Light some white candles around your tub. Fill your bath full of warm-hot water with appropriate amount of Epsom salts. Soak for 20 minutes.
Standard tub: 2 cups Epsom salts or more as desired.
Garden tub or jetted tub: 4 cups Epsom salts or more as desired.
Note: The amount can vary. Some acupuncturists in the details below recommended using up to 12 pounds. 4 cups feels amazing. A milder version of his bath is great for calming children and getting them to bed and is said to help their moods too.
Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate. Magnesium could be called the happy mineral. Lack of magnesium in a diet is linked with depression and a host of other health conditions like diabetes, asthma, osteoporosis, PMS and migraines. Proper intake of magnesium can prevent heart attacks and strokes. Magnesium as a supplement is used to balance the nervous system, strengthen bones, enables energy production and to help control blood sugar. Most Americans are operating at about 65% deficiency of this mineral due to lack of green leafy veggies, nuts and seeds in the diet.
As a bath, the skin, which is the body’s largest organ, is able to absorb the magnesium directly into the muscles and nerves and serves as a detox for heavy metals, tars and such that can be trapped in our soft tissue. After stretching or a massage, the toxins that are pushed out of the muscles can get stuck in the fascia and need help exiting the body. Maximum frequency of the more intense concentrations of this bath is about every 3 days.
Great quotes from an article by Barry Kapke on Water Wealth from massagetherapy.com that is also referenced in a forum at prohealth.com.
“Epsom salt baths provide a broad spectrum cleanser, clearing lymphatic congestion, removing some heavy metals (mercury, lead, aluminum, arsenic), and eliminating residual radiation from medical tests (X-rays or CAT scans), computer monitors and televisions, and UV exposure from frequent air travel. It is also helpful for chemical exposure — automobile exhaust, solvents, formaldehyde, glues, styrofoam, synthetic perfumes, printer and copier toners, art supplies, printing inks, particle board, household cleaning items, as well as chemical residues in foods or from inoculations.9 This is an important general maintenance bath for hospital personnel, computer operators, workers around toxic chemicals and those who fly regularly.
Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) are a smooth muscle relaxant and will help with muscle strains and pain. They will induce profuse sweating. The high saline concentration makes the bath water denser than the body’s interstitial fluids. Consequently, osmotic pressure pulls toxin-laden fluids out of the body.
This bath should be taken as hot as is tolerable, for 12-15 minutes; 1-4 pounds of Epsom salts in a full bathtub is recommended (the more salt, the more perspiration). Acupuncturist and health educator Irene Newmark suggests 2 pounds as a maintenance bath, for clearing lymphatics and the energetic body, and 4 pounds for radiation. Former AOBTA president Carl Dubitsky recommended a much higher concentration — 12-16 pounds for the first detox bath and 8-12 pounds for subsequent baths. One every three days is the maximum frequency, as this bath can have a draining effect.”