3 Reasons to Include Epsom Salt in Your Self-Care Routine.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), more than 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. live with a mental illness – equivalent to more than 50 million Americans. Though not a substitute for professional help, self-care can be a helpful way to cope with daily stressors and support your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.  

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines self-care as “the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider.” Self-care might look a little different for everyone but often includes taking time to exercise, eat balanced meals, stay hydrated, obtain adequate sleep, practice mindfulness techniques, and participate in healthy hobbies you enjoy.  

In light of Mental Health Awareness Month (May), here are 3 reasons to include Epsom salt baths into your self-care routine: 

  • Boost Serotonin Levels – Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (i.e. chemical messenger) that helps regulate our moods. A lack of serotonin in the body can contribute to serious mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. Soaking in Epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate, can help boost serotonin production by increasing your body’s levels of magnesium – a mineral which aids in the body’s conversion of tryptophan to serotonin. 
  • Relieve Stress and Anxiety: Relaxing in a warm Epsom salt bath for just 15 minutes before bed can be an effective way to practice mindfulness. Taking time for yourself, to tune in to your body and emotions, and creating a wind-down ritual before bed can help promote relaxation and ease the day’s stresses and anxieties. 
  • Promote Better Sleep: According to the Nutritional Magnesium Association, magnesium helps promote sleep by facilitating melatonin (i.e. sleep hormone) production, relieving muscle tension and increasing GABA levels – restricting the release of stress hormones such as cortisol which may prohibit restful sleep.

Epsom salt baths make a great addition to any self-care routine. Soaking in a warm Epsom salt bath for just 15 minutes each evening before bed can help increase your body’s magnesium levels – boosting serotonin, relieving stress and anxiety, and promoting a good night’s sleep!