Bath Potions That Ease Aches and Pains

QUESTION: Why do Epsom salts help relieve arthritis pain? What's in it, and what else can I put in my bath to help? Someone suggested essential oils.

ANSWER: Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate. In the bath, magnesium breaks apart from the sulfate and both get absorbed into your skin. Both substances reduce inflammation and pain. The hot water is also soothing and improves your circulation -- you want more blood flow (and oxygen) to sore suffocating muscle cells. These cells need the oxygen, so improving circulation in any way is helpful.

You can also put Naturopathica's Muscle & Joint Bath and Body Oil in the bath. I like this one because it contains basil, rosemary, bay laurel and arnica -- a soothing combination that should relieve sore muscles and joint pain from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or overexertion. Arnica is also found in many over-the-counter arthritis rubs because it increases circulation and reduces swelling and joint pain.

As far as essential oils go, I need to make sure you realize that you can't just buy a bottle of oil and put a few drops into your bathtub -- your friend told you wrong. Most pure essential oils need to be diluted in a carrier oil (like almond oil) or you could "burn" your skin. Lavender (for relaxation) is one exception.

This is why I recommend that people buy blended mixtures -- combined in the right ratio to soothe your skin, your senses and your ailment, whatever it is. You see products like this at salons and bath and body shops in the malls. For more information on the infused essential oil mentioned above visit Source: Tulsa World. Powered by Yellowbrix.

Source: Health & Wellness

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