Hot baths are great on their own, but dosed with a healthy scoop of Epsom salts, they are so much better. First, Epsom salts help draw toxins from the body. Second, they are rich in magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is a common contributing factor in depression and anxiety, and studies show that the high concentrations of magnesium sulfate in Epsom salts are easily absorbed into the bloodstream during a long bath. Combine the relaxing effects of a hot bath with the extra benefits of a detoxifying magnesium soother, and there’s hardly a better remedy for the tired, achy blues. Epsom salts also make a great all-purpose anti-inflammatory soak for bruises, sprains and overexerted muscles. And they are affordable: Add a few drops of lavender or another favorite essential oil, and you get a luxury aromatherapy soak at mere pennies per bath. Walgreen’s new Apothecary house brand promotes traditional remedies that have proved effective through the ages.
These salts are about $3 for a 3-pound carton; find them and many other practical remedies at www.walgreens.com.