Epsom salt bath

bath salts

It’s a healing practice that’s been used for centuries: indulging in an Epsom salt bath to relieve muscle pain and promote overall relaxation, especially before bedtime. Many people in psychiatric drug withdrawal find Epsom salt baths to be a godsend in easing a variety of symptoms (at least temporarily). In some cases, though, people have reported paradoxical effects of symptom-worsening.

Epsom salts contain magnesium sulfate. Theory has it that absorbing it through the skin allows the body to obtain magnesium sulfate’s muscle-relaxing benefits while bypassing the gastrointestinal tract, which oral magnesium can sometimes be hard on.

The amount of Epsom salt people use varies widely, from a cup to as many as five. As with most things for people in psychiatric drug withdrawal, it’s best to start slowly. Some people choose to add other ingredients to the bath, such as a cup of baking soda, a cup of sea salt, and/or a few drops of a calming essential oil such as lavender. Staying in for a minimum of ten or twelve minutes is suggested by most people to get the full therapeutic effect, but some believe that toxins may be reabsorbed into the body after twenty minutes or so.