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If you guys are like me, when there’s a day (or two) that I feel good, I try to accomplish all of the things. It works out great for my to-do list, not so great for my body. Spending an hour working in my garden, not even a straight hour, can lead to three days on my couch. You’d think I would learn. But nope, when I have a good day I go ALL OUT haha
There are a few things you can do to head off the worst before it happens. They don’t always work, but I do them every time, regardless. The main thing I am going to talk about today is Epsom salt. Who came up with this stuff??? Kidding … it’s a naturally occurring mineral. This stuff is a gift from the heavens!!
Epsom salt is a truly amazing thing. It works to help relieve pain from arthritis, bruising, fibromyalgia, overworked muscles, and achy feet. It can help soften the skin around ingrown toenails, aids in reducing swelling from inflammation or injury, and there is even a claim for helping with insomnia and sunburn! The theory behind it is the salt breaks down into magnesium and sulfate when dissolved in water. These products make their way into the body through the skin. Magnesium is a critical metal in our bodies and many people are deficient. I am not a doctor, so if you have concerns, I suggest talking with your physician. For more information, I also recommend this site: http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/
After a day of working on my to-do list, or puttering in my garden, I religiously take hot Epsom salt baths. I would recommend showering first, to wash of the grunge of the day, if you’ve worked up a sweat. I am in LOVE with Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution with Eucalyptus Spearmint, 48 Ounce, Pack of 2 (<<affiliate link) I don’t know what it is about this particular scent, but it relaxes me far more than the other scents, of which there are a few. Honestly, I use these Epsom salts, even if I haven’t overworked myself, because the scent is just so relaxing for me. A few other companies are figuring out how great this combo is and are incorporating it into their beauty product lines.
Next time you find yourself achy from trying to get it all done while you can, or just because you need a little “me” time, try a scented Epsom salt bath. Your muscles, joints, and peace of mind will thank you.