot Tub Drain Stopper. As the video on the product page mentions, the stopper is designed to work with almost any drain. It’s a simple but highly effective product. It even has a little suction cup at the top that you can use to conveniently store the stopper on the shower wall. (Perfection!)
Step 2: Run hot water. You want the water to be stinging hot but not-too-hot, and certainly not just warm! Hot water allows the Epsom salt to work its magic 😉 I filled the tub to about a quarter of its capacity.
Step 3: Add Epsom salt and baking soda. I got the salt from Amazon (In bulk! Woo!) and the soda from BJs (In bulk … Hmm. Seeing a pattern here.) Websites vary greatly in terms of suggested amounts, but for a foot bath in the tub (instead of the full body shebang) I simply sprinkled a 1/2 cup of each into the steamy pool of yes-please. You can add 1-2 cups of Epsom salt and 1 cup of baking soda for a full bath.
Step 4: Add awesomeness to the situation! Grab your favorite person (if he or she is willing to join you) and steep a cup of tea to bring with you (we went with Forever Nuts by DavidsTea). I plan to add other elements like essential oils (for aromatherapy), music, and maybe a candle in the future.
Step 5: Place chair(s) in front of the bucket or bath tub. After allowing 5 minutes for the salt and soda to dissolve, slip your feet in and soak for a minimum of 20 minutes. (Stay for 40+ minutes if you want not only to detoxify but also to begin absorbing the ingredients into your skin for added benefit!)
Set a timer! The last thing you want to do (or at least it’s true for me) is obsessively look at the clock to see what time it is. Also, the water may cool off after 5 or 10 minutes. I solved this problem by running the sink water until it steamed hot, then transferred the hot water to the tub using a container. (A bit of a Podunk solution, true. But it worked!)
The benefits of this bath abound… It’s eerily healthy on many levels.
Epsom salt is actually not a salt. It’s a naturally occurring mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate, each having their own effects on the body. (Source)
- reduces inflammation
- helps muscle and nerve function
- prevents artery hardening
- regulates activity of 325+ enzymes
- boosts absorption of nutrients
- flushes toxins
- eases migraine headaches
Epsom salt benefits (the synergistic work of magnesium with sulfate):
- eases stress, body tension, cramps and pain
- softens skin
- makes insulin more effective and lowers risk or severity of diabetes <——- AMAZING.
Baking soda is useful to an inane degree. I say inane only because I’ve only ever used it to bake with. But you can de-stink your fridge, clean your house, maintain your pool, and treat your skin with this pixie dust. (Source)
Baking soda benefits:
- has anti-fungal properties
- softens skin
- protects skin from harmful effects of harsh chemicals like chlorine
And it’s cheap. BAM. Now tell me you don’t want to try this bath! Haha 😛
Yours salted and soda’d,