Epsom Salt Baths are one of the most recommended home treatment for herpes. Epsom Salt is made up of a naturally occurring mineral that is found in water. The chemical compound, magnesium sulfate contains magnesium, sulfur and oxygen. Magnesium is the second most plentiful mineral in human cells and the fourth most charged ion in the body. Epsom salt is readily available at most grocery stores, pharmacies and online...PLUS it’s cheap!
They key component in Epsom Salt is Magnesium. Magnesium performs more functions in the human body than nearly any other mineral.
Scientific studies have shown that Magnesium is an electrolyte that insures proper muscle, nerve and enzyme functions. Since genital herpes lives in the nerves magnesium may inhibit or repel the herpes virus’ pathway to the nerve endings when genital herpes signs and symptoms occur.
Medical research indicates that magnesium may reduce inflammation and relieve pain, making it very beneficial for genital herpes sufferers and a great natural treatment for herpes.
Medical studies also suggest that magnesium helps ease stress, improve sleep, concentration and oxygen use. Stress and fatigue are often considered to be contributing factors of a genital herpes outbreak. There are also studies showing that over oxygenating the body helps kill the herpes simplex virus.
Including an Epsom Salt bath three times per week for at least 15 minutes could reduce the frequency of genital herpes outbreaks and you'll be surprised at the difference it'll make in your overall health.
Fill your tub with hot water and add about 3 or 4 handful amount of Epsom Salt or about two to four cups while water is running. Mix the salt around in the tub.
Another method that a lot of people do is to premix the Epsom salt in another container then gradually add it in your bath water as the tub is filling.
1. Make sure your bath water is hot. Hot water opens your body’s pours allowing your body to fully absorb the salt and maximizing its benefits. It also helps you relax.
2. Make sure that you have enough water in your tub. When laying down in the bath your entire body should be full emerged.
3. Relax in the bath for at least 12 minutes, preferably 15 minutes. After getting out of your bath make sure to rub yourself vigorously. This will help stimulate the skin.
4. Keep your bathroom at a warm temperature. You want to avoid becoming chilled when you get out of the bath.
5. Do not use soap. Soap can interfere with the effects of the Epsom salt.
6. Add tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar for additional benefits!
7. Take a Warm Shower. Rinse the Epsom salts from your skin because they can cause your skin to dry out. Apply a high quality moisturizer.
8. Rest and Relax for 2 Hours afterwards - It's best if you can end your day with the bath and go to bed afterwards.
9. Hydrate Before Taking Epsom Salt Baths - Hot baths in general and especially those with Epsom salt can dehydrate your body so make sure that you drink at least one 8 ounce glass of water before getting in the tub.
As with anything in life this great home remedy for herpes may not be suitable for everybody. There are some people who should avoid taking an Epsom Salt bath.
1. People who have High Blood Pressure or Any Heart Condition should not take use Epsom salt in their baths.
2. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
3. Elderly or Frail people who have a hard time moving due to severe joint pain should reduce the amount of Epsom salt in their bath by half.
4. When in doubt always consult your health care provider.
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