You pulled a muscle lifting weights at the gym. Or maybe your arthritis is acting up. Is there anything you can do, besides wait it out? A simple soak in the tub may help you feel better.

Despite the name, Epsom salt isn’t like the stuff you put on your fries. It’s called a salt because of its chemical structure. The “Epsom” part is a place in England where it’s found in natural springs.

Epson salt baths are filled with magnesium, a mineral that has significantly dropped during the last half of the century due to diet and agricultural changes.

Magnesium helps regulate over a staggering 325 enzymes and organizes our bodily functions. It helps with anything from muscle control to removing harmful toxins from our body.

Epsom salt, also known as hydrated magnesium sulfate, is rich in magnesium and sulfate. While taking supplements can only be absorbed through the stomach a little bit, soaking in this stuff can really increase your magnesium levels.

Studies show sitting in a bath with this mineral lets it easily be absorbed through the skin and boost magnesium levels. Sulfates play an important role in creating brain tissue and projecting our joints.

People use Epsom salt baths as a home treatment for:

Arthritis pain and swelling and blood clots
Bruises and sprains
Makes insulin more effective
Fibromyalgia, a condition that makes your muscles, ligaments, and tendons hurt, and causes tender points throughout your body
Ingrown toenails
Psoriasis, a disease that causes red, itchy, scaly skin
Sore muscles after working out
Soreness from diarrhea during chemotherapy
Sunburn pain and redness
Tired, swollen feet
Relieves constipation
When we first get into a bath, we might be flustered, overwhelmed and stressed by our day. If we can let ourselves unwind, travel through our thoughts and come out the other side with a fresh sense of self, that is allowing the water to heal you.

Water represents literally and metaphorically, washing away the old. You can use the calming experience of a bath to wash your aura and feel refreshed.

This can look like anything from understanding your stresses and getting a hold of them, or even simply meditating and slowing everything down.

The purpose is to feel renewed when you leave the bath. It can take a conscious effort to breathe slow, focus on the breath and clear your mind to finally shift your energy.

When you enter the bath feeling a certain way and leave feeling happier, lighter and more positive, then you know your energy has really shifted.

Source:, January 2017