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Have you tried epsom salt in the bath?

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happenedagain Mon 21-Mar-11 22:48:34

I heard its really good for detoxing and gets rid of fluid retention...

Has anyone tried it? Also how often do you use it??

LibraMoon Mon 21-Mar-11 23:31:56

It's meant to be v. good for you. I did it twice a week for a couple of months for detoxing.

Just be careful not to get even a drop of the bath water in your mouth though - I made myself feel sooo sick a few times from doing that.

WickedWitchSouthWest Mon 21-Mar-11 23:45:49

I've done it a few times after having osteopathy or a massage as I was finding I was getting spotty after treatments. The osteopath recommended it to me and voila no more spotty back after treatments

Apparently (ahem) it's also an excellent hangover cure. But I obviously have no personal experience of this being a responsible mother of two hmm grin

GentleOtter Mon 21-Mar-11 23:50:13

I think epsom salts are the main ingredient in Radox. (the powdery one).

Poodlehorse Tue 22-Mar-11 14:19:26

Am I right in thinking you shouldn't do if preggers though? Just a vague memory of my mum having a bath in ES to bring on labour is all.

lilaloves Tue 22-Mar-11 14:35:05

Can you get it a the chemist?

BlooCowWonders Tue 22-Mar-11 14:50:04

My brother used to use it to treat his goldfish....

Must have some good properties

anniemac Tue 22-Mar-11 14:51:24

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berri Tue 22-Mar-11 15:18:14

Do you have to rinse it off afterwards? Or can you just wash as normal with shower gel/soap and then get out?

anniemac Tue 22-Mar-11 15:39:34

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GentleOtter Tue 22-Mar-11 18:42:51

You can buy big tubs of it from equine supply shops or the chemist. Only a couple of pounds for 3 kilos.
I put a great big handful in my bath and wallow. grin

pipplin Tue 22-Mar-11 20:58:48

I used to use it I used to feel bit tired and wobbly afterwards. Must do something.
I think you are right poodlehorse, shouldn't use it in pregnancy.
I'll use it again after I've given birth actually should help to make me feel better and draw out all the horrid effects of the drugs I'll be having during the birth??

happenedagain Wed 23-Mar-11 19:24:22

thank you all for the replies, i read some thing about cournety cox saying she thinks it makes her belly stay slim....? confused

WickedWitchSouthWest Thu 24-Mar-11 10:44:23

really happenedagain? In which case I'll go and buy a massive tub of it! I have a lovely pot belly and really diet and exercise is terribly boring when all you really have to do is lie in a bath of epsom salts grin

BlooCowWonders Thu 24-Mar-11 11:33:34

Maybe CC drinks her bathwater.....

drosophila Thu 24-Mar-11 11:36:36

I am a huge fan. I have back problems and use it whenever I can. Have read a lot about it. The most interesting thing is that most people are defficient in Magnesium and bathing in it is the best way to get it into your system.

Try it.

Gingefringe Thu 24-Mar-11 13:04:49

The equine supply shops comment worries me!

drosophila Thu 24-Mar-11 20:07:22


GentleOtter Fri 25-Mar-11 09:08:04

Why, Gingerfringe? confused

We buy large buckets of it for use around the farm and garden - it works out much cheaper than little tubs.
The equine supply place is within an agriculture store.

catinboots Fri 25-Mar-11 09:30:48

Dettol is better

Havingkittens Fri 25-Mar-11 12:50:27

Gingefringe why would that worry you? confused

Horses are mammals, like us, with similar body functions to our own. Even though they are a difference species to us they also suffer from muscle aches and pains, arthritis, skin conditions, blood pressure issues all of which are conditions that benefit from the use of Epsom Salt.

I'm all up for swapping health & beauty tips with horses. I use their hoof ointment to strengthen my nails and they use Avon Skin So Soft spray to keep the midges off them grin

pipkin35 Fri 25-Mar-11 16:15:53

Boots have just started doing their own pot, really cheap. I use a whole pot per bath, once a month. Don't think you're supposed to put anything else in the water as it reduces their effectiveness. Really good for aching/sore muscles. But beware - it will make you feel all warm and lightheaded after, best to lie down and relax as opposed to doing anyhting afterwards! Need to soak int hem for least 25 mins I've read...makes skin super soft afterwards too. NOT the same as sea salts BTW.

drosophila Fri 25-Mar-11 21:03:53

having kittens - love it - Hoof cream. YOu could start a trend!!

1944girl Fri 25-Mar-11 21:09:16

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superv1xen Fri 25-Mar-11 21:10:42

<eagerly watches thread>

i have heard it can reduce water retention. and therefore make you slightly slimmer. not sure if its true though!

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